By BBC NewsStaffPublishedduration46 minutes agoimage captionSome of Saturday’s papers lead with growing tensions between Westminster and regional governments over coronavirus restrictions. The Guardian says Boris Johnson has attempted to “strongarm” leaders in Greater Manchester into accepting restrictions without providing additional money to businesses. It comes after the PM held a Downing Street press conference during…
By BBC News Staff
It sees Boris Johnson’s claim that every day of delay means “more people will die” as an attempt to “strongarm” Greater Manchester into accepting tougher restrictions without providing extra money.
The paper says the PM’s rejection of a short national “circuit breaker” lockdown, appears to be at odds with the views of his chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, who’d confirmed government experts had pressed for such a move.
The main cartoon in the Daily Telegraph sums up Mr Johnson’s dilemma: a first image shows the PM bound in chains and padlocks “weighed down by local restrictions and struggling to keep track of local lockdowns”.
A second image shows another way: the PM freed of his shackles and imposing one massive padlock on everyone else. The caption reads: “Consolidate into one easy to manage national lockdown: set yourself free, lock everyone else up.”
She denies any suggestion she profited from the relationship and an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct found no evidence that Mr Johnson had influenced payments of public money or access to trade missions. He has denied any wrongdoing.