There have been growing calls online for the Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to quit his job, stating that he left the UK ill-prepared for the pandemic.
Johnson, according to Sunday Times report had alleged him of skipping crisis group meetings and ignoring scientific advice.
Recall that the Prime Minister has just recovered from COVID-19 illness after spending some weeks at a hospital in London.
Meanwhile, it was stated that
Boris Johnson failed to see the Coronavirus crisis coming and acted unforgivably slowly when it was still gaining traction.
The publication also alleged that calls to procure protective gear and enforce emergency measures fell on deaf ears shortly before Covid-19 hit Britain.
As a result, number of users has demanded that Johnson step down and face scrutiny for sitting idly by in the face of the pandemic.
The article was described as an “obituary of Johnson’s government” and something that “in a normal country” would probably “bring down the government.”
Twitter commentators also insisted the Prime Minister isn’t up to his job, while others noted that Boris Johnson is a skilled politician, able to survive both Coronavirus infection and public outrage.
“How does Johnson escape this time?” one asked, rhetorically.
“Perhaps now he’ll perform a magic trick, or sing a song, or read us some poetry… He might even try a ‘sincere’ apology”.
There were some who tried to go beyond the “hysterical” narrative, noting it could be more convenient for the Times to blame Johnson rather than “ask themselves difficult questions” and dig deeper into why the outbreak had happened.
While anticipating the danger, the UK government convened a national crisis committee, codenamed Cobra – but the article says that unusually, Johnson missed the first meeting on January 24, as well as four more which convened as the Coronavirus rapidly spread on British soil.
As the row grew, some suggested that backroom politics and a struggle for power could have been behind the Times’ revelations.
While responding to the crisis, a Senior Minister, Michael Gove, on Sunday, responded to the stating that some of them were “slightly off-beam” and “grotesque.”
Though the government is rolling out its media counter-offensive, this will hardly help overcome the snowballing issues healthcare staff are facing.