The country isn’t locked out by name, but according to Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan, it’s not far from lockdown by nature.
“To call these restrictions as we now have ‘no cost’ or ‘non-draconian’ makes complete nonsense. It’s not draconian if you talk to kids wondering if they can take their exams this summer, ”he told co-host Allison Pearson on this week’s Planet Normal podcast, that you can listen using the above audio player.
“It’s not draconian if people don’t meet their parents at Christmas… Or if we’re going to lose thousands and thousands of other businesses.”
And while Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists current measures to slow the spread of the virus are ‘balanced and proportionate’, Halligan fears we are witnessing a ‘stealth lockdown’, driven by politics rather than science . “I would be surprised, and sorry to say it, if Boris Johnson didn’t tighten his restrictions in England in response to Nicola Sturgeon doing the same in Scotland.”
Commerce Secretary Penny Mordaunt joins Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan on this week’s episode of Planet Normal, which explains why she doesn’t blame her 101 colleagues who rebelled and voted against the PM on the introduction Covid passes for major events on Tuesday. And the former cabinet minister is providing listeners with information on trade talks in post-Brexit Britain.
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