James Forsyth (@JGForsyth)

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Political editor of The Spectator

http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/

London

2012-02-21 17:00:46

The shift to a zonal system would be a significant improvement on the current complicated and sclerotic planning rules https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-the-government-can-t-back-down-over-planning-reforms

Meeting people from other households in private homes and gardens will now be banned in Preston from midnight.

Robert Jenrick’s planning reforms are the most significant supply side reforms the government has. It must see them through https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-the-government-can-t-back-down-over-planning-reforms

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Little evidence, for the time being at least, of a second surge of #COVID19 infections in the latest @ONS survey, the most definitive measure we have in England. More like a v gradual increase since the low point but now possibly levelling off…

Little evidence, for the time being at least, of a second surge of  #COVID19 infections in the latest  @Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey, the most definitive measure we have in England. More like a v gradual increase since the low point but now possibly levelling off… https://twitter.com/ONS/status/1291695970065973248

CORRECTION: We estimate that at any given time between 27 July and 2 August, 1 in 1,900 individuals not in care homes, hospitals or other institutional settings in England would test positive for #COVID19. This equates to an average of 28,300 people

CORRECTION: We estimate that at any given time between 27 July and 2 August, 1 in 1,900 individuals not in care homes, hospitals or other institutional settings in England would test positive for  #COVID19. This equates to an average of 28,300 people http://ow.ly/bKxf50ATmz2

‘As I say to my vicar wife, if ever she criticises my working in advertising: ‘Fair enough. But no one would have heard of Jesus if it hadn’t been for St Paul’, lovely line in Rory Sutherland’s column https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-our-greatest-inventors-are-supreme-hucksters

The risk for India and the West is not armed conflict with China. It is that the struggle for supremacy in Asia will be lost with hardly a shot being fired, Franic Pike on the struggle for maritime supremacy in Asia https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/sea-change-china-has-its-sights-on-the-bay-of-bengal

What do you do if you forget that you agreed to feed the neighbour’s cat while they are away, Dear Mary has the answer https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/dear-mary-how-do-i-tell-my-neighbours-i-forgot-to-feed-their-cat-

Ask a No. 10 staffer or Tory MP which Lib Dem candidate they would prefer to win and you are more likely to be met with laughter than a serious reply. But the result will play a role in determining the outcome of the next election: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/could-the-next-lib-dem-leader-help-labour-

Worrying that HSBC won’t commit to protecting their Hong Kong born but London based staff from the new security law that China has imposed on the City. As Charles Moore says, not exactly reassuring for any Hong Konger working for the bank https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-poetry-matters

Matthew Parris's 4 point plan for dealing with Covid https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-should-anyone-be-forced-to-shield-

No economic strategy can succeed if the motor of the UK economy remains stuck in second gear. The government needs to get London moving again says  @Gerard Lyons https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/london-in-limbo-can-the-capital-survive-this-crisis

The City, the West End & Canary Wharf account collectively for 1/8th of the UK’s output. Yet walk around these places this week nd you will find them deserted.  @Gerard Lyons sounds the alarm about what is happening to London https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/london-in-limbo-can-the-capital-survive-this-crisis

The SNP’s proposed hate crime bill must count as the most serious threat to free speech in decades.  @Andrew Doyle says stand up comedians will risk arrest if it becomes law https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/could-possession-of-the-bible-become-an-offence-in-scotland

The disputes that’ll follow this year’s US Presidential election will make the Bush v Gore Supreme Court fight look like a ‘storm in a teacup’ warns Britain’s former ambassador to Washington  @Christopher Meyer https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/dear-boris-what-happens-if-trump-doesnt-accept-defeat

Boris Johnson’s economic adviser when he was at City Hall,  @Gerard Lyons, urges the Prime Minister to rule out a London lockdown because of the economic damage it would cause https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/london-in-limbo-can-the-capital-survive-this-crisis

This week’s cover: 

Can London survive?

Fear of the virus is crippling the capital, says Gerard Lyons

This week’s cover: Can London survive? Fear of the virus is crippling the capital, says Gerard Lyons

Is the image of a Covid-death free Scotland accurate? https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/is-the-image-of-a-covid-death-free-scotland-accurate-  @Ross Clark on what the statistics do--and don't--show

83% of French office workers are back at their desk, 76% of Italians, 70% of Germans but just 34% of Brits

British workers lagging well behind the rest of Europe in returning to their offices. Survey by @MorganStanley.

British workers lagging well behind the rest of Europe in returning to their offices. Survey by  @Morgan Stanley.

What an achievement Newham Collegiate is: 37 Oxbridge offers, 4 Ivy League, 55 to study medicine or dentistry. Schools that charge £30,000 a year would bite your hand off for those numbers. We need a Newham Collegiate in every city https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/the-times-view-on-newham-students-places-at-elite-us-coll...

How much worse can things get for Lebanon? ⁦ @Paul Wood⁩ on the tragedy in Beirut https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/how-much-worse-can-things-get-for-lebanon-

Mask wearing is a matter of etiquette, says Robin Aitken. You don’t wear a face-mask because you want to – but merely to put other people at their ease https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/wearing-a-mask-is-good-manners

Paul Bew, the great Northern Irish historian, on John Hume who sadly died today https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/john-hume-a-fighter-for-decent-values

The alarm in government is that flu & Covid is just the half of it. This winter the government could be dealing with flu, Covid, flooding, mass unemployment and all the issues arising from the end of the Brexit transition period https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-government-s-new-concern-winter-is-coming

If coronavirus restrictions are being tightened now, when it should be easiest to deal with the virus, what does that mean for winter? https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-government-s-new-concern-winter-is-coming

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