Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh were joined by Gordon Brown on Good Morning Britain as they quizzed him on the Government and Manchester’s deadlock over its coronavirus restriction tier. Boris Johnson has given the area a deadline of noon to agree on a financial support package before enforcing tier 3 restrictions. However, Garraway and Brown clashed over what the Prime Minister should do next in his battle to keep the virus under control.
Brown began: “I think parents are going to be worried sick about what’s going to happen to their teenage sons and daughters who have left school, left college and have nothing to do.
“I think it goes right into the 20s where jobs are simply not available, 60 percent of all redundancies since March have been amongst young people under 25.
“We know we’re facing a lost Covid generation as difficult a time as we had in the 1980s where you go months perhaps years without your first real job.
“You get rejection letter after rejection letter and when there’s desperation setting in, just as Prince William rightly talked about this morning, the mental health problems that arise.”
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“So we’ve got to do something immediately we haven’t done enough,” Brown continued.
“The Prime Minister should get the regional mayors he should get the First Ministers in Scotland and Wales around a table online as it has to be and they should discuss what do now because a million young people will have nothing to do at the start of November.
“There’s only 120 places that are available now on programmes the Government has developed.
“We are facing lockdowns and the quarantines and that means more young people will be out of work particularly in the areas they do work the hospitality, tourism and so on.”
Garraway began: “That’s the argument that Andy Burham is making but Boris Johnson, you’ve been a Prime Minister, a Prime Minister can’t publicly give in on something like this. He has to see through his position.
“What would be the situation for Boris Johnson? What would you have done in this situation?
“If you’re faced with such a public stand-off of the opposition party at the core of it you’d have to stick it out or would you give in?”
Brown replied: “In the end, the Prime Minister is responsible for bringing people together.
“He’s got to find a way to unite the country we’ve got to put these divisions aside.
“And you know if you have a lockdown or health restrictions it depends on consent.
“So you’ve got to build a consensus so people know the advice they’re being given is the advice that they want to follow.
“You’ve got to communicate, you’ve got to connect, you’ve got to talk to people and that’s what I think is missing at the moment.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.