BBC Question Time audience member humiliates Tories
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The disgruntled BBC Question Time audience member questioned the inability of the Government to establish a task force in order to ease the pressure the coronavirus pandemic put on the NHS. The voter insisted the Government had been “yet again asleep on the job” as he suggested extra funding for a dedicated task force could be collected by scrapping the HS2 project. He told Conservative MP Chris Philp: “I think vaccines are the answer. They are the answer, no doubt about it.
“Tobias Ellwood the other day was talking on television and said we should have, by now, because we’ve been with this thing for two years, a task force to deal purely with Covid.
“To take the pressure off the NHS. But, yet again, I wrote to Boris. You may think I’m a Labour voter when I say this, but I wrote to Boris on October 31 and said, ‘throw the kitchen sink at this. ‘
“And, yet again, asleep on the job.”
He continued: “The other thing I suggest, maybe we should scrap that white elephant, HS2, which is going to be half moth-balled anyway.
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“And use the £150 billion to get that task force out there and let’s safeguard our country.
“Save our licenses, save our retail trade, and get this country back up in the right direction. Conservatives, please.”
Boris Johnson and his Cabinet have been trying to ramp up vaccination efforts in light of concerns over the Omicron variant.
This week, bookings were opened to all over 18s to book their booster vaccine.
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Health ministers from the G7 group of countries agreed Thursday the Omicron coronavirus variant is “the biggest current threat to global public health”.
In a joint statement, the health ministers said: “It is more important than ever to closely cooperate, and monitor as well as share data.
“This will be key to addressing the fast-developing situation.”
The meeting, hosted by Health Secretary Sajid Javid, was the last of the UK’s presidency of the group.
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Professor Chris Whitty told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee he believes the doubling rate for Omicron will slow down, as it is clear people are already taking precautions.
Prof Whitty said: “I think what we will see with this, and I think we are seeing it in South Africa, is that the upswing will be incredibly fast even if people are taking more cautious actions – as they are – that will help slow it down, but it is still going to be very fast,” he said.
“It will probably peak really quite fast and my anticipation is it may come down faster than previous peaks, but I wouldn’t want to say that for sure.
“In terms of where we are going over the next few weeks, the rate of increase is going to be quite impressive.”
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