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Ash Sarkar SHUT DOWN after 'grasping' at political straws in coronavirus row

Political commentators Ash Sarkar and Dan Wootton engaged in a tense coronavirus row on The Jeremy Vine show on Wednesday afternoon. Ms Sarkar insisted Boris Johnson's Government was consistently making mistakes and their U-turns were a danger to the public. However, Mr Wootton argued the coronavirus issue should not be politicised.

He claimed Ms Sarkar was grasping at political points to criticise the Government.

Ms Sarkar said: "It has been announced today, only today, that Boris Johnson has taken personal control of the Government's coronavirus strategy.

"Which makes me ask the question what the hell has he been going on for the last couple of months."

Ms Sarkar also went on to criticise the test and trace system not being completely operational upon introduction.

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Ash Sarkar SHUT DOWN after 'grasping' at political straws in coronavirus row (Image: Jeremy Vine )

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She said: "You can look at the rushing of the contact tracing before the app is up and running and before workers have been trained

"The fact that the people who were shielded were told that they could go out for the first time before GPs had received guidance on how to advise their patients.

"This shows you Boris Johnson's Government are responding to this crisis as if it is a problem of PR rather than health.

"Across the board, there have been bad decisions which have been made.

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Political commentators Ash Sarkar and Dan Wootton engaged in a tense coronavirus row on The Jeremy Vine show on Wednesday afternoon. (Image: JEREMY VINE)

"There have been U-turns and bad communication and this has had an impact on the public's ability to understand what is going on and take the necessary steps to protect themselves."

Mr Wootton fiercely argued that the Labour Party and Ms Sarkar are attempting to make the coronavirus crisis political.

He added it was important to criticise the Government but they needed leeway to adjust to new information.

He said: "What Labour and Ash are doing is grasping.

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"The term U-turn here is highly irresponsible because the Government has to feel it can react in a nimble way to changing science and circumstances.

"Of course, the Government should be called out when it does things wrong.

"But to say U-turn it is political language and we should not be talking politically during a pandemic."

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