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“Led by the science”?

Posted on: 7th October 2021

This week a local MP – not himself exactly a recognised epidemiologist – poopooed Chief Medical Officers’ advice. The top scientists had recommended that 12-15 year olds should be offered the vaccine. But our local MP was confident he knew better when he proclaimed, “I do not think this is as clear cut as they […]

Labouring the point

Posted on: 30th September 2021

I don’t wish to throw petrol onto the flames of the debate about the cause of our current labour shortages. Crops unharvested, fuel undelivered, care not-provided, food unprocessed, flowers unpicked, dining rooms unwaited, and even livestock unslaughtered. Couple this with rising gas and CO2 prices. And the gentle dismissal of UK efforts to secure favourable […]

Second homers rewarded while locals in need suffer

Posted on: 24th September 2021

So, the Conservative handed £104 million of Cornwall’s Covid aid to second home owners who don’t live in Cornwall. They admitted this at County Hall last week. And this at a time when our housing emergency got much worse – new rentals shrank by 45% and rents up by 15% in the last year. This […]

Social care funding mirage

Posted on: 15th September 2021

The much-heralded social care funding policy was clever but a typical Johnsonian showboating deception. At a superficial level – ie the level at which Johnson prefers to operate and where he performs at his theatrical best – the case is compelling. [We need to find a solution to the long-running crisis in social care. If […]

Public health before libertarians

Posted on: 14th September 2021

Praise and support for the Government. I welcome Ministers’ apparent change of direction. To consider reintroducing some mandatory measures, including mask wearing in enclosed public places and on public transport, and vaccine passports in some limited circumstances. I applaud their preparedness to face down extreme libertarians in their Party and even those in other Parties […]

Government PR offensive cannot hide NHS crisis

Posted on: 9th September 2021

Cornwall’s NHS is in the deepest crisis. Hospitals Chiefs have today adopted further crisis measures; cancelling ALL surgery. Apart of course from the most critically urgent cases. Covid cases and patients continue to rise. 40 in the hospital today. More cases arriving. It’s time for the Government to take meaningful action – e.g. introduce mandatory […]

Masking NHS crisis just deepens the problems

Posted on: 9th September 2021

Applause for our front line NHS. But not for the persistent attempts of the Conservatives to mask the crisis in our NHS and in care. Cornwall’s NHS has never been so threatened and struggling. Last week Hospital chiefs announced further major changes; including that ALL except the most urgent surgery had been cancelled.   Unfortunately, we […]

Covid: “Late & limp Government ‘response package’ is just waffle”

Posted on: 27th August 2021

Response to this evening’s announced Government response to high levels of covid cases in Cornwall and devon: The serious escalation in Covid cases demands clarity and leadership. After all, over a thousand people die of Covid each week. Hospitals face unprecedented pressure. Emergency waits in Cornwall exceed 20 hours. Our serious emergency support hospital in […]

G7 and the Covid tsunami – Just a coincidence?

Posted on: 20th June 2021

The correlation between G7 and the tsunami of covid case-load in St Ives/Carbis Bay (and Falmouth) is undeniable. It ought to drive public bodies to at the very least maintain an open mind about the connection between the two. But Cornwall’s Council’s Conservative Health Chief has already declared that “G7 is not the cause of […]

Publish Covid risk analysis before G7 goes ahead

Posted on: 6th June 2021

The UK Government and other G7 leaders will wish to set an example. Most G7 invitees are from Amber countries. The UK Government’s own regulations insist that anyone entering the UK from a G7 country is required to quarantine for at least five days. That moment has now passed. If they don’t respect their own […]