Misrule Britannia

I’d already been planning to write about the state of things in the United Kingdom yesterday and then I woke up to the news that the UK government had closed the air bridge with Spain after Spanish COVID cases started to increase. This means that anyone who travels to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary […]

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Politics versus Reality

One of the most depressing things about the discussion around COVID and lockdown measures in the US, and to a slightly lesser extent in the UK, is that it is almost entirely political, with very little crossing of party or ideological lines. This is most obvious in Trump supporters, because they are fighting in the […]

We Need to Get Back to School

I’ve been hitting the right in the United States pretty hard about wearing masks and taking a cautious route to reopening. But when I started this blog, I’d said I wanted to address the way the pandemic has been handled and discussed without taking one political side. While I’ve been writing, with Donald Trump in […]

Wear a Mask, Mr. Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who is usually one of the more sensible and articulate members of Boris Johnson’s cabinet, announced a series of measures to try to get the economy up and running. For the hospitality sector, including restaurants and pubs, these include the reduction of VAT from 20% to 5% and instituting […]

Framing the Pandemic Response

There seems to be a new line of defense when talking about the United States’s COVID response. It started with the president saying that the increase in COVID cases was due to increased testing, which probably has some validity, since very few places in the world have conducted enough testing to have an idea how […]