Here are the Covid-19 numbers that should terrify Trump

Today, buried in the detailed statistics published each day by the New York Times, is something that should terrify Donald Trump. Until this week, the President could make the case that his strategy for tackling coronavirus was working, even though the number of people newly reported to have the disease has more than doubled since … Continue reading Here are the Covid-19 numbers that should terrify Trump

Ministers should have obeyed the contact-tracing rules my great uncle set out in 1919

At the moment, Leicester has Britain’s worst Covid infection rate. One of the grim ironies of the city’s current plight is that once it blazed a trail for preventing the spread of infectious diseases. It was, admittedly, a long time ago – 1878 to be precise – but the story prompts the question: would the … Continue reading Ministers should have obeyed the contact-tracing rules my great uncle set out in 1919

Politics in the post-pandemic “New Normal” will and should be different. Here’s how

We are told these days to expect a ‘new normal’: different ways of living, working, travelling and shopping once the Covid-19 crisis is over. Maybe politics, too. Here is my ‘new normal’ advice to the three main Britain-wide parties – with absolutely no guarantee that, if they do as I say, they won’t fall flat … Continue reading Politics in the post-pandemic “New Normal” will and should be different. Here’s how

Election night results programmes: Britain’s world-beating achievement

Let us celebrate a British success story. Look past the disappointments: that we no longer rule the waves; that our railways, schools and life expectancy could be better; that we invented soccer but haven’t won the world cup since 1966. Instead, bask in the glory of the one claim that can be made with total … Continue reading Election night results programmes: Britain’s world-beating achievement

Brexit: Johnson is trapped by Covid-19 and his own weakness

Seldom has a sideshow bristled with such danger. The headlines and the stories have shrunk, but the risks to Britain of a ruinous Brexit have only increased. And the cause of the diminished public interest, the coronavirus pandemic, is also the reason why those risks are rising. The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, … Continue reading Brexit: Johnson is trapped by Covid-19 and his own weakness

The polls and the pandemic: double trouble for Boris Johnson

A pincer movement threatens the government’s hopes of emerging from the Covid-19 crisis with its reputation intact. One half of the pincer is provided by the latest polls, showing that decline in support for the government is not just continuing, but accelerating. The other half of the pincer is evidence that the government is simply … Continue reading The polls and the pandemic: double trouble for Boris Johnson