Silence speaks volumes

On 24th. May, I wrote to our local M.P., Esther McVey, asking her what she would do to restore the public’s trust in politics. This was in the aftermath of the ‘Dominic Cummings’ scandal.



Four weeks later, I am still waiting for a response, and there have been further reasons for growing cynicism about the integrity and competence of our political leadership:

  • huge under-reporting of virus-related deaths
  • promises about track and trace broken
  • chaos in the full re-opening of schools.

Above all, the Cabinet appears incapable of admitting mistakes and of learning from them. In the words of a former CEO of the NHS, Sir Nigel Crisp: “To err is human; to cover up is unforgiveable; to fail to learn is inexcusable”.

Jonathan Smith


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