Marr just let the Tories get away with ‘murder’

Andrew Marr interviewed Robert Jenrick over coronavirus

On Sunday 4 July, the Andrew Marr Show let the Tory government get away with what one person called “murder“. Because yet again, the host failed to hold a government minister to account over the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

“Freedom Day”

It’s been widely reported that the government will end all coronavirus restrictions on 19 July. As PA reported, rumours were abound in the Sunday newspapers that Boris Johnson, who’s due to update the nation this week on plans for unlocking, wants to scrap social distancing and mask-wearing requirements on so-called “Freedom Day”. So, enter communities secretary Robert Jenrick to confirm this on Marr.

PA reported that he told the host:

It does look as if, thanks to the success of the vaccine programme, that we now have the scope to roll back those restrictions and return to normality as far as possible… It does feel as if we are now in the final furlong, in a period in which we can start to live with the virus and move on with our lives.

One specific “roll back” Jenrick and the Tories are carrying out has caused uproar on social media.

Masking the danger

Earlier, Jenrick told Sky News that:

We are now going to move into a period where there won’t be legal restrictions – the state won’t be telling you what to do – but you will want to exercise a degree of personal responsibility and judgement.

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As PA reported, this looks like it means we’ll no longer have to wear face masks. Marr pushed Jenrick on the issue. But he used the angle of “social tension”; that is, some people would still wear masks while others wouldn’t. Jenrick said:

We trust the British public to exercise good judgement.

But Jenrick also said he couldn’t make the “commitment” that the government would ease all restrictions. We’d have to wait for Johnson to give it the go-ahead.

“Premeditated murder”?

Unbelievably, Marr left it there. He didn’t question the issue of whether it was safe to not wear a mask after 19 July. This is despite cases of the Delta variant rocketing. And while deaths are not currently rising, the more cases there are the more likely it is that a new, and potentially more vaccine-resistant, variant could emerge. Moreover, none of this solves the issue of long Covid. So, it was down to Twitter to confront the issue:

One user made a sarcastic but important point:

Richard Murphy noted the risks of long Covid in children:

Another user said this would lead to “avoidable deaths”:

And as The Canary‘s weekend editor Afroze Fatima Zaidi summed up:

We ended lockdown too early last yr and sent kids back to school in Sept and then had the 2nd wave. We’re now on cusp of a 3rd wave thanks to Delta variant (95% of UK cases) but still reopening 19 July. People will die all over again because this govt keeps putting profits first.

So, as the Baker Street Herald said on Twitter, some people might compare what the Tories are doing to “murder”:

The pathologically negligent Tory government is once more putting business and profit before the lives of its citizens. It’s sadly predictable how this might end.

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    1. And so we come full circle to the hypocrisy that has ran the response to the pandemic from the very beginning…to wear or not wear that is the question…whether it saves transmission or nay…⛽🔥. 🇬🇧🐂💩’ ” Someone’s talkin’ ’bout a revolution…” ‘

    2. This is just the latest part of the Butcher’s plan for UKania’s social engineering project started in 2019, when CV19 became the cloak to siphon billions of taxpayer dosh for the Party of Death & its chums. The workers will become work drones on reduced pay with meagre state help. They will be made to feel grateful for crumbs & will carry on. Why else did that corrupt ex-Deuche banker replace the disgraced bum-grabbing Wankock ?

    3. Of course Andrew Marr bows, scrapes genuflects and kisses the Tories’ shoes; if he didn’t, they wouldn’t invite him to any more orgies in Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and all those big country houses (the ones the whole country has known about since Profumo)!

      1. Nah, that can’t be true. There isn’t an orgy host in the world who would allow a face like that through the door.

        Edit: Actually, scrap that. I was confusing slightly deviant ordinary people who possess standards & taste with totally perverted pretend people who possess neither.

    4. Virus behaviour 101and not from me but what virologists learn in their work. Viruses do not become more contagious AND more deadly. Viruses are living organisms, if they kill the host(more deadly) they can’t pass it on, if more contagious,then it can pass from host to host but not kill it. This is why, as mentioned in your article, “Delta” is spreading rapidly BUT HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS ARE NOT RISING.

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