Cummings and Goings

On Friday evening the image of Dominic Cummings leaving number 10 began circulating on social media with some ferocity. The campaign mastermind behind Brexit and Boris Johnson’s 2019 election victory had handed in his resignation. In a final act of theatre, the pantomime villain trundled out the front door with his belongings in a cardboardContinue reading “Cummings and Goings”

Second English Lockdown Shows No Lessons Learned

Apparently the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Yet here he we are watching the prime minister make the same fundamental errors he made back in March. It was Johnson himself who coined the phrase ‘dither and delay’ when describing his Brexit opponents; ironically,Continue reading “Second English Lockdown Shows No Lessons Learned”

The ‘Unexpected and Invisible Mugger’ is Back – But We Should Have Seen Him Coming

The second wave is here. Blindsided by their desire for a sharp economic bounce back and a summer of vanity obsessions the Government have failed to deal with the virus. Perhaps an eye test at Barnard Castle would have helped Boris Johnson foresee the mess we’re in? Or better yet, perhaps he should have justContinue reading “The ‘Unexpected and Invisible Mugger’ is Back – But We Should Have Seen Him Coming”

Was a Second Wave Inevitable?

It has been just over 6 months since Boris Johnson addressed the nation with the news of a national lockdown. Hand washing, social distancing and staying home wherever possible became the mantra which we were told to live by –  fail to do these things and the virus would not be suppressed. But we didContinue reading “Was a Second Wave Inevitable?”

Internal Market Bill Passes First Commons Hurdle

Last night Boris Johnson’s controversial bid to override parts of his Brexit deal overcame a major hurdle in Parliament. The Internal Market Bill has faced extensive criticism from all directions, including the last five living Prime Ministers, but Boris Johnson won the vote for his proposed legislation by 340 to 263, a majority of 77.Continue reading “Internal Market Bill Passes First Commons Hurdle”

Is The War On Obesity Working?

Boris Johnson will formally revive the governments war on unhealthy foods in an attempt to tackle obesity levels in the UK. Attempts to raise awareness of the dangers of obesity have in the past had a very broad health message, but as winter and a potential second Covid-19 wave fast approaches it is clear thatContinue reading “Is The War On Obesity Working?”

Are Face Masks Really a Threat to Your Individual Liberty?

New legislation is to be brought in which will make face masks mandatory in shops across England, but it won’t come in to force until Friday 24 July. After mounting pressure and mixed messaging Boris Johnson has finally succumbed to the inevitable, bringing England in line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain,Continue reading “Are Face Masks Really a Threat to Your Individual Liberty?”

Care Homes and Boris Johnson’s Blame Game

The Government is today facing repeated calls to apologise after Boris Johnson yesterday said that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedure in the way that they could have”. The comments have been widely criticised by care leaders, unions and MPs as an attempt to shift the blame for the high death tollContinue reading “Care Homes and Boris Johnson’s Blame Game”

Why Independence Day Doesn’t Mean The End of Covid-19

After much anticipation yesterday marked England’s ‘Independence Day’, so called because it means that people were finally allowed to visit pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. For these businesses it has been a long time coming and for the Government it will provide hope that the looming recession is short lived. I had intentionally delayed to writeContinue reading “Why Independence Day Doesn’t Mean The End of Covid-19”

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Short Life of the Test, Track and Trace App

In a long list of bad weeks for the government, which stretch back to the beginning of the corona virus pandemic, surely this week is a contender for the most embarrassing. Only two days ago the government was forced to U-turn on providing free school meals for children during the summer holiday, and yesterday theContinue reading “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Short Life of the Test, Track and Trace App”