Posted on Mar 22, 2020
Britain's Sunday Times appears to confirm today what many suspected, that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's controversial adviser Dominic Cummings was behind the now largely discredited "herd immunity" concept that led to what President Emmanuel Macron has described as Britain's policy of "benign neglect" towards protecting the British people from the coronavirus pandemic.
By Johnson's own admission, that "The numbers are very stark and they are accelerating". The UK's mortality rate now exceeds those of Spain and China having jumped to 5.85%.
herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad.
According to the Times, Cummings presented his plan at a private engagement at the end of February. However,
on March 12th, realised he had helped set a course for catastrophe, he changed his mind. Until this point, the rise in British infections had been below the European average. Now they were well above it and on course to emulate Italy, a state of affairs now confirmed by Johnson himself.
Perhaps sensing that he had exposed himself politically, Cummings became the most outspoken advocate of a tough crackdown. “He’s gone from ‘herd immunity and let the old people die’, to ‘let’s shut down the country and the economy.’”, the Times reports a senior Conservative figure as saying.
Not for the first time there are calls for Cummings' removal: the man who infamously hired a eugenicist as an adviser is surely running out of lives.
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Image (Cummings): Wikipedia
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