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With greetings to all those ********** protesting against the Covid-19 measures in London (and possibly elsewhere). But then again they will probably claim he's a paid actor and it's all a plot by the evil deep state or something.

Chris thought coronavirus was 'bullsh*t'... this is his powerful message from his intensive care bed

#UK #England #Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #NHS
 
With greetings to all those ********** protesting against the Covid-19 measures in London (and possibly elsewhere). But then again they will probably claim he's a paid actor and it's all a plot by the evil deep state or something.

Chris thought coronavirus was 'bullsh*t'... this is his powerful message from his intensive care bed

#UK #England #Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #NHS
 
Just posted on my personal blog, some music for a Friday evening:

SPACE & TIME X2

#music #WolfAlice #video #KEXP #rock #band #bands #England #UK
Space & Time x2
 
Always remember, with Brexit we can reduce red tape and free us from the shackles of the bureaucratic EU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111one

Brexit: Lorry drivers will need a permit to enter Kent after transition period

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #redtape #bureaucracy #somuchwinning #voteleave
 

#Brexit: #NI told to start work on #checkpoints at sea #ports - BBC News


Well, nobody could have seen this coming.

[Sarcasm]https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-54207178

#UK #NorthernIreland #Politics
 

#Brexit: #NI told to start work on #checkpoints at sea #ports - BBC News


Well, nobody could have seen this coming.

[Sarcasm]https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-54207178

#UK #NorthernIreland #Politics
 
Does this government know what it wants? Just last week it was "get back to work" (which in reality meant "get back to the office", probably because the real estate funds were putting pressure on them), now I read:
"Mr Hancock, who has spoken to the mayor this weekend, told Times Radio he would not rule out the possibility that Londoners could be told this week to avoid the commute and get back to working from home."

In August we were told "Eat out to help out", now there's talk of reducing pub & restaurant hours and even a "circuit breaker" (some kind of mini lockdown) or in worst case a proper lockdown as the last resort.

And now you tell people "follow the rules"? They did. They went out, just like you wanted them to.

I also keep hearing (from certain circles) what a genius Dominic Cummings is and that everything is planned and that he is hiring maverick super forecasters and more. So why did he and his maverick super forecasters not forecast what's happening now? Anyone with half a brain could see that with opening up infection rates would go up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54221953

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #UK #politics #government #health #followtherules
 
A good read about why all the "get back to work" PR and propaganda by the government (and some interested companies) isn't about getting people back to work (the vast majority of those they are targeting either never stopped working or is already working again), but to get people back into the offices and cities. Because the office/business property markets/values are struggling, having a big impact on Tory donors and bankers wallets. And because it means a shift of power away from London.

The commuters are revolting

#politics #UK #London #BorisJohnson #work #office #property #realestate
The commuters are revolting
 
Some very good points in this Why the likes of Trump and Johnson are in power. And have good chances to stay in power, incl Trump despite the lead Biden currently holds.
Waiting for the mass of lies, absurdities and inconstancies to somehow self-implode, and thereby eject Trump (or Johnson), is not going to work.
“Law & Order!” and law and order

#UK #US #politics #election #lawandorder #Trump #Johnson #election #elections
“Law & Order!” and law and order
 
This is genius:

Build A Wall In The English Channel

#wall #channel #uk #politics #gofundme
 
Good old Nigel Farage will be fuming. And then blame it all on the inflexible EU, as usual.
Immigration barrister Colin Yeo, author of Welcome To Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System, said: “The Royal Navy cannot simply enter French waters without an agreement to return migrants crossing the Channel.

“The French authorities would need to agree to accept any returns and because of the variety of hard Brexit sought by the UK government, the current returns arrangement, called the Dublin regulation, is ending on 31 December 2020, with no sign of any replacement being negotiated. It will become harder to return migrants to France in 2021, not easier.”
UK plan to use navy to stop migrant crossings is unlawful, lawyers warn

#immigration #NigelFarage #Brexit #UK #politics #EU #France
 
Yes, there's stupid in Germany as well. Good to see the UK doesn't have a monopoly on stupid. (although 17k isn't that many. Especially as I think I saw something a few days ago where some of the organisers (or someone sympathising with them) predicted 7-8M attendees. Yeah, right....)

