Starmer’s ‘no ifs, no buts’ demand exposed as pupil confirmed with virus at school near visit
A month ago, Labour leader Keir Starmer was slated for a ridiculous demand for Boris Johnson to send children back to school no matter what – just as the signs of the now-exponential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic were starting to emerge:
Starmer has insisted on pushing for schools to reopen, against the attempts of unions to protect pupils and their members – and even sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey on a pretext when she would not stop backing the unions. Five weeks earlier, Starmer had sent Boris Johnson a confidential letter promising his support for the school return.
Starmer has continued to agree with Boris Johnson that ‘schools are safe’, in spite of mounting international evidence to the contrary, an ‘R rate’ above one across the country and the Tories’ testing and tracing in a shambles.
He has not reversed his call even after the number of schools hit by outbreaks even after just a few days reopened went through the roof this week – and despite revelations that the Tories are denying coronavirus tests to children and that hospitalisations for COVID-19 are now spiking again.
And yesterday, as Starmer made a PR appearance in Chesterfield, the consequences of his and Boris Johnson’s haste were hitting home in a school just along the road, with a whole year-group of children forced into isolation after a ‘member of the school community’ tested positive for the virus:
The timing of the confirmed infection and the typical incubation period of the virus mean that there is a strong likelihood that the virus was transmitted in the school setting – and pupil to pupil transmission has already been confirmed in other schools.
In spite of this, the Tories have begun withholding tests from many children in what insiders say is an attempt to mask the extent of infections among children – and a Chesterfield woman is among those unable to obtain a test for her children:
And when parents are unable to confirm infection in one child, the government’s current guidance to schools mean that asymptomatic siblings still have to attend their schools, in spite of the likelihood of infection.
The timing of these incidents makes Starmer’s visit to Chesterfield and his claims to care about their concerns a sick joke. His insistence on aiding, abetting and even pressuring Boris Johnson to continue keeping children in classrooms is helping Johnson to put children, teachers and their vulnerable relatives in danger and add to the already huge toll of needless deaths.
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