I do not envy the government at this moment in time. I think whichever party was in power, it would not matter. This is the classic juxtaposition.
Everything seems to point to the need to have a four to six week national lockdown. This would seem particularly so, if , you want to be able to have anything remotely resembling a Family Christmas. Protecting the NHS , the mantra of lockdown, has yet to really be mentioned, but with cases rising and multiplying alarmingly, how soon before the pressure begins to tell.
On the other hand you have business screaming “please don’t do it” . The economic ramifications of another lockdown are horrific. Ever increasing job losses, the government having to borrow more and more money to bail out industry and the population. At some point down the road all of that money will need to be repaid, If you thought the last stretch of austerity was bad. I suppose if your stables catch fire with your horses in them, you don’t worry about using their drinking water to put the fire out, the water problem is for tomorrow.
As I said , I do not envy the government at all, damned if they do , damned if they don’t.