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15th Jun 2021

Delta variant ‘should be renamed Johsnon variant’ as PM ‘let it spread through UK’

Kieran Galpin

The Johnson Variant runs rampant

Last night, PM Boris Johnson confirmed that the lockdown would not be lifted come June 21st. Instead, the new preliminary date is July 19th. Members of the Labour party have quipped that the Delta Variant should be renamed the Johnson Variant.

The Delta variant was one of the reasons cited for the delay of freedom day and is now responsible for 90% of the UK’s Covid cases.

The Labour party have stated that Johnson’s overall ‘incompetence and negligence” bears a direct correlation to Delta’s rise in the UK.

Throughout the pandemic, Labour has often argued for stricter borders. They have even gone as far as to say that the delay in putting India on the red list was due to Johnson wanting to get his picture taken with India’s Narendra Modi.

In Mr Thomas-Symond’s address today, he bought the borders into the conversation, stating that they should have been our strongest defence. In similar countries like Australia and New Zealand, their success battling the pandemic has put other national leaders to shame.

Mr Thomas-Symonds spoke on the issue today.

“The delay is happening because a new variant first identified overseas was allowed to take hold in this country,” he said.

“There is one reason and one reason only that this happened – lax border measures by Conservative ministers.

“They have allowed the Delta variant, first identified in India to take hold here.

“Let’s call it what it is, let’s put the blame where it should lie – in this country, it’s the ‘Johnson Variant’.

“The Prime Minister’s negligence and incompetence, his refusal to take tough decisions have all left people facing weeks more of restrictions – and yet more uncertainty.”

Thomas Symonds then touched on foreign travel, speaking to reporters on future holiday plans:

“I, like everybody else, want to see international travel back as soon as possible.

“But if you’re asking me the question as of today, ‘Do I think that summer holidays are likely?’ then I think the answer to that has to be no.”

The PM’s spokesperson only said that their view is not to pre-empt the data.