Corona does not respect borders.
One island, two policies!!!!
Earlier in the day, scientists advising the British government were being put out on the kind of media rounds that normally await ministers.
And they face the same questions, no matter where they appear: Why is the British approach so different to what is going on in other European countries, where school and college closures, bans on big sports events or other public gatherings, transport restrictions and even border closures are becoming the norm?
The answer boils down to timing.
The UK scientific and medical advisers do not expect the infection rate to peak for another three months.
They believe that it is too early to take drastic measures, and that if they are taken now, they will have to be held in place longer than most people expect, and because of that they would lose effectiveness just when they were most needed, because people would get bored and stop practising the hard disciplines of "social distancing".
So to be a little more precise, it is timing, and what people will put up with. The view of government advisers, scientists, medical experts and behavioural economists, is that asking the public to do too much at the wrong time will make the problem worse.