Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:14 pm on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Ben Spencer Ben Spencer Conservative, Runnymede and Weybridge 1:14 pm, 17th September 2020

We have learned a lot about covid in the past nine months, and it is worth reflecting that this disease did not exist a year ago. One of the things that plagues inquiries—I have certainly seen this a lot in medicine, in terms of investigations—is the trap of hindsight bias. Of course, when we look back, there are things that we would do differently because we have learned so much in the past nine months. How can we ensure that the inquiry avoids using what we sometimes call the retrospectoscope?