One of the main features of the UK lockdowns has been the near-uniform consensus around them. As each one has gone by, cross-party support for lockdowns has only strengthened while fewer voices have been willing to offer anything in the way of dissent. There have been exceptions on both sides of the aisle: Lord (David) Blunkett, a famous figure of the New Labour era and former Home Secretary, and Sir Charles Walker, a prominent Conservative Party backbencher and vice chairman of the 1922 Committee, the all-important backbencher group.
Coming from two very different political backgrounds, these unlikely bedfellows have joined forces to draw attention to the pitfalls of the UK’s ongoing lockdown policy:
- They agree that a different solution could have been found, with a greater emphasis on personal agency
- They are particularly worried about the impact on mental health and the economy
- They would like a faster timetable out of lockdown
- They call for a public enquiry, and for people to be held to account
- They share strong messages for each of their party leaders
On returning to normality: