Always on in the style of a knack: The British Prime Minister wants to announce the end of all corona sanctions in England. Public opinion and warnings from experts interest him very little.
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Boris Johnson loves the big bang. It is therefore no surprise that the British Prime Minister is now also planning a “Big Bang” in the corona pandemic: Johnson wants to abolish the remaining corona rules on July 19 at one stroke. Farewell, mask compulsory! Good bye, distance rules! And hello, full pubs and nightclubs! There is little doubt that the head of government is announcing a return to normal on Monday, even if the pressure is high to at least continue to make it compulsory to wear a mask.
"Freedom Day" has long been dubbed this moment by the Johnson-affiliated conservative press. The Johnsons stylized themselves as champions for civil liberties and against state interference Tories and their party leader with preference. With the latest easing, England - Johnson can only determine health policy in the largest part of Britain - is becoming the most unrestricted society in Europe, a special case. It is a role that many Englishmen and their prime minister, often described as oddly, feel only too comfortable.
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In a zigzag course through the crisis
The former mayor of London and ex-foreign minister is a master at directing public opinion. If Johnson is in a tight spot or if allegations are made against him, a new topic suddenly arises. Some critics then feel at the political style of the ex-US president <br><br>Donald Trump or Kremlin chief Wladimir Putin remind. In precarious situations, the prime minister often replies that the country must look ahead. People wanted to know how things would go on and how we could pull the cart out of the mud together. The 57-year-old shies away from looking in the rear-view mirror - for good reason.
Because Johnson and his government have been following a zigzag course that has left numerous questions unanswered, and not just since the pandemic. Whether corona lockdown or herd immunity - time and again Johnson made a decision only after weeks in which he let the public debate run. Often too late, say experts.
Nepotism paves his way
He would rather accept that “the corpses are piling up by the thousands” than to introduce a second lockdown, the prime minister rang out in the autumn of 2020, when the contagion numbers exploded again - only to issue exit and contact restrictions shortly afterwards. The prime minister never seriously contradicted the corpse statement, which is considered exemplary of Johnson's impulsive character.
In addition, there are falsehoods and nepotism, which anti-corruption activists believe have paved Johnson's path for years and are even more prominent in the pandemic. The government spent the huge amount of 37 billion pounds (43 billion euros) on a test and tracking system - the public still does not know exactly what the money was used for.
State money for the favorite pub
An initiative that campaigns for the responsible use of public funds uncovered a "VIP trail": buddies and major donors of the conservatives are said to have been given projects, even if they lacked expertise. One of the profiteers was the owner of the pub, where ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock likes to drink his beer.
Critics see a lot of evidence that the prime minister is not too close to the truth. Some call him a pathological liar, as the London ARD correspondent Annette Dittert recently pointed out in a well-received article in the monthly magazine "Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik".
“Boris” remains popular
It is noteworthy that Johnson almost always gets away with a black eye. The high costs of his official apartment were initially paid for by a donor from the party, whether the luxury vacation paid for by another benefactor with his third wife Carrie, which he initially did not give as prescribed, or sexist, xenophobic and sometimes inhuman tirades - everything bounced off Johnson.
“Boris”, as he is called like a friend up and down the country, remains popular despite everything. He speaks the language of the common worker, although he was educated in expensive private schools, isolated from a large part of society. In polls, his Conservatives are well ahead of the Labor Party - despite all the mistakes in the pandemic, despite alleged lies. If it were only about the hearts of the English, it would appear as if there was only one person who could dispute the office of the prime minister. But he's not interested: national soccer coach Gareth Southgate.