Simon Hoare is the Conservative MP for North Dorset where he has been MP since 2015. He is also the Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. On Wednesday he took part in the Liaison Committee scrutiny session with the Prime Minister. If people like Simon can continue to work like that one wonders if Johnson will still be the Prime Minister in July, let alone by December 2025. So the second question which Simon asked was:
If the R Rate starts to creep up and lockdown needs to be replaced either as it is or maybe more full and robust my inbox tells me that as the result of the last few days the response of the British people is going to be far less energetic than it was first time round and that is as a direct result of the activities of your senior adviser. You’re right to say that we know what your views are, frankly Prime Minister I don’t think anyone understands why you hold those views so what do we say to our Constituents who are likely to say you can keep your lockdown if it has to come back if other people don’t abide by it why on earth should we?
And the response from Johnson was pathetic and it was
Well Simon I don’t think that’s true…. If just suppose for a second, you were right which I don’t accept all the more reason now for us to be consistent clear in our message, driving those key messages particularly about washing your hands, maintaining social distance, isolating if you have symptoms. All those things will continue to be absolutely vital as we move into the next phase.
How strange that the isolating by people whose family has those symptoms does not apply to people like Dominic Cummings?