The UK Prime Minister, who has not addressed the nation since 10 May, yesterday offered the people of the UK little confidence in his Government’s handing of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Many media reports have been published regarding the Prime Minister’s aide/advisor and whether he broke the rules of lockdown and if so, what should the consequences be.
For the majority of the population who have abided by what they saw as very stringent lockdown rules regarding movement, the Prime Minister’s reaction was insulting.
Many who watched the Prime Minister’s address on 24th May where he first and foremost defended his aide/advisor felt a sense of one rule for them and another for the rest of us. To have the leader of the country stand and pronounce that he was right and everyone else was wrong has not gone down well.
It makes no difference what party it is or who the players are in this saga, what matters is that the UK Government are treating the people of the UK as if they are children who don’t know the difference between right and wrong.
Using the fine print of the lockdown rules to excuse what is largely seen as a breach of those rules is showing a complete disregard for the sacrifices made by so many at this time.
The Prime Minister stated that his aide/advisor had “followed the instincts of every father” when he had taken his family, one of whom was suffering from symptoms of Covid-19, to be close to family over 200 miles away.
There will be many fathers throughout the country who will be relieved to hear that following their instincts is acceptable in this crisis. Especially when it comes to the proposed opening of schools in the near future.
Whatever happens in the next few days regarding the Prime Minister and his aide/advisor, the damage has already been done. The people of the UK were left reeling after the Prime Minister’s declaration of support and the manner in which it was made.