Coronavirus: Thousands protest in Germany against restrictions

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #stupid #UK #Germany
 
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The very last thing that we will ever need


#coffin #eu #mywork #skeleton #3d #gif #animation #uk #brexit
 

#Doctors to prescribe #BikeRides to tackle #UK #obesity crisis | #Politics | The Guardian


Why so late? This should have been done decades ago.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/26/doctors-to-prescribe-bike-rides-to-tackle-uk-obesity-crisis-amid-coronavirus-risk

#Bike #Biking #Cycle #Cycling #Bicycle
 
When the left side of the mouth says the opposite of the right side of the mouth. Or something like that. The irony of the internal single market in the UK vs the internal single market of the EU. One is good, the other is bad. Frictionless trade is good when in the UK, but not needed any more with the EU.

UK single market white paper: “irony so bitter it makes your eyes bleed”

#Brexit #UK #England #Scotland #singlemarket #frictionless #frictionlesstrade #trade #politics #irony
UK single market white paper: “irony so bitter it makes your eyes bleed”
 
Nigel Farage was at the Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, on the weekend 20-21/Jun. The absolute earliest he could have returned to the US would have been Sunday 21/Jun, when he should have gone into a 14 day quarantine/self-isolation. That would at least be until 5/Jul, better 6/Jul. So how is this possible then?

https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/1279375311499558914

#UK #NigelFarage #oneruleforusanotherruleforthem #quarantine #Covid19 #Coronavirus #self-isolation
 
Ida Funkhouser auf Twitter: "Dieses Bild ist auf so vielen Ebenen verstörend https://t.co/qmzkRO507W" / Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/IdaFunkhouser/status/1276254418044928001

From which Stephen King movie is this?
#brexit #uk #bojo
 
Holy guacamole, this can't be true. Please someone tell me this isn't true.

'We've bought the wrong satellites': UK tech gamble baffles experts

#UK #politics #Brexit #GPS #Galileo #SatNav #wasteofmoney #stupidity
 
And what Starmer doesn't even mention is that a lot of people you'd never expect (like the Chaos Computer Club, all kind of privacy advocates, various IT experts, all the people who normally wouldn't touch a government app with a barge pole) are all pretty much praising the app, saying it does most things right (within the technical constraints) and recommend to download it

https://twitter.com/Independent/status/1275787007730409472

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #health #UK #Germany #IT #app #politics #BorisJohnson #KeirStarmer
 
I think this paragraph fits the UK just as well:
In this they exemplified perhaps the signature characteristic of American politicians: blame avoidance. When faced with a problem, most top politicians in both parties think first about how they can shift blame to others or appear the victim of circumstance. Halting the epidemic in its early stages would have required a lot of aggressive action before the need for it was clear — in a word, leadership. Politicians would have had to exercise power in a way that upset people, and carefully communicate why they were doing so. Instead they largely let events do their work for them — once outbreaks were underway and sports seasons were being canceled, they could impose lockdowns without risking a backlash. That cowardice killed tens of thousands of people.
Replace "American" with "British" and in particular "English" and you could publish it in a British paper/magazine.

The world is putting America in quarantine

#politics #leadership #UK #USA
 
Are these people for real? £1M to "rebrand" a plane? A plane that hardly anyone sees or cares about? While they need a footballer to convince them that supporting school meals for poor children might be the right thing to do during a pandemic where many of their parents are struggling financially?

PM's plane to be rebranded at cost of £900,000

#UK #politics #branding #wasteofmoney #redwhiteandblue #scandal #schoollunches
 
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Let's talk about the F-word


Best for Britain polled more than a thousand SME (small/medium enterprise) owners and asked them to express, in just five words, their feelings on Brexit, the coronavirus recession, and the future in general.

