On February 22 this year, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons: “We cannot escape the fact that lifting lockdown will result in more cases, more hospitalisations, and sadly more deaths.

“This will happen whenever lockdown is lifted, whether now or in six or nine months, because there will always be some vulnerable people who are not protected by the vaccines.

“There is therefore no credible route to a zero-Covid Britain or indeed a zero-Covid world, and we cannot persist indefinitely with restrictions that debilitate our economy, our physical and mental well-being, and the life chances of our children.”

With lockdown now extended until at least July 19, and some ministers actively hinting it could go on until next spring, please could Bob Seely MP explain to us why his government’s position has changed in the last four months (at a time when the vaccine programme is a great success, the NHS is under no threat of being overwhelmed and Covid-related deaths are often under ten a day) so that it is now its policy intentionally to debilitate our economy, our physical and mental well-being and the life chances of our children.

I have been trying to get Mr Seely to explain to me what his personal position is on ending lockdown but he does not appear willing to answer my letters.

I hope though he will at least make his position clear through the columns of the County Press.