Jennifer O’Connell: Parents are being gaslit into masking children

Having more diverse groups involved in decision-making isn’t just about fairness, it’s about better decisions

Masking children is cheap, easy to implement and should help reduce transmission, but that doesn’t mean it is entirely cost-free. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Masking children is cheap, easy to implement and should help reduce transmission, but that doesn’t mean it is entirely cost-free. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When you’re governing through a crisis, the principle of least harm should apply. If you’re faced with a range of unpalatable options, choose the one that causes minimal possible harm to the fewest people.

Lurching through the serial crises that constitute this pandemic, our Government is taking a more pragmatic interpretation of the principle. It is opting for a kind of harm minimisation-lite – the least harm to the fewest people at the lowest cost without upsetting a major lobby group or voter base.

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