Starmer’s BBC interview enters WTAF territory
Keir Starmer has spent weeks ‘fully supporting’ whatever the Tories want to do in their mishandling of the pandemic – which has meant rushing children back to school even though the pool of coronavirus infection in the community was far higher than experts said was safe.
Even though those experts warned publicly months ago that sending kids to school would push up the crucial ‘R rate’ of transmission. Even though it meant ignoring and fighting unions trying to protect their members and the children they teach.
In fact, Starmer did much more than just ‘support’. He even issued a demand to Boris Johnson, just in case Johnson had second thoughts or decided to delay the return until the situation and the UK’s ability to test, track and trace wasn’t good enough (to put it mildly) to stay on schedule.
Starmer warned Johnson, in an article for a right-wing rag, that he wanted all children back in school in September,
No ifs, no buts, no equivocation.
But with chickens coming home to roost in the form of rocketing rates of infection, hospital admissions and deaths – and massive school outbreaks – it seems Keir Starmer now wants to rewrite history. And today he went through the looking glass into a land in which he had been all caution, telling Boris Johnson he could only proceed if everything was just right:
Keir Starmer is right that the situation is not the fault of the people living in the areas now hit by increased restrictions because of school-driven, soaring levels of transmission.
But he’s wrong that it’s Boris Johnson’s responsibility. It’s Johnson’s and Starmer’s. The guilt for surging infections and avoidable deaths is shared – and no amount of rewriting can erase it.
No ifs. No buts. No equivocation.
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