Cover Page, 12 November 2020, Issue 255 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.
12 November 2020 Government Consultancy Time to experiment. By John Watson Sir Keir Starmer is not a sneering man. In fact, as befits a former Director of Public Prosecutions, his statements are normally fair-minded and honest. You may disagree with him but you do not believe that he is deliberately leading you up the garden
12 November 2020 Trouble in the Hills By J R Thomas This week was to be a considered analysis of how Joe Biden won a great historic victory, returning the US to its democratic liberal roots. Or possibly how Donald Trump won a great historic victory, continuing the US on a path of populist radical
12 November 2020 Does your drug dealer have a card reader? Should Rishi be buying second-hand sofas? By Frank O’Nomics £50 billion has gone missing. Sounds careless, doesn’t it? At a time when the government needs to secure every penny for healthcare and countering the economic effects of the pandemic, even a small fraction of
12 November 2020 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Understanding models. By David Chilvers This week*, we continue our theme of looking at how data on COVID-19 has been and is being analysed. Since the onset of the pandemic, policy decisions have been driven by outputs from the models that SAGE uses to forecast the number
12 November 2020 Nothing Worse Than A Loser? Yes – a bad loser. By Neil Tidmarsh Arturo Pérez-Reverte – war correspondent, excellent historical novelist, brilliant columnist – writes a weekly comment piece for the Spanish daily ABC. It appears in the paper’s Sunday supplement, XL Semanal, and takes a piratical, swashbuckling and combative view of
12 November 2020 Diary of a Corbynista Socialists up a blind alley. By Don Urquhart 4 November CNN reporting of the presidential election knocks spots off the BBC’s efforts. Perhaps that is to be expected but the gulf in quality is such that it makes me reflect on whether I want to keep paying the
12 November 2020 View from the Cotswolds Doctors and nurses: when will they ever learn? By Paul Branch Last week just before Lockdown#2, four elderly gentlemen met to share a meal and a drink. They were all former professionals who had known each other for some time and enjoyed the sort of discussions that blend