IT was important that the daily Downing Street briefing was introduced by the Government in order to bring transparency into the coronavirus debate.

The health and scientific advisers have continued to give their expert advice and which has been quite fundamental to the Government’s decisions on handling the pandemic.

In comparison, the selected Government minister has been seen to be out of their usual comfort zone and has had to mainly rely on a repetitive narrative usually from a pre-determined script.

Although the media has been able to ask several searching questions, both to the advisers and the Government minister, there was always an air of frustration at the answers.

It may well be that this daily routine may come under review – currently a popular phrase.

D Wearmouth, Shildon.