Pre warning *I might rant in this thread*. Is it me or has the UK government genuinely been callous in it's response to the COVID-19 situation. Now before I start ranting, I must state that I am not the most clued on the science element to COVID-19 so please excuse me if I get something wrong, though I will try my best not to. Now the UK's first confirmed death was around the 5th March, but there is reports circulating that this might have actually took place on the 28th Feb; https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp....-hold-in-uk-earlier-than-thought-data-reveals If I remember correctly, it was around March 4th where we had our first jump in cases from around 30 to 84(ish) and it was a few days or maybe just a week after when Nadine Dorris, junior minister was diagnosed with COVID-19 so the potential for Westminster to be 'teeming' with it was a possibility and it was only around mid March that the government started it's press briefings and only at this stage advises the public on social distancing and urging them to stay away from gatherings keeping in mind the death rate and case rate was start to surge at this time. After this there was an official announcement on schools closing after Rishi Sunak announced the budget with around £30 Billion allocated in the fight against COVID-19 and around the end of March we had the lockdown announced. Now let's be frank, the lockdown measures were extremely lax, I will only speak about Lancashire as I had to constantly work during the pandemic due to the kind of job I'm in and constantly had to come face to face with the public (I'm not complaining one bit, it was my job and I had to do it, simple), during the initial phase the police around here handed out around 125(ish) fines, but we saw the immense criticims that was put on the police day in day out by the media (keep in mind, a fair bit of it was justified), but the legislation itself wasn't actually put in place for a good week after Boris's speech and the fine was pretty minimal in the larger scheme of things. I believe there was a 'Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce' kind of policy in place by the police. So was the government even ready to enforce a lockdown? I don't believe so one bit, looking at what was happening in Italy, Spain and France should have rang bells across the political spectrum but there seem to he no care in the world and something as important as the legislation should have been drafted up in contingency planning and then bought forth with all stakeholders on board, clearly the police and government were never on one page as we saw all sorts of statements from the NPCC about how the 'police are confused', 'there needs to be more clarification amongst other issues' just reinfocing that neither had really consulted or made the time to consult each other beforehand. Also, keeping in mind that the UK police has been devastated by cuts during this austerity period, were they ever capable of enforcing a lockdown? If you look at the figures of how much police France have compared to the UK, it's shocking, 330,000 in France compared to 130,000 in the UK. We both have a similar population as well. So clearly the lockdown was lax and not even enforcable as witnessed by the multiple pictures of traffic/people in the park etc circulating online and surely witnessed by posters here. Moving onto some of the 'optics', was the Nightingale hospital even a worthy move? When there is reports circulating that it was not even used or barely used and is now due to close; https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp....on-nhs-nightingale-hospital-placed-on-standby Unless I've missed it, there is no data on how much it cost to build the hospital, was this is a good use of resources when staff, logistics that could have been better used in overun hospital were sat idle at the Nightingale hospital instead? This to be just seems to be a PR stunt. Then coming onto the issue of PPE, we all know the debacle that took place but there was one place that the UK goverment was clearly failing in; Care homes! https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/health-52284281 https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp....buy-their-own-ppe-as-national-deliveries-fail There was a clear lack of PPE equipment delivered to staff and easily the most vulnerable residents at these places. Instead staff in a lot of places were left to their own devices and we saw how the local community had to step in to fill the void left; https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/05...l-team-raise-money-to-buy-ppe-for-care-homes/ Why is that it took almost 6 weeks of counting for the government to add care home/community deaths into the total UK count, when that should have been added to the daily briefings to give the public the clear picture and not to mention if it was used properly, the government might have actually had to something about the situation, it was only due to the pressure from care homes and the media that the government added it to the daily briefings and the graphs that they left to parade. There was also the debacle with SAGE, whereby government ministers such as the clueless Dominic Cummings were allegedly involved and not allowing the scientists to put their points/suggestions forward and then we hear 'we're following the science' mantra. Not to mention the countless false promises with the testing, for the last 6 days the government has fallen below it's 100,000 testing a day pledge. At the time when Germany were testing 500,000 a week, the UK was doing under 20,000 a day! There was no concept of contact tracing, the much hyped NHS app is still defunct and now there is plans to drop it completely and the debacle with the NHS volunteers whereby the public went out of it's way to sign up and there is reports that only a handful of people are being passed anything to do. Most importantly what about Op Cygnus? Which clearly showed in 2016 that the UK could not deal with a pandemic! Why were lessons not learnt and not implemented? Probably because the politicians were busy creating a toxic environment in the UK about Brexit! Now to be supressing it? How callous do you have to be? What about the press conference today? I don't understand the whole 'stay alert' slogan change, is this some kind of PR campaign? Is confusing the public and the media really the best thing to do when we have supposedly passed the peak and are bracing for a possibly second wave? Also his measures, I mean seriously what does this mean 'We are encouraging you to go to work but don't use public transport' what? When a good number of the UK public use trains and buses! Primary schools to reopen, what purpose does that serve when secondary schools are to reopen in Sep anyway? Did anything Boris say actually make sense today? Not to mention half the cabinet wasn't even consulted and the message was pre-recorded over 2 days. What about the criminal fact that the PM of the country missed 5 Cobra meetings prior to the pandemic set up to discuss the ... you guessed it, the pandemic! I do apologise for the rant and possibly extremely long post, but I am extremely frustated at the lack of what I believe is unnecessary deaths due to complete and utter government callousness and incompetence. It is sickening that the NHS had to set up fundraisers to be able to buy and source PPE for itself. The communities have had to chip in and assist - yes it is the responsibility of everyone to step up during difficult times but the government was absent and busy playing gimmicks whilst frontline staff worked in difficult conditions and laid down their life to assist the needy and vulnerable.