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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The UK government was ready for this pandemic. Until it sabotaged its own system

George Monbiot
Jorj Monbio

Ɖ YC guvnmnt wz redi fr ɖs pandemic. Untl it saḅtājd its ǒn sistm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 19 May 2020)

W wr secnd in ɖ wrld fr priperidnis. Ɖen Boris Jonsn et al dlibṛtli dīpriperd s

Jorj Monbio, Tyzde, 19 Me 2020

13 March 2020: day four of Cheltenham festival, 10 days before lockdown began in the UK. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA
13 Marć 2020: de for v Ćlṭnm fstivl, 10 dez bfr locdǎn bgan in ɖ UK. Foṭgraf: Andru Maʈyz/PA

W  r trapt in a loñ, darc tunl, ol v huz noun exits r bloct. Ɖr z no plōẓbl rùt ǎt v ɖ YC’z c’roṇvîṛs crîsis ɖt dz nt involv mas suf̣rñ n deʈ. F, az sm nyzpeprz n Cnsrvtiv MPz insist, ɖ guvnmnt īzz ɖ locdǎn ẃl ɖ pandemic z stl rejñ, ɖ ivnćl deʈtol cd b sevṛl tîmz gretr ɖn tde’z. F it dz’nt, n w spend ol ɖ worm munʈs v ɖ yir in cnfînmnt, ɖ impact on ǎr mntl n fizicl hlʈ, jobz n rleśnśps cd b caṭstrofic..

W hv bn tld rpitidli ɖt ɖ YC wz unpriperd fr ɖs pandemic. Ɖs z untru. Ɖ YC wz priperd, bt ɖen it dīpriperd. Last yir, ɖ Globl Hlʈs’kṛti Indx ranct ɖs neśn secnd in ɖ wrld fr pandemicredinis, ẃl ɖ YS wz frst. Brōdli spīcñ, in bʈ neśnz ɖ nesṣri sistmz wr in ples. Ǎr guvnmnts ćouz nt t yz ɖm.

Ɖ clîṃt moḍlr Jemz Ann hz yzd hiz aṇliticl meʈ̇dz t śo ẃt wd hv hapnd f ɖ YC guvnmnt hd impozd its locdǎn a wīc rlịr. Startñ it on 16 Marć, rɖr ɖn 23 Marć, hiz moḍlñ sjsts, wd bî nǎ hv sevd arnd 30,000 lîvz, rdysñ ɖ ret v ilnis n deʈ fṛm c’roṇvîṛs rufli bî a factr v fîv.

Bt īvn 16 Marć wd hv bn xtrordnṛli lêt. W nǎ nǒ ɖt guvnmntministrz wr tld on 11 Febrri ɖt ɖ vîṛs cd b caṭstrofic, n dsîsiv ax́n wz rjntli rqîrd. Instd, Boris Jonsn tld s t woś ǎr handz n “g abt ǎr norml dêli lîvz”.

Hd ɖ guvnmnt actd in Febrri, w cn haẓd a ges abt ẃt ɖ rzult wd hv bn, az ɖ wrld hz cnductd a clir cntrold xperimnt: weyñ Sǎʈ C’rīa, Tîwan n Ny Zīḷnd agnst ɖ YC, ɖ YS n Bṛzil. Sǎʈ C’rīa dd evrʈñ ɖ YC guvnmnt cd hv dn, bt rfyzd t implimnt. Its deʈ tol so far: 263. It stl hz an oceźnl clustr v infx́n, ẃć it promtli cntenz. Bî contrast, ɖ intîr YC z nǎ a clustr v infx́n.

Ẃl uɖr cuntriz îɖr clozd ɖer bordrz or qoṛntīnd ol arîvlz, in ɖ ʈri munʈs btwn ɖ imrjns v ɖ vîṛs n ɖ YC’z locdǎn, 18 miłn ppl arîvd on ɖz śorz, v hūm onli 273 wr qoṛntīnd. Īvn aftr ɖ locdǎn wz anǎnst, 95,000 ppl entrd ɖ YC wɖt adiśnl rstrix́nz. In fact, on 13 Marć, ɖ YC std dǎn īvn its ǒn gîdns, ẃć hd jntli rqstd travlrz fṛm Iṭli n Ćîna t slf-îṣlet. Ɖs dsiźn, tecn az uɖr neśnz wr stepñ p ɖer cntrolz, sīmz baf̣lñ.

Similrli, on 12 Marć, Jonsn abandnd bʈ cntenmnt n neśnwîd tstñ n tracñ. A wīc lêtr, ɖ steṭs v ɖ pandemic wz lowrd, ẃć mnt ɖt ɖ guvnmnt cd rdys ɖ standd v prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt rqîrd in hospitlz, n cd śift infx́s peśnts intu non-speṣ́list cer. Agn, ɖr wz no medicl or sạntific justif̣ceśn fr ɖs dsiźn.

X’sîz Sigṇs, a pandemicsiḿleśn cnductd in 2016, faund ɖt ɖ impact in cerhomz wd b caṭstrofic unls ny meźrz wr pt in ples. Ɖ guvnmnt insists ɖt it hīdd ɖ fîndñz v ɖs x’sîz n ćenjd its aproć acordñli. F ɖs z c’rect, bî alawñ untstd peśnts t b śiftd fṛm hospitlz t cerhomz, ẃl felñ t pṛvîd ɖ xtra s’port n iqipmnt ɖ homz nīdd n alawñ ejnsiwrcrz t muv frīli wɖn n btwn ɖm, it nwñli brīćt its ǒn proṭcolz. Tnz v ʈǎzndz v hîli vulnṛbl ppl wr xpozd t infx́n.

In uɖr wrdz, nn v ɖz r fełrz v nolij or cpaṣti. Ɖe r dīpreṗreśnz, conśs dsiźnz nt t act. Ɖe start t bcm xplicbl onli ẃn w rec̣gnîz ẃt ɖe hv in comn: a rfyzl t fruntlod ɖ costs. Ɖs rfyzl z comn in cuntriz huz guvnmnts feṭśîz ẃt w cōl “ɖ marcit”: ɖ yf̣mizm w yz fr ɖ pǎr v muni.

Jonsn’z guvnmnt, lîc ɖt v Doṇld Trump n Jair Bolsonaro, repriznts a ptiklr cnd v ic̣nomic inṭrest. Fr yirz poḷtiśnz v ɖer strîp hv bn in conflict wɖ ppl hu pform ysfl srṿsz: nrsz, tīćrz, cerwrcrz n ɖ uɖr lo-peid ppl hu cīp ǎr lîvz ticñ, huz atmts t orġnîz n s’kr betr pe n cndiśnz r dīṃnîzd bî ministrz n in ɖ mīdia.

Ɖs p’liticl conflict z olwz fòt on bhaf v ɖ sem grūp: ɖoz hu xtract wlʈ. Ɖ wor agnst ytiḷti z nesṣri f y wont t prîṿtîz public srṿsz, grantñ lūcṛtiv mnoṗliz or fîrseilz v public asets t frendz in ɖ prîṿt sectr. It’s nesṣri f y wont t hold dǎn public-sectr pe n ɖ minimm wej, cutñ taxz n bílz fr ɖ sem fundrz n lobiists. It z nesṣri f corṗreśnz r t b alaud t ǎtsors n ofśor ɖer wrcforsz, n wlʈi ppl cn ofśor ɖer incm n asets.

Ɖ inṭrests v wlʈxtractrz r, bî def̣niśn, śort trm. Ɖe dvrt muni ɖt mt uɖ̇wz hv bn yzd fr invstmnt intu diṿdendz n śer bîbacs. Ɖe dump costs ɖt corṗreśnz śd ljitṃtli ber on t ssayti in jenṛl, in ɖ form v p’luśn (ɖ car n rod lobiz) or public-hlʈ dzastrz (soft drincs n juncfūd pṛdysrz). Ɖe sîfn muni ǎt v an enṭprîz or a neśn az qcli az poṣbl, bfr ɖ tax oʈoṛtiz, reğletrz or lejsletrz cać p.

Yirz v xpirịns hv śoun ɖt it z mć ćīpr t mc p’liticl dneśnz, implô lobiists n invst in public rleśnz ɖn t ćenj lūcṛtiv bt harmfl cmrśl poḷsiz. Wrcñ ʈru ɖ biłnerpres n p’liticl sistmz ɖt r hîli vulnṛbl t capćr bî muni, in ɖ YC, YS n Bṛzil ɖe hv hlpt enśur ɖt caṿlir n reclis ppl r ilectd. Ɖer ćozn repriznttivz hv an olmst instñtiv avrśn t invstmnt, t cariyñ a cost tde ɖt cd b dfŕd, dleid or dumt on smwn els.

