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The coronavirus lockdown could be an opportunity rather than just a challenge, the MP for Lichfield and Burntwood has claimed.

In a piece written for the Telegraph, Michael Fabricant said history had shown that “change need not herald disaster”.

His comments come as the country continues to face restricted movement and economic challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Conservative MP said the current crisis could turn out to be a decisive moment in history.

“Once in a generation or so, cataclysmic events transpire which shape the future in unimaginable ways. This pandemic is one such event.

“Just as we separate the periods of terrorism between pre- and post-9/11, history might well divide our society into pre- and post-coronavirus eras.

“But the cataclysm which saw the end of the dinosaurs and the birth of mankind shows that change need not herald disaster.

“COVID-19 may well spark a societal and political revolution which could ultimately improve many of our lives for the better.”

Michael Fabricant MP

Mr Fabricant played down the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, arguing that the situation was “artificially-induced” to help save lives.

“Unlike in 2008/09, the fundamentals of the economy still remain strong.

“The pent-up demand from people being stuck in their homes with little to spend their money on will almost certainly see a splurge of retail spending once restrictions start to ease.

“There have already been cases of this. The retailer Next recently returned to selling clothes online after a two week absence, but became overwhelmed with so many orders it had to close again for a day.

“Similarly, other aspects of our daily lives will slowly return to normal.

“But some aspects of life may not go back to the way they were. And this will be a good thing.”

Michael Fabricant MP

“The work from home revolution”

Many people have been forced to work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

And it is a working method which Mr Fabricant says many organisations may now consider as a long term option.

“Conventional working practices will still endure of course, but one thing this pandemic has shown us is that a Zoom or Skype conference can be just as useful as a physical meeting, and that some workers can be equally as productive, if not a lot more productive, working from home.

“The work from home revolution will also have other positive effects.

“More remote working will mean less money spent on train season tickets for many employees, giving them an effective pay-rise.

“In a twist of fate, this pandemic could do more to redistribute jobs and opportunities around the country – and away from London – than any Government policy ever could.

“And if distance working is maintained, the already dubious business case for the ludicrously expensive HS2 project becomes even more doubtful.

“It’s hard to understate the potential of just how much this pandemic has to change our lives – for the better.

“Turn a challenge into an opportunity, I always believe.

“The challenge of COVID-19 could be the opportunity of a better future.”

Michael Fabricant MP

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59 replies on “Coronavirus lockdown could provide an opportunity for positive change, Lichfield and Burntwood MP claims”

  1. Well done to our MP once again for standing up for what he believes and saying the truth.
    This is an opportunity to make things better.
    The company I worked for closed the day after lockdown and we have now been told it will not reopen as 60% of the suppliers have also closed for good and the others have increased prices to such an extent that it is unprofitable to continue.
    The MP is right. This is an opportunity to change.
    At my age – late 40s – I might struggle to find a similar job again when lockdown is over. But be that as it may, those who do survive the virus and the companies that do make a profit out of the pandemic will go from strength to strength. I have no doubts about that.
    Our MP is one of the strong voices we need. Only the strong will deserve to survive this and we can be thankful he will lead us forward.

  2. @Barry Scott

    What’s GOOD about companies closing? What’s GOOD about a man in his late 40s losing his job?

    “those who do survive the virus and the companies that do make a profit out of the pandemic will go from strength to strength”

    Government’s priority must be to ensure as many individuals and as much as of the economy survives the virus, not to allow an evolutionary “devil take the hindmost” laissez-faire experiment to take lives and livelihoods.

    By the way, are you the Barry Scott who used to advertise Cillit Bang? Perhaps you could get a job with Donald Trump injecting covid-19 sufferers.

  3. It is hard to draw many positives from the present and the potential aftermath of this virus. There will be resentment towards the Insurance industry, the Travel industry, The Tourist and Hospitality industry, The air travel industry and many others who have shamelessly defrauded clients by their often illegal actions. It really does illustrate the real value of their advertising blandishments.
    The economy (along with the rest of the world) will be seriously compromised and it will not be just a case of back to normal. There will inevitably be tax increases and Social services revisions. Large scale infrastructures will be impossible for some time; possibly many years. Job oppertunities will be much rarer and not as lucrative.
    Not everyone wants to work from home. The dynamic of business is not always compatible with this and the work ethic not open to scrutiny. Also work place interaction is fundamental to team building, and to mental stability.
    The air is cleaner….I like that. It is much quieter and birdsong a new experience. That said , if anyone thinks the capitalistic environment that dominates our lives is approaching some sort of watershed then I think both they and our MP is in for a massive dissapointment.

