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Boris Johnson Survives Confidence Vote After Tories Reveal Jeremy Hunt Wanted Chinese-Style Quarantine
Boris Johnson narrowly survived a vote of confidence in UK Parliament this evening on his leadership as Prime Minister, particularly with regard to his “partygate” scandal during lockdown. But perhaps the most interesting information to come out concerns Jeremy Hunt, the MP who helped lead the no-confidence vote and who might have replaced Johnson. Amid the infighting within the Conservative Party, fellow MP Nadine Dorries revealed that Hunt had telephoned her in 2020, while she was Minister of Health, to urge her to follow China’s example and have those who tested positive for Covid forcibly removed from their homes and placed in isolation for two weeks.
Dorries’ testimony was confirmed by a video of Mr. Hunt gushing about China’s Zero Covid policy and urging the UK to follow it.
I very much agree with the central point in Gabriel’s paper that we should be aiming for zero infection and elimination of the disease…My sister lives in Beijing and she flew back to Beijing in the middle of lockdown and just to give you an idea of the contrast, she was escorted from the airport in Beijing to her home by Ministry of Health officials and then put into her home for two weeks’ quarantine. The door was sealed, and she had a police car sitting outside periodically.
Apparently, Mr. Hunt’s shilling was a step too far even by the rock-bottom standards that western leaders have set for themselves over the last two years. It took nothing less than a shameless grab for the top job itself for this information to finally come out from the British mainstream.