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UK denies that Johnson said 'let the bodies pile high'

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By Guy Faulconbridge

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If proven true, Johnson is a sociopath who deserves to be dealt with severely by the public next time he is seen riding his bicycle around London.

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Johnson has lost control of his ship.

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I've had both my Covid vaccinations - I doubt that would have happened if Corbyn or the EU had been in charge of things.

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Johnson is out of his depth. He is also morally deficient.

An appalling human being.

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Bodies piled high before another lockdown?

My flabber is gasted.

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Johnson has lost control of his ship.

The "ship" being Fleet Street (no pun intended). Looks like the Daily Mail has turned on him. Will the Telegraph follow?

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When you're in a credibility battle with the Daily Mail and the rest of the gutter press, you've already lost all credibility...

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Johnson is a mentally deficient imbecile!

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I'm no fan of Mr. Johnson but too many people here are too quick to believe any outlandish stories about him, simply because it fits their world view. I'll cut off my beard if this story is proven to be true.

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While I agree he's a blithering idiot, not my idea of a national leader and two butties short of a picnic... but the UK is recovering from the pandemic...he can't have done everything wrong.

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I'm no fan of Mr. Johnson but too many people here are too quick to believe any outlandish stories about him, simply because it fits their world view.

His moral deficiency stretches back a long way regardless of the truth of this comment.

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This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician. They push the story for months for maximum damage to their political enemy. Then when the story is proven without a doubt to be false the media drops the story completely and moves on to the next manufactured outrage. Rinse, repeat. It’s an effective propaganda strategy to brainwash.

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Poor victim conservatives wulf

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I'm no fan of Mr. Johnson but too many people here are too quick to believe any outlandish stories about him, simply because it fits their world view.

His moral deficiency stretches back a long way regardless of the truth of this comment.

Can I ask the person who thumbed that down to disprove this?

Should be interesting.

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I'm no fan of Mr. Johnson but too many people here are too quick to believe any outlandish stories about him, simply because it fits their world view. I'll cut off my beard if this story is proven to be true.

Same. It's all he said, she said

Just a distraction from what's really happening like the gigantic peaceful protest in London on Saturday, well over 100,000 attended just look at it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Jg6koGE-g&feature=youtu.be

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This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician.

Interesting use of ‘conservative’ there. Try getting out of your US bubble. The UK mainstream press is overwhelmingly conservative.

They tend to turn their guns more on the left.

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True or not, time to replace Guy Fawkes with the more reprehensible Brexit Bozo, the clown responsible for the UK's catastrophic Covid response!

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Just a distraction from what's really happening like the gigantic peaceful protest in London on Saturday, well over 100,000 attended just look at it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Jg6koGE-g&feature=youtu.be

Is that the same protest led by that gigantic, anti-vax, anti-mask eejit Laurence Fox? Where protesters were seen wearing “No Covid ID” on yellow Stars of David......?

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Whether this quote is true or false, he’s been a proven idiot time and time again.

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Johnson's sleaze goes way back long when he was a journalist before he dreamed of being PM. A cad and lier.

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Wolfpack

This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician. They push the story for months for maximum damage to their political enemy

That's America. Not like that in the UK.

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So no one thinks a statement like this should be verified or attributed to a source?

The Daily Mail newspaper cited unidentified sources as saying that, in October, shortly after agreeing to a second lockdown, Johnson told a meeting in Downing Street: "No more lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands."

Come on! If he really said this and it can be proven there should of course be consequences. If it is hearsay with the "leaker" unwilling to take credit for this then it should be clearly stated as such.

It seems more and more "unidentified sources" are trying to be pushed forward as the "gospel"

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Fighto!Today  06:00 pm JST

If proven true, Johnson is a sociopath who deserves to be dealt with severely by the public next time he is seen riding his bicycle around London.

Are you seriously exhorting / encouraging the public to physically attack the PM? That could get you into all sorts of trouble, look what happened when DT did that.

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Reminds me of when the governor of Texas said people would rather choose to freeze to death in their homes than have their power grid regulated. Of course he didn’t me HE would choose to freeze to death. And I’m sure Boris wasn’t including himself in the possible mountain of corpses.

Its like Lord Farquad - “Some of you may die, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make”

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Sources say there were several witnesses at the meeting where Johnson said it. He can deny all he wants, no one believes him.

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I dislike Bojo intensely but claims like this are very hard to take seriously. Unless there is a credible recording of him making that statement I tend not to believe it.

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Reminds me of when the governor of Texas said people would rather choose to freeze to death in their homes than have their power grid regulated.

Like I said above, I dislike Bojo intensely but thankfully nobody in the UK seems as off the hinge as a Republican politician from Texas. Texas is a unique place and I don't mean that as a compliment.

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That's America. Not like that in the UK.

The British tabloid press is as dishonest as Pravda or the People's Daily.

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Desert Tortoise

That's America. Not like that in the UK.

The British tabloid press is as dishonest as Pravda or the People's Daily.

