New year, new lockdown: Politics Weekly podcast

After a few days of hinting at more severe restrictions, Boris Johnson announced that England would enter its third national lockdown since last March.

He also promised another ambitious target: vaccinating 13.9 million people in England by the end of February. Given his government’s shaky history on meeting deadlines through this pandemic, will it be able to see this one through?

It was a particularly anxious week for teachers, pupils and parents owing to the “will they, won’t they” situation with regards to the reopening of schools after the Christmas break. The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has come in for some strong criticism on his performance over the last nine months, but should he resign? Sally Weale speaks to the former education secretary Estelle Morris, who chose to resign because she didn’t feel up to the job.

Gavin Williamson departs a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, 10 November 2020.  EPA/NEIL HALL

Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA


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