The pandemic has regularly pitched the economy and health on different sides of the policy response. This is a false choice.
First, it should present future recommendations within a year. Next, on a longer timescale, it should look at what went wrong.
It’s a terrible milestone and Ministers throughout the UK will be blamed. How could our governments and administrations do better next time?
This is not to say that all of Dodds’ analysis is coherent or correct, but the days of unhinged Corbynite attacks on capitalism are over.
It may sound obvious, even trite, but it’s the only way out. The primary purpose of economic policy for the next five years should be to generate revenue.
The risk and severity of Covid – particularly for this patient group – outweighs the theoretical unproven risk of getting inoculated.
The emergency measures enacted to battle Covid have exposed the groupthink of Whitehall’s expert establishment.
And if the Chief Medical Officer says that the situation is rapidly becoming much worse, and that urgent action is needed, who am I to argue?
Plus: Macron has closed Paris at night. Merkel is pondering tougher restrictions. So don’t blame Johnson as though our situation were unique.
The Government’s tendency to take more responsibility, rather than devolving it to local networks, is at the root of many of the scheme’s problems.
We estimate that streamlining the quango state could mean nearly 34,000 people off the taxpayer payroll, and a saving of £3.25 billion a year.
Leaving the European Union presents us with a historic opportunity to create a healthier environment for ourselves and future generations.
These are the same elected representatives the whom we insisted should “step back and trust the professionals”.
Johnson will almost certainly decide to tough it out. But he will have a big problem if school returns prove tricky.
There is now no overall ‘white privilege’ in health or education or overall ‘BAME disadvantage’. These categories are outdated and unhelpful.