Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What You'd Like a Leader to Say

I don't know anything about British politics but this speech by Boris Johnson is in stark contrast to what we've heard from the reality TV personality currently occupying the White House. I find Johnson's speech reassuring because it emphasizes the "we're all in this together" aspects while not downplaying the seriousness of the situation. In the U.S. we have precisely the opposite - a president that finds political advantage in dividing people, and tells us what he hopes or wishes or dreams might happen rather than listen to the doctors and scientists around him.

Postscript: I saw this opinion piece in the New York Times this morning, from someone who lives in London, that gives a more complete and less rosy perspective on how Boris Johnson has been performing.