IN recent days, the most encouraging sign Britain is still a United Kingdom was the all-party support for the battle against Covid-19.
And that’s how long it lasted — a few brief but glorious days.
Sadly, we are now seeing opportunists in all parties spreading fear among people who desperately need to hear a single reassuring voice.
Flanked by two star witnesses, chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance, he has convinced voters the government is doing the right thing to combat this lethal threat.
But nor do you need to be a flinty-eyed cynic to note how fast his rivals broke ranks to claim he is putting the economy before safety.
Ex-Health Secretary Mr Hunt rejected a place in Boris’s Cabinet and ran instead for the influential role as chairman of the Commons health committee.
This gives him the perfect vantage point for potshots over the “NHS crisis” and now this heaven-sent health pandemic.
Mr Stewart meanwhile is losing his fight with Labour’s Sadiq Khan for London Mayor and is desperate for any spotlight he can bask under.
Ex-Public Health England executive John Ashton popped up on TV this week to condemn government failures over the pandemic.
Nobody mentioned he was the Labour member who called Brexit Britain an “embarrassing dirty little country”.
This is politics — all’s fair in love and war and health crises.
- 13 Mar 2020,