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Shut the stable door!

July 21, 2021 10:08 AM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

4x9n (Photo by Nachelle Nocom on Unsplash)We have made no secret of our desire for a more cautious opening up of freedoms after the pandemic, highlighting the risks both to health and economy of a big bang approach.

It was therefore somewhat appropriate that three of the holders of the great offices of state should spend " freedom day" in self isolation having caught covid or having been pinged by the app.

It also wasn't a great look trying to avoid isolation by talking about joining a pilot scheme for daily testing, an idea which had to be dropped under protest, given that the rest of us would have no choice but to isolate

At around the same time changes were made in the traffic light system as to which countries fitted where. Then at the last minute the government created a new category ( burnt orange?) for visitors to France ( supposedly amber) who would none the less be expected to self isolate on return, irrespective of whether travellers had been double jabbed. This prompted a panic rush back to the UK with the French bemused by the announcement, given they have lower levels of infection than us

Then on day 2 of "freedom" the Prime Minister suddenly announces the government will go ahead with a plan to make vaccine certificates mandatory for people going to nightclubs from September after everyone will have been offered jabs.
Just two weeks ago vaccine passports were rejected as proof of entry to any venue.

What is odd about this announcement is that night clubs had been allowed to open less than 24 hours before, without the requirement.
If the risks of passing infections in this environment are high, why would you allow young people to mix together over the coming couple of months when many are not vaccinated but will seek to insist on passports only when they are? It may be we are missing something, but isn't that closing the stable door long after the horse has bolted

No. 10 did rule out extending vaccine passports to pubs.

If that is not enough of an utter shambles Paul Scully, the business minister, appeared to say that the app's instructions were merely advisory saying that it was "up to individuals and employers". to decide.

Just two hours later, a Downing Street spokesperson said: "Isolation remains the most important action people can take to stop the spread of the Just two hours later, "Given the risk of having and spreading the virus when people have been in contact with someone with Covid it is crucial people isolate when they are told to do so, either by NHS Test and Trace or by the NHS"

Dominic Cummings has filled the airwaves with further stories of the PMs indecision in earlier covid waves. His views may be tainted with a desire for revenge but we are seeing again the same pattern of knee-jerk decisions apparently randomly made. Is it any wonder confidence in the governments competence continues to ebb away?

LibDems home affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael has responded

"Vaccine passports are Covid ID cards: unworkable, expensive and divisive." The government should "execute one final handbrake turn and rule them out for good."