REALLY POOR DISCIPLINE…
REALLY POOR DISCIPLINE
The Government are telling us that we have to be disciplined in our behaviour to stop the virus spreading. However, it would really help if they could exercise the same sort of discipline when it comes to their own actions.
I am not just talking about Dominic Cummins and his illegal trip to a castle during lockdown to "test his eyesight", nor the fact that Boris, his Health Secretary and many of his advisors catching the virus because they failed to follow social distancing rules. No, it's much more serious than that.
It really seem as though policy is being made up on the hoof, causing a great deal of distress to everyone, whether it be holiday makers, businesses or ordinary people who find themselves at the wrong end of new rules that don't seem to make any sense.
Today, we had two members of the SAGE Committee suggesting that pubs might have to close again in order that schools could re-open in September. It isn't an instruction yet, just speculation which I think is completely useless.
I visited two pubs since the restrictions eased. It was obvious that the publicans and staff had worked very hard indeed to provide a Covid-19 safe environment. I would estimate my chances of picking up the virus at either pub as about 0.0001%.
How demoralising to the staff and management, just picking themselves up from the set back of weeks of closure to hear of "speculation" that all pubs might need to close?
There will be many people who will decide not to use public transport, go on holiday, visit a pub or even enter a shop whilst the virus is still about. That's fine, People can exercise a choice. However, decisions about restrictions should be announced after a proper discussion, based on the best available evidence, not individual members of the government or Sage Committee sounding off about what might happen
I think this really poor discipline runs a real risk that many people will have lost trust in the authority of government and will simply decide to do their own thing.
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