+There are no women of suitable talent in the UK government, according to International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss. Responding to a criticism from former Tory MP and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Truss said on the Andrew Marr show “I don’t like tokenism. I don't like the idea that somebody should just appear at a press conference or in a media interview because they're a woman.” The minister said people should appear based on their "merits" and “what they are capable of”. So now we know. Johnson hasn’t appointed any women of sufficient ‘merit’ or ‘capability’ to his Cabinet that he might trust to do the Downing Street Party Political briefing. We knew this was the case with Pritti Patel when she was let out just the once. Indeed, we know it all too well of the men too. Let me be the first to call for the whole bunch of meritless incapable dozers to resign.
+ Given that the government seems intent on reverting to its herd immunity strategy by prematurely easing the lockdown, it was useful to read a clear, explanatory article on the subject - the best I've read. It can be found on the FiveThirtyEight website here.
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