Man who lost brother to coronavirus says headlines around PM ‘taking charge’ of government response are ‘offensive’
- Credit: Archant
A man who lost his brother to the coronavirus has said headlines suggesting that Boris Johnson is only now taking charge of the government's Covid-19 response was like being 'spat in the face'.
Edlin, whose brother passed away at the Easter long weekend, told LBC's James O'Brien that suggestions the prime minster is now taking control of his government's handling of the epidemic has 'offended' him.
'I feel like Boris Johnson spat in my face today with saying that... with him saying he's now taking control is ridiculous,' he told O'Brien.
You may also want to watch:
'We have so many people volunteering. We have so many people doing their best and what was he doing up until now? Sleeping? My brother has been buried for six weeks now.'
- 1 These are the 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals to children
- 2 Question Time: Ex-Tory minister accused of making 'sickening' comment about free schools meals row
- 3 Who's on the BBC's Question Time tonight?
- 4 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 5 Priti Patel bullying inquiry may never be released, hints Boris Johnson's new civil service boss
- 6 Downing Street withholds praise for business and local authorities offering free meals to hungry children
- 7 German MEP tells Boris Johnson he 'owes' Britons a Brexit deal as she urged a return to EU trade talks
- 8 Boris Johnson 'plans to resign' in six months because he can't live on £150k salary
- 9 How the Daily Star became Boris Johnson's biggest critic
- 10 House of Lords defies No 10 and votes to heavily defeat Boris Johnson's Brexit bill
'My body is shaking and I feel so offended,' he added. '50,000 families have been offended.
'The whole country should feel this offence.'
Eldin's brother died after contracting the virus at work. He was a security guard at a night club and passed away on April 11. His mobile phone and wallet are yet to be released from the hospital.
An Albanian citizen who moved to the UK 23 years ago, Eldin expressed his frustration with how long it took the country to enter into lockdown.
'In Albania, a third-world country, around 30 people are dead with three million people in the country. They locked it straight away and he saved load of lives,' he claimed.
Eldin's words struck a chord with users on Twitter. Business developer Steve Dempsey wrote: 'Heartbreaking call on @LBC with @mrjamesob highlights the joke of the handling of this mess.'
@HaveYourSay0i0 posted: 'The poor Albanian man who lost his brother to CV-19 . . . just summed up @BorisJohnson in a nutshell on the @mrjamesob radio show on @LBC...'
Geoff Wilton asked why the government's 'world beating' coronavirus response would now need the prime minister's immediate attention: 'How can the government response be simultaneously brilliant and world beating, yet at the same time require more direct control from Boris because it hasn't been effective?'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.