Independent addresses COVID challenges as government handling faces criticism

The general direction the Johnson government has taken with COVID has been very unsuitable. It was claimed in March 2020 that the aim of the lockdown policy was to protect the NHS. It was implied that lives would be saved as a result of protecting the NHS, though it was never specified how many couldContinue reading “Independent addresses COVID challenges as government handling faces criticism”

Analysis of ONS COVID statistics for 2020 provided by independent

The provisional full year ONS statistics for deaths registered weekly in England and Wales have been released (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/weeklyprovisionalfiguresondeathsregisteredinenglandandwales). It is worth noting that the Analysis spreadsheet in the dataset mentions that the statistics include instances ‘where COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions’; thisContinue reading “Analysis of ONS COVID statistics for 2020 provided by independent”

Christopher J. Wilkinson announces candidature for 2021 Staffordshire County Council Election and Lichfield Stowe by-election

I can announce today that I intend to stand as an independent candidate for the upcoming Staffordshire County Council election in the seat of Lichfield City North, and for the Lichfield City by-election in the Stowe ward. These elections come at a critical time, not just for Lichfield or Staffordshire but for the country. TheContinue reading “Christopher J. Wilkinson announces candidature for 2021 Staffordshire County Council Election and Lichfield Stowe by-election”

Logic of government COVID policies smashed by independent

If masks work, why the need for social distancing? If social distancing works, why the need for masks? If both of those work, why the need for lockdowns? If the lockdowns work, why have we needed more than one of them when the great majority of people have been following the rules? If the governmentContinue reading “Logic of government COVID policies smashed by independent”

Debate on takeaway proposal critiqued by independent

The free market should determine what businesses set up in commercial areas, not local governments. The council should not have been in a position to decide one way or the other about a proposed takeaway on the site of an existing cake shop. …the issue of parking has crept into the situation; incidentally, this issueContinue reading “Debate on takeaway proposal critiqued by independent”

Independent criticises council planning decisions for takeaway proposal

Exactly why should the Council be deciding what to do with a private sector business? If customer demand for a takeaway exists, then a takeaway should be supplied according to market forces – not the will of the local government. Issues like this are becoming a means for councils to appear busy doing something, andContinue reading “Independent criticises council planning decisions for takeaway proposal”

No Deal Brexit backed by independent

The one silver lining to an otherwise horrendous year is to leave the EU with no deal. A deal was never on the cards up to and during the referendum campaign. A deal only became an ‘option’ when establishment remainers became bitter they hadn’t got their way with the referendum result and did everything theyContinue reading “No Deal Brexit backed by independent”

Lichfield MP scorned by independent for supporting COVID vote

There’s an obvious but crucial difference between ‘cases’ and ‘deaths’, and it’s a difference which Lichfield’s MP, Michael Fabricant, seems content in ignoring. ‘Flattening the curve’ never at any point meant flattening the economy, but rather taking the strain off the NHS so that it could deal with cases more steadily. Mr Fabricant is theContinue reading “Lichfield MP scorned by independent for supporting COVID vote”