Starmer’s policy adviser was right
A YouGov poll that asked English voters whether they want schools poen or closed during the government’s ‘fire-break’ national lockdown carries a stark message for Labour leader Keir Starmer.
People across the nation believe that schools should be closed – hardly surprising when they represent one of the main drivers of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and even Boris Johnson has admitted the virus passes readily from children to adults – and the areas with the highest numbers who want schools shut, including an outright majority in one, are the Midlands and north:
In spite of the clear scientific evidence that schools are playing a far bigger role in the spread of the virus than shops or hospitality – and his own acknowledgement that not closing them will prolong the lockdown in other sectors – Starmer continues to side with the Tories in their determination to keep schools open.
This position is rejected by voters in the northern and Midlands areas where Labour lost fifty seats in last year’s general election – and will inflict the heaviest damage on those same areas.
As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed yesterday, a Labour policy adviser tasked to investigate the pandemic crisis and advise on the party’s response warned both that not closing schools would help the virus spread – and that failing to oppose the Tories on schools would be a squandered opportunity to boost Labour politically.
The first part of that advice is clearly supported by the science – and the latter part is borne out by the new polling.
If Starmer is remotely serious about winning power, he is going about it in exactly the wrong way – and enabling Boris Johnson to cause even further needless deaths.
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