“The Chancellor was right, I was wrong!”

It was an extraordinary edition of “Markus Lanz”. This was mainly due to Thuringia’s prime minister, who impressed with an honest admission of guilt to the corona crisis.

The first half hour is all about Trump and the storm of the Capitol the day before. ZDF correspondent Elmar Theveßen is connected from Washington and informs about the events. He has dramatic pictures with him. Also included are the former US diplomat John Kornblum, philosopher Susan Neiman and John Bolton, former National Security Advisor to Donald Trump.

As usual, Lanz works through the dramatic events with confidence – in these special situations the show is simply worth watching over and over again. Then there is a hard break with the change to the studio guests and focus on the topic of pandemics. It should be the one-man show of the Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow.

The left-wing politician will have known that Lanz would not make it easy for him. After all, it was he who got through the summer in Thuringia brilliantly and therefore called for a much more relaxed Corona course than the Chancellor and many of his colleagues. Shortly before the lockdown in November, he announced a veto, but then decided differently. It is hardly surprising that Lanz said of Ramelow: “A man who has undergone remarkable development in this pandemic.”

“I was guided by hopes”

Ramelow himself says of this personal turning point: “October 28th was one of the sharpest cuts in my life for me.” With the planned veto, he went to the conference with the Chancellor and the other Prime Ministers and was informed during the conference that the numbers were exploding in his state.

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The prime minister seems sincere when he admits: “I have let myself be guided by hopes that turn out to be a bitter mistake”. And it becomes even clearer with his admission of guilt when he says of Chancellor Angela Merkel: “She was right and I was wrong”.

His hope that everyone would stick to the rules was his undoing and he becomes even clearer when he says: “This virus doesn’t give a shit about it” and further: “I would like us to take a break for four weeks . “

Ramelow makes a clear admission

Ramelow points out several times that neither the Chancellor nor his advisors were wrong and that he is solely responsible for his assessment of the situation. You have to think for a long time when the last time a top German politician publicly admitted his guilt so clearly.

Prof. Alena Buyx, who is also present, sees it that way. The chairwoman of the German Ethics Council stated that she was very impressed “that Mr. Ramelow admits so clearly that he was wrong”. An exciting moment in the show: a politician admits mistakes and instead of malice or pointed remarks, there is respect for his admission. Something you’d want to see on TV a lot more often.

Also in the group are Prof. Dirk Brockmann, digital epidemiologist from the RKI, who can come up with some interesting figures, and the Leipziger Zeit editor Martin Machowecz. Both are at best better staffage this evening. The latter is only really noticeable if he clashes with Ramelow and Ramelow gets louder, for example in the debate about the terms on which the vaccines were purchased from the EU.

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Ramelow: Vaccination is more important than my reputation

The medical ethicist Buyx makes another important point on the subject of work: She would like a reversal in the home office: Instead of an appeal to go to the home office, it should be better to justify why one does not go. Exciting approach!

The last noteworthy sentence on the show belongs to Ramelow again, who has less a problem with the vaccine than with getting the vaccinations reported. He says, “I’d rather lose public reputation because we’re losing the statistics, but in fact I know people are being vaccinated.”


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