Why don't the remnants blame themselves for Brexit

The path to a successful model - For many Brits it is clear: "Boris is our man!"

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Author: Henriette Engbersen

The pensioner Jacky Perry receives her second vaccination - in the cathedral in Lichfield, England. Like many other churches in the country, it has been converted into a vaccination center and around half of all Britons have already received a vaccination dose. "I'm glad I have the second vaccination," says Perry. "I am proud to be British."

Life has also returned to Lichfield town center. All shops and the pubs' terraces have been open again for a week. The government's opening schedule, while slow and cautious, is reliable and has not changed since it was announced in February.

Butcher Kerry Evans is also full of praise in Hauptgasse: “We have Boris Johnson and the government to thank for that. Boris is our man. " Evans is not alone with this opinion, the polls, Link opens in a new window by Johnson have been rising steadily for several months.

That leaves the opposition with no chance despite their excellent party leader Keir Starmer. The approval ratings for the Labor Party have been falling incessantly for months.

New self-confidence

The success of the vaccination ensures a general feeling of happiness and new self-confidence. And even attitudes towards Brexit are changing. According to a survey, 62 percent of Britons are convinced that the vaccination program will be more successful thanks to Brexit.

In Lichfield, too, you can quickly find someone who shares this opinion, for example Melinda Hatcher: “I'm actually pro-European. But when it comes to vaccinations, I think Brexit helped us because the EU is just too slow. "

Own major pharmaceutical industry

The British success is hardly due to the exit from the EU, but much more to the interplay of some British strengths. Great Britain has two of the best universities in the world, Oxford and Cambridge, and an important pharmaceutical industry.

One of the products made from it is Astra-Zeneca's vaccine. The government's task force also benefited from the expertise in these areas. Important decisions were made quickly, such as ordering large quantities of vaccines or financing the development and manufacture of the vaccine from Astra-Zeneca. These are all decisions that the British could have pushed as a member of the EU.

Success for the National Health System

The logistics involved in administering the vaccine are also exemplary. This is thanks to the National Health System (NHS). Chronically underfunded and reviled as a bureaucratic juggernaut, the NHS could now play to its strengths. It has a database that stores almost all of the population with an NHS number. A huge advantage for planning, distribution and communication.

The NHS also enjoys a very high level of trust among the population, which explains the high level of approval for the vaccination.

Back at Lichfield Cathedral, the newly vaccinated Barry Wilkinson explains: "We just know that individuals are only protected when we are all protected." Experts speak of a common sense, as it was last evoked in World War II.

For the moment, this public spirit is taking a back seat to other challenges in the country, such as the unrest in Northern Ireland, the economic losses caused by Brexit or the Scots' desire for independence. All problems that would otherwise be directly attached to Boris Johnson's government.

Tagesschau, April 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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  • Comment from Matt Frei (sense against mainstream)
    @ Gürr
    I see it differently from you:
    After the success of finally leading Great Britain out of the ailing EU, it was also a good result to vaccinate the British ahead of most other European countries.
    Whoever has to wait for the EU has already lost.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Werner Gürr (FrMu)
    What a hype about vaccination. I don't care whether the vaccination comes in March or June 2021. A couple of months ahead of vaccination is all Johnson got. Brexit, its mega-loser, on the other hand, will keep the country busy for as long as the EU exists and the NHS is not an achievement by Johnson or the Tories, but by Labor. In the UK everything is now being done to suggest to the residents that the situation is paletti. The British elites are top in such psyops.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Luvy Müller (Lucy56)
      Too bad they have no idea what is going on in the UK. Labor is constantly in decline, the economy has been going better since Boris arrived and the initial difficulties with Brexit have been settled within 2 years. With Labor only more unemployed people and higher taxes. Corbin screwed everything up and Starmer didn't bring it either.
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from René Widmer (Widmer)
    Hopefully next week we can also say “Guy's our man” !!
    Agree agree to the comment

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