  4. This country will never be back on its feet relying on people working from home, are you going to install a press brake for example in your front garden, or perhaps a production line for bricks. Mr F just comes out with what ever happens to be in his head at that moment, Be amazed if he knows what a press brake even is

  5. @Thomas Loughbrough Rudd

    “At least someone is seeing that we can may find some positives from this terrible event we are all living through.”

    Mr Fabricant’s polemic wasn’t an attempt to find positives around which we can all rally, it was a cynical vehicle contrived to allow him to blow his favourite dog-whistle – stop HS2.

    In the aftermath of the virus crisis, positive changes the UK must introduce include:

    1. A recognition of the contribution of immigrants to our NHS. So far, Mr Fabricant has not spoken in favour of waiving the NHS surcharge levied on overseas doctors, nurses and their families. Now, he must help to abolish the extra tax the country puts on on these brave souls for using the very service they are working hard to provide to the rest of us.

    2. An improvement to the living and working conditions of people who were once talked of as being low-skilled, but who we now have discovered are essential workers: shop-floor staff workers, delivery drivers, refuse collectors, agricultural workers and so on. Let’s see Mr Fabricant and his government introducing a living wage that people can actually LIVE on, decent secure affordable housing and free childcare to support working families.

  6. The ludicrous one speaks, I should’ve stopped when I got here:

    “But the cataclysm which saw the end of the dinosaurs and the birth of mankind shows that change need not herald disaster.”

    Firstly, it would be a disaster causing the change, secondly I’m sure the dinosaurs, when reached for their opinion, didn’t much care for salaries, maintaining a loan, mortgage, child support etc.

    I’ve a request, apart from Barry who can’t seem to adequately put into words why this man is considered a competent MP, so to the floor – what does this bargain bucket Gummage bring to the table that has secured your vote for 20+ years?

  7. No, I am Barry Scott of Lichfield.
    I am putting my faith in the positivity of our MP and our Government.
    There will be casualties of this, it would be nonsense to assume wd would escape unscathed.
    But our MP has shown in this positive statement there is a big light at the tunnel. I have faith in him and his Government.
    Businesses will fail, it is inevitable.
    I lost my job, that is inevitable and if will be hard to find new work.
    But what is also inevitable is that Mr Fabricant and his Government will not leave me on the “scrapheap”. I will get the support I need from my MP and this Government. They will make sure I am employed again and we will come through this better than we were before.
    That is a positive promise. I know I will be OK, as Mr Fabricant says.

  8. My word, I wish I had your unqualified optimism Barry.

    I know a number of contractors and people who changed jobs, just as the lockdown came in, who are entitled to zip – one is a constituent of Fabbo and has wrote to him several times, with zero assistance.

    People have fallen through the gaps, and those people are now 1 month into bills, mortgages etc. Puerile posts from Fabricant and gushing fanboys do not pay, funnily enough.

    I wonder, if Mr Fabricant told you that detergent is the best cure for Covid, where would you stand?

  9. Barry you will get around 80 pounds a week job dealers money hope you can live on it. Then off course if you live long enough to draw a UK state pension you will struggle. What is it,around 150 a week to pay for everything. I am sure your little Lichfield god is Mr F could not live on that but he will not have to as he will be on a huge MP pension. Would be interesting to see him try and live of that whilst driving to Waitrose in his large car with private plate

  10. Oh Barry! Maybe I should come and live in your bubble. It sounds like heaven instead of this hell I am living in. There again, may be we wouldn’t be able to comply with social distancing. I do hope though that your bubble doesn’t burst because you’ll be in for a terrible shock if it did. Stay safe.

  11. I do not believe this “bubble” you talk about exists.
    The Government and our MP has made it clear they will look after us all.
    After his election win, our MP said he was going to represent each and every person in his constituent no matter whether they voted for him or not. I am a loyal supporter, but that is irrelevant in this. Mr Fabricant has made a clear promise. Why would I not believe him?
    The Government has plans to help us all. Why would you know believe them?

  12. Why would we not believe our Prime Minister? A man who has twice been sacked for lying, been found guilty of lying in court, cheated on every partner he has ever had (with the possible exception of his current one so far), repeatedly told lies throughout the Brexit campaign, and repeatedly told lies throughout the last general election campaign, and then hid in a fridge when challenged. I really cannot begin to understand why people wouldn’t believe him.

