I’ve been saying this from the start. There seems to be more discourse about the ‘idiots spoiling it for everyone’ and the BBC have been at the forefront at driving this message. Not to say it isn’t true, but it detracts from the fundamental failures of this govt to respond to the crisis as it has unfolded. I would argue that we’d see more sensible behaviour from the public if the government where able to more confidently present a longer term plan on how to get us through this mess. It’s difficult to get buy-in from the masses when the directions are so muddled and contradictory.
Someone will counter with ‘what part of stay home, protect the NHS and save lives don’t you understand?’. However it’s more nuanced than that.
How long have we to stay home for? Dunno- 3 weeks then we’ll see. Is this enough to save the NHS? Dunno, we’ve got our best vacuum selling brexiteer trying to make ventilators and staff with no PPE. Will this save lives? Dunno, we hope so, but we also need key workers to keep the place going, including window cleaners.
This situation needed a preestablished contingency and leaders with the balls to outline a plan which goes beyond directives changing every two minutes. The Tories have fucked it.