How Matt Hancock, Michael Gove and Chris Whitty persuaded Boris to go for a third lockdown: & # 39; Bullish & # 39; PM wanted to keep schools open before coming under pressure after visiting a hospital
- The Prime Minister faced a difficult situation in a "dashboard" meeting on Monday
- Boris Johnson described the data as "somewhat unclear" during an interview
- But the Prime Minister was less optimistic when he returned to Downing Street, where Chris Whitty said he and other CMOs felt the threat indicator should be raised
- Insider # 10 said the prime minister was "the last man to stand on schools."
Matt Hancock, Michael Gove and Chris Whitty convinced Boris Johnson to lock the country for the third time, reports say.
The Prime Minister faced a difficult situation in a “dashboard” meeting at 9am on Monday. Infection and hospital stays painted a bleak picture of the country's situation.
During an interview at Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Mr Johnson described the data as "a little unclear" and insisted that schools reopening was the right thing to do.
But the prime minister was less optimistic when he returned to Downing Street, where UK chief medical officer Chris Whitty said he and other CMOs in the four nations felt the threat indicator should be raised to the highest possible level, The Times reports.
A Downing Street source said Mr. Johnson was "the last man to stand on schools."
The source added: & # 39; Gove was absolutely crystal clear. He said, "The schools have to close – there is no question about that."
Health Secretary Hancock agreed with Mr. Gove, reports say.
The Prime Minister faced a difficult situation in a “dashboard” meeting at 9am on Monday. Infection and hospital stays painted a bleak picture of the country's situation
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson reportedly was not in the room when Mr Johnson relented.
The inability to criticize the Johnson administration means Mr Williamson has been scapegoated, it has been alleged.
A source said: & # 39; Gove was absolutely crystal clear. He said, "The schools have to close – there is no question about that."
Mr. Hancock is reported to have said, "What have you been doing in the past six months?" during a meeting discussing the provision of laptops for students.
A # 10 source said, "It's fair to say the education department is pretty widespread in this building."
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson couldn't guarantee that all students in England would be back in school before the summer break.
The prime minister said he was "optimistic" that "things will really be very different by spring," but failed to give parents, students and teachers firm assurance that face-to-face classes can be resumed during the current academic year .
Schools should not be closed until mid-February at the earliest, when the closure should be checked.
UK Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty (L) and UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock (R)
Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at 10 Downing Street in central London on January 7th
The massive interruption in learning has forced ministers to dissolve plans for high school graduation and GCSE exams, which will largely run as usual in May and June.
Other high-ranking figures in the Johnson regime are also reportedly at the line of fire.
The role of Nadhim Zahawi, who was appointed Minister for Vaccine Use after much of the planning, has been dismissed by some as a redundant position in order to appease the demands of the back benches for a “Minister for Vaccines”.
One person involved in the rollout said, "I don't think the success of the vaccination program will depend on Nadhim Zahawi."
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