MP COLUMN: Prime Minister has made things worse during Covid-19 crisis

The fish rots from the head down. The Prime Minister's cavalier style and appointing second rate yes men and women has made things much worse in the Covid crisis.

Friday, 28th August 2020, 7:00 am
Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP.

It has become difficult to find any great logic in many key government decisions.

There have been a dozen policy u-turns while five senior civil service bosses but not ministers have been forced to fall on their swords.

Public confidence requires greater clarity and consistency than this.

And we can certainly do without pathetic excuses such as the Prime Minister blaming a "mutant algorithm" for the recent exams fiasco. This falls into the dog ate my homework category.

Government backbenchers also recognise that ministers just haven't got a grip on events.

Let's now focus on the future. I'm very pleased our schools are returning. They are powerful engines of social justice.

Kate Green, the Shadow Education Secretary, rightly says secondary school pupils should wear face masks in communal areas.

The closure of schools for most pupils for many months widened attainment gaps and has made very many pupils anxious about their futures.

I will be urging measures that allow pupils to catch up and reduce inequalities in attainment.

As we design policies for the post-Covid world we will need to up our game to help young people at school and in work who have been knocked for six by Covid. They may be physically less susceptible but will pay a high and continuing economic price if we don't intervene to stem their losses and disadvantages over the long term.

Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP