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Reporters gunning for lockdown review

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RarePackOfLooRoll Wed 08-Apr-20 09:42:25

Anyone else noticed how 2 weeks into our 3 week lockdown the news/media is really applying hard pressure for an update on the loclockdown. Really going for it.

We have another week for the scientists to establish how our current lockdown is affecting the numbers of people infected and dieing but it's like they want an answer now and act as if they keep on hard applying the pressure they'll get an answer, which is irresponsible imo.

This is really pissing me off. Like everyone else, I'm desperate for normal life to resume as soon as it's wise/safe for it to do so.

I strongly suspect looking at how other European countries have gone that restrictions won't be lifted next week but extended. Even, if this is the case from a mental perspective, i'd ather not be told this week of I have to wait another 3 weeks, because that makes it 4 weeks from now iykwim. Also a decision made 6 days before all the "data" is on makes it a less viable/scientific decision.

The government and their health advisors have said a decision will be made at the end of these weeks based on data. So what are the press trying to achieve 2 weeks and 1 day in?

I also worry that by applying this much pressure on the government takes a way from the perspective of everyone as a nation all trying to pull together at this crap time.
I'm not saying our government can do no wrong nor shouldn't be accountable but I don't have the stomach for the fighting this out, media or us against the government. I worry it will cause harm and get more people already struggling to retaliate about our lockdown.

Anyone else noticed a real change in the way the press are behing rdgarding this,?

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BlobbaGob Wed 08-Apr-20 09:53:24

yes, but I do not see how life can even attempt to get back to what it was until there is a vaccine which is 18 months off. I am in this for the longterm, thats if I survive it.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 08-Apr-20 10:00:00

It's annoying me because the government/scientists can't win. If they announce plans now and end up changing them because the situation is evolving rapidly they will be criticised for not being consistent. They can't possibly say anything useful about how and when we will come out of lockdown at this stage, though I have no doubt that is exactly what they are thinking about behind the scenes.

NotEverythingIsBlackandwhite Wed 08-Apr-20 10:14:56

We'll, that's the press for you. Their reports are mainly speculative (on virtually all topics). TV news is the same. Continual speculation.

They discuss what is likely to be in the budget/what happens in an ICU situation/they tell us what The Queen is going to say in her speech.

I wish they would have news programmes and a newspaper that literally just reported the news.

Michelleoftheresistance Wed 08-Apr-20 10:19:04

It's the 'where's the next bit of the story' drive. They can't stand waiting for the next step, it interrupts the flow of the story they want to tell and as has happened in the past with very high interest news stories, if left too long they start making the next step up themselves just to make something newsworthy happen.

'We don't know yet, we'll know when we get there' doesn't sell papers.

minipie Wed 08-Apr-20 10:24:57

I’ve noticed the articles yes.

However I don’t think it’s journalists necessarily. I strongly suspect some of them are being planted by the govt to warm us up to the idea.

I think they’re worried they’ve sold the “stay home save lives” message so well (to the likes of MN anyway) that they’ll get it in the neck if they start to loosen things.

So now they have to leak reports of how school closures don’t help that much, our death rate isn’t as bad as feared/as in other countries, Nightingale is all set by now, etc. Of course all these reports may be true, indeed I hope they are.

truthisarevolutionaryact Wed 08-Apr-20 10:25:40

Agreed OP. They are attempting to force the agenda with their own timetable - looking for a gotcha moment because Boris promised a review on Monday.Their actual agenda is to "prove" that the country is leaderless without Boris.

I really don't know why Raab etc don't just say "Yes, we'll be reviewing on Monday as promised" and on Monday state that the 'review' concluded that it's too early to change anything.

It's very depressing watching so much alarmist thoughtless journalism going on at the moment.

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