Saira Khan has branded repeated regional and national lockdowns ‘a disaster for future generations’ while dismissing the negative response to her controversial rant on Monday’s edition of Loose Women.
The outspoken presenter, 50, prompted 25 calls to TV regulator Ofcom after claiming the country shouldn’t be punished with enforced restrictions due to a ‘minority of rule breakers,’ according to The Sun.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Saira played down the controversy while doubling down on her belief that life should continue as normal, with only the ‘old, vulnerable and care homes’ protected from the inexorable spread of COVID-19.
Hitting out: Saira Khan has insisted that all businesses should remain open during lockdown while dismissing the negative response to her controversial Loose Women rant
She wrote: ’25 complaints… I’m shaking! Even if there were a million complaints, I would still stand by my belief that businesses should NOT need to close in this 2nd Lockdown.
‘Protect the old, vulnerable and care homes. Let the healthy, fit and well go to work in safe environments practising social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and using track and trace apps with testing in place.’
Saira also slammed Boris Johnson’s government for what she claims is an overreliance on furlough schemes while voicing her concern regarding the long-term welfare of overworked NHS staff.
Outspoken: Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Saira played down the controversy while doubling down on her belief that life should continue as normal
Disastrous: The presenter warned that continuous lockdowns will have a long term impact on the welfare of the United Kingdom
She added: ‘The government has had enough time to put measures in place to implement effective and efficient testing – because of its failings it resorts to lockdowns and furloughs!
‘Who is going to pay for all this furlough – the system is being abused, people under the scheme have lost their jobs and some are scared of even going back to work! Wake up !!
‘The NHS needs people to work, stay fit physically and mentally – how is it going to cope with Covid and mental health breakdown, suicide, cancer, missed treatments etc?
In the firing line: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak was targeted by Saira in her latest rant regarding the use of furlough schemes during lockdown
For rule breakers, bring in the army if you have to – but let the compliant LIVE!
‘The damage to our society long term with continuous lockdowns will be a human disaster on a colossal scale with future generations paying the price.’
The second lockdown began on Thursday (November 5th) with all pubs restaurants and non-essential shops ordered to close.
Members of the public were advised to stay home when possible, and to only leave their houses for work or to collect essential supplies.
Drama: Saira has reportedly sparked complaints to media watchdog Ofcom after slamming the government for announcing a second COVID-19 lockdown
Not happy: The presenter got into a explosive debate with her co-panellists during Monday’s edition of Loose Women
Speaking about the lockdown on Monday’s Loose Women, Saira said: ‘I’m not saying I have the answer, I’m giving a different approach.
‘As far as I’m concerned, charities are losing money, suicides are going through the roof, people have lost the opportunity to have cancer treatments.
‘Sorry but that’s not a balanced approach in our country. Lockdown does not provide that.’
Gloria Hunniford said in response to Saira’s frustrations: ‘This is such a world issue. Saira, I respect you a lot and your business.
Rant: As Gloria Hunniford asked her for an answer to the rising rate of COVID-19 infections in the country, Saira said, ‘I’m not saying I have the answer, I’m giving a different approach’
Defence: Gloria said in response, ‘You or nobody else has the ultimate answer. This is a huge problem. The government has worked hard to make sure the furlough continues’
‘You or nobody else has the ultimate answer. This is a huge problem. The government has worked hard to make sure the furlough continues.’
The TV presenter went on to ask Saira if she had ‘the answer’ to the global pandemic, given she was so against there being another lockdown.
She claimed: ‘I’ve just given you the answer! The answer is not go into full lockdown!’
Andrea agreed that businesses, which will be made to close once again, were ‘abiding by the law’ and rules set out by the government, but there were members of the public who weren’t doing the same.
Reflecting: Andrea McLean then stepped in, saying, ‘Surely you can see there comes a point where the government goes you know what, we’re going to have to just shut everything down’
Candid: Getting frustrated, Saira hit back, ‘We don’t live in a totalitarian state… we have to find a way that is very balanced and find a way to keep people’s lives going in a safe environment’
And Saira continued: ‘I get that, we shouldn’t allow that to happen. But that’s where the government can put in protocol to break these raves up.’
Andrea stepped in, saying: ‘So what I’m saying is, and I’m hearing all your opinions, I’m not necessarily coming down on either side here, but surely you can see there comes a point where the government goes you know what, we’re going to have to just shut everything down.’
Getting frustrated, Saira said loudly: ‘We don’t live in a totalitarian state! If you live in China, and the government’s going to tell you what to do you’re going to do it.
Do your part: Discussing how the public can limit the lockdown, Brenda Edwards said, ‘People need to take personal responsibility. If you want to get out of this, do something about it’
‘We are a very different nation of people and it’s different policies for different cultures and people, and we have to find a way that is very balanced and find a way to keep people’s lives going in a safe environment.
‘You can’t say the majority of people didn’t pay respect to it. It’s a minority of people causing the problems and the whole nation shouldn’t have to pay for that.’
Discussing how the public can help during the second lockdown, Brenda said: ‘People need to take personal responsibility. If you want to get out of this, do something about it.
‘If you’re a member of parliament, stick to these guidelines and everyone will follow your example.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ofcom and Loose Women for comment.