Lord Adonis: I'm not criticising Boris Johnson as he is following the consensus of the experts

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 12:24pm

Lord Andrew Adonis has stated that as long as Prime Minister Johnson continues to follow the scientific advice he is given, "we'll all be with him".

Boris Johnson has been holding a daily briefing in a bid to keep the British public informed with how his Government is currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The virus has spread worldwide and Europe currently finds itself as the epicenter of it according to the World Health Organisation. 

Britain effectively went into lockdown on Monday evening, with the Prime Minister urging people to stay at home whilst only a select few shops would remain open in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. 

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Many have questioned why it took so long for Johnson to declare this policy, with Italy and other European nations enforcing a lockdown much earlier than Britain had.

Speaking the day after the announcement (Tuesday 24th March), Lord Adonis was on Love Sport Radio talking about the situation with Martin Bell. 

Asked by Bell how he felt Conservative leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had handled the situation thus far, Lord Adonis was not critical of Johnson's approach as he is following the consensus of experts.

"Well, I'm not criticising him because I think we all need to hold together. Or rather, I'm not criticising him for as long as he sticks with what appears to be the consensus of the advice of the experts. And he does appear to be doing that. 

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"Now, what do I think? Jeremy [Corbyn] would have done the same actually. I think anyone who was Prime Minister in this crisis would have gone on with the consensus of experts. So I'm not criticising him [Boris], but nor do I think that anybody else in that job would behave much differently. 

"If you look at what's happening internationally pretty well everyone is doing the same thing. And the only people who are slightly behind the curve are the Americans because their Congress is so bitterly divided; they can't even agree on a rescue package for people's jobs and incomes, which is a really serious situation for the US because of course people will be going penniless soon if they can't do something about it. 

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"But pretty well every other country has reacted in a pretty similar way to us both in terms of first of all isolating people, then moving to a lockdown. It's clear that wasn't enough and then providing support packages for people whose jobs and livelihoods are at risk. 

"So for as long as Boris Johnson carries on, you know, following what appears to be the sensible course in response to good official advice, then I think we'll all be with him."

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