ENGLAND – Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has come hard on the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his ‘too slow’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a briefing on Monday, Mr Starmer accused Mr Johnson of paying his Special Adviser Domonic Cummings a “£40,000 pay rise but won’t pay
our key workers a decent wage.”
The Labour leader said Johnson’s “indecision can be fatal” while calling for a “round-the-clock” vaccine programme.
Starmer attacked Johnson for not being up to the job.
“This is the Government that gave Dominic Cummings a £40,000 pay rise but won’t pay our key workers a decent wage,” the Labour leader told the briefing.
“This is the Government that wasted £22 billion on a testing system that doesn’t work, and now can’t find the money to support families.
“This is the Government that sprayed money on private contracts that didn’t deliver.”
The Labour Leader believes the Government has failed in its responsibility in helping the families during the lockdown, particularly working parents.
Starmer called on the government to allow parents to request paid flexible leave.
The Opposition leader also asked the government to assist Councils to avoid tax rises, stopping cuts to Universal Credit and for the Extension on the ban on evictions.
Though acknowledged that it would be hard to go back to normal, his requested changes would “put the family at the heart of our country”.
In his analysis, Labour said Chancellor Rishi Sunak permission for the hike in council tax by 2 per cent and 3 per cent respectively would increase bills for the family to £90 in the month of April.
Sir Starmer also reiterated his earlier position that COVID-19 vaccine is the “only way out of this darkness”.
He said, “As we start the New Year, we need a new approach and a new national contract.”
“The British people must stay at home and in return, the Government delivers on their priorities by delivering vaccines and securing the economy to protect families’ incomes and support businesses.”
Starmer calls for the creation of 400,000 good jobs in the carbon sector which he said would ensure the country had a “green recovery”.