"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Wednesday 20 May 2020
A Long Drop Into Hell
recently spoke to my friend, Oha Maslo, in Mostar. I would be there now
with him and his family, but am stuck here ‘self-isolating’.
blogs are my way of breathing out my anger against what is supposed
to be our government.
recently, they gave no figures for Covid-19 death rates in care
homes. Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland,` admitted the government
"chose" not to test people for coronavirus in these homes
while the pandemic spread. "We needed to make a choice
about what to do with the capacity the government had back in March.”
Johnson has said he "bitterly regrets" the coronavirus
crisis in care homes and that the government was "working very
hard" to tackle it. A "huge effort" was going on and that there had been a "palpable improvement" in recent days.
He added that "it has been enraging to see the difficulties
we've had in supplying PPE to those who need it, but we are now
engaged in a massive plan to ramp up domestic supply”.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that testing for all care workers and
residents would now be available, regardless of whether they are
showing symptoms of coronavirus. He went on to claim “the
performance on testing has been unbelievably positive”.
Nutt, managing director of Accurocare which runs homes in Oxford and
Basingstoke, takes a different view. “The left hand doesn’t know what
the right is doing,” he said. “It has been a complete system
failure … We don’t know when we are going to get test kits …
How many more people have to die?”
workers in care homes and hospitals who are trying to keep us all
safe and alive could face “deportation” if the Home Office
decides to withdraw their right to remain.
is getting very personal. My brain surgeon was Nigerian, my heart
surgeon Egyptian, the nurse who visited me most days, even when
hope Johnson and his ministers take a long drop into Hell and with no
NHS there to ease their fall.
is very hard to calculate the coronavirus death rate in the UK
because of government lies and prevarications. This is as accurate as
I can be and would welcome other peoples investigative and math
seems to me that, to date, the coronavirus death rate in the UK is one
death for every 1,330 people.*
this to Greece which stands at one death in every 68,000 and Oha’s
country, Bosnia Herzegovina, at one death in every 11,000.
is the result of Boris Johnson’s ‘huge effort’.
minister, George Eustice, insisted, "We don’t accept the
caricature that we took an approach that was wrong. I think now we've
got to focus on the here and now."
him to say that loudly over the graves of the unnecessarily dead.
I have taken the ONS' figure of 50,000 Covid-19 deaths in UK to date.