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What damage is being caused when our politicians seem unable to agree on basic public health advice?

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Sammy Wilson. Photo: Stephen  Hamilton/Presseye.com

Sammy Wilson. Photo: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com

Sammy Wilson. Photo: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.com

Another day, another row at Stormont. This time it comes after the DUP MP Sammy Wilson claimed his party leader put the brakes on a series of extreme lockdown proposals put forward by health officials and aimed at bringing Covid-19 to heel.

Health Minister Robin Swann was quick to issue a rebuttal, branding the comments “ill-informed and bogus”. However, unfortunately it wasn’t the first time during this pandemic that the message coming from our politicians has been muddied and unclear.

Just cast your mind back a matter of weeks to a social media post from Mr Wilson in which he compared wearing a face covering in public to being muzzled. It appeared just as the Department of Health was desperately trying to encourage as many people as possible to don the PPE as shielding came to an end for more than 90,000 people.