I’ve been trying to think of a way I could contribute to the current BLM movement – and that’s probably a good point to preface this by saying I am 100% an offender, liable to Churchillian stereotyping of various peoples and very often not thinking that, whilst the intent is not there to upset anyone,Continue reading “Colonial vs Ancient Slavery, Colston, Roman Statues & Churchill”
Author Archives: David Vidler
COVID-19: A Prequel Meme
COVID-19: My hot take on UK Beach Openings is that its actually necessary
If we see significant increases in 2 to 4 weeks time then we can say yes its a failure, if there’s a small increase but not exponentially so, then this is the definition of “living with” the virus. I’d be happier if everyone had to wear masks on the beach, but otherwise, what is theContinue reading “COVID-19: My hot take on UK Beach Openings is that its actually necessary”
COVID-19: How WHO Inaction in February 2020 Contributed to a Global Disaster
Its been a couple of weeks since I penned Economic Depression and in that I eluded to the idea that a global strategy may have helped saved lives and the economy from a shock that will take years to fully recover from. I still think this is the case and if anything, the ongoing sagaContinue reading “COVID-19: How WHO Inaction in February 2020 Contributed to a Global Disaster”
COVID-19: Jeremy Hunt is trying to save face for Operation Cygnus (and even tries to blame Labour)
Writer’s Note 10th May – The Guardian published the report a day or so after I wrote this piece, so perhaps Jeremy Hunt knew what was coming! I’ve started a few pieces on the response from government and how the US retreat from world is bad news for the rest of us, however I’ve mentionedContinue reading “COVID-19: Jeremy Hunt is trying to save face for Operation Cygnus (and even tries to blame Labour)”
COVID-19: If our NHS is at War, then Compensate them like they’re in a War. £60,000 is a start, but is it enough?
At first glance Matt Hancock’s announcement that relatives of NHS staff and carers that succumb to COVID-19 will receive a £60k lump sum is quite a gracious offer. I can’t speak for other countries but its certainly a good move by the UK Government. Being from a forces family it did make me think whatContinue reading “COVID-19: If our NHS is at War, then Compensate them like they’re in a War. £60,000 is a start, but is it enough?”
Information Warfare – Did the Tories really Cheer for Blocking NHS pay rises?
In today’s climate it feels anything NHS related is charged with emotion. NHS workers up and down the country are in the grip of a pandemic that they can scarcely control. Stories of a lack of PPE grip the headlines with accounts from front line workers filling the headlines, restocking Piers Morgan’s ammunition for anotherContinue reading “Information Warfare – Did the Tories really Cheer for Blocking NHS pay rises?”
COVID-19 and Economic Depression – An Historical Parallel and the International Stage
Please follow me at @OptsofPolts on Twitter! Regardless of where you sit on the political fence, COVID-19 was an accident waiting to happen. It goes without saying, not much has been learned from SARS, Swine Flu and MERS. From a UK perspective it makes you wonder what we have been doing since 2003 – especiallyContinue reading “COVID-19 and Economic Depression – An Historical Parallel and the International Stage”
I put this blog together for two reasons. One was to give my political curiosity an outlet, and secondly to have a mini-project to assist me in getting out of what I suspect is depression. The objective of this blog is to look at the “Optics” of what our leaders are trying to convey –Continue reading “An Introduction”