By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, May 11, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Boris Johnson’s big lockdown speech unravelled today as Dominic Raab contradicted his call for millions of workers to return to duties immediately in the middle of rush hour.
The Foreign Secretary insisted the government is not urging workers to return until Wednesday, despite No10’s official press release on the PM’s TV address saying they should go back today.
The comment, when many will have already been on their way by road or public transport, came as it emerged that health and safety guidance for businesses will not be issued until tomorrow – 24 hours before the back to work edict now comes into force.
Mr Raab spread more confusion by suggesting that people can meet two relatives such as parents in parks while maintaining social distancing, sending Downing Street scrambling to say that is not in fact the case.
He also got in a muddle and suggested that pubs could open as early as June – when the PM said it would be no earlier than July.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the Government’s strategy to ease the lockdown was already ‘unravelling’ within hours of it being announced – while Unite union baron Len McCluskey stoked up class war rhetoric by saying ministers were ‘recklessly’ telling manual labourers to risk their own safety while the wealthy stay at home.