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”

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”

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?”

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”

Robert Jenrick and ‘Cash for Favours’ Row

With parts of the UK hitting 31 degrees today one would be forgiven for thinking that’s the reason why Robert Jenrick has been left red-faced. The reality, however, is that the Housing Secretary has found himself in hot water over a ‘cash for favours’ row involving the billionaire former newspaper tycoon Richard Desmond. Following pressureContinue reading “Robert Jenrick and ‘Cash for Favours’ Row”

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”