23 July 2020 – the overnight press release

Lack of economic planning for a pandemic highlights Government failures

Responding to a Public Accounts Committee report published today that finds an “astonishing” failure on the part of the Government to prepare for the economic impact of a pandemic, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

Everyone agrees that COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge, but the Government’s failure to ensure there was a contingency plan at the ready has left thousands of families with no help whatsoever, and thousands of businesses making redundancies or closing down.

Considering that pandemics are one of the key risks any Government plans for, if there had have been a proper plan in place implemented quickly, we could have saved thousands more livelihoods.

This makes an independent inquiry into this Government’s handling of the pandemic more urgent than ever. The Liberal Democrats were the first to demand this and will continue to push for it until the Government has explained its lack of preparedness.

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5 Comments

  • “Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says response shows ‘might of UK union’..” BBC News, this morning.

    “This makes an independent inquiry into this Government’s handling of the pandemic more urgent than ever”……. Ed Davey

    It’s very obliging of this part time Prime Minister to put in one of his occasional public appearances today, but I’m afraid the only independent activity we’re likely to see during Blundering Boris’s tenure of Downing Street is north of the Border…… where events have been so much better handled and where the head of government actually turns up and puts a shift in.

  • It has been reported on twitter that the army are to do ‘table top’ scenario tests on a 2nd wave of the pandemic, floods AND food shortages from BREXIT. It does imply a plan for future trouble but it also implies they expect food shortages from their so called ‘oven ready deal’.

  • Ed Davey could not be more correct in saying that it is more important than ever for an in depth inquiry into this governments handling of the pandemic along with in my opinion, a raft of other ill judged, putting it mildly, policies and associations?

  • Antony Watts 24th Jul '20 - 8:36am

    Again. Time to stir up BREXIT and its total stupidity. It could become a hot potato for us all and we should consider starting to make a huge fuss about it. Not in my name, etc Give me bac my freedoms, etc, No economic benefit whatsoever, etc

    Sorry to bring this up as everyone has closed their eyes and believs it is done, but its effects on us all economic and societal are yet to be seen, and are dreaded.

  • Antony. Yes indeed. The lies which fuelled the Brexit vote have been forgotten. And, whatever the dubious ‘rules of democracy’ may say about respecting the result regardless of how few actually voted, it remains a fact that on the day only about one in five of the actual electorate ticked the ‘leave’ box.

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