S.In the UK, President-elect Joe Biden held a press conference just before 5pm. He said the results of the tests were very promising, but a long way to go before the nationwide vaccination program was launched. So now more important than you was not to let your guard down and go after the mask. It was consistent, informative, and in less than five minutes Biden told Americans everything they needed to know.
Boris Johnson prefers to work rather differently. Near the end of Biden’s speech, the prime minister stepped into the Downing Street briefing room, with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam and Brigadier Joe Fossey wearing full camouflage gear. To draw attention to oneself. Anti camo is probably a new form.
After a few introductions, Boris climbed into his long long rumble. There was really nothing he could say that couldn’t be wrapped up in a few minutes but he considered it without wasting the best part of everyone’s time without a press conference.
Perhaps there was the excitement of a real-life soldier standing by his side, but Johnson’s explanation of the new vaccine was revealed in a series of metaphors directly outside the Stagecoach film. The arrows were trembling! The cavalry was moving, the bugle tut – probably Michael Gove – was getting louder but still a bit off the road. A prime minister who underestimates what is really important becomes extremely waterlogged and difficult to zone in the moment the sentence begins. So much for great communicators.
Then there was the brigadier who was in charge of Liverpool’s mass exams and showing discomfort everywhere. “Two thousand troops responded to the call,” he said, referring to the troops as if they had been told something about their deployment, but rather that they had left for Liverpool for the next four weeks.
He then pulled a piece of plastic from his pocket. “You know what a swab is,” he continued. “Well it’s the side flow that gives you results in an hour.” And that’s what he had to say. He was not at all sure about what the side flow actually was or how it worked, but he just followed the order. If he had gone his own way, he would have saved the taxpayer a train ticket from Liverpool to London.
There were no slideshows this time around – obviously none of the 10 people started to think that they had more problems than they were worth after the recent incident – so Van-Tam was left out of the ad for the vaccine trial. Although he had no information other than Boris, what he was able to do was just repeat this exciting thing, but we shouldn’t come out yet. Try to think of it as a penalty shootout, he said – Boris’s crap analogs are as contagious as the coronavirus. We scored the first goal, so we knew the defender could be defeated but the match had to go a long way before winning. No one seemed to have told Van-Tam that the expectation at the shootout was that the penalty taker would score.
Things were driven in a similar vein when questions came from the media. The brigadier tried to disguise himself as much as possible – blending into the background was part of his SAS training – and so the only thing he offered was that he was only on the 4th day of his deployment so it was hard to say whether things were going well or badly. Van-Tam desperately hunted for a new way of saying that vaccination tests were still in the early stages, but things were more optimistic for next year.
Try to think of yourself staying at the train station on a wet and windy night, he has tried his best to channel his internal fat controller. You saw the train lights two miles away. Then the train pulled to the station and you didn’t know if the door had to open. You also can’t be sure if there will be enough seats for everyone next. The UK only ordered enough vaccines for one-third of the population, so most people would avoid it if it didn’t come online in large quantities. It didn’t seem optimistic enough as he suggested. But he is just the way to tell them.
Boris, meanwhile, was only relieved to get a question about the US presidential election. Even if he hadn’t spoken to the president-elect – Biden wasn’t too busy picking up the phone from Micronesia – or if he had any reaction to what he called a “reshaping creep”, a part of Barack Obama’s former adviser Obama – a Kenyan descendant Democrats have yet to forgive Boris for his comments about disliking the empire.
“I congratulate those elected president,” Johnson said, adding that he had a suggestion to persuade Donald Trump to throw a towel. The United States and the United Kingdom have had a close relationship in the past and will certainly doubt it in the future. He had nothing to say about Brexit. Rather, he chose to articulate the shared climate change goals of COP 2 of. Or like 26 in the world, it knows Cop 26.