MP COLUMN: I wish I could tell you the Government had got to grips with this virus

One day, I’d love to tell you the Government has got a grip, that mass testing is working well, and that we are on our way back to living life as normally as we can.

Friday, 9th October 2020, 5:11 pm
Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP.

I understand we face a virus which does not listen to anyone’s fine words but is biologically programmed to spread as widely as possible.

I despair when I see a so-called leader such as Donald Trump prattle on about being a fighter as if willpower does the trick.

The truth is if we get the virus, it will affect us in ways we cannot prevent. Sure, less weight helps but the way it impacts on people is unpredictable.

Even the young who may suffer less at first can acquire the Covid tail that will hold them back, exhaust, and demoralise them for months or longer in ways we simply cannot yet understand.

I don’t take any joy in pointing out that the Government faces furious criticism from its own side.

But listen to Jake Berry, who used to be the northern powerhouse minister. He says the government has fallen into that fatal trap of making national decisions based on a London-centric view.

I also commend Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, who says the Government is beginning to treat the North with contempt.

Keir Starmer argues for too long, the Government has failed to acknowledge obvious problems, ploughed on with disastrous consequences and then blame others for its own mistakes.

I conclude that Boris Johnson must get real, quick for all our sakes and that of our jobs and prospects for many years to come.

Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP