Do They Know?

Image by Wordswag - words by Michael de Groot

Well back in March 2020, nobody ever thought we would be celebrating Christmas like this. Everyone thought when we come out of lockdown, things will be back to normal, then the 2nd wave started on the continent and we were in total denial, it wouldn’t happen to us! Then the 2nd wave also started in the U.K. and 2nd lockdown came along after the Tier system didn’t work.

First it was mass testing, then it was the home test (which never happened), then came the local lockdown, track and trace, eat out to help out (super spreading events), schools back (super spreading event), universities back (super spreading event), travel abroad, don’t travel abroad, foreigners don’t have to isolate (super spreading event) foreigners don’t have to isolate, face masks don’t work (super spreading event).

It has been a total shambles by the UK government and other governments alike. You can’t blame them in some respect, they’ve never had to deal with this before, equally though they cut back on so many government services in previous years, that a pandemic project was closed down.

One of the few existential dilemmas the UK has faced over the last decade is Brexit. Somewhat paradoxically, in prioritising Brexit, government ministers dealt another blow to the UK’s preparedness for a threat whose consequences would be deadly. Training for key workers to manage a pandemic was stalled to make space for contingency plans around no-deal Brexit, while the UK missed opportunities for EU-level purchasing of PPE, and parliamentary enquiries into preparedness for infectious disease were delayed and eventually halted due to the 2019 election.

So it’s even more appropriate for this Christmas video produced and released by Politics JOE summing up precisely how our UK Government senior members of parliament have totally f…ed up the handling of the current pandemic inside the whole of the U.K.

I also wanted to produce this video made up from clips of statements made by UK advisors on the impact of face masks, which is another area which the U.K. government has got completely wrong.

Produced by Michael de Groot from different video clips

If only…

Michael de Groot

Whiteboard Animations Producer, Storyteller and Podcast Host at Staying Alive UK Storytelling Productions |

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

A short response to the recent viral South Korea-Indonesia GDP talk

Short Introduction to the International Aid Transparency Initiative


Asian Markets: Behind The Hong Kong Riots

ICT is Nigeria’s Saving Grace

The UK in the WTO after Brexit

End of the story or the Beginning of a New Era?

Why Bring Refugees in and Dump Them in a Gang?

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Michael de Groot

Michael de Groot

Whiteboard Animations Producer, Storyteller and Podcast Host at Staying Alive UK Storytelling Productions |

More from Medium

The dark side to Metaverse

Why Ponder, when you can do wonder!

Women to the front #2

Most powerful lessons on the Internet!