LISTEN: Christine Jardine on Any Questions challenges government on Brexit and Covid

In a week when Boris Johnson’s government has reached “give the toddler a box of matches and a can of petrol” levels of irresponsibility, Christine Jardine challenged Employment Minister Mims Davies on both their inept handling of Covid-19 and their “specific and limited” breach of international law. They were on the BBC’s Any Questions programme last night and you can listen to the whole thing here.

“This is a treaty that your government negotiated and got through Parliament and now you’re reneging on it. How is that responsible?” she asked Ms Davies.

Christine pointed out that the Government is out of control, its moral authority inside and outside the country is plummeting and that Brexit is descending into farce.

She also attached the government for ending the furlough scheme, which has kept so many jobs going, as early as next month, pointing out that other countries are extending them for much longer. She asked the Government to extend it until next June at least.

This week in her first  Commons speech in her new Treasury brief, she highlighted why this was so important:

Earlier, on Talk Radio, Christine asked how on earth we could attack Russia and China for their nonchalant attitude to international law when we were guilty of the same thing.





* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Christine Jardine performed well, as did everyone else with the exception of the government minister.. The only consistency in this current administration is the inability/reluctance to answer any question..
    Christine, along with the other ‘guests’ and the ‘chair’, tried to get answers on everything from Covid testing, social restrictions and Brexit; they, and we the listeners, ended up none the wiser on any of these topics…
    Like Gove, this morning, the government’s strategy is to ignore any question, bluster and waffle until the interview ends…

    It isn’t pleasant to witness but with a right wing media, a supine BBC and a distracted population they are achieving their objective.

  • Jane Ann Liston 12th Sep '20 - 9:00pm

    She did well – she made AQ worth listening to this week.

  • Anne Winstanley 13th Sep '20 - 8:36am

    Christine did indeed make AQ worth listening to. As one of Mims ex-constituents in Eastleigh amusing to hear everyone, including the chair, piling into her. She certainly didn’t do an articulate job putting over Government line.

  • Antony Watts 13th Sep '20 - 1:08pm

    Let’s just list our no. 1’s

    1 Climate Emergency – long term
    2 Covid – short term
    3 Brexit – immediate


  • @ Antony Watts I’m very disappointed you didn’t include reducing poverty and inequalities in your bucket list.

  • Antony Watts 16th Sep '20 - 12:13pm

    @ David Raw

    Cure those three and poverty will go away, it is a secondary effect

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