The battle of narratives has begun; and the UK Government, in it’s version, seems hell bent on planting in our minds the seeds of blame on others.
In their narrative, the spread of the virus, the reason for the ever growing death toll, is the “fault” of somebody else – all the Government is doing is “following the scientific advice”, meanwhile;
…… Too many people are sitting in parks, going for exercise at the same time as other people
…..Maybe the NHS (even our brave doctors and nurses) aren’t being careful enough …. even wasteful of “precious” PPE.
…… International competition is making it hard for UK to source the testing and other equipment it needs.
Of course, in the narratives pushed by the Government, none of it is the fault of the Government – well I’m sorry but it is. It’s the fault of austerity policies and ten years of cuts to public spending, it’s the fault of years wasted through chasing an ideologically dogmatic vision of a particular Brexit, it’s the fault of a PM and Cabinet that had word as far back as January (at least, but in fact years in more general terms) that this pandemic was coming and do too little too late.
The press and media too seems content to play their part so far in continuing the Governments narrative. Yesterday they we full of the “good news” that the Prime Miniter was on the mend from his time in hospital with Covid19. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m he’s recovering, this illness is nasty and I would not wish it upon anyone. He is a father, and is expecting another child soon, and no one wants to see a child deprived of its parents in such a cruel way. But when the press and media talk of how the Prime Minister is recovering well and is in “good spirits”, I ask; “really”? Is he really in “good spirits” on the day that UK deaths passed the European record for those in a single, a day when close to 1000 UK citizens died because of this virus, day by day the UK edges towards the highest death toll in Europe ….. “good spirits” really?
A day on from Good Friday and it all reminds me of Pilate “washing his hands” as he tried to pass responsibility on for the crucifixion of Jesus.
“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” (Matthew 27.24)
It seems like those in power have always tried to find ways of passing responsibility for their own culpability on to “others”, whoever they may be.