In the pandemic, of course, there have been brief glimpses of hope – the furlough, the deployment of the vaccine, the applause for our heroes. – but there have also been many failures
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Opposite Parliament, across the River Thames, is the Covid Memorial Wall.
Hundreds of messages of condolences, marking the loss of friends and family.
Behind each, a family in search of truth.
As if for each heart inscribed on the wall there was a question.
What happened? Could it have been done differently? Has the government let us down? Could lives have been saved? what is the truth?
In the pandemic, of course, there have been brief glimpses of hope – the furlough, the deployment of the vaccine, the applause for our heroes.
But there have been so many failures. The mixed messages, the PPE scandal, the Eat Out To Help Out disaster.
A prime minister who carelessly boasted it was okay to shake hands, then days later ended up in hospital.
Did you do all you could? Did you keep your promises? Did you follow the science?
The new independent investigation into the management of the Covid crisis wants to look at everything.
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Including Partygate. Including whether or not our Prime Minister took his eyes off the ball.
We don’t know when the survey will end – 20,000 people have already contributed.
It could be a long time before he comes to a conclusion, even longer before justice arrives.
In the meantime, these messages shine on the water of Parliament. Including one written by an NHS worker.
He simply says, “To everyone I couldn’t sit with.” I’m sorry.”
We don’t need an investigation to conclude that you have nothing to reproach yourself for. To find out how much you gave.
We are proud of you.
Give comfort to Denise
This newspaper has a proud history of fighting for justice. Recently, we told you the story of Denise Fergus, the mother of James Bulger.
Since the death of her boy, she has never met a high-ranking politician. That’s about to change.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has agreed to a meeting. This is a big step and an important step.
Now he must promise not just to listen but to understand her pain, to give her the justice James deserves. To ensure that her killer is never freed – that this woman who will never truly heal is at least comforted.