Anti-vaxxers are undermining the work of scientists in battling Covid

WE’VE come a long way since Edward Jenner first inoculated a 13-year-old with vaccinia virus (cowpox), resulting in the first Smallpox vaccination, and almost 200 years later a global programme to eradicate the disease altogether. It’s sometimes easy to forget the awful suffering caused through conditions such as Polio, Rubella and Diphtheria before the discoveryContinue reading Anti-vaxxers are undermining the work of scientists in battling Covid

Too Little, too late for many

A week is certainly a long time in politics. Last week the PM claimed the A level results were robust and dependable and his Education Secretary, the one who looks and acts like Private Pike, insisted there’d be no U-turn. This week they’ve abandoned the fancy algorithm which marked down bright children, at state schools, and favoured those who attended private schools.  How did this happen? It didn’t come out of the blue; we’ve known since February that there was a problem and yet the government waited until after theContinue reading Too Little, too late for many

Creating corona confusion

We’re nearly two thirds through this year and what a year! We’ve had lockdown, shortages and loss of everyday activities. Our lives have been turned upside down.  I don’t underestimate the horrible nature of this pandemic or the lives lost but am I alone in doubting the government? Not that long ago the PM was saying we should look forward to ‘normality’ for Christmas but just as we’re getting used to things with pubs and restaurants reopening and swimming pools and bingo clubs back in action, we’re facing localContinue reading Creating corona confusion