1,000 people have died and 150,000 infected since SAGE called for 2-week lockdown
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer remain in lockstep in their opposition to a new nationwide lockdown – 21 days after the government’s ‘SAGE’ scientists said that a two-week lockdown across the country was needed to break the back of the ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus pandemic.
In those 21 days:
- 150,000 people have been infected by the virus
- 9,000 have been hospitalised
- 1,000 people have died
- scientists are now warning that we are a month away from levels of hospital admissions and potentially deaths greater than those seen at the height of the first wave
The guilt for those consequences is on the heads of both men.
Johnson’s discriminatory partial lockdowns will not suppress the second wave, as even many of his own scientists agree – even his deputy chief medical officer declined to say they would when asked on Monday evening. At the same time, the government’s inadequate support for those hit by regional measures intensify the discrimination and ruin lives.
But neither leader of the UK’s main parties are willing to grasp the nettle and do what needs to be done – a full lockdown and full support for workers, businesses and the vulnerable across the nation.
In his virtual conference speech, Starmer made clear that he is opposed to a new lockdown – calling for a ‘national effort’ to avoid one:
The Tories have failed abysmally to protect the people and economy of this country. Tragically, Labour’s centrist front bench is doing far worse than enable Johnson’s damage.
It is swinging wildly, between deserting the field by abstaining on key votes while failing to call Johnson’s guilt what it is and actively driving Johnson hard toward the wrong course of action, as with Starmer’s appalling ‘no ifs no buts’ call on the schools return that has driven the second wave and is being stubbornly ignored by both party leaders.
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