Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britains Battle with Coronavirus Jonathan Calvert Hardback Book
Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britains Battle with Coronavirus Jonathan Calvert Hardback Book 9780008430528 Release Date 18th March 2021
A HIGHLIGHT FOR 2021 IN THE GUARDIAN
A devastating piece of journalism Andrew Marr
One of the most important books of our time Owen Jones
Calvert and Arbuthnottâs reporting on Covid has been truly superb Rachel Clarke
The inside story of the UK's response to the pandemic from the Insight investigations unit at The Sunday Times
Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britainâs Battle with Coronavirus recounts the extraordinary political decisions taken at the heart of Boris Johnsonâs government during the global pandemic.
Meticulously researched and corroborated by hundreds of inside sources, politicians, emergency planners, scientists, doctors, paramedics and bereaved families, along with leaked data and documents, this is the insiderâs account of how the government sleepwalked into disaster and tried to cover up its role in the tragedy â and it exposes one of the most scandalous failures of political leadership in British history.
In the eye of the storm was Boris Johnson, a Prime Minister who idolised Winston Churchill and had the chance to become a hero of his own making as the crisis engulfed the nation. Instead he was fixated on Brexit, his own political destiny and a myriad of personal issues, all while presiding over the UK governmentâs botched response to the global coronavirus pandemic. After missing key Cobra meetings, embracing and abandoning herd immunity and dithering over lockdown, Johnson left the NHS facing an unmanageable deluge of patients. His inaction resulted in the deaths of many thousands of British people and his own hospitalisation at the hands of the pandemic, yet further reckless decisions allowed a deadly second wave to sweep across the country in the autumn months with the economy on the brink of collapse.
With access to key figures at the top of government during the most tumultuous year of modern British history, Failures of State is an exhaustive and thrillingly told story â and one of the most essential pieces of investigative reporting for a generation.
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