How to end a government career

The way to end a government career is not by being stupid, but by becoming expendable. Meet Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, unassuming, unambitious, always towing the party line. And as of last Saturday, ex-Secretary for Health and Social Care. To be fair to poor Matt, when he got the job in 2019, no-one expected much from the Department… Read moreHow to end a government career

Care homes – the new Killing Fields

A year ago, the UK had the first death from Covid-19. Within weeks, it was clear to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that community transmission was the biggest problem in getting this new virus under control. The NHS had already called a “Level 4 incident” because it was in the process of being overrun. One of the solutions… Read moreCare homes – the new Killing Fields

3 weeks? 3 months? Same diff!

Britain got there first. On 2 December last year, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use in the UK, the first in the world. The MHRA did a “rolling review” to get started, checking data the moment it came in, as opposed to waiting on the entire row of binders neatly typed… Read more3 weeks? 3 months? Same diff!