Angry Tory MPs have turned on authoritarian Boris Johnson as he ordered the British people to obey his draconian new coronavirus restrictions or face an economically devastating second national lockdown.
The panicking Prime Minister warned Britons last night they face a long difficult winter of police implemented curbs on their freedoms, saying the alternative was many more families losing loved ones before their time.
In a melodramatic televised speech to the country, Boris Johnson flanked by a Union Jack, said he was extremely, spiritually reluctant to make new impositions or violate anyone’s freedom after unveiling new measures in the House of Commons.
But he said it was essential to reintroduce working from home rules and a swathe of social measures in order to evade a dramatic wave in deaths, overwhelming the NHS and spark a second, economically devastating total lockdown.
The beleaguered premier encountered fire from all sides as he U turned on his push to reopen workplaces. He also encountered taunts for introducing other swingeing new measures including a 10 pm pub curfew and £200 penalties for mask rule breakers in England, with the Army potentially drafted in to assist police, in the face of a wave of coronavirus infections sweeping the country.
But speaking from Downing Street, he warned that iron laws of geometrical progression are screaming at us from the graphs that we risk numerous more deaths and many more families losing loved ones before their time.
He even lashed out at his critics – Tories and business leaders who fear his restriction will further thrash Britain’s flailing economy, adding that those who say we don’t need this stuff, and that we should leave people to take their own risks. He said that the risks were not our own and that the sad reality of COVID is that someone’s mild cough could be someone else’s death knell.
He continued that as for the suggestion that we should just lock up the elderly and the vulnerable, with all the suffering that would entail, he said that this was just not practical because if they were to let the virus tear through the rest of the population it would inevitably find its way through to the elderly as well and in much more lavish numbers.
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s grim address, Telford MP Lucy Allan questioned on Twitter whether the UK’s collective health was actually at risk and that efforts to tackle COVID should be proportional to the risk and that the virus is a serious threat to certain vulnerable groups.
And she said that we must protect these groups with targeted measures and that shutting down society causes immense damage to health, lives and livelihoods of the entire population.
I can comprehend why people don’t want more constraints and question if some of them are essential but find it hard to comprehend the outbreak of madness over the last couple of days.
And I’ve read many paranoid conspiracy theories from people making outlandish accusations, with some of them believing they have superior knowledge and I understand that the Government only want the public to be alert and to take the spread of this virus extremely seriously, but I still wonder if there’s an odious plan for permanent totalitarianism.
There has been a wide outbreak of the virus in the week up to September 23, with 5 per cent contracted in bars and restaurants. Eight per cent in workplaces, 21 per cent in schools, 45 per cent in care homes, yet children are going to be crammed into overcrowded, poorly ventilated classrooms in the depth of winter.
Then of course it will be home to mum and dad, rather contradicts the work from home plan. Factor in little or no PPE for teaching staff, so invariably no social distancing can be accomplished. Oh, and no testing for staff or children, what could conceivably go wrong this winter?
And I resent being told by this seedy Churchill impersonator that it’s our fault that the infection rate has risen.
Boris Johnson advised people to return back to work, he urged people to eat out. He reopened schools and now all that advise has gone into reverse.
But I didn’t drive to Durham to test my eyesight. I didn’t tell people they were whining too much and I didn’t quarrel with my scientific advisers, but this man seems to be dangerously incompetent and there’s little sign of a coherent plan to deal with this pandemic, so why should we listen to what he says?