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Lord David Owen, a medical doctor by training and a former Minister of Health, writes a personal analysis of the UK’s Covid-19 pandemic

Latest update 20 October 2020 following receipt of positive news of a new treatment. Read the Minister’s letter here.  

Regards safety of using UK plasma in fractionation vis-a-vis vCJD: a technical paper drawn from French experience is attached here. The ban on UK plasma is under review with an outcome expected late autumn.

Updated 16 July 2020 following PM’s agreement to hold an independent Covid-19 inquiry.

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Britain Must Step Up to the Global Stage to Protect Hong Kong

“China’s disregard for international law under Xi presents a shared challenge.”

Lord Owen, writing in the online ForeignPolicy.com magazine, June 23, 2020, 4:30 PM

Read the original here: Britain Must Step Up on HK

The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration was the brainchild of two formidable political leaders, China’s Deng Xiaoping and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Since the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, the international treaty has generally worked …


The Fence or The Ambulance

Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;
But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A duke and full many a peasant.
So the people said something would have to be done,
But their projects did not at all tally;
Some said, “Put a fence ’round the edge of the cliff,”
Some, “An ambulance down in the valley.”

But the …


A coalition government is not the answer

“Cross-party government worked in wartime—but this is not a war. Those clamouring for coalition should remember that.”

LORD OWEN, WRITING IN ‘PROSPECT’, 4 APRIL 2020

A coalition government is not the answer

“I am opposed to a coalition government.

“Labour under Attlee opposed a coalition when the war started in 1939, believing the time was not right under Chamberlain, and no one knew how long what became known as the …


Following a Freedom of Information request from Ireland, Lord Owen is happy to make public a letter he sent in April to all 27 EU Heads of Government, President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Junker. Lord Owen’s idea for helping to resolve the ‘Irish Backstop’ is as relevant now as then.

Following a Freedom of Information request from Ireland, Lord Owen is happy to make public a letter he sent in April to all 27 EU Heads of Government, President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Junker. Lord Owen’s idea for helping to resolve the ‘Irish Backstop’ is as relevant now as then.

The letter was not made public at the time since Lord Owen hoped one of the Heads of Government …


Our EU escape route exists already. Europe set it up

Lord Owen writes in today’s (23 June 2019) Sunday Times:

Our EU escape route exists already. Europe set it up | Comment | The Sunday Times

“The Bruges Group, a Eurosceptic think tank founded after Margaret Thatcher’s speech in that city in 1988, has recently advocated a mechanism whereby the UK leaves the EU but remains a member of the EEA, ‘participating provisionally’ in the European single market.”

 


Lord Owen speaks out on constitutional issues involved in Yvette Cooper’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Video of Lord Owen speaking in the House of Lords debate on Yvette Cooper’s European Union (Withdrawal) (No 5) Bill today (Thursday 04April 2019) and raising various constitutional issues: HouseOfLords 04–04-19

Read the text here: HoL 04.04.19 text