1/ The government’s handling of Covid...

Everyone I speak to thinks the same.

The government (and Vallance & Whitty) have sorely misjudged the general mood. Why is this government unable to have an honest conversation with the public and reduce the confusion and fear?
2/ They willfully attempted to ramp up fear levels by using doomsday scenario charts and applied flawed methodology to create a fanciful worst case scenario that was presented as a real possibility - which was then parroted by the media.
3/ The question is: what were the government hoping to achieve? Did they think everyone would simply look at the charts and freak out? Or did they assume we’re all so terrified already we’d just blindly take those charts at face value?
4/ The government have wilfully mismanaged virtually every aspect of the pandemic. This has caused widespread confusion and panic. We have the worst government at exactly the worst time.
5/ The government have created, overseen and amplified a shambles on the Coronavirus crisis for 6 months....
6/ Allowing infected patients from hospitals back to care homes to inadvertently spread the virus round a vulnerable cohort.
7/ Cancelling exams that could have been held in Covid-secure halls and then overseeing a shambles on A-level results.
8/ Failing to get children back into school in June.
9/ Failing to develop a functioning test / track/ trace system - for 9 months.
10/ Failure to effectively roll out the NHS volunteers programme - despite 700,000 people signing up.
11/ Total mismanagement over the PPE procurement programme.
12/ Negligently allowing the UK to become one of the only countries in the world not to have a test and quarantine programme at airports.
13/ A total lack of a consistent and coherent strategy with inconsistent and unworkable rules such as the rule of six and the 10pm pub curfew.
14/ Creating a wider health crisis with reports of empty hospitals, GP surgeries and delayed treatments and operations for non-Covid patients. 30,000 excess non Covid home deaths since March.
15/ Forgetting 3 million self employed and freelance workers - who have gone without any income for 9 months.
16/ The UK has seen its worst ever economic collapse - with a drop of -20% GDP in April. A likely yearly GDP drop of -11% in 2020:- three times worse than the financial crisis of 2008/2009.
17/ The UK government’s only consistent Covid strategy seems to be: deny everything, acknowledge nothing, blame everyone else, over promise and under deliver.
18/ Watching a weak, incompetent, bizarrely unaccountable government repeatedly mismanage a crisis really wakes you up to the powerlessness of the individual in times of trouble.

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17 Apr
We need less forelock tugging from our obsequious media and more hardheaded scrutiny of the government’s mishandling of #COVID19. We are in the middle of a national tragedy and that’s because the government failed to nip the #Coronavirus in the bud in February.
So while large sections of the British media hail Boris Johnson as a national hero for recovering from Coronavirus, perhaps they actually should do their job and consider this: the UK now has over 14,000 deaths and one of the steepest daily death rate curves in the world.
Where are the critical news headlines of ‘Why are thousands dead’? or ‘How do we stop this from happening again?”

Instead we end up with toadying headline messages of: ‘Boris Johnson is doing short walks’ or ‘Boris plays Suduko in bed’ or ‘trust the science’.
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10 Apr
So while our media hail Boris Johnson as a national hero for recovering from Coronavirus, perhaps they should do their job and consider this: 980 announced dead today, 1,000+ when non-hospital deaths are included. This has happened because negligent government strategy.
Today the UK had the highest one day total of #COVIDー19 deaths anywhere, on any day, except for the US. 9,000+ are now dead in the UK.
What are the news headlines? ‘Deadliest day for Britain’? ‘A thousand dead’? Or, ‘Why has this happened?’.

No. It’s: ‘Boris Johnson is doing short walks’.

What on earth is wrong with British journalism? It’s pitiful. Embarrassing.
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