18 million excess mortality from COVID-19 – what does it mean?

A PAPER published in the Lancet last week caused a stir, asserting that ‘excess deaths’ owing to the pandemic reached 18.2 million around the world during 2020-21.  This is triple the official COVID-19 death tally of 5.9 million for the same period. For those not steeped in the terminology: ‘Excess Deaths’ are deaths over and above those that …

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Learning the hard lessons of lockdowns must lead to four key changes in government decision-making

OVER THE PAST couple of months, there seems to have been a desire to believe that Covid isn’t over. That we can’t now live with Covid as we do with flu.  We saw this during the winter with the arrival of the Omicron variant when modellers predicted several thousand deaths a day unless we were …

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Recovery reinvigorated: restrictions will return unless we help the UK learn 

TODAY marks a new chapter in the Recovery campaign – a campaign that still has an important job to complete. We’re launching a newsletter and regular articles under the able stewardship of Brian Monteith to ensure that the lessons of the past two years are learned properly.  It’s vital because challenges like Covid-19 will return …

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Canadian truckers – the Movie!

PRINCE HARRY’S timely reminder to look after inner self, with a spot of meditating made me aware of some unprocessed rage bubbling away under the surface, triggered by very particular words. Words like ‘GoFundMe’ and ‘not passing on money raised’ and ‘intended for Canadian Truckers’. In any order really. Rage, indignation, powerlessness and helplessness all …

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The Covid Lockdowns price tag – £372bn and rising

THE NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE has estimated additional public spending directly attributable to Covid-19 to May 2021 to be a staggering £372bn. As we are now into2022 the £400bn mark will have been easily surpassed. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) reckons there are 27.8m households in the UK.  So, since the start of the pandemic direct Covid-19 …

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Scotland Vs England: what do differing mask mandates tell us?

MASK MANDATES were re-imposed in England on the 30th November 2021, making it unlawful for people to enter shops and public transport without wearing a face covering, and thereby bringing England broadly into line with the rest of the United Kingdom. In light of those changes, now since reversed, it is timely to revisit the …

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