British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s detailed speech on easing lockdown in the UK seems to have created more questions than answering the existing ones. The so much anticipated plan to reopen gardens across the nation by the government was not mentioned. As a result, many have suggested that Boris Johnson may have changed his speech days before he delivered it.
This comes after the Welsh government has confirmed that garden centres will reopen in Wales by today. Although it’s possible that Boris Johnson will confirm or still ignore the garden centres reopening issues when he details the UK’s lockdown easing strategy in parliament today.
Tory MPs were angered by the Prime Minister’s use of new “stay alert” slogan; which they were meant to understand means “work in progress” even as late as today. After the Prime Minister’s national address, the UK latest coronavirus fighting slogan is now: “Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.” A change from the usual, “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.”
Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer is one of Boris Johnson’s speech prominent critics, who claimed that Johnson’s address “raises as many questions as it answers.”
“I think what the country really wanted tonight was clarity and a real sense of consensus, and I don’t think we got either. I know there will be more details tomorrow, but there’s a big gap for the government to make up here,” Starmer told the BBC while stating that the new slogan “just isn’t clear enough”.
Starmer, however, noted that different regions across England are sending out messages differently regarding the lockdown reopening measures.
Sir Kier Starmer also said he thought that there were “real problems” in respect to Johnson’s announcement that people who were not previously able to work from home should be encouraged to go to work now.
He said it was “quite a thing to spring” on the millions of people who have been given 12 hours’ notice before they are being advised to return to work.
Additionally, workers are advised to avoid public transport where possible, following the Prime Minister’s address, which will be very difficult for many workers who do not have their own cars but live too far away from their workplace.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also criticized Boris Johnson’s address as she claimed to have found out about the UK government new slogan “stay alert” in Sunday newspaper reports while stating that it would be “catastrophic” for her to “drop the ‘stay at home’ message,” and pick up the “stay alert” and that she won’t do so.
All these show that the UK is still not working in unity with its authorities in terms of easing the lockdown as yet.