This new variant is understandably causing concern but there is no evidence that vaccines will be less effective. We must stay calm and follow the rules.
Five reasons why Hancock’s announcement of tougher restrictions yesterday met less resistance than might have been expected.
It’s important to have advisers, but “advisers advise and Ministers decide” – because the latter are accountable to the rest of us.
Government needs to reform the stucture of expert advice, and publish serious analysis of the cost of the options they face.
If the public conversation about lives and livelihoods doesn’t change, we risk being trapped in semi-lockdown semi-permanently.
Johnson is being squeezed between dissenting local authorities, an increasingly divided Cabinet – and fundamental problems with test and trace.
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.
A successful test, track and quarantine policy would open the door to local paths out of this national shutdown.