FROM interminable week to interminable week, a year and a half after the Covid inquiry was set up, it is still raking over the entrails of the Covid crisis, examining WhatsApp messages.
Yet over the same period, other countries seem to have commenced and concluded their inquiries and already made their reports about the lessons to learn.
By contrast the Centre for Social Justice is publishing an in-depth analysis of life in the most disadvantaged communities today.
It paints a difficult picture of the poor quality of life in the most disadvantaged communities.
It describes in strong terms the yawning gap between those who can get by and those stuck at the bottom.
The Covid inquiry seems to have become a lawyer fest, perfect for 24-hour television but to most people beyond the Westminster bubble, as interesting as watching paint dry.
Why hasn’t this inquiry looked at whether continuous blanket lockdowns were necessary?
Difficult as things were before Covid, there is no question but that the nature of the lockdowns made it a whole lot worse.
Perhaps the best example of that is what happened to children, the least likely to have been affected by the virus yet shut out of schools.