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 […]

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 […]

Ready When You Are, CB!*

For those who haven’t heard, the city of Leicester is back in lockdown after having experienced a spike in Coronavirus cases. The city currently has three times the number of cases as the next highest city and 10% of all cases in Britain, with only about a half a percent of the British population. Non-essential […]

When Are the Grown-Ups Getting Here?

Most people have seen the pictures. The beach at Bournemouth looking like Times Square on New Year’s Eve: The car parks were full by 10am. 558 parking fines were issued. Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Council declared it a “major incident.” Police in some cases issued “dispersal notices.” Yet people stayed. There was a 3-hour backup […]

Guns, Cigarettes, and Masks

I’ve said before that there’s a difference in the level of resistance to sensible pandemic restrictions in the UK and the US. It’s more difficult to justify that opinion after seeing some of the British crowds queueing up at Primark and other stores on their first day of reopening. Here’s the queue for the Nike […]

Face Masks and Rules

I started out relying mostly on the UK for information for the practical reason that the ONS was doing a much better job providing useful statistics than any equivalent organization in the US. Since then, I’ve found the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, which is a fantastic resource, despite certain states lagging in providing data—or […]

Let’s Hear It for Masks!

I have again run into the issue of the news running at a faster speed than I am writing. I crunched numbers related to the schools’ reopening in the UK, or at least England, yesterday, and woke up to the news that the government has delayed until September the complete reopening of schools, amid concerns […]