What is the matter with Boris Johnson?
Does he have some homicidal – genocidal – desire to kill off as much of the older generation as possible, through the agency of the younger?
That seems the only explanation for his determination to keep schools open, denying the science that says schools are the most common vector for transmission of Covid-19 and that they should close for the foreseeable future.
Nice that government scientists have finally caught up.
They have just advised the government to close schools.
Will the political elite listen?
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) December 28, 2020
Why not go for national lockdown now? the PM is asked
Boris Johnson says it was "an option we considered", but decided against, given "regional variation" in infection & "open question" of tier 4 impact
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) December 30, 2020
We certainly will – especially in the light of today’s (December 30) frankly horrifying infection and death statistics:
50,023 new Covid cases and 981 deaths in the last 24 hours. Schools open next week. Millions of children mixing every day. CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!
— The Left Wing Society (@LeftWingSociety) December 30, 2020
The situation is doubly contradictory as Boris Johnson has decided to delay MPs’ return to Parliament, citing concerns over safety:
Let’s get this right. SAGE has told the government to close the schools, but the government insist on sending your children, and their teachers, back to unsafe schools next week, while MPs we be allowed to work remotely?
You couldn’t make this up.
Do not accept it.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) December 29, 2020
Sadly, it seems the general public will have no help from Labour’s non-opposition leader Keir Starmer, who backs Boris Johnson up to the hilt on this matter.
Starmer, where the hell are you?
53,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, over 400 dead and still you won't back teaching unions or SAGE regarding school closures.
Is it because it'd mean Becky Long-Bailey was right but you sacked her? The unions were right but you ignored them?
— Damo #WeSupportCorbyn (@Cornish_Damo) December 29, 2020
So much for his “forensic” attitude!
We are left in a bizarrely contradictory situation:
We should be closing schools now for the duration of lockdown, having invested in distance learning and support for disadvantaged kids months ago.
And we would be – if we didn’t have a government that was allergic to the public sector and an opposition that ignored trade unions.
— Ronan Burtenshaw (@ronanburtenshaw) December 30, 2020
Meanwhile the clock is ticking:
A full national lockdown is needed, including schools.
They are wasting precious time.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) December 30, 2020
How many people have to die before Johnson sees sense – and supports the science, as he keeps claiming?
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