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”

Wednesday 17 June

As the death toll was just announced as 42,153, it’s sobering to realise we’re nearly halfway through the year, the pandemic and lockdown potentially making us feel a lot of life has been lost. For many, though, there have been some notable and unexpected gains as well, such as cheering examples of community engagement, perhapsContinue reading “Wednesday 17 June”

Sunday 14 June

As the death toll now reaches a shocking 41, 662, this last week has seen yet more unsettling and damaging developments, including: the government’s U-turn on schools reopening; complaints about the illogical quarantine policy (one backbencher telling a journalist Priti Patel had ‘gone mad’); more chaos surrounding the inadequate test and trace system and silenceContinue reading “Sunday 14 June”

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”

Saturday 6 June

It seems the government’s house of cards is collapsing further, every day bringing more revelations of incompetence and delayed action, which will result in yet more anxiety for an already worried population. During the last 36 hours it emerged that the Westminster government suppressed a report on the Iris pandemic modelling exercise in Scotland inContinue reading “Saturday 6 June”

For many the weekend marked a major change after months, as the warm weather and anticipation of Monday’s easing of lockdown restrictions tempted them to start early by inviting people round and meeting outside, often in quite large groups, not to mention flocking to beaches and beauty spots. What took us by surprise, including publicContinue reading

Saturday 30 May

What a terrible news week it’s been. With COVID deaths moving towards the 40,000 which sounded horrific when first estimated months ago and still does, there’s been the Dominic Cummings debacle and further erosion of confidence in the PM on continuing to back him despite 44 of his own MPs including former ministers calling forContinue reading “Saturday 30 May”

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”

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”