Patel keeps dodging the question "if the new strain is more infectious, why aren't the rules as tough as they were in the spring?"
BBC asking the question again. Patel still won't answer. Just keeps saying "the rules are clear".
ITV giving it a go now Patel dodges. ITV comes back. Patel dodges again and says "the rules are clear" "the rules are tough enough". Fine but why aren't they as clear and tough as they were in March?
My guess is that Johnson will tighten the rules later in the week - belatedly, as always

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