When asked : "How politically committed are you?" He replied :
"I’m provoked by the amount of unnecessary suffering there is. Politics, like medicine, should be there to relieve suffering. Clearly at the moment it is not doing its job."
And asked : "What do you find most irritating in other people?" He replied :
"The abuse of power, in any situation in which any person has power over another."
* * * * * * * *This week the Guardian's report of David experience of being sick with coronavirus makes the point that : 'His fury at the Government’s handling of the crisis is to be the subject of a play starring Ralph Fiennes as the playwright.'
“One day it would be fever, next day it would be arctic cold, then it would be vomiting, then coughing, then conjunctivitis, then breathing problems. Day 10 was five times worse than day five.”
David who is one of Britain’s most celebrated stage writers is no stranger to producing work which is witheringly critical of the performance of governments in the past on subjects including the privatisation of the railways and the Iraq war.
He has now been damning of the Johnson's Government's coronavirus response, calling it worse than the handling of the Suez crisis or Iraq and said : “To watch a weasel-worded parade of ministers shirking responsibility for their failures and confecting non-apologies to the dead and dying has seen British public life sink as low as I can remember in my entire lifetime.”
He thought that : "In return for lockdown, isolation, commercial disaster and social distancing” the British public deserved honesty. He also thought that Johnson and his Ministers : “ Must own up to their mistakes, stop dodging and waffling and start to trust us with the truth.”
He ridiculed those who said that “courage” and “love of life” got the Prime Minister through his dose of coronavirus and instead said : “Those of us who’ve had the virus know you don’t under any circumstances ignore it. What helped me survive were pure luck and the assiduous expert care of my first-class GP. Those two things only, not my fabled resources of character.”