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How dare they.

How dare they say that infecting 5% of the population with a deadly disease is the population's fault for not obeying the rules, when the rules haven't been consistent or sane for the best part of a year.

How dare they claim that a "mutant strain" is to blame for a third wave in January, when they were warned of it, and told to crack down to stop it developing back in July.

And how dare they stamp their disastrous test and trace corporate scam, and the ever-delayed provision of vaccines, with the NHS logo as though both were not the fault of the destructive maniacs ruling Westminster.

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A population is reliant on its government, above all things, to keep it safe.

And our government first told us to shake hands with Covid patients, then to wash them. It told us to not bother with masks, and then to wear them whenever we leave the house.

It said to stay home, then refused to give financial support to 7 out of 8 people who have to do so.

It said education of our children was the most important thing, and then that they must not go to school.

It clapped for our key workers, and then said we could do without them while they had to manage without childcare.

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In February it said testing was too difficult, they promised 200,000 tests a day in May that didn't happen until September, and three months ago the boss of test and trace told a select committee she still didn't have any idea how well it was doing.

They wasted three months on a phone app they scrapped for reasons they were warned of at the start.

They bribed us with our own money to eat junk food and spread the virus all summer, and now say council tax must go up so we can pay for it twice.

They told us they were following the science, when they ignored its advice every step of the way.

They cynically decided we would never follow rules, made it illegal to see our loved ones, then protected the first, and worst, high-profile rule-breaker and even gave him a £40,000 pay rise. They guaranteed the rules they imposed would be ignored.

That is not good government. It is the recipe for a killing spree.

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All that stands between us and the economic, social, mental health and humanitarian disaster of an unrestrained virus is the bravery of the fraught and frazzled emergency services.

The police who should be arresting rule-breakers are driving ambulances.

Medics are fighting the Grim Reaper, today, for the lives of 30,758 people, 2,963 of them unable to breathe without mechanical help.

At the same time they know, because this government is led by a man who didn't want to cancel Christmas, those numbers will rise for at least another fortnight.

Boris Johnson gave us the gift of 1,000 unnecessary bereavements very day, instead.

For this disaster, they say we must pay. So there will be more cuts, because if this government is good at anything it is ignoring the evidence of past mistakes and making the same wrong decision over, and over, again.

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Boris Johnson promised us a government of giants. Instead we got intellectually-stunted pygmies who took all the advantages this country had to successfully tackle a pandemic, and destroyed them one at a time.

There are those who say they could have done no differently with an unprecedented new disease. Yes they could.

They could have done what any teacher or parent would, and made an example of the first rule-breaker so that no more rules were broken.

They could have closed the borders in week 1, rather than week 49.

They could have Googled it, and found out that 'herd immunity' is about protecting the weakest, not sending them early to their graves.

One public health mistake is just that. Two constitute a gross failure of responsibility. Three or more is either manslaughter, or insanity.

That is the charge they are seeking to shift blame for.

To the NHS, for not being able to save more of those who never needed to die in the first place, and to us, for not following rules they made it impossible to obey.

How dare they govern us so badly. How dare they claim to be governing at all, when they have broken the first rule of government: thou shalt not kill.