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  • Writer's picturechris walsh

Still waiting to know when its safe to end the lock down

This week has been one in which confusion continues to reign over what is the right scientific guidance and is the government following it. I have gradually over the last few weeks gone from giving the government the benefit of the doubt to not trusting a word they say. After so many downright lies - like we put a wall of protection around care homes from the beginning - and with every new initiative proving to fail as soon as launched ( websites crashing or all appointments booked within an hour) I have lost faith. Not only that but the chief scientific officer and health officials who they wheeled out to reassure us gave into pressure to go along with the herd immunity alt right nonsense, and then repeating the mantra that advice re PPE was changed not because they was inadequate supplies but because the guidance could be relaxed, meant that I lost faith - not in science but the trustworthiness of those that have been placed in positions of leadership. Meanwhile the only news programme I now trust - Channel 4 News - is faced with a ban from Number 10 on sending cabinet ministers to be properly interrogated, while Cummings seems to want his army of 20 something media manipulators to introduce Chines style repression on dissent which now means anyone telling the truth about government and health service failures to deliver PPE, testing. tracking etc faces senior managers threatening them with the sack. Instead of governing for the people, asking for genuine feedback to inform proper decision making we get a political campaigning machine using fake news and threats to protect themselves from the consequences of their incompetence .

So what does this mean for we seniors? well it means we are all still at risk, with a real possibility of a second wave, of people like 2 of my children who put themselves at risk as front line NHS workers being put at further risk by government incompetence and lies and public indifference to the safety of others

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