If you’ve not watched Line of Duty during these weeks of being inside, then you’re seriously missing out.

There’s devious twists and turns as officers attempt to find out which police officers have been double-dealing and generally being snakey, murderous and duplicitous.

So given Jed Mercurio, creator and writer of Line of Duty, is used to imagining humans at their most conniving, the fact that even he seems to be gobsmacked at the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is very shocking.

But here we are.

As a guest on the latest instalment of the BBC’s Question Time, Mercurio turned to the subject of kids going back to school and suggested that society as a whole hadn’t been given the proper assurances that it was safe for everyone, and not just children, to return.

He claimed this was an example of a pattern: the government not delivering on its promises.

He said:

Michael Gove said it was safe for them to go back in June, and it was predicated on having a world beating test and trace system. There’s been a failure to achieve that. 

It’s not just about it being safe for kids to go back to school it has to be safe for society.

There has been a total failure to deliver on promises and that’s caused a great deal of confusion.

On social media, Mercurio was praised for calling the government out.

Meanwhile, the government’s test and trace app seems to have descended further into chaos after Matt Hancock announced it would be switched to a Google-Apple model and might not arrive until November.

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