The covid crisis has highlighted what appears to be a weakness of government in terms of failing to clearly identify its objectives and the steps that must be taken to achieve them. This includes its failure to thoroughly work through the connections between different aspects of government policy. For example, the question of what test, track and trace is actually intended to achieve is integral to the types of tests that must be used in different circumstances, how they are used and when they are used. Wider relevant questions such as how far the levels of infection need to be reduced and what support covid patients need to self-isolate in order for the test, track and trace system to be able to achieve its objectives (eg to isolate specific clusters in a timely way) also need to be considered in the round. It is not clear that this analysis is being undertaken in as effective and coordinated way as it should be.