Jonnymarr, I'm glad your cynicism has been counter-balanced. I've seen little to restore my faith in people doing the right thing just yet. Whilst I agreed with the lockdown as a necessary evil in the very short term, I think that any initial benefits have swiftly worn off and we now have laws and guidelines that the authorities will not or cannot enforce. What credibility the guidance had is swiftly ebbing. The initial message was stay home and protect the NHS, which we managed (with about a week to spare according to friend in the know). Stay home, stay safe was a terrible message in the longer term though, particularly when amplified by all sorts of media and advertising as we're now risk averse, even though if you're under 45 your chance of dying this year has actually gone down so far. There are a number of steps we can take to reduce the risk of both catching Covid 19 and also improve our body's immune system, which were possible for most during lockdown. I'm less proud of international attempts as a whole. I was in Germany a few days before the pubs shut here and barely saw a mask until I got to the airport. Plans for getting back to the UK were complicated by a raft of different messages and policies between bordering countries. Italians were particularly critical of the the EU's response. Looking at the foreign press and talking with friends in the EU there is a good amount of frustration with their own governments before, during and after the crisis (Wilmès and Macron have taken a pounding). I think the successive warnings which didn't deliver a pandemic in Europe bred complacency. All have made mistakes but what works for one may not work elsewhere. And our own government has failed to take decisive action, communicating poorly and floated ideas through briefings rather than really looking at the science. I'm not convinced much would have been different if we didn't have the current party in charge but it's the government's job to consider the wider picture. Had we just just left the EU I suspect Johnson would have had an easier time from the press but the fact is we didn't really want a 'proper' lockdown even if Covid was as dangerous as advertised and the initial thinking was a few weeks. We let staff and key worker children go into schools without much data on the risk of transmission. We carried on ordering non-essentials through Amazon and others, advertised our friends' local business which had suddenly started doing deliveries and decided that it was okay for others to cook and Deliveroo. Who was checking their PPE? During lockdown we've apparently decided the green economy is where it's at, grown a conscience regarding all the old folk packed off to care homes (shout out to dementia and Alzheimers which are far more likely to kill us) , clapped for the under-appreciated frontline workers we haven't bothered enough about before to vote for change. All whilst justifying why the rules (which were often wlfully misunderstood) don't really apply to us. Whether it's having a VE Day barbecue, going to a protest, visiting the beach, doorstepping someone or driving to Durham. Fortunately community transmission is dropping and although the postive tests are a bit slow coming down the hospital admissions figure dropped rapidly during May, so I think we'll be okay going forward. i think there are a number of factors to consider for the UK when it comes to future pandemics as we cannot afford another lockdown and need to consider quality of life, but the popular narrative that a couple of poor government decisions were why we've been hit harder than some others ignores a number of systemic failings which I believe will take more than a bit of extra tax to resolve and may involve having to face some realities - London is akin to New York and an outlier in Europe as regards domestic and international traffic, plus overcrowding. I don't see that changing anytime soon.