The PM

Hearing the news that the PM is in an intensive care ward came as a shock. I wish him a speedy recovery. Many Constituents want me to pass on their good wishes to him and his family.

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  1. Edwardm
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    My good wishes to PM Boris Johnson too. Hope he gets no worse and fully recovers soon.

    • oldtimer
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:43 pm | Permalink


    • davies
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      yes me as well, really brings it home

  2. Lifelogic
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Indeed, best wishes to him and his family. The UK and the Conservative Party certainly needs him.

    The UK does not, however need HS2 nor the net zero carbon religion.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      The new leader of Labour Sir Keir Starmer says today “Labour will do the right think for the Country”. Well that would be a first? They usually just destroy the economy, look after the state sector and the unions, bury the country in debt and destroy jobs. This while incubating the evil politics of envy.

      Appointing Ed (tomb stone) Miliband, the man who (like Corbyn) wanted to thieve assets off Landlords to try to buy the votes of tenants is certainly not “the right thing” for the country. It is just theft and help no one in the end.

      • Margaret Howard
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 7:49 am | Permalink


        “They usually just destroy the economy, look after the state sector and…”

        brought about all the major advances for this country like the end to the death penalty, equal pay act, open university, racial discrimination act and of course the crowning glory of their achievements, the National Health Service.

        The Tories? Look after the rich and leave a few crumbs for the peasants at the bottom.

        • Edward2
          Posted April 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

          Yet every time we have had a Labour government they have left the economy in a worse state than when they entered government.

        • a-tracy
          Posted April 9, 2020 at 10:28 am | Permalink

          The National Health Service blue prints had both governments hands in it. Half of it is a pension ponzu scheme that wasn’t planned properly with PAYE workers in the private sector contributing 25.8% over the Lower earnings level (meaning all those that choose do work part time hardly make any contribution) the self employed make a much reduced contribution and as we’re now learning umbrella companies and others don’t pay any contribution and you’re telling me this was a Labour Party success.

          I often find the people who moan the most about health service spending are those who pay in the least!

    • Richard1
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Nor huawei or the Chinese controlled nuclear power station at Hinckley point. We need a big re-set in attitudes to the Chinese communist party through the west. Trump has had this right.

      • Original Chris
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        President Trump seems to have been right on all the key issues. He is one tremendous leader who gets things done and fights for his country and its people.

        This videoclip from years ago shows that this his love for his country and his determination to do good for it not some newly acquired characteristic: link in this tweet by w terrence.
        “This is a must watch. I’ve been telling people President @realDonaldTrump has always cared about America. He has not changed. Here is PROOF! WATCH & RT”

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

        Absolutely. Boris seems to be in a better position than others in intensive care, has needed less oxygen. Let’s hope they were being very cautious and that he is turning the corner under their care, we need him in full health and wiser ASAP.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      Why do the government “experts” (just now) say that we are three to four weeks behind Italy when the numbers clearly seem to suggest we are only 14 days behind Italy?

  3. Sharon Jagger
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    I have prayed for Boris and wish him well!

  4. Know-Dice
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Yes, agreed

    Let’s hope for the best for him and his family.

    And a speedy recovery…

  5. Cheshire Girl
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I too, wish him a speedy recovery. Such an anxious time for his family and friends, and for us all.

  6. Peter
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Yes a great shock. Get well soon Prime Minister.

  7. Ian @Barkham
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Good morning Sir John

    I would like to add my good wishes to Boris and his family.

    There is some comfort in knowing the UK is still in safe hands as Boris had the reputation of delegating responsibility to others

    Keep well and stay safe.

  8. Martin in Cardiff
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    I wish Mr. Johnson as swift a return to good health as possible, and extend my sincerest thanks and admiration to the professionals, doing their best for him, and for every other sufferer of this menace.

    This is shocking and most unwelcome news.

  9. Alan Jutson
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Also hope for a full and speedy recovery.

  10. BOF
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    My thoughts are with Boris and his return to health.

  11. agricola
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I too wish him well along with his fiancé and child in waiting.

    • Richard Hobbs
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Me too.

  12. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Another high profile victims to add to the list. I hope he recovers quickly and fully.

    Why does the media have to make out that the government now cannot cope? There is a policy and a structure in place to deal with situations such as this. But the media of course has to mke it out to be more of a crisis than it actually is to fill air time.

