Liverpool’s Labour mayor has stated emphatically that he will not re-open schools while the coronavirus is still a threat to local children, telling the BBC:
We’re still one of the highest areas for COVID-19… and we’re concerned about allowing children back into school who could then either get the virus themselves or spread the virus.
When asked whether this meant he would refuse to re-open schools on 1 June ‘whatever the government’s telling me to do’, Anderson responded:
Yeah, absolutely. The safety of our children comes first.
Anderson is a ‘marmite’ character in the city, but it has been hard to fault his stance on the pandemic, in stark contrast to the party’s national leadership.
And when the UK and 15 US states now have cases of children affected by a serious new coronavirus-related syndrome, he is absolutely right – and Johnson is once again playing fast and loose with the lives of innocent people.
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