However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, “he said [that] the government needed to set out an exit strategy to maintain trust and to ensure that arrangements are in place for it”. He told Radio 4 “We've got to have the trust of the public … For that trust there needs to be transparency and openness - they need to know what the thinking is on when lockdown will end”. People need to see a way out.
I've been backed by WHO?
Sadly for the Tories, “The government said talking about an exit before the virus had reached its peak risks confusing the public”. So the public are too stupid to understand? Don’t tell Brendan O’Neill! Priti Patel made matters worse. “We'd all love to be able to spread a great deal of optimism and say: 'This is going to end on X date’”. Starmer is not asking for that. He is asking for the Government to outline an exit strategy.
Er, s-s-sorry Number Two, it won't happen again
We now have a Government, and several ministers, who do not understand the difference between having a strategy, and making time-specific commitments to undertake specific actions. This is Business Studies 101, and thus far, Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Laura Trott, and the ubiquitous “Prime Minister’s spokesman” have flunked the exam.
This organisation does not tolerate failure, Mister Raab
Perhaps Dominic Cummings is trying to tell Raab something. Like “You’re next, matey”.