Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “serial incompetence” which is “holding Britain back”.
In the first Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) since Parliament resumed after the summer recess, Starmer and Johnson picked up where they left off with another bad-tempered exchange in the House of Commons chamber.
“This has been a wasted summer,” Starmer said. “The government should have spent it preparing for the autumn and winter. Instead they have lurched from crisis to crisis, U-turn to U-turn.
“To correct one error, even two, might make sense. But when the government’s notched up 12 U-turns and rising, the only conclusion is serial incompetence. That serial incompetence is holding Britain back.”
Starmer called for the PM to “take responsibility and finally get a grip”.
Johnson said he took “full responsibility” for the government’s record since he became PM in July last year.
However, he added the government has succeeded in turning the tide of the coronavirus pandemic “in spite of the negativity and constant sniping” from Starmer.
“We are taking this country forward in spite of the extreme difficulties that we face.”