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On the day the Premiership returns the big political story is the Johnson meal voucher U-turn following a campaign by a leading footballer

On the day the Premiership returns the big political story is the Johnson meal voucher U-turn following a campaign by a leading footballer

And Cameron’s GE2010 pension “triple lock” could be suspended The big political news for the tabloids is the huge concession that Boris Johnson has made over the provision of meal vouchers to a million plus poor children. This followed an intervention by the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford. The move coincides with the resumption of professional football today albeit with the remaining Premiership matches being played behind closed doors. The climb down from the government followed an emotional letter to…

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Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Glorious Food!

Covid-19 and a prolonged lockdown have bought us few good things. There are some, though:- A cleaner, less polluted environment. It may be temporary but what joy there is in having clear quiet skies, bird song you can hear, cleaner air. The importance of local food, strong resilient supply chains and food security. Empty shelves and foodstuffs unobtainable, whether for love or money, have been an unwelcome surprise. The importance and value of treating animals, especially those we farm and…

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A PBer lobbies the government over not being able to see his mother who is in a care home

A PBer lobbies the government over not being able to see his mother who is in a care home

Care Home Visitor Rules: constructive suggestions for change Dear XXXXX My mother (86) is in a care home. Care homes are, of course, currently protected by special guidance due to Covid-19. This guidance specifies no visitors. Due to this, my mother has not been able to see her husband, children, grandchildren or friends for over ten weeks with no end in sight. The care home staff does a really great job but the best they can offer in terms of…

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Lockdown is over. What next?

Lockdown is over. What next?

Complex and odd rules plus the Cummings effect mean the public will decide for themselves what to do about Covid-19 Winston Churchill did not go out of his way to sell sunny optimism. During the 1930s, much to the irritation of his own party, he led the campaign to rearm the country in the face of a Nazi threat he considered – and said – was much greater and more imminent than the government would allow. On becoming prime minister,…

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The paper that should worry the Tories this morning is the Daily Mail

The paper that should worry the Tories this morning is the Daily Mail

Inevitably the papers big story this lockdown bank holiday Monday is the decision by Johnson to retain Cummings in spite what appears to be a clear breach of the lockdown rules. Tens of millions of people in the UK have had to make very difficult decisions in the face of the pandemic and the government’s lockdown that came in at the end of March. The polls suggest a compliance rate of 85-90% which is a big reason why the story…

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Why Dominic Cummings Should resign (from a fan)

Why Dominic Cummings Should resign (from a fan)

A guest slot from Richard Tyndall First a declaration of my view of Dominic Cummings.  I am a huge fan both of the man himself, of what he has tried to achieve over many years, and of his successes as a political advisor and brains behind the Leave campaign. So it should be clear that my views on the Durham-gate affair are not based on personal antipathy towards him. In an ideal world I would want nothing more than for…

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