A man’s ego and a nation’s destiny

What does it take for a politician to realise that his career is over, that his influence is diminished, that the dinner speech circuit awaits, and that the rest is history? Alex Salmond was Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party during the first independence referendum in 2014; Nicola Sturgeon was his deputy and his protege. There… Read moreA man’s ego and a nation’s destiny

Diplomacy is overrated, obviously

The ink is barely dry on the Christmas-timed Trade Deal with the EU. A few important aspects are still to be sorted, hundreds of industries to be considered when creating the actual agreements, let alone the real red tape when several arrangements (aviation, Northern Ireland, etc.) expire in six months. GB needs all the goodwill it can get, both from… Read moreDiplomacy is overrated, obviously

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!