Sunday 12 July

As the COVID19 death toll reaches 44,798, it’s been another very busy news week, starting with widespread criticism of the PM for appearing to blame care homes for not taking sufficient precautions in the early stages of the pandemic, leading to over 20,000 care home deaths. It was then left yet again to hapless ministersContinue reading “Sunday 12 July”

Sunday 5 July

As we enter the second half of 2020 and the UK COVID 19 death toll passes 44,000, it’s been another busy and dispiriting news week, dominated by the dithering and lack of consultation experienced by the other three UK nations around the ‘air bridges’ and quarantine policy. It makes a nonsense of the alleged ‘fourContinue reading “Sunday 5 July”

Tuesday 30 June

Another week into less than quasi-lockdown and, ahead of significant easing of restrictions, eg pubs, restaurants, museums and galleries allowed to open from Saturday (badged Independence Day in Cummingsese), government gaffes and errors of judgement continue to come thick and fast. The first of these is choosing Saturday as the day people can finally goContinue reading “Tuesday 30 June”

Thursday 25 June

As the COVID 19 death toll in the UK exceeds 43,000, several issues jostle for the top news slot, one being the further easing of restrictions scheduled for 4 July, enabling pubs, restaurants, museums, galleries and hairdressers etc to reopen. While some consumers and business owners will be jubilant about this, many remain very concernedContinue reading “Thursday 25 June”

Sunday 21 June

Following hot on the heels of the school meals U-turn came the news that the centralised contact tracing app, trialled and then apparently muted in the Isle of Wight, has been abandoned in favour of the Apple/Google decentralised model. How many lives could have been saved if, rather than wasting time on the foolish, ideologicalContinue reading “Sunday 21 June”

Wednesday 17 June

As the death toll was just announced as 42,153, it’s sobering to realise we’re nearly halfway through the year, the pandemic and lockdown potentially making us feel a lot of life has been lost. For many, though, there have been some notable and unexpected gains as well, such as cheering examples of community engagement, perhapsContinue reading “Wednesday 17 June”

Sunday 14 June

As the death toll now reaches a shocking 41, 662, this last week has seen yet more unsettling and damaging developments, including: the government’s U-turn on schools reopening; complaints about the illogical quarantine policy (one backbencher telling a journalist Priti Patel had ‘gone mad’); more chaos surrounding the inadequate test and trace system and silenceContinue reading “Sunday 14 June”

Tuesday 9 June

On Sunday The Observer led with what some of us have believed for some time – we can’t leave a public inquiry on the government’s management of the crisis till after the pandemic (will there even be an after?) as numerous politicians want to do, kicking that hugely shaming can down the road with argumentsContinue reading “Tuesday 9 June”

Saturday 6 June

It seems the government’s house of cards is collapsing further, every day bringing more revelations of incompetence and delayed action, which will result in yet more anxiety for an already worried population. During the last 36 hours it emerged that the Westminster government suppressed a report on the Iris pandemic modelling exercise in Scotland inContinue reading “Saturday 6 June”

For many the weekend marked a major change after months, as the warm weather and anticipation of Monday’s easing of lockdown restrictions tempted them to start early by inviting people round and meeting outside, often in quite large groups, not to mention flocking to beaches and beauty spots. What took us by surprise, including publicContinue reading