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Centralising power is no way to deal with Britain's coronavirus crisis | Bernard Jenkin

No 10 is adding to errors in handling the pandemic by sidelining ministers and civil servants in favour of a few advisers Having watched and scrutinised governments down the years, it is all too evident that new governments and ministers arrive in office with a set of expectations and then collide with reality. Good governments learn from the experiences of their early failures. One common reaction from No 10 arising from the Covid-19 crisis is to blame the machinery of government. They say: “The levers of power just came off.” They blame Whitehall for being unready and then failing to adapt quickly. However, it is a dangerous fallacy to believe that just building up more mechanisms to direct and control from the centre will fix this problem. Continue reading...

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