But there is no simple split between the Left and Right of the Party, and no sense of rebellion, at least yet.
Posts Tagged: Health
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.
Plus: Scam PPE offers. Johnson’s very real illness. And: I’m wondering about the rest of his body. (My dog’s, not my partner’s.)
Mark Harper: We can’t continue the current lockdown while waiting for a vaccine – and need a recovery plan to get out of it.
We will need to significantly and rapidly increase our testing capability and our ability to link this to a contact tracing system.
Luke Evans: The virus, its aftermath – and why we need a mature, open discussion about helping the dying through their final days
The truth is that we are talking about death now more than we have in years, for many of us perhaps more than we have ever talked about it.
Caroline Elsom: We calculate the astronomical cost of the virus as double the sum spent each year on healthcare
As in 2008, the line between survival and disaster will rest on the bond markets’ trust in the British Government and on the reputation of the Bank of England.
Liam Fox: League tables, death rates, bed numbers – and other mistaken media measurements. Let’s stick to the facts.
Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.
We hope and expect Johnson will be back by May 8. But if he isn’t, Raab must lead in easing the lockdown.
The art will be to do so in such a way that the NHS can cope with a rise in admissions. And social distancing for the most vulnerable must remain in place.
Those five tests. The stage is set for an easing of the lockdown to be trailed after the first May Bank Holiday.
Johnson will seek to keep ahead of public opinion. The art for him is to not to be caught out by a sudden shift in mood.
How Johnson, by at last making National Insurance a reality, could become the second founder of the NHS
In order to render the NHS proof against future pandemics, and resolve the social care crisis, he needs to learn from Beveridge.
We don’t expect the shutdown to last in full until summer. But if it did, Britain might well be moving towards Universal Credit as a basic income.
The West Germans realised, when they set up their health system, that there had to be an entrenched place for competition between different providers.
Luke Evans: What I learnt from my own experience in intensive care with pneumonia about goals and setbacks
I’ve faith that people are focused on that bigger picture, which drives reported levels of understanding and appreciation, if not necessarily popularity.
Absent a clearly articulated strategy business uncertainty will heighten, and severe non-compliance is risked
Daniel Hannan: The abuse, outrage and viciousness is hurled overwhelmingly at those of us who back ending the lockdown
A common threat, especially in the form of a pathogen, flicks switches in our brains, making us less tolerant of dissent.