For many in my community – particularly those on tight budgets, pensioners, and people trying to manage their way out of debt – cash is what they live by.
The Treasury should hold one as the year rolls on, along the lines of that undertaken by Canada’s government during the 1990s.
Digital silos are slowing NHS staff down, causing unnecessary stress, and creating huge inefficiencies and security issues at the heart of the service.
Death is not a statistical data point, and the loss of life of a mother, a father, a child, and a key worker can never be filled.
A national effort led by the Government is required to clear the backlog of operations and treatments. We can do this.
Neither the Covid-19 recovery plan nor SAGE’s minutes indicate that a formal “health cost-benefit analysis” has been done. We need one.
Some of its problems can be fixed. Others won’t be. And one perhaps can’t be: namely, that this Parliament seems to be incapable of saying No.
Defensive medicine may intellectually go against years of training and logic, but it keeps us legally protected. But it might not work in these wartime conditions.
How prepared are we for strict social distancing for the forseeable future, compulsory masks, closed leisure facilities – and a semi-functioning economy?
The imaginative and innovative schemes that they are rolling out across the country to may come as a surprise.
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
Two extreme versions of what happens next in Britain. Events are more likely to end up somewhere in the middle.
I’m putting out regular videos about the reasons for social distancing and self-isolation, and why the Government is adopting the testing strategy that it is.
Whether moderate right Conservative, or moderate left, austerity is dead, and this new age will be with us for a long time to come.
What about the impact on domestic violence, with everyone stuck in their own homes? And on those with serious but non-life threatening health problems?