Grant Shapps denies ‘headless chicken’ coronavirus approach

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended the government’s latest moves in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer put it to the Cabinet minister this morning that people were concerned a “headless chicken” element had emerged within the government.

It follows criticism over how the government handled the reopening of primary schools and pressure from industry leaders over the two-metre social distancing rule.

She pressed: “Has the government lost its way? Do you have a thought-through plan to get us out of this lockdown?”

Mr Shapps maintained the government had a clear plan and was taking decisions on a “totally rational basis”.

“No one sensible listening to this is going to think this is anything other than an extremely complicated crisis to handle, but the government’s taking the right approach of being led by the scientific evidence and it is often not clear cut.”

He highlighted the two-metre rule as one of those complicated issues, as the struggling hospitality sector continues to call on the government to reduce the restriction so that restaurants can operate at higher capacity.

“If we do move from two-metre, that’s because it will be the right moment to do it,” he said.

Downing Street has said the rule is currently under review.

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