England’s tug of war on Covid-19 restrictions: Politics Weekly podcast | Politics

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Keir Starmer used his first televised press conference as Labour leader to call for a national ‘circuit breaker’ to be imposed, in a dramatic escalation of his criticism of the government’s approach.

The call came after documents released by the government’s scientific advisory group (Sage) showed that Boris Johnson’s cabinet had ignored most of the advice presented to them weeks ago to try and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

So, as the government abandons the science and the opposition stops supporting the government, where does that leave the rest of us?

In an already busy week, Boris Johnson will also have an eye on Brexit negotiations as we encroach on the 15 October deadline that the prime minister insisted would be the final date for talks before needing to accept a no-deal Brexit. So, how are the talks going?

Plus, in the first of several interviews with chairs of parliamentary select committees, Rajeev Syal talks to Meg Hillier about how the public accounts committee examines the value for money of government projects – such as Brexit and Covid-19 spending.

Coronavirus - Mon Oct 12, 2020<br>A member of staff pours a drink in the Richmond pub in Liverpool as Prime Minister Boris Johnson reads a statement on television, as parts of the North of England are bracing themselves for the most stringent Tier 3 controls, with Merseyside expected to have its pubs, gyms and casinos closed in a bid to suppress its infection rate. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 12, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire



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