The Tories have announced that they will no longer be publishing a figure for the number of people tested for the coronavirus. The ‘mainstream’ outlets that have covered it are treating this like it’s news.
But the SKWAWKBOX revealed at the end of May that the Tories had long since stopped publishing a figure – and as of their announcement that they are going to ‘stop’, they hadn’t published one for seven weeks.
Unite’s Howard Beckett, one of the chief figures on the left still holding the government to account, spotted this evasion of accountability:
Claims about the number of people tested have always been meaningless anyway, with the Tories regularly fiddling the figures in order to pretend they had met promised targets of first 100,000, then 200,000 people a day – which they changed after the fact to tests per day and included tests simply sent out in the post and not yet completed.
None of this, of course, will stop them claiming to have reached new heights – or that they are fully transparent with the people of this country.
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