Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under fire after shocking comments about the coronavirus pandemic were revealed during an inquiry. According to the inquiry, Johnson referred to the pandemic as “pathetic” and “nature’s way of dealing with old people” in a WhatsApp exchange with the government’s former chief scientist, Sir Patrick Vallance.
In his notebook, Vallance noted that Johnson seemed fixated on older people accepting their fate and sacrificing themselves for the sake of the economy and the younger generation. This revelation has sparked widespread outrage and criticism of Johnson’s handling of the pandemic.
These comments came to light in December 2020, when Johnson expressed his belief that he had taken early action on the pandemic. His party also viewed the situation as “pathetic” and saw the virus as nature’s way of dealing with old people. Johnson even highlighted the age of COVID-19 fatalities, stating that the median age was 82, which is above life expectancy. He suggested that getting COVID-19 could potentially prolong life.
However, these shocking remarks have further undermined trust in Johnson’s leadership. In July 2022, he announced his resignation following a series of controversies, including the infamous “Partygate” lockdown scandal and mishandling of sexual misconduct claims. The resignation came after nearly 60 ministers and aides had already resigned from the government, reflecting the growing discontent within his party.
As the controversy continues to unfold, the Conservative Party and Johnson’s office have been contacted for comment on the revelations from the inquiry. Many are calling for a thorough investigation and accountability for the former Prime Minister’s actions and statements regarding the pandemic.
This latest revelation has highlighted the importance of responsible leadership during times of crisis, particularly for a country like the UK that has been significantly affected by the pandemic. The impact of Johnson’s comments on public trust and the government’s response to the crisis cannot be underestimated. The inquiry’s findings have once again emphasized the need for transparency and accountability from our leaders in order to effectively navigate such challenges in the future.