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”

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”

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”

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”

Independent questions motives behinds mass testing strategy

Staffordshire County Council are looking to recruit people to distribute COVID tests as part of the national rollout. The test is apparently designed to ‘quickly identify people who have the virus but may have no symptoms’. There is no meaningful or substantive evidence to suggest that COVID is unique in being the only symptomless virusContinue reading “Independent questions motives behinds mass testing strategy”

Council failure to follow best practice regarding data security scorned by independent

If it is found that Lichfield District Council has used thirteen unencrypted laptops to store, transfer or transmit personal data, then not only will the council’s reputation be irreparably damaged, but the law may very well have been broken too. It depends entirely on what purposes the laptops are being used for, but in anyContinue reading “Council failure to follow best practice regarding data security scorned by independent”

Doubts cast by independent on official COVID narrative

So now ‘health leaders’ in Staffordshire are suggesting people ought to get tested for the coronavirus if they begin experiencing headaches, aches and pains, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and tiredness. Aren’t they pretty much the same symptoms you get with a regular cough or cold? And if so, what does that suggest to youContinue reading “Doubts cast by independent on official COVID narrative”

Staffordshire County Council civic spending lambasted by independent

Lichfield Live has reported that Staffordshire County Council in cooperation with Veolia are offering cash grants of up to £750 for not-for-profit organisations, voluntary and community groups, schools, societies and charities to fund projects aimed at improving the local environment. Considering the growing number of lost jobs, failed and failing businesses, liquidity problems, mental healthContinue reading “Staffordshire County Council civic spending lambasted by independent”