It’s nt ɖt eni v ɖz inṭrests – ẃɖr ɖ Dêli Meil or ɖ YS ôlcumṗniz – wont c’roṇvîṛs t spred. It’s ɖt ɖ aproć ɖt hz pruvd so dzastṛs in adresñ ɖ pandemic hz bn hîli ifctiv, fṛm ɖ lobiists’ pônt v vy, ẃn aplaid t uɖr iśuz: dleyñ n fṛstretñ ax́n t privnt clîṃt brecdǎn; p’luśn; ɖ obiṣticrîsis; iniqoḷti; un’forḍbl rent; n ɖ mni uɖr plegz spred bî corpṛt n biłner pǎr.

Ʈancs in larj part t ɖer inflụns, w hv guvnmnts ɖt fel t pṛtct ɖ public inṭrest, bî dzîn. Ɖs z ɖ tunl. Ɖs z ẃ ɖ exits r clozd. Ɖs z ẃ w wl strugl t imrj.

Jorj Monbio z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The Observer view on care home deaths being an indictment of our society

Nurses wearing protective gear rush out of a care home’s “red zone” for people sick with coronavirus. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP
Nrsz wẹrñ pṛtctiv gir ruś ǎt v a cerhom’z “red zon” fr ppl sic wɖ c’roṇvîṛs. Foṭgraf: Franc Ōgstīn/AP

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on cerhom deʈs biyñ an indîtmnt v ǎr ssayti

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 3 May 2020)

Unls w proprli fund ǎr cerhomz n ɖer invałbl wrcrz, ɖ śemñ deʈtol wl cntiny t rîz

Súnde, 3 Me 2020

“I  hv nvr ritn so mni deʈnoṭficeśnz in sć a śort tîm,” a cerhom manijr hu lost 23 rezidnts t c’roṇvîṛs in jst tū wīcs tld ɖ Gardịn last munʈ. “Evri membr v staf z lost. Wn de, a rezidnt wz wōcñ arnd wɖ a mîld tmpṛćr. I wnt hom, n ɖ nxt mornñ ɖe wr ded.”

Sm v ɖ hardist-t-hír storiz v ɖs pandemic hv cm fṛm Britn’z cerhomz; v sunz n dōtrz hu hv bn seṗretd fṛm ɖer peṛnts fr wīcs unebl t si ɖm bfr ɖe dî; v staf hu r peid a piṭns fr invałbl, n nǎ lîf-indenjrñ, wrc, struġlñ t cǒp wɖ ɖ scel v ɖ los.

At hiz frst presconfṛns sins hiz rtrn t wrc, Boris Jonsn seḷbretd ɖ fact ɖt Britn z “past ɖ pīc”. Bt ɖr wz litl mnśn v cerhomz, ẃr ɖ picćr z oltgɖr difṛnt. In Ñgḷnd, olmst a ʈrd hv rportd c’roṇvîṛs ǎtbrecs, n yesṭde ɖ prezidnt v ɖ Asośieśn v D’rectrz v Adult Sośl Srṿsz, Jemz Bŭłn, wornd ɖt ɖ sićueśn in cersrṿsz z gtñ wrs. Untl last wīc, cerhom deʈs wr nt īvn includd in ɖ ofiśl deʈtol, bt w lrnt on Tyzde ɖt in Ñgḷnd n Wêlz ɖr hd bn mor ɖn 4,300 deʈs in jst a fortnît, sjstñ ɖt īvn az ɖ hospitl deʈtol hz bn cnsistntli fōlñ, ɖ deʈret in cerhomz cntinyz t axeḷret.

Ɖ hlʈsecṛtri, Mát Hancoc, hz clemd ɖt cerhomz “hv bn a top prîoṛti rît fṛm ɖ start”. Bt ɖ guvnmnt actd far tù lêt t privnt a dîr sićueśn. An importnt part v its pandemic straṭji hz rîtli bn t “śīld” ɖoz most at risc fṛm ɖ vîṛs fṛm xpoźr t it. Bt ɖ big flw in ɖs plan z ɖt sm v ɖ most vulnṛbl r ɖoz oldr ppl n ppl wɖ a dis’biḷti hu rlî on pṛfeśnl cerrz fr intiṃt s’port wɖ evride tascs, in ɖer ǒn homz or in cerhomz. Ɖe simpli canot b śīldd fṛm ɖ ǎtsd wrld. N so it bcmz abṣlutli criticl ɖt ɖoz hu cer fr ɖm r ebl t axes ampl stocs v prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt n r reğlrli tstd. Uɖ̇wz, ɖ most vulnṛbl wl b amñ ɖoz pt most at risc v cntractñ ɖ vîṛs.

Proprli pṛtctñ ɖoz livñ in cerhomz n hu yz cersrṿsz in ɖer ǒn homz wd b a l’jisticl ćalinj fr eni guvnmnt. It wd hv rqîrd an imns amǎnt v fōrʈōt n planñ. Nyz ɖt nrsñhomz in ɖ YS n Ostreła r olso fesñ teṛbl deʈtolz śoz ɖt it z nt jst ɖ Britiś guvnmnt ɖt hz md mstecs. Bt ɖ xtrordnri ef̣ts ɖt wnt intu bildñ ɖ Nîtngel hospitlz r a tsṭmnt t ẃt cn b aćivd ẃn smʈñ z md a p’liticl prîoṛti. Ɖt levl v eṇji hz nt bn invstd in pṛtctñ oldr n dsebld ppl hu rlî on pṛfeśnl cersrṿsz.

Īvn az sm cerwrcrz hv md hyj sacṛfîsz t cīp ɖ ppl ɖe lc aftr sef, includñ muvñ intu cerhomz t pṛtct oldr rezidnts n ɖer ǒn ćildṛn, ɖe hv hd t strugl wɖ cmplitli inadiqt levlz v pṛtctiv iqipmnt. Fr wīcs, cerhomz hv strugld t axes tstñ, n ppl hv bn dsćarjd fṛm hospitlz intu cerhomz wɖt biyñ tstd frst. Manijrz rport graṗlñ wɖ dificlt dsiźnz, wɖ litl gîdns fṛm ɖ guvnmnt: d ɖe axpt ny rezidnts hu hv bn in hospitl ẃn ɖe hv nt bn tstd, ptnṣ́li ptñ uɖr rezidnts at risc; d ɖe let reḷtivz in t se gdbî t ɖer luvd wnz; hǎ d ɖe privnt wrcrz mcñ a duzn homvizits a de, hu me b esimṭmatic, spredñ ɖ vîṛs t ɖoz hu r most in denjr fṛm it, ẃn ɖr z’nt inuf pṛtctiv iqipmnt or tsts? N it cn b olmst imposbl fr cerwrcrz, hu r inverịbli lo peid n smtmz on inṣkr contracts, t spīc ǎt abt unsef cndiśnz: fîv cerrz hv rportidli lost ɖer jobz in ɖ past fortnît aftr spīcñ ǎt abt ɖer cnsrnz.

Wɖt rjnt ax́n bî ɖ guvnmnt, ɖr z a risc ɖt ɖ cerhom deʈtol cariz on growñ loñ aftr ɖ infx́nret hz dropt in ɖ cuntri at larj. Ɖ sem levl v imrjnsiplanñ ɖt wz dploid in rleśn t ɖ Nîtngel hospitlz nǎ nīdz t b invstd in avrtñ frɖr cerhom deʈs. Xtra imrjnsifundñ mst b imīɉtli d’rectd twdz ɖ sectr t hlp pṛvîdrz cǒp wɖ xtra costs, includñ ejnsistaf n ɖ cost v pṛtctiv iqipmnt.

Tù mni oldr ppl wl hv uņessṛli lost ɖer livz az a rzult v ɖs pandemic. It z a penfl rmîndr v ɖ ejizm ɖt runz ʈru ǎr ssayti, ɖ we in ẃć ɖ lîvz v ɖoz hu nīd s’port t b ebl t liv r asymd t cǎnt fr a lot les. Fundñ fr sośl cer hz dclînd in ɖ past 10 yirz, īvn az dmand fr cer hz rizn az a rzult v an ejñ popyleśn. Ɖ rzult z ɖt evri de an esṭmetd 1.5 miłn oldr ppl – wn in sevn ovr-65z – g wɖt ɖ hlp ɖe nīd wɖ tascs sć az wośñ, dresñ n ītñ. Mnẃl, tù mni cerwrcrz r nt īvn peid ɖ minimm wej fr scild wrc ɖt cn b imośṇli n fizicli tuf, bt ptnṣ́li so rwordñ, n prîṿt-eqti fînans hz fludd intu Britn’z larjist cerhom ćenz, lodñ ɖm p wɖ unsstenbl levlz v dét az prîṿt fnansịrz sīc t xtract sgnificnt rtrnz fṛm taxpeyr-fundd cer.

