Strategic use of the Nightingale new, and currently underused, hospitals.

It’s simple. The answer lies in reversing the intended role of the Nightingale hospitals: Move ALL the bed blockers and those not in need of specialised medical attention from all the local hospitals to the Nightingale hospitals and call these “Recovery and Recouperation Units” serviced by volunteers and low level medical support people. Minor AContinue reading “Strategic use of the Nightingale new, and currently underused, hospitals.”

Let the market, not governments, work out how “build back better”

Most attempts at affecting climate change by governments have and will continue to fail because most market regulation to date has been framed in terms of “solutions” dreamt up by well-meaning committees and functionaries but crippled by industry lobbyists and vested interests (like for example carbon trading) rather than giving the *problem* to the marketContinue reading “Let the market, not governments, work out how “build back better””

One tax, one rate, one source, no cost

“You don’t understand, it isn’t that simple – it’s much more complicated than that!” This is the clarion cry of every bureaucrat who ever lived. The truth, however, is that all good things start out simple; but adding complexity creates jobs – lots of jobs – for bureaucrats. So it is with taxation. What was,Continue reading “One tax, one rate, one source, no cost”

Enhancing collaboration between scientists, policy makers and members of the public

This essay aims to project the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by enhancing collaboration between scientists, policy makers and members of the public. As seen during the pandemic, science-based policy making can help to save lives and solve problems. The enthusiasm created by seeing scientists and policy makers deliberating and communicating with members ofContinue reading “Enhancing collaboration between scientists, policy makers and members of the public”

Regulations and Red Tape

I have spent 15 years working in heavily regulated industries (Medical Devices and Personal Protective Equipment). Recent updates to these regulations have highlighted that whilst going some way to protecting the consumer they go a whole lot further creating challenges, financial burden to, and even the closure of some businesses. I believe post-Brexit is theContinue reading “Regulations and Red Tape”

Bringing the Sale & Purchase of Domestic Property in England into the 21st Centry

The current system of buying & selling property in the UK is an expensive time consuming mess which often only benefits solicitors and surveyors. Covid 19 has made an already frustrating process even slower and less efficient than normal. A large proportion of transactions fail and it’s time something was done about it. These areContinue reading “Bringing the Sale & Purchase of Domestic Property in England into the 21st Centry”

Hi-tech glasshouse fruit and vegetable production

The pandemic has raised and highlighted the following issues: – food supply anxiety – the dangers in over reliance on imported food to the UK – the obesity crisis – economic inequality as some areas of deprivation are hit hardest by COVID But is has also shown the amazing results that can be achieved whenContinue reading “Hi-tech glasshouse fruit and vegetable production”

Children’s mental and physical wellbeing is declining through lack of access to nature during lockdown.

A Nature Premium providing a government funded, statutory requirement for schools to take children regularly into nature (nature defined as wild school grounds, woodlands, gardening, conservation, Forest School, farming, permaculture etc.). The Nature Premium would support children’s mental health and wellbeing. It would engage them with learning and transform their lives. Time in nature isContinue reading “Children’s mental and physical wellbeing is declining through lack of access to nature during lockdown.”

Learn from the Pandemic to Improve our Educational System for All

One of the major challenges arising from the pandemic has been how to continue with children’s education as schools have been forced to close. One of the main responses has been to move to online education with teachers and pupils participating via Zoom, Teams or other available software. This move to on-line learning has stimulatedContinue reading “Learn from the Pandemic to Improve our Educational System for All”