Hold a Public Inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 crisis? Oh no!

If you signed this petition you will have had the response posted below. This seems to say that because Covid-19 is a “new” virus you should expect an “omnishambles” and the Government shouldn’t be held to account, certainly not just yet and, possibly, never.

The petition has reached 20,000 but needs to get to 100,000 to trigger action.

Petition: Hold a Public Inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 crisis petition.parliament.uk /petitions/30257

The Government should hold a Public Inquiry to Confirm what decisions were made around preventing the spread of the coronavirus and protection of the UK population, and how this was balanced with the level of health care services available and effects on the economy.

Government responded

This response was given on 7 July 2020

The response to a new virus inherently involves a continuous process of learning, adapting and responding. Government regularly publishes data that underpins its decision making on GOV.UK.

COVID-19 is the biggest challenge the UK, together with nations around the world, has faced in decades. The Government, the NHS, the public and private sectors, and many more, have been working day and night in the fight against the virus.

The Government has been clear from the outset that its approach has been guided by science and the Government continues to rely on and consult the latest scientific developments in order to make decisions. Government Ministers, including the Prime Minister, have pointed to this during their press conferences setting out the response and approach to date. The Government has also been working with, and consulting widely with, businesses and organisations throughout the pandemic and continues to receive expert science advice from SAGE, the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The Government is committed to transparency and on a regular basis publishes data that underpins its decision making, this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. The Government will continue to share documents with Parliament and the public when it is appropriate to do so.

The fact that this is a new virus means a key feature of the response, from the start, has inherently been a continuous and active process of learning, reviewing, adapting and responding as we discover more about how the virus works in light of the latest science and available data. Relevant information about the role of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), including its role in the response, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sagecoronavirus-covid-19-response

There will be opportunities to look back, analyse and reflect on all aspects of COVID-19. However, at this critical phase, the focus of the Government continues to be on responding to the pandemic.

Cabinet Office

The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.

The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: https://petition.parliament.uk/help#petitions-committee

The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament

2 thoughts on “Hold a Public Inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 crisis? Oh no!

  1. The idea that an enquiry NOW might actually point to things that they could do NOW to improve what happens NOW and IN THE FUTURE, is obvious to most of us – so as Owl says, this response (presumably from that un-elected unaccountable Dominic Cummings) is basically a statement of unaccountability to the electorate who can go “go forth and multiply (but said using only two words).


    • P.S. There is a FUNDAMENTAL FLAW in the system (or any system) when the people who need should be held accountable can control / destroy / deny the processes by which they can be held accountable.


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