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Now a Mirror editor is pushing the ‘poor Boris Johnson’ line

Boris Johnson and the Mirror

Boris Johnson’s latest disastrous attempt at handling the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hardly gone down well. Tier 4 measures have swept across the country amid widespread criticism of his catastrophic flip-flopping. So, enter an unlikely ally to bolster the PM up: the Mirror‘s political editor.

Biting the hand that feeds them?

After Johnson’s chaotic and devastating announcement on Saturday 19 December about new restrictions, his usually biggest cheerleaders didn’t seem quite so supportive.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was guarded in her analysis. She said on the BBC Newscast of the Tier 4 announcement:

whatever you think of this, whatever you think of the decisions, whatever you think of Boris Johnson, you can’t say that the warnings weren’t out there before today. And that is why, for some people, this will be, it’s a repetition that will affect people very personally, of a kind of political tactic, or a political sort of way of being that actually creates disruption for a lot of people because he doesn’t like making hard decisions.

Sky News‘s chief political correspondent Jon Craig wrote a fairly scathing column. He said of Johnson during 19 December’s press conference:

The colour – never particularly rosy – appeared drained from his face.

He looked and sounded like someone who had suffered a bereavement, he was so subdued, or taken an excruciating and winding punch in the gut.

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Even ITV‘s main client journalist Robert Peston had no leaks or government lines to spin via his Twitter account.

So it was down to the Mirror‘s political editor Pippa Crerar to spin for the Tories.

The Mirror: propping up Johnson

Referring to Johnson, presumably, she described being a “political leader” right now as a “tough gig”:

Sorry, what? That was the reaction to Crerar’s somewhat nauseating statement on Twitter:

Meanwhile, in New Zealand

But Mick L made a very good point:

Over in New Zealand, PM Jacinda Arden and her team have all but eradicated coronavirus:

New Zealand Covid Data

New Zealand locked down on 25 March; two days after the UK. But as BBC News reported, a week earlier Ardern made everyone coming into the country self-isolate for 14 days. It also completely closed its borders. And as BBC News said, she put “health before the economy”, and that New Zealand’s:

relative success – it has among the lowest cases per capita in the world – has mainly been attributed to the clarity of the message coming from the government.

The FT noted on 17 December that:

New Zealand’s economy has accelerated out of a coronavirus-induced recession to grow a record 14 per cent in the third quarter, reflecting authorities’ adept handling of the pandemic.

Figures published on Thursday showed a resurgence in household spending drove the country’s recovery. The easing of some of the world’s toughest social-distancing restrictions prompted 11.1 per cent growth in service industries and 26 per cent growth in the goods producing sector.

And Business Insider reported:

Ardern says New Zealand has bought so many COVID-19 vaccines that it will give free doses to neighboring countries

Well, well, well. Compare and contrast to Johnson’s disastrous handling and extreme cronyism, and maybe, Crerar, running a country during a pandemic only looks like a ‘tough gig’ when you’ve got a self-serving, privileged narcissist in charge?

Featured image via the Telegraph – YouTube and Wikimedia 

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