Sunday 27 September

During a week when the Support for Jobs scheme pushed the descriptors ‘viable’ and ‘non-viable’ to the fore, with robust debates about how ‘viable’ jobs should be defined, using the terms in other contexts has been too tempting for some to resist. John Crace has written about ‘our semi-viable leader’, whose position is looking increasinglyContinue reading “Sunday 27 September”

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”

Monday 25 May

Not surprisingly, the Dominic Cummings revelations continue to dominate the media and infuriate many who have, despite considerable difficulties, mostly stuck to the rules which he chose to disregard and cover up. His actions further leach trust in the government, undermining authority and thereby its mandate to govern, although this doesn’t yet seem to haveContinue reading “Monday 25 May”

Wednesday 20 May

It seems to me the government could be sleepwalking into another crisis of its own making, one which is fast undermining its authority and thereby its mandate to govern. Up to 1,500 primary schools in England are expected to remain closed on 1 June after a rebellion by at least 18 councils forced the governmentContinue reading “Wednesday 20 May”

Sunday 17 May

As the COVID19 death toll passes 34, 466, so it appears do divisions in society about key issues like the balance between freedom and safety. The debate surrounding lockdown easing is intensifying, many having decided to stick to the former regime and others feeling this is an attack on liberty, leading to a police state.Continue reading “Sunday 17 May”

Monday 11 May

The main thrust of today’s news is the government’s ‘roadmap’ for this ‘second phase’ of the pandemic. There are almost no words to describe the PM’s speech last night, which caused confusion all round, one measure effectively being contradicted just hours later by Dominic Raab on the Today programme and later withdrawn. This can onlyContinue reading “Monday 11 May”

Sunday 10 May

Now we have the government’s new roadmap slogan with a different background designed (apparently) to be less alarming than the first one: Stay Alert, Control the virus, Save lives. This has attracted ridicule in some quarters including public figures like J K Rowling. At the #stayalert hashtag ‘Mrs Nigel Farage’ tweeted ‘We are calling forContinue reading “Sunday 10 May”