Publishing the figures will underline that Ministers are striving to be balanced. Never mind how it looks, though: better statistics will lead to better decisions.
Daniel HannanTo measure is to know. The government need to publish estimates of the cost of the lockdown - not just the direct monetary costs but (to the extent that they can be worked out) the impact on education, mental health and so on.
Daniel HannanGovernments around the world promised to tackle Covid "at any cost" - not pausing to consider what was implied by those three little words. We need a proper impact analysis. To measure is to know.
The pre-COVID-19 order isn’t coming back, “for the former things are passed away.”
Daniel HannanThe old order is not coming back. The world that lies on the other side of the lockdowns will be colder, harsher, more pinched. Power is shifting to the autocracies. Even in the liberal West, authoritarianism is ascendant.
The mystery troop's body was brought from France and buried in the church on November 11, 1920, but research now suggests 'unconscious bias' may have influenced selection of the body.
Daniel HannanThere is something almost awe-inspiring about the wokies' combination of stupidity and certainty. The fact that race WASN'T discussed when the body of the Unknown Soldier was chosen is treated as evidence of racism.
Brexit is a chance to revive towns devastated by the Common Fisheries Policy
Daniel HannanFishing is currently a tiny fraction of our economy. But there is vast growth potential in using fish in cosmetic and health supplements. Bones, scales, guts, heads, enzymes - almost all can be monetised. Hull and Grimsby could be reborn as pharma hubs.
A sensitive politician knows when the wind is about to change - Sir Keir lacks the PM's sixth sense
Daniel HannanFor the first time, public opinion is turning against the lockdown. Our mood will darken with the shortening days. Labour could not have timed its break with bipartisanship more ineptly.
Freshers across the country are being subjected to a psychological experiment that would never have been imagined, let alone sanctioned, before Covid-19 plunged the world into restrictive measures. Whether they will do any more than flatten curves...
Daniel HannanAs with our schools so, now, with our universities. Some are treating the restrictions as a challenge to overcome, others as an excuse to do less. Thank you to every academic who has carried on teaching in person.