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?”

Migrant Crossings and Fabricated Hysteria

To put it lightly, there is quite a lot going on at the moment isn’t there. The Covid-19 death toll sits at roughly 55,000, and it is still rising; the country is tinkering on the brink of a recession; and in the next few months unemployment looks likely to soar as the furlough scheme startsContinue reading “Migrant Crossings and Fabricated Hysteria”

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?”

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”

Regional Lockdown: A Damning Indictment of Poor Government Covid-19 Strategy

The question was never if, but when would we start seeing regional lockdowns being implemented in regions which were seeing an uptick in Covid-19 cases. Already at the start of June I wrote about the rising R value in a number of regions across England and how Matt Hancock had proposed regional lockdowns as aContinue reading “Regional Lockdown: A Damning Indictment of Poor Government Covid-19 Strategy”

Black Lives Matter: Time to Reform and Re-educate

It has been nearly 3 weeks since the brutal murder of George Floyd rightly garnered outrage across America and most of the world. The 46 year old black man died in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for close to nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, lying faceContinue reading “Black Lives Matter: Time to Reform and Re-educate”

‘R’ We Going In The Right Direction?

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak we’ve heard a lot being said about the ‘R number’. At the daily news briefings minister after minister, adviser after adviser has stressed the importance of keeping the R number below 1. If it’s above 1 it means cases will increase exponentially so keeping it at ‘manageable levels’Continue reading “‘R’ We Going In The Right Direction?”