Britain’s opposition leader Keir Starmer, who has reportedly preferred to be forensic rather than furious, accepting that ministers have a difficult job, now appears to have run out of patience as he calls out Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The calamitous events of the past week, from the Dominic Cummings affair to the mixed messages over the easing of the lockdown, has changed the mood of the new Labor leader. He has a tougher message now, The Guardian reports.
“I am putting the prime minister on notice that he has got to get a grip and restore public confidence in the government’s handling of the epidemic.
“If we see a sharp rise in the R rate, the infection rate, or a swath of local lockdowns, responsibility for that falls squarely at the door of No 10. We all know the public have made huge sacrifices. This mismanagement of the last few weeks is the responsibility of the government,” said Starmer.
Britain has now recorded over 50,000 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The total differs from the government’s daily counts, which only include deaths in hospitals and care homes where the person had tested positive.
The UK statistics watchdog has criticized the government’s testing data as it is aimed more at making it look like a lot is being done than actually painting a clear picture, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority warned the health secretary, Matt Hancock.