The clue is in the job title, Keir. People are still dying, for God’s sake oppose
Labour leader Keir Starmer responded to Boris Johnson’s declaration that the coronavirus pandemic is basically over – with a well-done for trying his best and a promise of support.
Starmer didn’t hold Johnson to account for the 65,000 or more people who have died.
He didn’t point out the incidence of the virus that is still far higher than other countries that have lifted their lockdowns.
He didn’t mention the increasing numbers of scientists warning of the dangers of a huge second wave – or the sudden spikes and high ‘R’ rate in Germany, a country that has handled the pandemic far better than Johnson.
Instead, he said he believed Johnson and co are doing their best – and offered support to the man scientists believe is responsible for tens of thousands of needless deaths, along with yet another ‘get out of jail free’ card that ‘there are no easy decisions to be made:
Yet again it was left to the Labour back bench to state the obvious, with former leadership tip Ian Lavery foremost:
Mr Starmer needs to start actually opposing – and standing up for the families of the tens of thousands of people – predominantly black, Asian and from other ethnic minorities – killed by Johnson’s recklessness, wilful negligence and mad eugenics and the more that will follow if Johnson botches the lifting like he has botched everything else in this pandemic.
Right the hell now.
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