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Dominic Raab: he opens his mouth… and drops Matt Hancock in the mire.

Brace yourself: the Tory government is about to miss yet another target.

Remember when Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had set a goal of carrying out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April?

Here – refresh your memory:

And then Dominic Raab took over the daily coronavirus press conference.

Asked to repeat the commitment, he said: “The Health Secretary set out that target.”

That’s buck-passing if ever I heard it.

It suggests that this is accurate:

It reminds us of previous failures, including the claim that a quarter of a million tests would be carried out every day:

And it suggests that more “gibberish” like this may be on the way:

What it doesn’t suggest is that we’re going to see mass testing any time soon. Carole Cadwalladr was right when she commented on the last failure:

It also suggests that Raab is quietly pushing the discredited “herd immunity” fantasy:

And it’s all very odd – for one very important reason:

So there’s plenty of capacity for coronavirus testing, but it isn’t happening, despite promises from a senior cabinet member.

Dominic Raab said a mouthful when he handed off the commitment for 100,000 tests to Matt Hancock.

But do you get the feeling he didn’t tell us everything we needed to know?

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