MP Matt Western writes about coronavirus concerns in Westminster Diary - The Leamington Observer

MP Matt Western writes about coronavirus concerns in Westminster Diary

Leamington Editorial 26th Sep, 2020   0

AS government’s most senior scientists described it earlier this week, “cases are increasing, hospitalisations are following.

Deaths unfortunately will follow that, and there is the potential for this to move very fast.” We are facing a second wave – one which I’m afraid to say is of the government’s own making.

The government had six months to get this right and yet still can’t protect the country from this virus. Infections are rising, testing is collapsing and there is no robust plan for the winter.

In July, it was our civic duty to go back to the pub. In August, we were told get back to the office and were paid to eat out. Now we’re told it’s our last chance to stop the virus spreading. The prime minister has made a habit of blaming other people for his own incompetence but it’s time he took responsibility for dithering and delay to act – the government needs to get a grip before it’s too late.

This week the labour party held its first online conference introducing its new leadership to the country.

As opinion polls show, Keir Starmer is widely regarded as a professional and highly competent leader.

There is frustration that the prime minister has chosen not to involve him in steering this country out of its crisis.

He has offered to work constructively with the government – I hope the prime minister changes his mind and accepts.

Closer to home, Warwickshire County Council is planning to create a unitary ‘super-council’ across the whole of the county.

This would radically shake up local government and merge the district councils with the county, yet there has been no consultation with the public.

I don’t believe centralising power into one, distant council is the way forward.

Please sign the petition on my website opposing these proposals.

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