This action is unprecedented in all our history - and for good reason. It has damaged our reputation around the worldhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54879209
"Because of our bombast, our blustering, our threats and our inflexibility - our trade will be less profitable, our Treasury poorer, our jobs fewer, and our future less prosperous."
Sir John also warned that Brexit divisions increased the risk of the United Kingdom breaking up.
This is a good riposte to the oft-heard suggestion that most people who fail to follow the rules are degenerate “Covidiots”, and further proof that in a society as insecure as ours, trying to stringently control anything – let alone a highly infectious disease – will tend to be very difficult indeed. According to research done at King’s College London, only 18% of people self-isolate after developing symptoms, and only 11% quarantine after being told by the government’s test and trace system that they have been in contact with a confirmed case. Among the factors the study associates with non-compliance are “lower socio-economic grade”, and “greater hardship during the pandemic”. A lot of people, it seems, would like to do what they are told, but simply can’t.How do you self-isolate if you live in a cramped multi-generational house with one kitchen and one bathroom/toilet, possibly even sharing a bedroom? How do you self-isolate if you live in shared accommodation, again with a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom, while struggling to hold down a job to pay the extortionate rent?
This is the basic point the government does not seem to have grasped – painfully highlighted by Johnson’s claim that infections increased because the public became “complacent”. Threatening people with fines of up to £10,000 if they fail to self-isolate – and, we now learn, passing their details to the police – is an example of the same cast of mind, less likely to persuade people in precarious circumstances to follow the rules than to keep their distance from the authorities. The fact that some people on very low incomes are finally eligible for a lump sum of £500 to cover a fortnight’s quarantine will not solve what is obviously a massive problem; in terms of basic practicalities, it is of a piece with Rishi Sunak’s plan to pay only two-thirds of lost wages to people affected by local restrictions.
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“Das Problem an dem Plan ist, dass drei Dinge gegen ihn sprechen: praktisch alle Experten, alle Diplomaten – und alle Erfahrung.”
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The revelation comes as it was confirmed that prosecutors have received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police that could lead to criminal charges against the Vote Leave campaign, which was spearheaded by Johnson and Cummings.Johnson ‘knew about Vote Leave’s illegal overspend’, says MP
‘A monstrous interference,” Farage told Fox News Thursday. “I’d rather he stayed in Washington, frankly, if that’s what he’s going to do.”And:
“You wouldn’t expect the British Prime Minister to intervene in your presidential election, you wouldn’t expect the Prime Minister to endorse one candidate or another. Perhaps he’s another one of those people who doesn’t understand what [the EU] is,” Farage said.
London Mayor Boris Johnson -- who was born in New York and has expressed strong support for the UK-U.S. relationship -- accused Obama of hypocrisy.#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #USA #Trump #Obama #NigelFarage #BorisJohnson #interference
"I just think it's paradoxical that the United States, which wouldn't dream of allowing the slightest infringement of its own sovereignty, should be lecturing other countries about the need to enmesh themselves ever deeper in a federal superstate," Johnson said Tuesday.
Speaking to only a handful of readers from his desk at home, Mr Grewe described the failure of the British politicians as a “very difficult situation”, and questioned whether top politicians are “properly incentivised” to avoid taking stupid risks with the future of the country in order to prevent the chaos caused by a potential catastrophic collapse in the future.Thomas Cook collapse: Company bosses should bear greater responsibility when firms go bust, Boris Johnson suggests | inews
Failed politicians should face greater liability when their ideology driven plans go pear shaped Armin Grewe has suggested in the wake of the collapse of the UK economy and global influence.
At that point, a befuddled Johnson turned to David Frost, his chief negotiator, and Stephen Barclay, Brexit secretary, and said: “So you're telling me the SPS plan doesn’t solve the customs problem?”followed by
The exchange, according to one EU official, was part of an abrupt “learning curve” for Johnson in his first face-to-face meeting with Barnier and Juncker since he took office.The penny drops
Another official describes the prime minister gradually “slumping” in his chair as the reality of the UK’s negotiating position and the limited time left to strike an agreement dawned on him. “He wasn’t used to hearing it”, added the official.