A round-up of the week’s news and comment
OUR TOP STORIES
On Tuesday, the government hinted that it might quarantine more towns and cities, possibly including London, with threat of fines for those who break travel restrictions. These measures were presented under the guise of a supposed ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus – Times
Wednesday saw the Mail reveal the ‘real health cost of the lockdown’, at the same time as the virus was found to be accountable for only 2.4 percent of all deaths in England and Wales. Delays to diagnosis of cancer and heart disease was shown again to have resulted in a great many deaths, as doctors warned non-virus patients have been very badly hit.
Following a record number of Channel crossings, it was announced on Thursday that the Navy could be called in to help stem the flow of migrants – Telegraph
Also on Thursday, a Mail audit predicted an ‘economic Armageddon’ following the government’s lockdown, with 230,000 jobs set to be lost, here and abroad, at more than a hundred of Britain’s biggest firms.
On Friday, a news analysis by Migration Watch UK found that there continues to be strong public concern about the scale of immigration.
The final weekday also saw the National Audit Office announce that it is to investigate government contracts worth £150million for ‘unusable’ face masks – Times
OUR COMMENT CHOICE
With fear continuing to drivethe nation’s response to the coronavirus, Peter Hitchens highlighted the phoney nature of the government’s ‘National Panic Service’ – Mail on Sunday
As new appointments were made to Parliament’s upper house, Stephen Glover cast shame on Boris’s ‘Lavender List of Lords’ – Mail
Responding to the government’s plans to overhaul planning regulations, Philip Johnston stressed that an unrestricted building revolution would ‘provoke Tory shires into outright rebellion’ – Telegraph
Andrew Ellson drew attention to the manner in which banks are using the lockdown as a cover to close more branches – Times
IN THE NEWS TODAY
300,000 A-level pupils in England face lower marks than expected as 39 per cent of grades set by teachers ‘will be downgraded’ – Mail