Boris Johnson's plan to rebuild the economy might actually be even more inadequate than he is

Boris Johnson's plan to rebuild the economy might actually be even more inadequate than he is

Actual real-life human beings draw large taxpayer-funded salaries to think hard about what should appear directly behind prime ministers when they give televised speeches. So we are well within our rights to assume that the piece of plywood showing the backside of a standard mixer tap installation in a technical college in Dudley that formed the backdrop to Boris Johnson’s launch of the post-Covid economic recovery plan was no mistake. The advantage of concealing the front-facing portion of a tap, leaving only its plumbing on display, is that you can stand there and tell everyone you’ve turned it on when you absolutely haven’t. Then again, perhaps it was wheeled in at the last minute. Maybe there had been a window there, with views out over the midlands, that had had to be hurriedly concealed. Otherwise, it would have been even clearer to see that this really was the prime minister standing there, launching his post-Covid plan, slap bang in the middle of the bit of the country that was being locked down again for not being quite post-covidy enough. There are, of course, no known limits to auto-irony anymore. But think for a moment of the life of a producer on a 24-hour news channel, having to decide at which point to cut from Johnson launching his post-Covid plan, to the mayor of a town 50 miles away, locking down his city because of a dangerous resurgence of a disease that the prime minister is pretending has gone away right there on ...
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