    I am fed up with self serving reporters making mountains out of molehills.

    I am am

    • rose
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      They are doing it because they don’t want the DPM, chosen and announced as the DPM when the Cabinet was formed, to be the DPM. They want someone whom they can rely on to reverse Brexit. No matter how great the national tragedy, they will use it for their own foul ends.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 4:15 am | Permalink

        Certainly that looks like the BBC’s agenda to me.

  13. Newmania
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    I must say I was amazed at how upset I felt about his plight. I have been horrified at the political direction he has taken latterly , but such awful news does remind me that politics is only politics .
    Lets hope for better news today

    • Outraged
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink

      I must say I was amazed at how upset I felt about his plight.

      NEVER let emotion manipulate you in politics or they will play you like a fiddle

      • forthurst
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:59 am | Permalink

        I do not believe Boris Johnson’s illness is a political statement. He is a man who is well known and much liked by many people irrespective of his politics; furthermore it is shocking that a vigorous man in his prime can be seriously afflicted by an illness that some persistently liken to the flu.

        • zorro
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

          Well, we don’t know exactly what treatment he is having although, according to Sky News, he apparently doesn’t have pneumonia and is having standard oxygen treatment. The reason people liken it to the flu is because, that is what a bad dose of flu can do to you – bring on breathing difficulties, pneumonia and death in far more cases than COVID 19 ever will, as for example two years ago in the UK.



          • rose
            Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

            This particular virus doesn’t seem to be causing pneumonia so much as a lack of oxygen, like altitude sickness.

          • forthurst
            Posted April 7, 2020 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

            Pneumonia is a potential secondary infection of flu, whereas COVID-19 can and does attack the lungs.

            The PM is fortunate that he is getting the best possible medical attention in one of our great teaching hospitals whose main catchments are the third world. We in the provinces get hospitals staffed by the third world. Presumably this is the inequality which PHE wishes to address.

          • Martin in Cardiff
            Posted April 7, 2020 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

            Wrong zorro – you keep repeating that falsehood.

            The risk of pneumonia and death in CV cases is about ten to thirty times greater than with flu.

            Historically there have been many times more cases of flu, and over a longer period, so significant numbers of deaths.

            CV appears to be far more infectious as well as more dangerous.

            It is a menace.

          • zorro
            Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

            MiC – please point me to the study/peer reviewed article that shows… ‘The risk of pneumonia and death in CV cases is about ten to thirty times greater than with flu.’ and also the study/peer reviewed article where… ‘CV appears to be far more infectious as well as more dangerous.’

            I await with anticipation….


        • Original Chris
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

          Forthurst, the government on 19 March removed COVID-19 from the High Consequence Infectious Disease list on its own website because of “low overall death rates”, among other things. It is they who have put CV on a par with seasonal flu, which as you know can be dangerous, particularly to the elderly and those with underlying conditions, and which can lead to pneumonia.

          • forthurst
            Posted April 8, 2020 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

            Chris, I’m aware of that; it’s just one of the idiocies of the way this epidemic is being handled. The Chinese government upgraded it to the same category as SARS within one day of receiving that recommendation from a team of virologists and epidemiologists following their visit to Wuhan hospitals.

            Were any hospitals treating patients with COVID-19 visited by the armchair experts here?

  14. ukretired123
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Yes also the many who have been seriously ill and fatalities everywhere.
    No one deserves this and we pray survivors recover to full health and everyone can get back to a semblance of normal life asap.

  15. Stred
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    From the report on BBC news last night, from another London ITU ward. the consultant in charge and the others in the team were working under great strain and providing excellent care under the circumstances. The surgeon was asked what treatments he was giving and I was pleasantly surprised that he mentioned hydrochorozine. Hopefully, Boris and all the other patients will be getting the same excellent care from these experienced excellent professionals.
    As you are heading for the vulnerable group SJR please make sure that you are taking better precautions than were being shown in Downing Street, where even after the infection had started they were not distancing and piled into the same car when leaving. The tube, buses and cabs must be a prime source of transmission. Stay out of London if at all possible.
    Where we are staying, our next door neighbours have probably caught the virus where a teenage child and the father have bad symptoms, probably brought home from school. It brings home the seriousness of the epidemic literally.

  16. Tom Rogers
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    We all wish people who are ill a speedy recovery, regardless of who they are. That’s a matter of honour. But once Mr Johnson is recovered, I won’t be wishing him well.

