1/ The problem with these breathless articles about government is they don't actually move things forward or inform the public about the situation.

They come across as more gotcha journalism - about finding a fault or indiscretion.
2/ There will be plenty of time after the crisis to review what happened - no doubt all the data and meeting minutes will be released - we will be able to endlessly pour over them and ask questions.

That's both healthy and productive if done correctly.
3/ No doubt mistakes will have been made - it would be a shock if they hadn't - we are all human after all - we like to think of governments as super human but really they are just collections of individuals doing their best with incomplete data.
4/ Instead of this silly and largely pointless political point scoring that many are continuing they should really be focused on the big questions of the day.
5/ What's the plan with no likely vaccine?

Do we honestly expect to suppress the virus for years with partial social distancing and open borders?

If we do effectively shut the borders then no foreign holidays - do the public realise this?
6/ What happens if Sweden is right and the virus has mostly passed though the population - when can we expect to return to normal?

What are the economic impacts of the virus both in the short and long term?

How will it change the geopolitical world for decades to come?
7/ Perhaps also instead of the constant negativity from the press maybe they could look at the positives like:

- The NHS scaled well
- Amazing Nightingale hospitals
- PPE coverage as there's a worldwide shortage
- The sense of community
- Bravery of front line staff
8/ I know this comes as a shock but I think most people think the country has handled the crisis quite well. The health system hasn't collapsed, we've dealt with it socially, people haven't had to be chased into their homes.

This is of course not what the press wants to hear.
9/ They want the big scandal because they think it sells papers - it doesn't right now - people want journalists to provide unbiased information and analysis.

We don't want more of the same - we want them to step up and be better - that's not happened.
10/ All they are doing right now is driving people even further away from them - I can't remember the last time I bought a paper or even read a whole site - as for the TV news I stopped watching it years ago.

I watched some of the No10 press conferences but gave up.
11/ Rambling incoherent questions from people who seemed incapable of using basic logic or grasping the science. A room full of political hacks playing gotcha as normal as the world moved around them.

It was frankly embarrassing.
12/ And it's becoming obvious.

Look at the collapse in trust levels for the media in the latest opinion polls.

Sure only one poll you say but everyone I know is saying the same - not good enough - can't be arsed.

That's dangerous because we do need a functioning press.
13/ The problem is we don't have a functioning one - we appear to have a lot of people who think they are the opposition and part of the story - they aren't.

So they either rein in their egos and biases or they are going bankrupt because I and many others have had enough.
14/ Reading some of the tweets from journalists over the last few days about those polls I don't think many will change. I feel sorry for the traditional ones who never left the path and see the danger and whom are genuinely worried about the profession and sector.
15/ I hope they pull it together but I'm deeply pessimistic.

I suspect we will need to see schumpeterian destructive of much of the sector beforehand.

Either way more of the same is not going to be accepted by the public.

Your move journos.
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