Chris Green MP: Decision is about saving lives
Wigan led the way in being taken out of the local lockdown measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
This is great news and something that I and all the other Conservative Members of Parliament campaigned for from the beginning of these special measures being imposed.
Oldham still has the worst figures for the transmission of the disease and the mayor of Greater Manchester demanded that there should be a one size fits all lockdown and release from the local restrictions.
This would mean Wigan and many other places with very low transmission would only be released when Oldham is ready.
Even though it can upset the local Labour leadership, sometimes ideological and political grandstanding loses out to pragmatism and common sense and I wish that it would happen more often.
For me, this is not about the politics but peoples’ lives. Too many people are still fearful about getting the medical treatment they need and relaxing the local restrictions is an important step in reassuring them that they can and should access medical treatment.
If we were waiting for the GM Mayor to release us when he thinks Oldham is ready then we would have to wait many weeks or even months for the reassurance that enables people to have the confidence to access medical treatment. This decision of the Health Secretary will help save lives.
This week is going to be tough for teachers with the return to school.
The school start in September always has its challenges but, with so many children having missed out on school for six months, there are additional difficulties with settling everyone in.
With friends seeing one another for the first time in six months, there will be so much more than just maths and geography to catch up on.
We always place a high importance on education but we should always consider the wider benefits of children attending school in their development as healthy individuals and how well they are able to participate in society.
Speaking of participating in wider society, Mr Corbyn has just been fined for leading a mad protest in London.
It was all about supporting Julian Assange, anti-vaxxers, 5G conspiracy theorists and a group were even flying the flag of the British Union of Fascists.
Piers Corbyn, Jeremy Corbyn’s radical left-wing brother, was grabbed by the police and charged £10,000 for “contravening the coronavirus regulations for organising a gathering of more than 30 people”.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the police fining someone for organising a peaceful political protest, if the police are going to use those powers then they should do so in a consistent way.
The Black Lives Matters campaign, whilst having lost the vast majority of its support, held a protest but no one was charged even though there were a couple of hundred people there.
BLM campaigns to cut funding to the police and pursues other left wing causes but I am not sure if Jeremy Corbyn’s London neighbour and successor, Sir Kier Starmer, still supports them.
A recent BLM protest flew the Union Jack but had covered it in blood to symbolise our guilt over the slave trade from hundreds of years ago.
They believe that we, today, have inherited guilt from hundreds of years ago even though our Royal Navy put an end to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The BBC share the values of BLM although they are quieter about it now because BLM have been found out.
The Last Night of the Proms is one of the greatest musical events in the world and is the part of the season that is actually popular.
Bizarrely, the BBC decided that they want to cut Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory and they said that they are using the opportunity of not having a live audience to do so until reversing the decision. The BBC are desperate to lose the licence fee.
On a happier note, Sir Keir Starmer is joined by Sir Ed Davey as leader of an opposition party.