October 31, 2020

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There may be a Covid crisis but Westminster still finds time to waste | John Crace

A rather pointless Commons debate adds almost nothing to the sum of human knowledge You...

A rather pointless Commons debate adds almost nothing to the sum of human knowledge

You might have thought the Commons would have wanted to debate the growing number of university students who appear to have been banged up in self-isolation within hours of arriving at their halls of residence. To many of us it looks as if the students have effectively been taken hostage so the universities can trouser their tuition and accommodation fees.

Nor does the government seem to have a clue what to do about the situation. Only in the morning, junior health minister Helen Whately – an MP who makes Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes – had indicated that students could well still be locked up over Christmas; hours later Boris Johnson appeared to have unilaterally granted a festive amnesty. Neither appeared to have a clue about the epidemiology.

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