MAJORITY OF BRITS NOW WANT INQUIRY INTO THE GOVERNMENT’S HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS
- March for Change survey reveals 53% of the UK, up 4% in under two weeks, think there should be an independent public inquiry, including 54% across the Midlands, Wales and North of England
- Increase in support driven by Conservative and Leave supporters, with surge in support from women, over-65s and blue collar voters
- Most want inquiry ahead of winter, with almost two thirds now believing a second wave is inevitable
- March for Change campaign seeking urgent inquiry into UK’s coronavirus handling ahead of potential spike this winter is backed by leading medics and scientists
Media Release (19/05/2020)
Act now, save lives: leading health and science experts demand urgent public inquiry into Govt’s Covid response
- Lessons must be learned now from care homes “scandal”, say prominent doctors and scientists
- Warning that lives will be lost needlessly if a public inquiry is not launched immediately, to learn lessons before further waves of Covid-19 arrive
- Petition calling for inquiry already has 100,000 signatures as public clamour for action grows
We need a full public inquiry into the UK response to the coronavirus crisis.
The UK is currently on course to be the worst-hit European country, suggesting systemic failings in the approach taken to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
The number of lives lost may jump further when we account for the inadequate reporting of coronavirus casualties in the community and in care homes, which raises questions about government honesty in documenting the crisis.
Since the general election, we have taken the time to reassess the political environment, and refocus March for Change to be a campaign fit for the future. We campaigned long and hard against Brexit but now, in this new political reality, we are looking to the battles that lie ahead.
With the Coronavirus Crisis gripping the UK and Europe, the challenge to control the outbreak will require the full attention of legislators on both sides of the Channel. Nothing short of the full focus of government departments, civil servants and the public will be necessary in order to save lives. Alas, the social and economic consequences of the virus will likely be felt for a long time after we emerge from the crisis.
Both the UK government and the EU are, quite rightly, prioritising the Coronavirus outbreak ahead of anything else. Despite this, we mustn’t forget that the UK is currently locked in a time-limited transition period as we withdraw from the EU. The clock stops automatically on December 31st 2020 and, already, vital negotiations regarding the future economic relationship between the UK and the EU have been cancelled in order to deal with the outbreak. As this continues, it is of crucial importance that the Government takes every step to avoid crashing out of the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms in December. Boris Johnson and his government have a duty to manage both the Coronavirus Crisis and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU so as to minimise their impact.