While parliament is in recess, the people most visibly holding the government to account are journalists. At the daily Downing Street coronavirus news conference, a handful of us get to put questions to the minister and the scientific and medical advisers.
Naturally, everyone in the country thinks they could do a better job. That is usually because everyone in the country has a particular view about coronavirus and is annoyed that this isn’t reflected in the questions.
In defence of my fellow journalists, I would say that the questions have covered most aspects of the crisis. What is more, the knock-out question that could be asked and has not been – the single question that would require the minister to resign on the spot if confronted with it – is probably imaginary.
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