Boris Johnson apologises for families' Covid crisis suffering
‘I’m deeply, deeply sorry’: Boris Johnson apologises for families’ Covid crisis suffering after Labour MP slams ‘sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical’ ministers over their handling of the pandemic
- Furious Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi attacked Boris Johnson at PMQs
- He slammed ‘sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical’ ministers over Covid handling
- Mr Johnson said he is ‘deeply, deeply sorry’ for families’ suffering during crisis
Boris Johnson has apologised for the suffering experienced by many families during the coronavirus crisis after he was blasted by a Labour MP who was denied the chance to see his dying relatives.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi launched an emotional attack on Mr Johnson at PMQs as he slammed ‘sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical’ ministers over their handling of the pandemic.
His fury centred around the response of the PM and other Government figures to the actions of the premier’s then-chief adviser Dominic Cummings, who infamously drove to Barnard Castle in County Durham during a national lockdown.
Mr Dhesi said the incident suggested there is ‘one rule for him and his elite chums and another for the rest of us plebs’ as he spelled out the ‘agony’ his own family had faced because of lockdown rules.
Mr Johnson said he was ‘deeply, deeply sorry’ for the lives lost during the pandemic and for all the time people were unable to see their loved ones.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi launched an emotional attack on Boris Johnson at PMQs as he slammed ‘sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical’ ministers over their handling of the pandemic
Mr Johnson said he was ‘deeply, deeply sorry’ for the lives lost during the pandemic and for all the time people were unable to see their loved ones
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Dhesi said: ‘My grandmother, whom I loved dearly, was lying on her hospital death bed and none of us were allowed to be there to comfort her in her final moments. I couldn’t even carry her coffin on my shoulders.
‘I also had to endure the agony of watching alone, online, the funeral of my fun-loving uncle, and we were not there to comfort my brother-in-law’s father, who somehow contracted Covid in a Slough care home, during his final moments. All this because we followed Government guidance.
‘Having experience of painful personal sacrifices, like many others, imagine our collective disgust when in order to curry favour with the Prime Minister’s chief adviser (Mr Cummings) we see sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical Government ministers lining up to defend the indefensible – saying “it’s time to move on”, with some even having the gall to tell us that they too go for a long drive when they need to get their eyesight tested.
‘What an absolute disgrace, and they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
‘So when is the Prime Minister finally going to apologise to the nation for not mustering up some courage and integrity for doing the honourable thing and sacking his chief adviser, who so shamelessly flouted his own Government guidance, that he could have regained that lost public trust and confidence, and he could have demonstrated that it’s not one rule for him and his elite chums and another for the rest of us plebs?’
Mr Johnson said he and the Government ‘deeply’ sympathise with people who have suffered during the pandemic.
He told Mr Dhesi: ‘No one who hasn’t been through something like that can imagine what it must feel like to be deprived of the ability to mourn properly and hold the hands of a loved one in their last moments in the way he describes.
‘I know how much sympathy there will be with him.
‘I take his criticisms, most sincerely, of the Government and everything that we have done, but all I can say is we have tried throughout this pandemic to minimise human suffering, to minimise loss of life.
‘When he asks for me to apologise, I do, I apologise for the suffering that the people of this country have endured.
‘All I can say is nothing I can say or do can take back the lost lives, the lost time spent with loved ones that he describes. I’m deeply, deeply sorry for that.’
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