The Johnson government’s promises about its November lockdown in England – and the effect it will have on the other UK countries – are falling apart. Quelle surprise.
It should be clear to even the most casual spectator that it is now the Tory way to make wild promises alongside a major announcement of this kind, in order to put people off their guard.
They then renege on those promises in the days following the announcement – if they aren’t called out on the falsehoods first.
So here we see Boris Johnson telling the House of Commons that there will be funding to keep employees in furlough – across the UK, even in countries where lockdown does not coincide exactly with that in England…
Boris Johnson – If other parts of the UK go into lockdown then furlough will be available… & that applies in the future
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) November 3, 2020
… and Robert Jenrick, not 24 hours later, confirming that it won’t.
Kay Burley’s response to Jenrick is well worth preserving here:
To nobody's surprise that promise of future furlough funding made by Johnson yesterday turns out to be . Well, listen to Robert Jenrick & you decide. https://t.co/I3Lm2p1umA
— Patrick Joyce (@pforpaddy) November 3, 2020
“Don’t worry about repeating yourself, it’s very important to the people of Scotland. It might make the difference between being able to feed their families and not.”
That also applies to Wales; it applies to Northern Ireland.
Water off a duck’s back to Jenrick, though. He genuinely couldn’t care less if your kids starve.
The lie was told by Boris Johnson to the leader of the Scottish Tories, Douglas Ross – but people all over Scotland will be harmed because of it:
So why are #Scottish taxpayers currently paying for #England 's #furlough if there isn't a reciprocal arrangement for Scotland? People's jobs & the businesses you've been girning about @ScotTories , depend upon it. @ScotTories played as mugs by Boris (again)!
— Moira Feldman (@MoiraFeldman) November 3, 2020
Perhaps less critically-important is the ability to play tennis and golf.
Michael Gove said on Sunday that tennis courts and golf courses would be open during the lockdown. Jenrick then merrily told BBC Breakfast News that they wouldn’t:
Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP confirms to #BBCBreakfast that golf and tennis will not be permitted in England during the second lockdown after Michael Gove said the sports would be allowed.https://t.co/eaKrvwpsZc pic.twitter.com/wol6KKn0fl
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) November 3, 2020
Worst of it all is that we can’t trust a word that Jenrick said – and I’m not referring to the fact that, in terms of corruption, he’s as bent as a nine-pound note.
Consider the knot into which he tied himself when talking about the new plan to test everybody in Liverpool for Covid-19:
Gov’t Minister Robert Jenrick – “we have over 500,000 tests available across the country every day”#BBCbreakfast fail to point out number of tests processed yesterday was only 270,473 & number of actual people tested is even lower than that!
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) November 3, 2020
So how many tests are available to Liverpool, then?
“How many Rapid tests do you have for Livepools operation moonshot?”
Robert Jenrick “There’s no limit”
Louise “how many”……
Jenrick “I don’t know”
— kerry Hooper 🥀 (@hewitson10) November 3, 2020
He didn’t know.
It’s another test, track and trace disaster-in-the-making – and another Tory lie.
I don’t think any UK country will get furlough cash after December 2; Johnson just said that to keep us all quiet.
I don’t particularly care about tennis courts and golf courses but I’m sure those who do will be upset that they must close. In fact, all sporting facilities, including local gyms (for example) perform a vital function for not just physical but also mental health, and there is a strong argument for keeping them open that the Johnson government won’t hear, because it isn’t actually interested in our health at all.
And I certainly don’t think a Labour city like Liverpool is going to get the benefit of a decent Covid-19 testing system when the Tories haven’t managed it anywhere else in the UK!
The tactic is clear: say what people want to hear – because the line can always be changed tomorrow.
Next week the Tories and their Twitter trolls will be denying that they ever misled us – and that will be another lie to add to the list.
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