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Starmer blast for ‘head in the sand’ John­son

- EX­CLU­SIVE BY CHRIS MCLAUGH­LIN UK News · Politics · Keir Starmer · Boris Johnson · Arbeidersparty · Jeremy Corbyn · Equality and Human Rights Commission · National Human Rights Commission (Mexico)

STING­ING Sir Keir says PM is weak

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer has ac­cused Boris John­son of “bury­ing his head in the sand” over the mount­ing Covid cri­sis.

He says the PM failed to or­der a lock­down when it was needed and asked: “Where has Boris been?”

His sting­ing com­ments to the Sun­day Mir­ror fol­low Mr John­son’s an­nounce­ment of a sec­ond na­tional lock­down a month af­ter sci­en­tists de­manded one.

The de­lay is ex­pected to cost thou­sands of lives which might oth­er­wise have been saved.

At least 20,000 peo­ple are es­ti­mated to have died be­cause the last lock­down in March was de­layed by just a week.

Sir Keir – who backed the call for a two-week “cir­cuit-breaker” to break the spread of the virus – claims the PM “buried his head in the sand. He was not strong enough to stand up against his own party”.

Tory MPs have re­sisted calls for tougher re­stric­tions, claim­ing they are un­nec­es­sary.


Sir Keir’s at­tack comes as mem­bers of the In­de­pen­dent Sage group of sci­en­tists – which shad­ows the Government’s of­fi­cial ad­vis­ers – warned a new lock­down might only just be in time to save Christ­mas.

Group mem­ber Christina Pagel said: “Covid is mov­ing faster than the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing.”

Sir Keir said the scale of the cri­sis was the re­sult of a “wasted sum­mer” and the re­spon­si­bil­ity of “a Prime Min­is­ter un­able to lead”.

He called for a clear strat­egy “be­cause it is the Bri­tish peo­ple who will pay the price of his fail­ures”. Sir Keir also called for “a line to be drawn” to pre­vent a Labour in­ter­nal war over his sus­pen­sion of Jeremy Cor­byn.

In a mes­sage to Mr Cor­byn, who claimed an Equal­ity and Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion re­port on party anti-Semitism was ex­ag­ger­ated, Sir Keir said: “We must all ac­cept where Labour got it wrong.”

His mes­sage came amid anger among Cor­byn al­lies. A se­nior mem­ber said: “Both sides need a way out of this with­out los­ing face.

“Keir needs to be care­ful he doesn’t cre­ate a new raft of in­de­pen­dent Labour MPs.”

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