Health Secretary admits infections in pupils contributed to Leicester virus hotspot – a massive, though of course oblique, admission of failure. On the same morning, Starmer’s Shadow Chancellor was on TV saying government had done “remotely enough” to re-open schools
Matt Hancock was forced to admit this morning that sending children back to school has been a contributing factor in the massive coronavirus infection spike that has forced Leicester back into full lockdown. Of course, being a Tory, he didn’t admit he and Boris Johnson shouldn’t have done it, but the facts were clear in his comments during a BBC interview.
As a result of the Tories’ blunder, people will die needlessly in Leicester.
At more or less the same time, Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds was appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain – saying that the Tories hadn’t done enough to get children back into the classroom – and that Starmer’s Labour had been “urging“ the government to start the process of getting children and teachers back into the classroom from the day after schools closed:
No wonder Starmer used a pretext last week to remove Rebecca Long-Bailey from the post of Shadow Education Secretary. Long-Bailey had sided with the unions in their insistence that it was not yet safe to force pupils and staff back into school with incidence of the virus still too high and no adequate test-and-trace programme in place.
Long-Bailey and the unions were right. Starmer and co were wrong. The Leicester lockdown shows it and Matt Hancock couldn’t quite weasel out of it.
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