Herd immunity. Back to normal in 12 weeks. Game changer testing system. Five missed COBRA meetings. Shaking hands with Covid patients. Cheltenham races, Stereophonics concerts and Liverpool v Atletico Madrid allowed to go ahead with crowds. Empty Nightingale hospitals. The fiasco around shielding. The sudden announcement that shielding had finished.
The multibillion-pound Test and Trace embarrassment. Borders only ten months after the first lockdown. Schools open and closed and open and closed. Blaming the public while avoiding measures to stop the poorest from having to go into work.
Saving Christmas. Eat out to help out. Commute into work. Support your local Pret. Barnard Castle and no repercussions. Messaging that was all over the place.
GPs to open remotely. GPs blamed for ‘being closed’. That NHS England press release. PPE contracts. PPE unavailable for the front line staff that need it the most.
I’ve said from the start that managing this pandemic was an impossible job. But even with that caveat, the Government has taken the wrong step at almost every turn. And that, I am incredibly sad to say, is why the UK has one of the highest death rates in the world, with the devastating announcement that 100,000 people have died with Covid. RIP every one of them.
Jaimie Kaffash is editor of Pulse. Follow him on Twitter @jkaffash or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.