So it z śocñ, bt hardli s’prîzñ, ɖt ǎr oldr muɖrz n faɖrz, ānts n unclz, granpeṛnts n frendz hv bn left vulnṛbl t ɖ wrst ifcts v ɖs pandemic. It’s ɖ inevitbl product v livñ in a ssayti ɖt gts its aproć t ejñ so roñ, ẃr ɖoz hu rlî on pṛfeśnl cer r smhǎ sìn az hvñ a dminiśt rît t a fluṛśñ lîf. Ɖ traɉdi unfoldñ in ǎr cerhomz mst śrli b ɖ wec-p cōl ɖt w nīd t ćenj ɖt.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The Guardian view on Johnson’s Covid-19 plan: doubt, deny and dismiss

Boris Johnson addressing the media on Thursday evening. ‘The prime minister wants no narrative to take hold that could trigger a backlash on the home front that his administration cannot contain.’ Photograph: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA
Boris Jonsn adresñ ɖ mīdia on Ʈrzde īvnñ. ‘Ɖ prîm̦inistr wonts no naṛtiv t tec hold ɖt cd trigr a baclaś on ɖ homfrunt ɖt hiz admiṇstreśn canot cnten.’ Foṭgraf: Andru Parsnz/10 Dǎnñ Strīt/Crǎn Copirît/PA

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Jonsn’z Covid-19 plan: dǎt, dnî n dsmis

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 30 April 2020)

Rɖr ɖn admit rsponsbiḷti fr biyñ bhnd ɖ crv, ministrz instd sīc t dīl’jiṭmîz ɖ mīdia fr ascñ qsćnz abt ẃ Britn feld

Ʈrzde, 30 Epril 2020

Ibsn’z 19ʈ-snćri ple An Eṇmi ov ɖ Ppl z a p’liticl drama abt a fziśn hu trîz t sev hiz tǎn fṛm wōtrp’luśn only t wînd p az a scepgot. Fr ɖ doctr ɖ iśu z hlʈ; aftr tstñ ɖ wōtrs’plî h rjz a śutdǎn n ny pîps t b leid t sev lîvz. Ɖ tǎn’z mẹr z cnsrnd abt ɖ ic̣nomic cost. Betr, ɖ poḷtiśn rīznz, t cīp ɖ tǎn opn n c’rect ɖ probḷm graɉli. In ɖ moṛl combat ɖt insyz it z ɖ doctr hu bcmz ełnetd fṛm ɖ tǎn h strugld t pṛtct. Ɖ ple’z mesij z a cǎnsl v deṃcratic dsper: ɖt mît z mor pǎrfl ɖn rît.

Ɖs insît hz not bn lost on ɖ Britiś guvnmnt. Lîc Ibsn’z fix́nl poḷtiśn, ministrz rfyzd t si ɖ vîṛl ʈret. Boris Jonsn dd not wont t contmplet a dṛcońn rspons. Ẃn ɖe dd act, ministrz faund ɖe were bhnd in a globl rês fr criticl rzorsz sć az vnṭletrz, tstñ-cpaṣti n prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt. Ɖ fełr t muv dsîsivli t s’pres ɖ pandemic lîz at ɖ rūt v ɖ mes. Rɖr ɖn admit rsponsbiḷti fr biyñ bhnd ɖ crv, ministrz rfyz t apoḷjîz n instd sīc t dīl’jiṭmîz ɖ mīdia fr ascñ qsćnz abt ẃ Britn feld.

Dǎnñ Strīt clemz ɖt “mni ppl wl b lcñ at ǎr apaṛnt s’xes”. Hvñ lost mor ɖn 26,000 lîvz t ɖ c’roṇvîṛs pandemic, ɖ YC nǎ acǎnts fr an etʈ v ɖ wrld’z Covid-19 deʈs wɖ les ɖn a hundṛdʈ v its popyleśn. F ɖs cǎnts az s’xes, wn śudrz t ʈnc ẃt mt b cnsidrd fełr. Evri mstec invîts a rbutl. Ɖ guvnmnt dplôz a ʈri-proñd dnayl fmiłr t obzrvrz v ɖ Brexit culćrworz. Ɖ frst proñ z t dǎt ɖt ɖr z a sirịs probḷm; ɖ secnd z t qsćn ɖ vraṣti v unwelcm rportñ; last z t tar dsnt az trīzn.

Mr. Jonsn wonts t coopt ɖ popyleśn in a naśnl ef̣t undr hiz cmand. Bt Britn z set t lūz mor ppl in ɖ c’roṇvîṛs ǎtbrec ɖn in ɖ blits. H clemz ɖ fruntlîn v ɖ NHS hz hld, bt dz not wont t ǒn ɖ hevi losz on ɖ sośl-cer flanc. Ɖ prîm̦inistr wonts no naṛtiv t tec hold ɖt cd trigr a baclaś on ɖ homfrunt ɖt hiz admiṇstreśn canot cnten.

Instd ɖ guvnmnt z atmtñ t yz deta t criet ɖ sns ɖt ɖ pandemic cn b monitrd az it hapnz. Bt dêli numbrz tel a dstortd stori. Ɖ míst targit v 100,000 tsts a de z a ces in pônt. Ɖ volym v tstñ z not ɖ iśu; ɖ qsćn z ẃɖr it z xtnsiv inuf t map ɖ vîṛșpred so ɖt it cn b rold bac. Sǎʈ C’rīa hz a popyleśn v 52 miłn bt hz rcordd fywr ɖn 250 c’roṇvîṛs deʈs bî runñ 57 tsts fr evri cnfrmd Covid-19 ces. Ɖ numbr fr ɖ YC z les ɖn a tnʈ v ɖt. Britn hz bn tù lêt in incrisñ its tstñ-cpaṣti, n nr dz it hv a tresñsistm t trac dǎn ppl hu mt hv bn xpozd t ɖ vîṛs.

Dspt ɖ facts, Mr. Jonsn wl spend ɖ wīcs ahd clemñ h wl ǎt-C’rīa ɖ C’riynz bî hōltñ vîṛs-trnzmiśn n wl cīp it in ćec wɖ a “trac, tres n tst” aproć. Pformñ ɖs U-trn wl opn ɖ prîm̦inistr p t ɖ ćarj ɖt h actd tù lêt. Olrdi ɖ fngr v blem z biyñ pôntd at ɖ stet, nglectñ ɖt it hd bn śrunc bî a deced v Tori rūl. Instd v śẹrñ unsrṭntiz wɖ ɖ public, Mr. Jonsn cntinyz ɖ slf-dspśn. T ŕ z hymn. Rzolvñ ɖ tnśn btwn ɖ icoṇmi n hlʈ, az Ibsn’z ple ultiṃtli rvilz, canot b solvd bî ɖ god v public opińn.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Our hospital, our NHS: what it was like to photograph an ICU in the Covid-19 crisis

Jonny Weeks
Jóni Wīcs
Ǎr hospitl, ǎr NHS: ẃt it wz lîc t foṭgraf an ICY in ɖ Covid-19 crîsis

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 21 April 2020)

A wīc in a Covntri hospitl dokmntñ ɖ wrc v NHS staf bròt ɖ hymn dmnśnz v ɖs crîsis hom t m

Jóni Wīcs, Tyzde, 21 Epril 2020

A nurse who has been treating Covid-19 patients on one of the amber wards at University Hospital in Coventry. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
A nrs hu hz bn trītñ Covid-19 peśnts on wn v ɖ ambr wordz at Yṇvrṣti Hospitl in Covntri. Foṭgraf: Jóni Wīcs/Ɖ Gardịn

Lîc mni ppl arnd ɖ cuntri, I stand on mî frunt dorstep at 8pm evri Ʈrzde t clap fr cerrz jrñ ɖ Covid-19 pandemic. Yt ẃn I dd so fr ɖ frst tîm last munʈ, nt nwñ fr śr f mî nebrz wd jôn m, I riylîzd I ń litl v ɖ ppl fr hūm I wz clapñ.

Hu r ɖ nrsz, doctrz, clīnrz, clarcs, portrz, rsrćrz n cnsultnts on hūm so mni lîvz dpnd?

N ẃt r ɖer storiz?

I wz born at Wōlzgrev Hospitl in Covntri on 15 Ōġst 1982, so it flt aproprịt ɖt I śd vizit its modn cǎnṭpart, Yṇvrṣti Hospitl (YHCW), t dokmnt ɖ storiz v evride herǒizm wɖn.

Mî frst de on sait bgan wɖ a śev. I hd t b “fit-tstd” fr an FFP3 masc – a form v prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt yzd in criticl cer – bt birdz r stricli pṛhibtd bcz ɖe privnt a tît sìl. Tū bluntd rezrz lêtr, I dond mî masc n a nrs sqrtd a liqid intu mî fes. “Cn y test donuts?” ś asct. I cd’nt, ẃć mnt mî masc wz tît.

