TORY MP Philip Davies has hit out at coronavirus restrictions as he compared the UK to a “nanny state”.
The Government said that as of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 6,914 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 460,178 and has seen tougher restrictions announced for Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough aimed at curbing a rise in infection rates. But Philip Davies MP has insisted the measures are “nanny state nonsense”.
Speaking at the Blue Collar Conservatism conference tonight he said: “I think when we were at the start and in a lockdown, there was a clear reason we needed to be in a lockdown so the NHS can build up the capacity it needed. That was the reason for the lockdown.
“People understood that and they got behind it.
“Now some of the rules just seem so completely arbitrary.
“There’s no rationale behind them and so people think, ‘they’re just making this up as they go along’.
“At the start of the pandemic, wearing a face mask was as much use as a one-legged man in an a**e-kicking contest but now you can barely get off your sofa without putting one on or else you’re going to drop dead.
“Quarantine rules weren’t needed at the height of the pandemic now virtually any country you go to you’ve got to be in quarantine.
“That’s why people lose faith. They’ve got no idea what they’re talking about.”
Mr Davies added: “I think this whole nanny state, socialist approach is trying to micromanage everyone’s lives.”
It comes as Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough have become the latest areas subjected to local coronavirus lockdowns but ministers said there was a “small hope” that progress was being made in slowing the spread of Covid-19 cases.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there were “early signs” that restrictions imposed in the past month were beginning to have an impact.
But announcing the new restrictions, he said the second peak in coronavirus infections was “highly localised” and in some areas it was “spreading fast”.
In Liverpool, there are 268 cases per 100,000 people, he told MPs, so action was needed.
The measures announced for the Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough follow similar restrictions imposed in the North East earlier this week.
Downing Street said they would come into force on Saturday morning at one minute past midnight.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a “rapid review” of the local lockdown strategy and urged the Government to consider whether the 10pm curfew should remain.
In a Commons statement, Mr Hancock said: “We recommend against all social mixing between people in different households.
“We will bring in regulations, as we have in the North East, to prevent in law social mixing between people in different households in all settings, except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality.”