MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: It’s right to show lockdown caution

In March 2020, the first arguments supporting limiting our daily lives to combat Covid were presented. The arguments were persuasive, convincing, and supported by respected experts. As a result, we’ve been through many lockdowns or circuit-breakers.

As it should. The government is there to act, and when it is costly or dangerous they must ensure that they are justified in their actions. 

They are expected to be risk-averse and to move quickly rather than dither. Boris Johnson has the best single achievement for which Boris Johnson is to be credited.

The development of the Covid vaccine may well be the greatest single action for which Boris Johnson can take credit

Boris Johnson may have been the most important single act for the development of Covid.

The Mail on Sunday, therefore, has supported Mr Johnson’s Covid policies. Importantly, we supported Rishi, the Chancellor in similar radical steps. 

These measures were extremely expensive, and the effects they had on inflation and taxation were obvious. These measures were necessary for millions of workers and thousands of small businesses. We can then debate how we pay for them.

The Covid crisis is now at a new level. Since the Omicron version was first introduced, there have been suggestions that it may be less deadly than its predecessors. 

While evidence for this is increasing, it is too early to know for certain. It is reasonable for any responsible government to exercise caution when introducing new locks.

The best way to show toughness and resolve is not by taking drastic action. A true leader is able to know when to hold his hands and when to move. He also knows how to change his mind as the facts evolve.

 The BBC is silencing the viewers who should be heard

The BBC’s existence is an attempt to answer a series of linked riddles. Is it possible to keep a broadcaster national free of commercial pressure and still achieve excellence in every area? 

How does the state get the money for this body without making it an ally of the ruling party? How is this corporation to be controlled in order to maintain impartiality?

One day, so many BBC employees believed in the mission of the BBC that the task became easier for them and government was less concerned about their welfare. 

However, since 1960s, more BBC staff have decided that these principles don’t apply to them. If they are not stopped, they will make the Corporation a giant microphone for their predominantly Left-leaning opinions.

They are becoming more difficult to stop. The public have noticed and so they turn to the BBC’s own complaints system in the hope of having some influence. We are able to show you that this system is almost ineffective, as we will demonstrate today. Ofcom, an ex-BBC staffer and indoctrinated with similar ideas is its supposed backup.

Even the initial stage of the complaints process is simply a spongy layer. This was apparently created to take in and ignore public discontent. 

As we report today, only a tiny number of complaints – roughly one in a thousand – ever reach the real complaints department, the grandly named Executive Complaints Unit. Most viewers almost certainly do not know how to get their grievances past Capita’s software. It is an insult to the licence-payer.

Whatever the right answer is to the BBC’s complaints, this is the wrong one. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is correct to be worried and should act swiftly to ensure the voice of the viewers is actually heard in the Corporation’s sequestered corridors.