‘He has not gone far enough’ McDonnell attacks Boris despite ‘unprecedented’ UK measures
John McDonnell accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of not going far enough to support British workers during the coronavirus pandemic. It comes as Rishi Sunak unveiled an “unprecedented” raft of measures on Friday that included a £7 billion boost to the welfare system and a job protection scheme.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr McDonnell said: “It’s going to be weeks before it comes into action.
“My other worries is it doesn’t look like he’s increasing other benefits.
“He’s shifted but I think he needs go a lot further and a lot faster.
“He said, ‘whatver it takes’ and this isn’t whatever it takes.
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“He hasn’t gone far enough and I’m worried about yet another delay in getting these benefits to people.
“As I say he’s shifted but I’m hoping over the next few days we will be able to approve upon that when he comes to Parliament on Monday.”
But social media users were furious with his response.
One wrote: “John McDonnell is s*****ng over Rishi Sunak’s proposals already. Nothing is ever good enough for the Left.
Another added: “John McDonnell trying to score political points for Labour during the crisis is disgraceful, and it won’t go down well.”
A third person wrote: “John McDonnell’s reaction to the biggest economic intervention from a British government in UK history is, of course nothing short of juvenile!”
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson effectively closed down the United Kingdom on Friday, ordering pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms to shut their doors in a bid to slow down the accelerating spread of the coronavirus.
As the coronavirus outbreak sweeps across the world, governments, companies and investors are grappling with the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza pandemic, panicked populations and imploding financial markets.
Johnson said he understood just how wrenching it was to take away the ancient rights of the British people to go to the pub but that it was absolutely essential to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“I do accept that what we’re doing is extraordinary: we’re taking away the ancient, inalienable right of free-born people of the United Kingdom to go to the pub, and I can understand how people feel about that,” Johnson said. “It’s a huge wrench.”
“It’s a huge wrench to do that, everybody understands that,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking to think of the businesses that will face difficulties as a result of the measures this country has had to take.”
The United Kingdom so far has 3,983 confirmed cases of coronavirus, after 66,976 people were tested, though the government’s scientists say it is raging across London, partly as some people are not obeying government advice to isolate.
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At total of 177 people with the virus have died so far across the country.
Johnson said pubs, restaurants, theatres, nigthtclubs, cinemas and gyms and leisure centres were being asked to close on Friday night and to stay shut indefinitely.
“We are telling cafes, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow,” Johnson told reporters in Downing Street. “Though to be clear, they can continue to provide takeout services.
“Some people may of course be tempted to go out tonight, and I say to those people, ‘please don’t,'” Johnson said.
Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:48:00 +0000