Government accused of treating the North ‘like a petri dish’ for local lockdowns as tougher restrictions are considered

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The government is treating the North “like a petri dish” for local lockdown experiments as harsher restrictions are considered, the mayor of the Liverpool City Region has said.

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the North of England and current local lockdown measures failing to stop the increase, the government is considering tightening measures only weeks after introducing new ones.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham told GMB: “What we’ve seen is an ever-widening North-South divide in measures being taken.

“Quite simply the North should not be a petri dish for experimentation by central government.”

Politicians across the North have criticised the Government over plans to close pubs and restaurants next week to tackle rising coronavirus cases.

The proposals, which have not been confirmed, appeared on the front pages of The Times,

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Calvin Harris Blasts the UK Government for ‘Treating the Music Industry Like Sh–‘ Amid COVID-19

Calvin Harris let his feelings be known in an Instagram post criticizing the UK government’s treatment of the music industry amid COVID-19.

Posted Monday, the image shows a burnt-out nightclub with the caption, “as usual the UK government treating music industry like sh–; contributes 5bn to the economy, generates massive tax revenues for NHS and other public services…besides that, culture is extremely f—ing important…you’ve lost sight of what life is about…you’d rather live in a world of supermarkets and pharmaceutical drugs.”

The Scottish producer’s post came after a Sept. 28 Sky News interview with Helen Whately, the UK’s Minister for Care at the Department of Health and Social Care. During the conversation, Whately stated that it “doesn’t make sense to continue supporting jobs where there simply isn’t work at the moment” including jobs in the nightlife sector.

This discussion came after the announcement that the UK’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme,

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