So Trump has revised his estimate of the effects of Coronavirus from "It will be down to zero in a few days" to "Hopefully not more than 240,000 people will die" without any kind of apology or whatever... breathtaking chutzpah.
Probably taking from the UK example that you can say that 1% of the population will die and then retract it and pretend you kind of didn't say it, so nothing has many consequences. What you say today is everything. Everyone knows Trump and Johnson are liars, even the people who voted for them, no-one expects the truth. Both countries are in such a desperate state even outside coronavirus.
I'm glad that the BBC is somewhat holding the government to account over the PPE and ventilators debacle, doing a bit of journalism at last, Maitlis cast in the Paxman role. Pity they couldn't hold them to account at all over the preceding year/s.
Yeah that could be it Baboon, give an enormous number then claim success... though it's a weird strategy at first sight in that it depends on people remembering what he said yesterday and completely forgetting what he said before as though it never happened, even though it's on film and will be endlessly replayed by his opponents. It will probably work though.
It's worked so often in the past four years, that I'd say it's a certainty. Most people seem to have accepted that 'herd immunity' was just mentioned as a thing, and not as a strategy, but it's on tape.
I think the 500,000 - it's partly about claiming success, partly about seeing what they could away with, and partly to increase fear so the populace are more able to be manipulated (goes along with Johnson's 'dead in a ditch' comment). And partly because they're insane.