Yesterday Keir Starmer went to the podium to announce a statement to the country which goes against the Government’s position. Keir is now pushing the Government to adhere advice from SAGE for a total lockdown labelled “the circuit breaker” for 2-3 weeks.
Keir said: “We know from bitter experience and great personal loss where all this leads. Three things are now clear: the Government has not got a credible plan to slow infections. It has lost control of the virus. And it’s no longer following the scientific advice.
Keir then states that ignoring the advice from SAGE would have “catastrophic consequences” going forward.
“A short period of national restrictions that SAGE believes would bring the R-rate down and “re-set the incidence of disease to a lower level”. “SAGE’s advice is that this could set the “epidemic back by approximately 28 days or more.”
“The Prime Minister has promised that his measures will control the virus and drive down the R-rate. But we now know this is not supported by the evidence.” Claims Keir.
Keir then sends a message to the PM saying he doesn’t need to rely on his party for votes to pass this circuit breaker through Parliament as he will make sure his party votes in favour of this new lockdown.
Keir said: “I also want to say this directly to the Prime Minister. You know that the science backs this approach. You know that the restrictions you’re introducing won’t be enough. You know that a circuit-break is needed now to get this virus under control. You can’t keep delaying this and come back to the House of Commons every few weeks with another plan that won’t work.
“So act now. Break the cycle. If you do, you will have the votes in the House of Commons. I can assure you of that. You don’t need to balance the needs of your party against the national interest.
What’re your thoughts on this? Do you agree to shut down the economy once again?