This week MPs have returned to Parliament – and within 24 hours of us all arriving back at our desks, the government has done yet another U-turn. Against appeals from the Mayor of Manchester and others, the government went ahead and lifted the lockdown restrictions in Bolton and Trafford. A few hours later and they embarrassingly reimposed them again.
We’ve seen a summer of total incompetence from this Government. They should have spent the summer preparing for Autumn and Winter and instead they’ve spent it lurching from one crisis to the next. Even Boris Johnson’s own MPs are getting fed up with the government’s erratic floundering. The PM needs to take personal responsibility for his government’s actions and get a grip ahead of the challenges to come.
One of those challenges is the ending of the furlough scheme next month. Labour is calling on the government to commit to extending furlough for the sectors and workers that need it most to protect jobs and livelihoods and to avoid the loss of millions of jobs.
It also beggar’s belief that just a week after announcing he would meet with the bereaved families of those who have died from Covid-19, Boris Johnson has now written to tell them he has changed his mind. He should do the right thing and keep to his promise to meet the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group. The group says it had to write to Boris Johnson five times asking to meet him. For him to privately go back on his public word and refuse is astounding – and upsetting for so many whose families and lives have been impacted by COVID in this way.
41,504 people have tragically lost their lives to this virus. The very least the Prime Minister could do is respond truthfully to their families and have the heart to meet some of them and their representatives. He’s been going back on his word all summer – but to not even meet with grieving families hits a new low.