Brendan O’Neill condemns ‘Left’s love of lockdown’

Friday, May 15, 2020

Columnist Brendan O’Neill has strongly criticised left-wing commentators for their opposition to the government’s gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the Spiked Online editor said: “The thing I really dislike about the Left's love for the lockdown is the idea that they are helping to protect working class people.”

He accused “middle class leftists” of wanting to stop the return to work but simultaneously using services such as food delivery which require workers to leave their homes.

“It’s so victorian and paternalistic and so hypocritical,” he said.

Mr O’Neill’s criticism came as several workers unions criticised Boris Johnson’s policy of encouraging people who cannot work from home to return to their jobs.

Education unions have criticised Boris Johnson’s plans for phasing the return of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils to school from June 1.

The National Education Union said opening schools too early “poses a lot of unanswered questions about the risks in poor communities”.

The Public and Commercial Services union has said that most civil servants do not want to return to work until it is safe to do so.

It said that in a survey of 12,000 members, nine out of 10 wanted proper safeguarding measures put in place for anyone who attends a workplace.

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