  13. Fabricant’s comments show exactly the man he is. He simply doesn’t consider those who can’t afford to buy all their clothes at Next exist. Of course he thinks this lockdown is making everyone better off, he got given an extra 10 grand to stop at home. He is right about one thing, the country can become a better place after this, but only if we reject the Tories and make it a fairer, more compassionate place to live, where having a job means you have enough to live on, and society is able to appreciate and care for all.

  14. Barry an old friend of mine used to say, how do you know if an MP is lying, answer he is opening his mouth. The chancellor said he was going to give loans to small businesses he never mentioned that the interest rates could be up to 30% and to get the loan you would need to be a contortionist to get through the hoops, This is fact as I have evidence of a small business ( £8 million turnover) that is liable to cease trading due to not been agile enough through the hoops.
    So do not bank on your Mr F helping you out

  15. Hang on – is this the same MP who supports the withdrawal of the UK from the United Nations?!?

    Oh and Barry Scott – optimism is one thing, but can I have a pint of whatever you’re drinking?! It sounds amazing.

    We’re talking about an MP who has threatened to punch a female journalist in the throat, called one of his young electorate a “twat”, tweeted racist messages and

    Has voted in favour of pay freezes for nurses over a 7 period (effectively giving a year on year pay cut to nurses….the same he now he now proudly refers to as Heroes), almost as though he believes it…

    Has voted in favour of the IRAQ war

    Has voted in favour of SELLING NATIONAL FORESTS

    Has voted in favour of NOT RESTRICTING BANKER’S BONUSES at the time of the financial crisis (I’m not making this up)

    Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

    Generally voted for reducing capital gains tax (So – to recap, hes not for Nurses to get a financial break, but he’s happy to support those individuals who have lots of money…)

    Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year

    Generally voted against a transparent Parliament

    Consistently voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities

    Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change

    Generally voted against financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods

    Consistently voted against slowing the rise in rail fares

    Consistently voted for the privatisation of Royal Mail

    Almost always voted for restricting the scope of legal aid

    All taken from –

    What more amazing after reading that lot, is how anyone in their right mind can actually support this vile self serving little man.

    Essentially – if you’re rich, vote for Michael Fabricant. If you happen to not be rich, forget it – he doesn’t represent your interests (as attested by the above).

    Feel free to argue that point.
    If you can.

  16. Now look Barry, your positive glass half-full approach to life has triggered the doomsters. They can’t handle optimism but seem to dwell on negativity.

  17. I’m not rich, but Mr Fabricant will always get my vote.
    I am not drunk either.
    I simply have belief in our MP and this government to deliver what they promise.
    I choose to believe the promises and positive messages they deliver, not the constantly negative and fake news of “experts” and other “pundits”.

  18. I choose to believe the promises and positive messages they deliver, not the constantly negative and fake news of “experts” and other “pundits”. Or “facts”, as they’re also referred to.

    I’m genuinely curious as to why you support him. I mean, I get the “personality of the hair”, the vague interest
    I’m his ambiguous sexuality (yawn), the irreverent comments, and the media career he’s carved out for himself but, behind all that there’s still that voting record, isn’t there? It doesn’t make for comfortable reading, does it?

    I get the impression Barry Scott that, if Fabricant supported the reintroduction of Slavery – you’d still support him. I mean, how much worse does a personality have to be, before you’d say “oh…he’s crossed a line there”….

    Which part of that makes you think he actually has your interests at heart??

    Genuine question.

  19. Rob – can you for one second, acknowledge that voting record? It exists. It’s how Fabricant voted. It’s fact.

    You need to learn to distinguish between “negativity” and “fact”.

  20. Mr Scott if you believe what a government puts in it manifesto then you a 3d short of a shilling. No government what ever the colour has done what its manifesto says that is just a vote catcher not policy

  21. I’m not on social media, that might hold the answer to your questions Amanda. So I don’t care about the “crimes” he commits on social media, if they are so bad then why hasn’t he been prosecuted or sacked?
    I do not care about his appearance, or his personality.
    What he actually states as fact is all that is important. What the Government promises and delivers is all that matters.
    The only people in a “bubble” are those that think social media is real life.

  22. ‘I’m not rich, but Mr Fabricant will always get my vote.
    I am not drunk either.
    I simply have belief in our MP and this government to deliver what they promise.
    I choose to believe the promises and positive messages they deliver, not the constantly negative and fake news of “experts” and other “pundits”.’

    I’m calling it, this is Fabricant on a sock-puppet account, now I think about the “spelling mistakes” we’ve seen, and the grammar – it makes perfect sense.