No wrong and not all of the press is left-wing

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Don’t complain or take it too seriously, that’s all only part of that poor guy’s LongCovid symptoms. You also would do or soon will do many strange things if you have contracted the disease and survive it with a bunch of such symptoms. The only difference is that you are not in such a leading position and such the damage will be quite smaller.

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ReynardFox- you have to be desperate or misinformed to believe the Governor of Texas would say that. Texas and Florida, both led by Republicans, have handled COVID better than the disaster that is California and New York. As a result, fake news seeks to disparage them in any way possible.

96% of American news was anti-Trump.

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The Daily Mail is pro-Johnson and conservatives and anti leftwing labour.

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Reminds me of when the governor of Texas said people would rather choose to freeze to death in their homes than have their power grid regulated.

For clarity, here is what the Texas governor actually said:

"Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,”

Not quite the same as what you wrote. This is why I am reluctant to believe the quote attributed to Bojo.

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I am not a Johnson supporter but given that there was, indeed, a third lockdown, this story lacks credibility.

Also, in response to those that say that the lockdowns were too late, I must remind you that in a democracy both the government and police need the consent of the public. There was a lot of public opposition to lockdowns but the fact that Boris Johnson was not seen to be adopting these with great enthusiasm and was delaying as much as possible meant that there was more public buy-in when they were eventually imposed. And the main aim of the lockdowns - to prevent the hospitals from being overwhelmed - was achieved, so it seems the lockdowns were correctly timed after all.

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who is this UK that has denied blah blah blah..... all this crap flying hither and thither and 'reported by the Meeja almost makes me think it's all theatre, to distract we commoners from other things.... but nah, couldn't be, surely.....

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The Daily Mail is pro-Johnson and conservatives and anti leftwing labour.

The Daily Mail is anti Johnson and pro Gove.

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The British tabloid press is as dishonest as Pravda or the People's Daily.

No wrong and not all of the press is left-wing

One would be hard-pressed to find a popular left-wing press anywhere in our 21st century right-wing universe.

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The 'Daily Fail' is a pro-Tory rag, so if they have turned on Clown Leader it is significant, suggesting a split in Tory ranks with the belief that, post-Brexit, Johnson can be replaced. Cummings turning on him is a surprise. Johnson erased his own (limited) credibility standing by Cummings last year when he should have been sacked for breaching lockdown restrictions.

UK tabloid newspapers are unreliable and have as few ethics as UK politicians. But Tory governments do sometimes collapse when the amount of sleaze significantly exceeds normal levels. Johnson may have a problem as his floundering regime threw an awful lot of public money at any number of iffy contracts during 2019, with much cash being trousered by chums of Tory MPs.

That said, Johnson is known for his gaffes and incompetence, so the bar is unusually high for any accusation to cause him any damage. And UK citizens assume their politicians to be corrupt and incompetent. Cummings was amongst the most reviled people in the UK last year, so being attacked by him, although ironic, is not as serious as it might seem for Johnson.

The UK vaccination programme has worked well because of the NHS infrastructure (not because of the government), and despite endless Tory attempts to privatise parts of the NHS and cut funding. Even so, and despite having hid behind doctors when implementing unpopular policies, Johnson will get a boost if the vaccination programme can prevent a fourth lockdown in the summer. The gamble is that the vaccines will prevent severe cases and deaths. Cases might rise, but if they are asymptomatic, they will act like vaccinations. Time will tell.

The lockdowns in the UK have been lengthy and tough. A lot of people have lost their jobs. You might be surprised how many would empathise with the purported sentiment. Any political party that advocates tighter restrictions is unlikely to win an election.

Trust in Labour remains extremely low, even post-Corbyn. Generally, people in the UK vote for the least worst option from the lousy, limited choice they are offered.

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The accumulating evidence now seems to suggest that Johnson really did make such a reprehensible statement, but surely it was nothing more than a hyperbolic verbalization of the fear and frustration he felt as an impotent figurehead unable to control a virulent pandemic that threatened the health of the economy and his phony "leader" image, thus exposing him as an incompetent impostor whose egregious errors had led in great part to the avoidable deaths of tens of thousands, which is where the real blame ought to be laid.

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Correction: '2020', not '2019', in the above.

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This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician. They push the story for months for maximum damage to their political enemy. Then when the story is proven without a doubt to be false the media drops the story completely and moves on to the next manufactured outrage. Rinse, repeat. It’s an effective propaganda strategy to brainwash.

Do you mean like the story circulating yesterday that President Biden was going to restrict intake of red meat and another story that a children's book written by the Vice President was being handed out to unaccompanied immigrant children as part of a welcome packet at a shelter in Long Beach? Both have been proven to be fabrications and their authors have retracted both, though multiple Republican members of Congress continue to post the second one on their social media. Oh wait, both of those stories came from right wing media outlets and were pushed by Republicans ..........

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WolfpackApr. 26  08:05 pm JST

This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician...

Oh those poor conservatives. Doomed to be forever vilified by The Left, eh? Do you actually know anything at all about The Daily Mail and its political stance?

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