‘Agreement’ looks like attempt to ‘divide and conquer’ northern mayors refusing to accept system even govt advisers say won’t work
The Tories have made their sham 3-tier local-lockdown system an even bigger mockery – by flexing what ‘Tier 3’, the most restrictive level, involves.
The system is supposed to make restrictions clear to those affected by laying out exactly what can and cannot happen in a restricted area, according to the tier involved. But the Tories have now ‘done a deal’ with Lancashire authorities to impose Tier 3, but with gyms and leisure centres remaining open.
In other words, it’s Tier 3 but it’s not really Tier 3.
The move looks like an attempt by Johnson and Hancock to ‘divide and conquer’ northern mayors, who have refused to accept experimental severe restrictions – which even the government’s scientific advisers say won’t work – without adequate support for businesses and workers affected by the closure of hospitality and leisure locations.
No further financial support has been offered. The 3-tier system always looked like a Tory attempt to avoid lockdown in the south by penalising the north and it looks even more so now.
But even if it was applied fairly, the system cannot possibly work when it avoids shutting schools and workplaces, which have been by far the biggest driver of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic – and the Tories are fully aware of it.
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