In reality the ‘cost-of-living-crisis’ is a ‘cost-of-lockdown-crisis’

THERE are many reasons for the rate of inflation to be growing in the UK – but whatever your political disposition it would be a clear act of self-delusion to deny that lockdowns and accompanying restrictions have not played a substantive part in what we are experiencing.  Today’s announcement that the year-on-year inflation rate for …

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Trudeau’s Emergencies Act reappraised – how the Canadian Maple fell without a sound

What happened in Canada earlier this year has been almost forgotten in the light of the war in Ukraine. Yet Justin Trudeau’s response to the truckers’ protest shocked the world. As Alex Story argues here, it is a reminder about the fragility of Western democratic values and is too troubling to ignore. Let it be …

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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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