What the papers said in the week ending 9 July 2022
Many column inches have been devoted to the stories which have led eventually to the resignation of Boris Johnston from the post of Prime Minister. There has been little space for anything else.
The condition of the country and the world remains near critical:
A combination of factors means that life and survival are less certain, especially for the most vulnerable: Famine: what is it, where will it strike and how should the world respond? | Famine | The Guardian
Covid: is one of the factors. Suggestions that the pandemic is over seem to be overly, perhaps recklessly, optimistic: UK health chiefs brace for ‘bumpy ride’ amid fears over Covid wave | Coronavirus | The Guardian
The way that we are using our resources is another factor – and one we can control:
UK’s ‘unsustainable’ debt could reach 320% of GDP in 50 years, OBR warns | Office for Budget Responsibility | The Guardian (‘The Ageing Population’ is blamed a culprit behind the rising costs. We thought that misinformation had been corrected)
The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues: Russia says it has full control of Luhansk region in Ukraine | Ukraine | The Guardian
Mass shootings continue: ‘This isn’t freedom’: Fourth of July shooting rocks Chicago and shocks US | Chicago | The Guardian
Glaciers are melting: Italian glacier collapse: rescuers hampered by thunderstorms | Italy | The Guardian
England is sometimes dangerously hot – bringing hazard to the young and old and otherwise vulnerable: UK heatwave: parents urged to keep children out of sun | UK weather | The Guardian
And a doctor, who had previously been found to be incompetent, was allowed to practice into his eighties and killed a patient. Killed not by his age, but by his lack of competence and failure of standards to protect patients from him and he from himself. A terrible story and comment on the state of all of us. Oldham doctor who killed woman in botched procedure jailed for three years | Greater Manchester | The Guardian
There are ways to make things better: Let us hope that some of them will be adopted: Urban wetlands ‘could improve wellbeing in deprived UK areas’ | Access to green space | The Guardian
David Jolley Chair of Christians on Ageing, in a personal capacity.