Which word appeared boldest and brightest? I’ll give you a clue – it wasn’t ‘fudge’. In these uncertain times, our most multi-talented swear-word seems to be a familiar fall-back.

https://www.bestforbritain.org/lets_talk_about_the_f_word?utm_campaign=20jun11_blog_2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=b4b

#wordcloud #coronavirus #recession #depression #Brexit #feeling #Britain #UK #UnitedKingdom
 
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Let's talk about the F-word


Best for Britain polled more than a thousand SME (small/medium enterprise) owners and asked them to express, in just five words, their feelings on Brexit, the coronavirus recession, and the future in general.

Which word appeared boldest and brightest? I’ll give you a clue – it wasn’t ‘fudge’. In these uncertain times, our most multi-talented swear-word seems to be a familiar fall-back.

https://www.bestforbritain.org/lets_talk_about_the_f_word?utm_campaign=20jun11_blog_2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=b4b

#wordcloud #coronavirus #recession #depression #Brexit #feeling #Britain #UK #UnitedKingdom
 
How is this nonsense going to provide a morale boost to people losing their jobs and their livelihoods, a yacht for rich Royals to travel on? Can the not let this ancient symbol of former glory rest?

Britain needs new Royal Yacht Britannia to provide 'morale boost', says former trade minister

#UK #Britannia #trade #morale #moraleboost #nonsense #royalyacht #yacht
 
Now that's reassuring. Everything is just fine. And I'm sure the app (if ever released) will work without a hitch as well. We're safe. The government has everything under control.

The training for the government's track and trace system is brilliant

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #UK #trackandtrace #BorisJohnson #MattHancock #lockdown #nothingtoworryabout #health
 
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"I'm an NHS doctor – and I've had enough of people clapping for me"


The health service is not a charity and it is not staffed by heroes. It has been run into the ground by successive governments.

I work for the NHS as a doctor.
- I don’t work “on the frontline” because there isn’t one.
- I’m not in the army and we aren’t engaged in military combat.

But I do work as a consultant on a ward where we have had Covid-19, and colleagues of mine have been very unwell. The requirement to be constantly vigilant and to manage the infection risk makes work more difficult, more stressful, and at times more tragic.

It would, however, be nice to:
  • Have clarity about many things, from testing to isolation to proper use of personal protective equipment ( #PPE ).
  • Work in an adequately funded NHS, staffed by people listened to by the government.
  • To see appropriate remuneration for the low-paid staff holding the service together.
  • To see that the value of immigrants to the NHS is appreciated.
  • To have a health service integrated with a functioning social care service.
More from this doctor at:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/21/nhs-doctor-enough-people-clapping

#ToryLiesCostLives #SaveOurNHS #NHS #BorisTheButcher #HandsOffOurNHS #TradeDeal #Healthcare #UK #Healthcare4All #Austerity #AusterityKills #BorisTheLiar #BorisTheCoward #ToryLies #ToriesOut #BorisOut #BorisResign #doctors #clapping
 
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"I'm an NHS doctor – and I've had enough of people clapping for me"


The health service is not a charity and it is not staffed by heroes. It has been run into the ground by successive governments.

I work for the NHS as a doctor.
- I don’t work “on the frontline” because there isn’t one.
- I’m not in the army and we aren’t engaged in military combat.

But I do work as a consultant on a ward where we have had Covid-19, and colleagues of mine have been very unwell. The requirement to be constantly vigilant and to manage the infection risk makes work more difficult, more stressful, and at times more tragic.

It would, however, be nice to:
  • Have clarity about many things, from testing to isolation to proper use of personal protective equipment ( #PPE ).
  • Work in an adequately funded NHS, staffed by people listened to by the government.
  • To see appropriate remuneration for the low-paid staff holding the service together.
  • To see that the value of immigrants to the NHS is appreciated.
  • To have a health service integrated with a functioning social care service.
More from this doctor at:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/21/nhs-doctor-enough-people-clapping

#ToryLiesCostLives #SaveOurNHS #NHS #BorisTheButcher #HandsOffOurNHS #TradeDeal #Healthcare #UK #Healthcare4All #Austerity #AusterityKills #BorisTheLiar #BorisTheCoward #ToryLies #ToriesOut #BorisOut #BorisResign #doctors #clapping
 
You know all these articles about how the Coronavirus pandemic is going to change everything, and in particular the countries attitude to food, in particular quality food? Seeing this I'm getting serious doubts about that....



