Sophy Ridge on Sunday
Shadow chief of the Treasury Bridget Phillipson today discussed Labour’s new call to treat Covid business debt like student debt. She urged the Chancellor not to wait until the budget to take action to support businesses.
When asked if all school years in England should open on March 8th or if there should be a gradual return, “The government needs to take into account the advice they are given and it may need to be postponed.” To Labors Proposal to treat corporate Covid debt like student debt: “We don’t believe companies should pay back money they need to borrow until they’re in a much stronger position.” She added, “850,000 companies are at risk, and so is it that brings 2.5 million jobs to the scene. We urgently need to take government action now to deal with this. You can’t wait for the budget. “When asked if the debt could be written off like student debt,” Well, if we don’t take action now, it is more likely that some of this debt will be written off because companies … are just drowning in this debt. ” If we do nothing, the debt will be written off. That’s for sure. Introducing a plan that enables companies to deal with it far better would be a responsible way of doing this. “When asked if there are any tax increases that the Chancellor could propose in the budget that Labor would support,” If we were to push tax increases now, it would pull money out of our economy. “She added:” Now is absolutely not that Time to drive tax increases. This is not an approach that we would support. “Regarding the Tories who lead Labor in the polls:” After such a terrible defeat, of course [the 2019 general election]It will take time to regain the confidence of the British people. That was always clear to us. “When asked if Labor is” just a little boring “and needs to ask for more politics,” We are years ahead of an election so of course we are going to come up with a very detailed policy that will take on the challenge Britain is facing period. ” On Starmer’s leadership: “The first priority as a party had to be to get the right to be heard again by the British people. We did. I think Keir Starmer has shown that he is the next Prime Minister.” Regarding the party’s outlook: “The people I speak to are really excited about the progress Labor has made. Of course there is much more to be done. We always knew it would be a tough road.”
First Minister Mark Drakeford criticized the UK government for its approach to quarantine policy, arguing that “we should build this wall higher” and said he disagreed with Keir Starmer when he asked for teachers to be vaccinated first.
After Wales achieved the goal of offering a vaccine to the four main priority groups: “All of the credit goes to the frontline workers in our health care system, their partners in the armed forces, all local authorities and the volunteers.” On quarantine hotels: “Currently there none in Wales because we don’t have any flights from these red countries to Wales and no flights at all from abroad, and we won. ”only in March. On his preferred approach to UK arrivals, “I would have said no one else could get on the list of countries where we are absolutely certain that it is safe for people to come without the quarantine agreements.” He added added: “We should build this wall higher, protect ourselves all from the risk posed by new variants, and only allow a lower level of protection against the relatively few countries in which we can be very safe.” Regarding the approach taken by the British government: “They are doing the very least they can get away with and not most of what is needed.” Regarding the schools that opened in Wales off England on February 22nd: “We have here in Wales put a national lockdown before Christmas and the effects are now being felt … That gave us a little wiggle room. “He said his government would continue to” monitor “the situation. Regarding the possible reversal of the measure: “If things went against us, for example if a new variant emerged, we could return to the position we are in today.” On Keir Starmer’s call to vaccinate teachers: ” We disagree on this matter. We follow the advice of the JCVI [joint committee on vaccination and immunisation]. “Regarding the JCVI:” We will follow the advice of the JCVI. Right now it’s not about putting teachers at the top of the queue. If that changes, so will our approach. “Introduce him to Starmer asking for things that are” inevitable, “and ask if he is concerned about Starmer’s leadership:” No, I think Keir Starmer did an excellent job holding this government accountable . ”Commenting on his decision to require teachers to be vaccinated,“ I fully understand why there is a debate about whether teachers should be queued for vaccination. I don’t think it was wrong for Starmer to address the problem. ”
“I think Keir Starmer did an excellent job holding this administration accountable,” says Mark Drakeford.
But adds “we don’t agree” that school workers should be prioritized for vaccines. #Ridge
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– Sophy Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) February 14, 2021
Dominic Raab also appeared on the show this morning. He told viewers the government does not know how many cases of the South African variant there are currently in the UK and said he was “not sure if it is detectable”.
When he responded to comments from a group of conservative backbench MPs that there could be “no justification” for restrictions when everyone over 50 was offered a vaccine, he argued, “I don’t think you’re setting an arbitrary target can.”
Regarding the reopening of schools and the question of whether all children will return at once or with a gradual return of grade groups, Raab said the government would have to “wait to evaluate the data,” adding that the prime minister would put the details in a Week will set out.
The Andrew Marr Show
Jonathan AshworthThe shadow health minister called for better sick pay, higher quality masks and investments in ventilation, saying the current lockdown must be “the final lockdown.” He called March 8 a “reasonable goal” for the school to reopen, but stressed the need for mitigation measures.
On the approach to unblocking, “I don’t think anyone expects the lockdown to end in one day and one fell swoop, but we need to look at the dates as well as the dates. We really have to get that R number down really hard. “He added,” We are still not paying people adequate sick pay to isolate themselves. We should look into higher quality masks in public transport and in stores. We should invest in ventilation and air filtration systems for public buildings. The national contact tracking system should be turned over to NHS England and local contact tracking should be turned over to local health directors. “To unlock:” We’re in this lockdown for five weeks, and this lockdown must be the final lockout. ” He added, “Part of the problem we have is that we know the virus is now a moving target. We don’t want to create a new mutation that will evade the vaccine response and put us back in first place can. ” Regarding the effects of Covid on disabled people: “Part of this is due to the support and protection that has been introduced in adult care. The welfare debate is frustratingly focused only on the elderly – that is an important part of it, but more and more adults with disabilities are receiving welfare and have not been protected as they should have been during this crisis. “On the question of whether March 8th is the right time for schools to fully reopen,” I think we have to get our children back to school, but we have to take steps to keep schools open. ” described March 8 as a “reasonable target” but added that “you need to take steps to prevent the virus from taking off again”.
Dominic RaabThe Foreign Minister gave the government an overview of the development, schools and the impact of Brexit.
On March 8th for the full reopening of the schools: “Yes, this is what we strive for and to which we are committed.” He confirmed that Boris Johnson will set up the timetable for the activation on February 22nd. When asked whether Britain would put vaccination passports on the G7 agenda as suggested by Tony Blair, Raab said the idea could be discussed but it was “not yet in a place where we can make a workable proposal that countries all over the world can rely on ”. When asked if he would have voted to convict Donald Trump, Raab said he would not be drawn into the matter.
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