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Johnson hypocritical over Christmas

25th Dec 2020
Johnson hypocritical over Christmas

PM Boris Johnson holds a Covid-19 Press Conference (Credit: Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing St)

Imagine being informed very late on Christmas Eve that Christmas Day is cancelled. British Muslims living in Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire endured such treatment mere hours before Eid Al-ʾAḍḥā on July 30 that traditional celebrations with families and friends, had been cancelled due to the pandemic.

In stark contrast, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, insisted that it would be “inhuman” to ban Christmas despite being under growing scientific and political pressure to do so due to the resurgence in coronavirus cases and deaths.

In August, Johnson missed an opportunity to condemn one of his backbenchers for insidiously scapegoating Muslims for spreading the deadly coronavirus, despite evidence that Muslims were following the Covid-19 guidelines, including the last minute Eid al-ʾAḍḥā. cancellation.

Asked during a Downing Street press briefing, whether he agreed with Craig Whittaker’s view that it was BAME communities, particularly Muslims, who were “not taking this seriously enough” and breaching lockdown rules, he evaded the question. Instead the PM said, “It’s up to all of us in government to make sure that the message is being heard loud and clear by everybody across the country, and to make sure that everybody is complying with the guidance.”

Throughout the pandemic, this government has been found wanting and divisive in trying to combat Covid-19, including being regularly charged with making confusing, chaotic and illogical decisions that have been partial to different sections of the community.

At the time going to press, Johnson announced on December 19 that London and much of the south-east of England would enter a new tougher restriction Tier 4 with similar conditions to those placed during the national lockdown in November.

Under Tier 4 areas the mixing of households is prohibited even during Christmas holidays, including on Christmas Day. However, “unlike the November national restrictions, communal worship can continue to take place in Tier 4 areas,” he said in an emergency press conference. Those living in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 areas, mixing of – up to three – households will only be allowed on Christmas Day.

Perhaps millions in the south-east can take solace in the fact that Johnson has awarded them a six-day notice on Christmas disruption, a vast improvement on the two-hour warning afforded to Muslims for Eid al-ʾAḍḥā.

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