In France, the executive has faced many criticisms in managing the health crisis. And abroad? Have governments weakened or strengthened, supported or contested in this unprecedented crisis? Throughout the week, Political Ticket takes you to Italy, the United States, China, Germany and the United Kingdom. Today, Disha London.
Frederick says: Is Boris Johnson regarded as handling the crisis well?
Richard Place: One figure accomplishes this and it is clear, the number of deaths here: more than 65,000. A macabre record in Europe. This is the result of a crisis that has been taken seriously too late. The Prime Minister himself had to fall ill and end up in intensive care. It was in early April.
Earlier, Boris Johnson – and his entire government with him – took the virus lightly. He shook hands all the time, as if nothing had happened, clearly convinced that this little flu would pass quickly.
At the time, he was not listening to health officials, preferring economic reasoning. Fear of slowing down the country – we are not talking about stopping it then.
After his time in the hospital, Johnson changed his outlook and this was reflected in his politics. He took necessary measures almost everywhere in Europe. But with delays and therefore high mortality rates.
In September, when the second wave was accelerating, the method changed …
He kept Salah at home and did everything to try to avoid further imprisonment but he failed to do so, this time with a broad moratorium on the European calendar. This is ultimately where he usually shines that the Prime Minister has committed the most sin: communication.
Playing too proudly, even to take fixed positions, he had to change his mind “eating his hat” more than twenty times in managing this health crisis. And it was seen. The press had also opened a counter.
His popularity and his majority took a hit. A year ago, he crushed the general election, offering himself a boulevard in the House of Commons.
In recent weeks, elections have all been saying the same thing: a collapse. 20 points less. And conservatives are caught up with Labor, still dying and in the midst of an internal crisis.
A state is not very united this year, so …
A restlessness clearly appeared. It is first a question of political organization. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all benefit from delegation of powers with a Prime Minister each time.
Health is within their reach so measures to fight the epidemic are set in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Often without consulting Londoners.
We sometimes found ourselves in dire situations where the British could not officially enter Wales as a precaution! While in general this range is completely virtual … we remain indifferent and work from one side to the other without asking questions.
The Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh Parliaments have repeatedly called for crisis meetings with Westminster to co-operate and to reconcile measures in particular. But we have seen it all year, communication is not good.
What allowed Nikola Sturgeon to shine. Scottish Prime Minister appears solid, serious…
Their communication was “class”. Even though the health record at home is not good. The leader of the Scottish National Party returns the image of a leader who knows what he is doing. Another pebble in Boris Johnson’s shoes.
This feeling has undoubtedly contributed greatly to Scotland’s desire for independence. All elections indicated, if voted on today, she would leave Britain.
The referendum took place six years ago, and no one won it overwhelmingly. Since then, there has been Brexit, voted against the Scots, but they are taken away from the rest of the Kingdom. Kovid is also managed and is followed by Boris Johnson who troubles Edinburgh a lot.
And in England, has this crisis reopened the old political and geographical divide?
Indeed, here we call it the “Red Wall”, it is roughly a strip covering the north of England from east to west. Former industrial and mining lands where we voted Labor.
This wall collapsed when the Brexit vote was taken. Then it completely collapsed during the legislative elections a year ago.
But with the Kovid crisis, reconstruction has begun. These areas have had a difficult time with various geographical restrictions.
The government wanted to adapt the rules according to the transition rate and it is precisely in these areas that the figures were the highest.
Shops and restaurants closed, the already failing local economy … fewer residents felt disgusted with London.
Labor mayors are flying over those coals, of course, and Tory MPs are scared for their seats, so they jolt Boris Johnson, which was certainly a very complicated 2020.
Richard place Radio is a permanent correspondent in London for France.
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