If the Tories did well in the local elections because of their supposed good performance over Covid, then what has happened since May 6th has shown that as a party, they are still muddling their way through.

First, we had the Prime Minister saying that all looked good for the next stage of the so-called Road Map, with society getting virtually back to normal from June 21st. But then we had news of the Indian variant of the disease, and how this might put plans to re-open the economy on hold.

I use the word might deliberately as from day to day, you never knew what Tory after Tory would say. Then of course there have been the officials, some more optimistic than others. Certainly, the message has been mixed, leading to confusion amongst the public.

That’s certainly been true in those towns most affected by the variant, with the Government forced to clarify the fact that they are not in local lockdown, despite the impression that may have been given.

It has been the same story with holidays overseas. Should you travel or not, even to the countries that were placed on the Green list. Some have argued that even they should be avoided, even if you’ve had both vaccines.

Not surprisingly thousands have decided to put their own interpretation on Government guidance, travelling to Spain regardless and accepting the need for quarantine on their return. Which presumably will mean a potential visit from Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Holiday Police, the same police that can’t guarantee visiting you at home if you’ve been a victim of burglary.

So, I certainly don’t trust the Tories over Covid, and I hope that by-election voters in Heneage or Batley and Spen think likewise!


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