#Coronavirus #Covid19 #UK #diet #food #McDonalds #fastfood
 

Working Class History auf Twitter: "#OtD 14 May 1938 the England football team gave a Nazi salute before a match in Berlin. They had been ordered to do so by the govt which had made a pact with Hitler when much of the ruling class supported fascism. More about UK fascism at the time here: https://t.co/Bxf9XqNMlT https://t.co/kUW782FBQv" / Twitter


#UK #fascism #history

https://twitter.com/wrkclasshistory/status/1260713587980619776
E35-37: The 43 Group

Working Class History: E35-37: The 43 Group (Working Class History)

 


Coronavirus: Sewage study could predict second Covid-19 peak - BBC News


https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-52544247
Analysing sewage could help scientists predict a second peak of Covid-19 up to two weeks before people become symptomatic.

A team from Bangor University has been looking at samples from water treatment works across Wales in a bid to trace how many people have been infected.

The team has previously tracked norovirus through the sewage system.

People start to shed the virus in faeces up to two weeks before the onset of symptoms.

Prof Davey Jones, who is leading the School of Natural Sciences study, said: "It may be gives us a two weeks window in which we can actually monitor whether Covid is going up or down in the population before it actually hits the hospitals."
#CoronaVirus #SewageAnalysis #Wales #UK #Science
 


Coronavirus: Sewage study could predict second Covid-19 peak - BBC News


https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-52544247
Analysing sewage could help scientists predict a second peak of Covid-19 up to two weeks before people become symptomatic.

A team from Bangor University has been looking at samples from water treatment works across Wales in a bid to trace how many people have been infected.

The team has previously tracked norovirus through the sewage system.

People start to shed the virus in faeces up to two weeks before the onset of symptoms.

Prof Davey Jones, who is leading the School of Natural Sciences study, said: "It may be gives us a two weeks window in which we can actually monitor whether Covid is going up or down in the population before it actually hits the hospitals."
#CoronaVirus #SewageAnalysis #Wales #UK #Science
 
I thought the Times/Sunday Times was a Johnson supporting paper and would be singing his praises and how he was a leader and took one for the team?

Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster
Boris Johnson skipped five Cobra meetings on the virus, calls to order protective gear were ignored and scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears. Failings in February may have cost thousands of lives


#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #UK #pandemic #failure #politics #BorisJohnson
 
This is a fascinating, excellent and scary thread about the "how hard can it be?" (hint: bloody hard, but you either don't understand or don't want to admit that it's hard) attitude in our political leadership.This isn't only about Coronavirus, it's about everything. It's about Brexit, Climate Change, Poverty and much much more. When Michael Gove famously said "people have had enough of experts" I feel he didn't really mean people, he meant politicians. And it worries me greatly about our future.

https://twitter.com/pmdfoster/status/1251434219139665920

#UK #politics #experts #Coronavirus #Covid19 #politics #Brexit #politicians #ventilators
 
Yes, it's not only the young breaking the rules/guidance, the older generation is just as bad.

Provost urges elderly to abide by the lockdown rules

I wouldn't be surprised if some when challenged bring up some war stories/arguments ("We survived the Blitz and won't let this virus get us down") as if you can just overcome a virus with some grit and determination. Also ignoring that plenty of people didn't survive the Blitz.

Remember hearing an interview with a few pensioners just before the full lockdown was announced and not going to the pub was just a recommendation. They just said, oh no, we'll still go to the pub/cafe, can't stop us in our way of life. Freedom!

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #lockdown #UK #politics #pensioners #elderly
Provost urges elderly to abide by the lockdown rules
 
If you need a bit of light entertainment for Easter Sunday evening, this is decent (might need to click through to Twitter for the full thread):

https://twitter.com/leonardocarella/status/1249405601978998785

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #Telegraph #Torygraph #headlines #nonsense #UK #press
 
Some interesting points about the flaws and problems with contact tracing apps. I can relate.