    I’m still waiting for this letter we were all supposed to be receiving. I’ll be replying when I receive it. You won’t like what I have to say.

    This whole thing has been an absurd panic on the part of the media over a virus that is non-fatal for the overwhelming majority of infected. The government started out fairly sensibly in its approach, though I’m still not clear why they didn’t close the borders, if this is so virulent. Surely that’s the very first thing you’d do in the interests of public health in such circumstances?

    Anyway, that aside, I still can’t quite believe we are under lockdown over something so trivial. You’d think flesh-eating zombies were on the rampage. I’m very sorry the Prime Minister is ill, but people do get ill, and people do die. These are facts of life. Terribly sorry, but we can’t shut down all social and economic life just on the off-chance Grandpa Joe is going to succumb to the flu.

    I find myself in a position in which I feel like I am addressing little children rather than responsible adults. Are there any adults left in this country?

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      It is likely to kill about 30 times the number of people who died in the Grenfell fire and many are not very old either. So why do you think this is so trivial? The lock down is only to ensure people do not die for lack of basic medical care. Once the NHS can get up to speed and cope we can hopefully get back to work.

      • Lifelogic
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        Sorry 300 times not 30.

      • Tom Rogers
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        You are wrong, in so many ways I can’t even begin. And when I say you are wrong, I am being charitable and assuming good motives.

        When this is ‘over’, people like you must be held to account and you must pay the price.

        • Lifelogic
          Posted April 8, 2020 at 3:38 am | Permalink

          Well, if you could suggest even one way you think I am “wrong” then it might help advance the debate a little. Total deaths of circa 20,000 to 30,000 looks very likely to me.

      • zorro
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

        50,000 excess deaths because of influenza in 2017/18 but not this response we have now – I wonder why?


    • APL
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Tom Rogers: “Are there any adults left in this country?”


      • Tom Rogers
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

        I agree there are no adults left in this country, and I include myself.

        We have all been humiliated and infantilised.

        Part of restoring adulthood and manhood to this country must be to insist on consequences for the people responsible.

        • Martin in Cardiff
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm | Permalink


          For what?

          If the Government did nothing, and say, half a million people died – as predicted by the entire medical and scientific community as reasonable to assume – whilst Germany, Norway and China held their fatalities down to a few thousand – out of over a billion people – then I’m quite sure that they would indeed be held responsible.

          If you want to do something daring, “manly” and useful, then why don’t you volunteer to be a vaccine test subject? Or maybe a food taster, for Assad of Syria?

          • Edward2
            Posted April 8, 2020 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

            First you criticise what the government is doing.
            Then you criticise anyone who suggests an alternative strategy.
            It’s a very sharp fence you are sitting on.

  17. Lifelogic
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Indeed it is all very worrying indeed.

    Italy has about 4000 in intensive care and has about 600 dying every day. At least he does not need a mechanical ventilation currently it seems. Medics need to get to the bottom of why some people get it so much worse than others (perhaps being able to predict who in advance). Please can medics try to find some ways to improve survival rates. There is surely little to be lost by trying out some new treatments that might work with the permission of some patients.

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      I’m hoping (praying) that an experimental drug will be used if all else fails. Remdesivir or some such.

      There are already stocks of this in the UK.

  18. Mike Stallard
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    PRAYER – why is that such a dirty word?
    President Trump, that much maligned businessman turned President got it totally right.
    He was warm, friendly and personal and he actually mentioned the forbidden word too!
    And on LBC yesterday lots of people did too.

    • Everhopeful
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      I have been praying for Boris.

    • jerry
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      @Mike stallard; +1, Amen.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      It clearly helps some people and gives them comfort – so why not.

      • rose
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Something needs to counteract all that malice coming from the MSM and beyond.

    • Lynn Atkinson
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      The fact that Britain managed to legally leave the EU 3 months (after 47 years!) before this virus ripped through the EU’s Tower of Babel is a miracle and I am on my knees thanking God for delivering us, at the last minute, again! Boris played his part for which we should all be grateful. Give him strength!

      • Margaret Howard
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

        We are one of the worst affected countries. Any explanation?

        • a-tracy
          Posted April 8, 2020 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

          Dodgy stats

  19. Andy
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I disagree with everything Boris Johnson stands for but, obviously, I wish him well and a speedy recovery.

