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Rules of the Roadmap

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian examine Boris Johnson's plans to ease lockdown restrictions.

Boris Johnson has outlined his four-step plan to bring the UK out of lockdown. The Prime Minister announced pupils will return to schools on 8 March, with rules relaxing in phases thereafter. If strict criteria are met, all restrictions on social contact could be lifted by 21 June. 

On this episode of the New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian look at the plan and read between the lines of Boris Johnson’s choice of language. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your questions on the seeming mismatch between the drugs policies of major parties and public positioning on that issue.

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Stephen explains why new Covid-19 variants are the greatest threat to Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap.

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