Who claimed 'no government could do a better job in the circumstances'?
If that's aimed at me then I've never claimed that to be the case, what I have said though is that I would imagine whoever was in government at the time would do more or less what this government did namely, have to start with the same knowledge of the virus (which turned out to be false) to base their decisions on and have the same amount of PPC in store to protect frontline staff with (which was woefully inadequate for the volume of need that was envisaged) the urgent and desperate need to obtain more (in a market place where every other country on earth was attempting to do the same) and at the same time to free up urgently bed space to treat the tidal wave of Corona cases being admitted to hospital (by sending the end of care life bed patients back to their care homes in order to try to safe those with their whole lives in front of them rather than behind them).
Mistakes were bound to be made, decisions taken that turned out not to be the best ones, unscrupulous people taking advantage of the circumstances.
Any government would have the same mountains to climb and non would do it perfectly.
It might be worth reflecting on the opinion of Lord Sedwill, the Head of the Civil Service at the time and who...
" stepped down as the UK's top civil servant following reports of tensions between him and senior members of Boris Johnson's team".
...so is clearly no an apologist for them!
This is what he said summarised by the BBC interviewer Laura Kuenssberg
In his first interview since leaving one of the biggest jobs in the country, the man who was paid to give quiet careful advice is diplomatic with his language, certainly, but clear nonetheless.
While he takes pride in some of the government's response to the pandemic
, he said there is a genuine question about whether it could have been better prepared and admitted it lacked the "exact measures" for a disease of this kind.
The picture he gives of the heart of government in the most intense moments in the crisis is of a tense place, where ministers and officials were scrambling to keep up with a changing reality
where the nation's health and economy were both genuinely in danger.
And frankly, with all the uncertainty of handling a new disease, no-one could be quite sure of the right thing to do
For all that ministers have fumed privately, and hinted publicly, he is adamant that the government coped fairly well during a once in a generation crisis
, not withstanding "genuine questions" about just how prepared the UK really was.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54617148
The bloke is impartial, professional, highly intelligent, clearly not a lackey or a kowtower of Johnson et al and was right in the middle of what was going on and would have known everything worth knowing - and even he says the government coped fairly well in the circumstances.
I doubt anybody could really have done significantly better in the circumstance and those who clearly do have no idea of how the system actually works in the real world rather than some mythical perfect world they must think we live in.