Tories know what they’re doing won’t work – and they know what will and are not doing it
A chart showing the analysis of the government’s own scientific advisers – its ‘SAGE’ committee – reveals that the government is fully aware that the measures it is taking to combat the coronavirus second wave will not be effective.
And that the measures it won’t take are what’s needed.
The chart lays out SAGE’s findings about the impact of the various ‘mitigations’ that the government could put in place to reduce the ‘R rate’ of the virus’s spread. It shows a ‘spread’ of likely impact, with a minimum and maximum expected effect:
The explosive chart shows that closing pubs and restaurants – the Tories’ obsessive measure – has one of the lowest impacts of all the options available. Closing retail will have zero impact and preventing people mixing in homes, the other Tory obsession, also has little effect.
But closing workplaces and even more closing schools, are far more effective in pushing down the rate of spread.
In other words, the Tories are doing exactly what they know will be least effective – while the measures that will work are the ones the Tories are determined not to do, or to do as late as possible when the damage is already done.
The Tories are not simply ‘mishandling’ the government’s response to the crisis. They are knowingly and intentionally doing the least effective things while ignoring the measures that will work.
Boris Johnson and co are putting lives on then altar of their arrogance and political agenda – having already sacrificed tens of thousands during the first wave.
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