Last Friday the Government released something late – which is their way of hiding things that they think will be unpopular – namely, that they will be sharing data with the police…
Last week the Lords considered three coronavirus regulations, in the hope that they would codify and simplify the vast system of laws, regulations and advice that has developed over the past six months. We are now considering yet more regulations that add to the confusion.
Last Friday the Government released something late – which is their way of hiding things that they think will be unpopular – namely, that they will be sharing data with the police. Now this is not something that we should be debating afterwards and, luckily, we have had a short debate today in the House.
The real problem is that the Government have not accepted that this is a health issue and not an enforcement issue.
Anything that deters people from signing up for test and trace is going to be counterproductive.
Surely it would be better to give people financial support rather than giving them penalties all the time.
Meanwhile, testing information is not even given to local directors of public health – and I cannot understand how the Government can justify giving it to the police and not to local directors.
We need a locally led, health-centred approach to this health crisis, not the centralised, privatised, jobs-for-the-boys system that this Government are running.
Finally, can the Minister tell me that all the regulations and advice will be rationalised and refined so that we can actually understand where we all are?
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