    But in his absence we urgently need to look at who is running the country. This is a government – and a Parliament – devoid of talent and experience. The Chancellor has been in post for three weeks. Raab is a political lightweight. Patel is also only in her job because she backed Brexit and not because she has any relevant skills. Labour’s leader has been in his job since Saturday. There is an acting leader of the Lib Dems – and all MPs have been sent home. Even the Speaker is new.

    At the time of the greatest crisis we have had since WW2 we are being led by minnows.
    We urgently need experienced people with relevant skills guiding our country – and not incompetent ideologues.

    We need a unity government of the best and brightest from across the political spectrum. Make them lords if needs be. Ken Clarke, William Hague, Gordon Brown, Nicola Sturgeon. We need poltical giants – and not Robert Jenrick, Oliver Dowden or Alok Sharma.

    Incidentally we need only to look to Germany which has dealt with this crisis brilliantly. Led by Angela Merkel – no wonder their death rate is so low. Competent and experienced leadership. Compare and contrast with the UK and US.

    • Pominoz
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:18 am | Permalink


      I think this is one of the most insulting – and ludicrously stupid – posts you have ever submitted.

      I sincerely hope that Boris achieves a full and early recovery. My thoughts are with him and his closest.

      • Hope
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        Suggest Andy reads article by Will Jones in Con. Woman where it is reported a leaked document shows German govt strategy in cahoots with media to scare the public witless not to go out. Trust, none when the truth is known. Believe the govt next time, I think not. Nothing justifies lying to the public in this way.

        A bit like the EU founders using the strategy to use economic scare stories to further their project, same for remainers using economic scare stories to scare the public, EU and Irish govt to scare Irish public to change vote about Lisbon Treaty. Andy see the pattern? What country leads the EU? You’ll get there.

        • Margaret Howard
          Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm | Permalink


          ” leaked document shows German govt strategy in cahoots with media to scare the public witless not to go out”

          Only a witless population would ignore advice by experts. Their strategy is obviously working hence these encouraging figures. Pity we didn’t follow suit and instead listened to fools like Boris and Trump.

          • Edward2
            Posted April 8, 2020 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

            There are many experts.
            Which one are you agreeing with?

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      I suspect the German death rate is so low mainly because they are just testing more people, so the deaths merely “appear” to be lower. The deaths are just over a higher denominator of cases. They look to be about a week or so behind the UK. Nothing to do with brilliant handling infections are still rising it also has the advantage of more space per person so might do a bit better in the end for that reason.

      • Richard1
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

        Germany also has a more dispersed population. And if course many private independent labs whereas our model is state owned and centralised

        • Lifelogic
          Posted April 8, 2020 at 3:39 am | Permalink

          Indeed and rather more hospital capacity.

      • Hope
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        Also German Govt. stopped autopsies (under disguise of infection, despite HIV and other infectious deaths still being done) so cause of death cannot be confirmed. Particularly with or from corona virus.

    • Edward2
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      Is this your attempt at satire?

    • Richard1
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      You mean we need people who you agree with like Starmer, the human rights lawyer you guys have just picked, though they lost the election? France has more deaths than the U.K. at the moment in the unpleasant and irrelevant comparison you are making. Is that because M Macron is President?

      The countries with the best outcomes to date are those who have previous experience of these disasters from China. Taiwan has done best, not that you ever hear that from leftists engaged in the great kow tow.

      There are many excellent and clear-sighted ministers under Boris, and may he return to his post in good health quickly.

      • rose
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

        If only the WHO had listened to Taiwan we might not be in this position.

        • Richard1
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

          Indeed. There needs to be a serious look at the WHO it’s funding and leadership

        • Andy
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

          Why are you all so tetchy? I wished Boris Johnson well.

          I simply pointed out that, in his absence, he has a cabinet of minnows. The inexperienced and the incompetent.

          Every other PM I can remember had a credible backup. Major had Heseltine. Blair had Brown. Cameron had Hague or Clarke.

          Johnson has no heavyweights around him. The closest is Gove – who is sick.

          At this trying time our country deserves better than someone who struggled to find Dover on a map. I have no confidence in Raab. I don’t care what he says. He is unelected, unaccountable and I for one am not going to do what he says.

          • Edward2
            Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

            minnows…please define
            And in comparison to other political parties which voters have already rejected.

