Rishi Sunak failed the country on Covid lockdowns, says Dan Wootton

As the Chancellor of Lockdown, this cost-of-living crisis – which is actually a cost of lockdown crisis – is on you.

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I will never forget the way those of us who criticised the Government’s wilfully blind lockdown policy were derided as cranks, deniers and crackjobs, simply because we demanded proof that the cure, in this case shutting down the country, was not worse than the cause, a relatively minor virus for most.

I will also never forget the way the MSM and the scientific establishment conspired to terrify the nation, with the top politicians making those devastating decisions leading the charge.

Well today, in one of the most shocking confessions by a politician in recent history, that man, the Chancellor throughout the pandemic, Rishi Sunak, admitted he supported a lockdown policy and allowed sceptics like me to be derided without one scrap of evidence they were justified.

Dan Wootton
Dan Wootton

The pathetic mea culpa to the lockdown sceptical editor of The Spectator magazine Fraser Nelson is the last roll of the dice in Fishy Rishi’s campaign to become Prime Minister.

But it has backfired spectacularly.

Why on earth would we want a Prime Minister who would be railroaded by officials and lockdown-obsessed scientists, knowing the damage such a policy was going to cause? Why the hell would we want a Prime Minister who sits idly by nodding through decisions he knows are morally wrong simply to cling to power?

That’s what Sunak has admitted to in a shameful dereliction of duty.

He admitted: “I wasn’t allowed to talk about the trade-off. The script was not to ever acknowledge them. The script was: oh, there’s no trade-off, because doing this for our health is good for the economy.”

The script? Who the hell is writing this script? The World Health Organisation? The World Economic Forum? You’re the Chancellor, mate. Lead!

Sunak went on: “We didn’t talk at all about missed [doctor’s] appointments, or the backlog building in the NHS in a massive way. That was never part of it.”

And conceding the propaganda we were force fed was a disgrace, he added: “In every brief, we tried to say: let’s stop the “fear” narrative. It was always wrong from the beginning. I constantly said it was wrong. It was wrong to scare people like that.”

So whose fault was this? Well, as I’ve been saying for the past two years, it was those power mad scientists on SAGE, led by the disastrous Whitty, Vallance and Fergusson.

After keeping his mouth shut for two years, Sunak now agrees, saying: “This is the problem. If you empower all these independent people, you’re screwed.”

But then ludicrously, without any hint of irony, he added: “All this blaming civil servants – I hate it. We are elected to run the country, not to blame someone else. If the apparatus is not there, then we change it.”

Correct, Mr Sunak. You were in a position to change this mess for two years. You refused. And you failed the country.

As the Chancellor of Lockdown, this cost-of-living crisis – which is actually a cost of lockdown crisis – is on you.