This weeks Queens Speech introduced us to another bad idea. Voter ID. On the surface this seems pretty straight forward – why not force people to show ID to vote? Most people have ID, and lots of people (including me) carry it with them every day. Whats the problem? To understand why it is such… Read More Voter ID | A disaster waiting to happen
This is Boris as a newly elected PM 18 months ago telling the world that he had a plan to fix the crisis engulfing residential and domiciliary care for older people. Since then we have had no plan, and now there is an announcement in this weeks Queens speech that “Proposals on reforms to social… Read More Social Care Crisis | No plan, no clue
This is the current position with death rates between the EU and the UK. As we can see we are currently doing incredibly well reducing the numbers of deaths, numbers are falling much faster here than in the EU. This is mainly due to the strict lockdown rather than the vaccine, although we can expect… Read More Is the UK doing better than the EU at managing Covid | Does history repeat itself?
Just when we thought Kickstart couldn’t get any worse, we have been told that we are not allowed to take part in Kickstart at all, 6 months after it was announced. This apparently is the case for most small businesses. For those who haven’t been following the story Kickstart is an employment subsidy for under… Read More Kickstart fails again | Government makes the same mistakes and young people suffer
All of the focus of the last week in politics has been the storm around A level results. This is without doubt one of the most shambolic situations any Government has found itself in, one which has no easy way out. The only positive thing I can take from it is that the 6th formers… Read More Kick Start | A kick in the teeth for young people
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
Parliament has debated the new immigration bill this week. Government announcements are heavy on Brexity slogans about taking back control and “Global Britain”, but the reality is that the Bill gives Ministers the power to exclude people from the UK labour market who don’t hold a high level qualification and aren’t a higher earner. Decisions… Read More Immigration bill | Ministers who have never worked and voters who don’t work any more
Over the last few weeks I have written about problems with NHS procurement. Since becoming Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock has centralised NHS procurement and cut Trust budgets to save money. This, plus a failure to adequately prepare for a pandemic, has caused shortfalls of PPE across the NHS. One of the bright… Read More PPE | NHS getting better: Government getting worse