Review of 2020 – The Stories That Shaped An Historic Year For Britain
By TruePublica Editor: The year 2020 will be etched into the minds of everyone across the world. Collectively, we have been consumed by the misery of Covid-19, which has without a doubt been our biggest challenge since emerging from the rubble of the last World War. Globally, something like 75 million people have been officially confirmed as having been infected with Covid-19 and around 1.7 million have sadly lost their lives to it.
In Britain, around 2 million people have so far (by a positive test result) been infected with Covid-19 – and 65,000 have lost their lives (source). The economy has crashed, rebounded slightly and tragically will dive once again before the winter is finished. Almost one million people have lost jobs and tens of thousands of carefully nurtured businesses have been crushed. Hundreds of billions in public and private debt has rapidly built up. Make no mistake, when we emerge from this nightmare – the impact of 2020 impact will linger for at least a generation.
We can all argue about the interpretation of numbers but one thing we can say about the Boris Johnson government with some certainty – is that it is undeniably unfit to govern. Britain has spent more fighting this pandemic than any G7 nation and has just about the worst public health output as a result. In fact, Britain has the fifth-worst death rate in the world (source) and would be worse even than that of America – if population numbers were the same (at the time of writing).
Financially, Britain has the third-highest expenditure as a share of GDP in the world (source) in combatting Covid but produced the second-worst result in Europe by experiencing a much harder economic fall than its peer nations. In short, this government has ended up with more fatalities, jobs losses and businesses failures than just about any comparable country. It is a shameful performance with deadly consequences.
All of this leaves the country in a much-weakened state to cope with another disaster of this governments’ making – Brexit, which has itself also featured in the headlines all year. Unfortunately, not even a crumb of positive news on this to help get us through and have something to look forward to.
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Mismanagement of the economy and Britain’s institutions has led to an 83 per cent increase in homelessness over the last ten years (source). We now have 30 per cent of our children living in poverty (source) – both are fuelled by stagnating family incomes and the spiralling cost of housing, both of which are worsening. We now have Unicef in to feed hungry children in the UK for the first time in its 70-year history, just as Britain plunges from 11th to 170th in just two years for child rights (source). Only two countries in the Western world has experienced falls in life expectancy – Britain (0.19 years for women and 0.26 years for men) and America (source). These are the indicators of structural failure and decay.
But what the headlines show us is something else as well. There has been a total collapse of good governance. Professionalism, ethics, morality and adherence to the rule of law by this government has been ejected and replaced with lies, corruption, cronyism and self-serving nepotism. It doesn’t stop there as attacks on the media, judicial system and the institutions that uphold civil society such as civil liberty and human rights are being ruthlessly dismantled.
Soon, the slow burn effects of declining standards of living will accelerate.
So far, Brexit has cost Britain £200 billion in lost GDP. It has also cost us many other things such as the breakdown of democracy, the absolute division in society that only an enemy could wish for and the infiltration of hostile foreign actors into Britain’s political system. The collateral damage of a ten-year Conservative government has been catastrophic not just to millions of our own, but to Britain’s global reputation. It has turned us from being perceived as a nation filled with polite, witty, reserved, tolerant, but stoic people to being isolationist and angry little nationalists obsesses with our own importance. The image of little Englanders destroying Great Britain as our union of four nations falls apart was deliberately spawned by this government with its populist culture war style – designed only to divide us.
Also this year, Boris Johnson has wreaked havoc and opportunistically used the pandemic to seize powers in this country not seen since Henry VIII.
His covert intelligence bill (known as the “licence to kill” bill) implicitly permits undercover agents to break the law if they perceive a threat to national security. It is a deeply immoral step that feeds directly into his culture wars and the fantasy world he inhabits. He has deliberately resorted to using emergency legislation to shield himself from scrutiny in the House of Commons. He has used hundreds of statutory instruments like no other PM in modern history – not to create efficiency amid a pandemic – but to avoid challenge of any type and push through his agenda.
We have seen this year how Johnson’s ministers sit on reports that have exposed their misconduct. We have read non-stop allegations about Covid procurement contracts being dished out to enrich their friends and donors. Government studies on the impact of Brexit have been withheld and minsters are now regularly refusing to appear before MP’s committees whose role is to ensure transparency. We’ve even read that our Prime Minister’s latest girlfriend can appoint friends to highly influential and well-paid government roles without having to advertise them, let alone go through some sort of interview process. And even that was only exposed through the sacking of Dominic Cummings – a man who was given a £40,000 taxpayer-funded pay rise for failing to do anything except rig a referendum and destabilise the mechanics of government.
We’ve learned through good investigative journalism that the government has set up its own censorship unit to block Freedom of Information requests and to shut down transparency. We’ve found out it is beholden to those who think Democracy can be bought which it is turning the country into an authoritarian state governed by little more than economic elitism. Dark money now runs through the veins of Downing Street and there is much to be fearful of for our future.
