Conservative MP for Workington Mark Jenkinson made the comparison to ITV News on Tuesday that breaching Covid rules is the equivalent to a “parking on a red line in London.”
Jenkinson was asked if the Prime Minister’s position had become untenable due to the “partygate” allegations, the Tory MP said, “Would you be asking me the same question if he had a speeding ticket, for example, a fixed penalty notice for parking his car on a red line in London?
“I am not sure we would be having this conversation.”
Dr Zubaida Haque, executive director of The Equality Trust, tweeted: “Breaching covid rules is equivalent to parking on a double yellow line.
“Over 176,000 covid deaths – many without loved ones present. 3.7million vulnerable people STILL shielding. And >1.3million with #LongCovid.
“How is that equivalent to parking on a double yellow line?”
ITV News Robert Peston tweeted, “The argument from some Tory MPs – @markjenkinsonmp just now on @itvnews – that breaching Covid rules is equivalent to parking on a double yellow line is odd.
“They can’t think the threat to life from anti-social parking is the same as failing to limit the spread of a virus…”
Professor Anthony Rees who is an antibody expert tweeted, “Almost 120,000 fixed penalty notices issued up to June 20 2021 that I guess only a fraction of rule breaking cases.
“Blame #DowningStreet of course but don’t imagine the UK public were squeaky clean…”
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