Robert Peston (@Peston )

Robert Peston

Bio ITV (pol ed), Speakers for Schools (founder), writer (WTF), Hospice UK (vice pres), Arsenal (East Stand), Peston (as in #Peston show, 10.45pm Weds). So?
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iPhone : In latest Calling Peston podcast, I discuss challenge for NHS Test & Trace to obtain information on #COVIDー19 infections in Leicester because was spreading in garment factories flouting health and safety, tax and min wage ⁦Daniel Hewitt podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/cal…

iPhone : Attached is the advice from the Texas Medical Association on which activities carry the most risk of transmitting COVID-19 infection. Go to the bottom to see the activity that is counted riskiest of all - which we are all permitted to do from 6am tomorrow morning. Cheers!

iPhone : As it happens government already employs a “senior broadcaster” who would be ideal to be press secretary for the daily televised lobby briefing, in my erstwhile colleague Allegra Stratton - who is Rishi Sunak’s senior adviser. Very hard to think of better qualified candidate

iPhone : Live TV broadcasting or livestreaming of daily briefing of political journalists by prime minister’s spokesman? What I said about the pros and cons in my recent Cudlipp lecture google.co.uk/amp/s/www.mirr…

iPhone : The daily in camera briefings of lobby journalists are to be televised, reports ⁦Laura Hughes⁩. Do you approve? The culture of political reporting would be very significantly changed. No more chumminess, much more grandstanding. Would be much more like Whitehouse system

iPhone : Quick question. Government wants you to give your name and phone number, to be passed to NHS Test and Trace in case of COVID-19 outbreak, when you go to pub, hairdresser, museum, cinema & other social venues. But this is not compulsory (see attached). Will you provide this info?

Twitter Web App : Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre is closing for good. 60yrs of investment, training & serving its community. All profitable in normal times, just needed shortfall funding while closed & it didn’t come in time

So sorry to the 86 made redundant, & the locals who loved their theatre

Twitter Web App : average turnaround time for the commercial labs in Pillar 2, which do the vast bulk of the community testing, is significantly slower and worse. Not at all clear whether that is because of sluggishness in the labs or - much more likely - delays in delivery to and from the labs.

Twitter Web App : The average test turnaround time for NHS labs - according to NHS spokes - is 14 hours and more than 90% of labs have a turnaround time of less than 24 hours. This however is only part of Pillar 1, and it implies that...

iPhone : PM Boris Johnson #StayAlert promised 100% COVID-19 test results that don’t depend on vagaries of post would be delivered in 24 hours by end June. Latest NHS Test and Trace data say 52% met 24 hour threshold by 24 June, and 87% by next day. Not there yet

iPhone : Worth a listen if you are interested in the probability of second wave and second lockdown - and whether UK has any meaningful sway over China twitter.com/itvpeston/stat…

iPhone : Not sure how reassured the government should be by this hypothetical. The public aren’t always great at predicting how they’ll react to events… twitter.com/jamesjohnson25…

iPhone : “I think the government should be worried when William Hague and Theresa May complain about this.”

Jonathan Powell shares @Theresa_May’s concerns about David Frost’s appointment as National Security Advisor, adding that he does not have any experience in security issues. #Peston

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