I flt gilti fr rsivñ preśs PPI, bt wz tld ɖt ɖ hospitl hd ampl rzorsz, ʈancs t dilijnt planñ n ɖt ɖ hlʈcer staf wontd ɖer storiz t b hŕd.

Az I wōct ʈru ɖ coṛdorz n intu ɖ les cntejs wordz, iniṣ́li wẹrñ onli a besic srjicl masc, ɖ hospitl wz so qayt ɖt it hardli flt lîc a pandemic at ol. I hd xpctd alarmbelz, doctrz in hazmat-sūts pññ fṛm bed t bed, n ɖ sǎnd v peśnts struġlñ t briɖ. Instd, I pást roz v emti bedz – intîr wordz on standbî – n nrsz in miniml PPI cāmli pṛsidñ wɖ ɖer rǎndz.

I glimst sm peśnts, ɖo mni wr tuct awe in prîṿt rūmz or dormz. Most lct xōstd. I asct wn man fr pmiśn t foṭgraf hiz legz ʈru a windo az h txtd luvd wnz. H agrìd. Az I pīrd ʈru ɖ lénz n intu hiz rūm, it wz no longr ɖ qaytnis ɖt struc m – it wz ɖ sns v îṣleśn. Lîc ol Covid-19 peśnts, ɖs man wz fizicli seṗretd fṛm hiz frendz n faṃli.

Ɖ folowñ de I met a rcuṿrñ Covid-19 peśnt hu wz sn t b dsćarjd. Hiz lebrd spīć n wìcnd bodi iḷstretd ɖ śir dstructivnis v ɖ vîṛs. It wz olso mî frst xpirịns v wẹrñ adiśnl PPI – letx gluvz, a vîzr n a flimzi epṛn. Bî ɖ tîm mî fîv-minit inṭvy wz dn, I wz swetñ pṛfysli n cd hardli consntret on ɖ mulṭpl rǎndz v handwośñ rqîrd bfr I cd līv ɖ rūm.

Jonny Weeks donning PPE before visiting a patient on an amber ward. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
Jóni Wīcs donñ PPI bfr viẓtñ a peśnt on an ambr word. Foṭgraf: Jóni Wīcs/Ɖ Gardịn

I lrnt mor abt ɖ hospitl, ɖ trītmnts peśnts wr rsivñ n ɖ simtmz most wr xpirịnsñ. Mor importntli, I lrnt abt indivijl membrz v staf, ɖer scilz, ɖer prsnl lîvz n ɖer sns v dyti.

On the front line: meet the NHS workers tackling coronavirus
On ɖ frunt lîn: mīt ɖ NHS wrcrz tac̣lñ c’roṇvîṛs

Rīd mor

Most wr wrcñ voḷntri oṿtîm, mni hd faṃli n ćildṛn at hom, sm wr scerd fr ɖer sefti. “I’v olwz bn a naćṛli cẹrñ prsn,” wn tld m. Ol 9,000 implôīz cd īẓli hv sd ɖ sem.

Wn inṭvy in ptiklr, wɖ bîosayntist Ranvir Siñ Ćavn, wz ptiklrli pôńnt. H spouc v hiz dzîr t hug hiz muɖr agn.

Ʈancf̣li, n smẃt s’prîzñli, ɖr wz plenti v lît rlif ʈrt ɖ hospitl. I spotd Stesi Gavin in ɖ medicl-dsiźnz ynit. Ś wz wẹrñ a “brîd-t-bi” saś, n struc a pǒz momntṛli az I trnd arnd wɖ mî camra. In tîmz v stres n dstres, it sīmz a smîl z wn v ɖ most vałbl ʈñz y cn brñ t a hospitl. It wz’nt untl mî last de at ɖ hospitl ɖt I wz tecn intu ɖ intnsiv-ʈeṛpi ynit, ẃr ɖ sicist peśnts r cept on lîf s’port. I ń mî xpirịns n pspśn v ɖ NHS wd b fr evr oltrd bî ẃt I wd witnis in IƮY. I olso ń I hd a dyti t foṭgraf it oṇstli n rspctf̣li.

A team of medics proning a patient in ITU. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
A tīm v medics pronñ a peśnt in IƮY. Foṭgraf: Jóni Wīcs/Ɖ Gardịn

Ɖ peśnts I sw wr olmst ol sdetd. Ɖe wr pṛfǎndli il, imoḅlîzd bî orgnfełr, n I ń sm wd nt svîv ɖ wīc. Wn wòr a briɖñ-aṗreṭs ẃć cuvrd hiz intîr hed. It wz a sît I wl nt fget. Yt ɖr wz a sns, īvn in IƮY, v cām n cntrol amñ ɖ medicl staf. Ɖe wr pṛvîdñ dytifl cer t evri peśnt in ɖer aur v nīd.

I lct arnd ɖ word wɖ a sns v adṃreśn. Mni v ɖ medics wr mî ej or yungr. I ʈt t mslf: hir ɖe r, ɖ subjicts v mî aplōz.

Jóni Wīcs z a fotojrṇlist n picćr-editr

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Philip Pullman: ministers should face charges if Brexit politics slowed PPE

Philip Pullman: ministers should face charges if Brexit politics slowed PPE
‘Ǎr dsndnts wl nt fgiv s’ … Filip Pŭlmn, picćrd in 2019. Foṭgraf: Jef Gilḅt/Rex/Śuṭstoc
Filip Pŭlmn: ministrz śd fes ćarjz f Brexit poḷtics sloud PPI

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 20 April 2020)

Noṿlist sz guvnmnt śd b ‘ćarjd wɖ cnspiṛsi t mrdr’ f rluctns t wrc wɖ ɖ YY obstructd pṛviźn

Alisn Flud. Tyzde, 21 Epril 2020

Filip Pŭlmn hz sd ɖt ɖ YC guvnmnt “śd b arend on ćarjz v cnspiṛsi t mrdr” f it z faund ɖt “fr Brexit-rletd rīznz” MPz dd nt tec part in ɖ YY pṛkrmntscīm t bai PPI.

Ɖ guvnmnt hz prīvịsli sd it wz unebl t jôn ɖ YY scīmz az it hd nt rsivd an īmeil v invteśn. Bt ɖ Gardịn rvild last wīc ɖt ɖ YC míst ʈri oṗtyṇtiz t b part v ɖ YY scīm t bulc-bai mascs, gǎnz n gluvz.

In a bîtñli criticl ese publiśt bî Penḡn, ɖ oʈr v Hiz Darc Mtirịlz sz ɖ intîr frunt bnć śd rzîn f it z faund t b tru ɖt MPz dclînd t ptiṣpet “fr Brexit-rletd rīznz”. Bt Pŭlmn pridictd ɖt no reẓgneśnz wd folo bcz ɖ MPz rsponsbl “hv nt a sngl gren v śem”.

“So ɖe śd b arend on ćarjz v cnspiṛsi t mrdr. Nʈñ les wl d. Ɖe ń ɖ riscs, n ʈt ɖ’d rɖr apiz ɖ fomñ zeḷts v Brexit,” raits ɖ noṿlist, hu hz dscrîbd Brexit az a ctastṛfi in ɖ past.

Ɖ ese sz ɖt ɖ pṛfǎnd ćenj v srcmstansz mīnz w śd nǎ hold bac on līvñ ɖ YY. “Ɖr r so mni clir advantjz t biyñ in ɖ YY, n ɖ beṇfits v līvñ r so tenẏs n fansifl, ɖt w mst rvizit ɖ ref̣rendm n hop ɖt ɖs tîm ɖ Lebr parti undr a ny līdr wl ple a propr part in ɖ arğmnt; n ɖt ɖ lîz, ɖ ćītñ, ɖ flegṛnt n śemlis mndaṣti wl b fŭli xpozd bî a stroñ, paśṇt, n foc̣st campen t rmen,” sz Pŭlmn.

A loñ-tîm critic v ɖ Cnsrvtiv guvnmnt, Pŭlmn lez ǎt hiz b’lif ɖt “w mst brn ǎt ɖ old c’rupśn n istabliś a betr we v livñ tgɖr”.

“It’s ol got t ćenj,” h raits. “F w cm ǎt v ɖs crîsis wɖ ol ɖ ric̣ti, flî-bloun, wrm-ītn old strucćrz stl intact, ɖ sem ven n indḷnt public scūlbôz in ćarj, ɖ sem hejfund manijrz stufñ ɖer oṿlodd pocits wɖ grīsi fngrz, ǎr dsndnts wl nt fgiv s.”

