Saturday 5 December

Friday’s announcement of 504 new deaths and 16,298 new COVID cases must make us wonder whether lockdown has worked, although many believe it’s never been a ‘proper’ lockdown. This week Boris Johnson had his work cut out trying to quell the threatened rebellion to the post-lockdown restrictions regulations, Tory rebels demanding to see the evidenceContinue reading “Saturday 5 December”

Sunday 22 November

As bad news and government blunders continue to come thick and fast, the Office for National Statistics tells us that the latest weekly count of COVID deaths in England and Wales (week ending 6 November) showed a rise of 40%, the highest since May. Taking just one day as an example,  Thursday saw 22,915 newContinue reading “Sunday 22 November”

Sunday 30 August

Apart from the latest government U-turn, this time on facemasks in schools, the key news items generating much heat and some light continue to be the return to work debate and the series of departures following the A levels debacle. There seems to be a strange belief in government that throwing other key players underContinue reading “Sunday 30 August”

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”

Friday 22 May

Apart from the ghastly death toll (now over 36,000) several issues dominate the news agenda. The PM’s humiliating (for him) U-turn on the NHS surcharge for overseas NHS and care workers seems to have resulted more from the threat of a backbench rebellion than by any understanding of what an unjustifiable policy the surcharge was.Continue reading “Friday 22 May”

Wednesday 6 May

The COVID19 death toll has naturally focused more attention than usual on the ways death and mourning are observed. Funerals, now very restricted, have always been a way to mark an individual’s passing but in this extreme situation it could be argued that a much more public commemoration is called for. ‘It’s very weird howContinue reading “Wednesday 6 May”

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”

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”