            The ones you like now are only heavyweights when you look back many years.

            And is Dominc Raab unelected?
            I thought he was recently elected as an MP

          • a-tracy
            Posted April 8, 2020 at 8:22 am | Permalink

            You don’t listen Andy Gove isn’t sick he is self-isolating because a family member is potentially sick with CV19.

    • matthu
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      What do you think their overriding concern would be? To cancel Brexit?

    • Anonymous
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Germany manufactures Europe’s PPE and test kits.

      They have not shared it out. They also have an obedient population.

      I do feel that we are kicking ourselves too much. We have a society with many aged and sick individuals kept going by the NHS with pills and treatments – this, unfortunately, makes them vulnerable to Covid 19 (pre existing conditions.)

      I note you didn’t mention John Redwood in your list.

      (I’m fully expecting Blair to be back on the scene before long.)

      • Margaret Howard
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        They (Germany) have taken in patients from neighbouring countries. How many have we taken?

    • Jiminyjim
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      Sir John, Andy’s offensive and ridiculous post should never have seen the light of day – a unity government including Nicola Sturgeon? Please don’t add to the junk out there on other social media sites. If you do, you will lose a great deal of credibility

      • Andy
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

        Why not? She actually represents Scotland. Unlike anyone in the Conservative Brexit government.

        • Edward2
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

          The Conservative government has a huge 80 majority.

      • jerry
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        @Jiminyjim; “Andy’s offensive and ridiculous post should never have seen the light of day”

        What, exactly, did you find “offensive”, its not as if he didn’t wish the PM well.

        Most of his comments (bar those regarding Germany) were stating an uncomfortable fact about the 58th parliament, and it would have applied equally to a Labour govt had they won the last GE -and no doubt the hard right would have made exactly the same “ridiculous” comments…

        “a unity government including Nicola Sturgeon”

        Well she could always deal with the media, her Hollyrood briefing have towered above those from Downing Street for necessary & concise information, and it pains me to say so, detesting the SNP and all they stand for.

        “Please don’t add to the junk out there on other social media sites. If you do, you will lose a great deal of credibility”

        Many would suggest that applies to comments from the hard right, so often posted to and published on our hosts site, just as much as it does those on the left such as Andy and MiC.

        • Edward2
          Posted April 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

          You seem to enjoy arguing for it’s own sake.
          It’s as if you read posts on here and argue the opposite view for the fun of it.
          Or to pass the time.
          But it is pretty obvious your views are not heartfelt.

          • jerry
            Posted April 9, 2020 at 8:00 am | Permalink

            @Edward2; Talk about the pot trying to call the kettle black, I obviously hit a nerve…

            So in your opinion no one should be allowed to have a differing opinion or to point out others oxymoron?

            On the other hand perhaps you should simply look up the meaning of the word “debate”!

          • Edward2
            Posted April 9, 2020 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

            You really like that phrase Jerry.
            You’ve been using it for years.

            It seems to me you respond to many posts with an alternative argument just for the fun of it..

          • jerry
            Posted April 10, 2020 at 5:58 am | Permalink

            Eddie, thanks for proving my point…

    • Fedupsoutherner
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      Nicola Sturgeon? !! Now I know you really have lost your marbles. She can hardly run Scotland so why you think she is a major player is beyond me.

    • Pud
      Posted April 8, 2020 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      I’d expect that a suggestion that we need the “best and brightest from across the political spectrum” who are “political giants” would name some politicians who fit that description. Instead, you suggest Ken Clarke, William Hague, Gordon Brown and Nicola Sturgeon.

    • APL
      Posted April 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Andy: “Make them lords if needs be. Ken Clarke, William Hague, Gordon Brown, Nicola Sturgeon. ”

      Laugh? I nearly cried.

  20. Fedupsoutherner
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Agree John. A really sad state of affairs and terrible for his pregnant partner. She must be very concerned as we all are. Just as we find ourselves a good PM all has gone wrong. Best wishes Boris. Your country needs you.

    • Gordon Nottingham
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      I agree with your comments “fed upsoutherner” although I guess I am a fed up northerner. We certainly need you Boris.

  21. John S
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I dearly hope for his recovery but fear his chances are no better than 50/50.

  22. Pat
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink


  23. Ian Wragg
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Get well soon Bojo. We need you to steer the ship.

  24. formula57
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Indeed, best wishes to him for a speedy and full recovery.

