TWO WAYS PEOPLE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUMMINGS AFFAIR…
TWO WAYS PEOPLE WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUMMINGS AFFAIR
It has been an extraordinary week in politics. A Tory Government Minister resigned, 70 Conservative MP's have called upon Mr Cummings to be sacked or resign and yesterday, we had the unseemly spectacle of a Press Conference in which our Prime Minister wouldn't allow questions from journalists on the grounds that "they were too political".
Many Conservative MP's have received hundreds and even thousands of e-mails from constituents calling upon Mr Cummings to be sacked for breaking the lock down rules (the exception being our own MP, Dr Lewis, who doesn't "do" e-mails but might get a letter or two).
Most right thinking people (and I don't mean politically right) would probably take the view that Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister should step down, having been guilty of breaking lock down rules. Furthermore, his 60 mile round trip to on his wife's birthday, with a child in the car to a castle, to TEST HIS EYES must rate as the worst excuse ever offered by a senior government official.
Thing is, the police (who confirmed he had breached the rules that apply to everyone), have already reported resistance from people who aren't following restrictions as they should because "Mr Cummings gets away with it". This tells me that the authority of government has been badly damaged and will remain so.
Clearly, the success or otherwise of restrictions depends entirely on the public willingness to co-operate. So, this is the first reason Mr Cummings' actions and subsequent refusal of the Prime Minister to sack him, will enable the virus to keep spreading.
Secondly, the desperate desire for this government to try news management – to move on from the Cummings affair by announcing some loosening of restrictions, isn't governed by the science. We are still getting thousands of new daily infections and an average of 300-400 deaths a day.
Politicians make the decisions and of course, we will never know the extent to which the Cummings business has pressured them into accepting a higher degree of risk than would otherwise be the case. I suspect the easing of restrictions is being too early.
We don't properly understand where the virus is and how it is spreading. The "R" rate is an average that applies across the country. The government have been really slow in putting in test and trace measures that will help us understand where there needs to be concentrated effort.
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