Patel lies again: she claims credit for coronavirus measures she couldn’t enact

Priti Patel: the smug Home Secretary has tried to take credit for an anti-coronavirus measure from fellow cabinet minister Matt Hancock.

Priti Patel just can’t help herself, can she?

Today she announced – well, see for yourself:

What a liar.

The power to do this is not new – it was enshrined in law in 1984 public health legislation – and the order was signed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 allows the government to empower police to fine people who fail to follow rules imposed to prevent the spread of a contagion – and to disperse gatherings of more than two people.

Responsibility for orders made under that Act falls to the Department of Health and Social Care – meaning that Ms Patel couldn’t have given those powers to the police.

One has to wonder why the smug Ms Patel would want to steal credit from a fellow cabinet minister.

This Writer has elsewhere suggested that the government’s behaviour has been like that of a sulky child, having to be dragged into doing the right thing.

Are we now to see those children squabbling?

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  1. Mark Cunliffe March 27, 2020 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Patel can’t believe her luck. A global pandemic has pushed her bullying out of the spotlight

    • SteveH March 28, 2020 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Unfortunately for Priti Patel the results of the Home Office Staff Survey into bullying have just been published.

      “The Home Office survey results show 16% of respondents claim they had been discriminated against at work in the past 12 months.
      Thousands of Home Office employees claim they have been discriminated against, bullied or harassed at work, according to the results of a staff survey.
      The Home Office people survey, which was conducted in autumn 2019 and was completed by 21,095 employees, is part of a civil service-wide assessment.
      The results show 16% of respondents claim they had been discriminated against at work in the past 12 months, roughly equal to 3,375 individuals.
      And 14% said they had been bullied or harassed at work in the same period, roughly equal to 2,950 employees.

  2. Stu March 27, 2020 at 3:47 am - Reply

    That’s it, threaten the public into compliance and lie at every opportunity.

    There are Europeans in their 80’s and older still alive must be thinking “Here we go again”

  3. jaynel62 March 27, 2020 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Which is Higher the Number of #ToryLIES or #Covid19 Victims?

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