Britain cannot afford to take so long to incorporate international lessons as the epidemic progresses.
Posts Tagged: Italy
By taking unnecessary risks with virus transmission we could literally be putting others at greater risk of death if the services they need are blocked.
The perils and volatility that the Coronavirus – that ultimate leveller-down – brings with it suddenly endanger last year’s near-landslide winner.
Neil O’Brien: We are on a terrible course. But some people are still messing about as though this were a game.
With the bazooka being well-wielded by Sunak, it seems almost churlish to suggest some further things the Treasury could do. But here are three.
Liam Fox: The latest evidence from Italy suggests that public health messaging should change. We need less “me” and more “us”.
It should be moved away from how we stop becoming infected ourselves and start to focus on how we stop infecting those who might be at particular risk.
The economy and the virus. Tear up the rulebook – we need Big State Government on a scale unknown in modern times.
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.
Needed during the coming weeks: a Government information campaign for older people, their families, employers and businesses.
Nation states can act decisively when they wish to do so: the EU seems paralysed.
Garvan Walshe: The virus shows the decline of Western democratic culture. Rebuilding it will take hard work.
Sensationalising data is all too common in politics. We have to end this trend if we want to keep people safe.
As the old saying doesn’t quite put it, scientists advise, but Ministers decide – on moving to mitigation or anything else.
At the least, we can expect reduced growth worldwide – and a more expansionary Budget next month.
Harmonisation flies in the face of global trends towards equivalence rather than the highly legalistic regulatory formula favoured by the Union.
Joe Baron: Leaving the EU is a joyous expression of national self-confidence. For that, we have Thatcher to thank.
If Britain joined in a moment of self-doubt, it voted out as a confident, self-assured, optimistic, outward-looking and independent nation state.
“We shouldn’t be frightened of being a great nation, and nor should the United States.” Plus: the state of the leadership race.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: May failed to lead Britain out of the EU – but her successor can yet succeed
There may be greater willingness by Brussels to negotiate following populist successes in the European elections.