Tuesday briefing: Covid’s response to “one of the UK’s worst failures” |

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On the front page: “Group Thinking” and “Permanent Crisis”

Hello. Warren Murray here with the highest priorities on Tuesday.

Britain’s early handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been one of the UK’s worst public health failures, a landmark investigation has found. The “fatalistic” approach of ministers and scientists has worsened the death toll, says the report led by two former Conservative ministers. The UK did “considerably worse” than other countries, in part because of “group thinking” and a deliberately “slow and gradual” approach: in permanent crisis “. Boris Johnson did not order a full lockdown until March 23, 2020, two months after the Sage committee of government science advisers first met to discuss the crisis.

The report comes from the House of Commons science and technology committee and the health and social services committee. It celebrates aspects of the Covid response, including getting vaccines quickly and the Recovery trial identifying life-saving treatments. But among critics, he says it was a serious mistake to stop mass testing in March 2020 – days after the World Health Organization called for a ‘careful’ contact tracing and quarantine . Other criticisms are leveled at the poor protection in nursing homes, for black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, and for people with learning disabilities.


“Overwhelming consensus” – The British public supports a carbon tax on polluting industries, higher levies on flights and subsidies for heat pumps, according to the largest analysis of climate policy preferences ever published. A 60 mph speed limit on freeways and a campaign to cut meat consumption by 10% were also among the most popular measures. The public has gone beyond the government, saying we should exceed the current 3% carbon target. Age, location and political orientation made little of a difference in the “overwhelming consensus” for strong and just climate action. The most popular suite of policies meant that people earning less than £ 22,000 would be better off by £ 44 per year, while those with incomes between £ 35,000 and £ 53,000 would pay £ 195 more per year, and it was also estimated that it would support one million jobs by 2030. WWF produced the report with thinktank Demos.


‘Difficult to reconcile’ – Rishi Sunak is set to usher in cuts worth £ 2bn for departments tasked with meeting the Tories’ flagship ‘leveling’ program despite plans to shift the UK’s tax burden to the highest level in peacetime. The IFS think tank said areas such as local government, higher education, prisons and courts that were cut back in the 2010s could see their funding cut in the fall budget, due in two weeks. , which was “difficult to reconcile with the government’s stated goals – especially around ‘leveling up.’” The IFS said overall government spending was on track to hit 42% of income nationwide, about 2% more than before the pandemic. However, he warned that pressures from an aging population meant that a growing share went to health, while less was left for other areas of the disease. Whitehall spending despite Tory promises to level and end austerity.


Men are mobilizing against violence – Male-led groups working to end violence against women and girls have seen renewed interest from other men after the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. The Beyond Equality charity asked 150 men to volunteer within two weeks of Everard’s death; previously there were two a week. More than 80 schools booked its workshops last week, up from three requests a week earlier. Dr Daniel Guinness, CEO of Beyond Equality, said more and more men are realizing that protecting women requires more than just being a good person themselves. “I have never met a man who has not tolerated a dialogue by joking or remaining silent where misogynistic or sexist comments have been made… which ultimately leads to the abuse of women.”


Rutter meets the road – The Colorado Rangers eventually managed to separate a male moose from a tire that had stuck around his neck for two years. When they managed to track down and tranquilize the animal, wildlife officers had to cut its antlers at five points – presumably to deal a heavy blow in the rutting season – because they could not slice the steel. of the tire bead.

The first sighting of elk in 2019. Photograph: CPW Region NE

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Officers say they have also seen deer, elk, moose, bears and other wildlife carrying everything from swings, hammocks and clotheslines to holiday lights, laundry baskets and football goals.

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Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal
Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal. Photography: Image broker / REX

sport

Chris Woakes rejected Ian Botham’s suggestion that England Test players used the Covid restrictions as an excuse to avoid committing to the next Ashes series. Dan Evans withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open after losing a set and a breakaway lead against Diego Schwartzman, the world No.15. Tennis players have been urged to get the shot if they really want to compete in next year’s Australian Open. Gareth Southgate believes a settled atmosphere with England has allowed Harry Kane to maintain his form as a goalscorer at international level despite the striker’s struggles at Tottenham. Kieffer Moore’s opening goal propelled Wales to a 1-0 victory in Estonia which increased their chances of securing a place in the World Cup play-offs.

Steve Bruce is reportedly set to lose his Newcastle United managerial post as the club’s new Saudi broker Yasir al-Rumayyan prepares to visit St James’ Park for the first time. Trevor Hemmings, owner of Preston North End Championship Club as well as three Grand National winners, has died aged 86. The International Swimming Federation (Fina) has announced that it will establish an Integrity Unit as part of a number of reforms aimed at improving the organization’s governance, transparency and culture. And in an interview with the Guardian, former England footballer John Barnes discusses the silent pillars of prejudice and why there aren’t more black football managers.

Business

John Lewis’s retail report on top 12-month buying trends reveals shoppers “couldn’t get enough of slippers” during the pandemic. The chain now sells more than 200 models, having increased the size of its range by a fifth. As social life was put on hold and more people worked from home, demand for pajamas and dressing gowns skyrocketed as victims included ties (down 75%), clothes hangers. documents and makeup bags. The FTSE100 is expected to lose around 0.6% this morning following massive selling in Hong Kong, as it has become clear that Chinese real estate giant Evergrande will default on new bond repayments of nearly $ 150million. dollars. The pound is about $ 1,359 and € 1,176.

The papers

The of the guardian Today’s splash is “the UK’s worst Covid failures in history” – with a side portion of “No 10 dos Kwarteng in cabinet spat with Sunak”. Kwarteng, the business secretary, wants more financial support for heavy industries such as steel, chemicals and ceramics which are struggling with energy costs. Sunak is skeptical of giving them taxpayer money – but number 10 seems to be weighing in on Kwarteng’s side, with the Times suggesting that there will be “state loans for companies affected by rising gas prices”.

Guardian front page, October 12, 2021
Front page of The Guardian, October 12, 2021.

The Metro a “Shame on the Covid chaos” and you can bet what it is; the Mirror puts the same subject on the front with the title “Deadliest Delay”. The Telegraph says “the tax on social care ‘must double’ to face the crisis”. Her lead role is Sally Rooney who wouldn’t want her latest book published in Hebrew – the author supports a cultural boycott of Israel. The Express leads with “Don’t panic, we can stock the shelves for Christmas,” indicating that supermarkets will work hard to stock up.

The Mail says “The elderly were just an afterthought” in dealing with the pandemic. And story number one in the Financial Time is another version of it: “Collective immunity ‘a’ group thought ‘led to a’ public health failure ‘, MPs say.”

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