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 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”

Tuesday 19 May

I won’t have been the only one shocked at the news that the loss of taste and smell is only now being included in the list #COVID19 symptoms to be tested for, when the World Health Organisation has recommended this for some time. Experts warned that tens of thousands of cases of Covid-19 were beingContinue reading “Tuesday 19 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”

Saturday 16 May

The debate about whether or not schools should reopen on 1 June (and now the British Medical Association is firmly supporting the unions) highlights an important issue about how we treat risk. Too much risk adversity makes for existing in a comfort zone rather than living, but although life does involve risk every day, inContinue reading “Saturday 16 May”

Thursday 14 May

As more and more holes appear in the government’s strategy, despite attempts by ministers to suggest that everything’s gone according to plan, it’s emerged that at least 95,000 people entered the UK from overseas since lockdown imposition, with no attempt to ascertain how many had Covid-19. Keir Starmer’s forensic challenge to the PM yesterday onContinue reading “Thursday 14 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”

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”

Saturday 9 May

There are almost no words for the announcement that, from the end of May, incoming air passengers will be quarantined for 2 weeks, something which should have been implemented months ago. As posted here earlier this week, there was always the possibility of the contact tracing app being challenged in the courts because of privacyContinue reading “Saturday 9 May”