Tory Infighting Erupts: Rees-Mogg Calls COVID Restrictions ‘Inhuman’

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the Government had taken action to “save both lives and livelihoods” throughout the pandemic.

The defence of the COVID restrictions came after Jacob Rees-Mogg said this morning that some of the restrictions imposed on Brits were “inhuman”.

He refused to apologise for previously calling a row over rule-breaking in Downing Street as “fluff” and “fundamentally trivial”.

The Somerset MP added it was “not the most important issue in the world” given the war in Ukraine. “I think those words in the context of what’s going on in Ukraine are completely reasonable,” Rees-Mogg said on LBC radio.

“I don’t think the issue of what may or may not have happened in Downing Street and what we are now finding out is fundamental.

“What I think is fundamental is that we look in the inquiry at how the rules were devised and the effect that they had because I think some of those rules were inhuman.”

But the Prime Minister’s spokesman refused to support Rees-Mogg’s comments, saying “I think at all times the Government took action to save both lives and livelihoods and that was always a balanced judgment that sought to be informed by the latest evidence we had.”

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