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Stop This

We all know the form by now. The government leaks a new draconian policy position – the next iteration in the progression to towards total control – and there is outrage, especially across Twitter. None of this outrage is reported in the mainstream media. The BBC treats the idea of vaccine passports for young people […]

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Dealing with the Fear Machine

I had the pleasure to meet Gary Sidley, the former NHS Clinical Psychologist, at the Question Everything conference in London on Saturday. Gary gave both common sense – and psychology underpinned – guidance for returning to normal on Freedom Day (today). Invest the 8 minutes or so to watch the video in full.

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Lockdown Summit

On July 17 the first major conference to critically evaluate the global response to COVID-19 will be held in London. I’m delighted that TNE will there to report during the day and – hopefully – record a few interviews with some of the speakers. The speaker line-up is exceptional and includes Luke Johnston, Prof. Karol […]

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Opinion Politics

Masked Virtue

There’s an argument that has been doing the rounds today on Twitter.  It’s this: that the wearing of face-masks, after the mandate is lifted on July 19, is something that should be done ‘for others’ – as an act of selflessness.  It’s an argument that’s been made by politicians like Layla Moran, as well as […]

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All Cash Monday

Starting Monday 21st June, every Monday is #AllCashMonday. By paying with cash we can all help those – who mostly earn cash – escape the digital creep, and to give hospitality a boost through better margins (banks pocket fees from digital payments). The hospitality sector and workers have had a traumatic 15 months of restrictions. […]

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Project Ostracise

Having worked in marketing communications for most of my career I can spot the start of a new campaign a mile off. Yesterday, Monday, I’m pretty sure, was the start of Project Ostracise. (In fact, governments prefer less obvious campaign titles that have a fair degree of public-school machismo and obfuscation: like Operation Warp Speed […]

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Opinion Politics

Electile Dysfunction

Tomorrow, across Britain, many elections are taking place. These are elections that, mostly, are about a year too late because of the Covid “emergency” of 2020. As a result, the Mayor of London, for example, has been in office – unelected – a year after his sell-by date.  Scotland and Wales will have elections for […]

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Long Memories

My mother, who is 91, used to have quite a few routine items in her weekly diary. She attended a Pilates class – specially for elderly people – which helped her, she claimed, to remain supple. She used to meet friends for coffee, and she liked a flat white, sometimes two, if the gossip was […]

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Certificates and Passports: Lockdown 2

Tim Martin, boss of the pub chain, Wetherspoon, has said vaccine certification (or passport schemes) would be ‘the last straw’ for struggling pubs. Today the government closes its consultation on certification – and there’s a strong chance it’s being actively lobbied to roll out a passport “solution” to continue its theme of coercion and control […]

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On Liberty and The Left

Prior to lockdown and the various paraphernalia of anti-freedom Covid laws, I’m not sure that Dr Naomi Wolf and I would have as readily agreed on so much. Covid response policies have brought together many from disparate ideologies who are united in our contempt for authoritarianism – and our belief that Covid is a handy […]