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I whole-heartedly agree with the letter Decisions Wrecking The Country (News Views, November 26).

There are lies, there are damned lies, and there are statistics.

I have long given up on watching the Downing Street press briefings as they become more and more divorced from reality.

I have always said our Prime Minister is a born leader, but not always in the right direction.

The man is a champion of indecision, and, to quote Oscar Wilde: “I used to be indecisive but now I’m not so sure.”

From the offset we have had contradictory statements from this perpetual late starter. To list a few late starts ­— lockdown, testing, PPE, care homes and schools.

Now the rules regarding pubs closing is the final nail in the coffin for the hospitality sector. If it were not so tragic it would be laughable.

Conservative voters must hang their heads in frustration at their government’s antics.

The three million people who work in pubs and the hospitality sector, their families, and the communities they serve are to be sacrificed on the altar of this man’s ego.

The premise for inflicting this misery is explained away in flowery scientific language about the dangers of aerosols in confined spaces and people relaxing too much and exposing others to dangers.

This is compelling hypothesis until one asks why is it that only 1% of all infections have been traced to pubs?

Why have so few pub staff up and down the country tested positive, in spite of multiple daily contact with their customers, and why numerous surveys of operators all tell the same story, that pubs are safe and not a significant source of transmission.

The answer is that social distancing rules are strictly adhered to, in a controlled environment, and yet, without any consultation, a whole industry has been shut down, just like that. ­— CHRIS HOBBY, Newark.

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