Now-backbencher Gardiner shows what Labour is missing
Labour’s Barry Gardiner, now on the back benches, gave an object lesson in how to hold the Tories to account and expose their dishonesty, as the country desperately needs during this national crisis made worse by the dishonesty and wilful negligence of Boris Johnson and his henchmen.
The Conservatives hide daily behind the excuse that everything they do – which changes and conflicts constantly – is following scientific advice.
An excuse that Gardiner took just 21 seconds to demolish, by simply pointing out an undeniable example of them not ‘following the science’ – and in fact stubbornly ignoring it for weeks:
Stand-in PM Dominic Raab weaseled and bluffed – but in the end he could only avoid the question and pretend it didn’t make everything else he said sound ridiculous. Of course, Raab is not the only weasel – harried Health Secretary Matt Hancock blurted out last week (video) that the Tories only listen to scientists when it suits them.
How badly Labour and the country are missing Gardiner’s genuinely forensic questioning and courteously ruthless delivery,
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