Coronavirus politics!

Amid the outcry that the government has been less than honest in addressing the coronavirus situation (for example, under reporting total coronavirus deaths – estimated about 15,000 by now), the two Harrow MPs are trying to let their presence known in their own ways.
Harrow East Tory MP Bob Blackman’s weekly email shots while quite informative, broadly highlight the government’s positive image re dealing with the impact of the coronavirus.
He informs the department of work and pensions is doing what it can in dealing with the increased Universal Credit applications – like by redeploying and recruiting new staff.
A national voucher scheme for children eligible for free school meals is in place, allowing every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15.
The Government is providing an extra £1.6 billion worth of funding for local councils addressing extra pressures on their services due to the coronavirus implications – Harrow Council will receive over £6.3 million of this funding, he informs.
It would be interesting to find Harrow council plans to spend this money.
In somewhat delayed action, Harrow West Labour MP Gareth Thomas raises concern that the Government could have acted sooner and done more to support care and medical staff etc during the coronavirus outbreak.
For example, encouraging working from home, providing clear support for businesses and outlining lockdown rules that have been in place since March 24.
“It would appear that social distancing measures were imposed later than they should have been, that many opportunities were missed to prepare the NHS in particular properly, with all the personal protection equipment necessary and the testing regime in place to help keep key workers safe.
“The lack of PPE (personal protective kit) and testing remains a significant problem, particularly in care homes, but across essential services and that is deeply worrying” he said.
But the new leader of the Labour party, eager not to be seen at left,  seems to be less keen on addressing serious implications of the coronavirus or on pressing the government to come clean about the coronavirus situation, but is rather urging the government to publish an exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown even before the virus had reached its peak risks, confusing the public.