Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called on the global community to unite against the COVID-19 pandemic, advising Boris Johnson that he would have to reach out and unite his international counterparts.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today, Gordon Brown showed his political prowess calling not just on the UK Prime minister, but on leaders all around the world to drop their nationalistic agendas and unite in order to overcome the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Whilst countries and leadership worldwide are rushing to close off borders and isolate themselves from the rest of the world, Gordon Brown has emerged as one of the first few influential political icons promoting unity rather than isolation and segregation.
His stance that we would be more likely to come up with a cure and distribution method to bring this pandemic to an end much faster if the nations of the world worked together rather then focused on isolating themselves.
“This is a global problem, not just a national problem.. We’ve had too much America first, India first, China first. We’ve had too much of this populist nationalism. We’re finding that we’re connected and depend on each other, whether we like it or not.” was part of the interview the former UK PM gave BBC this morning.
Gordon Brown: “This is a global problem, not just a national problem.. We’ve had too much America first, India first, China first. We’ve had too much of this populist nationalism. We’re finding that we’re connected and depend on each other, whether we like it or not.” pic.twitter.com/HIprPyKdDv
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He also called on the UK government to take swifter and more decisive action to handle the impending fallout that will occur as a result of the Coronavirus and enforcements being rolled out to combat its spread around the UK.
He also called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to set in place that will look after the well-being of families during this crisis when breadwinners are forced to leave work and stay at home as might be the case under the soon to be announced Coronavirus Bill.
“If he tells people to go at home and stay at home, he’s got to tell them how they’re going to survive financially”.
The former British MP focused not only on the immediate problems that the country was going to face but the inevitable fallout from COVID-19 that is going to follow should the right strategies not be implemented now as he went on to say:
”We need income protection now, today, or there will be a second wave of redundancies’. ‘Amazing resilience of communities. Food banks dont know where they will get supplies”
The insight on the current situation by Gordon Brown during his interview was a stark contrast to the snail pace reaction and transparency being shown by the government who have come under heavy criticism for their inability to appropriately and hastily respond to the COID-19 global pandemic as has been the case with most of Europe and other countries worldwide