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Editorial Wednesday 31 March 2021: Why did Open Democracy misleadingly claim it won its Palantir court case against NHS England?

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03/31/2021 - 13:35

I'm a fan of the idea of crowdfunding, and of insurgent media organisations holding the powerful to account.

I am not, however, a fan of blatantly misleading people.

It's disappointing that the crowd-funded Open Democracy, which has had some important stories about the pandemic, is misleading its funders and readers in its report that it "won our lawsuit" over the NHS contract for using the Palantir software and tools.

This is, in fact, untrue. It is the opposite of the truth.

Editorial Friday 26 March 2021: From The Sun King to a mere Prince of Wales - NHS 'England' comms boss Simon Enright is off

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03/26/2021 - 12:46

Simon's off.

No, not that Simon: the other Simon.

The demotion from being director of communications for The Sun King Of Skipton House Sir Simon Stevens to working for a mere Prince of Wales is a tough fall from grace in the royal pecking order.

However, if anyone can manage it, then it's the affable and cheery Simon Enright, literally and metaphorically the outgoing director of communication for the NHS Commissioning Board.

He announced his exit to his fellow NHSCB staff in the letter below.

Editorial Thursday 25 March 2021: Weird Government: up-talking Matt and outsourcing accountability for TAT

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03/25/2021 - 14:22

My latest column for BMJ is here, and my latest for HSJ is here.

The People’s Partridge, Health But Social Care Secretary Matt ‘Alan’ Hancock had yet another lively week.

Editorial Wednesday 17 March 2021: Hancock's half-witted hopes to re-politicise top NHS appointments

Publish Date/Time: 
03/17/2021 - 10:27

There are only a limited number of new ideas in the world.

There are also only a certain number of good ideas in the world.

Yesterday, in the evidence given to the Commons Health Select Committee by The People's Partridge, Health But Social Care Secretary Matt 'Alan' Hancock, he revealed a few things, which I discussed yesterday.

Editorial Tuesday 16 March 2021: The Government's Covid19 blame game - pattern recognition and kitchen sink surrealism

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03/16/2021 - 16:46

'Kitchen sink realism' was the portmanteau term given to new British realist drama of the 1950s, launched with John Osborne's play 'Look Back In Anger' at the Royal Court.

These past few days' events have driven some pattern recognition about the Government's political strategy for addressing its poor handling of the Covid19 epidemic.

Editorial Thursday 11 March 2021: Health Minister Nadine Dorries to nurses: their husbands' pay/furlough makes 1% pay offer OK

Publish Date/Time: 
03/11/2021 - 11:57

There is a demarcation issue with this Government. They are trying to put satirists out of business.

Where's the Competition and Markets Authority when you need it, eh?

Editorial Monday 22 Feburary 2021: The Cummings defence

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02/22/2021 - 13:16

People's Partridge and Secretary Of State For The Time Being Matt Hancock graced the broadcast airwaves on Sunday morning trying to clear up after being defeated by the Good Law Project over his failure to publish the PPE contracts on the Government's Contractsfinder website in a timely way.