“Those who want to force those with moral and religious objections to violate those convictions always suggest there’s a slippery slope, or it’s going to open all kinds of harms, and that just hasn’t proven itself to be true,” she said. … [Read more...] about Double win at Supreme Court elates religious conservatives
Boris Johnson has no policies, it appears, beyond tax cuts for the rich and – oh – “optimism”. Act happy. Act big. He wants the Queen to have a great big yacht. At a hustings last night he burbled on about the royal yacht. One of the things that all wings of the Labour party can agree on is that it was a good thing to decommission HMY Britannia in 1997. If the royal family wants a yacht it has more than enough dosh to buy its own. … [Read more...] about Of course Boris Johnson wants a royal yacht. He’s the king of fake-it-till-you-make-it
National NHS organisations There is frustration in Downing Street, the DHSC and the Treasury that some NHS bodies have not performed well during the Covid-19 crisis and need reform. It is an open secret in Whitehall that Public Health England, an executive agency of the DHSC and thus already under its direct control, will not survive in its present form as ministers blame it for the poor implementation of coronavirus testing and tracing. There is also frustration that Health Education England, an arm’s-length body, has not done enough to tackle NHS staffing problems that have left it short of about 100,000 personnel. However, it is not clear what new arrangements would replace the current setup. … [Read more...] about What might Boris Johnson’s restructuring plan mean for the NHS?
The PM faces scrutiny over easing lockdown despite hundreds of new deaths a day; as well as the failure to roll out a test and trace mobile app yet, and the death toll in care homes. … [Read more...] about Polls show gap narrowing between Labour and Tories amid coronavirus crisis
It is hard to find a cabinet minister who will definitively rule themselves out of the running, which means many of them – and their entourages of advisers and hangers-on – want to play up their backstory and political nous and cast aspersions on their rivals. … [Read more...] about Huawei leak highlights collapse of discipline in May’s cabinet