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Coronavirus is the new Brexit—with even higher stakes

The government is displaying the same incompetence that has defined the years since 2016

By Jonathan Lis  

Boris Johnson claps for carers outside Number 10. Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

You could be forgiven a sense of déjà vu. The self-aggrandising ministerial statements. The growing dependence on slogans. Wondering if the government is intentionally confusing people or just hopelessly out of control. During this new, much graver crisis, the government is not simply refusing to heed the lessons of Brexit: it is repeating the song almost word for word.

First, of course, is the bluster and exceptionalism. This is not a…

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