Boris Johnson's response to Coronavirus: say much, do little, but protect the bankers.

As the world seeks to address what is now effectively an undeclared pandemic, the British government, despite warnings of up to 400,000 fatalities, is to fund 50 additional hospital beds, and cut policing, writes EU Today publisher Gary Cartwright.

Non-coronavirus patients could be discharged early from hospital to recuperate or die at home, and routine operations may be postponed.

Her Majesty's Government, it is understood, is preparing to set aside billions of pounds in next week's budget to help firms and workers cope with the economic fallout from a potentially major epidemic. Above all, it appears, banker's bonuses must be protected.

Police could ignore low-level crime, it was announced today. However, this has been the case for some years - UK police no longer respond to household burglaries, and drug possession laws are no longer enforced - and troops could be deployed on the streets. Exactly what combat trained infantry soldiers will do to tackle Coronavirus on the streets of Britain's cities, towns, and villages has not yet been explained.

Fire services may only be able respond to major incidents, and a functioning ambulance service is but a fading memory to only the older of the UK's citizens, so not much can be realistically expected there.

Pensioners, who may wish to commemorate the forthcoming anniversary of VE Day (victory over Nazi Germany in Europe), are being advised to stay away from events at which they may place themselves at risk, presumably by shaking hands with former comrades.

In the meantime, what passes as public transport in the UK will continue to operate at its usual low standard, despite the obvious risk to public health. Touching metal surfaces on public transport is reportedly a major form of transmission of Coronavirus.

The massive profits of the offshore companies that now own Britain's transport infrastructure, like the bankers, must apparently be protected at all costs.

Against this background, it may be noted that Priti Patel, a strong advocate of the return of the death penalty, and who in 2017 was fired from her position as as International Development Secretary after holding a series of secret and unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians during what she said was a family holiday, has been appointed Home Secretary following Johnson's recent purge of his cabinet.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today.

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

Gary's latest book WANTED MAN: THE STORY OF MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: A Manual for Criminals on How to Avoid Punishment in the EU is currently available from Amazon

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