The Debate over UK Government Messaging During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Part 4—Messaging At Its Worst

Just when it seemed government messaging could not get any worse, it did! But has the UK government ended-up getting its Covid response right purely by fluke?

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Precisely at the moment when there was the strongest possibility that the government would have to revert to the restrictions it had irreversibly removed, and invoke measures which would require the full confidence of its public, it became mired in scandal

The Debate over UK Government Messaging During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Part 3—There be Problems!

The problems with the government’s management of the pandemic: No long-term thinking, useful and effective tools were cancelled and the early day benefits of lockdown were squandered.

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Since early February 2020, there have been government decisions which were obviously wrong at the time they were made. To date, the mistakes of the UK government in managing the pandemic are encompassed in three main factors

The Debate over UK Government Messaging During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Part 2—Is there a Plan?

What was the UK Government’s plan? Did one exist at all, or was the government firefighting and desperately piecing together the semblance of a plan, only to see each iteration disintegrate?

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Years of copious research from masses of accumulated, real-world data has created a knowledgebase which, despite its prowess, gives no clear indication as to how long a pandemic will last. A few weeks, months, years? No one knows. Therefore, there was no reason to expect or assume that Covid-19 would be short-lived. In the absence…

The Debate over UK Government Messaging During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Part 1—Planning and Messaging

The key requirements of a government during a national emergency are a plan and competent messaging. Part 1 discusses forming a plan and takes a detailed look at the nature of messaging.

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The task of guiding and managing a population through a pandemic falls to government. At times of national emergency, there are four factors which a government must control and command.