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”

Lack of council opposition to destructive COVID policies censured by independent

Since the R rate is now estimated to be below one, why are councils up and down the country simply adjusting policies in support of the new tiers? Why are they not actively opposing or even questioning the efficacy of the tiers based on the government’s own measure of the virus spreading? Why are ourContinue reading “Lack of council opposition to destructive COVID policies censured by independent”

Christopher J. Wilkinson reflects on the resignation of Margaret Thatcher

Exactly thirty years ago today, Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister after losing the confidence of her pro-European cabinet colleagues. She wasn’t thrown out by the public at a general election, she wasn’t even defeated in a motion of confidence in the House of Commons – she was effectively stabbed in the front by herContinue reading “Christopher J. Wilkinson reflects on the resignation of Margaret Thatcher”

Government economic record faces independent scrutiny ahead of spending review

There is an old political adage that says nothing you do in politics will amount to anything unless you get the economy right. The economy is currently on life support; butchered, shot down by the state itself. That same state believes it can now also provide the cure to the problem it created. Unemployment, businessContinue reading “Government economic record faces independent scrutiny ahead of spending review”

Christopher J. Wilkinson offers views on Lichfield District Council spending consultation

I shall certainly be contributing my views to this budget consultation, though I note that there is only an option to spend taxpayer’s money and not to save it. Like so many other years I guarantee that, regardless of the consultation process, this budget will not forge a path to surplus. It will increase theContinue reading “Christopher J. Wilkinson offers views on Lichfield District Council spending consultation”

Independent comments on ‘free’ school meals for children

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Instead of reducing the tax burden on poorer families so that they can afford to feed themselves, through lower business taxes enabling employers to pay them higher wages and lower personal taxes so people keep more of their own money, people assume that the state should interveneContinue reading “Independent comments on ‘free’ school meals for children”

Government control methods and fear tactics under fire from independent

The more the state grabs at an imagined prospect of power over every individual citizen with no regard for civil liberties or personal freedoms, the further away we are away from regaining what is normal. The measures that have been taken are not designed to control the virus, they are designed to control you; theContinue reading “Government control methods and fear tactics under fire from independent”

Plans for Leyfields housing development face independent concerns

Considering the above-target deliverance of housing in Lichfield, is it necessary to earmark urban green spaces in Leyfields and Nether Stowe for further housing developments? My answer is no. If only the council showed the same drive towards constructing a viable city centre redevelopment as it does for housing, we might end up with anContinue reading “Plans for Leyfields housing development face independent concerns”

Lichfield Masterplan push condemned by independent

Surely pressing ahead with the Lichfield Masterplan will increase the likelihood of a repeat of the failed Friarsgate project? The reason funding never materialised before was because the economic fundamentals of both the council and the project were unsound; to investors, it was a risk not worth taking. Amid a government-induced economic depression with theContinue reading “Lichfield Masterplan push condemned by independent”