  25. Helen Smith
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I am distraught, as is hubby.

    I blame the MSM for their constant barracking of the Government, I loathe them all.

  26. Martyn G
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Yes, shocking and I hope he soon recovers, which I believe takes some time to get back to normal. I wish him and family all the best.

  27. Iain Gill
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    best wishes to the PM, his family and friends

    and to everyone else suffering this menace

    get well soon

  28. Nig l
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Yes. We need the king of the jungle roaring again.

  29. Duyfken
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I add my own very best wishes for a speedy recovery Boris.

  30. Everhopeful
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Poor Boris!
    He was locked in and getting more and more poorly.
    Speedy recovery to him.

  31. a-tracy
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    It is quite shocking to hear that Boris has deteriorated and all my family wish for a safe and total recovery for Boris Johnson, our thoughts and prayers are with all his extended family who must be worried sick as with all other patients isolated in hospitals right now.

    It distresses me that some journalists are panicking their readers with headlines such as Jenkins ‘The Machinery Of Government is Malfunctioning’ – he needs calling out on this, in what way is it malfunctioning? We have been told there is a fully operational procedure in place and working to move the cabinet into positions if members are ill. Raab needs to get a grip on his perceived ‘ruffled Raab’ impression he gave John Crace to share when giving the news and owning up to a lack of communication with the PM since Saturday.

    Another headline ‘government is adrift’ – end this perception quickly.

    • rose
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      What do you mean “owning up to a lack of communication”? They had spoken on Saturday and the PM went into hospital on Sunday. How could they have spoken on Sunday, or Monday? Be reasonable. Would you have telephoned someone in that position? Would you have expected to get through? Anyway, they might have texted or emailed for all the reptiles knew. They didn’t ask.

      They are trying every low trick in the book to discredit the DPM and pretend he isn’t the DPM because they want a GNU.

      • a-tracy
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

        Good point Rose, once again Crace undermining Raab unnecessarily.
        There is no purpose or reason to have a GNU the Conservative party have a large majority not a marginal government or coalition, not only that they have plenty of expertise available to them in the House of Commons the Lords and from around the World with feedback from other governments going through this.

  32. Mark B
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I wish our PM and everyone afflicted with this virus a speedy recovery.

  33. A revelation!
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Trump in a very long Press Conference, right from the start says he has sent specialists to Boris, they “have arrived,” and have “new therapeutic ” items…”they are there and they can use them if they wish”
    There are many references to Boris throughout, one in answer to a journalist is a revelation on the conduct of the UK government prior to its decision to lockdown. A surprise!

    I guess… Trump has provided the drugs and Boris’s medical team are reluctant to use them. We’ll see. We’ll see if they fail.
    Much more info on Boris’s condition etc is provided here than that given by UK media. Much more.

  34. rose
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I am sorry to say this wasn’t a shock to me. A deep upset, but not a shock. He was evidently ill in the House of Commons and when he first announced the curfew that Monday evening. But he was working so hard he probably didn’t notice. Once confined to no 11, one had to watch helplessly as he grew visibly worse. It was only a matter of time. None of this is a surprise when one considers what he has been through since his resignation over Chequers. There has been no let up at all. Even the winter holiday which was begrudged him by so many, was interrupted. How can he have had any resistance left, especially working an 18 hour day?

    Those who called him a part-time PM when he has been the most frenetically driven one we have had since Mrs T, have a lot to answer for. Trump had better keep them all praying as there is so much malevolence here to counter.

    • Doug Powell
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Hear! Hear!
      Let us not forget the cheap and disgusting comments by Layla Moran, Illiberal non-Dem for Oxford West and Abingdon, who was quick out of the blocks to accuse Boris of putting “Brexit before Breathing!” because HMG did not join in EU procurement scheme to obtain ventilators.

    • Richard
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      +1 Get well soon Boris. For now, time to put your own health first.

  35. matthu
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes to Boris and family for a speedy recovery.

  36. Lifelogic
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Cameron on World at One:- “With a permanent, professional and impartial civil service …… we do have something of a Rolls Royce machine”.

    Well they are certainly very expensive and wasteful like a Rolls Royce and they cost a lot to run plus there are load of them. But, as we see with the, appallingly inept, advance pandemic planning and the burying of the pandemic planning exercise reports in 2016, they are very often totally incompetent. They are certainly not remotely impartial either. They are almost, to a person, group think, pro EU, big government, climate alarmists with almost no sensible and sound scientists, economist, business people or engineers to be seen.

