UK 21 July 2021 Video: Boris Johnson’s big “Freedom Day” gamble Stephen Bush explains why the PM has bet on unlocking England now – and why the stakes are so high. Rob Pinney/Getty Images Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up On Monday 19 July the government lifted most Covid restrictions in England. “Freedom Day” was welcomed by the hospitality industry and many members of the public, but was criticised by scientific and public health experts. In this video, the New Statesman's political editor Stephen Bush explains what the decision to unlock could mean for the NHS, Boris Johnson and the public. Video produced by Phil Clarke Hill › Two-thirds of applications for self-isolation payments for low-income workers are denied Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics. He also co-hosts the New Statesman podcast. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!