Labour MP tears into PM and ‘spineless, hypocritical’ ministers over coronavirus handling

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has apologised for the suffering experienced by many during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, after he was blasted by a Labour MP denied the chance to see his dying relatives.

“Sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical”

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Slough) made an impassioned intervention at Prime Minister’s Questions in which he criticised “sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical” government ministers and hit out at Johnson’s handling of the pandemic.

Part of his frustration was centred on the response of the prime minister and others to the actions of his then-chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who infamously drove to Barnard Castle in County Durham during a national lockdown.

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Johnson said he was “deeply, deeply sorry” for the lost lives and the time people were unable to spend with loved ones.

Speaking in the Commons, Dhesi said:

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My grandmother, whom I loved dearly, was lying on her hospital death bed and none of us were allowed to be there to comfort her in her final moments. I couldn’t even carry her coffin on my shoulders.

I also had to endure the agony of watching alone, online, the funeral of my fun-loving uncle, and we were not there to comfort my brother-in-law’s father, who somehow contracted Covid in a Slough care home, during his final moments. All this because we followed Government guidance.

Having experience of painful personal sacrifices, like many others, imagine our collective disgust when in order to curry favour with the Prime Minister’s chief adviser (Mr Cummings) we see sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical Government ministers lining up to defend the indefensible – saying ‘it’s time to move on’, with some even having the gall to tell us that they too go for a long drive when they need to get their eyesight tested.

What an absolute disgrace, and they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

So when is the Prime Minister finally going to apologise to the nation for not mustering up some courage and integrity for doing the honourable thing and sacking his chief adviser, who so shamelessly flouted his own Government guidance, that he could have regained that lost public trust and confidence, and he could have demonstrated that it’s not one rule for him and his elite chums and another for the rest of us plebs?

Boris Johnson answers questions
Mr Johnson apologised in the chamber (House of Commons/PA)


Johnson said he and the government “deeply” sympathise with people who have suffered during the pandemic, adding:

I take his criticisms, most sincerely, of the Government and everything that we have done

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    1. Labour MP tears into PM and ‘spineless, hypocritical’ ministers over coronavirus handling.

      The Labour M.P. was right to bring this matter to the attention of Tory Govt members as they are all responsible in one way or another, they all voted for the party whips + Borises way of handling the Virus mess Plus, L-Down rules by the way their own Minister broke.

      My concern now is how many relative will prosecute H.M. Hancock – Boris that lost loved one over the care home lack of P.P.E equipment plus moving infected people into care home from Hospital just to clear bed in Hospital for Virus contaminated people they put the family old relative at death door in care home with failing decisions.

      Tory Govt wasted taxpayer money on the unused fully in some cases the nightingale Hospitals they built this money should have gone on P.P.E. + care home needs before people were shipped out of Hospitals into care homes by way of Boris + Hancock instruction.

      So, Tory party members before you cut U-Credit to save cash you will need to pay large payment to them that prosecute your leader or Hancock over the death of loved ones in care homes never mind in the public domain that lost loved ones by Hospital NOT having right P.P.E or right breathing aides in Hospitals.
      Boris including our Tory Pendle-Colne Transport Minister Andrew Stephenson, I suggest you STOP our public funding on the H.S.2 rubbish(C**p) rail link that is emerging public cash now all over the place at build sites it’s a failing project now cost us taxpayer million every day for nothing If funding is stopped on the H.S.2 C**p rail link you can reinstate the U-Credit cash funding for the poor claimants that work in low paid jobs.

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