Scottish Secretary Admits Lockdown Announcement Caused Confusion

The SNP has welcomed an acknowledgement by Tory Scottish Secretary Alister Jack (pictured) that Boris Johnson’s coronavirus address “did cause some confusion”.

The admission came at today’s Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry on the four nations approach to tackling coronavirus, when Mhairi Black MP asked Alister Jack why the Prime Minister didn’t make clear that the easing of lockdown measures applied to England only.

Commenting, SNP Shadow Scottish Secretary Mhairi Black MP said:

“I welcome Alister Jack’s admission that Boris Johnson’s announcement did cause confusion – when the clear message in Scotland remains ‘stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives’.

“Tackling the coronavirus crisis is difficult for all governments, and mistakes will be made – but it is vital that the devolved governments are properly consulted on future changes, and that the UK government makes it crystal clear when its announcements only apply to England.

“An effective four nation approach, with clear public health messages, requires the UK government to consult devolved governments and show respect where there are differences. 

“Too often the UK government has sprung announcements through media briefings and failed to provide clear messages – this has to stop.

“The UK government must ensure future changes and messages respect all four nations.”