Today, Matt Hancock flatly rejected the idea that ministers should cut their wages in solidarity with millions of workers facing difficulties related to coronaviruses.
The Secretary of Health was challenged whether he would volunteer for a reduction in an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
The government watchdog warned that overwhelming foreclosures would plunge the economy into the worst recession in 300 years.
The Office for Budget Responsibility has suggested that GDP would be cut by a third and that two million people would lose their jobs if the restrictions lasted three months.
Many sectors have already seen large numbers of employees “on leave”, with the government collecting part of their wages or imposing wage cuts.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock (right) was challenged by Piers Morgan (left) whether he would volunteer for a pay cut during an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today hui.
Hancock previously asked footballers to cut their wages, and in New Zealand the government has announced that it will cut wages.
But asked if the ministers here should follow suit, he replied, “Everyone has to do their part, and the way I do it works every hour that God sends. “
When pressed again, he said: I do not propose to do so.
“What I propose to do is work every hour. “
“The point with footballers is that I was asked a question and I answered it. “
In a series of moody interviews as the government prepares to extend the draconian restrictions for three weeks, the health secretary said he agreed that “everyone wants to know what the future will look like”.
But he flatly rejected calls to the government to clarify how the restrictions will finally be relaxed, despite growing fears of wreaking havoc on the economy.
Hancock said that “clarity of messaging” had a “direct impact on the number of people obeying” the rules of social distancing.
In deadly clashes with Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4 Today, Hancock angrily told the interviewer to stop interrupting him.
“Communications are part of politics. This is why we will not be distracted to confuse this message. Scientists can say what they like, commentators can say what they like, “he said.
The bitter spit came as one of the government’s key experts condemned the ministers’ response and warned that the restrictions cannot be eased until mass tests are in place.
Dominic Raab (pictured in Whitehall today) is expected to confirm that the lockout will remain in place until mid-May at least after the Cobra Emergency Committee meeting this afternoon
Professor Neil Ferguson said there was no way the country could return to “normal” until a vaccine was produced.
The epidemiologist – who modeled the epidemic for the government – delivered a withered verdict on the performance of the ministers, urging them to “speed up the action” to create a system where all people with symptoms and all people with which they came into contact with are tested. .
He suggested that the organization in Whitehall was not on the same scale as the Brexit effort, although the problem was on a completely different scale.