Every day, the deaths in the United Kingdom are still being reported in the 100s. Yet, in Boris Johnson’s speech to the nation on Sunday evening, he encouraged people to go back to work if they are unable to work from home, with very little guidance. Many working-class people are unable to work from home, so this decision leaves them with little choice but to return to work in what is an unsafe environment. For weeks, the government has been saying they have ‘5 targets’ to hit in order to ease lockdown, and only 2 have been achieved so far. The rate of infection has not decreased to manageable levels ‘across the board’. Testing and PPE are not ‘in hand with supply’ to meet future demand and they are not ‘confident that any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infections that overwhelms the NHS’. From looking at their ‘5 steps’, we can conclude that lockdown has been adjusted far too early.
With the government encouraging people to go back to work, but not forcing people to return, they are dodging their responsibilities. If no serious repercussions come of the latest adjustments, they will most certainly get praised for kick-starting the economy. However, if the rate of infections comes back harder and stronger, they no doubt will blame the employers not being responsible and keeping their workers apart.
The latest parliament meetings are deserted and abandoned. I feel that until we see a close to full attendance at parliament, and the MPs are confident when returning to work, then we should be too. Until that happens, I feel the only reasonable source of advice to listen too would be Nicola Sturgeon who is remaining with the ‘stay at home message’.
The manner which this whole situation has been conducted by the government has been nothing more than a disgrace. From the very start, the government’s lack of action has cost many lives, despite the claims that they were ‘taking the right steps at the right time’. The lack of leadership, guidance and clarity could prove to have further detrimental effects on this country for years to come.
People should come before profits.