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Jay Rayner criticises ‘staggeringly reckless’ corona response

Jewish journalist and food critic Jay Rayner has hit out at the government’s coronavirus response, due to its impact on the arts world.

Taking to Twitter, he said: “Let me add my voice to the justifiably outraged clamour of those furious at the govt for insisting hospitality and entertainment industries shut down without legally mandating them to do so, meaning they can’t claim insurance. Staggeringly reckless.”

I’ve spent the day working with producers and theatres postponing and cancelling shows because it’s the right thing to do. Their reward? A shattered business, because Johnson et al are thinking more about big finance than peoples’ livelihoods.”

Labour’s Keir Starmer responded to Rayner, quote-tweeting his post, saying: “These concerns are reflected across the hospitality, entertainment and arts sectors. Such important parts of our economy and the people who work in them must not be put in this position. This afternoon the Chancellor must rectify this.”

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