Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was left stunned moments after Boris Johnson’s coronavirus speech on Sunday evening. Sir Keir claimed Britons wanted clarity from the Prime Minister and the Government on how the country would be moving forward during the pandemic. While on BBC Sir Keir questioned whether Mr Johnson was aware he was asking millions of Britons to return to work in the next 12 hours.
Sir Keir said: “I think what the country really wanted tonight was clarity and a real sense of consensus, I don’t think we got either.
“I know there will be more details tomorrow but there is a big gap for the Government to make up here.
“The basic message of stay alert just isn’t clear enough.
“The Prime Ministers statement raises as many questions as it answers.
Sir Keir also reflected on the confusion Mr Johnson’s message conveyed on whether Britons should return to work or not.
During his speech, the Prime Minister encouraged those that could not work from home to return to work from next week.
Mr Johnson also asked that, where possible, public transport is avoided for those returning to work.
Mr Starmer addressed this point and argued there were flaws in Mr Johnson’s wishes.
“Last weekend there were guidelines about how you would operate safely at work, they were in very draft form.
“I don’t think they have been published and I don’t know when they are going to be published.
“Realistically I don’t know how people who rely on public transport are going to able to get to work tomorrow morning.”
“That is why I say the Prime Minister’s address raises as many questions as it answers.”
Published at Sun, 10 May 2020 18:40:00 +0000