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What the government’s coronavirus “action plan” gets wrong

There is not enough action. It can’t be “business as usual” if Britain is to combat the outbreak

By Paul Wallace  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference, at 10 Downing Street, in London, on the government's coronavirus action plan.

As someone who seldom misses the opportunity to name-drop across the millennia to the ancient Greeks and Romans, Boris Johnson will be familiar with Fabius “Cunctator” (which translates as “delayer”) and his strategy in combating an enemy. Delay, he will recall from his studies at Eton, was how Fabius managed to fend off the challenge posed by Hannibal after his crushing victory over the Roman legions at Lake Trasimene. Delay featured…

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