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Whose suffering matters to Rishi Sunak? Reduced foreign aid in a pandemic era

Whose suffering matters to Rishi Sunak? Reduced foreign aid in a pandemic era

A billion-pound cut from the UK’s international development budget in his new spending review, reducing aid down from 0.7% to 0.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the COVID pandemic is both short-sighted and ill-advised. More…
It was the worst of times, it was the BeSST of times

It was the worst of times, it was the BeSST of times

The stirring of medical students’ sociological imagination in 2020 Teaching sociology to medical students is challenging in the best of times. Marked by the global pandemic, last year was certainly the worst of times. Yet, as members of Behavioural and... More…
Tiers of a clown…

Tiers of a clown…

This week I’ve been trying to make sense of the supposed Tory party backbench revolt on the new three-tier system introduced in England after lockdown two. Reports tell us that 55 Tory MPs voted against the government and a further... More…
Laurel and Hardy vs the anti-vaxxers

Laurel and Hardy vs the anti-vaxxers

“People who spread myths about the harms of vaccines have “blood on their hands”. These words came from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock little more than 18 months ago in an article in which he said that he refused to... More…
Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Libertarian and conservative commentators extol Sweden as an alternative model for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic that steers away from the lockdowns with which we are familiar in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Elon Musk and Toby Young,... More…
Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf people are not, by nature of their hearing impairment, at any increased risk from Covid-19 than the general population.  However, the strategy developed and implemented by the government to control the spread of the virus disproportionately disadvantages D/deaf people.... More…
Regarding the Infection of Others: Pandemics and Colonial Indifference

Pandemics and Colonial Indifference

Seeking perspective for our misleadingly named ‘unprecedented times,’ I re-read Albert Camus’ The Plague. Themes in the storyline of complacency, escapism, resignation, fear, heroism, altruism, heightened awareness of nature and death are reflected in the novel’s mainly male characters. The... More…
Lay epidemiology and the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic

Lay epidemiology and COVID-19

Was the virus moving around the world in late 2019? And did we actually already have that information, but lacked the collective framework to make the knowledge coherent? In terms of seeding and propagating the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the English... More…
Tenacious hope

Tenacious hope

With widespread lock-down measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19 infection, the possibility of the world under a radically changed order proved fascinating. Despite the suffering of the pandemic, were we getting glimpses of a better world?  Unpolluted city vistas,... More…
It’s time to trust hungry people

It’s time to trust hungry people

Carl Walker and colleagues make the case for food poverty as a public health emergency and call for concerted response from govt to inequalities only made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. More…
Public fundraising for the NHS, and its discomforts

Public fundraising for the NHS, and its discomforts

The fundraising of Captain Tom Moore and many others during the coronavirus outbreak has propelled charitable giving to the NHS into the public eye. At the time of writing, NHS Charities Together had raised over £100 million for its emergency... More…
Pick a number, any number…

Pick a number, any number…

In the run-up to the 2019 general election, I wrote a piece about Boris Johnsons’ strategy for dealing with awkward interview questions. This outlined comment from Johnson himself, where he sketched his dead cat strategy. When faced with an impossible... More…