“Let the bodies pile high in their thousands.” I’m not a regular Daily Mail reader, but I read Monday’s paper. That was the headline splashed across the front page.

It’s the sort of thing you expect to hear a tyrant in some foreign country say. But, no, these are the words allegedly said by our prime minister, Boris Johnson, by unverified senior sources who claim they heard him say it in response to calls for the second lockdown.

“Let the bodies pile high in their thousands.”

The hardest conversation I’ve had during this pandemic – and I’ve had so many with constituents who have really struggled during this past year – was with a woman who lost her husband to coronavirus.

She talked, I listened, and once I ended our Zoom call, I cried.

“Let the bodies pile high in their thousands.”

I can’t get over that Mail front page. I am so angry. This has been an awful year. Any government would have struggled to get everything right.

But “let the bodies pile high in their thousands”?


Wes Streeting MP

For the Ilford Recorder.

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