A most unexpected development…. when you look across social media and TV / Radio interviews and press articles, the politicians rebelling against government restrictions intended to slow the spread of the virus are mostly Conservative back bench MP's.
I cannot recall many instances of Labour or Lib Dem politicians refusing to go along with restrictions, or questioning the reasoning behind them.
Is it because discipline breaks down when you have a large majority in Parliament?
Is it because decisions are actually made by a small group of people, unelected, such as Dominic Cummings and the scientists? Clearly, if you are outside the decision making group, you might start to resent this.
Perhaps, because of the inconsistent chopping and changing of advice and the bumbling performance of Boris, confidence in him as a Leader is ebbing away? Maybe others are agitating behind the scenes to undermine him with a view to replacing him?
The Government benefited from the "willingness to work together" that usually happens in a response to a national crisis. However, there always comes a point when co-operation begins to fall apart, as people begin to get disillusioned, feel divorced from decision making and become disappointed with performance.
A friend told me today that the Government are making the mistake of using sticks rather than carrots, big fines for not wearing face masks (that they said were unnecessary earlier in the year), big fines for gathering in a group of seven or more.
Does not help much when the Prime Minister himself demonstrates that he didn't know the rules.
..still, as long as the local supermarket has toilet rolls and pasta to buy…..
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