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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…
Undermining public law is no way to protect public health

Undermining public law is no way to protect public health

Safeguards on everything from procurement to notifiable diseases, health inspections to freedom of information, are being suspended at a time when accountability is more important than ever. The long dark shadow cast by Coronavirus has provided cover for the demise... More…
“…we’re not doing that!” Covid-19, face-mask wearing and public health messaging

Face-mask wearing and public health messaging

‘I was in the Co-op and I heard a child ask his father if he could have a face mask like mine.  The father replied, ‘no, don’t be so soft, we’re not doing that!’ There has recently been a major... 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…
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…
The stop-start of collaboration in clinical settings

The stop-start of collaboration in clinical settings

A post about the difficulties of applied interdisciplinary social science and healthcare collaboration in clinical settings Healthcare organisations and healthcare professionals are under a constant imperative to innovate. Social scientists, in the era of impact, are being asked to play... More…
What’s missing from the UK COVID-19 response? Clear communication

What’s missing from the UK COVID-19 response? Clear communication

If we were playing a game of Just A Minute with the political response to the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government would have been stopped multiple times for hesitation, repetition and deviation.  The phrase ‘this is a war’ would be... More…
There are more internally displaced people worldwide than refugees but we know little about their well-being

Internally displaced peoples and COVID-19

Africa’s largest city, Lagos, home for more than 20 million people is as a quiet as never before.  As with many other cities in the world, Nigeria’s economic capital, on the 31th of March entered a two-week lockdown to prevent... More…
Predictive Genetics For All - Minister Hancock’s big idea

Predictive Genetics For All – Minister Hancock’s big idea

The future of the NHS is in prevention rather than cure. And the mass application of genetic profiling can bring that about say Health Minister Hancock and his new best friend…. There are big changes afoot in terms of the... More…
Health Visiting and the MMR: a matter of mutual decline

Health Visiting and the MMR: a matter of mutual decline

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is reported to be concerned about the falling level of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination in the United Kingdom. The country has now lost its measles-free status, just three years after this was recognized... More…