Sajid Javid said the best way to protect the nation’s well-being was to lift the remaining coronavirus restrictions and writing exclusively for a newspaper outlet, the new Health Secretary said that the economic arguments for opening up were well known, but for him, the health arguments were equally compelling.
His comments mark a sharp shift in tone from that of his forerunner Matt Hancock, who was forced to resign last weekend after his relationship with an aide was exposed.
They came as Boris Johnson plans to announce a catamaran of measures to come into force from July 19 which will make Britain the most open country in Europe, and a newspaper outlet can reveal that under Freedom Day plans expected to be signed off by the Cabinet tomorrow, that the Prime Minister is determined that fully vaccinated Britons will be able to travel to amber list countries including Spain and Greece without having to self isolate when they return.
That wearing face masks will become optional everywhere, including public transport, except hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Those who have received two shots of a vaccine won’t be asked to self isolate or take COVID 19 tests if they’re alerted that they’ve come into contact with someone with the virus, but tests will still be available for all those who need them.
The school bubble system that has seen hundreds of thousands of pupils being made to self isolate themselves at home will be axed and replaced with daily testing.
Restaurants, pubs and shops will no longer have to demand that customers give their personal data or sign in with a QR code, and a No 10 source told a newspaper outlet that this was a huge injection of freedom that will make us the most open country in Europe.
Boris Johnson is expected to set out the findings of a social distancing review, before confirming details of the greatly relaxed rules on July 12.
The developments came as Britain’s world-beating vaccination programme continued apace. The latest numbers revealed 85.7 per cent of adults have now had their first jab, with 63.4 per cent getting both doses of the vaccine.
Sajid Javid said that the United Kingdom was on course to escape virtually every trace of lockdown on July 19, adding that they will have a country that isn’t just freer, but healthier as well, and Boris Johnson must be backing this because he didn’t appear to be supporting Matt Hancock.
This, of course, is great news, if it happens, but it’s all words right now, and this all seems to have developed because we have a new Health Secretary, so why on earth do we need a Prime Minister? And if Boris Johnson didn’t want lives and livelihoods ruined, death and mental health ruined, jobs ruined, then he should have overruled despicable Matt Hancock, or was he keeping him as the fall guy, the one to blame because he allowed Matt Hancock to lie to us, and intimidate us, which makes Boris Johnson just as blameworthy.
And this is great news if it’s just more than words, but what use is it having a Prime Minister if the policy is determined by the Health Secretary? But this has been classic gaslighting all the way along, and abusers do that, they play nicely-nice and let the public repose for a moment or two, then they put the squeeze on again, and this is just intermittent reinforcement, as they’ve done all along.