Black Country MP and former Defence Minister John Spellar today called on Ministers and Government Departments to ‘up their game’ as the country prepares to ease lockdown restrictions.

In an article for Huffington Post , Spellar argued that the ‘Coronavirus pandemic has completely exposed serial inadequacies, improper planning and lack of competence and capacity within the institutions of the British state.’

He was scathing of Government efforts to repatriate British citizens from abroad, saying that ‘Not taking time as a factor in and of itself created a reality in which stranded people were running low on money and in some cases medication, and wondering when they will be able to get home.’

Spellar welcomed today’s easing of lockdown, saying that ‘we need to get our economy rebooted in order to save our peoples’ jobs … The country needs this to succeed.’ However, he warned that ‘Ministers and Whitehall had better up their game – and fast. The country can ill-afford any more of their incompetence.’

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