Barrister jokes Downing Street is taking policy advice from her MUM

Barrister reveals her mother emailed Downing Street suggesting a ‘three category lockdown’ prior to yesterday’s announcement – and Twitter users joke she should run in the next election

  • Joanna Hardy’s tweet went viral when she shared her and mum’s text exchange
  • Told how mother emailed Downing Street to suggest a three category lockdown
  • Took action because thought ‘Dear God, someone needs to get this organised’
  • Twitter users were full of praise for Joanna’s mum and asked for tips on Brexit 

A barrister has revealed her mother emailed Downing Street suggesting a ‘three category’ lockdown before Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday – and social media users have joked she should run in the next election.

Joanna Hardy, who works at Red Lion Chambers in London and is ranked in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 as a leading junior in general crime, shared an amusing text exchange between her and her mum to Twitter last night.

It followed the government unveiling of a new three-tier system of lockdown measures that placed millions of people into a stricter regime to control the pandemic. 

After the announcement, Joanna tweeted: ‘So. Lads. I don’t want to worry you. But… but I think Downing Street might be taking policy advice from my mum.’  

Joanna Hardy, who works at Red Lion Chambers in London and is ranked in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 as a leading junior in general crime, shared an amusing text exchange between her and her mum to Twitter last night

After the announcement, Joanna tweeted: ‘So. Lads. I don’t want to worry you. But… but I think Downing Street might be taking policy advice from my mum.’

She then shared a screengrab of a Whatsapp conversation, during which she asked her mother, who is listed as Mummy Hardy in her phonebook: ‘Mum what did you email to the Prime Minister again?’ 

Her mother replied: ‘I literally told them to have 3 categories of lockdown – I called it Lockdown 1-2-3. I then said that a section of rules would apply to each level. That way – you just told a certain area which level they were on and then everyone would know what was expected of them.’

She then joked: ‘Do you think I should charge them?’ 

Asked by her daughter how she knew where to email, she simply replied: ‘I just looked up email Downing Street.’ 

In a further tweet, Joanna shared another message from her mother presumably explaining why she felt she had to take action.

In a further tweet, Joanna shared another message from her mother presumably explaining why she felt she had to take action

Referencing Boris Johnson’s gaffe last week when he wrongly suggested the Rule of Six does not apply outdoors in north-east England, her mother texted: ‘When he didn’t even know the rules!! & I thought – dear God, someone needs to get this organised.’

Joanna’s mother proved a big hit among her Twitter followers, with her tweets notching up thousands of likes.

Many praised Mummy Hardy, with one tweeting: ‘Kudos to all the sensible mums who would make a MUCH better job than this useless money grabbing lot.’ 

Many praised Mummy Hardy, with one tweeting: ‘Kudos to all the sensible mums who would make a MUCH better job than this useless money grabbing lot’

‘This is what this country needs,’ commented another. ‘To be ran by a group of mums who’ve “had it up to here”. They are words that precede a fierce s*** storm.’

And one tweeted: ‘Not acquainted with your mum, of course, but quite frankly she is well ahead of the PM in the “list of people worth listening to”.’

‘Mummy Hardy for PM!’ praised another, while one asked: ‘Has she got any ideas on Brexit?’

Some asked if her mother had dialled into the COBRA meeting held by the PM yesterday morning, while Scottish broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika asked Joanna if her mother could run the Track and Trace app. 

Some asked if her mother had dialled into the COBRA meeting held by the PM yesterday morning, while Scottish broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika asked Joanna if her mother could run the Track and Trace app

Joanna responded: ‘She’s got a lot on. She has Zoom Pilates on a Monday so we are lucky she squeezed this in.’

The barrister then revealed that someone suggested Mummy Hardy will end up on Good Morning Britain – but she’s ‘not having it’.

Her reply read: ‘I’m still in my PJs when that is on – plus my online shop is arriving.’ 

Joanna then revealed that someone suggested Mummy Hardy will end up on Good Morning Britain – but she’s ‘not having it’

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