Boris Johnson warned 'public is solution not problem' amid coronavirus panic

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that tighter restrictions on social gatherings will be enforced on those in the north-east of England today, after a spike in coronavirus cases. This followed the new “rule of six” limitation, which was recently announced to limit the number of people who can congregate together. Earlier this month, Mr Hancock warned that if young people did not follow restrictions then a second wave could occur, which would risk the UK’s second national lockdown. It followed a third of all COVID-19 cases being confirmed from the 20 to 29 age bracket. But in a warning to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Stephen Reicher, a professor of social psychology, claimed that “playing a blame game” would not be effective and could lead to dangerous results. 

Professor Reicher disputed beliefs behind the rise in cases for young people and claimed that 70 percent of them approved of the “rule of six” plan while others wanted tighter restrictions. 

He claimed the spike in positive tests for this age group might not be because of “partying” and “pubbing” as suggested, but because of their exposure to a greater number of people.

The University of St Andrews lecturer pointed out that young people were more likely to use public transport, have public facing jobs and live in multiple occupancy housing – which could increase their risk. 

He continued: “There are some young people who are doing things they should not do but to generalise and stereotype and say ‘young people are the problem’ and to perpetuate the stereotype of young people as ‘feckless’ and… ‘partying and drinking’ is actually not true. 

“Given that young people are least likely to suffer seriously from the disease, the point is that most of them locked down for the sake of the community and acted selflessly.

“They acted for the sake of others, so it’s rather rich now to turn around and say: ‘You’re the problem.’”

Professor Reicher deemed a blame game “profoundly counterproductive” and claimed it risked that “bad group” ignoring the Government.

He also warned that to claim a group was not following rules would likely encourage others to disobey as it “tells people the norm… is to misbehave”.

This feeling could then ripple into other age groups, he told the Guardian podcast ‘Today in Focus’, which aired on September 15.

He continued: “People begin to say, ‘If everybody else is doing it, why shouldn’t I?’

“So in all sorts of ways this messaging is bad in the sense of getting increased adherence of young people and bad in getting adherence in everybody else.”

Professor Reicher felt that the public’s reaction to lockdown had shattered previous beliefs that human beings were frail  and would crack or panic during a crisis.

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He continued: “What we’ve seen instead is the resilience of the public when we come together collectively, it shows what people can achieve with a sense of shared identity.

“[It shows] how important it is then that the Government don’t treat the public as the problem in a crisis but treat them as the solution – that will lead to the most positive outcomes.”

Professor Reicher added that maintaining support in the Government was vital when dealing with coronavirus – as, without it, overcoming the pandemic can be even harder.

He said: “Lower trust in the Government leads people to be less confident in giving information which they think will go to the Government.

“So trust is connected to people’s willingness to give their contacts in the [NHS] Test and Trace system.

“When it comes to a vaccine their trust is going to be really important because for people to get vaccinated they have to trust the Government and they have to trust scientists that this is for their own good.”



Donald Trump: US President to be given 'shot' as Democrats fail to solve 'central problem'

Jadan Horyn told Express.co.uk that Donald Trump‘s record on unemployment rates before the coronavirus pandemic will be enough to beat Joe Biden in the 2020 US Presidential election. The US political commentator added the opinion that Donald Trump deserves another term as President to solve the central problems in the US which the Democrats can’t.

Mr Horyn said: “As someone who follows these things and looks at the President, I know that before coronavirus hit there was a clear message.

“It was the best economy in 50 years, the best unemployment rate for every minority in the history of the country.

“I don’t think after nine months that the general opinion of the President, who has found a message that resonates with voters, will be anything other than give him a shot.

“I think with around 60 days left that is the central problem for the Democrats.”

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During the same interivew,  Mr Horyn stated that he expects the 2020 US election will be much closer than Donald Trump’s previous victory in 2016.

The US political commentator added that the Democrats’ decision to double down on cancel culture and left-wing progressive socialism will not work in states central to the outcome of the Presidential election. 

Mr Horyn said: “I think we will come very close to a repeat of 2016.

“Looking at the background and polls compared with this time last election, in the same states that he won, the battle ground states he is down 4.2 percent vs 4.9 percent back then.

“In the states that it has been central for Biden to pick up, he is not gaining and he is not making traction.”

He continued: “I do not believe that the Democrats doubling down on cancel culture and left progressive socialism will work in states that haven’t seen economic growth or progress from the neo-liberalism of the last 25 years.

“I still don’t see the Democratic party understanding that those states are central.

“They have put a figure in like Biden who they think looks like them those people, but their messaging has nothing to do with that.

“I think that gives a real opportunity to the President to just squeak it out.”



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Jadan Horyn told Express.co.uk that Donald Trump‘s record on unemployment rates before the coronavirus pandemic will be enough to beat Joe Biden in the 2020 US Presidential election. The US political commentator added the opinion that Donald Trump deserves another term as President to solve the central problems in the US which the Democrats can’t.

Mr Horyn said: “As someone who follows these things and looks at the President, I know that before coronavirus hit there was a clear message.

“It was the best economy in 50 years, the best unemployment rate for every minority in the history of the country.

“I don’t think after nine months that the general opinion of the President, who has found a message that resonates with voters, will be anything other than give him a shot.

“I think with around 60 days left that is the central problem for the Democrats.”

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During the same interivew,  Mr Horyn stated that he expects the 2020 US election will be much closer than Donald Trump’s previous victory in 2016.

The US political commentator added that the Democrats’ decision to double down on cancel culture and left-wing progressive socialism will not work in states central to the outcome of the Presidential election. 

Mr Horyn said: “I think we will come very close to a repeat of 2016.

“Looking at the background and polls compared with this time last election, in the same states that he won, the battle ground states he is down 4.2 percent vs 4.9 percent back then.

“In the states that it has been central for Biden to pick up, he is not gaining and he is not making traction.”

He continued: “I do not believe that the Democrats doubling down on cancel culture and left progressive socialism will work in states that haven’t seen economic growth or progress from the neo-liberalism of the last 25 years.

“I still don’t see the Democratic party understanding that those states are central.

“They have put a figure in like Biden who they think looks like them those people, but their messaging has nothing to do with that.

“I think that gives a real opportunity to the President to just squeak it out.”