Last month I wrote about the potential for Coronavirus to take hold in rural America. Since then the situation has worsened rapidly, and we are way beyond what I considered a worse case scenario. Without a big change of plan they will at least double their number of deaths before the election. Trebling the number… Read More Updates | Stories I previously covered
The Government has made a massive mess of it’s response to Coronavirus. An unmitigated disaster. Boris Johnson and his team prioritised managing the news cycle over managing the virus; too many eye catching announcements without any actual thought about whether they would work. With so many gaffes it’s hard to pick a low point, but… Read More Fragile Working | Why the public sector coped with Covid better than the private sector
Over the last week there has been on line anger over a vote in the House of Commons to stop the NHS being part of a future UK/US trade deal. The vote itself was pretty much meaningless political posturing. The response on social media was full of plucky memes fighting NHS privatisation, complete with made… Read More Another NHS Re-organisation | More plucky memes!
The US is at a turning point in the fight against CV-19. Deaths are still falling, but new infections are rising again as states re-open economic activity cheered on by the White House. The big risk for the US is that CV-19 takes hold in the large rural populations, which already suffer from high levels… Read More Black Death and the US healthcare system | The risk of CV-19
There has been a lot of noise about HMG handing out contracts to private companies during the Coronavirus crisis without proper tendering. Lots of these contract awards are actually pretty sensible; emergency contracts for ventilators and testing services. There are however some eye watering contracts being awarded, including over £100m for the supply of PPE… Read More The slow death of Government outsourcing | Criminal Justice
This is the penultimate lockdown pop quiz, and it covers 80s hit songs in languages other than English. A point for the band and song (half a mark for close), and another point for the language. Lots of points for grabs. Includes some of the best songs of the 80s, and sadly some of the… Read More Pop Quiz | Bloody foreigners coming over here
Munira Mirza has been appointed to lead the Governments inquiry into racism in Britain. While she is little know outside of political circles her appointment has caused widespread shock. Mirza doesn’t believe that institional racism exists, and is a strong defender of Boris Johnson comments about letterboxes and watermelon smiles. This is typical of her… Read More From genocide denial to Black Lives Matter | How the far left took over