Boris Johnson is 'scatterbrained not stupid' says David Davis
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Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that all Brits would need to start implementing and following the rules of Plan B as soon as Friday, although most of the rules set out for Plan will start from Monday next week. The U-turn on regulations has caused more distrust with the current government, earlier this week accusations of Number 10 staff attending a non-social distanced Christmas party last year amidst a national lockdown. ITV Political Editor Robert Peston spoke with David Davis about the pressure Mr Johnson has been facing, with the former Brexit Secretary offering a bizarre defence for the Prime Minister.
Mr Davis said: “It’s serious, mostly for what Charles Walker said you know I think we’ve now got into a new lockdown situation coming up.
“How are you going to prosecute people who don’t obey it, given four previous parties. All this stuff about the Prime Minister resigning I don’t think that is on the card.”
Many have called for Johnson’s resignation this week due to all of the controversy surrounding the leaked ITV press conference with former Downing Street Press Secretary Allegra Stratton.
Mr Davis added: “I don’t think that’s on the cards I think actually he did not deliberately mislead the House that would be mad.
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“He’s a scatterbrain but he’s not stupid, but I think the real issue is on the authority of the Government to actually enforce a new lockdown.
“Because people will look at this and say why should we, it’s them and us again, the biggest weakness of our government is the, them and us issue, people feel that everything is them and us.”
During the Downing Street press conference which took place on Wednesday, the Prime Minister set out the new rules to help try and tackle the surge of Omicron.
New data has shown that there are up to at least 568 confirmed cases of the new variant in the UK, and this number is set to rise.
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Some of the new rules are set to kick in from Friday as Mr Johnson announced that face masks must now be worn in public places, concerts, cinemas, and theatres.
From Monday some people will go back to working from home again as this rule is part of the Government’s latest advice.
And from Wednesday next week, the NHS vaccine passports will become a necessity for people who want to enter indoor venues such as nightclubs. Johnson also said the passport will be needed for those who plan on entering venues with more than 500 people, and venues with 4,000-10,000.
Johnson also advocated for vaccine uptake as well as the booster jab top-up for protection against Covid.
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The Prime Minister said: “As soon as it becomes clear that the boosters are capable of holding this Omicron variant and we have boosted enough people to do that job of keeping Omicron in equilibrium, then we will be able to move forward as before.”
On Thursday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid answered questions on the BBC’s Today programme about mandatory vaccinations for all adults in the UK.
Mr Javid said: “My view is that it’s unethical and also at a practical level it wouldn’t work.”
“If you’re asking me about universal mandatory vaccination, as some countries in Europe have said they will do, at a practical level I just don’t think it would work. Getting vaccinated has to be a positive choice.”
Mr Javid added: “I’ve got no interest in mandatory vaccinations, apart from in high-risk settings in the NHS and social care, which we’ve already set out that we will legislate for.”
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