According to a recent report, Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister, made controversial statements about the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic during an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the crisis. The inquiry revealed that Sunak suggested that the government should “just let people die” instead of implementing a second national lockdown. This information was obtained from a note written by Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser on the Covid-19 pandemic, in his diary on 25 October 2020. The note detailed a meeting attended by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sunak.
The inquiry is investigating the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the deaths of over 220,000 people. The investigation is expected to continue until the summer of 2026. In response to this revelation, Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s top adviser during the pandemic, reportedly relayed what he heard at the meeting to Vallance. However, Sunak’s spokesman stated that he will present his position when he submits evidence to the inquiry instead of addressing each part individually.
It is important to note that these statements were made during a heated discussion between Sunak and Johnson about how best to handle the pandemic at its peak. While it is understandable that they were frustrated with rising cases and hospitalizations, suggesting “just letting people die” is not an appropriate or ethical solution to any crisis. It remains to be seen how this revelation will impact Sunak’s leadership and reputation moving forward.