Cover Page, 24 September 2020, Issue 248 Welcome to our latest edition. We hope you enjoy its articles and features. We’d like to introduce new writers, so if you’d be interested in contributing to the Shaw Sheet, on either an occasional or regular basis, please contact the editors at johnW@shawsheet.com for the writers’ guidelines.
24 September 2020 Managing Covid An impossible task. By John Watson As you would expect from a distinguished sportsman, Marcus Rashford’s reaction to Johnson’s decision to extend free school meals through the summer break was gentlemanly and courteous. “Johnson didn’t have to change his mind” he said to the Financial Times, adding that it takes
24 September 2020 The Doors Open Chads and worse. By J.R. Thomas Eh? What? What doors? The doors to the polling stations, of course. Not literally; the polling machines won’t be switched on until 3rd November, no falling chads* yet (remember Florida 2000, when they didn’t, but hung on?). But it is possible in some
24 September 2020 Diary of a Corbynista Time for Cassandrafreude by Don Urquhart 16 September On Newsnight Natasha Devon was introduced as a former Children’s Mental Health Tsar(itsa?). Any government-appointed advisor normally has me reaching for the off switch, but before I could locate the remote, Ms Devon introduced the concept of Cassandrafreude, pleasure in
24 September 2020 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Testing data update by David Chilvers This week*, we look at data on the number of tests available and actually undertaken. In the last few days, it has become clear that there are substantial problems with the testing system, with many anecdotal stories of people either being
24 September 2020 Make-Believe and Reality Spot the difference. By Neil Tidmarsh Last week we had reality intruding into the movies, with reports that parts of Hollywood’s latest would-be blockbuster – the live-action remake of Mulan – were filmed in Xinjiang province in sight of the Uighur ‘re-education’ camps. Some commentators have suggested that this
24 September 2020 View from the Cotswolds The Irish Conundrum: Problem or Solution? By Paul Branch Ireland looms large yet again on the Brexit stage: the oven-ready deal that we thought we had agreed before the general election, and before everyone’s attention lurched over to Covid-19, seems to be not quite as well-prepared as we