The quest of Mel Stride and the Treasury Select Committee for sight of its elusive quarry contines.
Posts Tagged: SAGE
The key lesson from the Cambridge scheme is the importance of public support. Eighty per cent of students volunteered to take part.
Interview. Mel Stride – a damaged economy provides less for health and social care, “and that has a cost in lives”
The Chair of the Treasury Select Committee on its efforts to get information from the Government on the costs of restrictions to lives and livelihoods.
It’s important to have advisers, but “advisers advise and Ministers decide” – because the latter are accountable to the rest of us.
Matt Smith: An unenforceable travel ban. No NHS transmission data. 30,000 lost jobs. But where is the media scrutiny of Labour in Wales?
Welsh ministers get soft-soaped while UK Government ministers face the full rigors of the national media
Government needs to reform the stucture of expert advice, and publish serious analysis of the cost of the options they face.
The London Borough of Bromley, which I am proud to represent, is a case in point – because cases remain relatively low.
David Gauke: Covid-19. Conservative MPs should fear for their seats if they push for a Sweden-style policy – just as deaths are rising
If it it takes hold, people will not want to go to pubs, cinemas, shops or offices, so economic normality will be impossible anyway.
At present, experts seem only to advise measures they know will work. An approach based on risk and trade-offs would deliver better responses.
We’re “hoping for the best, but planning for the worst”, says the PM, in one of the most optimistic conferences of recent times
But many noticed the absence of Patrick Vallance, who has criticised the idea that the working from home policy should change.
Raghib Ali: The harms of lockdown are exceeding the gains – especially when it comes to school closures
Neither the Covid-19 recovery plan nor SAGE’s minutes indicate that a formal “health cost-benefit analysis” has been done. We need one.
Iain Dale: Gandhi was racist against black Africans. So by the rioters’ own reasoning, his statue should come tumbling down.
Plus: Ferguson’s evidence, two metres distance, Desmond’s donation, Jenrick’s response.
“We want them to test the evidence,” and it would be “totally surprising if they all agreed”, he says.
Andrew Murrison: Why we should be seriously concerned about Public Health England’s performance. And how Britain can do better.
The Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review gives us a chance to do better by focusing on the pandemics threat.
A reminder from Johnson’s broadcast. The lockdown won’t end until the NHS can cope with a second wave.
The Government’s main aim to date has been to ensure that it can take the strain – and his remarkable statement shows that this is unlikely to change.