  23. Barry Scott – how on Earth is posting his voting record not “real”? I’m stating facts (albeit uncomfortable ones). How can you choose to ignore that?

  24. So Mr Fabricant increases his majority to over 23,000 in the last election.
    Yet I must listen to a handful of people who clearly regard their own ill-judged remarks as the only true “facts”. You may be interested to know actual life exists in a factual sense outside if social media.
    You very small number of people keep agreeing with yourselves and get nowhere.
    I’ll go with the overwhelming majority who trust our MP and trust our Government.

    As for previous comments about the Chancellor, I think what he has achieved so far is impressive. He has delivered real help to real people.
    He may lack the personality of our PM or even our own MP. But what he lacks in “charisma” and “colour” he makes up for in substance.

  25. Deluded and out of touch with reality as ever. But what else do we expect from our MP?

    What I find truly shocking is I agree with Barry Scott on one point. He illustrates perfectly that no matter how many of us critics get wound up by the MP’s antics and arrogance on Twitter, he still occupies a very safe seat and has increased his majority in every election. Perhaps the silent majority have found a voice in Mr Scott?
    Now that is a scary thought.

  26. Barry – for the third time…I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA..I’m talking about his voting record. What part of that are you not able to understand?? Stop banging on about social media mate, and focus on what’s important – how your elected MP has chosen to represent you in his right to vote.

    Let’s face it mate, it’s Stockholm syndrome.

  27. I reckon Barry Scott is either Michael Fabricant, someone related to Michael Fabricant, or somebody with the IQ of a Cheese plant. Or all three of those.

  28. I love the “he’s got a majority – he must be ok” sentiment!!! It’s like the 2nd World War never happened! All those people who voted for Hitler….they were definitely onto something weren’t they??


  29. I’m not in any way suggesting that Fabricant is self serving or protecting his own considerable wealth (millions) when he votes but, he did vote in favour of gay rights according to that “they vote for you” website. So – he support less tax for wealthy individuals and gay marriage. You know what – I’m gonna day it. He’s self serving. End of.

  30. Amanda you brought up his hair and personal relationships which are irrelevant- like all things on social media.
    Our MP’s voting record speaks for itself. He is a man who sticks by his principles and votes accordingly.
    He is also a man who keeps his promises, like the Government.
    Mr Fabricant is the MP we want and we deserve. Tens of thousands agree with me.
    A few social media “obsessed” agree with you.

  31. A man who keeps his promises pull the other one it rings, unfortunately you are 3 pence short of a shilling. As an example if he was so keen to keep the leisure centre open why did he need a photo shoot with the people trying to close it IE the academy and why did he not join the gym and show us all he really meant what he said

  32. 3 pence?
    I have some “figures” for you ML:
    34,844 – the number of votes Mr Fabricant won at the 2019 election.
    64.5% – his percentage of the vote.
    23,638 – his majority.

    The few of you on here who just seem want to criticise me and the 34,843 others who voted for him as our MP can keep sharing your meaningless “opinions” amongst yourselves.

    I will be writing to our MP in due course to discuss how the Government will be helping me and others to move the country forward and honour his promises. I expect a positive resonse.

  33. I honestly cannot believe that Mr Scott isn’t a troll. One that is living in another dimension but has managed to seep through to this one. Obviously in that other dimension Fabricant is God. Hahaha. For goodness sake grow up.

  34. However I do believe positivity is a good position to adopt. I would like to think that if and when this strange phenomenon is over we would all be able to be kinder to one another especially the most vulnerable in our societies and around the world, that we will be motivated to look after and take care of this wondrous planet and be more caring towards the animals and creatures who are unable to speak up for themselves. That indeed the world will be a much better place to live for future generations. What a good legacy that would be. Maybe idealistic but if you haven’t a dream how can you make a dream come true. Hey if the Government sticks to it’s own guideline the prognosis surely must be good especially if we all work together,

    “How a society treats its most vulnerable is always the measure of its humanity.”

    Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft of the UK Mission to the UN at the Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict.
    ( From our own UK Gov website)

  35. 3 pence ie 1 p new money
    1 shilling ie 5 p new money

    Now you know Barry you arn’t very bright so definitely 3 pence short of a shilling because that what it means or anothe expression for you
    A 9 bob note

  36. It seems you all prefer to ignore the real “facts”.
    Mr Fabricant was elected (again) with an increased majority. He has done a lot for this city – he backed Friary Grange, despite the claims otherwise, he got “access” improved at Lichfield Trent Valley station for those who can’t climb stairs, he’s a leading opponent of HS2 and done a lot to make sure our city is not badly affected by this, he provides weekly help to constituents and is regarded as an influential and senior member of the Conservative Party in the corridors of “power”.
    That’s why I believe in his positive message and he will help me when it is required.

