Now is not the time to try to discredit the Government over coronavirus – the public needs to be advised and informed

Unwise heads

AT this time of national crisis, all media outlets should be putting their energy into informing and advising the public.

Instead, a handful of broadcasters used precious air time to promote a motley crew of “scientists” desperately hoping to make their names discrediting the Government’s strategy.

Not taking the same draconian measures as other countries may seem odd but the PM is acting on the advice of Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance (pictured) — eminent doctors ideally equipped to deal with the pandemic
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Not taking the same draconian measures as other countries may seem odd but the PM is acting on the advice of Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance (pictured) — eminent doctors ideally equipped to deal with the pandemic[/caption]

To those who don’t understand virology, not taking the same draconian measures as other countries may seem odd.

But the Prime Minister is acting on the advice of Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty — eminent doctors ideally equipped to deal with the pandemic.

Of course, their superior expertise shouldn’t exempt them from all scrutiny.

And, given the stakes, the Government MUST publish the details of its modelling to put minds at rest and give expert virologists a chance to have their say.

But puffed-up PhD students with an axe to grind are a far cry from professional epidemiologists.

And British broadcasters should know better than to let them spread panic.

Schools’ folly

ACCESS to education is one of the pillars of a civilised society.

But because schools are excluding weaker pupils to avoid poor results harming their position in the league tables, a growing number of children are denied that basic right.

Schools are excluding weaker pupils to avoid poor results harming their position in the league tables
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Schools are excluding weaker pupils to avoid poor results harming their position in the league tables[/caption]

The consequences of this folly are enormous.

It’s estimated that every year-group of permanently excluded pupils costs us £2.1billion extra on education, health and welfare benefits.

And, just as worryingly, 85 per cent of children in young offender institutions had been excluded while 63 per cent of prisoners were suspended or excluded.

We get that children who struggle academically can be tough on over-stretched teachers.

But education shouldn’t be about survival of the fittest.

And it’s often the weakest pupils who need school most.

Dumping them on the scrapheap of society isn’t fair on anyone.

Kind Britain

AMID horror and uncertainty, British people are displaying extraordinary kindness, camaraderie and bravery.

Each time the Government announces it’s taking another step to keep us safe, Brits have demonstrated that they are listening — and understand the gravity of the situation.

Brits have been displaying extraordinary kindness, camaraderie and bravery throughout the coronavirus outbreak
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Brits have been displaying extraordinary kindness, camaraderie and bravery throughout the coronavirus outbreak[/caption]

Instead of complaining about missed holidays and football games, they’ve quickly and quietly got on with what needs to be done.

 

Shopkeepers — worrying about their own futures — have given out free hand sanitiser and tinned goods to elderly locals.

Neighbours have rallied around those most at risk from the disease.

This — not needless shelf-clearing — is Britain at its best.



 

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