Julia Hartley-Brewer erupts at Eustice on reopening UK ‘you still have full-time salary!’

George Eustice slammed by host over easing of lockdown

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George Eustice appeared on talkRADIO to discuss the Government’s plans for reopening the economy. Host Julia Hartley-Brewer has on many occasions shown her support for reopening schools and getting the country open quicker. The presenter erupted at the Environment Secretary when he explained the reopening plans for next month were nearby as she furiously pointed out he is still in work and has a nice house despite millions praying for the country to reopen sooner after being affected by coronavirus.

Speaking on talkRADIO, Mr Eustice said: “It bodes well that we can start loosening these restrictions and the Prime Minister is going to set out exactly the course he is going to take in the months ahead on February 22.

“So there’s not much longer to wait…”

But Ms Hartley-Brewer exploded and interrupted the MP adding: “Well no no no, that’s not true, no, February 22 is in two weeks time and the first thing he (Boris Johnson) would loosen would be the schools and not before March 8. 

“It’s a month away, that is a long time to wait.

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“You, still on a full-time salary as an MP and as a minister, you’re still in a very lovely home, you’re still being able to go out of the house.

“There are millions of people right now who are struggling, they’re struggling financially, they’re struggling with their mental health, their physical health, their kids aren’t getting a proper education, a month is a lifetime away for those people.”

Mr Eustice responded: “And we understand that and we didn’t want schools to lockdown at all and we resisted that until the last (minute). 

“And we didn’t want to go into lockdown at all, in the event we’ve just been through another serious peak where we had deaths running at over a thousand a day for an extended period we got that back under control through implementing the lockdown.

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“Yes it’s very disruptive to people’s lives, we would not do it if it weren’t necessary.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he would be creating a “lockdown review” on February 22. 

It is strongly believed schools will be the first to reopen as many are already planned to open at the end of February in Wales and Scotland.

Outdoor gatherings and hospitality are also expected to follow in the months afterwards.


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Hospitality venues will begin to offer takeaway drinks and food with some able to have outdoor seating arrangements, according to The Sun. 

These are expected to be put in place in May.

The Government has faced calls to vaccinate teachers over the February half term to speed up the reopening of schools. 

Schools across the country have offered to be vaccination hubs but the Government does not want to priorities teachers as they do not want to change their priority list. 

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