When Dido Harding returned to her Somerset home by automobile on Sunday afternoon, she was towing her horsebox.
An equine enthusiast for years and board member of the Jockey Club, horses are how in charge of the government’s Test and Trace programme relaxes.
And it’s likely she requires it, after senior Conservative MP Sir Bernard Jenkin called for her to be changed, and Labour’s Dr Rosena Allin-Khan told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Baroness Harding’s position was “untenable”.
However, it appears she’s not going anywhere – with or without her horses.
At a time when many ministers are frustrated at the sluggish speed of the civil service reaction to COVID-19, Baroness Harding brings high-level private sector experience.
A former CEO of telecoms huge TalkTalk, the Conservative peer is stated to be disciplined and demanding.
Government sources mention she has actually achieved the equivalent of “developing an operation the size of Tesco in a matter of months”.
And whilst the huge boost in screening capacity has actually been impressive, a crucial metric for reducing the virus worries the portion of close contacts traced.
The government’s researchers state it should be above 80%for the system to be efficient,