The government has ripped up its coronavirus Plan A, but why did it get it so wrong in the first place?

The government’s advisers initially underestimated the spread of the disease and the consequences for the NHS. 

On 3 October 1952, nervously awaiting the results of the United Kingdom’s first attempt to detonate its own nuclear device, Winston Churchill prepared two telegrams. The first, which would be sent if the tests on the Monte Bello Islands were a success, was just four words long: “Well done, Sir William.” The second was also four words long: “Thank you, Dr Penney.” In the event, the test was successful: the UK joined the nuclear club and William Penney, the nuclear scientist in...
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