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Nicola Sturgeon (pictured in Edinburgh last week) said she would take a different approach to Westminster
Nicola Sturgeon launched a furious attack on Boris Johnson for abandoning the stay-at-home locking mantra today, insisting that she will continue to use it in Scotland.
The Prime Minister said that she had still not been officially informed of the replacement of the slogan, despite government sources informing a replacement for the media.
Ministers defended the new message “Stay alert, control the virus and save lives” this morning, suggesting that it is part of a more nuanced approach to encourage people to return to work while staying safe.
However, Ms. Sturgeon – who had previously warned that the message could be dropped could be “catastrophic” and will attend a Cobra crunch meeting later – tweeted: “It is of course up to him to decide which is more appropriate for England, but given the critical point where we are in the fight against the virus, #StayHomeSaveLives remains my clear message to Scotland at this point.
She added conspicuously, “STAY HOME. PROTECT THE NHS. SAVE LIVES.’
The open line came as senior conservatives accused the SNP of exploiting the crisis in a “tasteless” attempt to fuel its campaign for independence.
Nicola Sturgeon tweeted this morning that she still has not been officially informed that the PM is changing the mantra “stay at home” – and clarified that she has no plans to do so
PM expected to drop ‘Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’ slogan in UK TV address tonight at 7 p.m. to reopen parts of the economy (photo, new slogan government in the event of a pandemic)
Jenrick told Sky Sophy Ridge on Sunday that this is the right time to “update and expand” the message to the public.
“I think that is what the public wants and will be able to understand this message, that we should stay at home as much as possible, but when we go to work and go about our business, we have to to remain vigilant, we need to remain vigilant, “he said.
“And that means things like respecting others, staying two yards apart, washing your hands, following social distancing guidelines because the virus continues to prevail, too many people are still dying of it and we are going to have to live with it for a long time.
Pressed if there is a danger, the message is too woolly, Mr. Jenrick said, “Well, I hope not. “We have to have a bigger message because we want to slowly and carefully restart the economy and the country. “
Jenrick continued, “We are not going to take risks with the public. I understand that people are worried about the future, but now we want to have a message that encourages people to go to work.
“Staying at home will always be an important part of the message, but you will be able to go to work and be able to do other activities in time that you are unable to do today.”
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said today that boards “will expand” but “staying at home” will continue to be key
There were signs early last week that the government was taking significant steps to ease the lock.
However, ambitions have been scaled down, with Johnson’s top ministers – Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak and Matt Hancock – scuttling a limited strategy on Wednesday evening, fearing that the country’s infection rate is still too high.
Despite this, the adjustments disclosed by Johnson are expected to cause divisions in the UK’s approach, with each nation having devolved powers.
Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has clearly expressed his concerns about the removal of the slogan “stay at home” this morning. He said he would tell the people of the principality that “if you have not left your home for an essential reason … staying at home is the best way to protect yourself and others.”
Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said she had “no idea” the meaning of the new guidelines.
“This is not a change that we would agree with. I think the Prime Minister was very clear last week that the message “stay home” was the right message and if I am perfectly frank, I have no idea what “stay alert” means. she told the BBC Sunday. Political Scotland.
She added, “We are asking the public to do a lot of things here and the least we can do is to be consistent and clear in the message we send and staying at home is the right message. “
Vaughan Gething, Minister of Health for Wales, said that there had been no agreement or discussion on the British government’s new slogan with the stay alert with other nations.
“I saw the media briefings and changed the message for England. There has been no agreement or discussion on this between the four nations, “tweeted Mr. Gething.
“The @WelshGovernment message has not changed. Stay at home and if you go out, respect the rules of social distancing. #StayHomeSaveLives ‘.
In addition to the new mantra, Johnson will use a nationwide television address at 7:00 p.m. to announce a five-step DefCon-style warning system to describe the country’s epidemic.
The UK is currently the second most serious of four – which means that most of the foreclosure must be maintained.
As the evidence increasingly suggests that the virus is much less easily spread outdoors, the once-a-day limit for outdoor exercise will be removed.
Emphasis will also be placed on setting up and operating businesses as much as possible, with detailed instructions for businesses on how they should operate, and garden centers allowed to open from Wednesday where rules two meters of “social distance” can be implemented.
Travelers and buyers could be asked to wear face covers, as has already happened in Scotland.
The more nuanced rule violations could be enforced with tougher fines, amid police complaints that the enforcement so far has been “tasteless”.
Plans are underway to use “peer pressure” to get people to isolate themselves, as those who are positive will be asked to contact anyone they may have infected.
Jenrick said the announcements will be “cautious,” but the Prime Minister will present a plan that “encourages people to go to work.”
Johnson (pictured in Westminster last week) will use a nationwide television address at 7 p.m. to announce a five-step DefCon-style alert system to describe the country’s epidemic state
Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said the SNP was using “most inappropriate circumstances” to debate Scottish independence while Covid-19 continues to claim lives.
Carlaw said, “There will always be the strange nationalist ready to push the argument for independence even in the most inappropriate circumstances.
“A considerable number of very senior SNP politicians are using the Covid-19 crisis to advance their selfish separatist agenda.
“It is tasteless, inconsiderate and extremely poorly judged.
“Nicola Sturgeon must be embarrassed by these interventions. She should order them to stop immediately.
The Conservatives said that last week, SNP MP Joanna Cherry, MP for Edinburgh South West, said the virus could offer a “major overhaul” of the strategy of independence.
They also pointed out Stirling MP Alyn Smith who told The National that SNP members should establish “what the Covid-19 epidemic means for independence”, adding that “the case for independence in Europe are stronger than ever ”.
MP Pete Wishart tweeted that “indy will take off”, while colleague Angus MacNeil said it would be “naive” for the SNP to stop campaigning for separation.
At Holyrood, SNP MP James Dornan said, “Imagine what we could achieve” if Scotland were independent the next time a global health emergency occurred.