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Uk government caught lying!

The Culture Secretary (Oliver Dowden) was interviewed on the BBC1 Breakfast programme this morning. A couple of things he said were –

In the early stages we pursued a track and trace policy(which sounds like what South Korea were/are doing) – was I the only one who missed that?

Government is working to overcome each challenge as it arrives – shouldn’t there be some forward planning?

A billion pieces of ppe have been delivered – Oliver Dowden did not give the timescale over which these pieces of ppe were delivered but as the interview was obviously about the pandemic I assume this provision was since Covid 19 appeared and one billion is a lot.

I tried to translate this figure into something easier to handle. To make the calculation easy I assumed the delivery of these one billion pieces started on January 10th (Jan 10th is 100 days from yesterday). One billion pieces of ppe delivered in that time period equates to 10,000,000 pieces delivered every day since Jan 10th.

That would be quite an achievement anyway but seems unlikely given that for some time many concerns have been raised about the lack of adequate equipment.

I wonder if the Culture Secretary was being creative with the figures, ie perhaps the one billion referred to a period that started before Covid19 was ever heard of, or perhaps he just got the figure wrong.

Anyone else think that a billion is an unlikely figure?

I guess this is just more evidence that the government is  lying to us… which begs the question what else is the government lying about?

The UK government is taking us all for fools.

What do you think?

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  1. Contact tracing was discussed in general terms at the time, and there was at least one specific instance – https://news.sky.com/story/identity-of-man-linked-to-11-british-coronavirus-cases-revealed-11931336 – “Mr Hancock said through contract tracing of Mr Walsh’s contacts, the NHS identified the four cases on Monday and the five British nationals in France.”

    The decision to switch our limited testing capability to people already sick enough to be admitted to hospital was made quite early on and got a bit of press at the time.

  2. > I tried to translate this figure into something easier to handle. To make the calculation easy I assumed the delivery of these one billion pieces started on January 10th (Jan 10th is 100 days from yesterday). One billion pieces of ppe delivered in that time period equates to 10,000,000 pieces delivered every day

    > Anyone else think that a billion is an unlikely figure?

    If I was a cynical kinda guy, I might wonder if that figure counts each nitrile or latex glove, so a box of 100, in cartons of 10 would be 1000 pieces of PPE. A carton which could be offloaded by even the most enfeebled health secretary. A pallet of cartons, lets say 50, would amount to 50,000. An amount that probably keeps the NHS supplied under normal circumstances for a few hours. Now if I did that, I could be absolutely honest in saying there were 1 billion items, yet simultaneously somewhat disingenuous in my creation of perception of a quantity. If I was a cynical kinda guy.

  3. He’s culture secretary, for Goodness sake! He doesn’t do numbers! You need Pritti Patel for those – she’s so good she makes up her own system.

  4. No surprise. The UK government has gone full blown commie. We have lost all our freedoms and living in a police state where we cannot even leave the house!!!!!

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