There is widespread public discontent about long waits for coronavirus tests and appointments being offered hundreds of miles away.

Most people would think these concerns are valid, but it seems like Jacob Rees-Mogg wants everyone to stop moaning about it.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Rees-Mogg responded to concerns about the UK’s testing ability for Covid-19.

Over the last few days, a shortage of testing kits has resulted in many people being unable to get tested.

Even Boris Johnson admitted that the UK does not currently have enough testing capacity to meet the demands of the pandemic.

But despite the growing concern, Rees-Mogg said:

Instead of this endless carping, saying it’s difficult to get them, we should actually celebrate this phenomenal success of the British nation in getting up to a quarter-million tests of a disease that nobody knew about until earlier in the year.

He urged the nation to be “proud” instead of “carping” about the government’s failure to make supply match demand for coronavirus tests.

This comment did not sit well with many people.

In fact, people were furious.

We suspect that Rees-Mogg’s call to end “this endless carping” might just have the opposite effect to what he intended.

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