Re. Tuesday’s above news, here’s one of The Telegraph’s regular commentators:
The next Prime Minister?
‘…Lord Frost, who rose to prominence as an adviser to Mr Johnson in the Foreign Office before being handed a peerage for his leadership of the UK’s Brexit negotiating team, resigned dramatically days before Christmas over concerns about the Government’s “direction of travel”.
He told The Telegraph that coronavirus policy was the main reason for his departure from the Cabinet. “That was the reason I resigned. That’s what took me out of the Government in December,” he said. “I didn’t agree with the Plan B measures, masks, vaccine passports – that’s what forced me out.”
The peer said that, when the pandemic is viewed in hindsight, the UK has “come out relatively positively” but that lockdowns will be revealed to be an error.
“I think, honestly, people are going to look back at the last couple of years globally and see lockdown as a pretty serious public policy mistake,” he said.
“I would like to see the Government ruling out lockdowns for the future; repealing the legislation; ending them. We can’t afford it [and] it doesn’t work. Stop doing Covid theatre – vaccine passports, masks, stuff that doesn’t work – and focus on stuff that does work so that we’re ready if the next one is worse.
“Stuff like ventilation, antivirals, proper hospital capacity, managing it properly – that’s what we need to be focusing on going forward.” (Emphases added by RB)
Read the full ‘exclusive’ at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/01/13/lord-frost-covid-lockdowns-serious-mistake-government-needs/
Meanwhile, over ‘the pond’: