Shadow Chancellor continues Starmer’s ‘Official Facilitation’ approach
Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds this morning avoided three times saying that Labour opposes Boris Johnson’s reckless haste to ease lock-down measures, during an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr.
As Marr attempted to get a straight answer, Dodds dodged – saying almost anything rather than a simple ‘Yes, we oppose it’:
Not one of Labour’s supposed tests for lifting the lock-down have been met yet – and Marr listed them. Dodds said it was risky – but wouldn’t say Labour was against it.
Even the government’s own scientific advisers have broken cover to publicly say Johnson’s move is too early – but the ‘Official Opposition’ will perform contortions rather than say the same.
Starmer’s cheerleaders will inevitably praise his ‘forensic’ decision to avoid saying anything that might be construed as leadership or contradicting the UK’s unhinged and unbothered Prime Minister – but there are hundreds of thousands of lives on the line. This is not the time for timidity.
The Tories have been planning all along for their lock-down changes causing huge numbers in new deaths. The SKWAWKBOX revealed almost three weeks ago that they have quietly more than tripled temporary mortuary capacity to 100,000 and warned funeral director groups to plan for a second wave – and now even some centrists are starting to catch on:
Cases are already beginning to surge. Yet Starmer is still taking an ‘Official Facilitation’ approach, as the floodgates re-open and many tens of thousands of lives are set to be lost.
What will it take for him to actually oppose?
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