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all round, one measure effectively being contradicted just hours later by Dominic Raab on the Today programme and later withdrawn.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”

Friday 8 May

Following what many found mixed messages about lockdown strategy over this long weekend, not to mention the PM’s absence from last night’s Downing Street Briefing, heads of police forces have confirmed that lockdown is slowly ‘ebbing away’. They reckon there’s about a 10% increase in foot and road traffic compared with the start, and thatContinue reading “Friday 8 May”

Thursday 7 May

Speculation about today’s and Sunday’s announcements on lockdown strategy has led to  #Keepthelockdown  trending at no 1 on Twitter, while many media sources and politicians are calling for its end or phasing out, for the sake of the economy, mental health and so on. There’s concern that the government wanting to convey an impression (delusion?)Continue reading “Thursday 7 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 5 May

Although some caution must be exercised because of different ways of handling statistics in different countries, it’s shocking to learn that the UK has overtaken Italy for the highest number of COVID-related fatalities in Europe – more than 32,000 according to the latest ONS figures released today. Although the causes are well known, especially theContinue reading “Tuesday 5 May”

Monday 4 May

Delaying the lockdown exit strategy until Sunday will inevitably raise expectations as to its contents and impact so let’s hope it’s worth the wait. It will need to carefully balance the need to prevent further spread of COVID with the need to recharge the economy and to halt further lockdown collateral damage – loneliness, anxiety,Continue reading “Monday 4 May”

Sunday 3 May

It was good news that at the Downing Street briefing last night, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced key measures to address domestic violence, modern slavery and homelessness, although some critics are saying they aren’t enough. A task force led by former homelessness Tsar Dame Louise Casey will work on ways of helping rough sleepers andContinue reading “Sunday 3 May”

Saturday 2 May

As the death toll now passes 28,000, I’m still appalled by Matt Hancock’s disingenuous and self-congratulatory spiel at yesterday’s Downing Street Briefing. Having made the arbitrary 100,000 tests a day target a key goal, ‘a massive achievement’ based on massaged statistics, there’s apparently still no understanding that this is only one aspect of an uncoordinatedContinue reading “Saturday 2 May”