Devolved states, Scotland, Wales & N Ireland reject Govt’s new slogan

10th May 2020
Devolved states, Scotland, Wales & N Ireland reject Govt’s new slogan

By Ahmed J Versi

London, (The Muslim News): Leaders of devolved states, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have rejected UK Government’s new slogan “stay alert” instead of existing “stay home”. None of them were consulted before the introduction of the new slogan.

Today, the UK Government introduced a new slogan, “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”, replacing the “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” one. This is part of the easing of lockdown measures to be announced by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, at 7pm this evening.

However, the new slogan has created division among the devolved states. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland came to know about the changes only after they read it in the media.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who said they will not change the existing slogan, tweet:ed “The Sunday papers is the first I’ve seen of the PM’s new slogan. It is of course for him to decide what’s most appropriate for England, but given the critical point we are at in tackling the virus, #StayHomeSaveLives remains my clear message to Scotland at this stage.”

Wales First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said the “stay home” message has not changed for them and the public “must be alert to the continuing danger of coronavirus,” he told Sophie Ridge on Sky News.

Wales Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said in a tweet that they were not consulted on the change. He tweeted: “I’ve seen the media briefings and changed message for England. There has not been a 4 nations agreement or discussion on this. The @WelshGovernment message has not changed. Stay at home and if you do go out observe the social distancing rule.”

Northern Ireland First Minister, Arlene Foster, said they will not adopt the new slogan and will continue using the “Stay at home, save lives” slogan. “On the whole, the message is to stay at home. We will say we are not deviating from the message at this time.”

According to No 10 Spokesman, people can stay alert by “staying at home as much as possible”, by “limiting contact with other people” and continue to “keeping distance if you go out”.

The Spokesman also said we can control the virus “by keeping the rate of infection (R) and the number of infections down” and this will help “to save lives and livelihoods as we start to recover from Coronavirus.” He emphasized that everyone has a role to play in keeping the rate of infection (R) down by “staying alert and following the rules.”

 

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