UK govt communicated Covid data "with apparent intention of creating a more favourable view of the Govt...

...or even to provoke anxiety rather than help people understand risk," says damning new Parliamentary report.

"This is not acceptable." [Thread]
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee also:

🎭 Complains of "serious concerns about the lack of transparency and clarity in decision-making" in Govt

🎭 Singles out Michael Gove: his "refusal to appear before this Committee is contemptuous of Parliament"
🎭 Complains of a "moving of the goalposts, which creates uncertainty, makes it impossible to see trends and therefore must stop..."

🎭 "Lamentable and unacceptable:" it is "deeply worrying" Ministers were unable to answer basic questions about lockdown lifting decisions
🎭 Says "when SAGE advisors speak publicly about the advice they have given to Government it has the potential to create confusion and undermine trust…

...there should be a code of conduct for SAGE advisors..."
🎭 "If Govt is asking businesses to close β€” risking jobs, livelihoods + the very survival of those businesses β€” it must be clear WHY this should happen...

...lack of clear communication of any evidence that does exist to underpin decisions has created frustration + mistrust..."
🎭 In particular, "the hospitality and entertainment sectors have not seen sufficient data to underpin decisions relating to their industry…

...the level of transparency has not been sufficient."

Read the whole report here:
UPDATE 19/3/21: many asked 'what happens now?' Please see:

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