Ɖ ese z part v a ny siriz fṛm Penḡn oʈrz, Pspctivz, of̣rñ ɖer rsponsz t Covid-19. F’loṣfr AC Grelñ hz ritn abt hǎ ɖ f’loṣfi v ɖ Stǒics cn gîd s ʈru ɖ crîsis, Hoḷcōst-svîvr Īdiʈ Īgr on hǎ w cn fînd streñʈ in ɖ mdst v it, n Maḷri Blacmn on hǎ ɖ pandemic śd līd s t a fẹrr ssayti. Penḡn sz ɖ siriz z intndd t folo in ɖ spirit v its fǎndr Aḷn Len, hu set p ɖ publiśr in 1935 “t enśur evrwn hd axes t ɖ gretist mîndz, storiz n îdīaz ʈru aforḍbl n hî-qoḷti bcs”.

“No mor importnt z ɖs ɖn in tîmz v unpresdntd crîsis,” ɖ publiśr sd.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Boris Johnson is the wrong man in the wrong job at the wrong time

Polly Toynbee
Poli Tônbi
Boris Jonsn z ɖ roñ man in ɖ roñ job at ɖ roñ tîm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 20 April 2020)

Ɖ Súnde Tîmz reṿleśnz cnfrm ol ǎr wrst firz: ɖ prîm ministr’z hanḍlñ v c’roṇvîṛs hz bn śocñli cmplesnt

Munde, 20 Epril 2020

‘No one forget his cheery 3 March boast that he was still shaking hands with virus-sufferers. Nor that he was at Twickenham for a rugby match on 7 March.’ Photograph: Javier García/BPI/REX/Shutterstock
‘Nwn fget hiz ćiri 3 Marć bost ɖt h wz stl śecñ handz wɖ vîṛșufrrz. Nr ɖt h wz at Twicnm fr a rugbimać on 7 Marć.’ Foṭgraf: Javier Garsīa/BPI/REX/Śuṭstoc

Evrʈñ unravlz wɖ olmst indīsnt spīd. Aftr a bruś wɖ deʈ, ɖ prîm ministr z stl rcuṿrñ at Ćécrz ẃn wn v hiz mni s’portiv nyzpeprz drops a gṛned stret dǎn hiz Iliẓbīʈn ćimni. No pirịd v gres n conṿlesns: ɖ Súnde Tîmz dd’nt īvn wêt fr him t stumbl bac t Dǎnñ Strīt bfr fîrñ of its devstetñ atac on hiz caṿlir incompitns ovr ɖ c’roṇvîṛs-ǎtbrec.

Ẃt mcs ɖ insîdrz’ acǎnt so devstetñ z ɖt it ćîmz wɖ evrʈñ evrwn olrdi nz abt Boris Jonsn’z caṛctr. An uņemd “sīńr advîzr” t Dǎnñ Strīt “brouc rancs” t se: “Ẃt y lrn abt Boris wz h dd’nt ćer eni mītñz. H lîct hiz cuntribrecs. H dd’nt wrc wīc-endz. It wz lîc wrcñ fr an old-faśnd ćīf xktiv in a locl oʈoṛti 20 yirz ago. Ɖr wz a riyl sns ɖt h dd’nt d rjnt crîsisplanñ. It wz xacli lîc ppl fird h wd b.”

Xaɉretd or nt, hírñ ɖt ɖ prîm ministr tc tū wīcs’ hoḷde at Ćīvnñ az ɖ vîṛs bgan t spred in ɖ YC wl stic in ɖ public meṃri. Nr wl enwn fget hiz ćiri 3 Marć bost ɖt h wz stl śecñ handz wɖ vîṛșufrrz. Nr ɖt h wz at Twicnm fr a crǎdd rugbimać on 7 Marć. Bt abv ol, h míst nt wn bt ol v ɖ frst fîv Cobra mītñz on ɖ gaɖ̇rñ crîsis. Gordn Brǎn ćerd evri sngl Cobra mītñ on ft-n-mǎʈ – ẃn onli ɖ hlʈ v animlz wz at stec. Jonsn z ćarjd wɖ westñ 38 dez bfr tecñ sirịs ax́n agnst an eṗdemic aproćñ in plen sît. In hiz mînd, Ćîna wz far awe. N īvn ẃn Iṭli sufrd ɖ fl horr – dspt biyñ betr priperd, wɖ mor bedz n mor intnsiv-cer ynits – wel, ɖt wz jst Iṭli.

Nwn ilectd Boris Jonsn t cǒp wɖ a pleg. Ɖ smōl grūp v êjñ acṭvists in ɖ Tori parti s’lectd him fr hiz Brex̣tri – n ɖe lîct ɖ cut v hiz ćiri jib. H wz fun, upbìt, popylr n, abv ol, h hd swuñ ɖ Brexit vot t vicṭri. Mîcl Gov rportd on Súnde ɖt ɖ prîm ministr z “in ćirfl spirits”, bt ɖt’s baf̣lñli in’proprịt. Ćirfl? Abt ẃt? Gd croce on ɖ blosm-strùn Ćécrz lōnz? Ɖr r scorz v ded doctrz n nrsz amñ sm 20,000 ded sitiznz, n rîzñ. Hir z ɖ roñ man in ɖ roñ job at ɖ roñ tîm – ɖ polr oṗzit v Winstn Ćrćl’z arîvl in pǎr.

Ẃt mcs Jonsn s’prīmli unsūtd t ɖs ptiklr darcist aur z hiz naćṛl antiṗʈi twdz ɖ stet. In a spīć mnli on Brexit in Grenij on 3 Febrri, h atact Wūhan-stîl locdǎnz: “W r startñ t hír sm bizar ǎtarcic reṭric, ẃn barịrz r gwñ p, n ẃn ɖr z a risc ɖt ny dzizz sć az c’roṇvîṛs wl trigr a panic n a dzîr fr marcitsegṛgeśn.” H wnt on: “Hymaṇti nīdz sm guvnmnt smẃr ɖt z wilñ at līst t mc ɖ ces pǎrf̣li fr frīdm v xćenj.” H wz ɖt guvnmnt, alñ wɖ Doṇld Trump. “Hrd-iḿṇti” wz Jonsn’z poḷsi untl it bcem p’liticli unsstenbl. Ɖr-aftr, incompitns.

Ɖ Fnanśl Tîmz’ anaḷsis v bungld vnṭletrpṛkrmnt z a soḅrñ rīd: it sz ɖ guvnmnt cōld in non-speṣ́lists t mc p ɖ śortfōl in ynits n endd p wɖ products unfit fr Covid-19 peśnts. N ɖ Gardịn rvild ɖt, undr osteṛti, ɖr wz a dlibṛt 40% cut in imrjnsi prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt stocpîld fr an eṗdemic.

Lebr’z śado hlʈsecṛtri, Joṇʈn Aśwrʈ, z cōlñ fr pubḷceśn v ɖ fîndñz v a ʈri-de eṗdemicsiḿleśn in 2016, X’sîz Sigṇs, ẃć uncuvrd a criticl śortij v intnsiv-cer bedz, morgcpaṣti n PPI. Ɖ guvnmnt z rfyzñ frīdm-v-inf̣meśn rqsts, so ɖt me hv t wêt fr ɖ inevitbl public inqîri. Az wl fînl dītelz v ɖ fełr t tst, tres, îṣlet n trīt evri sngl ces, ẃć ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn nǎ sz śd b a prīcndiśn bfr cuntriz lūsn ɖer locdǎnz. Nn v ɖz ʈñz r in ples in ɖ YC, nẃr nir.

Yesṭde ɖ NHS Cnfeḍreśn n NHS Pṛvîdrz fîṇli lost peśns wɖ guvnmnt-dsoṇsti ovr wiśfl targits n planz: jst tel s plen facts, ɖe dmandd.

No guvnmnt cd b fŭli redi fr ɖs: fyćrlésnz wl b lrnt fṛm Sǎʈ C’rīa n uɖrz. Bt ɖs w nǒ: ǎr guvnmnt z snğlrli unsūtd t ɖ tasc n unfit fr prṗs. In hiz absns, Jonsn’z lac v sirịsnis z rflectd in hiz abizml ćôs v cabiṇt, s’lectd fr ol ɖ roñ rīznz. Doṃnic Rāb, Priti Ptel, Iliẓbʈ Trus n ɖ rest wr ćozn fr Brex̣tri n hetrid v ɖ stet. Rīd Britańa Unćend, ɖ comṗleśn v ɖer c’lectd ʈncñ, t si intu ɖer soulz. Ɖr’z no evidns ɖer wrldvy hz ćenjd.

Doṃnic Cumñz wz bròt in bî Jonsn t swñ a recñbōl at Ẃîthōl, locl caunslz, ɖ BBC n enʈñ ɖt smelt v gd guvnmnt. No s’prîz ɖt ɖoz hu d’nt b’liv in ɖ stet hv md ɖ wrst poṣbl fist v runñ it in a crîsis. Brexit imbodid ɖer mîndset: brec awe, brec ʈñz n dsrupt. Ẃn ɖ prîm ministr rtrnz, hiz sngl most ri’śurñ act wd b t pṛloñ imīɉtli ɖ Brexit trnziśn: yt last wīc Nu 10 sd it wd rjct an xtnśn, īvn f ɖ YY ofrd it. F Jonsn blundrz on az ɖ icoṇmi c’lapsz, ɖen w śl trūli nǒ w r in ɖ handz v fnatics.

