Sunday 12 September

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be concentrating minds even further on Afghanistan and the west’s legacy there. As accounts of Afghans’ distress and persecution continue to emerge, the only guard of the Kabul UK embassy to have made it to the UK with his wife and baby was interviewed on Radio 5 Live lastContinue reading “Sunday 12 September”

As the school term begins and with Parliament about to return, 178 deaths from Covid were recorded on 2 September, the highest number for some time, yet mask wearing on public transport is still patchy, some passengers reporting only around 25% compliance on their journeys. When in Wales recently it seemed to me that complianceContinue reading

Sunday 15 August

Last week’s news, much of it a continuation or repetition of what we’ve seen before, served as a timely reminder of what an uncertain world we’re living in, this naturally impacting on our mental wellbeing. As we move closer to the global climate change conference, COP26, experts and politicians deliver ever starker messages but oftenContinue reading “Sunday 15 August”

Sunday 8 August

Although we’ve now officially entered the ‘silly season’ regarding news, there’s plenty of it and, more insidiously, ‘living with Covid’ seems to have been conflated with normalising the damning statistics (92 Covid deaths on Friday and 31,808 new cases), not to mention the terrible health, financial and societal side-effects. Our Prime Minister continues to shameContinue reading “Sunday 8 August”

Sunday 1 August

Although the news continues to be dominated by Covid-related issues, there was another stark reminder last Sunday of the climate crisis, parts including London once again experiencing flash floods. We’ve become used to seeing these in other countries but it feels even more alarming when you see for the first time footage of local placesContinue reading “Sunday 1 August”

Sunday 25 July

Yes, I seem to say this most weeks but you really couldn’t make up what happened last weekend. On the cusp of the much trumpeted Freedom Day, the Health Secretary tested positive and the PM and Chancellor were told to self-isolate, taking out at one fell swoop three key government figures. ‘Beyond satire,’ as oneContinue reading “Sunday 25 July”

Saturday 17 July

Having watched football on tv for the first time ever (the Euro 2020 semi-final and final) I am now a football expert (!) and I did think it seemed a mistake for Southgate last Sunday evening to bring on different players for the penalties. Gratifyingly, many of those who know the game inside out seemedContinue reading “Saturday 17 July”

Sunday 11 July

Ever since the government reiterated its intention to end lockdown restrictions on July 19th, there’s been an avalanche of doubt, anxiety, criticism and incredulity expressed by scientists, medics and the public, given the rapid rise of Covid cases, including the virulent new Lambda variant. Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding tweeted: ‘Watching—new Lambda Variant now found in 30Continue reading “Sunday 11 July”

Saturday 3 July

As the shock waves of the Matt Hancock revelations and resignation continue to be felt across the political spectrum, there was derision at Boris Johnson’s later attempt to rewrite history by implying he had actually sacked Hancock, contrary to all evidence. In a car crash Today (Radio 4) interview with Justice Minister Robert Buckland onContinue reading “Saturday 3 July”

Sunday 27th June

Yet again, what a week it’s been, many items temporarily pushed off the news agenda by the emergence of Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s affair during the pandemic (and ongoing) with ‘a friend’ who he subsequently made a non-executive Director of the NHS. Many were up in arms about Hancock having been instrumental in making theContinue reading “Sunday 27th June”