Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out publicly on the catastrophe of coronavirus outbreaks in schools, with a quote from an article by Unison’s Roger McKenzie putting guilt squarely on the shoulders of the Tories for the deaths that will surely result from Boris Johnson’s determination to keep children in school despite skyrocketing numbers of outbreaks.
Corbyn’s quote reads:
With a growing amount of infections in a growing amount of schools and nothing being done to protect members those deaths will be the responsibility of this negligent government.”
Corbyn’s comment was an implicit rebuke to Corbyn’s successor as Labour leader. Starmer’s approach has gone beyond merely fully cooperating with Johnson – including a secret letter pledging support on the back-to-school plans of a PM whose actions have cost tens of thousands of needless deaths without so much as an expression of regret.
Starmer has even pushed Johnson in case Johnson showed any lessening of his haste to put children and teachers back into classrooms that even the government’s own ‘SAGE’ scientists admit are not safe:
Starmer has also ridden roughshod over the concerns of unions, sending his Blairite Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green out to tell TV viewers that masks weren’t needed in schools. Until the Tories u-turned partially under pressure from parents, teachers and scientists, at least – and then Green duly copied them.
Corbyn’s clear statement put Starmer to shame, but he and McKenzie didn’t go far enough. When deaths ensue from forcing children and teachers into proximity while virus levels are high and climbing exponentially, the guilt will be on the head of Starmer and his supporters, as well as on the Tories.
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