The second piece in a mini-series on ConHome this week on Net Zero and climate change.
Posts Tagged: SAGE
Emily Carver: Many scoffed at the claim it will be hard to regain our freedoms. Yet Ministers show no sign of handing them back.
If vaccinating the most vulnerable won’t allow us to get back to life as normal, what will?
David Davis: The Covid public inquiry should open in October, be held in two stages – and prepare for the unexpected
First, it should present future recommendations within a year. Next, on a longer timescale, it should look at what went wrong.
Furthermore, critics of the programme are alarmed by the rising costs. But will they ever acknowledge that ‘lockdown sceptics’ warned about these?
The most important question today isn’t whether the Government’s plan is right or wrong, but how decisions should be made about it.
But as ever, trying to make out a consensus position is like trying to pick out a tune when a drunk pianist is playing a broken piano.
William Wragg: MPs debated and voted on the original Christmas rules. So we should be recalled to do the same for these new ones.
This should be welcomed by all – because it will carry greater legitimacy among the public who sent us to Westminster to be their representatives.
The emergency measures enacted to battle Covid have exposed the groupthink of Whitehall’s expert establishment.
The quest of Mel Stride and the Treasury Select Committee for sight of its elusive quarry contines.
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.