Public Health England is being used…

I’m in contact with someone who works for Public Health England and we seem to have discovered suspicious and dark reasons for failing to disclose the testing figures : Just look at this thread – basics are below: This is government corruption where the unelected Cummings remunerates his pals and where local government doesn’t get… Read more

Local government has been sold down the river..

In spite of the Conservatives ‘levelling up’ there seems very little desire to reinvigorate local control. Indeed this current government seems positively in fear of local control- as would appear to be indicated by their loose rhetoric to ‘do whatever it takes’ yet all local government finds it difficult to get their rightful allocation of… Read more

Do you want our PPE or not?

Wednesday’s open letter to Health Secretary, Matt Hancock deserves highlighting. Hancock is obsessed by buying everything ‘at scale’ but really needs to start thinking as though this was a life threatening emergency rather than a threat to Conservative narrow ideology – whether he obtains the bulk buying discount – or not. Doesn’t he and Johnson… Read more

Personal Protection Equipment – continued

This is from Friday evening 17 April. This short television interview is damning, showing yet again that suppliers have offered to source further quantities but that government has completely failed to take up their offer : Meanwhile in Scotland and Wales: So Scotland and Wales with their devolved governments can manage equipment supplies but England… 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

The Independant reports on the nasty party at work

‘The Independent’ – about whose ownership I am somewhat dubious, seems nonetheless to have had some interesting and informative reporting recently. They publicised a recent report which shows that “£15bn of health service contracts have been handed to private companies since 2015.” Free at the point of use it may be but when private companies are making… Read more

The Pothole Manifesto

Is, I think, an apt description of the 2019 Conservative Manifesto. Even the IFS considers the manifesto to be devoid of anything of great consequence – indeed the £2billion pothole fund maybe its star spending plan and would have been completely unneccesary if the Tories had actually funded local authorities properly. They seem belatedly to… Read more

Conservative Government mismanagement of the NHS is plain for all to see

The news last week that the delays and target failures in the NHS are substantially worse than ever before is regrettably, unsurprising. Dr Rachel Clarke has pointed out that since the Conservatives have been in government, surgical waiting lists have soared to 4.4 million; district nurses have been culled by 50%; 15,000 hospital beds have… Read more