Right-wing Tories are proving their ideology trumps everything

Tory Brexiteer MP Desmond Swayne in the House of Commons

Tory Brexiteer MP Desmond Swayne in the House of Commons - Credit: Parliament TV

So what have we learnt this week in the dystopian Covid Brexit land that the UK seems to have become?

That forecasts are just that and even a “reasonable worst-case scenario” might start looking optimistic.

That you can only disregard the advice of experts, be they scientists or economists, for so long – the facts will catch-up with you.

That for a certain type of right-wing politician, sticking to an ideology is more important than people’s lives.

That if you are given a ‘breathing space’, make sure you make the most of it, whether implementing Test and Trace or negotiating a deal.

That the government is able to perform a u-turn on policy in the face of evidence, albeit several weeks too late.
So, whilst optimism is generally good, blind optimism may do more harm. Changing your mind may involve a loss of face, but sometimes it is the right, and only, thing to do.

We have left the EU, but do not make it worse than it needs to by foolishly sticking to a mistaken ideology. The government still has time to change its mind and mitigate the worst outcomes of Brexit but, please learn the lessons of the second wave, this time don’t prevaricate and delay, acting sooner is the right thing to do for the good of the country.
Nick Roberts
Selly Oak

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This virus doesn’t have a diary.
Doesn’t know what day it is.
This virus has never heard of Christmas.
We have to accept it’s just the way it is.
Kathy Erasmus
London

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