How governments keep trust in a crisis – BBC Newsnight

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Parliament sat virtually for the first time today, as a number of MPs participated in Prime Minister’s Questions via videoconferencing.

But while the technical method may be new – the traditional politics returned, with opposition leader Kier Starmer laying blame at the government’s feet they had failed to act fast enough.

The public has largely been supportive of government actions to fight coronavirus. But as problems such as the supply of PPE, care home deaths, and fears over the safety of frontline workers grow, how long will that supportiveness continue?

How does a government maintain the trust of its people in crisis situations?

Political Editor Nick Watt reports and Emily Maitlis is joined by former universities minister David Willetts and former advisor to Ed Miliband, Steward Wood.

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Edward Miliband is a British politician serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2020, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster North since 2005. He was previously Leader of the Labour Party and the Leader of the Opposition between 2010 and 2015, resigning after Labour’s defeat at the 2015 general election. Alongside his brother, Foreign Secretary David Miliband, he served in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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