    I used to read the Lichfield Mercury and looked forward to his regular updates.
    I now read this “website” for my local news. I have to say the stories are excellent and I enjoy keeping updated on “local” news.
    But it seems a very small handful of you “experts” sat in your homes just like the lower the tone and the standard of debate and discussion. The majority of us know what is really happening, you seem to be in cloud cuckooland.

  37. Whoever said this was blind Stockholm syndrome was absolutely right. It seems the worse Fabricant gets, the more people like “Barry” love him. I voted for Fabricant in the last but one election. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him once I dug into his passed comments, opinions, and what he stands for. He’s vile. Absolutely vile – and this is coming from a traditional Tory voter!! What does he care tho – he has a massive majority…just as Hitler did.

  38. Barry when this is all over if you still have your job good for you,if you haven’t then you will go onto job seekers allowance,how ever much you love Mr F you will get the same as all the others on it no more no less there are no exceptions for Fabricant worshippers

  39. @Barry – my memory of the Friary Grange campaign is a little different from yours, so forgive me for intervening on this point. Whilst Mr Fabricant expressed a hope that something could be done to save Friary Grange, and that a city the size of Lichfield should have a swimming pool, he didn’t back Friary Grange, and had no involvement in the campaign.

  40. Barry, Mr Fabricant will not do anything to help you when you have no money coming in.
    My Husband had a brain injury a few years ago and I could not access his bank accounts. He was in hospital for a long time.
    I had to apply for universal credit and UC insisted on taking my husband’s income into account even though I could not access that income.
    If it was not for my family I would have been starving and homeless.
    I wrote to Mr Fabricant and all he did was send a cut and paste letter on how great UC was.
    He wasn’t interested.
    Thankfully we are retired now but all I can say to you is you are in for a big disappointment.
    Our MP is more interested in being a celeb.
    Good luck to you but I have my suspicions you are not for real but giving you the benefit of the doubt.

  41. “How a society treats its most vulnerable is always a measure of its humanity.” What a statement that is with both past, present and future connotations.
    So how do we implement that “humanity” in the present circumstances? There are so many factors it amounts to being damned if you do and damned if you don’t. There are so many moral conflicts, that will have profound consequences, it will in reality amount to a trade off. Deaths, mental health, the economy, other non Covid illnesses and civil compliance are all in the mix alongside much more. It would be ironic to be eulogiesing Captain Tom while his contemporaries are dying in ‘rest home’s’.
    Who decides the priorities? (thankfully not me!) And how will future generations judge our humanity?
    We are not without hope but there is a long way to go. Perhaps all of us will have our sanity tested before we reach a different kind of ‘normal’.

  42. It’s nice that Barry has such faith in our MP and our government. Yes voting figures show that Fabricant won a majority but that does not therefore mean that we should have implicit faith in him and the government to deliver on anything. Recent events show that the government failed to prepare for the pandemic and to take it seriously until it was too late with the problems we now have with PPE and testing. On the economy its likely that our government is on course to walk away from the Brexit negotiations on a free trade deal with the EU our biggest trading partner. This is likely to do untold damage to UK companies already reeling from the impact of the Coronavirus. A trade deal with the US is not going to fill the void. Just remember that Fabricant is a leading Brexiteer when we leave without a deal and plunges us all into an even deeper recession. Trading people’s livelihoods and prosperity for narrow ideological reasons at a time of national crisis does not for me generate any trust in the government or Fabricant. Fabricant is in a privileged position as he has guaranteed employment for the next five years and a nice pension at the end of it. This is a luxury few of his constituents can claim and one he seems to blithely ignore given his voting record in parliament and general indifference to actually engage with his constituents on matters of local interest. The only thing you can assume is that Lichfield sadly deserves better.

  43. @ Philip Allso – Perhaps all of us will have our sanity tested before we reach a different kind of ‘normal’.
    Perhaps with ought to start with the Barry’s of this world.

