Monday 4 May

Delaying the lockdown exit strategy until Sunday will inevitably raise expectations as to its contents and impact so let’s hope it’s worth the wait. It will need to carefully balance the need to prevent further spread of COVID with the need to recharge the economy and to halt further lockdown collateral damage – loneliness, anxiety,Continue reading “Monday 4 May”

Sunday 3 May

It was good news that at the Downing Street briefing last night, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced key measures to address domestic violence, modern slavery and homelessness, although some critics are saying they aren’t enough. A task force led by former homelessness Tsar Dame Louise Casey will work on ways of helping rough sleepers andContinue reading “Sunday 3 May”

Saturday 2 May

As the death toll now passes 28,000, I’m still appalled by Matt Hancock’s disingenuous and self-congratulatory spiel at yesterday’s Downing Street Briefing. Having made the arbitrary 100,000 tests a day target a key goal, ‘a massive achievement’ based on massaged statistics, there’s apparently still no understanding that this is only one aspect of an uncoordinatedContinue reading “Saturday 2 May”

Friday 1 May

As the 6th week in lockdown draws to a close, it seems that daily revelations of delay and incompetence in handling this crisis are adding to general anxiety. This is because we need to trust and believe in our leaders, authority figures who act as proxies for the early parental figures whose job it wasContinue reading “Friday 1 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”

Sunday 26 April

Continuing the theme for a moment of one of the hidden costs of the pandemic (worsening symptoms and deaths due to the postponement or cancellation of urgent treatment for life threatening conditions, mental health crises etc), Independent health correspondent Shaun Lintern challenged the BBC this morning, tweeting: ‘BBC News this morning saying NHS intensive careContinue reading “Sunday 26 April”

Saturday 25 April

While people are still processing the news about Dominic Cummings’s attendance at SAGE meetings, it emerged via a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian that Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences. This leakContinue reading “Saturday 25 April”