MickyD":2d8d59f5 said:A shocking piece of snivelling, cowardly blame-shifting, even for Boris Johnson. I suppose he's trying to get everything in place for the inevitable public inquiry.
Seems the enquiry is being held out in the open - and by Commons committee. I've said all along that people assume the Government ignores and ignored scientific and medical advice. And I've repeatedly challenged that view including quoting Sir Patrick Vallance and his press reported 'herd immunity' comments on the 13th March.
Well, today Chris Whitty tells the Committee that he believes the Government acted accordingly with their advisers' soundings.
And yesterday we had this excellent insight from the BBC:
Did 'herd immunity' change the course of the outbreak?
Well researched and chronologically presented, perhaps this extract alarms me the most:
The BBC has seen contemporaneous notes from the meetings and spoken to people on the calls.
At the meeting on 13 March, Mr Enright is said to have relayed information from the government's top scientific and medical advisers.
The notes say the communications chief shared NHS England's own advice on holding internal work events, but say "we are not telling you what to do".
"We want people to be infected with Covid-19," the notes say. "The best way of managing it is herd immunity and protect the vulnerable."
Mr Enright was clear where the idea had come from, according to the notes. It was on the "direct advice" of the chief medical adviser and chief scientific adviser.
And so football matches, Cheltenham etc. continued for several days thereafter.
Meanwhile, there was an apparent lack of advice around Care Homes and policy inertia as a result:
Dr Hall, co-chair of the Sage group advising on care homes, told the BBC that forecasts of the spread of infections in care homes were not conducted until early April. It was not done previously because of a lack of data on the outbreak in care homes.
"We didn't see the care home outbreaks back in March arising," he says.
Dr Hall says the links and infection risk between care homes, hospitals and the community were not well documented.
"I didn't appreciate personally the level of the amount of staff that move between care homes and the potential for staff to introduce disease," he says.
This not an issue of blame per se, i.e. I am not seeking to blame those advisers - this was new, and as they say 'unprecedented'. But equally, some (certainly not all) of the unfounded criticism of Government is also wrong. Sometimes you have to examine your unconscious (or conscious) bias simply because it's not the Government of your liking.
I would encourage everyone with an opinion to read this article (or watch the Panorama programme it is based upon).