Has ‘Johnsonism’ arrived?

Britain’s new health minister, Sajid Javid, says he will keep wearing a mask after formal restrictions are removed in the next fortnight.  It’s a more political than public health gesture.  Unless perhaps he’s meeting unvaccinated ministerial visitors from Australia or New Zealand.

Britain’s Covid debate is morphing faster than the virus.  Thanks to the fast spreading Delta variant and a super-charged vaccination programme it’s plausible that pretty much everyone bar Scottish lighthouse keepers will have had Covid antibodies delivered to them by the end of the year via neighbours or needle. 

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EU – the success story of our times – so far

This blog has from time to time brought out flaws in critiques of the UK leaving the EU. Don’t conclude from this that Brexit is risk free.  Far from it. It is a fundamental decision with profound consequences  – but not the ones getting most the headlines.

Start with the remarkable success story that is the EU.  We take it for granted. Yet in a world which has witnessed the disintegration of the USSR, Yugoslavia and various African and Middle Eastern sovereignties, welding two dozen European countries into an effective political union is perhaps the most significant political event of the last forty years, ranking alongside the rise of China or the decline of the Soviet Union.

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