Keir Starmer is demanding Boris returns to the Commons to correct the record after misleading the house over the government’s care home rules during PMQs. During the session, Starmer told Boris:
“Until 12 March, the Government’s own official advice was – and I’m quoting from it: “It remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home will become infected.”
Boris replied with “it wasn’t true that the advice said that”. Unfortunately for the PM, the advice did say precisely that. As per the government’s website, the official “Guidance for social or community care and residential settings on COVID-19″ set out:
“18. What social, community and residential care settings need to do now
Currently there is no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. There is no need to do anything differently in any care setting at present.”
Prima facie there’s no wriggle room, prosecutor Starmer’s got him bang to rights…
UPDATE: Turns out there is wriggle room, Keir Starmer didn’t take the time to read the small print. Which is a bad failing in a lawyer:
This guidance is intended for the current position in the UK where there is currently no transmission of COVID-19 in the community. It is therefore very unlikely that anyone receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected. This is the latest information and will be updated shortly.
UPDATE II: The footnote, it is now claimed, was added on March 13, so given Starmer’s precise question cites “until March 12” the answer Boris gave to that specific question is incorrect.
UPDATE III: Boris hits back in a letter to Starmer saying the advice published on February 25 included the disclaimer above that it referred to the current position.
Read Starmer’s letter to Boris in full:
While the rest of the country enjoyed the sunshine from home on the VE Day bank holiday, the Prime Minister and his team bucked down to work on the next phase of lockdown over milkshakes and burgers from Five Guys. The bemused daughter of a deliveroo driver who found himself delivering to Downing Street shared the calorific order with her TikTok following:
Boris and his team munched away on a milkshakes, cheeseburgers, an all beef hotdog, several portions of chips (both regular and cajun style) as well as a veggie sandwich, while crafting what to put in Sunday’s statement. The sugar rush is sure to have helped the team to Stay Alert…
Did this come as a surprise to Hancock?
A rather out-of-breath Boris told the country at today’s press conference that Britain has officially passed the peak of Coronavirus and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Using classic Boris imagery…
The Government also released this useful public information film explaining the Government’s fifth requirement for relaxing the lockdown – ensuring the reproduction rate of the virus stays below 1.0. They’ve branded it ‘Project R’…
Britain is being treated to a number of uplifting birthdays at the moment, with Boris’s child born yesterday and today bringing the hundredth birthday of
Captain Colonel* Tom Moore, who just today surpassed £30 million raised for the NHS. To mark his birthday, along with an RAF fly-past of his home, Boris sent his heartfelt birthday message to Colonel Tom thanking him for his efforts, calling him “a Point of Light in all our lives”. Responding, Colonel Tom thanked the PM saying getting the message was:
“really outstanding because he has been doing so well; and look what he’s produced recently, or what Carrie has produced, we’ve got another boy into the country. Well done Prime Minister”.
Birthday cake all round…
*Her Majesty the Queen promoted him this morning.