Government ministers are now refusing to attend hearings of the epidemic response committee under the guise that as select committees are now sitting they are redundant.
If the committee is redundant why has it not been disestablished? Politics as usual is well and truly back in operation on both sides of the house.
The ERC was a joke. It was there to provide transparency and accountability but it was largely a joke, purely partisan. As we have seen, despite the vast criticism, the strategy to combat the virus has been successful. Do we need to run this "committee" forever? Can you imagine National, facing a crisis, empowering the opposing party for accountability? :-) As we can plainly see the Covid-19 committee is redundant. Thats because the Govt ran L4, L3 and L2, not L4 for 5 minutes then L1, which is plainly the other option. Health comes first, so you can then run the economy. Look elsewhere to see what happened.
The ERC was a joke and purely partisan? What a load of BS. It played a crucial role in improving the governments response. Issues like the dire state of contact tracing and the way the MOH were handling (or not) compassionate considerations were confirmed by the committee and, in some cases, the government acted on what was revealed.
Labour didn't "empower" the committee, it was "empowered" by the house. In other crisises the house continued with select committees and question time. This oversight is crucial as otherwise governments of all kinds do not act in a way consistent with the PR spin.
As I wrote above if it is no longer required then it should be disbanded.