Imagine the naivety: the prime minister answered a question. Will he never learn? He was somewhere in the north of England – Goole, to be precise – with a hi-vis bib over his suit and a digger and some machinery in the background, to drive home the message that he was going to build, build, build his way out of the lockdown recession.
And a journalist asked him about the comments made by Simon Stevens, boss of NHS England, who had said that coronavirus had shone a “very harsh spotlight” on the “resilience” of the care system. Instead of saying, “I have no comment about that; I’m here to talk about making trains,” the prime minister said: “One of the things the crisis has shown is we need to think about how we organise our social care package better and how we make sure we look after people better who are in social care.”
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies