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”

Has Covid-19 Highlighted Cracks in the Union?

In a week which has seen Scotland introduce its own, extended Covid-19 tier system; Wales resorting to a 17-day ‘firebreak’ lockdown; and vocal opposition from Andy Burnham, the Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester, to the Government’s tier 3 restrictions, I ask: are we really that united? When Tony Blair enshrined the promise of Welsh andContinue reading “Has Covid-19 Highlighted Cracks in the Union?”

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”

Proposed Changes to the Driving Test: The Government U-Turn

After experiencing some success with the manoeuvre over the last few months the Government will this week be introducing the U-turn to all DVSA Practical Driving Tests. The decision comes after the Government has undertaken 11 U-turns in the past 14 weeks, clearly feeling the manoeuvre should be a part of everyone’s driving repertoire. AsContinue reading “Proposed Changes to the Driving Test: The Government U-Turn”

The so called “Culture Wars”

We liver in polarised times. Our beliefs, morals and voting intentions shape the way in which we view and interpret the world around us like never before. Are we left, or are we right? are we in, or are we out? In recent years the answers to these relatively straightforward questions have become intertwined withContinue reading “The so called “Culture Wars””

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?”

Is it time for a by-election in Delyn?

In his short tenure as my MP Rob Roberts has managed to make quite a name for himself. With an arrogant claim here, a misjudged comment there he has managed to put Delyn firmly on the map, drawing criticism from prominent political commentators on the ‘twitter-sphere’ and even going viral on one occasion – albeitContinue reading “Is it time for a by-election in Delyn?”

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”