Sunday 16 May

Confirmation of the third step of lockdown easing understandably dominated the news agenda this week but wouldn’t you just know that, like last time, the sense of release was marred by the exponential growth in Indian variant cases. These are tripling every week and there are at least 1300 cases in this country, particularly affectingContinue reading “Sunday 16 May”

Saturday 10 April

Coverage of the death of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, announced on Friday, is likely to push other news off the media’s agenda for at least a few days. While many of us will be saddened to hear of his passing, there has been criticism of the media’s wall to wall coverage to the exclusion ofContinue reading “Saturday 10 April”

Saturday 20 March

We’re now fast approaching the anniversary of the start of the first lockdown and what a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. Now that about 130,000 lives have been lost, it will be interesting to see how the public mourning day  (National Day of Reflection) goes on Tuesday, to be markedContinue reading “Saturday 20 March”

Saturday 6 February

As we move into February the first week has seen plenty to occupy minds and media, from the Covid death totals, which remain very high (eg 1449 on Tuesday, 915 on Thursday, 1014 on Friday), to the sad death of Captain Sir Tom Moore, continuing debate about the vaccination programme and challenges regarding the slowContinue reading “Saturday 6 February”

Saturday 17 October

With a week like this, during which COVID cases have risen by 50% (now about one in 160 according to the Office for National Statistics) and the government has imposed its much-trailed Three Tier strategy, it could be easy to overlook other important news, such has been the resulting outcry. Under the new rules, nearlyContinue reading “Saturday 17 October”

Sunday 6 September

This last week has seen yet another U-turn (the PM now refusing to meet COVID 19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK), the return of Parliament from its summer recess, the return of Dominic Cummings from surgery and growing disillusionment with the government on the part of senior Tories, including Sir Charles Walker and Huw Merriman.Continue reading “Sunday 6 September”

Sunday 12 July

As the COVID19 death toll reaches 44,798, it’s been another very busy news week, starting with widespread criticism of the PM for appearing to blame care homes for not taking sufficient precautions in the early stages of the pandemic, leading to over 20,000 care home deaths. It was then left yet again to hapless ministersContinue reading “Sunday 12 July”

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”

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”