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Boris Johnson’s coronavirus meltdown

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25.03.2020

We've known for quite some time, that Boris Johnson is prone to illusions of grandeur. He has modeled himself on and aspired to be like one of his more illustrious predecessors, Winston Churchill. All told, that hasn't been going too well for him.

Whereas the UK's wartime prime minister took a crisis head-on with a coherent strategy, Johnson's timorous response to tackling the coronavirus pandemic has veered from procrastination to invoking a take-it-on-the-chin spirit to looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

Crisis? What crisis?

Somewhat ironically, Johnson is now emulating the measures that many of those "pariah" EU countries imposed days, if not weeks, ago.

Read more: Coronavirus: What are the lockdown measures across Europe?

And you really couldn't make it up: Those people who wanted an end to free movement are now complaining about, er, not having freedom of movement.

Belatedly, Johnson has woken from his slumber and acknowledged the gravity of the situation. Only recently he had stressed that there was no point in taking stronger measures, as the virus wasn't yet spreading rapidly. That's a bit like saying no need to evacuate just yet,........

© Deutsche Welle