24 hours after ‘lock-down’, Heathrow has no measures in place – and arriving travellers are free, unchecked, to travel around capital and country
A day after Boris Johnson’s announcement of new restrictions on the movement of the public on Monday, shocking footage captured at Heathrow airport made a mockery of the Tories’ handling of the coronavirus crisis yet again.
Johnson, Hancock and other ministers have criticised ordinary people for crowding into the underground and onto trains – a bottleneck situation that the government has created by cutting train services and closing stations, leaving those who have to travel for work no choice but to pack together.
Yet last night in Heathrow, in a video tweeted by a London campaign to get people out of cars and off public transport, thousands of travellers are shown milling about with no checks, no controls, no social distancing:
And incoming travellers continue to arrive even from coronavirus hotspots in Italy, Spain and Iran – with the same lack of checks, allowing them to get straight onto the tube or into taxis for their onward travel around London and the rest of the country.
As so often, the Tories are attempting to create the illusion of action while shifting blame and in reality doing nothing about huge problems – and they are putting the people of this country under enormous stress while undermining their solidarity and forbearance.
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