Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Not Sure If Flailing Incompetence Is Better Than Competent Evil

I guess we've learned it depends on the situation. In the UK, the Tories are constantly lying about the condition of Boris Johnson, but they're so unorganized that their basic "tell" when they lie is saying "I don't know."
Do you know whether their diagnosis at the moment is that he does have pneumonia?

I’m not aware of that. If there’s any change in his condition, Number 10, will ensure that the country is updated. The decisions that are being made by the medical team, are decisions which require medical expertise, so it’s important that people like me don’t second guess them, but instead support them in the work that they do.
Anyway, you don't need to be in a hospital to get oxygen. An ICU isn't magic box. It has a few more machines that go ping, and some easily accessible emergency equipment, most notably a ventilator. They're claiming he didn't get any oxygen until yesterday (sure, francis), and is in the ICU but not on a ventilator (certainly possibly true!), and they don't know if he has pneumonia (certainly false that they don't know!).

...since I wrote this they are now definitively saying he doesn't have pneumonia, but...