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    Feeling compassion towards those who have lost loved ones does not mean that you cannot challenge either statistics or the Government approach to dealing with the pandemic. Initially the Government had the public on side and in general the population were complying with the rules imposed and the restrictions- then Dominic Cummings did his infamous trip to Durham and the Government succeeded in scoring a spectacular “own goal “ by providing him with support instead of sacking him. After that incident public confidence was substantially lost and had never been regained. The world is going to have this virus around for the foreseeable future and we have to learn to live with it. Compassion will become thin on the ground if life doesn’t soon get back to some semblance of normal. Schools cannot be closed indefinitely- teaching unions are doing the profession a huge disservice, the majority of teachers are hard working and care deeply about their pupils. But instead of insisting on testing the Government should vaccinate both pupils and teachers. If children cannot attend school then many parents will be unable to go to work and the economy suffers even more resulting in further closures, redundancies and unemployment. This doesn’t mean advocating throwing the older population under the bus but there must be a more balanced and nuanced approach. Opinions will always differ - but one thing is certain, we must get people back to work and allow the country to get back on its feet.

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