Bankers still rool…

I don’t agree with the idea that we have to borrow money in order to have any, but the calculation in the image below demonstrates that, even within the orthodox borrow to spend framework the calculations are favourable, if we presume that everyday people are as worthy as banks themselves for government help for short… Read more

Covid-19 continued ..3

This is from a twitterer which amused me: Owing to the worsening situation, I’ve upgraded the musical accompaniment for my hand washing to Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Doesn’t leave much time for anything else, but safety first… Yet, joking apart, the UK prevention system for Covid-19 seems highly ‘individual’ and even somewhat suspect (see below): With… Read more

Covid-19 … continued

First – let me be clear: I’m no expert. But simple logic suggests that the current government’s idea of engendering herd immunity is both logical and cruel – people will die now, who might otherwise die later – even much, much later. But if we keep well apart until further notice which is broadly the… Read more

Where’s the rest?

I spotted this lovely Twitter post from David Lammy MP in reply to Prime Minister Johnson: You promised the NHS £350 million extra per week. £1.8 billion will only cover about 5 weeks. Where’s the rest? Where indeed? More especially as spending commitments seem to have been coming thick and fast……. Read more

Supporting the NHS

We are told that 6% of NHS health staff are EU nationals and the NHS has 100,000 staff positions unfilled. Yet according to the Medical Schools Council the government determines the number of medical school places available each year. For England that is 7,500. Each medical school is allowed to recruit a maximum of 7.5%… Read more

An outbreak of sense?

The Guardian ran a striking headline on Thursday last: Scrap laws driving privatisation of health service, say NHS bosses . I confess I did a double-take. If this is for real then it has to be heartily welcomed. [They are] proposals which, if taken forward by ministers – who are supportive – would unwind and… Read more