Just before the break, Starmer’s Labour was still insisting schools must stay open
The Labour party yesterday frantically tried to rewrite history to pretend its collusion with the Tories to keep schools open had never happened. The facts say otherwise – Labour has not only applauded the Boris Johnson’s anti-scientific determination to have children in school and joined in his insistence that ‘schools are safe‘, Keir Starmer and his acolytes have pushed the government – ‘no ifs, no buts‘ – when they thought Johnson might drag his heels or lose his nerve.
Starmer even sent Johnson a secret letter promising to support him on the schools issue.
And that stance had not changed up to the Christmas/New Year break – as this clip from the 20 Dec Marr show on the BBC shows.
Marr asked Nandy to give a ‘straightforward answer’ on whether the re-opening of schools should be delayed – and said ‘No’:
Today, the National Education Union has told its members not to go to school on Monday and instead to exercise their legal right to boycott unsafe workplaces – and fellow unions NAHT and NASUWT are making similar noises.
Starmer shares Johnson’s guilt for the current huge numbers of infections – and the tens of thousands of needless deaths – that have resulted from the determination to ignore the clear scientific consensus that schools have been driving what must now be considered the third and deadliest wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
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