Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has again shown Labour leader Keir Starmer what effective opposition looks like, with a demand for Boris Johnson to include schools in his new England-wide lockdown.
Burnham tweeted today from his official Twitter account:
I remain of the view the circuit break should be a true circuit break so we can reset things and get a proper grip of the virus.
We do need to see a period of closure of schools. I would suggest a period of two weeks, towards the second half of November.
Starmer, meanwhile, continues to insist schools must remain open, a month to the day after warning that they will fuel the second wave of the pandemic – and in spite of figures showing that they are responsible for almost ten times as many infections as the hospitality sector Boris Johnson is about to close.
This is the second time in less than two weeks that Burnham’s leadership has exposed Starmer’s lack of it. Burnham’s example then on Johnson’s ‘Tier 3’ scam stung Starmer into his first act of anything like genuine opposition. Will it do the same now?
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