What is the protocol if the leader of the free world is taken ill? With the UK Prime Minister and members of his team testing positive for COVID-19 last week, nothing can be ruled out. PPL Co-Director Dr Trevor McCrisken from Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies looks at what could happen.
"Covid-19 has been recognised by the WHO as global public health pandemic. Its epicentre is now in Europe, with the death toll in Italy eclipsing that of China. Many governments have been caught unawares by the scale of the crisis and have brought in or are bringing in emergency legislation to try to stop its spread. However, emergency laws are always a blunt instrument, they are made when we all scared and vulnerable and we need to ensure that we don’t give up too many of our human rights or make them the new normal."
Expert Comment: Should Government consider a generalised stay of enforcement of financial covenants?
"I would urge Government and the Bank of England to consider measures to lessen the pressure on corporates to satisfy financial covenants, perhaps by means of a generalised stay of enforcement of these financial obligations"
"Evolution has given us two systems of thought, ‘system 1’, which is fast, instinctive and emotional, and ‘system 2, which is slower, more deliberative and logical. Because of ‘cognitive bias’, embedded in human biology, emotions and intuition can override a rational assessment of objective fact."
Super Tuesday is the most important day in the US race to the White House so far, as 14 states vote on who should be the US Democratic presidential candidate.
Dr Trevor McCrisken, PPL Co-Director from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, comments:
"Moderate endorsements and a big win in South Carolina at the weekend have revitalised Joe Biden's campaign. But state-by-state polling suggests Biden will win Southern states on Super Tuesday while Sanders will pick up the big prize of California and several of the 14 states voting today."