‘Data to assess the economic impact of lockdown should be made public’

November 26, 2020

REALITY CHECK: “The economy doesn’t seem to feature in this at all. Whether we like it or not, the economy is vital in how we can proceed and having to pay for all of these things and trying to find a way in keeping as much of the economy open is absolutely vital. These are features of the econonmy, they are livelihoods and lives, many of them small businesses.” Former Tory leader and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith. He also said that no cost-benefit analysis was done on the impact of lockdowns on sectors of the economy which as a general rule has to be done at Cabinet level. Picture by Richard Townsend.

SHAMEFUL CONDUCT: “This is un-British and unconstitutional and this Government with our Prime Minister needs to end these injustices now. Will you order the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary come here today to sort this out. She was an elderly lady robbed of her dignity about having the courage to protest about her fundamental rights and those of her constituents and others removed.” Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne, on his witnessing of the man-handling of 72-year-old elderly lady protesting the Covid-19 restrictions outside Parliament. Picture by Richard Townsend.

BUSINESS SUPPORT: “Supermarkets need to hand back £1.9B of government support they received this year. They don’t need it. But I tell you who does: the millions of small people like small ltd directors who still have received no support at all. That’s why with @bluecollartory, I support the @forgottenltd campaign.” – Former cabinet minister Esther McVey on Instagram claiming funds to help business during the lockdown have gone to supermarkets but yet to small firms.

 

 

 

FORMER Tory ministers and their backbenchers are continuing to ratchet up the pressure on the Government following their decision to go into a three tier-systemed of lockdown when the national one ends next Tuesday.

When 34 MPs voted against the existing one-month lockdown prior to it being put in place, others vowed they will not lend their support to any extension or new proposals and not a further 36 MPs intend to join their colleagues and vote against these new proposals when put before Parliament.

‘MPs voted for lockdown without demanding cost-benefit analysis’

Despite being in opposition, the Liberal Democrats and Labour ordered their MPs to vote with the Government’s supporting MPs to enforce recent one-month lockdown without demanding a cost-benefit analysis of the impact on the economy and by implication a pass on the heavy-handed policing being used on members of the public who have protested the restrictions and intimidation of business owners defying the lockdown whilst seeing their trade being taken by globalist brand names such as Amazon, Google and Tesco.

Broxbourne MP Charles Walker captured the public attention of the febrile atmosphere in the country when admonishing the Metropolitan Police who were spread-eagling a 72-year-old in Parliament Square who was protesting the current restrictions. If anyone doesn’t believe this happened, view it here.

‘This elderly lady was robbed of her dignity by Met Police’

Addressing Deputy Speaker Rosie Winterton, an emotional Mr Walker said this: “I’ve just witnessed an elderly lady peacefully protesting with a handful of people be arrested and carried spread-eagled to a police van just outside the precinct of the House of Commons. This is a disgrace. This is un-British and unconstitutional and this Government with our Prime Minister needs to end these injustices now.

“Will you bring the Prime Minister or the Home Secretary come here today to sort this out. She was an elderly lady robbed of her dignity about having the courage to protest about her fundamental rights and those of her constituents and others removed.”

Former Tory leader and MP for Chingford Iain Duncan-Smith told Juliet Hartley Brewer on Talk Radio that the only part he could agree with Boris Johnson’s statement on the new restrictions, was that he and his scientific advisors at SAGE had admitted that the tier-system used previously had brought the R-rate under control.

‘People in tiers will be shunted upwards’

The new tier-system he claims will see everyone lumbered with the threat of being shunted “upwards” and for Tier Three, this was a lockdown in name-only.

He said: “The reality for us is in a way was a disappointing statement because it is not based on what we know is happening with the lockdowns and how deep that will be. For the hospitality industry this is an absolute hammer blow because this is the most important part of the year for them and they are probably the safest area of all.

Mr Duncan-Smith claimed the West End of London alone puts backs four per cent back into the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) alone but this has been shut for the last eight months.

‘West End has been economically dead for months’

He said: “The economy doesn’t seem to feature in this at all. Whether we like it or not, the economy is vital in how we can proceed and having to pay for all of these things and trying to find a way in keeping as much of the economy open is absolutely vital. These are features of the economy, they are livelihoods and lives, many of them small businesses.

Mr Duncan Smith, who formerly served at the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2016,couldn’t understand why his Tory, Lib Dem and Labour colleagues in favor of these proposals hadn’t demanded a cost-benefit analysis of the impact of these restrictions on different areas of the economy.

‘Sectors were shut down on advice of small group of advisors’

Ms Hartley-Brewer asked Mr Duncan Smith if this was done and he said it has to happen if decisions are made to shut down any sectors of the economy for whatever reasons, particularly involving the Treasury or any other big department but this was affectly abandoned due to the Covid situation.

The former cabinet minister said: “What’s different about the Covid situation is that it has been made by a small group of people. To begin with, it wasn’t even debated in Parliament and it is only late on that we have debated any of this in Parliament.

‘Opposition didn’t request information on economic impact’

“Because the Labour Party chooses to support it (the legislation) without any serious requests about how this information is being arrived at the Government doesn’t produce this information.

“I don’t know if they are doing it internally but if they are, this should be made public because it is important for people to understand. This is the question really.

“We know that as much as we can see most of the evidence is that transmission takes place in the home.

‘Pubs and restaurants are safe and should be allowed to trade’

“We’ve seen a lot of the rises of groups meeting together for functions but where you have a proper controlled environment like many of the restaurants and pubs are doing, these areas should be allowed to open and continue to trade.

“You get the feeling at the time some of these decisions are made without the economic impact. The borrowing we are doing is absolutely spiralling right now, this is the first time in hundreds of years our borrowing has exceeded our income – our debt that is – and we haven’t seen effect of the second lockdown yet.”

‘Why have small firms not received help yet?’

Esther McVey, another former minister and MP for Tatton, said this about the lack of support for small business on her Instagram account: “Supermarkets need to hand back £1.9B of government support they received this year. They don’t need it.

“But I tell you who does: the millions of small people like small ltd directors who still have received no support at all. That’s why with @bluecollartory, I support the @forgottenltd campaign.”

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President Elect Pitchforks November 26, 2020 at 11:00 pm

We don’t need a cost benefit analysis of the lockdowns – all we have to do is go out our front doors and go to our high streets, town centres and industrial estates to see the economic impact of the lie been perpetrated against the British people.
We just want to know how long the parliamentary Conservative Party is going to put up with the traitor in No 10, his cabinet and his lying Health Secretary, chief scientific (Patrick Vallance) and medical officers (Chris Whitty) and sage committee because the people are starting to get impatient and you aĺl know when that happens, people will revolt…

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Not Me Guv November 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

You know something is seriously wrong when you find yourself thinking IDS is making sense .
He has always been a repellent shitehook and the only way he is ever going to sound reasonable is if everything around him has really gone haywire . Mind you ,listening to the blancmange clown ,haywire may be a mild way of putting it .
I could never stand IDS , but I agree the real issue is what they are trying to slide under the counter .
Cameroon slid stuff that Henry V111 ( court of star chamber ) would have approved of -2014 crime and policing ,2014 deprivation of liberty – what sneaky draconianisms are this shower slithering into law while we worry about whether we can go to the pub or visit Grandma ..

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Right Minded November 26, 2020 at 11:03 pm

There’s been quite a lot of talk recently about Common Law, Magna Carta, Bill of Rights etc. but things seem to have gone very quiet as far as the Public Health Act is concerned.
Earlier on the year various authorities were claiming powers under the Public Health Act which they simply didn’t have because it only applies to people or premises that are infected. Are they still doing this?

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