Unlocked host and former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney appeared on the Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5 and was asked what he was looking forward to after lockdown. Martin Daubney used the question to stick it to Boris Johnson who he says is “cowering in his bunker” and is damaging the large UK hospitality industry. He urged the Government to save the UK’s economy which is dying a slow death and give reassurance to businesses that they can open quicker if needed.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, Mr Daubney was asked what he was looking forward to after lockdown.
He said: “When I’m allowed to I want to go for a pint, I think Boris Johnson is cowering in his bunker.
“His political hero is Winston Churchill who said we’ll fight them on the beaches and Boris won’t even let us go to the beaches despite the fact, not a single COVID case has been recorded on a beach, Boris is a coward.
“His plan is too slow, the economy is dying on its feet and we have a Prime Minister who is hiding in his bunker.
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Jeremy Vine then asked again: “So just to make sure we did answer the question, you will go to a pub, meet some friends and say the Prime Minister’s rubbish – that’s what you’re looking forward to?”
Mr Daubney said: “That would be great”.
The former Brexit MEP has been pushing for the Government to reopen the hospitality industry and has theorised why the Government is adamant to do so.
He claims the uptick in Covid cases came months after the Eat Out to Help Out scheme ended and that there were restrictions on pubs between the surge.
He added that alcohol consumption was up during lockdown and pointed to the rise of alcohol duty in January by 25 percent.
Mr Daubney theorised perhaps the Government was wishing to stop people from drinking alcohol, a claim he admits has not much evidence.
Matt Hancock revealed in an interview with Times Radio the Government would not consider bringing reopening dates closer but would make them later if cases and deaths begin to rise.
The Health Secretary explained the Government would review each stage of reopening after five weeks to assess whether they can continue to reopen the country.
The UK is expected to fully reopen on June 21 with no restrictions put in place by law.
However, many expect masks and some social distancing may remain – but these will not be a legal requirement.