It is by far the cheapest available option and for what it provides in terms of protection and UK global influence, it is extraordinarily good value.
Posts by Sir Bernard Jenkin MP
Bernard Jenkin MP was Chair of the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee 2010-2019, and is nominated to be Chair of the Liaison Committee. He is MP for Harwich and North Essex.Follow @
We are still in the danger zone – and that’s before you even start thinking about new variants. Much rides on surge testing, quarantines and booster shots.
Bernard Jenkin: The Government’s roadmap is neither a Zero Covid plan nor a lockdown sceptic one. Will it work?
Much turns on testing – and the Government should publish the full data for the Lateral Flow Test pilots.
The Government should engage local authorities and the 10,000 military personnel held at high readiness to provide increased resilience.
The key lesson from the Cambridge scheme is the importance of public support. Eighty per cent of students volunteered to take part.
Bernard Jenkin: The threat of the virus to the NHS hasn’t gone away. How it could overwhelm hospitals – and intensive care.
The aim is to keep the service open for as much normal business as possible, but there would be no possibility of achieving this in the scenario above.
Bernard Jenkin: A herd immunity policy would mean hundreds of thousands dead. If that’s what’s meant by a Swedish option, forget it.
Those advocating such an option must be clear that this extraordinary human cost is something that they are willing to have others pay.
Bernard Jenkin: If necessary, we must pass legislation that will nullify the direct effect and direct applicability of EU laws
It may be good tough talk to speak of breaking international law, but it does not engender respect. His exact words were not even factually correct.
Bernard Jenkin: Case’s appointment could mark a fresh start – after deteriorating confidence between Ministers and officials
Leaders must be expected to lead by example. That includes ministers. Lasting change cannot be achieved without a clear example from the top.
Bernard Jenkin: The Government should not allow China a role in our nuclear industry without new safeguards
We need a special regime: a UK plc with a government-owned ‘golden share’, giving the Government special powers.
Bernard Jenkin: For their strategy to work, Ministers will need more than double the number of tracers that they plan to recruit
If only 6,000 people, with 45 contacts each, are infected every day, we will need a capacity of 276,000 tests just to keep up.
Bernard Jenkin: Keeping or junking the shutdown won’t work. But the alternative requires a transformation unparalleled since the war.
Parliament’s role must be to encourage strategic thinking, raise reasonable questions and help the government avoid strategic errors.