The Coronavirus Test

Attached is the best piece of long form journalism as to what went wrong in March leading to Britain’s poor performance in facing the pandemic and the highest number of deaths.

The analysis is helped by the fact that it has obviously been informed by a great deal of insider information, including possibly Cummings himself, so sounds like a semi-official version of events. It is particularly useful to the government because it implies that the problems are systemic, requiring root-and-branch reform, and are not in any way the fault of any individual, most especially Cummings as the advocate of herd immunity, and Johnson for taking a two-week holiday at the end of February in order to sort out the arrangements for his divorce. It avoids any culpability in poor judgment or human error, which is no doubt the 10, Downing Street view. But is it the view of the rest of the country ?


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