If the Tories respect devolution as much as they say, can we look forward to Johnson stressing for clarity tonight that his announcements (apart maybe from any references to border controls) do not apply beyond England?— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 10, 2020
Jeez. This is really not the time for a "back to work" message.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 10, 2020
If Boris Johnson wants to go out of his way to remind viewers he's Prime Minister of the UK, specifying all four nations, that's fine, but it's then incumbent on him to make clear which announcements apply to the whole UK, and which don't. He failed to do so. He sowed confusion.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 10, 2020
Just a reminder. This statement from the PM is England only. He’s just not telling you that.— Rhun ap Iorwerth (@RhunapIorwerth) May 10, 2020
Reason there's so much constitutional illiteracy is due to nonsense like that. Boris Johnson acts like he sets COVID health rules & school return dates in England, Wales, Scotland, NI - when he only has power in England. Confusion comes when those in power don't tell the truth.— Michael Gray (@GrayInGlasgow) May 10, 2020
Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC: "With the exception of Boris Johnson's comments about border control, pretty much everything he said in his statement applied to England."— Andrew Learmonth (@andrewlearmonth) May 10, 2020
At some point it'll occur to thoughtful unionists that the easiest way to keep the UK looking like "one United Kingdom" was for England to avoid embarking on a go-it-alone policy change. Bit difficult to blame Nicola Sturgeon when only England has departed from "stay at home".— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 10, 2020
Boris Johnson said tonight he was speaking as Prime Minister of a United Kingdom of four nations, but he acted as the PM of one nation - and he was even bad at that.— Adam Price (@Adamprice) May 10, 2020
The problem with tonight's address from the PM, using my wife as an example.— Dan Vevers (@DanVevers) May 10, 2020
Not to be mean, but the finer points of devolution wouldn't be her Mastermind subject.
She watched the PM and assumed all of what he was saying applied in Scotland. How many more will think the same?
Anyone with any experience of #HealthandSafetyatWork couldn’t fail to be shocked by the insouciance with which the British PM is sending people back to work. The unions in England will be busy. Thank God for a more careful approach in Scotland #COVID19 https://t.co/PAzAcEGLCc— Joanna Cherry QC (@joannaccherry) May 10, 2020
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