Why choice is crucial

Writing in The MJ, Claire worries that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for those working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England is illiberal… When the Government recently announced that it is to make COVID vaccination a condition of employment for anyone working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England, I was … Read more Why choice is crucial

Time to cut ties with the pandemic power grab

As the restrictions of the latest lockdown are eased, Claire asks whether councils are clinging to their new powers to override democracy, in her column for The MJ… Whether you think lockdown legislation was disproportionate or totally necessary, we can all agree that individual freedoms and rights have been suspended. Yet despite COVID restrictions slowly … Read more Time to cut ties with the pandemic power grab

In support of women’s refuges

Writing in The MJ, Claire warns that proposed legislation to help councils protect women facing domestic violence could end up with unintended consequences… The brutal and tragic murder of Sarah Everard has started a national conversation on violence against women. Some of this seems overblown and teeters on scaremongering. I do not recognise this picture … Read more In support of women’s refuges

It’s time for councils to step up and give a lead on care home visiting

Writing in The MJ, Claire argues that the rapid rollout of covid vaccines shows what is possible when unnecessary bureaucracy is stripped away… One common argument given by for vaccine hesitancy is: how could the jabs be developed so quickly? In response, officialdom has been forced to admit that one key reason it’s been possible … Read more It’s time for councils to step up and give a lead on care home visiting

Councils are the counterbalance

Local councils play a crucial democratic role pushing back against central diktats but they should remember that citizens need more than money to get through the COVID challenge, writes Claire in The MJ. “…shutting down society for long periods does far more damage than killing small businesses and hospitality outlets. What is lost is community, … Read more Councils are the counterbalance