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?”

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?”

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”

‘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?”