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Archive for the ‘Covid-19’ Category

Success for Leisure Centre campaigners

Posted on: 14th October 2020

8 local Leisure Centres and swimming pools including St Ives and Helston reopen this week. 4 others which reopened in the summer, including Penzance and Carn Brea, have been safeguarded. Congratulations to Cornwall Council. The Council overcame Government refusal to help, even though it provided funds to Conservative run Councils up country. The Council dipped […]

Our country back-peddles again – This week’s blog

Posted on: 16th September 2020

The UK covid-19 battle is characterised by NHS and public sector Lions led by Ministerial Donkeys.Government Ministers have so far protected themselves from deserved criticism with the comfort blanket of supporters who jump on critics for being “unpatriotic” at a time when “we should all stick-together”. This has permitted Ministers to maintain consistency in their […]

Our teachers and pupils deserve support – not ill-judged opinion

Posted on: 9th September 2020

It is dangerous if MPs who appear to have a low comprehension of risk are permitted to opine on the subject of the safety of our schools returning. Some MPs need tutorials – especially on science and evidence based policy making – before being let loose on the public. Former MP Andrew George has written […]

Un-lockdown – Is the Government still hibernating the truth

Posted on: 25th June 2020

Of course it’s right to lift our country out of “hibernation”. A cautious lifting of the lockdown should happen as soon as it is safe to do so. However;1. the Government should have put in place a competent test & tracing system before this happened. Other countries have. But not here; 2. the Government should […]

The Cummings and goings of the real PM…

Posted on: 23rd May 2020

  So how would the Conservative Government manage without Prime Minister Cummings? This pandemic has shown the UK at its very best – magnificent frontline workers; stoical population respecting the need for lock-down and distancing; and stronger communities where kindness has overcome unkindness. But the Conservative Government has treated it as a public relations rather […]

Crisis shows the true value of key workers and the strength of our communities

Posted on: 29th April 2020

Tomorrow evening we stand out again to applaud our frontline workers. Those people who literally put their lives on the line to save the lives of others and to keep us all going – not just NHS professionals, but care workers, refuse collectors, grocery retail workers, transport workers, delivery services and many, many more. It’s […]

Government’s daily PR briefing exposes its failure – (virtual) Parliament must be recalled

Posted on: 16th April 2020

The Government has been floundering. It’s response to this devastating pandemic has been poor. So for weeks I’ve been urging my former colleagues in our “olde worlde” Parliament to adopt modern technology to get back to work in a virtual Parliament. The UK Government has been slow and indecisive. Way behind the curve with testing, […]

Perhaps our NHS will now get the backing it deserves

Posted on: 16th April 2020

Of course I was relieved to hear news about the Prime Minister this week and pleased he is turning the corner and is now recovering from the deadly Coronavirus; just as I am for the many thousands of others who our NHS has saved from a much worse outcome. He says “it could have gone […]

Amongst the dark clouds …are a few silver linings

Posted on: 1st April 2020

We should of course look for silver linings in the dark cloud of this emergency. It has brought out the very best as well as the not-so-good in people. But the best seems to be winning. And we’re winning other benefits too: Less carbon emitted to our atmosphere which is great for combatting climate change. […]