  44. Again “Ann’s”… very difficult as this site caters (thankfully) for many opinions. Psychologically, of course, there is no shortage of sycophants, bigots, and the simply delusional. Those I really detest are the trolls and I try to ovide ‘feeding them.’ As all of these posts are very transitory their value is at best doubtful, but with the dearth of social intercourse in these troubled times (and local news) this site is very welcome anyway. While at difference with some of the contributors there is a better understanding of what the local populous are thinking. Lastly, the political climate in this area is staunchly Tory. A case of the dog still loving its cruel master.

  45. It is not surprising to me that critics of Mr Fabricant resort to “name calling”.
    I’m entitled to my view and my opinion. That does not make me delussional, sycophantal or a troll.
    Why is it so hard for you few critics of our MP to understand why there is a large majority of us who have a view that is completely opposite to you?
    I have no interest in attacking any of you personally. Why do you feel the need to do it to anyone who decides to defend our MP?

  46. I’m no fan of Mr Fabricant, and I’ve previously criticised Barry for negativity in another post. But to be fair, I don’t really see what’s so awful about Fabbo’s comments in this article, nor Barry’s right to support him.

    There’s really no need for the level of hostility being displayed on here, calm down people, and let’s try to keep it civil. :)

  47. @ Asellus aquaticus….. Strange that this article should have attracted such a volume of comments. Possibly it reflects the degree of frustration people are feeling. I applaud you conciliatory council; good debate should be balanced.
    It is difficult to temper my cynicism when the history of our MP does not suggest any previous examples of altruism. You might, however, be able to help me by stating virtues I didn’t know he has. Examples of the good he has negotiated as our representative would be welcome. To be in a constituency which is itself without balance is difficult in itself. That said I would credit anyone able to improve the existence of our citizens.
    I have no expectations of the things he espouses. Indeed there is a better chance of going down to Packington to see the pigs coming into roost. The situation for a substantial number in our society is hand to mouth or worse. Difficult to defend. The plaudits for the current hero’s will, like this missive, be transitory.

  48. @ Philip.

    I’m have no desire to list Fabricant’s virtues, I don’t particularly like him, and disagree with the vast majority of his recent political comments. However, I’m not going to criticise him for trying to find some optimism in the current difficult situation.

    And in the same way that I think it very unlikely anybody posting in the comment section is going to persuade me to change my view about Fabricant, I think it’s equally unlikely that anybody posting in the comment section is going to get Barry to change his. So perhaps we shouldn’t try?

  49. The UK, despite having had the luxury of 2-3 weeks advance notice how deadly the virus was, now has the 2nd highest death rate in Europe. Why? How?

    No doubt Barry still has faith in our government…..the same government that promoted us to “herd” together in the early days.

    I realise we’re all entitled to our opinion but, come on mate…..supporting the Gov that has enabled this to happen, and chose to ignore being part of an EU led initiative to bulk source vital medical equipment is, quite frankly, insulting to those who’ve lost loved ones as a result.

  50. Craig….. I am not a conservative and would frankly like to see more consensus politics between the parties. The general attitude seems to be, whatever you do is wrong, and we would have done it better. We wish! No party has a monopoly of intelligence, and the opposition of recent times has been lamentable. Hopefully that looks to be improving.
    The Labour party would not have performed any better, and I say that reluctantly. I only hope they don’t try to make any personal reputations out of this crisis. Realistically no country can be fully prepared for a rapidly evolving emergency. Like all insurance you try not to cover for the improbable although, of course, there are always those with 20 / 20 hindsight who become latter day critics.
    Resources in a worldwide situation are bound to be stretched. The initiative involving the EU might sound like a positive idea, but there is no love lost for us in that direction so the prospect of a fair deal is an imponderable. Hopefully, if the Oxford vaccine proves efficient, they might afford us the respect they have denied us for some time.
    This virus has transcended all other considerations. Only 10% of the population have so far been infected. The remaining 90% WILL be vulnerable as long as it takes to produce a vaccine. Make no mistake that may never happen and (like Aids) only a containing medication might mitigate a dreadful situation.
    The statistics can be read any way you like, and are affected by many factors. For sure we only get one version of the ‘truth’. For instance the number of deaths in America look horrendous, but on a per capita basis ours are no better.
    This will genuinely be a marathon. Much better if in politics, as communities and in person we come together in the common cause.

  51. Here’s some musings from the german expert Craig:

    “Public Health England was in a position to diagnose the disease very early on – we worked with them to make the diagnostic test – but rollout in Germany was driven in part by market forces, which made it fast, and that wasn’t the case in the UK.”

    Which makes one wonder what the plethora of NHS Trusts, managers and procurement staff have spent their days doing, besides saying “we’ve always done it like this”?

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