You can even travel internationally for work, but right-wing rag displays ignorance of lockdown rules and launches attack on Liverpool MP for travelling to Stockport while Tory PM is in another UK nation altogether
Right-wing rag the Daily Mail has launched a shameful smear attack on left-wing Labour MP Ian Byrne – for simply doing his job. The attack is all the more shameful for trying to exploit the pandemic for political reasons when thousands are dying daily of COVID – but it also displays a gross and arguably wilful ignorance of what the lockdown rules actually say.
‘Fail’ political editor Jason Groves ‘quote-tweeted’ Byrne’s video of his show of solidarity with striking British Gas workers – who are attempting to fight off an attempt by their employer to slash their pay and conditions – with the sneering comment:
Liverpool MP travels 42 miles to film social media clip on a picket line in Stockport. Unremarkable in normal times, but even some Labour colleagues are raising eyebrows during #Lockdown
But the government’s lockdown rules are absolutely clear that travel for work is allowed during the latest lockdown – and even international travel for work is still permitted:
Byrne’s job as a Labour MP entails raising issues affecting workers and showing solidarity with them – if only his party leader was as diligent! – and he was doing his job in standing with and raising awareness of the situation facing the British Gas engineers.
He was therefore perfectly entitled to travel.
But the Fail’s idiocy is matched by its hypocrisy – since Tory Boris Johnson is not merely 30-odd miles away doing his job, but in Scotland, another UK nation entirely.
A fact that was covered – just today – by none other than the Daily Fail:
Shameful, cynical, hypocritical and downright appalling – but then, it is the Daily Fail.
Solidarity with Ian Byrne and the wronged British Gas engineers.
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