Cover Page, 22 October 2020, Issue 252 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.
22 October 2020 Ferrier’s Fault A matter of fairness. By John Watson I cannot say that I like the Scottish National Party and there is very little on which I would agree with Margaret Ferrier, the MP who took the train back to Glasgow despite being tested positive for Covid. Accordingly, when I heard of
22 October 2020 Read Nothing About It! The swing of the media. By J R Thomas In the Shaw Sheet we try to tell you a little more about what lies behind stories currently in the news. In that we are, it seems, streets ahead of such digital “platforms” as Twitter and Facebook, in which,
22 October 2020 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus A breaking wave? By David Chilvers For my sins, I live in Essex, a lovely but much maligned part of the world. We achieved a new claim to fame last week when Essex County Council became the first local authority area to ask to be placed in
22 October 2020 Noble Nobels? Economics and the greater good. By Frank O’Nomics Is making money from nothing worthy of a Nobel Prize? Last year’s Nobel Prize for Economics was won by two economists, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, who had developed an experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. This is surely what Nobel prizes
22 October 2020 Pastafarians v. Authoritarians. By Neil Tidmarsh Mikhail Iosilevich was arrested at his home in Nizhny Novgorod last week. Mr Iosilevich is the head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Russia. The Church was founded in the USA fifteen years ago – its followers worship a divinity made of spaghetti
22 October 2020 Diary of a Corbynista Test Trace Isolate Support. By Don Urquhart 14 October How refreshing to observe a Westminster bubble where not everything is blamed on Jeremy Corbyn. However on Politics Live today, Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi came close. His intention was to expose the “opportunism” of Sir Keir Starmer in savaging
22 October 2020 Government Consultancy Contracts Win Win for a cosy cartel. By Mike Hampson Over the last week we have had a number of revelations about the use of consultants in the development of the yet to be effective Test, Track and Trace system. These have included the use of hundreds of consultants from
22 October 2020 View from the Cotswolds Green light at the end of the tunnel? Decarbonisation here we come! By Paul Branch Every now and again in these columns there has appeared what some might interpret as histrionically vitriolic criticism of our government’s lack of action and leadership across a wide range of issues, including
22 October 2020 Outdoor Hygge English style. By Lynda Goetz Have the Brits taken leave of their senses? (Well, we know they have, but Covid-19 madness is not confined to this country). I refer to the current mania for pretending that it is in any way comfortable to sit around outside during an English winter.