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Same old story

December 2, 2021 10:50 PM

jk40 (Photo by Rain Bennett on Unsplash)The Liberal Democrat demand for a public enquiry into lessons learnt from our covid experience has still to be met.

One lesson that it doesn't need an enquiry would surely be that government communications must be clear and simple. Another is that the public finds it completely unacceptable that the government sets one set of rules for us whilst ignoring them with impunity themselves.

Todays news headlines suggest that neither lesson has been learnt at all with the government again sending mixed messages about what precautions the public should take in the lead up to Christmas with the new Omicron variant of covid. Ministers have come on the radio and TV today and told different stories. Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, told ITV's Peston programme: "I don't think there should be much snogging under the mistletoe! Don't need to do things like that." When presenter Robert Peston asked "just no snogging?", she replied: "Well, not with people you don't already know!"

George Freeman, the science minister, told LBC it was "up to all of us" to help control the spread of omicron and avoid the potential need for tougher curbs. He said his team would meet virtually for Christmas drinks over Zoom but it "slightly depends on the nature of the business" whether the same move was advisable.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister remains gung ho saying "The most important thing is that people should follow the guidance we've set out and people shouldn't be cancelling things. And there's no need for that at all"

This despite Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency who has warned people not to socialise unless necessary in a bid to slow the new omicron variant that has reached the UK. She also said working from home would be a "good thing to do" if cases of the new variant began to surge.

Clear as mud we think you will agree!

The Prime Minister who has a fair chunk of his party opposed to any precautions such as mask wearing is trying to please everyone ( as always!). His approach best summed up last year when he opposed a September lockdown because Covid was "only killing 80-year-olds" is not someone who errs on the side of caution

Even if the message was clearer you can rest assured that No 10 will ignore the rules anyway. The Daily Mirror scoop that 40-50 people attended parties at No10 at a time when the rest of us were told we could not meet indoors outside our family bubble illustrates again that our governing party really does think the rules do not apply to them. The No 10claim that "COVID rules have been followed at all times." just doesn't wash

Is it any wonder cancellations are beginnig to take place in restaurants etc as the lack of trust in anything this government says leads people to take a cautios approach