James O'Brien's powerful reaction to Eton's Covid lockdown

15 October 2021, 12:20 | Updated: 15 October 2021, 12:29

By Seán Hickey

James O'Brien reacts to news that Boris Johnson's old school, Eton College, is isolating students amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

James O'Brien was reacting to news that Eton College has put up to 50 students into lockdown amid concerns over a rise in cases on campus.

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He pointed out that their response is in reaction to a larger acceleration in case rates across the UK.

"45,000 cases yesterday, the second highest number in the world – by some distance actually".

He observed that despite case rises and Eton College's decision to act, the government's position on Covid has remained the same: "This is weird, right?"

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He continued "if you're of that ilk, where you think 'well, it's not for the likes of me to question the likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg', James wondered what such people would think when they see Eton College is locking down in response to Covid.

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"How do you process the fact that their old school is going in a lot harder to get a lid on Covid infections than the rest of the country is?"

"The Headteacher of Eton is doing a hell of a lot more to protect his pupils than the most famous old boy of Eton is doing to protect his citizens."

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