Lord Frost says PM’s ‘instinct for freedom’ from Covid is ‘very strong’ but his advisers let him down
Lord Frost has called for a total rethink of Britain’s Covid strategy as he labeled lockdowns ‘inhumane’ and ‘unaffordable’ and called for them to be excluded from future pandemic plans.
The former Brexit minister said Boris Johnson’s government should also end vaccine passports and masks, which he says “don’t work” and are just part of a “Covid theatre”.
But the Oxford graduate and colleague said he fears the embattled prime minister’s ‘very strong instincts for freedom’ are being ignored when it comes to dealing with the pandemic, and suggested those around the Conservative leader are abandoning him. .
It comes after he dramatically resigned from his cabinet post last month after announcing Britain would take Plan B measures to combat a spike in Covid cases caused by the Omicron variant.
The 56-year-old House of Lords colleague told the Telegraph: “I did not agree with Plan B measures, such as masks and vaccine passports. And that’s why I resigned.’
He added: ‘People worldwide will look back on the past few years and see lockdown as a pretty serious flaw in government policy.
Lord Frost (pictured) said Boris Johnson’s government should also end vaccine passports and masks, which he says ‘don’t work’ and are just part of a ‘Covid theatre’
The Oxford graduate and colleague also said he fears the embattled prime minister’s “very strong instincts for freedom” are being ignored when it comes to tackling the pandemic, and that the conservative leader’s environment is failing him ( Pictured: Boris Johnson on a visit to the constituency in December)
“I’d like the government to rule out future lockdowns, repeal and end the legislation – we can’t afford lockdowns and they don’t work.”
Lord Frost labeled lockdowns ‘inhumane’ and accused Mr Johnson’s government of being ‘in error in not recognizing evidence to the contrary’ in its response to the pandemic.
“There haven’t been enough internal debates, enough voices challenging the epidemiologists and stressing the economy in trying to make the trade-offs,” he claimed.
He added: ‘We need to stop doing Covid theater – vaccine passports, masks, things that don’t work – and focus on what does work, such as ventilation, antivirals, good hospital capacity. We must give priority to that in the future.’
According to Lord Frost, Mr Johnson has a ‘very strong’ instinct for freedom, but has not given them enough free rein when dealing with Covid.
However, he claimed that the Conservative leader “wasn’t served well by everyone around him,” claiming that he often “groped for information when it wasn’t there.”
He suggested that the departure of former special counsel Dominic Cummings hurt the government.
“I’m a huge admirer of Dom—I don’t agree with him on everything,” Lord Frost said.
“But I think his strategic brain, his clarity of thought and ability to focus on goals were and are very important. He’s not the only one who can do that, but you do need someone who controls the No. 10 machine well, keeps everything aligned, and that has to be done all the time.”
It comes as Mr Johnson is currently fighting for his political survival amid the ongoing Partygate scandal.
It is understood that up to 30 letters of no-confidence have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs. If more than 15 percent of the party’s MPs submit letters, they must be voted on. in charge.
Johnson was forced to apologize to Parliament this week after a bombshell email revealed how his chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds, had invited more than 100 staff to No10’s lush gardens on May 20 to “make the most of the beautiful weather.” to get’ – telling guests to bring their own alcohol.
The scandal reached new heights on Friday, as it was alleged that No10 hosted “wine-time Fridays” every week during the pandemic, where Johnson was reportedly present.
The staff even invested in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their beer, prosecco and wine cold, with the prime minister urging his aides to “blow off steam” at a time when Britons weren’t allowed to socialize indoors, sources told The mirror.
Lord Frost said people had a right to be angry about the scandal.
At the May 20 party, he said, “I don’t know anything about the email or the party.
‘I was doing other things. But I totally understand why the public is angry – they’re right.’
Despite no longer serving in the Prime Minister’s Office, he rallied behind the party line, adding: “Sue Gray [as Second Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office] is investigating this, and there couldn’t be a better person – we’ll have to wait and see what she concludes.”
Sources say ministers plan to scrap Covid passports and widespread WFH guidelines in England when Plan B restrictions are reviewed at the end of the month, with the latest promising Covid data making the curbs ‘hard to justify’.
Daily UK Covid cases fell below 100,000 for the first time in weeks on Friday as the number of infections fell for the ninth day in a row – but SAGE modellers warned there could be an ‘exit wave’ this summer.
Figures released yesterday showed an additional 99,652 positive tests had been recorded in the past 24 hours, according to government dashboard data, marking a 44 percent drop from last week’s figure. Covid cases are now falling in every region of England and all four home countries in another sign that the Omicron wave is on its way.
The daily number of hospital admissions also stayed the same with 2,423 new admissions as of January 10, the last date with data, less than one percent less than the week before.
Another 99,652 Britons tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, according to government dashboard data from Friday, marking a 44 percent drop from last week’s figure
Daily hospital admissions also remained flat with 2,423 new admissions as of Jan. 10, the last date with data, which was down less than one percent from the previous week.
Daily Covid deaths – which are a lagging indicator – have been increasing for several weeks. Another 270 were registered today in a weekly increase of 17 percent
However, the number of deaths – which is the biggest lagging indicator – is increasing. Another 270 were registered today, up 17 percent from last Friday. But with immunity rising, there are now five times fewer fatalities compared to the second wave last January, aided by the intrinsically milder Omicron variant.
Despite the encouraging data, official modeling released yesterday warned that there could be a massive uptick in Covid cases and hospitalizations this summer.
In a research paper submitted last week to No10’s scientific advisory group (SAGE), the Warwick University team predicted up to 10,000 daily withdrawals in an absolute worst-case scenario.
The modellers admit they can’t predict the summer wave “with any certainty”, but they are confident there will be a resurgence between May and July “due to increased admixture and waning vaccine immunity.”
They add, “The precise timing and magnitude of this exit wave is highly dependent on both population behavior and the magnitude of the current wave and cannot be predicted with certainty.”