I am beginning to worry that there may come a time when there will be a need for a more nuanced message – but the public won’t be willing to hear it.
The effectiveness of such Government strategies as the lockdown can only be assessed after a mass of variables are controlled for.
Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.
Hopefully it will be crisis averted, and we’ll have a bit more time to fix the hole. But sooner or later, difficult choices on tax and spending are coming.
Some regions have already started to ease off lockdown measures. Here are their plans so far:
The only way of pushing such a narrative is to remove context and nuance from the data.
Unless you think the projected caseload was wrong by an order of magnitude, it was the only way to buy time.
The implications of the crisis are such that Johnson and Sunak need not so much to think outside the box as to trample it to tatters altogether.
We can’t continue to favour projects such as Crossrail over developing infrastructure in other parts of the country which generate much greater relative returns.
Enough daydreaming about unfeasible and unfunded alternatives on islands in the estuary; enough dithering and delay.
After crushing Labour last year, it might be tempting to rest on our laurels. But we need to act now to keep the extreme left locked out of Number 10.
I was delighted to see your appointment. I confess to slight bias, given that you retweeted an article of mine calling for an end to ring-fencing of the aid budget.
The Rolls-Royce concept has the potential to plug a gap in the UK’s low-carbon power requirements.
Harmonisation flies in the face of global trends towards equivalence rather than the highly legalistic regulatory formula favoured by the Union.
If Britain joined in a moment of self-doubt, it voted out as a confident, self-assured, optimistic, outward-looking and independent nation state.