“The British did everything that was asked of them. But I’m afraid the government didn’t, ”Starmer said.
He said the pandemic continued despite ‘the sacrifices and heroism of the British people’ and that although Labor supports the new restrictions, they were the result of mismanagement of the virus.
“We are a great country. We shouldn’t have one of the highest death rates in the world, nor one of the worst recessions, ”he said. “It’s a national scandal that we still don’t have a working testing system. Or a plan to protect our retirement homes. It shouldn’t be like that.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement of a new support package on Thursday, Starmer said a “plan B for the economy” was needed and urgent clarity was needed on protecting businesses and jobs.
Starmer said he would work with the prime minister if asked, saying “my door is always open”. He said the country must put together the resolution for the coming months.
“I know that the mistakes the government has made over the past few months are causing real frustration and anger,” he said. “But we’ll get there. Darkness will rise. A better future is possible for our country. ”
In an interview with the BBC before the speech, Starmer said the party would have a political bid for the local and Scottish elections in May 2021. He said the party would oppose any impending referendum on the independence of the Scotland, but refused to rule out support for a new poll.
“We are going to hold these elections in May, making it clear that another referendum on Scottish independence is not what is needed,” he said. “We don’t know what will happen after this… I’m not speculating what will happen after that.”
Labor also aired a film by Starmer, 58, outside his sister childhood home in Surrey on Wednesday evening, aimed at highlighting the party leader’s ordinary roots.
The party leader is pictured in the garden of his parents’ former home in the town of Oxted in Surrey. He talks about being the first in his family to go to college and how the NHS took care of his disabled mother.