Brian Monteith

Are we returning to normality at last?

THE DEMANDS, op-ed commentary and warnings that the UK Government should be ready to impose a lockdown this winter are unrelenting. Defending past decisions to introduce three lockdowns and persist with non-medical interventions or restrictions without any evidence base to support their enforcement is still commonplace. And yet the public can see what is happening …

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The rearguard justification of lockdowns confirms the threat of their return has not gone away

LAST WEEK, as the Conservative leadership election finally came to an end, there was a flurry of articles taking both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to task about their criticisms of the use of lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. What was notable was the challenges to Truss and Sunak’s public comments were by Conservative sympathisers …

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First it was Sunak, now it’s Shapps – who’s next?

IT DID NOT take long for another Cabinet Minister with responsibilities during the Covid Lockdowns to volunteer fresh revelations about the chaos in government at the time. First it was Rishi Sunak, now it is Grant Shapps – who has criticised the decision-making process that brought about the UK lockdowns, while Liz Truss has said …

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Sunak’s lockdown secrets are now being spilled – and it’s not pretty

WE HAVE all known that it was only a matter of time, eventually the truth would out and the chaos, cynicism, fear, self-preservation and hypocrisy around the decisions to introduce lockdowns would percolate up to the surface from the deep dark intestines of the Downing Street operation where they lurked. The interview of Rishi Sunak …

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Blair advocates returning to masks – how long before the establishment follows?

LOVE HIM OR LOATHE HIM, if Tony Blair is anything he is the perfect weathervane for what the establishment he now is a card-carrying member of is planning next. When Tony Blair speaks you can expect to hear what he has said being advocated by other politicians or influential commentators within the month.  Be it …

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Small victories, but the fight against ‘pandemic restrictions’ is not over

THE OVERLONG ballot of Conservative Party members for its leadership and eventual confirmation of the new Prime Minister has been quite revealing. With both candidates claiming they would not reintroduce lockdowns in the face of a future pandemic it is fair to say that they are signing-up to a perceived consensus that the bans on …

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Pledges against lockdowns are good – but can we take them to the bank?

THE VOTING PAPERS for the Conservative Party leadership election are now arriving and members are having to choose between former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and current Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. In recent weeks both have taken positions on their attitude towards lockdowns and Covid-related restrictions – is this significant and have we reason to be pleased or …

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Suffer the children – thanks to the Lockdowns’ perverse priorities

AS THE Conservative Party tears itself apart, what’s left of the Government drifts and the media salivates – the real news on so many fronts is being left to fester or go by without the attention it deserves and requires.  You may not have seen or heard but in the last week there have been …

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Alarmist Jeremy Vine should learn to live with Covid like the rest of us

YOU MAY have read reports recently about how the number of those testing positive for Covid-19 and being admitted to hospital have both risen in the last two weeks. Needless to say, this has caused the predictable rush to social media lifeboats and demands that the Government should do more. Most notable was Jeremy Vine, …

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