Time for Labour MPs to back Ministers over pandemic – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Howard Rainbow, Stanley, Wakefield.

Should Labour leader SirKeir Starmer be offering the Government more support?

I AGREE with Bob Watson and his excellent letter (The Yorkshire Post, October 9); it’s nice to know there are still some people who have common sense.

This is not the time for MPs of any political party to be bitching and points scoring. Our country is in the grip of this coronavirus pandemic and every one of us should be doing our very best to help the Government in whatever way we can.

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Why can’t Opposition MPs sit down together and try to come up with a solution to alleviate the current situation for the good of our country?

Boris Johnson at Prime Minister's Questions.

This virus is not the fault of the Government. No one asked for it. The virus would not have bypassed a Labour government, so stop all the bitching and pull together. A bit of help is worth a lot of pity.

From: Jo Burton, Filey.

I HAVE heard many people say that they hope that the Covid-19 experience will bring about a different kind of society – one where we are more aware of each other and where we smile at each other.

Currently, there is a pull to go back to “normal”, by going back to what we had, and we know what that means.

It means waste, pollution, throw away fashion, throw away food and food banks.

We have learnt, however, who are the essential workers in our society, the people on whom we depend when the chips are down, and we have also learnt what is important to us, such as connecting with family and friends, clean open spaces, and good health.

All of these things are achievable, but we have to take the necessary steps to make sure that the people who govern us also have these principles at heart.

We need to fight for it, as we do for the other services that we now know we need in our future world. Then maybe we can all smile at each other.

From: Paul Morley, Ribblesdale Estate, Long Preston.

I BET Boris Johnson and his government, plus the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales, would love to publicly announce that all restrictions would be lifted and it was down to everybody to act responsibly with regard to their own safety during the pandemic (The Yorkshire Post, October 9).

However, I’m sure they know full well that if they did there would be people queuing up to say they had caught Covid, no matter how mildly, and were blaming the Government for their plight and that lawyers would be instructed to sue for compensation.

Then it would be a feeding frenzy for the ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors and the amoral law firms who invent war crimes against British service personnel and travel to Calais to tout for business from the illegal immigrants once they cross the Channel. All funded by the gullible British taxpayer of course.

So don’t expect any let up in restrictions anytime soon whilst the people in power have to keep covering their backs.

From: Andrew Mercer, Guiseley.

I SHARE your view (The Yorkshire Post, October 10) that a full-time Minister for North would have saved much aggravation over Covid. Where has Grant Shapps been on schools, flooding and lockdowns? Busy doing his work as Transport Secretary.

From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.

THE confusion over the different restrictions in various areas of the country, and the public’s failure to adhere to them, makes me wonder if we should just abandon all the rules and just use our common sense.

The most vulnerable are already following the basic hands, face, space advice so let the rest make up their own minds and get our economy back on track.

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