Loose Women’s Saira Khan hits out at the government for announcing a second lockdown

‘We don’t live in a totalitarian state!’ Saira Khan slams the government for announcing a second lockdown as she claims the nation shouldn’t ‘have to pay’ because of rule breakers

Saira Khan slammed the UK government for announcing a second lockdown, during an explosive row on Monday’s Loose Women.

The TV presenter, 50, claimed the nation shouldn’t be punished because of a ‘minority’ of rule breakers, as the UK is not ‘a totalitarian state’.

Getting into a fierce war of words with Andrea McLean, Brenda Edwards, and Gloria Hunniford, she said the coronavirus crisis and first lockdown already led to increased suicide rates, a lack of cancer treatments, and loss of funds to charities.

‘We don’t live in a totalitarian state!’ Saira Khan slammed the government for announcing a second lockdown in an explosive row on Monday’s Loose Women

As Brenda and Gloria 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. 

‘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,’ she hit out. 

Hitting out: Getting into a explosive debate with her co-panellists, Saira said the first lockdown led to increased suicide rates, a lack of cancer treatments, and lose of funds to charities

Hitting out: Getting into a explosive debate with her co-panellists, Saira said the first lockdown led to increased suicide rates, a lack of cancer treatments, and lose of funds to charities

Gloria said in response to Saira: ‘This is such a world issue. Saira, I respect you a lot and your business.

‘You or nobody else has the ultimate answer. This is a huge problem. The government has worked hard to make sure the furlough continues.’ 

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.’