The disastrous mistakes by the Tory government in dealing with #COVID19 were enabled by an Opposition leader who went out of his way to support very major decision (mistake) they made
WATCH two clips in this Thread from 2020 that remind us just how much Starmer backed the Tories
Clip 1 - Ridge gives Starmer opportunity after opportunity to criticise the government's obvious mistakes. He declines each time.
Clip 2 - BBC Laura gives Starmer an opportunity to criticise the governments mismanagement of PPE for #COVID19 he gives a very soft reply
There are many receipts like this that evidence how Stramer failed to oppose the Tories mishandling of #COVID19 even when their approach was clearly falling apart before all of our eyes. Any attempt to now spin Starmer as some sort of critic of the Tories approach is doomed.

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13 Oct
1/ The Tories excuse for being late to lockdown in 2020 is that they worried the public wouldn't want that sort of restriction or be able to handle it, so they had to delay it for as long as possible.
This Thread with evidence from the time why that claim is nonsense.
2/ The Tories didn't lockdown until March 23rd but this poll from a month earlier (28th Feb) shows that public already had a desire for stronger restrictions..
3/ Many organisations didn't wait for the Tories to act. On March 13th (ten days before lockdown), the main football bodies decided themselves to suspend all games.(NB what I'm calling social distancing here means lockdown, we weren't using that word then)
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The fuel crisis and EU HGV drivers - media coverage Sky vs BBC
Two clips on this Thread, one from Sky, the other from the BBC. I'll make no judgement here. Watch them both, see which one gives you a better understanding of the situation. If you do, comment on what you think
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Clip (2) BBC1 News
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26 Sep
1/ For renationalisation:
53% of the public
Labour conference and members
Kier Starmer January 2020

The right wing press and the BBC
The Tory party
Keir Starmer September 2021

Receipts below 1/4
2/ More than half of the public would support renationalising energy companies, polling reveals…
3/ Starmer committing in writing and in speech to nationalisation in early 2020 when he wanted votes in the leadership election:
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7 Sep
1/ Beware the debate on Social Care:

I fear the #SocialCare debate is going the way of the Brexit debate. A binary choice between two polar opposites with nothing in between. In this case raise Nat Ins or don't. Already the debate on the media is between these two points.
2/ There is very limited to no discussion on:

- The bigger issues: what sort of model of social care do we want in the 21st century?
3/ What is the best way to structure social care, the balance between private and public, between in home and residential home care, between council responsibilities and the government's and why shouldn't social care be structured like the NHS?
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Thread with today’s Winston Smith news update
- the borders have not been shut
- there have not been 3 million vaccinations
- the schools are not shut
(1 of 5)
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People can still travel to the UK. They simply have to self isolate for two weeks once they’ve arrived here. The isolation is entirely unpoliced.
3/ there have NOT 3 million+ vaccinations

A vaccination, ie full protection, from the current vaccines needs two shots. So far only around 400,000 people have been vaccinated, ie had both shots. The rest have only had one shot.
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1/5 - Most of the media are pushing the Government line that Lockdown 3 isn't working well as Lockdown 1 because of our behaviour. What they don't make clear is that this Lockdown is weaker than the first one..
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- nurseries are open they weren't in Lockdown 1
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