‘Tier 6 not needed’ IDS slams tighter lockdown plans as Boris not ruling out harder rules

Lockdown: Tighter rules ‘are not needed’ says Iain Duncan Smith

The former Conservative leader argued that “the vast majority of people are following the rules” as he argued there was no need for stronger Tier 6 restrictions to be brought into force. The interventions come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Government ministers are considering tighter coronavirus restrictions. These proposed restrictions would bring the country in line with the measures first introduced back in March along with mandatory mask-wearing.  

The former Tory frontbencher told talkRadio’s Julia Hartley-Brewer “I don’t think there needs to be any tightening up I just feel people need to use their common sense.

“You can understand what the rules are, most people do,” he continued.

“If we keep on focusing on the those who we keep saying are breaking the rules we fail to recognise that the vast vast majority of the British public are actually doing their level best to stick to the rules.

“Do they make mistakes, yes, because there are pages and pages of rules and what to do. But are they basically trying to follow the spirit of those, I think most people are.

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Sir Iain added: “Of course you are going to get those who for reasons that they declare, they are opposed to it and therefor deliberating set out to break it.

“But they are a tiny tiny majority. The truth is the vast majority are doing their level best and sometimes it’s difficult because people have got to earn a living.

“Also we complained at the beginning of the first lockdown how so few children at risk ended up in schools, this time around they are much better at it.

“Now people are complaining that are too many children in school, honestly I’m for the balance of at-risk children going and having a place to be.”

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On Sunday, senior ministers held an emergency coronavirus meeting where they reviewed how England third national lockdown was working.

They also examined whether tougher restrictions would be required to beat back the sharp rise in new virus cases.

Some of the measures could include curfews, banning support bubbles and mandatory masks.

The people could also be limited to exercising to just one hour a day and nurseries could be closed.

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It comes as hospitals in London are under severe pressure, the Home Secretary Priti Patel announced at today’s press conference that  2,431,648 people have now had a vaccine coronavirus injection. 

She added that on Sunday there were 35,075 people hospitalised with coronavirus.

This was a shocking 22 percent increase in those admitted to hospitals last week.

Today 1,243 more deaths in the last 24 hours were recorded. 

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