Tuesday 21 April

This morning housing minister Simon Clarke was the latest junior minister to be found wanting by interviewers, including Piers Morgan – ‘savaged’ in the words of one source. On the PPE saga and the latest news that the Turkish supply still had not been released, Clarke made on the Today Programme what must be theContinue reading “Tuesday 21 April”

Sunday 19 April

The government’s COVID19 performance and the PM’s in particular were blasted this morning from a source unexpected (to me, because of the normally pro-Tory Murdoch ), the Sunday Times, which detailed the trajectory of missed opportunities and delayed actions. In Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain walked into disaster, the authors show how the PM missingContinue reading “Sunday 19 April”

Saturday 18 April

Today the UK death toll from COVID19 increased by 888, taking the total number of fatalities to 15,464 and we’re told there could be 40,000 in this first wave of the outbreak – terrible news all round. As the debate on PPE shortages continues, specifically focused on the likely shortage of gowns this weekend, Matt Hancock’sContinue reading “Saturday 18 April”

Thursday 16 April

As we approach the end of the 4th week of lockdown, with a three week extension likely, there are more and more voices calling for an ending on the grounds that it’s causing as much damage (to the economy and mental health) as the virus itself. But ‘multiple government sources’ say ministers and their advisersContinue reading “Thursday 16 April”

Wednesday 15 April

Late last night came the announcement that President Trump was withdrawing US funding from the World Health Organisation. How helpful is that at a time like this, as global deaths pass 125,000? The US is the largest contributor to WHO, so this begs the question of how that funding gap be closed when, arguably, WHOContinue reading “Wednesday 15 April”

Wednesday 8 April

During the week there was endless speculation in the media about the extent of the PM’s illness, whether or not his powers had been delegated to deputy Dominic Raab, and whether the public was being kept adequately informed of his state and capacity to lead the country. There was relief, then, after some days atContinue reading “Wednesday 8 April”

Corona virus and mental health

Sunday 5 April 2020 “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” ‘So said Vladimir Ilyich Lenin of the ferment of revolution, but he could just as easily have been talking about the 100 days that haveContinue reading “Corona virus and mental health”