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'Confused, dangerous, flippant': rest of world pans PM's handling of coronavirus | World news

theguardian.com

Boris Johnson’s breezy and contradictory declarations, similar to those on Brexit, have observers wincing. The international verdict on Boris Johnson and his zigzag handling of the pandemic has been damning, with responses ranging from bafflement and disbelief to anger. Many consider the prime minister’s initial laissez-faire approach to the crisis, followed by contradictory signals about his government’s strategy, as an inexplicable bout of British exceptionalism. “Boris Johnson had gone out publicly and essentially asked Britons ... to accept death,” said the Greek newspaper Ethnos. It declared him “more dangerous than coronavirus”. What we wouldn't give for a Gordon Brown or John Major ri...

Coronavirus: Dominic Raab to become acting PM if Boris Johnson incapacitated due to disease

independent.co.uk

Dominic Raab will run the country if Boris Johnson is struck down by coronavirus as “designated survivor” plans are drawn up, Downing Street says.No 10 stressed the prime minister is “well”, but when asked who would take charge if he became incapacitated, replied: “The foreign secretary is the first secretary of state.”The clarification comes after reports that some ministers have been pushing for Michael Gove , the cabinet office minister and key Johnson ally, to take over if necessary – rather than Mr Raab.Sharing headlinesThe prime minister – unlike Donald Trump – is not believed to have been tested for coronavirus, but is thought to be at higher risk because of regular, intense meetings ...

Boris Johnson unveils the lockdown that isn't quite a lockdown | John Crace | Politics

theguardian.com

Better late than never as UK’s prime minister unveils measures most people were doing anyway. T his time there was no daily Downing Street press conference. Not even an ersatz People’s PMQs with spoon fed set ups from Classic “ Let the old and the vulnerable die ” Dom. Because in the last few days it’s become clear Boris Johnson can’t even prepare properly for a scheduled presser. Only the day before he was telling everyone to keep 2 metres away from other people when he was standing about a yard from the government’s deputy chief medical officer. There was a time when he could just about manage two pages of A4 as a briefing paper. Now his concentration span can’t even manage that. So instea...