Ultiṃtli, a public inqîri wl xamin ɖ stet v ɖ cuntri ẃn ɖ vîṛs struc. Hǎ 10 yirz v osteṛti cripld evri srvis dzînd t pṛtct n dfnd. Hǎ ɖ Andru Lanzli rformz blù ɖ NHS intu fragmnts; sośl cer wz stript bér; n locl guvnmnt, rsponsbl fr public hlʈ, wz średd. Īvn ɖ armi wz hobld.

Ɖ prîm ministr cn wax snṭmntl abt ɖ NHS, bt it’s onli wn arṭri v public srvis ɖt z ɖ lîfblud v gd guvnmnt. Az parḷmnt rtrnz, it’s tîm fr MPs t ćalinj ɖ fełrz v ɖz reṇgedz.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Coronavirus has exposed the myth of British exceptionalism

Fintan O'Toole
Fintn OTūl
C’roṇvîṛs hz xpozd ɖ miʈ v Britiś xpśṇlizm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 11 April 2020)

Boris Jonsn’z frst rspons wz at odz wɖ ɖ rest v ɖ wrld. Bt ɖs vîṛs dz nt rspct hiz dluźnz v naśnl caṛctr

Fintn OTūl, Saṭde, 11 Epril 2020

A boarded-up pub in London, 9 April 2020: ‘Exceptionalism lies behind the assumption that there was something peculiarly unnatural in expecting Brits to obey drastic restrictions.’ Photograph: James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock
A bōrdd-up pub in Lundn, 9 Epril 2020: ‘Xpśṇlizm lîz bhnd ɖ asumśn ɖt ɖr wz smʈñ pkłrli uņaćṛl in xpctñ Brits t obe drastic rstrix́nz.’ Foṭgraf: Jemz Vezi/REX/Śuṭstoc

Ɖr z nǎ ɖ teṛbl posbiḷti ɖt Britn me mać or īvn oṿtec Iṭli n Spen az ɖ cuntri in Yṛp ɖt sufrz most fṛm ɖ c’roṇvîṛs pandemic. Ɖs traɉdi hz a p’liticl, az wel az a bạlojicl, eṗdīmioḷji. Ɖoz sīcñ t tres its paʈ me lc bac on a telñ momnt – paṛdoxicli ɖ wn at ẃć ɖ guvnmnt fîṇli ćenjd cors n fél intu lîn wɖ most v ɖ rest v Yṛp. On 20 Marć, Boris Jonsn anǎnst ɖ cloźr v pubz, clubz n resṭronts. Īvn az h dd so, hvr, h md it clir ɖt ɖs dsiźn wz an asōlt on ɖ naśnl caṛctr.

“W’r tecñ awe ɖ enćnt, inełṇbl rît v fri-born ppl v ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm t g ɖ pub,” h sd. “N I cn unḍstand hǎ ppl fīl abt ɖt.” Lest hiz anḡś b in eni dǎt, h unḍscord ɖ pônt: “T rpit, I nǒ hǎ dificlt ɖs z, hǎ it sīmz t g agnst ɖ frīdm-luvñ instñts v ɖ Britiś ppl.” Ɖ mesij wz – ẃt xacli? Y mst nt g t ɖ pub bt yr rît t d so z “inełṇbl” (ẃć z t se abṣlut n ireṿcbl). Y mst ste at hom bt, f y so d, y wl b a dsgres t yr frīdm-luvñ ansestrz.

Ɖ Sún rportd ɖ prîm ministr’z rmarcs rɖr difṛntli: “Mr. Jonsn sd h riylîzd it wnt agnst ẃt h cōld ‘ɖ inełṇbl fri-born rît v ppl born in Ñgḷnd t g t ɖ pub’.” In ɖs vrśn, ɖ frīdm t g t ɖ pub wz cnfŕd bî jnetics n hisṭri, nt on ɖ “ppl v ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm” or “ɖ Britiś ppl”, bt on “ppl born in Ñgḷnd”. It dz nt aplî t Scots, Wlś or Norɖn Îriś ppl n srtnli nt t ɖ 9.4 miłn ppl livñ in ɖ YC hu wr born abrōd. It z a ptiklr Anglo-Saxn priṿlij.

N sins w r in ɖ t’ren v ɖ lūdicṛs, ɖ Sún’z vrśn acć̣li md mor sns. Ɖr z, v cors, no enćnt n abṣlut rît t g t ɖ pub – ínz n public hǎzz hv bn reğletd in Ñgḷnd at līst sins ɖ 15ʈ snćri. Bt ẃt Jonsn wz riyli ivocñ wz a vri sṗsific Ñgliś sns v xpśṇlizm, a fanṭsi v prsnl frīdm az a marcr v eʈnic n naśnl îdntti.

Ɖt xpśṇlizm z nt, alas, mir r’toricl slf-induljns. It hlpt t śep ofiśl poḷsi twdz ɖ Covid-19 crîsis. It lîz bhnd bʈ ɖ îdīa ɖt ɖr śd b a dstñtiv Britiś rspons t ɖs globl ćalinj, n ɖ asumśn ɖt ɖr wz smʈñ pkłrli uņaćṛl in xpctñ Brits t obe drastic rstrix́nz. Its leġsi z ɖ gloḅli dscredtd poḷsi v “hrd-iḿṇti” n ɖ lêt intṛdux́n, sqonḍrñ Britn’z hed start, v ɖ locdǎn.

Ɖ prîm ministr himslf hz loñ cultvetd ɖ nośn ɖt h dz nt jst ispǎz ɖs frīdm-luvñ xpśṇlizm – h imbodiz it. In ɖ rli stejz v ɖ crîsis, Jonsn’z admîrrz cd si it az hiz Fînist Aur, ɖ momnt ẃn hiz Ćrćiłn posć̣rñ wd bcm riyl n h wd sev hiz cuntri. Ẃn ɖ prîm ministr wz hospiṭlîzd, hiz ovŗòt frend n fan Tobi Yuñ cnfest in ɖ Spectetr t “a cînd v misticl b’lif in Britn’z gretnis n hr abiḷti t oceźṇli brñ fʈ rmarcbl indivijlz … hu cn srv hr at criticl juñćrz. I’v olwz ʈt v Boris az wn v ɖoz ppl – nt jst sspctd it, bt noun it in mî bonz.”

Jonsn’z Ćrćl imprṣneśn hz olwz bn a we v clemñ ɖt hiz ǒn weẉdnis z nt mir slf-induljns bt ɖ marc v a speśl (n idịsncraticli Ñgliś) desṭni. In hiz bc, Ɖ Ćrćl Factr, h rout v hiz aidl: “Ɖr z a sns in ẃć [Ćrćl’z] xntriṣti n hymr hlpt t xpres ẃt Britn wz fîtñ fr – ẃt it wz ol abt. Wɖ hiz lūdicṛs hats n romprz n sgarz n xes alc̣hol, h cntrîvd fizicli t repriznt ɖ sntṛl îdīa v hiz ǒn p’liticl f’loṣfi: ɖ inełṇbl rît v Britiś ppl t liv ɖer lîvz in frīdm, t d ɖer ǒn ʈñ.” Ges hu ɖs wz mnt t brñ t mînd fr cntmprri rīdrz?

Biyñ drunc on frīdm z wn we fr ɖ ćozn ppl t “d ɖer ǒn ʈñ”. Adoptñ a dstñtiv naśnl aproć t a globl pandemic z anɖr. Ɖ miʈ v a ynīc n dfînñ luv v prsnl frīdm az a baj v neśnhd unḍpind a pṛfǎnd rluctns t impoz lîf-sevñ rstrix́nz on muvmnt n sośl gaɖ̇rñz. Uɖr ppl mt pt p wɖ ɖt sort v ʈñ, bt nt ɖ Ñgliś. On ɖ ōltr v ɖs xpśṇlizm, lîvz hv bn sacṛfîst.

Ɖs inet, jnetic rzistns t cnforṃti z a miʈ. Ɖs z obvịs fṛm ɖ psistns v an īql n oṗzit clīśe v Ñgliśnis: ɖ cȳ. Jorj Orwél cd rapṣdîz “ɖ jntl-manrd, undimonstṛtiv, lw’bîdñ Ñgliś” n “ɖ ordrli bhevyr v Ñgliś crǎdz, ɖ lac v pśñ n qoṛlñ, ɖ wilñnis t form cȳz”. Ɖ anʈṛpoḷjist Cet Fox rout: “Jrñ ɖ Lundn rayts in Ōġst 2011, I witnist lūtrz formñ an ordrli cȳ t sqīz, wn at a tîm, ʈru ɖ smaśt windo v a śop ɖe wr lūtñ.” Ordrlinis z jst az prominnt az weẉdnis in ɖ Ñgliś slf-imij – ẃć sjsts ɖt nɖr v ɖz truizmz z enćnt, inełṇbl or wrʈ a dám ẃn y r mcñ poḷsi in a tîm v pleg.

