Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care last night as his condition with COVID19 worsened. The country is united in wishing him a full and speedy recovery. I sincerely mean it when I say he has been handling the crisis well and I’ve watched other leaders lead through tragedies having lived in Christchurch during the earthquakes. It’s a pretty thankless job that lasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s no respite and no quick, easy solutions to give people. They have to front the media regularly and with what is often grim news. In Boris’ case, until he got sick, he was at the daily press briefings every day and was always frank, even when the news was bad. I don’t feel he has ever let politics get in the way of the decisions the government has made since this started and he has had to make several unpopular decisions. He has also taken timely and unprecedented action to save jobs, keep people fed, and boost hospital capacity. Today there are no political parties.
Whether you agree or disagree with how the UK is managing the pandemic we all have to work together. It’s the only way. As Ben Goldacre says in this Tweet, while we can debate the science, and we absolutely should, the decision, for now, has been total lockdown and we must all stick with it collectively or it won’t work.