Let us learn rather than blame….

Once the dust settles and we all look back there will be villains, there will be heroes and there will be the benign (like me) that have simply obeyed the rules and survived.

The banks, businesses and individuals who have profiteered at the expense of the misery, the idiots that ignored the social distancing rules and partied at home or in lock down pubs, the hotel chain in Scotland that decided to fire its staff and order them immediately out of its premises, the rich sport stars who have so far kept their head down and not taken the pay cuts that would help those that actually need the money and Sports Direct and Wetherspoons will face the critism and where applicable consumer backlash that they deserve.

Equally the heroes in the NHS and more widely our emergency services, the supermarket and other essential business staff that have continued to turn up to work and the many individuals that have helped throughout the UK are all there to be recognised and hopefully rewarded.

However, we will also face a period of reflection where we analyze, assess and then report the findings. We will spend millions on a public enquiry and at some point we will point the finger. It is a British thing. If it goes wrong – we have to find someone to blame.

I am not a Boris Johnson supporter nor am I a massive fan of the conservatives in general, I voted labour in the last election – not because of policy as I have no idea what Labour really stood for anymore but because my local MP is actually very good. I have no doubt that the Government and its advisors have made mistakes. It is becoming clearer that social distancing rules should have been brought in earlier, testing kits should have been made available, NHS staff should have been priortised and tested at the first opportunity, clarity on what it means to “social distance” was poor and the lack of consistency on how the police have enforced this position was often baffling  – all mistakes. However, hindsight is a wonderful tool on which to take the high road and criticise.

The Government have faced an unprecedented crisis with a deluge of contradictory views and advice and whilst I can sit my lock-down house and criticise, when the time comes for us to assess and review lets, just for once, recognise that we have all been through a lot, we all make mistakes and the power of a review is that it gives us a chance to learn rather than blame and cry out “I told you so”.