Is Boris Johnson to blame for my dad’s death? I hope the Covid inquiry will tell me | Hannah Brady

Is Boris Johnson to blame for my dad’s death? I hope the Covid inquiry will tell me | Hannah Brady

The PM has been accused of trying to cover up mistakes in the pandemic. Now grieving families like mine will learn the truth

It’s been just over two years since Dad died. That’s two years of unprocessed grief shelved in the campaign for justice, but finally the public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched. For the bereaved, the news brings an enormous sense of relief. The process of learning lessons from the UK’s handling of the pandemic has at last been moved out of Boris Johnson’s reach.

We’ve weathered two years of distractions: Partygate, the cost of living crisis, no-confidence votes. Families have had to fight every step of the way to make it to this point. We’ve threatened two separate judicial reviews, and even been prepared to put ourselves at financial risk to secure this opportunity for justice. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have done everything they can to kick their accountability into the long grass. But now those distractions are irrelevant – with the terms of reference fixed (despite sitting unsigned and gathering dust on Johnson’s desk for six weeks) and the date set, this government can no longer influence the inquiry.

Hannah Brady is spokesperson for the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Campaign

As told to Lucy Pasha-Robinson

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