He made it clear to voters the choice was in their hands. I meant: on 13th it was already clear we’d made terrible errors and many would die, I was forcing people to consider: ‘on whom are our errors going to fall worst, who is not going to be saved in this disaster, and if forced to choose because of NHS collapse how does the system do this (e.g prioritise mothers of small children)? It will not start for years and it is designed to punt the tricky parts until after this PM has gone – unlike other PMs, this one has a clear plan to leave at the latest a couple of years after the next election, he wants to make money and have fun not ‘go on and on’. One neighbour, who did not want to be named said: ‘They were always building and working on their houses, so it was horrible to have to live so close to them. Andy Haldane, the Bank of England´s outgoing chief economist, has suggested that an online working world can become a long-term drain on creativity and collaboration. The club’s chief executive, James Rodwell, struggles to contain his excitement and Beefy, jabbing a finger at the Sky Sports cameras, predicts Jose Mourinho will quit out of fear of facing the mighty Iron.
As usual, it turned out that the delay was not with HMT but Hancock had misled the morning meeting and wrongly sought to blame others for delays. This pattern repeated: big talk in front of the PM, brief nonsense to the media, fail to deliver, and the rest of the system’s planning disrupted because nobody could rely on what he said in the Cabinet room because he would say anything he thought would get him through the meeting. Versions of this graph were in many official documents in the week of 9/3 and 16/3. As we pointed out to the PM in the ‘Goldblum’ meeting on 14 March in his office, in this scenario many more than 250,000 would die and, I said, the public would march up Downing Street and lynch him. Out of more than three dozen attempts – flybys, orbiters and landings – by the U.S., Soviet Union, Europe and Japan since the 1960s, more than half have ended disastrously. With experts warning there will, at current rates, be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050, we have led calls to curb the billions of disposable coffee cups thrown away every year, and crack down on the use of plastic, campaigning for measures such as a deposit scheme for plastic bottles.
Crazy stuff. But not as crazy as the fact a joke coin was worth $90 billion in the first place, more than Spotify and Ford combined. After the above exchange with the PM, he tested positive and everything got even more chaotic. “Rihanna had her silk durags, and now people are wearing it for fashion – not even tied right but just to fit in with the culture,” Mr. Sodeke said. 1) No10 and Hancock are openly lying even about what was briefed on-the-record, silk wave cap so clearly nothing is beyond their attempted rewriting of history. I’d pushed, did not have confidence in what I was hearing, it had been suggested I should stop pushing, I did not, ‘let’s take it off line’ kept echoing enragingly around the Cabinet room, there was still nothing like the sense of urgency the public had a right to expect, including urgent replacing of some critical people and strengthening of teams. People need to prepare for what comes next.
Just as I said 2017-19 ‘this No10 will unravel, some of us should prepare for what comes next’ the same is true now. He played an enormous part in recovering from the collapse of No10 in March and built an entirely new team – effectively a joint No10-Cabinet Office team – in March-July which evolved into the ‘covid taskforce’ there now. The graph with the squiggly line (‘Plan B’) is the first time No10 had a ‘document’ that ditched all the previous graphs with either a single peak ending by September or a second winter peak and showed instead us managing covid permanently below NHS capacity. 4) The Select Committee has asked me to provide evidence and clearly what MPs see the public should also see – transparency on covid is crucial. Some have asked ‘what does ‘who do we not save? Note there is no line for a lockdown scenario because, contra Hancock’s false claims to MPs last week, DHSC had not developed a plan for it nor asked SAGE to model it (as the Cabinet Secretary’s reply to the email of 18 March above pointed out).