As TruePublica exposed back in January 2019, Brexit will turn Britain into Singapore-on-Thames, a tax haven for the rich and powerful. This is still the political trajectory.
When the pandemic has been defeated, Britain will emerge much for the worse.
For the review of 2020, here are 90 headlines from TruePublica during 2020. By scanning over them, you quickly realise just how fast Britain is descending.
Journalists raise ‘significant concerns’ over changes to daily Government briefings.
Civil Liberty: Gov’t and police crackdown on lawful, peaceful protest
National Insurance Fund plundered to pay down the national debt
The cost of Brexit – £200 bn in ‘collateral damage’ and counting
Propaganda – Gov’t creates film factory to rewrite Brexit history
100,000 disabled people lose Motability vehicles
State Secrecy: Government now routinely refusing Freedom of Information requests
London has equivalent of ‘class of homeless children for every single one of its schools’
The abuse of data by the government
UK – The 10 steps of democratic breakdown
No10 – The propaganda machine
More bad Brexit news as main driver of economy continues to slump
UK Government Crack-Down On Press Freedom Just The Start
Number 10 steps up its ‘revenge’ on Britain’s judicial system
UK ranks 43rd from 65 democracies, Ireland 5th worldwide
Boris Johnson’s links with Russia and China spilling into public view
Brexit lie – Johnson now looking to break agreement with EU on NI checks
Assange faces extradition and then a secret court where no-one has ever been acquitted
Brexit – Four times as many working in customs checks than the entire fishing industry
The informational war that got us to where we are
Child Rights – Britain plunges from 11th to 170th in just two years
Sweeping Powers to make Boris Johnson as powerful as China’s president
Why the UK CoVid-19 plan is destined to fail
CoVid-19 – What the government is really covering up
COVID-19: THE TRUTH – Gov’t docs emerge to show how they’ve failed us all
UK Government officially (and quietly) downgrades COVID-19
Brexit, Covid-19 and the Debt Deluge – The perfect storm about to engulf us all
Johnson to push on with Brexit despite CoVid-19 and cratering economy
The bigger picture is hiding behind a virus
Editor at The Economist: ‘Something fishy’ about Boris Johnson’s intensive care stay
The leaked Labour report is truly shocking
Millions are reportedly going hungry in lockdown Britain
5G – What’s true, what’s not and what you really need to know
Britain continues to cascade down press freedom index
FoI Request Filed To Find Out About Johnson’s Stay In Intensive Care
Mission Creep – Yet more intrusive surveillance powers given to government
Tory ‘herd immunity’ propaganda campaign unearthed
The real reason why the gov’t is offering £60,000 to bereaved families of COVID19 medics
NHS ordered to hand over security keys of NHS data to GCHQ
More journalists barred from Gov’t daily press briefings – for asking wrong questions
Massive global crime syndicate in UK operates with impunity
Propaganda: Automated bots defending the government
Something about Julian Assange you should know
The stench of corruption could hardly be stronger
Britain’s political-media complex in the COVID-19 war
‘Reckless and spiteful’ DWP stripping families of tax credits in a crisis
Something more than a bit fishy about Cummings visiting Castle Barnard
Taxpayers cash being spent on Tory propaganda in right-wing press
HS2 – Europe’s biggest deforestation project hides behind pandemic
Dominic Cummings ‘spare cottage’ – no planning consent, pays no council tax
New laws to criminalise public interest information
Democracy – removing our representative rights
‘Taking back control’ – democracy to be savaged behind closed doors
Britain’s government – entangled in its own corruption
No-win: Britain’s inevitable international car crash
About Hancock’s promised contact tracing app
Covid – Government being sued yet again, this time over the awarding of a PPE contract
Ten reasons to be concerned about 5G – and it has nothing to do with C-19
Corruption and dark money now the lifeblood of the Tory party
Is this Boris Johnson’s biggest lie?
Dominic Cummings – a cover story obscuring something far darker
The Russia Report – What this Whitewash really says
The greatest loss of democracy and liberty in modern Britain
“Unprecedented” transfer of personal NHS information to shady tech Co’s
Take a good hard look at the new Britain we all now live in
What The A-Level Results Fiasco Revealed About This Government
FinCEN – Isn’t it time to start making arrests?
UK Head of Vaccine Taskforce Shared UK Plans with Private Investors
Amnesty International condemns Johnson government
Post-Brexit Britain to be the “largest and most destructive tax haven in the world”
Brexit Reality And The Ship Jumpers
Gov’t gave lobbyists secret access to Covid meetings
From Broken Britain to Broken Kingdom
The New Norm: Government Lawbreaking
Brexit Reality Finally Admitted By Bank of England
Shocking revelations of a meeting between Zuckerberg and Hancock
The suppression of science in a deadly pandemic
Democracy – “this is another attack on our ability to stand up to power”
Staged Brexit negotiations – psychodrama and propaganda
Rise of The Whigs – as no longer the ‘Conservative’ party