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 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.
Trust in the government has gone up, according to Kekst CNC – and the results point the same way across the four countries polled.
Plus: An outpouring of affection for Johnson. We reach Defcon Raab. The EU messes up (again). And: could Sleepy Joe wake up as President?
Very few businesses could survive a lockdown of the type we’re currently in for six months. A sustained one will have to be more focused.
Nothing I have written should be taken as a suggestion that we drop our guard or stop taking precautions. But, assuming we do that, there is no reason to panic. Cheer up.
The trust factor is simply less relevant, because fewer people are accessing the Corporation’s output in the first place.
But is a system of government whereby all power is concentrated in Downing Street likely to result in that power being well used?
If the Daily Telegraph catches a whiff of threatened tax rises, it will offer pretty robust coverage.
The Prime Minister’s Brexit night message should have been broadcast on BBC and ITN.
If we are going to make a reality of Global Britain, we need to capitalise on the things about our country that the world likes and admires.
He should be scrutinised as fiercely as he himself scrutinised Delors as a journalist 30 years ago.
It is also politically shrewd – showing free market radicalism and compassion for the poor.
The former may have won a battle, but the latter will win the war. Diverse, inclusive, victimhood culture is the future.
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