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If you are outside the UK, what's your opinion on our governments handling of corona virus?

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ssd Thu 11-Jun-20 11:49:06

How do you think we've done so far?
Do you look at the UK and think we've done well, or badly?
We don't hear much about how we look to other countries, hence me asking here.
Can you also state where you live?

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StrictlyAFemaleFemale Thu 11-Jun-20 11:51:36

Badly. Zero leadership abilities, zero communication skills. Complete shitshow. Am in denmark.

LaTomatina Thu 11-Jun-20 11:55:50

Very badly. Like a joke. Full of inconsistency.

LaTomatina Thu 11-Jun-20 11:56:47

I live in central Europe.

user1471432735 Thu 11-Jun-20 11:59:10

I’m in Australia and I think it’s absolutely appalling and can’t believe there hasn’t been more fallout. You have more people die in a day from COVID than we’ve had all year.

Ginfordinner Thu 11-Jun-20 11:59:22

I think most of the UK population will agree with the points made on here. I certainly do.

howdidwegetheremary Thu 11-Jun-20 12:02:26

Many other countries are facing criticism over their handling of the crisis

HairyFloppins Thu 11-Jun-20 12:04:44

I don't think many countries have come out of this looking good.

howdidwegetheremary Thu 11-Jun-20 12:05:03

Ginfordinner after years of reading MN posts I can confirm that mostly the UK population do not agree.

I don’t know one person IRL that holds the views I’ve read here and I live in a Labour stronghold

Ginfordinner Thu 11-Jun-20 12:06:48

"Ginfordinner after years of reading MN posts I can confirm that mostly the UK population do not agree."

I'm really suprised TBH.
I also feel that far too many people in the UK think that the rules don't apply to them.

FunkyFantasticFudgeball Thu 11-Jun-20 12:07:24

I live in Ireland, we feel sandwiched between two absolute shit shows (US and UK). It's worrying for us because we share a border with the North (although they seem to be doing a lot better than England) and there's such fluid movement of people between the two islands. How will it work if we've got no cases bit it's still very prevalent in England, it would be extremely politically sensitive to implement any travel restrictions or quarantine for people arriving from the UK

theonlywayisapple Thu 11-Jun-20 12:08:20

No one gives a fuck about the U.K. mumsnet just thinks they do

JudithGrimes Thu 11-Jun-20 12:09:28


Ginfordinner after years of reading MN posts I can confirm that mostly the UK population do not agree.

I don’t know one person IRL that holds the views I’ve read here and I live in a Labour stronghold

So you think most of the U.K. population this our government have done a good job?

FiveShelties Thu 11-Jun-20 12:11:03

It is really easy to be critical but we have no idea of the best course of action. I live in NZ and we have closed the borders etc, but they have to be opened one day and no-one knows what will happen then.

Not sure I want to live in a world where there is no travel - every thing we do is a risk.

howdidwegetheremary Thu 11-Jun-20 12:16:19

JudithGrimes only when the crisis has concluded and much more research worldwide has been completed will we have a clearer picture of what lessons we will have to learn.

More and more evidence is coming to light that this virus was circulating months before it was disclosed by China, it’s not surprising that scientific models were out as they were based on incorrect information.

Whatever decisions have been made and will be made going forward will be praised by some and loathed by others.

WowLucky Thu 11-Jun-20 12:19:55

Surely if you live outside UK and are a MNetter, most of what you know about how it's been handled here comes from MN, which is hardly balanced?

I couldn't tell you much, outside of the headlines, about what other countries have done.

Plus it's not over for anyone yet, so we don't know how well any one handled it to a conclusion, or even a new normal.

Costacoffeeplease Thu 11-Jun-20 12:27:03

I’m in Portugal, and looking at Britain and comparing what friends and family tell me, and what’s happening here, there’s no comparison. It appears to be a complete shit show

Costacoffeeplease Thu 11-Jun-20 12:27:56

Why do you think we get our news from MN? We can read papers online and see sky news etc confused

Comfycomfyslippers Thu 11-Jun-20 12:28:58


Luckystar1 Thu 11-Jun-20 12:29:49

FunkyFantastic I live in the North and I have always considered myself to be Irish. I get very sad when I hear people talking like you are about ‘us’ in the North. We are not England, we are actually doing really well, we’ve had 5 days in total (4 in a row) of zero deaths reported and our infection rate is low.

Please consider that we in the North may not be that enamoured with Southerners coming over or incoming tourists into Dublin who haven’t quarantined etc etc!! But like you say, it’s a very delicate political situation, so we have to cope.

Anyway sorry to single you out, it’s just not the first time I’ve read stuff like this, and I’m starting to feel very sad about the level of polarisation.

WowLucky Thu 11-Jun-20 12:31:45

I'm surprised there's been that much reporting of the detail overseas is all. There hasn't been much here on other countries, beyond superficial comparisons of the numbers

howdidwegetheremary Thu 11-Jun-20 12:35:44

Additionally, Italy and Spain have been criticised for late identification of the problem and not locking down earlier as U.K. infections came mainly from tourists returning to the U.K. from these countries. Anybody can make any sensationalist headline fit their own agenda if they want to.

ktp100 Thu 11-Jun-20 12:36:27

Literally everyone I know, apart from gammon and thickos, see clearly that Johnson is a useless twat and his dithering has cost tens of thousands of lives. Rushing us all back to work is likely to cause even more.

All he cares about is the economy.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Thu 11-Jun-20 12:36:53

I'm in Wales, so UK but different lockdown laws. Looking over the fence at you makes me think of this:

howdidwegetheremary Thu 11-Jun-20 12:41:08


Yes of course a difference of opinion is absolute evidence of a low IQ

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