Boris Johnson’s top ten lies from his first year as Prime Minister

Think spots and leopards. Boris Johnson became Prime Minister having been sacked twice from other jobs for telling lies – in 1988 from The Times for fabricating a quote from his godfather; and in 2004 from the Conservative front bench for lying to his party leader about an affair. His supporters must have hoped that … Continue reading Boris Johnson’s top ten lies from his first year as Prime Minister

Ignore this week’s GDP figures. They will be nonsense

On Wednesday (August 12), we shall be told how much Britain’s economy contracted in the second quarter of this year. Here are three predictions. First, the figures will show that Britain’s economy has contracted by more than at any time since the Black Death (or some other ancient horror). Second, they will dominate the day’s … Continue reading Ignore this week’s GDP figures. They will be nonsense

‘Red wall’ voters would make Keir Starmer PM if an election were held now

Boris Johnson would lose an election held today. Despite holding a steady four-point lead in recent polls, the Conservatives would lose around 70 seats. They would remain the largest party in parliament, but with too few MPs to stay in office. And just as their huge gains in Labour’s traditional “Red Wall” seats delivered Boris … Continue reading ‘Red wall’ voters would make Keir Starmer PM if an election were held now

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