• A former PM, ?@theresa_may?, sends message to constituents about the recent lockdown conduct of the chief adviser to her successor https://t.co/xC9TnY3pM7
    Robert Peston Fri 29 May 2020 17:44
  • What is the price of two metre social distancing? - ITV News Link
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 22:23

    At the government's daily coronavirus briefing, I asked whether the two metre social distancing rule would be reduced, as the Prime Minister had seemed to imply on Wednesday he would favour.

    The Chief Scientific Advisor to the government, Sir Patrick Vallance, also said research published - and soon to be published - would allow flexibility for businesses like pubs, theatres and restaurants (eg. back-to-back sitting can be safe at much less than two metres).

    In stark contrast, the government's Chief Medical Advisor Professor Chris Whitty, stressed that unless we keep a strict two metre distance from people, we run a significantly increased risk of being ordered to quarantine for 14 days under the new test, trace and isolate rules.

    That creates a massive disincentive for us to go back to cafes and pubs, if in July we are allowed to do so.

    And offices and factories will find it that much harder to reconfigure working arrangements to comply...

  • appears to be that Whitty is a 2m hawk and Vallance is more of a dove. All clear now? Hope so. And sorry for my earlier confusion.
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • literally a matter of life and death. PS you are not going mad. This is the second time I have published this thread. Because I went a bid mad and attributed views to Vallance that are in fact what Whitty said and vice versa. Not sure how that happened. But the true position...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • paradox, captured by this debate over 2m versus 1m, is that the more that Coronavirus prophylaxis deepens our economic contraction, the more deprivation there'll be and the more lives will be cut short by poverty. Weighing the trade-offs may be hugely complicated, but is...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • public health is the priority, but whether we stick to our mandatory 2m distance or move closer to the World Health Organisations recommended 1m will determine whether vast numbers of businesses go bust, jobs and tax revenues are lost, and income is gone forever. The painful...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • and isolate rules. That creates a massive disincentive for us to go back to cafes and pubs if in July we are allowed to do so. And offices and factories will find it that much harder to reconfigure working arrangements to comply with social distancing rules. Obviously...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • (eg back-to-back sitting can be safe at much less than 2m). In stark contrast @CMO_England stressed that unless we keep a strict 2m distance from people, we run a significantly increased risk of being ordered to quarantine for 14 days under the new test, trace...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • In answer to my question on whether the 2m social distance rule would be reduced, as the PM seemed to imply yesterday he would favour, @uksciencechief said research published and soon to be published would allow flexibility for businesses like pubs, theatres and restaurants...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 18:03
  • literally a matter of life or death
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 17:38
  • paradox, captured by this debate over 2m versus 1m, is that the more that Coronavirus prophylaxis deepens our economic contraction, the more deprivation there'll be and the more lives will be cut short by poverty. Weighing the trade-offs may be hugely complicated, but is...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 17:38
  • public health is the priority, but whether we stick to our mandatory 2m distance or move closer to the World Health Organisations recommended 1m will determine whether vast numbers of businesses go bust, jobs and tax revenues are lost, and income is gone forever. The painful...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 17:38
  • and isolate rules. That creates a massive disincentive for us to go back to cafes and pubs if in July we are allowed to do so. And offices and factories will find it that much harder to reconfigure working arrangements to comply with social distancing rules. Obviously...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 17:38
  • (back-to-back sitting can be safe at much less than 2m). In stark contrast @uksciencechief stressed that unless we keep a strict 2m distance from people, we run a significantly increased risk of being ordered to quarantine for 14 days under the new test, trace...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 17:38
  • In answer to my question on whether the 2m social distance rule would be reduced, as the PM seemed to imply he would favour yesterday, @CMO_England said research soon to be published would allow considerable flexibility for businesses like pubs, theatres and restaurants...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 17:38
  • “There might have been a minor breach of the regulations”. See attached statement from Durham Constabulary. Obviously not the crime or the century. But not the example one of the designers of the lockdown rules would wish to set https://t.co/tiyHfDGw9e
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 12:47
  • as attorney general to be impartial. Will she recognise this breach and say sorry?
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 12:32
  • was a breach of the rules, if not a punishable one. It is moot - even within the Tory Party - whether the PM is right to back Cummings. By contrast the public support for Cummings given a few days ago by @SuellaBraverman today looks an even more clear cut breach of her duty...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 12:32
  • No.10 says the PM regards the Cummings issue “as closed” because the police have decided not to take action against his senior aide. But Durham Police would have advised Cummings to turn back if they had stopped him on the way to Barnard Castle. In that sense it...
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 12:32
  • Yikes! Link
    Robert Peston Thu 28 May 2020 08:32

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  • Huge show. On in just one minute. Here and ITV Link
    Robert Peston Wed 27 May 2020 21:46

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  • See full interview in action packed show in just two minutes - ITV #peston Link
    Robert Peston Wed 27 May 2020 21:46

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  • Want to know the route out of lockdown and economic paralysis, via test and trace? Will Cummings keep his job? Watch #peston at 10.45 ITV for the answers from @MattHancock @ReicherStephen @YvetteCooperMP @AmberRuddUK and brilliant playwright James Graham. Also via @itvpeston
    Robert Peston Wed 27 May 2020 21:16
  • When the PM said this pm he had seen “the evidence”, did he mean the location data on Cummings’s phone? Link
    Robert Peston Wed 27 May 2020 21:01

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  • "I don't read the scientific papers except in exceptional circumstances" says @BorisJohnson. He relies on summaries presented by @uksciencechief and @CMO_England. Gosh they have power
    Robert Peston Wed 27 May 2020 15:31
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