As a lifelong Tory (and occasional LibDem) voter, not to mention a scourge of the Boris Grrrrrrrr brigade, I have to say that I'm fast losing patience with the current shower of shoite which passes for the UK Government.
I want to hear a very clear definition of the point at which government will concede that the damage we're taking in the current pandemic by following the approved policies exceeds the damage we would otherwise take and I want to have confidence that our decision-makers are sufficiently hard-boiled to make the right choices when that point is reached. I don't believe that the current administration, or any other available alternative, will provide either.
Rishi Sunak knows the dangers, but his party has embraced a destructive economic illiteracywww.telegraph.co.uk
I think the Tories are currently in the middle of a massive misjudgement/collapse of leadership:
The Conservatives will lose their new voters if all they can offer is lavish public spending promiseswww.telegraph.co.uk
I hear you on this and I've noted that others whose views I often share on other matters feel the same. To some extent, it reminds me of the war weary public mood in 1945, which saw Attlee elected rather than Churchill, despite victory in a situation much more clear cut than now. Nor did it stop a million books and websites since picking open every decision made in that war, all with the benefit of hindsight.
In some ways though, this situation is even harder on the Government, since there are two diametrically opposed positions, each with strong partisanship in one of the World's most open liberal democracies. Neither position is entirely right or wrong and the situation is evolving constantly. Team Boris has to chart an extremely difficult path between them with no obvious alternatives. Earning much of our living through being an international hub state also makes virus control even harder.
To push for one direction or another is a luxury open to her Majesty's loyal opposition, the media and each of us as individuals, but not to the sitting Government, which must try to the best of its ability to be all things to all men. Strategically, we are probably doing OK. I fully agree tactical mistakes have been made, as they are in war. But again history teaches that whilst hard-line positions often confer an early advantage, they don't always win in the end. Often because the opponent learns from them and improves on them. We will do likewise.
So, my view is that it is little use simply blaming HMG for this, we need to tough it out, do our bit and accept that there are no easy answers, mistakes will be made but we will get through it.