LETTER: Government’s Public Relations Disaster


Dear Editor,

Is the government intentionally giving false information on the reopening or borders and coronavirus measures?

I ask this because I normally read the ‘Cabinet Notes’ posted on the Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook page.

It has now become the norm for the Cabinet notes to give information that is completely different from information given by the minister at the press conference. Bear in mind that the notes are always released shortly before the news conference on Wednesday.

Between that short period of time, I cannot understand how the information changes so drastically. Yesterday, the notes said no rapid test at the airport and that all tests will be done at the hotel. It did not take long for Melford Nicholas to go on the media to contradict the government’s own information and report that testing will be done at the airport.

I can think of at least four other examples and occasions at which this was done. I am wondering why the communication is so poor overall. People are looking for a consistent message from the government and all the government is doing is creating confusion.

This is unacceptable! The minister needs to apologies and the government must do better.


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