UK Prime Minister’s Illness Reveals Conservatives’ Attitude to Sickness

Coronavirus doesn’t care how much effort you put in.

A dung beetle pushing a big ball of poo.
A dung beetle pushing a big ball of poo.
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“I know him very well so I am deeply saddened really that it should come to this. He has obviously worked like mad to try and get through this but it’s not good enough so far.

It doesn’t mean necessarily that he isn’t going to pull through this because they may have put him on intensive care because they can treat him and he may have a secondary infection, a serious chest infection and that will stabilise him, they can get after it, and get him through this and out the other side quicker in a more stable way.

Let’s hope and pray Boris is in the best of hands and will pull through.”

Aside from the fact it sounds like Smith has decided Johnson is already doomed (he might not die, you know!), he reveals something of his thoughts on sickness and work. Countless sick and disabled people in Britain had their benefits reduced and sanctioned for months at a time, as a supposed incentive to get a job. Never mind that they weren’t in any state to work, for Smith sees work as a cure for all ills.

He has obviously worked like mad to try and get through this but it’s not good enough so far.”

What on earth does this even mean? That with enough determination, Johnson could have seen off the virus; perhaps he just wasn’t believing hard enough? I’m pretty sure that’s not how coronavirus works. Maybe he meant that Johnson was still fulfilling all his Prime Ministerial duties, working his hardest, but he became weak and gave in to the virus? Again, that’s not how sickness works, but then again Smith is the man who sent Work Capability Assessment letters to dead people.

“Boris is a very tough, very resilient, very fit person, I know that from facing him on the tennis court, and I’m sure he’ll come through this”

If only the public had been informed of the protective benefits of playing tennis, we could have avoided thousands of deaths. Or we could have listened to reputable scientists, and employed a proper lockdown, testing and tracing. I guess we’ll never know.

“He has a very weird attitude to illness. He was intolerant of anybody who was ill. Until now, he has had a very robust constitution. He has never been ill until now, and this will be a huge shock to him. His outlook on the world is that illness is for weak people.”

I wonder what it’s like for him to be one of the little people now. I’m not expecting an epiphany.

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