Heatwave isn’t a crisis, but that hasn’t stopped BBC and Nanny State from going full steam ahead – we need to get a grip on each other

HOW will the BBC’s bad birds cope with arch-villain Boris Johnson gone? How are they going to fill their bulletins without anti-BoJo bile?

After spending the last three years blaming the Prime Minister for pretty much everything, they just can’t break the habit.

The BBC has spent the last three years blaming the Prime Minister for pretty much everything

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The BBC has spent the last three years blaming the Prime Minister for pretty much everything

Even as he ticks off his final days in office, the Beeb was at it again this weekend, attacking the Prime Minister for keeping the nation alive while sipping iced champagne and caviar at Checkers.

Boris reportedly “raised eyebrows” for failing to chair a Cobra crisis meeting on Saturday about the heatwave in western Europe.

Instead, they reported, he lifted his heels at a “farewell party” at his lavish country estate, Checkers.

Radio 4 quoted approvingly Labor claims that the Prime Minister was “celebrating while Britain was cooking”.

Reporter Ben Wright suggested it was “sort of a shindig” for Tory supporters.

“So quite a small gathering,” he added unprompted.

Partygate will never die as long as we have the beeb – and indeed all the major broadcasters – to keep it alive.

Boris might be reminded of US President Richard Nixon when he was ousted from office over the original Watergate.

“As I leave you, I want you to think about how much you’re missed,” Nixon said. “You don’t have me to fool around with anymore.”

Ah good Aunt, another Tory PM coming in a minute.

But why would a prime minister chair a summit on the weather?

In the great drought of 1976, Labor Prime Minister Jim demanded “Crisis? What crisis?” Callaghan did not chair emergency meetings.

He merely asked people to share a bath and ordered junior minister Denis Howell to perform a rain dance. It worked!

finger pointing

It is absurd even to call this a “crisis”. Most people are indeed enjoying some long-awaited sunshine after a miserable Covid winter.

Right, that’s a “Whew! What A Scorcher’ event, with temperatures heading for a record 41C – uncomfortable but quite common in Sicily, Spain and Australia.

The people there carry on as normal.

It was 43 degrees in Sydney a few years ago when my wife and I walked across the Harbor Bridge.

It would be uncomfortable if this heatwave lasted long, but even Met Office fearmongers admit it will only last a few days.

There will be concern if temperatures rise even higher, more frequently and for longer – as climate change lobbyists say, for sure.

But while this week’s high temperatures aren’t a “crisis,” that hasn’t stopped the Nanny State from operating at full steam.

Health and safety advisors advise us to stay in the shade, finger-wagging, carry a bottle of water and avoid traveling on the subway.

This week's high temperatures have sent the Nanny State into overdrive

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This week’s high temperatures have sent the Nanny State into overdriveCredit: Alamy
Most people are actually enjoying a long-awaited sunshine

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Most people are actually enjoying a long-awaited sunshineCredit: Alamy

Luckily, striking underground workers will see to that.

Teachers’ unions are predictably looking to shut down schools, thereby sabotaging another part of our children’s education.

And those much-missed health bureaucrats, who have had no television exposure since Covid, are lining up with life-and-death warnings of hats and deep water.

Predictably, there is a call to ‘save’ the holy NHS, whose annual winter crisis has expanded to fill the whole year.

Ambulances are queuing at A&E. Hospital beds are full.

“We’re already literally dealing with a summer crisis that’s worse than any winter crisis in the last decade or so,” Shaun Lintern, the Sunday Times’ health editor, told the BBC.

Is that true? Can it be worse than the peak of Covid or the 2018 beast-from-the-east flu epidemic, with patients waiting in ambulances and hospital corridors filled with dying patients?

More nurses

Bring back those Nightingale pop-up wards. Where’s Clive Myrie from Beeb chanting “We’re All Scared”?

And if true, could it perhaps be down to a failure by NHS management to use its £190.3billion budget efficiently rather than Boris starving them out of taxpayers’ money?

Perhaps we could have hired more nurses at £25,000 a year instead of the dozens of diversity and inclusion managers at £80,000.

Or perhaps reduce the estimated £2 billion a year wasted on over-prescribed medicines and over-priced loo rolls, wheelchairs and crutches?

Or the £2.1billion for negligence claims and indemnities?

You’re going to miss all of that, aren’t you, Boris?

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