It is safe to say that the delay was not what the Prime Minister wanted, but he has followed the advice from the experts and the data.
Last week the numbers of young people infected by the DELTA strain rose alarmingly, with escalating numbers presenting at hospitals.
Let us hope for all concerned things continue to improve and by vaccinating as many over 18-year-olds as possible, the spread will decline.
Surely it is wise to insist those working in the care sector, including the NHS, should be encouraged to get vaccinated. They have a choice, get the jab, or find an alternative job which does not involve face to face contact with the elderly and ill.
The result of the by-election was hardly a surprise. HS2, the ‘levelling up’ of the proposed Planning Bill, and not forgetting the anticipated Environment Bill, are all matters which touch a raw nerve with voters in the Chesham and Amersham constituency.
Clearly they have no time for Sir Kier Starmer, and many probably held their noses whilst putting their cross against the Lib Dem candidate’s name. The result will not stop HS2 which Boris inherited when he walked into No 10, the seeds of which were sown in 2009 by PM Tony Blair and well advanced when Boris had to sign the final documents in 2020.
Could our right to free speech be saved after all? With the birth of GB News under the chairmanship of Andrew Neil, and Boris championing his own version, there is hope after all.
The public are clearly turning against ‘wok’ warriors, the ‘cancel culture’, and left-wing teachers, and university lecturers brain washing our young.
Good for them and if we continue to say what we mean without looking over our shoulders wondering if the ‘thought police’ are on our case, we should come through this period when free speech is being silenced or deleted by this weird minority of dangerous backward thinking, poorly educated but clearly self-opinionated bunch of bullies.
It sounds as if the vice-chancellor of Cambridge is about to receive his P45, and about time too. Prof Stephen Toope, a Canadian lawyer, clearly thought he could turn Cambridge University, an 800 year old seat of learning, into an Ivy League look alike. He clearly does not understand the peculiarities of our nation, any more than the monkeys in Brussels do.
They really do not get the British or what it is that makes us stand out as being quite unique and in a class of our own.
The second reading of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill happens in the House of Lords this week. We have had animal welfare laws in this country for 200 years, and our animal welfare standards go far beyond the minimum set by the EU.
Animal welfare in this country was not advanced by membership of the EU or the principle of sentience that it introduced.
The ethics of animal sentience are already recognised in UK legislation. So, the question arises as to why an entire act of Parliament creating an Animal Sentience Committee to scrutinize government policy on welfare of sentient animals is necessary? Some peers, including Baroness Mallalieu and most people with common sense, suggest it is not.
It is suggested that gesture politics is part of the motivation for this Bill, to enable the Government to say to the electorate: “This is what we did for animals”. It will probably do little for animals directly.
This Bill is totally unnecessary; the government could just amend current legislation and scrap the dodgy Animal Sentience Committee which is in danger of becoming weaponised by animal rights extremism, and open to a challenge by judicial review.