Ɖ xpśṇlist “frīdm-luvñ instñt” hz litl t d wɖ hisṭri n mć mor t d wɖ cuṛnt poḷtics, sṗsificli ɖ poḷtics v Brexit. Jonsn dscrîbd az “mgnifisnt” a 2014 bc bî ɖ arć-Brexitr Dańl Hann cōld Hǎ W Invntd Frīdm – “w” biyñ ɖ Anglo-Saxnz. Hann xpresli rclemd ɖ îdīa v xpśṇlizm, ɖ frīdm-luvñ Anglo-Saxnz biyñ ɖ xpśn ispeṣ́li t Yṛpiyn sleviśnis. Brexit, az h argyd, wz wn impeṛtiv v ɖs dcoṭmi. Trajicli, a nośn ɖt ɖ YC cd ignor ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn n d its ǒn ʈñ wɖ ɖ vîṛs wz anɖr.

Covid-19, az Jonsn himslf dscuvrd in ɖ most ōfl we, dz’nt mc xpśnz. Ɖ ʈret z yṇvrsl. N ɖ śīld agnst it – ɖ NHS – z cozṃpoḷtn n globl. Ɖr r 200 difṛnt naṣ́naḷtiz reprizntd in its rancs bî 150,000 doctrz, nrsz n ansiḷri staf. Wn conṣleśn in ɖs dzastr z ɖ rịlîześn ɖt Britn z xpśṇli luci t hv ɖm.

Fintn OTūl z a coḷmnist wɖ ɖ Îriś Tîmz

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Leadership, Jim, but not as we know it with Captain Raab on bridge

John Crace
Jon Crês
Līdrśp, Jim, bt nt az w nǒ it wɖ Captin Rāb on brij

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 7 April 2020)

Ɖ buc hz olwz stopt wɖ ɖ PM. Nǎ, wɖ Boris Jonsn il, it sīmz t stop nẃr

Jon Crês, Tyzde, 7 Epril 2020

Dominic Raab arrives at No 10 for a Covid-19 committee meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock
Doṃnic Rāb arîvz at Nu. 10 fr a Covid-19 cmitimītñ on Tyzde. Foṭgraf: Śinhua/Rex/Śuṭstoc

It’s nǎ ol dǎn t a matr v trust. Last Jūn, ɖ Cnsrvtiv parti dsîdd it dd’nt ret Doṃnic Rāb hîli inuf fr him t īvn mc ɖ last fîv v ɖ līdrśpcontest. Imajin ɖ hymilieśn v biyñ cnsidrd t hv les creḍbiḷti ɖn Mîcl Gov.

Yt nǎ, wɖ Boris Jonsn in intnsiv cer, Rāb z ɖ inṭrim līdr v ɖ cuntri at a tîm v naśnl imrjnsi. “Y’v got t asc yrslf wn qsćn. D I fīl luci? Wel, d y’, punc?” Ɖ ansr fr most v s z a rzǎndñ “no”. W d’nt fīl in ɖ slîtist bit luci, ʈanc y.

Nɖr, it sīmz, dz Rāb. Ɖ gap btwn vōltñ ambiśn n practicl riaḷti hz nvr sīmd so wîd. Ẃn h lcs in ɖ mirr, Dóm no longr siz ɖ dsîsiv man v ax́n h hz olwz imajind himslf t b. Rɖr h jst gezz at unsrtnti n heztnsi.

Ɖ crǎn weiz far mor heṿli ɖn h hd evr antiṣpetd. H c’nt īvn trust himslf ɖz dez. Ɖ de bfr, h hd insistd Boris wz on top form n runñ ɖ cuntri fṛm hiz hospitlbed. Jst ʈri aurz lêtr, w wr tld ɖ prîm ministr hd bn muvd t intnsiv cer.

It’s hard t cm bac fṛm ɖt. Îɖr ɖ foṛn secṛtri hd bn cept ǎt v ɖ lūp abt Boris’z stet v hlʈ or h hd laid t ɖ cuntri. Nɖr v ẃć wz a gd lc fr ɖ man huz prîm rsponsbiḷti wz t brñ a sns v ri’śuṛns n stbiḷti t a cuntri wurid abt ɖ hlʈ v its līdr.

Boris mt nt b evrwn’z îdīa v a naśnl Dadi, bt h’z ɖ onli Dadi w’v got n nwn wonts t lūz ɖer Dad. It’s az prîml n teṛfayñ az ɖt. Ɖ cuntri hz’nt flt ɖs añśs n unsetld in decedz.

Rāb dd’nt lc qt az sweti n eji on Tyzde az h hd ɖ de bfr: instd, ɖ panic rzîdd intîrli in hiz îz ɖt dartd ɖs we n ɖt, avôdñ d’rect contact wɖ evrwn. H startd bî gtñ t ɖ qsćn evrwn wontd ansrd. Ɖ prîm ministr hd bn stebl oṿnît, wz rsivñ ɖ bst cer n hd nīdd no invesiv vnṭleśn. Gd nyz.

“I’m confidnt h’l pl ʈru,” h sd. “H’z a fîtr.” Cy a c’lectiv gron v dsper. W wr bac in ɖ miʈoḷji v pluci Brits tecñ on ɖ Hun sngl-handd. Fîtñ ɖ c’roṇvîṛs on ɖ bīćz n in ɖ hejroz.

W’r nt in a wor. W’r in a pandemic. Ɖ tū ʈñz r toṭli difṛnt. N ɖ mni ʈǎzndz hu hv olrdi daid fṛm ɖ dziz dd nt d so bcz ɖe wr tù wìc or dd’nt fît hard inuf. Ɖe daid bcz ɖe wr tù il t liv n ɖr wz nʈñ ɖ doctrz cd d t sev ɖm.

Ɖ foṛn secṛtri wz no mor cnvinsñ on hu acć̣li wz runñ ɖ cuntri in Boris’z absns. “Guvnmnt hz olwz wrct on c’lectiv rsponsbiḷti,” h sd caẓ́li.

’r, yes. Xpt ɖ buc hz olwz stopt wɖ ɖ prîm ministr. Nǎ it sīmz ɖ buc stopt nẃr. Ol ɖt wz haṗnñ wz ɖt ɖ intîr cabiṇt wz gaɖ̇rñ rnd a cristl bōl, ẃl trayñ t ćanl ɖ inr spirit v Boris.

N ẃt wz cmñ bac wz prizyṃbli totl jiḅriś, az it’s bn wel dokmntd ɖt in ɖ wīc Boris wz in îṣleśn in Dǎnñ Strīt ɖ intîr cabiṇt wz sqoḅlñ lîc rats in a sác. Sm hv nvr īvn left ɖ sác. Dspt biyñ homsecṛtri, Priti Ptel hz nvr bn alaud enẃr nir a Nu. 10 presbrīfñ. Smōl mrsiz, I s’poz.

In ɖ mntm, ɖ Govstr dz’nt īvn trust Dóm t mc ɖ cofi at cabiṇtmītñz. God nz ẃt wd hapn f ɖr wz anɖr sirịs imrjnsi, sć az fludz or a terrist’tac. Ɖ intîr cabiṇt wd b brīfñ agnst ć uɖr, wɖ ć prsn hvñ a difṛnt îdīa v ẃt Boris wd riyli hv wontd. Prizyṃbli Mîci n Dóm hv olrdi arm-resld wn anɖr fr pześn v ɖ ńclir butn. It’s līdrśp, Jim, bt nt az w nǒ it.

Nr dd psistnt qsć̣nñ fṛm ɖ mīdia abt hu riyli wz in ćarj rzult in eni mor claṛti. Evrwn wz jst gtñ on n dwñ ẃt Boris wd hv wontd, īvn ɖo ɖ srcmstansz mt sins hv ćenjd.

Ol ɖt dd bcm clir wz ɖt Rāb’z îdīa v c’lectiv rsponsbiḷti wz evri man n wmn fr ɖmslvz. Asct abt ɖ guvnmnt’s cmitmnt t 100,000 tsts bî ɖ end v ɖ munʈ, Dóm caẓ́li ʈrù Mát Hancoc, ɖ hlʈsecṛtri, undr ɖ ẃīlz v a bus. Nʈñ t d wɖ m, Guv. Asc Tigr.