    • Iain Gill
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Cameron always was clueless

  37. William Long
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Please add my very best wishes to Boris and his family. A feature of the present Conservative party is the quantity of talent at the top, but Boris is clearly pre-eminent and we need all he has to offer.

  38. Kendall Massey
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon Boris

  39. Ed Hirst
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Boris Johnson. I am sure the stresses of his term as prime minister might have worn him down and he needs a bit of relaxation. Even Winston Churchill got some occasional relief!

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      Winston dug a lake, wrote books and painted – what poor Boris is suffering does not sound very relaxing to me!

  40. Anonymous
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I am distraught to hear that Boris was putting in a 16-hour day despite the fact that he was as sick as a person can be.

    He put his immune system at risk at the very time that he ought to have been conserving it for the dreaded 10th day of Covid. He did this for his country and his people, doubtless having been fully briefed on the awful end to this sickness.

    This is one of the bravest and most selfless acts I have witnessed. I am numb. This all seems too surreal.

    We have a true hero on our hands, for the present at least.

    I don’t pray but he’s in my thoughts all the time now and I dread every news bulletin.

    Please get well, Boris !


    • Helen Smith
      Posted April 8, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      100% this

  41. Lynn Atkinson
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Some interesting news from South Africa regarding Covid 19.

    ‘It may just turn out that most South Africans are safe because it’s mandatory to have a Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination when they are born to prevent life-threatening TB later on.

    “We found that countries without universal policies of BCG vaccination, such as Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States, have been more severely affected compared to countries with universal and long-standing BCG policies,” noted the researchers led by Gonzalo Otazu, assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYIT.

    Sounds pretty hopeful. And the early evidence confirms it.

    Let’s compare Spain to Portugal.

    Portugal forces BCG vaccinations at birth, Spain doesn’t.

    As of 5 April 2020:

    · Portugal: 10,524 cases, 266 deceased. 0,1% infection rate. 2,5% death rate.

    · Spain: 126,128 cases, 34,219 deceased. 0,27% infection rate. 27% death rate.

    Spaniards are almost 3x more likely to get Covid19, and 10x more likely to die.

    India, like Portugal, administers the BCG vaccine to millions of children soon after birth to combat TB (tuberculosis). And like Portugal, Indian has seen a much lower infection rate, especially when you consider the higher risk of infection due to cramped living conditions and poverty.

    And yet the USA, where there are no mandatory BCG vaccinations, has the highest number of infections, in spite of the USA’s being is 4x smaller, 28x richer and 13x less populated than India.’

    • SM
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      There are serious risks associated with the regulatory BCG vaccinations administered to infants in S Africa, particularly those born with inherited HIV.

      Please would posters here recognise that there are no 100% certainties in medicine.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        I’m not a medic. I am just passing on statistical information. It could be that the lockdown can be unlocked by releasing those who have a very low chance of contracting Covid 19. Like those who had BCG inoculations at birth, without testing each one individually.

        The HIV epidemic is a relatively new thing. TB was treated long before that. I am 65 and was born in Natal, so had the BCG and malaria jabs. I am doing everyone’s shopping for them, I think I am now immune to Covid 19, I had a sore throat for 2 days, then OK.

        My brother-in-law who lives in London has just had confirmation that he had Covid 19 – hospitalised in the first week of February for 4 days. Assuming he was among the first to get it, it puts the Imperial College predictions up the spout!

    • Original Chris
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      This country stopped mandatory BCG vaccinations in the early 2000s I understand.

      • Original Chris
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 10:49 am | Permalink

        2005 apparently.

      • Lynn Atkinson
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

        that might explain the low death rate? If everybody over 15 had had the BCG?

    Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon

  43. Oh Really?!
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    One for Boris…Is there some historical connection between the Irish and French we do not know about?
    Authorities in Paris have banned exercise outside during the day, as the fight against the coronavirus outbreak continues.
    BBC Online
    “The new rules are in force between 10:00 and 19:00 local time, and come into effect on Wednesday.

    Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the chief of police said this would restrict people to exercise “when the streets are generally at their quietest”.

