Debt is control

Nick Macpherson, former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury has tweeted: Writing off NHS trust debt only justifiable if correlated with high pressure areas, eg London. Otherwise an inefficient way of addressing resource constraints. Of course, it adds another 0.7% to national debt/national income ratio. This crisis is becoming expensive. #soundmoney Which comment is, as many… Read more

Criticism all round – even from your major supporter abroad

When even the Trump administration – and indeed the man himself – ridicules the UK government’s covid-19 policies you are not in a good place… Hers is a good point of course, but it would be better still when we know that the survival rate on a ventilator is roughly 50:50, I understand. Whereas fewer… Read more

Knowing where money comes from is key to keeping healthy…

Unilever has always been a fairly progressive company – although there are certainly arguments about its products and advertising strategy so I was interested to see this piece in this week’s ‘Sunday Times’: Giving hand sanitiser to the NHS is all fine and dandy but I strongly suspect Jope has no idea that this does… Read more

COVID-19 in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Introduction The overall HMG response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been flatfooted, slow and confusing. Mixed messages have been given as in Fig. 1. This video from Joe.uk shows total inconsistency from PM Johnson. This mixed messaging has the potential of being disastrous. According to Sonia Sodha: Media experts despair at Boris Johnson’s coronavirus campaign…. Read more