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”

Saturday 30 May

What a terrible news week it’s been. With COVID deaths moving towards the 40,000 which sounded horrific when first estimated months ago and still does, there’s been the Dominic Cummings debacle and further erosion of confidence in the PM on continuing to back him despite 44 of his own MPs including former ministers calling forContinue reading “Saturday 30 May”

Wednesday 13 May

Changes to lockdown restrictions dominate the news agenda, the main ones quite worrying. Many have returned to work today and Sky News showed footage of packed buses and tube trains in London, yet there is no plan to rely on anything more than people’s ‘common sense’ and public transport ‘marshalls’. The situation will need carefullyContinue reading “Wednesday 13 May”

Thursday 30 April

As the PM prepared to pick up the reins once more at the Cabinet meetings and daily press briefings, it’s become increasingly clear that the much-trumpeted 100,000 tests a day target is nowhere near being met by the end of April deadline. The latest figure was just 52,429 tests, for Tuesday. As this morning’s governmentContinue reading “Thursday 30 April”

Wednesday 29 April

A big news day today – for the first time the death toll figures will include those in care homes, giving a more complete picture, and the PM has become a father again. While it’s a relief that he won’t be taking paternity leave so soon after returning to ‘run the country’, media fawning overContinue reading “Wednesday 29 April”

Tuesday 28 April

Sections of the media came under fire this morning for failing to cover or covering very superficially the scandal revealed by Panorama last night. This centred on the discovery that the government was counting each single glove as an item of PPE in order to misrepresent the figures and imply they were meeting demand whenContinue reading “Tuesday 28 April”

Monday 27 April

As the PM returned to work today, interestingly promising to be transparent and to involve opposition parties in lockdown exit planning, the Guardian suggested 6 urgent tasks lay in his already challenging in-tray. Besides the obvious lockdown strategy (about which ministers are said to disagree), the other 5 concern testing (claim of reaching 100,000 aContinue reading “Monday 27 April”