Two weeks ago on Monday the 7th February, John Sentamu was speaking in the House of Lords and he raised three specific themes. One of them was what is needed in the UK as COVID appears to be gradually shifting in the right direction. It is of course vital to accept that COVID is still very significant and indeed some people are still dying or suffering very serious illnesses each day. Indeed today we have heard the Queen has caught COVID and a few days ago her oldest Son also caught it. Indeed several of my friends have recently received it for the first time. However for many of us things are gradually getting easier. So John who I have met and who is very good person stated the following. The Question is what will Boris do, given the element in this part of Lord Sentamu’s statement?
The Prime Minister has told us that the pandemic has been the biggest challenge we have faced since the Second World War. At the end of the war, there was a huge social impact on the people of the United Kingdom. Most noble Lords will remember that it was the Beveridge report that began the work of transforming this great nation. Beveridge said there was want, caused by poverty; ignorance, caused by the lack of education; squalor, caused by poor housing; idleness, caused by a lack of jobs or inability to gain employment; and disease, caused by inadequate healthcare provision, which resulted in the National Health Service and social welfare. I read the whole report. What are the giants that the Minister thinks need to be slain so that we can get to where we ended up at the end of the Second World War, when the Beveridge report led to real transformation?
So Boris, what are you going to do?