‘The public has to accept some responsibility for lockdowns’, says senior Tory MP

For Sir Charles Walker, there is one uncomfortable aspect of the pandemic policies that he has railed against for much of the past 11 months: the support they have had from the public.

“I think the public has to take some responsibility because you remember 85% of the country supported them during the most severe lockdowns and we all have some responsibility. Much of this has been done on our behalf and has received public support on our behalf.”

“So the government probably thought, ‘Well, what we’re doing is very popular, so let’s get on with it’.”

The former deputy chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Backbench Tory MPs joins columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan in the latest episode of their weekly podcast Planet Normal, which you can listen to using the audio player above.

Mr Walker, who has frequently expressed concern about the fallout from lockdowns, also said that “some nasty things have been done” and that “those who encouraged them should hang their heads in shame” when it comes to it the rapprochement of goes the government and SAGE.

He also spoke about his fears about “a deep mental health scar” in the nation and linked them to the response to so-called “Partygate” events at Downing Street.

“I have warned throughout lockdown that the huge demands being placed on them will have huge consequences for people’s mental health and well-being and I feel a lot of that sadness and anger is focused on that now focused on what did or did not happen at number 10.”

On whether the Prime Minister should resign, the Broxbourne MP said: “I want him to make that decision because I want him to have agency in this whole process because I respect him,” but said he would Urging Boris Johnson to make the “brave decision and noble” decision to step down on his own terms.

Listen to the full interview with Sir Charles Walker MP on Planet Normal, a weekly Telegraph podcast of news and views from beyond the bubble, using the audio player above or below Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcast app. ‘The public has to accept some responsibility for lockdowns’, says senior Tory MP

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