24 May – Boris Johnson: Hedging

(promises, intentions, beliefs & imperatives)

Is this Government asking you - the people, the public, to do one thing while senior people here in government do something else?

Have we been asking you to make sacrifices, to obey social distancing, to stay at home while some people have been basically flouting those rules and endangering lives?

I want to begin by answering the big question

It is because I take this matter so seriously, and frankly it is so serious.

I can tell you today I have had extensive face to face conversations with Dominic Cummings.

I have concluded that [...] I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.

I believe that in every respect he has acted responsibly, and legally, and with integrity,

Two weeks ago I set out the Government’s roadmap to begin easing the measures we put in place to control the spread of coronavirus.

I said that we would do so in a safe and controlled way, based on our assessment of progress against the five tests we set for adjusting the lockdown.

We’re going to set out that assessment in detail in the coming days

Today I can confirm that I do believe we will be in a position to move to step 2 of our plan.

We want to start getting our children back in the classroom in a way that is manageable and as safe as possible.

So we said this would begin with early years settings and reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in primary schools.

Today I can announce that it is our intention to go ahead with that as planned on June 1st.

We then intend, from June 15th, for secondary schools to provide some contact for Year 10 and Year 12 students ...

I think it is important for us to be clear about the Government’s intentions now, so that teachers and parents can plan in earnest for schools to reopen a week on Monday.

The Government will continue to support and work with the sector to ensure that any schools experiencing difficulties are able to open more widely as soon as possible.

Detailed guidance has been published by the Department for Education on how schools can open in a way which is safe for children, teachers and parents.

All children and staff, and their families, will have access to testing if they display symptoms.

We will continue to work with the sector to support them to prepare for wider opening

We will set out what moving to step 2 means for other areas over the course of the next week.

We must keep reducing the incidence of this disease.

We must keep that R down below 1.

And that means we must remember the basics.