Boris Johnson slammed by Tory voter over Christmas decision
The warning came from a furious TalkRADIO caller who claimed her entire family has contracted coronavirus and was hoping to get together for Christmas after having recovered. Calling from Nottinghamshire, Debbie admitted she was a first-time Tory voter who “believed” in Boris Johnson but had been left disappointed by his Government’s handling of the pandemic. She said: “I am really angry. For the first time ever I voted Conservative because I really believed in Boris. And in the area I live in, it was Dennis Skinner’s area, that was a big ask of us all. But the Tory minister we have up here is just another sheep that follows all the same rubbish.
“With Christmas, we have three households that were going to get together, all of us have had Covid, every single one of us.
“My mother, 74, was extremely ill, my father, we’ve all had it.
“Why is it that we’re not allowed to use our common sense, we can all get together because we’ve all had it, all of us work at home or are retired so we don’t mix with anybody else. Why is it that they’re taking away our ability to use our common sense?
“I’m angry because I haven’t seen my family all year so I’m really desperate, I’m also angry because I’m a counsellor and our surgery is terrible.
“The impact I am seeing from this Covid is devastating.”
She added: “I’m just really angry that this Conservative Government have turned into a bunch of sheep who are following scientists who after all are doing what scientists do.
“If you put scientists in charge of motoring they would say don’t drive because people get hurt.”
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People will be left to make their own judgments on whether Christmas celebrations are worth the risk, with warnings to avoid elderly relatives and a recommendation to isolate in the run-up to the festive period.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would be “inhuman” to ban Christmas entirely and confirmed the festive bubble policy allowing households to mix would remain in place despite warnings it will lead to more deaths.
But he said people should “think hard” about what they do and a “smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas”.
The original UK-wide plans would have seen three households allowed to form a festive bubble between December 23 and 27.
But despite efforts to maintain a four-nations approach, Wales will legislate to restrict mixing to two households and all parts of the UK are issuing tougher guidance.
At a Downing Street press conference the Prime Minister stressed that the three households, five days provisions were “maximums, not a target to aim for”.
Boris Johnson advises UK to ‘isolate’ before Christmas period
He suggested that from Friday people mixing with others over Christmas should effectively isolate by reducing their contacts to the “lowest possible”.
Mr Johnson said people should not travel from a high-prevalence to a low-prevalence area.
He urged people to avoid staying away from home overnight where possible and suggested people should avoid seeing elderly relatives until they have been vaccinated.
The Government said a further 612 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 65,520.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 81,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
The Government said that, as of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 25,161 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
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It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,913,277.
The Prime Minister admitted the coronavirus situation had deteriorated since the festive bubble rules were set by the four nations of the UK as the Government issued updated guidance for what has been dubbed the “Christmas window”.
Mr Johnson said: “While it would not be right, we think, to criminalise people who have made plans and simply want to spend time with their loved ones, we’re collectively – across the UK governments at every level – asking you to think hard, and in detail about the days ahead.”
He said the laws were remaining the same but “a smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas”.
He added: “Have yourselves a merry little Christmas – and I’m afraid this year I do mean little.
“But with the vaccine, and all the other measures that we are taking, we do know that things will be better in this country by Easter.”
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