  44. Bob
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust is hiring a new ‘Diversity and Inclusion Manager’.
    The salary starts at £44,606 to £50,819 a year.
    That that could cover the wages of two new nurses.

    Ill leave that with you Sir John.

    • Original Chris
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      For years they (the bureaucrats running the NHS) have had their priorities wrong. Get rid of the damn bureaucrats and let the front line doctors and nurses have the money and the support. Let the clinical/medical decisions be made by doctors and get the bureaucrats out of the system. Root and branch overhaul needed.

      • Original Chris
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

        PS to my comment above:
        “In the UK, all schoolchildren between ten and 14 were injected with the vaccine between 1953 and 2005.

        As TB infection rates dropped, doctors abandoned mass vaccination and, in 2005, switched to targeting only the most at risk — such as babies with infected relatives….” Source D Mail. See link below.
        Coronavirus death rate is SIX TIMES lower in countries that use the century-old tuberculosis BCG vaccine
        BCG vaccine is thought to boost a person’s immune system to fend off infections
        It is currently undergoing trials to see if it can help prevent coronavirus deaths
        Scientists from Johns Hopkins found death rate is 5.8 times lower in countries that use the century-old jab

  45. steve
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I believe Boris will beat this.

    I do not believe we should be relaxing the measures he’s put in place, doing so now would be sheer folly.

    At last there is indication that we may be winning. I interpret what they now say as meaning we have got this virus by the gonads, so now is not the time to get complacent…..keep squeezing.

    Might I also add, JR, I think it’s absolutely disgraceful the way the media is now persistently questioning Dominic Raab’s authority.

    Boris appointed Dominic Raab to deputise in his absence, which is good enough for me, and should be good enough for the BBC.

    Fed up of their cheap attempts to politicise everything.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted April 8, 2020 at 3:26 am | Permalink

      Indeed, Newsnight just spent half the programme with this questioning/undermining of Dominic Raab’s authority.

  46. Jack Falstaff
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure Mr Johnson would draw strength from his hero,Winston Churchill, at this time.

    According to Lord Moran, his physician, Churchill was similarly seriously ill during a time of darkness and desperation for the nation, having likely suffered at least one heart attack during the struggle to defeat Hitler.

    Boris will be only too aware of this and I’m absolutely sure will draw inspiration from Churchill, likewise prove up to the challenge of fighting back, and succeed in guiding the nation through adversity having overcome a major physical complaint.

  47. M Davis
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Very good wishes to the Prime Minister, get well very soon, Boris, you are liked and needed!

  48. Gonemad
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    One day school children will all be taught to laugh at this generation and the political class.

  49. Original Chris
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Revealing data from New York just released emphasising the significance of underlying illnesses (something that is apparently being hidden in this country and others who are not distinguishing between those who die WITH Corona virus, and those who died BECAUSE OF Corona virus. What a mockery that will make of epidemiology studies and predictions which require accurate statistics.

    From tweet by USA Today

    “New data on New York coronavirus deaths: Most had these underlying illnesses; 61% were men
    The majority of New York’s more than 4,700 coronavirus deaths were among men, and 86% of all deaths were among people who had underlying illnesses.

  50. Ode to Boris
    Posted April 8, 2020 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Doctors don’t know some things I know. Don’t think too hard about it.

  51. Hank Rearden
    Posted April 8, 2020 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Indeed, so say all of us

  52. bigneil(newercomp)
    Posted April 8, 2020 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Come on BJ – -or else the Remainers will be clamouring for a revote on Brexit.

    • Margaret Howard
      Posted April 8, 2020 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      But he was a Remainer once. Changed because of political opportunism.

      • rose
        Posted April 8, 2020 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        Read his articles since he was 25. He has held the EU in contempt all along. Ask Dan Hannan who knew him then. Don’t just repeat remainiac black propaganda.

  53. Helen Smith
    Posted April 8, 2020 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Unlike me my hubby is not at all political. But he was shocked and upset to hear that Boris had gone into ICU, to the point that he was up at 5.00am Tuesday morning to check on any updates.

    He loved the way Boris signed off his latest video broadcast with ‘speak soon’, and is immensely fond of the bloke.

    I think most of the decent, thinking people of the UK are like hubby. Boris is just so likeable.


  54. Nathaniel Newman
    Posted April 15, 2020 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I share your opinion for the large part, I think that some factors are worth having a more detailed appearance to
    understand what is happening.

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