UK lockdown: Middlesbrough mayor slams ‘bunch of idiots’ fuelling need for restrictions

Lockdown needs ‘enforcement’ says Middlesbrough Mayor

Most of the UK has been put under stricter coronavirus restrictions due to concerning spikes in the transmission rate, with England and Scotland both under lockdown for at least a month. Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston blamed the rise in new infections on a “bunch of idiots” failing to respect the rules while the majority of the population showed their willingness to help the country move past the pandemic. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Preston said: “There’s a vast majority of people who have always played by the rules and it’s just as stubborn…

“I’m going to be blunt, a stubborn bunch of idiots who, for a variety of reasons, decided it’s not for them.

“I want to see more enforcement, the police are working hard.”

Mr Prston suggested the British Government has been “tip-toeing” on the issue of enforcing coronavirus rules so far as he demanded more funds be made available to help officers ensure the lockdown is respected.

He continued: “The Government has tiptoed around enforcement and not wished to be too strong but we need to be strong.

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“Where you’ve got decent people doing the right thing, looking after themselves and looking after others, and you’ve got idiots spoiling it for others and putting lives at risk, we need really strong action. Police need the resources and the powers to deal with that.”

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