Johnson is being squeezed between dissenting local authorities, an increasingly divided Cabinet – and fundamental problems with test and trace.
Posts Tagged: healthcare
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.
Matthew Oakley: Levelling up. We need to measure it in order to deliver it – and know that it’s worked
The first report of a new commission finds that disparities are just as apparent within regions, cities and towns as they are between them.
Its model has achieved vastly superior results and at a significantly lower cost in human lives.
Forget the polls. Be honest about risk. Understand the English. Use scientists less. Deploy Sunak more. Drop the technical language and work with others.
Steve Baker: The Coronavirus Act created the most dangerous changes to state power seen in a generation. It must be replaced.
Every single charge under the Act – 141 so far – has been found unlawful on review by the CPS,
Bella Wallersteiner: Let the young work, play and be free of the rule of six – while older people learn to live with the virus
It is about time we had an honest conversation about segmenting the population, with more targeted protection for the elderly and vulnerable.
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.
Raghib Ali: Covid-19. The pluses and minuses of the Government’s new plan – and why there should be no more lockdowns.
The Government’s cost-benefit analysis showed that the impacts of the lockdown were greater than those of the direct Covid-19 deaths.
If we follow Spain and France, and test and trace doesn’t improve, the mood on the Tory backbenches is likely to shift towards a Sweden-style solution.
Covid. Mass lockdowns v a Swedish option is a flawed choice. But if Ministers can’t make mass testing work, it’s the one we’ll have.
More tests, quick tracing, quarantine and mini-shutdowns if necessary (not the closure of whole cities and metropolitan areas) are the best-in-class solution.
Ryan Henson and James Rogers: The reformed Foreign Office has a fresh chance to counter China and Russia
It should initiate an “International Prosperity Initiative” – to provide an alternative to the “aid” agendas of authoritarian rivals.
Ryan Bourne: A lesson from this pandemic. State action fails even when the case for it is strongest.
I was regaled with horror story after story on access to even existing testing. Confidence in the “moonshot” is non-existent.
Rob Sutton: The Coronavirus. We must stop pinning our hopes on a vaccine – and learn to live with it
Continued lockdowns and restrictions assume we will eventually produce one. If the attempt fails, what next?
Why the obsessive focus on new tax rises when we need proper spending control – in the form of a real zero-based review?
The Treasury should hold one as the year rolls on, along the lines of that undertaken by Canada’s government during the 1990s.