Last time I was on our website, I noticed the survey about people’s attitude to Covid, and what they felt about the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

Well I filled in the questionnaire online, but then decided that far more needed to be said. Hence this article.

Really, it has been a case of blunder after blunder from the word go. Boris failed to attend 5 meetings of the COBRA emergency committee and allowed the Cheltenham Festival to go ahead complete with mass participation from abroad. Then when at least he decided to take action, he and advisers succeeded in creating a climate of fear which has never really gone away. The battle with Covid was seen as a war, forgetting that in times of conflict people’s morale needs boosting.

Instead we were fed a diet of statistics, and doom-laden TV broadcasts. As a result, many stayed away from hospitals, despite needing vital cancer and heart treatment.

A national lockdown took no notice of regional variations in case numbers, while there appeared to be nothing to stop individuals flying in and out of Britain without having to undergo any testing for the virus.

Not that track and trace was a success, farmed out as it was to private contractors that lacked the local knowledge that councils up and down the country had.

Restrictions were loosened in the Summer, when the Prime Minister promised a “whack a mole” strategy in future. Hardly the rousing words of his hero, Winston Churchill!

We were then warned of the danger of schools and colleges returning in September unless a certain level of testing was reached. It wasn’t, and so we eventually had Covid’s second wave.

Then came the Tier system, quickly replaced by November’s second national lockdown. Only this time the schools remained open, despite increasing evidence that they were responsible for a rise in case numbers.

It was back to Tiers, with the hope that North East Lincolnshire would move down a tier. Instead a week after Matt Hancock told the country that we have the “tier system for a reason…not everywhere needs the same level of restrictions” we were back to a third lockdown, a worse sequel than even Grease 2.

Today we’ve the lowest infection rate in England, but still shops and businesses remain closed, despite having spent thousands to make them Covid safe. And the roll out of the vaccines is far slower than it could have been, leading many to think it won’t be until the Spring that life can return to normal. That’s if there’s anything to return to, with shops, cafes and pubs closing one by one.

We were invited to give marks out of ten for how the Government had managed the crisis. I gave them 1, but I really think I was being far too generous!

Tim Mickleburgh.

 

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Really, it has been a case of blunder after blunder from the word go. Tim Mickleburgh
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