I live in a second floor flat and can see many of the flaws mentioned happening here: When pairing Bluetooth I regularly see stuff I don't know who owns it, could easily be one of the flats either side of me or the flat below me (I'm the top floor, so there can't be anything from above). Should they decide to just use location (nothing is impossible with the imbeciles in our government...) I would be in exactly the same place as the guy living below me and the folks on the ground floor. I think over the last couple of months I've met the guy living below me twice in the staircase, the people from the ground floor I think I've only met once.

When I go out for my daily exercise walk most of the people I meet are regulars with the few odd ones out thrown in. So I won't know which one of them triggered the alarm, so I can't think about the meetings I've had. Most are very good in keeping their distances (in particular the regulars), although some are closer than I would like. A few days ago I had a 5 minute chat with one of the regulars. He is one of the best in keeping distance, he almost jumps into the canal while I'm hugging the fence on the other side of the towpath. While we were chatting (after we had passed each other) I estimate we were more like 4 metres apart, if not even 5 metres. No distance for Bluetooth. But I suspect the app would trigger an alert.

Considering all the crap and fake Coronavirus news I've seen being shared in particular on Facebook I wouldn't be surprised if the Russians and other actors would jump at the opportunity, Not to mention all the pranksters. I predict they will get very creative, very imaginative. They will come up with all kind of schemes to create alerts and panic, schemes not even the security professionals have thought of yet.

I'm not optimistic for a contact tracing app.

Contact Tracing in the Real World

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #technology #contacttracing #UK
Contact Tracing in the Real World
 
Kind of a bookmark for the next time I see some privileged middle class person from the comfort of their spacious home with a nice garden complaining about the people who dare to leave their homes to go to a park, saying, "just stay home, it's that simple".

Cramped living conditions may be accelerating UK spread of coronavirus

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #stayathome #health #UK #politics
 
Indeed. It's getting ridiculous. Also, why do we need a one size fits all approach for the whole country? Give local councils and police the responsibility for this to make local decision and enforcement. My once daily exercise is a 4.5 mile fast walk along the canal, which takes me about an hour. On average I meet about 4-6 people during that walk. Or in other words, less than 1.5 per mile. And virtually all of them are making an effort to keep as much distance as possible, if necessary stepping off the path. The odd exception gets an angry stare which usually makes them move. So why shouldn't I be allowed to do that because a handful of people in a park in London go sunbathing?

https://twitter.com/crimlawuk/status/1246741990106161157

#UK #Coronavirus #Covid19 #exercise #politics
 
Oh dear, that article didn't age well, not at all. Similar to quite a few of his Brexit articles (eg claiming that the UK wouldn't leave the single market).

Daniel Hannan: Alarmism, doom-mongering, panic – and the coronavirus. We are nowhere near a 1919-style catastrophe.

As of writing this we are at over 4,000 deaths. Considering the current growth rate of deaths I expect we're going to hit the 10,000 mark in about a week (ie around 12/Apr) and there's a good chance we're going to hit 15,000 around Easter.

And that's despite the (belated) measures the government has taken (which are still being ignored by a sizeable minority). If they hadn't taken those measures I expect the numbers would have been a multiple of the current numbers. In just a few weeks. Not the whole winter season the deniers so often like to use to compare the Coronavirus to the Flu deaths we have every winter.

PS: in one of his later articles, as you would expect, he's arguing we need to lift the restrictions by Easter.

#UK #Coronavirus #Covid19 #Corona #virus #politics #Brexit
Daniel Hannan: Alarmism, doom-mongering, panic – and the coronavirus. We are nowhere near a 1919-style catastrophe.
 
Very good article about what went wrong in the UK with the Coronavirus pandemic, the wasted opportunity:

Britain had a head start on Covid-19, but our leaders squandered it

#UK #Britain #Coronavirus #Covid19
 
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