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Enjoy summer safely in a pub?

There wasn’t much surety about Boris Johnson’s messaging in his briefing yesterday evening. The idea that having a few drinks in your local is a good idea is bonkers. I burst into laughter when the Prime Minister told me that … Continue reading

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We had better get used to managing bad news;- (thoughts on 64,500 excess deaths).

The Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) has published its Mortality Monitor. Key points: – death rates 18% higher than same week last year – excess deaths this week were lower than the number of COVID-19 deaths – they estimate around 64,500 … Continue reading

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Making our own rules; (Cummings II)

The Cummings and lack of goings of the past 48 hours are dividing Britain between the absolutists, the pragmatists and the people who just hate Dominic Cummings. I suspect the number of people who know Cummings well enough to hate … Continue reading

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We get what we vote for – 15 years of Tory rule.

A defining moment for the Conservative party. We have voted in a Conservative Government and by the end of 2024 we will have pretty well fifteen years with a Conservative Prime Minister. The Labour party has made just one gain … Continue reading

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Elections destroy trust and time

By this time tomorrow, I will have cast my vote in what is being called the most important election in a generation. Of course it isn’t any such thing, it is just an adjustment to the dial if power. At … Continue reading

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Compassion comes hard

Tried to show @BorisJohnson the picture of Jack Williment-Barr. The 4-year-old with suspected pneumonia forced to lie on a pile of coats on the floor of a Leeds hospital. The PM grabbed my phone and put it in his pocket: … Continue reading

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Boris and those letters – the legal facts.

Sometimes only a thread of tweets will do. Thanks to David Allen Green, who’s a legal correspondent to the FT and to Jo Cumbo- who promoted the tweets, I got it. Here’s the thread , click here for the man … Continue reading

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Why this pensions bill matters

  A Pensions Schemes Bill has been included in the Queen’s Speech , which lays out the legislative plans for the forthcoming parliamentary session. This bill includes legislation to enable the pensions dashboard and collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes to … Continue reading

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“A dementia tax- by any other name”- guest blog from Alex Adamou

Thanks to Alexander for this excellent blog and for Con Keating for sending it to me. After watching an unusually shallow discussion of the so-called “dementia tax” on This Week last night, I want to give my take on it. … Continue reading

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This dread butcher and his fiend like queen

  My blog yesterday likened the mail between Sarah Vine and Michael Gove  to Lady Macbeth winding up her husband to kill the King. For Duncan (or better Banquo) read Boris – though I had no prescience that but minutes after I published … Continue reading

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