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Why has the daily briefing changed?

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2anddone Wed 03-Jun-20 07:24:46

I have looked through the threads and can't find an answer so apologies if I am asking the same question someone already has asked!!
Since Monday I have noticed the daily briefing has changed. The Government official (last 2 days has been Matt Hancock) has gone through the slides not the scientists. The scientists are literally only stood there in case there is a question to ask (plus it has been the same man the last 2 days who I don't recognise not Whitty or Van Tam or the other one).
Also the use of the transport graph has now disappeared (though possibly because more are back at work) and I don't think the R rate has been mentioned since Friday.
Anyone know why there has been a change in the daily briefing?

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Whattodowhattodooo Wed 03-Jun-20 07:28:14

Going to change even more as they announced yesterday they are soon to only be on a Saturday and Sunday. Not too sure of the rationale behind it. Although getting sick and tired of the same old questions from the media spring to mind, as does not wanting to be held accountable/hiding also spring to mind!!

Letseatgrandma Wed 03-Jun-20 07:32:09

I thought they were NOT going to be doing it on a Saturday or Sunday?

DobbyTheHouseElk Wed 03-Jun-20 07:34:27

They are stopping the weekend briefings as they have low ratings. Daily ones will still continue.,

Graciebobcat Wed 03-Jun-20 07:37:49

A daily briefing seems unnecessary now. Once a week would be fine.

Whattodowhattodooo Wed 03-Jun-20 07:42:54

I was with my mum yesterday (back garden) and she had her Ipad with her as she was expecting a video call and she had an alert and she went "Oh, daily briefings are stopping and only doing them on a Saturday and Sunday" didn't think to ask where it came from. 🤷‍♀️

BrokenBrit Wed 03-Jun-20 07:44:11

Many of the scientists are unhappy with how the government are proceeding and have spoken out against them. They probably don’t want to be a mouth piece for the ministers anymore .

BrokenBrit Wed 03-Jun-20 07:45:15

It is the weekend briefings which are stopping all together. Due to low ratings apparently, as if this were Eastenders confused.

Snog Wed 03-Jun-20 07:48:25

I think there is increasing dissent, frustration with and criticism of the government's handling of the crisis thus they don't want to give airtime to the criticism.

2anddone Wed 03-Jun-20 07:49:06

I hadn't heard that. Think we should still get briefings during the week while death/r rate remains quite high as soon as they stop people will see it as another sign things are 'back to normal' and break lockdown rules even more!

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Hugglespuffed Wed 03-Jun-20 07:52:35

The weekend ones are usually a bit pointless anyway, they show the figures (which we can all see online/ on the news) and then don't really discuss much about coronavirus, more like transport in London i think I saw once etc... Still important of course, but would only target a small amount.

Notejode Wed 03-Jun-20 07:58:42

Once a week is enough.

JudyCoolibar Wed 03-Jun-20 08:02:44

They don't want scientists saying anything off message, e.g. that the rules always did apply to Dominic Cummings.

oralengineer Wed 03-Jun-20 08:05:13

Probably the scientists are well and truly pissed off with the stupidity and repetitiveness off the media questions.

StrawberryJam200 Wed 03-Jun-20 08:07:49

They aren't showing the R rate any more. On 10 May BJ told us only when it went down from 4 to 3 would lockdown easing (schools opening more widely etc) happen. It is still at 4. Lockdown easing is happening apace.

Draw your own conclusions.

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