Vaccines, ideology and Britain on the world stage

By Simon Gentry The vaccination programme is progressing well (in England and Northern Ireland anyway) with over four and a quarter million vaccinated as of today and it increasingly looking like the target of 14 million by mid-February will be reached.  With new vaccination centres being added every day, the Westminster government is pleased with…

The Prime Minister may be in a better place than many think

By Simon Gentry On Sunday morning the Prime Minister appears on television and tells the nation that the schools must stay open, that the damage to children caused by closing them is too great.  On Monday evening, less than 36 hours later, he addresses the country and announces that schools must close. Over the weekend…

The year of impossible choices

By Simon Gentry It all started so well.  A natural star, charismatic, good looking (in his own way), a man the public could relate to, had landed the role that many thought he was born to play.  A whopping Parliamentary majority with a clear mandate to deliver the UK’s exit from the EU and to…

Beware of the trolls

By Anthony Hughes Last week we highlighted some of the ethical and reputational challenges that face companies around the rollout of the various vaccines for Covid-19. If those weren’t complicated enough, widespread disinformation campaigns are making the politics of ‘the vaccine’ even more complicated. In recent years most people have become increasingly aware of a…

In the bleak midwinter…

By Simon Gentry Cities, counties and nations locked down, mortality numbers rising daily, nearly a million newly unemployed, short days and long cold nights.  The least we could be allowed is some time with the people we love most.  And yet if we do the virus will overwhelm the NHS and many, many more of…

The ethical and reputational minefield of ‘the Vaccine’

By Anthony Hughes Last week we received the news that the UK’s regulator was the first in the world to approve Pfizer’s vaccine for general use. Aside from the fact, that this might be the beginning of the end of the coronavirus scourge, it was politically advantageous for the government with the possibility of a…

Lockdown for London?

By Tim Le Couilliard A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on the “great unlocking of the lockdown,” but caveated that it was not quite the mass national liberation that we’d all hoped for. Three weeks on, I am quite glad put in that caveat: it appears that we are likely to see the…

V-day has arrived

By Simon Gentry Margaret Keenan was up early this morning to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 outside of a research setting.  Thousands and then millions of us will follow in the next few months.   The event caused the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, to break down in…

Mass-immunisation is a battle for hearts and minds

By Andrew Adie Today the first of 357 million doses of vaccine, as ordered by the UK government, have started making their way into the veins of the first priority recipients, with 90-year-old Margaret Keenan being patient number one in this mass-immunisation programme.  After a torrid year which has seen more than 60,000 people lose…