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Covid-19: How The World’s Media Covered The UK’s Response

Discussion in 'UK & Rest of World Politics' started by Angela Channing, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Angela Channing

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    The UK media is mostly right-wing and supportive of our right-wing government so it's interesting to see how other countries have covered how we have dealt with the coronavirus.

    Germany
    German broadcaster ZDF describes the UK’s response as a "fatal failure", summarising: "The only thing that is constant: the prime minister’s boasting of sentences like: 'We will have the world’s best tracing system' or 'I am proud of what we have achieved' or 'We lead the world in our response on Corona'."

    The USA
    Over in the United States, The New York Times tells its readers that "England’s ‘world beating’ system to track the virus is anything but". Explaining the UK government’s failures, it says: "As with much of the government’s response to the pandemic... the results have fallen short of the promises, jeopardising the reopening of Britain’s hobbled economy and risking a second wave of death in one of the countries most debilitated by the virus."

    The Washington Post wrote: "The British government’s response to the coronavirus has been a disaster". It argues that the British strategy was "flawed" and that the government was only belatedly realising it had made a mistake.

    Australia
    In Australia, The Age newspaper was asking as early as May: "Where did Britain go wrong?" and described the UK response as "the biggest failure in a generation".

    New Zealand
    The New Zealand Herald meanwhile describes scenes of crowded beaches in the UK, encouraged by Boris Johnson this week, in Britain as "unbelievable".

    France
    French newspaper Liberation coverage of a press conference by Boris Johnson noted that "The contrast between his joviality and the grey faces of the scientific advisers standing by his side was striking."

    Japan
    Japan’s Asahi Shumbun newspaper informed readers that the UK’s high death toll is explained by: "The UK was late in imposing a lockdown, with limited action compared to European countries where the spread of infection spreads earlier"

    Italy
    Italy’s Repubblica newspaper asked whether the Dominic Cummings scandal will have an effect on compliance with the test and trace system. "How will citizens behave now after the scandal of Dominic Cummings, Boris’s 'Rasputin’'?" and noted that Boris Johnson "has defended him strenuously" despite breaking lockdown rules. "The risk of 'anarchist' behaviour is increasingly widespread," it stated.

    Clearly, the British government's failures during the coronavirus crisis have not gone unnoticed by the world's media. They are right to point out how disastrously we have handled the situation.
     
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    Another possible factor behind all those people travelling to the beaches and throwing parties is the decision to stop the daily coronavirus updates. The last update Boris proudly announces how well his government has done and then informs the public the pubs and bars will re-open on a Saturday night. What idiot was behind the decision to pick a Saturday night for re-opening?

    They ease the lockdown, they tell the public they can travel anywhere in England and then stop the daily briefings and that's why so many Brits probably think the virus has gone.

    Oh, hang on, they said we have to still stay alert - whatever that means.
     
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  3. Angela Channing

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    Absolutely! Ending the daily coronavirus briefings was effectively saying the lockdown is over and the threat from the virus is behind us so the government doesn't need to keep everyone informed of developments any more. Also, announcing the easing of the lockdown including the reopening of bars, cinemas, hairdressers, cafes and restaurants 10 days before it is scheduled on July 4th was also the height of stupidity. People just felt that was another signal that everything was returning to normal and ignored the fact that the changes wouldn't take place for a week and half.

    So since Johnson's last coronavirus briefing we've had people flocking to the beaches and numerous street parties and raves occurring around the country. Coincidence?
     
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    More overseas media reporting on the UK government's handling of Covid-19:

    Greece
    Ethnos, a daily Greek newspaper described Johnson as “more dangerous than coronavirus”, saying one of the crisis’s greatest tragedies was that “incompetent leaders” such as Johnson were “at the helm at a time of such emergency”.

    Ireland
    The newspaper Irish News said “[UK] ministers of slim talent have bumbled through daily briefings" and now they are listening to "big business-Conservative donors [who] are impatient to reverse the shutdown".

    The Netherlands
    The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant said the UK was "losing sight of the spread of the virus" and that "the British were insufficiently prepared for the pandemic, despite the presence of expertise in this area. The country has been catching up in recent weeks. Much of the harm has already been done."
     

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