Let it rip and let old people die
According to former British PM Boris Johnson, COVID-19 was “just nature’s way of dealing with old people” and he didn’t buy “all this NHS overwhelmed stuff”.
An inquiry into the British government’s handling of the pandemic heard shocking evidence from former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top science adviser Patrick Vallence, who detailed the chaotic and callous management of the crisis in his diaries
Vallence’s contemporaneous notes, dated from August 2020, expressed his opinion that Johnson was keen to let “the young get on with life and keep the economy going” – which Vallance described at the time as a “quite bonkers set of exchanges”
Vallance noted that “[Johnson] says his party ‘thinks the whole thing is pathetic and COVID is just nature’s way of dealing with old people’”.
Vallance’s diary also recounted how then Conservative chief whip Mark Spencer told a cabinet meeting in December 2020 that “we should let the old people get it and protect others”.
Brenda Doherty, who lost her mother during the pandemic, told The Guardian: “He clearly didn’t see people like my mum as human beings, and thousands of others died unnecessarily after the same mistakes were repeated because of Johnson’s callous and brutal attitude.”
It is estimated that 230,669 people have died from COVID-19 in Britain. The majority of deaths were of people aged 75 or older.