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How the government tried to pin the plague on the public

Ministers have taken the astonishing decision to excoriate an innocent public rather than own up to mistakes

By James Robins  

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The rate of infection is rising again. Spreading through a population who were told the worst was behind them. On 22nd September, Boris Johnson fumed with mock profundity and Blitz borrowings that there have been “too many breaches, too many opportunities for our invisible enemy to slip through undetected.” If the point of such overwrought wartime metaphors was to make us all feel like traitors, those “opportunities” for subversion were entirely…

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