How Boris Johnson refused to fight the virus

Through a deadly combination of arrogance and incompetence, Boris Johnson’s government ignored international warnings and allowed Covid-19 to spread largely unchecked in the UK.

Like one of his predecessors he ignored a gathering storm, downplayed the threat then failed to act. He appeased the virus.

By the time he realised his mistake it was too late, thousands would needlessly die and the economy would face a protracted lockdown.

Today the UK is the second worst hit country in the world.

He’s not Churchill. He’s Chamberlain.

Timeline of failure