Friday 1 May

As the 6th week in lockdown draws to a close, it seems that daily revelations of delay and incompetence in handling this crisis are adding to general anxiety. This is because we need to trust and believe in our leaders, authority figures who act as proxies for the early parental figures whose job it wasContinue reading “Friday 1 May”

Thursday 30 April

As the PM prepared to pick up the reins once more at the Cabinet meetings and daily press briefings, it’s become increasingly clear that the much-trumpeted 100,000 tests a day target is nowhere near being met by the end of April deadline. The latest figure was just 52,429 tests, for Tuesday. As this morning’s governmentContinue reading “Thursday 30 April”

Wednesday 29 April

A big news day today – for the first time the death toll figures will include those in care homes, giving a more complete picture, and the PM has become a father again. While it’s a relief that he won’t be taking paternity leave so soon after returning to ‘run the country’, media fawning overContinue reading “Wednesday 29 April”

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”

Monday 27 April

As the PM returned to work today, interestingly promising to be transparent and to involve opposition parties in lockdown exit planning, the Guardian suggested 6 urgent tasks lay in his already challenging in-tray. Besides the obvious lockdown strategy (about which ministers are said to disagree), the other 5 concern testing (claim of reaching 100,000 aContinue reading “Monday 27 April”

Sunday 26 April

Continuing the theme for a moment of one of the hidden costs of the pandemic (worsening symptoms and deaths due to the postponement or cancellation of urgent treatment for life threatening conditions, mental health crises etc), Independent health correspondent Shaun Lintern challenged the BBC this morning, tweeting: ‘BBC News this morning saying NHS intensive careContinue reading “Sunday 26 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”

Friday 24 April

A big news day – 19,506 deaths so far, moving up to the 20k thought shocking several weeks ago, but also the testing website closing within hours and the revelations about the alleged independence of the government’s scientific advice source. Amid continuing talk about ‘ramping up capacity’ for COVID19 testing, it was reported that theContinue reading “Friday 24 April”

Wednesday 22 April

Besides the daily death toll, another depressing piece of news is Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty’s view that the UK will have to live with some social distancing measures for the rest of the year. Today’s Guardian editorial paints a reactive rather than proactive picture of the government’s COVID19 strategy, presenting an analysis of what’sContinue reading “Wednesday 22 April”

Monday 20 April

As we enter the 5th week of lockdown, the government issued two rebuttals to the searing Sunday Times article, one saying the article ‘contained a series of falsehoods and errors’, the second concerning a Financial Times story on efforts to source privately designed ventilators. On another rebuttal, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told the SophyContinue reading “Monday 20 April”