Ɖ onli prsn t riyli levl wɖ ɖ cuntri wz ɖ ćīf medicl ofisr fr Ñgḷnd, Cris Ẃiti. Ʈanc gdnis, h’z bac. Aftr ɖ ćīf sạntific advîzr Patric Vaḷns hd obzrvd ɖt ɖ YC’s deʈrets wr brōdli in lîn wɖ Iṭli, Spen n Frans, Ẃiti alon derd t coment on ẃ Jrṃni’s mt b so mć lowr.

Tstñ, tstñ, tstñ. Ɖ Jrmnz hd tecn ɖ c’roṇvîṛs mor sirịsli at a mć rlịr stej ɖn uɖr cuntriz n hd pland acordñli. Ɖ YC wz peyñ ɖ prîs fr its guvnmnt hvñ bn tù slo t act.

Ɖr wz wn adult in Dǎnñ Strīt, ɖen. Jst a śem h’z nt in ɖ cabiṇt. Stl, phps aftr Wenzde mornñ’z fanṭsi-ftbōl “Ẃt wd Boris d nxt?” cabiṇtmītñ, wn ministr wl b aveḷbl t tel s hu riyli z runñ ɖ cuntri ẃl ɖ prîm ministr rcuvrz in hospitl.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Ruffled Raab gives little clue of true state of prime minister’s health

John Crace
Jon Crês
Rufld Rāb gvz litl clu v tru stet v prîm ministr’z hlʈ

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 6 April 2020)

Ɖ de facto PM ofrz a bérli creḍbl pformns at ɖ dêli c’roṇvîṛs presconfṛns

Jon Crês, Munde, 6 Epril 2020

Ɖ foṛn secṛtri, Doṃnic Rāb, n ćīf medicl ofisr Pṛf Cris Ẃiti at a c’roṇvîṛs presconfṛns. Foṭgraf: Pipa Folz/10 Dǎnñ Strīt/YPA

Jst abt ɖ onli ri’śurñ ʈñ t cm ǎt v ɖ lêtist Dǎnñ Strīt presconfṛns wz ɖt Doṃnic Rāb dz nt yt hv hiz handz on ɖ ńclir butn.

Bcz in olmst evri uɖr rspct ɖ foṛn secṛtri apird t b cospleyñ Pītr Selrz in Dr. Strenjluv. A man so clinicli unstebl h hz yt t riylîz h z bî far ɖ most denjṛs prsn in eni rūm h entrz.

Ɖ pʈoḷji maṇfests itslf in difṛnt wez. Ofn Rāb z a bōl v bérli rprest angr, ɖ vein on ɖs fōrhed ʈrobñ metṛnomicli az h trîz t frunt ǎt eni trici qsćnz.

Tde, h wz gwñ fr ɖ mor leid-bac aproć – ɖ Mr. Nîs Gai hu defiṇtli hd no gilti sīcrits. Unforćṇtli fr him, h hd mor t hîd ɖn ɖ yźl c’lex́n v unsolvd mrdrz. Snr or lêtr, smwn z gwñ t hv t hv a qayt wrd wɖ Dóm n tel him h’z crap at ɖs gig. Ɖen so z olmst evrwn els in ɖ cabiṇt.

T b fer, Dóm hd bn dlt a ptiklrli bad hand. Aftr ɖ yźl dsclemrz abt ɖ guvnmnt hvñ dn a jenṛli briłnt job so far, ɖ foṛn secṛtri wz rɖr oblîjd t gv an updet on ɖ prîm ministr’z hlʈ.

Smʈñ h traid t mumbl awe az an aftrʈōt. Boris Jonsn wz in top form, xḷnt spirits. In fact, h wz hvñ sć a gd tîm runñ ɖ cuntri fṛm hiz bed in St Toṃs’z hospitl ɖt h wz planñ t xtnd hiz ste t an xtra nît.

Rāb sz Jonsn ‘rmenz in ćarj’ fṛm hospitl – vidio

Ɖr wz besicli nʈñ roñ wɖ Boris, wz ɖ mesij. H’d jst dropt in t hospitl bcz h wz gtñ a bit bord at hom.

Unḍstanḍbli, nwn wz ptiklrli cnvinst bî Rāb’z “H’z in gd spirits” xpḷneśn v ɖ prîm ministr’z hlʈ. Aftr ol, most ppl hu hv hd īvn a mîld vrśn v ɖ c’roṇvîṛs hv rportd ɖe wr ẃact ǎt fr ɖ bst part v a wīc n gd fr nxt t nʈñ. Yt hir wz Rāb trayñ t pswed s ɖt dspt hvñ a hî tmpṛćr, a cof n briɖñ dificltiz, Jonsn wz on top form n fit fr enʈñ. Biyñ prîm ministr wz acć̣li a pìs v pis ɖt enwn cd d fṛm hospitl. No big dīl.

“H’z in gd spirits,” Rāb agn rpitd, hiz îz dartñ añśsli arnd ɖ rūm. Mr. Cūl wz nǎ lcñ dsîdidli rufld n h in’dvrtntli let slip ɖ truʈ. Ɖ last tîm h hd acć̣li spocn t ɖ prîm ministr wz on Saṭde, ɖ de bfr Boris wz admitd t hospitl.

So w wr asct t axpt ɖt fr ɖ last tū dez h hd bn intîrli ǎt v ɖ lūp n ɖt Boris hd bn runñ ɖ śo on hiz ǒn. Nt nesseṛli bad nyz fr ɖ cuntri, bt badli creḍbl.

Ɖr wz onli wn iniscepbl cncluźn. Ɖt Boris dz’nt ret îɖr Rāb or Mîcl Gov az sūṭbl depytiz t run ɖ cuntri in hiz absns n recnz ɖt h cd probbli stl d a betr job ɖn îɖr v ɖm fṛm hiz hospitlbed. It’s a lac v trust wɖ ẃć most v ɖ cuntri hz sm simṗʈi.

Oceźṇli, Rāb wd despṛtli lc t ɖ nyli rcuvrd ćīf medicl ofisr, Cris Ẃiti, n ɖ Foṛn Ofis depyti ćīf medicl advîzr, Anɉla McLīn, fr ri’śuṛns. Ẃć ɖe bʈ rfyzd t gv. Ɖo ɖ neśn wz plizd t si him bac, Ẃiti rɖr lct az f h wd rɖr b elsẃr. Probbli viẓtñ hiz secnd hom, lîc ɖ Scotiś ćīf medicl ofisr. Ɖt we h wd hv t rzîn n wd’nt hv t pt himslf ʈru eni mor v ɖz xcrūśietñ presconfṛnsz.

Loñ bfr ɖ end, Rāb hd manijd t mudl p īvn ɖ most besic v meṣjz. Last wīc, bʈ Boris n ɖ hlʈsecṛtri, Mát Hancoc, hd ofrd a glimr v hop wɖ a locdǎn xitstraṭji, involvñ armbandz n antibodi-tst. Ol ɖt wz nǎ loñ fgotn az Dóm pôntd t sm slîdz ɖt śoud it wz far tù rli t b mcñ eni v ɖoz cîndz v pridix́nz. W wr gwñ bcwdz fast.

A cnsistnt dsple in hoplisnis bî ɖ hoplis. A brīfñ ɖt hd onli srvd t mudi ɖ wōtrz frɖr: ɖ Qīn’z cōl fr naśnl yṇti a distnt meṃri. Fr ẃt cem ʈru clirist wz ɖt nwn in guvnmnt riyli hd a clu ẃt wz haṗnñ. Īvn ɖ de facto prîm ministr wz’nt biyñ informd abt ɖ prîm ministr’z cndiśn.

Wɖn aurz ɖ mirāź hd dropt. Ɖ presconfṛns a totl ireḷvns. Ẃt Dóm hd or hd’nt noun wz iṃtirịl. Jrñ ɖ afṭnun Boris’z cndiśn hd wrsnd n h wz biyñ trnsfŕd t intnsiv cer. Dóm wz nǎ actñ prîm ministr. Ol ɖt enwn cd d nǎ wz pt ɖer trust in ɖ doctrz n pre fr ɖ bst. Ɖ crîsis hd jst got sgnificntli wrs.

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CLERIHEWS: THE THREE BREXITEERS

(26 Jūne 2016)

(Fotoz invrtd fr betr pspctv.)

Jonsn, Boris:
“ɖ hiro hu wun ǎr frīdm fr s.”
So śǎt Hip hip hre unls
y d’nt b’liv ɖ gutrpres.

Mîcl Gov:
a crtịs, intelijnt, Yrosceptic cov
hu clevrli mest p Edyceśn
n nǎ, wɖ gret rspct, ɖ Neśn.

(Foto invrtd fr betr pspctv.)

Nîjl Farāj:
ɖ YCIP līdr huz vrbl barāj
s’xesf̣li tòt s loñ diviźn
(ẃć z ẃt rmenz v Nîjl’z viźn).

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