Coronavirus: Keir Starmer condemns Boris Johnson’s “serial incompetence” and calls for new economic support | Political news

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Sir Keir Starmer called for new support for businesses and workers after new restrictions on coronaviruses were introduced – condemning the government’s “serial incompetence” in handling the crisis.

the Labor leader, in an interview with Sky News political editor Beth Rigby, reiterated her party’s support for the measures introduced by the PM Boris Johnson mardi.

But he accused the government of having already been “slow” to accompany the COVID-19[feminine[feminine restrictions with additional economic support.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to announce new economic support

And, in one of his strongest attacks to date against the character of Mr Johnson, he said the British ‘deserve better’ than the current way the government runs. coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, the chancellor Rishi Sunak must inform the House of Commons of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

But it is understood that Mr Sunak will not release another budget this year, despite previous suggestions that he was preparing another economic announcement for November.

Sir Keir said he and the Labor Party supported the introduction of new restrictions – including 10pm closing hours for pubs, bars and restaurants – as “a matter of principle”.

“It is very important that communications are clear, and they will only be so if they are done on a multi-stakeholder basis and we all say, as is,” take government advice, “” he explained. .

But he added that Labor’s support came with two concerns.

“The first is, just when we need testing to be really effective, it’s almost a collapse,” he said.

“The other is that as the government introduces new health restrictions, it is phasing out economic support.

“Businesses, unions, CBI, Governor of the Bank of England – you name him – they desperately want to tell the Prime Minister ‘think again’.

“Because companies are now going to be strained as a result of these new restrictions and you owe it to them to put in place a support mechanism.

“The government really should have done it yesterday, so it’s already slow. “

Boris Johnson under pressure as COVID alert level rises
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Sir Keir questioned Boris Johnson’s ‘character’ in the face of pandemic

Despite Labor’s backing for coronavirus restrictions, Sir Keir questioned the Prime Minister’s ‘character’ in the face of the pandemic.

“It is very rare, in all of our lives, that the whole nation is going through something together and they look to the government – and the Prime Minister in particular – and they are totally dependent,” he said. .

“They want the government to succeed because, if the government fails, then it has an implication for every family on the health side, and every family on the employment side.

“Character really matters at a time like this. “

Family members watch British Prime Minister Boris Johnson address the nation about the latest updates on the restrictions of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, on their television at their home in Liverpool on September 22, 2020. - Britain tightened restrictions on Tuesday to stem an outbreak of coronavirus cases, ordering pubs to close early and advising people to return to work from home to avoid a second nationwide lockdown.
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Prime Minister introduced new COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday

When asked if he doesn’t personally like Mr Johnson, Sir Keir replied: ‘I am frustrated that just when our nation needs leadership we have serial incompetence and that really matters. . ”

He added: “The Prime Minister and the government, collectively, are guilty, in my opinion, of serial incompetence – there have been 12 U-turns.

“I am quite willing to accept that a government makes mistakes in a pandemic like this and a U-turn or two is probably a sign of a government that listens and then changes.

“But when you have 12 in a row, the only conclusion is serial incompetence. ”

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Pressed to find out if he thought Mr Johnson should step down as Prime Minister, Sir Keir replied: ‘He has not led us well through this pandemic.

“We have one of the highest death rates in the world and we are heading – according to current forecasts – into one of the deepest recessions.

“Our country is better than this, we deserve better than this. “

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