Columnist Peter Hitchens has warned that “irreparable damage” to the UK’s finances has grown “deeper” with each day of coronavirus lockdown.
The journalist has criticised the government’s attempt to control Covid-19 by enforcing social distancing, which has shut down the economy.
“The nation has been having simultaneously a heart attack and a stroke and it’s been sitting doing nothing about it,” he told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham this morning.
Asked whether the easing restrictions soon could reduce the impact, Mr Hitchens said: “We’ve already missed any chance of doing it in time.”
He continued: “As soon as it is over we’ll find, especially those of us who have been complacent about it, the extent of the huge cost which we have imposed needlessly on ourselves.
“The lost jobs, the lower standards of living, the lower wages, the lower standards of public service, the general pinched nature of life which will follow is going to be something of a surprise to those who think this has just been a holiday on government money.”
Boris Johnson urged businesses to “contain your impatience” as he indicated rules would not be relaxed just yet.
The Prime Minister said: “I can see the long term consequences of lockdown as clearly as anyone and so yes I entirely share your urgency.
“I want to get this economy moving as fast as I can, but I refuse to throw away all of the effort and the sacrifice of the British people and to risk a second major outbreak.”
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