The trouble is that not only did this authority-based approach not work, but there was no Plan B. Months on the government's authority is in tatters. Nobody believes the slightest thing they say about the science
I understand that at some level in government there is a belief that ruling by authority is the best
The public, throughout, have been keen to suppress this virus. The trouble is they were told the best they could do was to follow orders from the government, which turned out to be often flawed. They were then encouraged to see those
The approach to COVID based on authority has been the greatest failure in public health. A new approach is needed now.