Yet again, Tories punish working class and disadvantaged areas while protecting their own
Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock are cooking the books to avoid locking down in wealthier, Tory-voting areas, according to leaked emails revealed today by the Times. In doing so, they are widening even further the inequality gap between privileged communities and those already facing the worst effects – medical, social and economic – of the coronavirus pandemic.
The figures revealed in the emails sent by a senior public health official show that Conservative voting areas are not being locked down in spite of levels of infection around twice those in areas that have been subjected to stricter restrictions – with a few examples shown in the graphic above.
Hancock’s department tried to cover his behind by claiming infection rates are not the only criterion for deciding where lockdowns should be imposed. Given that infection rates are the criterion for deciding which foreign countries are on the list requiring Britons to self-isolate when they return, it looks like the only other criterion being applied by the Tories is whether an area votes Conservative or not.
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