There’s a point at which we just have to say “Sod Off”

I think we’re rather past it now too:

The Treasury has been accused of taking an irresponsible approach to the coronavirus epidemic after a backlash to a post on its official Twitter account that hailed Saturday’s scheduled reopening of England’s pubs.

“Grab a drink and raise a glass, pubs are reopening their doors from 4 July,” the tweet read, while a graphic carried the message: “Pubs are back”.

Many of those condemning the post, which was soon deleted, accused its celebratory tone of being in poor taste given that the virus has killed at least 43,000 people in the UK.

Sod off might not be enough. Can we shoot them?

There are, roughly, 550k deaths a year in the UK. We often enough gather in small groups in pubs to remember one or more of them.

Yes, shoot ’em

16 thoughts on “There’s a point at which we just have to say “Sod Off””

  1. Most of those who’ve died of the plague are very old. So most of the pub bores will have survived.

  2. One of my wife’s close relatives (her father was one of seven, so I’m excused remembering them all) died of coronavirus.He was 93.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    People are willing to go along with this nonsense only so far before they get bored and all the good will runs out. Of course immigration means that there is a lot less good will than before – look at Germany deploying their riot police to keep their Romanians locked up.

    More to the point – it is insane to destroy the British economy for no good reason. Until a vaccine comes along, people are going to get sick and the old die. They can do that quick or they can do that slow, we are all going to get it either way

  4. About the same number as die from ord winter flu. Which number of cases have–by a strange coinkydink– dropped through the floor this year.

  5. As urchins we used “dusseldorf” for just sod off. Derived from the misinterpreted answer by our young teacher’s rather curt answer to to a question about her soldier boyfriend.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Slightly OT

    Here’s a very good Reuters article on how our institutions failed us. Its a long read but worth it.

    On Friday, Feb. 21, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, was in a cheerful mood. It was near the end of the school half-term holiday.

    He wrote on an official blog that there had been no new positive cases of the new coronavirus that week in the United Kingdom. It was a “testament,” he said, “to the robust infection control measures” and the “diagnostic and testing work” at laboratories nationwide.

    Selbie, who joked when he took his then £185,000-a-year job in 2013 that his public health credentials could be fitted “on a postage stamp,” headed a government agency with a mission to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. He was now facing an epochal one.

    Its fairly obvious why reght at the start of the article. Unfortunately we don’t get told why he got the job, despite lack of quals, my guess is best mate with Cameron or Osborne or someone else high up in the Conservative Party.

  7. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    The Treasury has been accused of taking an irresponsible approach to the coronavirus epidemic after a backlash to a post on its official Twitter account that hailed Saturday’s scheduled reopening of England’s pubs.

    Why in the fuck does the Treasury need a Twitter account?

  8. BiND
    Thanks for the link. Selbie is an NHS lifer – he joined as a teenager, and rose to be CEO of two NHS trusts. He got the PHE job on the strength of his alleged management skills. Favouritism by Cameron et al is unlikely, as Selbie’s an oik by their standards.

  9. @Dennis Running a Twitter feed is about the only way to use a clueless graduate intern in a place like the Treasury. It’s a small mercy that they don’t use Capt Potato for this

  10. Dennis, Tiresome Denizen of Central Ohio

    @Dennis Running a Twitter feed is about the only way to use a clueless graduate intern in a place like the Treasury.

    Why in the fuck does the Treasury need clueless graduate interns?

  11. Clueless graduates would not be my choice but you only have to look at the example of Mark Carnage to see that the clueless are the people who get selected for top jobs and the culture pervades the entire institution after a while.

  12. Good attack on autonomous PHE failures and Boris/Hancock blamed. Boris and Hancock were weak fools for accepting blame

    It’s time for the ‘hard rain’ to pour down on the Covid quango – Public Health England

  13. It needs hammering home every time somebody gets it wrong: however many thousand people have died with the virus, not of it.

  14. Further to Matt’s comment above… Perusal of some of the excellent analysis of the figures that has been posted on HectorDrummond.com – it looks like some 1,350 people have died in hospital in England purely from coronavirus, ie having no pre-existing conditions, more than 1/3 of whom were over 80.

  15. Sure, but they are still dying, and before their time (even if briefly in some cases). Isn’t the issue here the lack of comparison with say flu, where deaths are often attributed to the other factors (since the WKF became “certifiable”)?

  16. @Matt
    Exactly: ‘with’ not ‘from’
    Also, cases = positive test, does not mean sick/hospital/death – media report as if it does to continue fear & bad news

    Should be on UK TV News
    https://youtu.be/SFz1k2tq3lM?t=44
    https://youtu.be/2KuSTB-Ihdg?t=15

    @Baron
    +1 But all, not hospitals

    A fatal pandemic? Most definitely not, less dangerous to all but old than Flu

    1,355 UK deaths ‘with C-19’ and no diagnosed pre-existing life threatening condition

    Percentage of deaths with Covid-19 and pre-existing life threatening condition: 95.23% have one or more P.E.C – NHS England data
    ~45% of death “with C-19” were in care homes

    https://hectordrummond.com/2020/06/30/week-24-graphs-from-christopher-bowyer/

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