How Is the UK Doing Now?

I promised in my last post that I’d look at the UK numbers in more detail today, after the government’s warning that further lockdowns may be on the horizon. So how is the UK doing now? As of September 17 (the last day for which Northern Ireland figures are available), the UK government’s COVID-19 dashboard […]

Living Under the Rule of Six

Last Monday, as a result of Coronavirus case increases across the UK, new rules went into effect that are both simpler and stricter than the rules they replace. They are also different in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. If this difference were due to differing COVID numbers, this might make sense, but it’s due […]

How Do We Get out of This?

A friend of mine sent me this thought-provoking essay, written by pediatrician and child psychiatrist (and mother) Elizabeth Pinsky, from the current issue of the Atlantic, the main point of which is that the author’s town, Somerville, Massachusetts, has done all the right things and controlled the virus to the point where it’s safe to […]

Let’s get political

Wait a second—hasn’t most of this blog been political? Well, yes, in that it criticizes the government and advocates courses of action. But I have tried not to make it purely partisan. I’ve looked at the statistics and sometimes changed my initial position because of those statistics. In my post yesterday, for example, I looked […]

Oh my!

My response to Donald Trump’s Axios interview If you have not yet viewed the interview Donald Trump gave to Axios journalist Jonathan Swan, here it is in full: If you prefer, you can read the transcript here, although you won’t get the full flavor without watching the video. I won’t respond to every assertion made […]

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 […]

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 […]