Lockdown too late to save lives and jobs – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: David Ingham, Ripon.

THIS second lockdown was introduced too late and is resulting in the economy suffering more damage at a time when traders need to make the money that sees them through the lean months.

Many people have lost their jobs because Chancellor Rishi Sunak reintroduced the furlough scheme too late while others fell through the gaps that he left.

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The tragedy of the deaths that need not have happened had the second lockdown taken place when the Government was encouraged to do so is a catastrophic failure. Early and decisive action would have saved lives and jobs.

Boris Johnson arrives back in Downing Street following his first public appearance after two weeks in self-isolation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promised “world beating” tracing system is failing in areas with the worst infection rates.

Allowing the private contractors to use the name NHS on its shabby products hides the blame, it is not one whole service that is part of the NHS.

The Test, Track and Trace setup has bypassed some of the local expertise available in the NHS, universities and councils.

Some of the logistics were already in place and were ignored, instead something new, shiny, poor and expensive was patched together by several companies.

Boris Johnson sets out the new Tier arrangements at a 10 Downing Street press conference.

From: Peter Horton, Sandy Lane, Ripon.

IT has been announced that North Yorkshire is to be in Tier 2 of Covid restrictions which appears to mean that cinemas and churches can re-open but pubs can only open if they serve proper meals. So the friendly neighbourhood local, serving only drinks, must stay closed. What sort of crackpot logic is this?

If I go to a pub and order fish and chips and a pint, I am unlikely to catch infection, but a pub selling only drinks is far too risky to be allowed to trade.

I wonder if the authors of this ludicrous policy are temperance fanatics out to destroy the English pub, as they will surely succeed if their illogical policies are allowed to continue.

From: Brian H Sheridan, Lodge Moor, Sheffield.

MICHAEL Dobson rightly poses the question “Why is everyone so fixated on having a ‘normal’ Christmas?” (The Yorkshire Post, November 26). There is a wonderful line in Doc Martin, where the GP asks: “Why does everyone have to be happy?” Of course happiness is desirable, but if we go in search of a happy Christmas per se we shall be disappointed. A wise individual once observed that happiness usually comes as a by-product.

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