Boris Johnson has sparked a row by stating that Britons have had enough days off, as he rejected proposals for a bank holiday when lockdown is lifted.
The Prime Minister was accused of being irresponsible after he insisted the most important thing was to get people back into the office when the pandemic wanes.
The comment came as Boris Johnson addressed the online Conservative spring forum, delivering an upbeat message about his hope for getting back to normal, and there have been indications that the huge move to home working during COVID could permanently destroy city centres, and hold back young people at the start of their careers and hinder team working.
The premier said he can see nothing in coronavirus data to change his lockdown easing roadmap, and quipped that he’s looking forward to a pint and a haircut, and he said that in just a few days, he’s finally going to be able to go to the barbers, but that more importantly, he’s going to be able to down the street and cautiously, but irreversibly, he’s going to be able to drink a pint of beer in the pub.
And that as things stood, he could see absolutely nothing in the data to dissuade him from proceeding along with their roadmap to freedom, unlocking our economy and getting back to the life we love. However, he continued that a third wave was being witnessed in Europe and said that bitter experience has shown him that this could hit the United Kingdom three weeks later.
Asked whether the UK could have a bank holiday called ‘National Hangover Day’ once the pandemic wanes, he said Chancellor Rishi Sunak was pretty keen for people to get back into the office.
And that the general view was that people have had quite a few days off, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for people to see their way round to making a fleeting stab at getting back into the office.
Shadow employment minister Andy McDonald told a newspaper outlet that Boris Johnson’s comments were cavalier, and that he was attempting to satisfy the libertarian wing of his party on the one hand by talking about getting back to the office, then suggesting he’s being cautious, and that he can’t just toss out comments like this because you can’t ride two horses at once, and that wasn’t leadership, it was just cavalier.
Boris Johnson is so far detached from what’s happening to us real people, living real lives, for example not bankrolled by the gravy train, that we can’t take a word he says seriously.
And as for a haircut, he could at least run a brush through his mop once in a while because if he has no pride in himself, how can he have any pride in what he does.