If only that were true. Most of the time it would appear that SAGE are dictating Policy to our Govt and whenever the Govt chooses to prioritise something that SAGE disagrees with - the members of SAGE are very quick to get themselves in front of the media to complain. But they are also very reluctant to have any accountability themselves for any of their policies
Totally agree. And given that our own death "stats" are not really recording Covid deaths - but are recording people who died who also happened to have tested positive for Covid within 28 days - the true mortality rate for Covid is obscured.
The case for lockdown is vanishing - but those SAGE people will not cede control lightly. We have created a monster that enjoys the power and control and is not going to go away merely because of some unhelpful facts. Not when they have a data model that can pretty much throw up any picture they want...
Great appointment. We need to stop being so pathetic with the EU.
HS2 Non Exec - truly - one for the lovers of Gravy Trains....
March 8 would be great.
But I fear the pro-Lockdowners in SAGE will be moving goalposts again. The Christmas lockdown was all about not seeing the NHS (bless them) overwhelmed. Vaccines rolling out, vulnerable prioritised, hospitals getting emptier.
But it won't be good enough. You can hear the subtle shifting of agendas even now.
All very sensible. Business rates have been outdated for some time given the advent of online commerce. Its sad that it has taken the pandemic to actually generate any kind of focus on such an anachronism. Even now its still just lots of humming and hahing and "possible" and "consideration of options". They need to actually act now.
Proper investment in the North and the regions should be done because its what the Country needs. Sticking a bunch of lefty civil servants in Manchester is hardly going to move the swing-o-meter. But the economic benefits and the sight of our Party actually delivering hard action on the back of plenty of hot air might just result in the loan of the red wall votes being extended further....
Ah yes the brain drain argument. That is exactly the excuse the BBC made. So "levelling Up" is actually about re-distributing some crumbs of varying sizes.....not really "Levelling Up" which was meant to see genuine economic and public administration investment to challenge the agglomerative effects of what London had become. A never ending self fulfilling prophecy of "only invest in London because the returns / side effects of investing elsewhere are not as attractive as following the norm".
On this basis nothing will change.