Why we expect Labour and Opposition to get behind Boris Johnson over pandemic

From: J Hutchinson, Kirkbymoorside.

Is Boris Johnson getting enough support from Opposition MPs and the media?

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I FIND it hard to believe that politicians are still trying to score points against their opposition colleagues at this time.

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With hindsight, of course, thousands more protection kits and ventilators would have been supplied to the NHS when stocking up for winter last year – and plans would have been put in place for benefits for people who cannot work. However, this is an unprecedented once-in-four-generations pandemic and – without a crystal ball – could not have been predicted.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock arrives at 10 Downing Street.

Instead of throwing unhelpful comments at Boris Johnson, why not try to be constructive and positive? I think the Government is doing an excellent job.

If they could be sure that the selfish people and business in this country would tow the line, then all efforts could be put into looking after the sick, NHS staff and protecting the vulnerable making the task a little easier. I say to all politicians and would be bureaucrats: Stop looking for your five minutes on TV, pull together and help get the country through this difficult time.

I would also ask the media to stop sensationalising. I know people who are so frightened that they are finding everyday tasks difficult just sitting glued to the TV. Surely it is enough to give the facts and recommendations of the Government without turning it into a horror movie?

From: Michael J Robinson, Berry Brow, Huddersfield.

Elderly readers say they're still struggling to obtain basic food supplies due to panic buying.

JOHN G Davies (The Yorkshire Post, March 26) upbraids your correspondent Mike Ridgeway for his blaming of China for the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Davies asks “Has he witnessed ‘the appalling standards of animal husbandry and food hygiene that exist in China’ at first hand?” He goes on to say that he “would expect health and hygiene regulations to be just as stringent as ours”.

I’ll wager that Mr Davies hasn’t been to China, and certainly not to any of the vast areas beyond the popular commercial and tourist areas there.

From: John Kenway, Aldbrough.

IN this crisis, is it not time to bring back the daily milk round (Sarah Todd, The Yorkshire Post, March 27)? Let’s pay the milkman a decent price for his service. After all, it was supermarkets that took away his livelihood.

BBC should not be in thrall

From: Brian H Sheridan, lodge Moor, Sheffield.

BARRY Foster berates the BBC for “their total dislike of the Conservative government” (The Yorkshire Post, March 25). He hopes that Boris Johnson will “get a grip of those who present the programmes”. It will be a sad day when the British media are in thrall to any government.

From: David Collins, Scissett.

I HAVE recently read that the BBC has a left-wing bias. This is very strange because it doesn’t appear to be so long ago that it was being accused of a right-wing bias. It occurs to me that this is all in the eye of the beholder. If you hold extreme right-wing views then everything will be left-wing biased, and vice versa if you have extreme left-wing views. It is all a matter of degree.