A Conservative MP has said people have been “a little too willing” to work from home in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
This is despite a barrage of government messaging telling people to “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives”.
Sir Graham Brady made the comments during a debate on the government’s Covid-19 regulations in the House of Commons on Monday.
Explaining the government’s messaging in staying home to reduce the pressure on the NHS, Brady said:
The public have been willing to assist. If anything, in some instances it may be that the public have been a little bit too willing to stay at home.
The senior Tory MP then claimed employers are “struggling” to get employees back into work:
I am sure I am not the only member who has heard from employers who are struggling to fulfil orders because it is difficult to get employees back from furlough. We all know how critical it is that they ought to be able to get their workers back so that we make sure that the jobs remain when the furlough period ends.
The Tory MP claiming people are “too willing” to stay home sparked backlash on social media, with many taking offence:
@JaneBrophyLD Graham Brady showing his true colours there. Thousands of people doing the right thing, staying at ho… https://t.co/UGBuD0Fiut