Tony O’Brien: Johnson’s Covid dossier of disaster proves it really does matter who is in charge

Johnson’s denial, dithering and anti-science choices have turned once-great Britain into the bad neighbours of Europe

25th July, 2021
Tony O’Brien: Johnson’s Covid dossier of disaster proves it really does matter who is in charge
British prime minister Boris Johnson’s failure to provide leadership from the outset allowed the country to sleepwalk unprepared into Covid. Picture: Getty

The abiding political lesson of the pandemic is that it really does matter who gets elected to lead a nation. It still matters in ordinary times, of course, but the stakes are not so high, and the consequences of bad choices can be less severe.

In both the United States and Britain, Covid struck precisely when those countries were being led by exactly the wrong kind of politician – a classic case of wrong person,...

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