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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
 
Well, well, seems the Brexit dividend didn't last very long (and I wonder what good old Nigel says now, as this tweet hasn't aged well)

Coronavirus: US to extend travel ban to UK and Ireland

#coronavirus #covid19 #Brexit #UK #EU #USA #politics #travelban
 
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooops...... (I suspect this might have quietly been deleted from his manifesto by now)

Exclusive: Bailey calls for London to host Olympics if coronavirus forces Tokyo move

#coronavirus #covid19 #virus #London #UK #Olympics #itsoundedlikeagoodideabackthen #Tokyo
Exclusive: Bailey calls for London to host Olympics if coronavirus forces Tokyo move
 
It's obviously a price worth paying. And voters knew what they were voting for. Also sovereignty is more important than surviving.

Brexit could delay UK access to a coronavirus vaccine

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #health #coronavirus #covid19
 
So in a nutshell we're going to get a Brexit that brings no tangible benefit to anyone, makes everyone unhappy, yet keeps the Tories in power and able to continue to ruin the country. All because people thought they knew what they were voting for, while not actually knowing anything. And not even because of an ideology, just because of a method.

The indivisibility of the 52% as method in Brexit, even now

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #Tories #power #fascism #method #ideology
The indivisibility of the 52% as method in Brexit, even now
 
Wasn't Brexit supposed to reduce bureaucracy? This sounds more like an explosion in bureaucracy. It also only covers the state side of it, not the business side.

And wasn't Brexit supposed to save money? Well, let's say the 50,000 extra staff fully costed (ie including overhead, pension contributions, employer social security contributions etc) cost £30,000 per year. Which I think is optimistic, it's more likely to be more. Still, even at only £30k/year per head that's £1,500,000,000 per year. That's over 4 Brexit battle buses per year (Remember the £350M/week claim on the bus...). 4 buses we're not going to spend on the NHS, but on bureaucracy. Oh, and don't forget, this is only for the state side, not the costs business will have to bear. Which I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same again, or more. So that's 8 buses in additional bureaucracy costs every year. Or two months of the annual EU contributions (as overstated by the Leave campaign, as in reality after the rebate and the amounts the UK got back it was far less. Meaning it's probably more like half of the net annual EU contributions by the UK).

UK races to find extra 50,000 staff for post-Brexit paperwork

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #bureaucracy #NHS #bus #money #GBP350M
 
In the unlikely event that you want to sound like Jacob Rees-Mogg......



#UK #language #posh #JacobReesMogg #rp #spiffing
 
Excellent article about the core failure of our politicians:

Sometimes you need to tell voters they're wrong

#UK #politics #politicians #voters #truth
 

Secret doorway in Parliament leads to historical treasure trove - BBC News


#UK #History
 

Secret doorway in Parliament leads to historical treasure trove - BBC News


#UK #History
 
Only the US and the EU? Which country with a sane mind would enter a trade deal with the UK if they know there's a good chance the UK will later try to wiggle out of the deal, not fulfil its commitments or try to circumvent the agreement?

Brexit: UK reneging on Northern Ireland pledges risks trade deals with US and EU

#Brexit #UK #EU #NorthernIreland #WithdrawalAgreement #trade #politics #tradedeal #US
 
Two older articles, but still interesting today:

The blue passport is taking back control? No, it was first imposed on us from abroad - So the only thing that changes is the colour (which wasn't mandatory anyway) and most of the other measures are forced on the UK by (no surprise there) the US. Unless the Brexiteers want to give up visa free travel to the US and make travelling generally more difficult, which doesn't play nicely with "global Britain"

Now we're getting blue passports back, what else can Britain restore? - Seems there isn't exactly much. Except for pointless nonsense most of the younger generation won't understand and won't work with the proclaimed goal of "global Britain"

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #passports #bluepassports #standards #sovereignty #globalBritain
 
A painful and brutal truth. If the planned points based immigration system goes ahead the UK will sadly only find out in a decade or later, if ever, on how much talent it has missed out. And the UK's loss will be other countries gain.

The UK wants the 'best' immigrants. Why would they want the UK?
With its new points-based immigration system, Britain should realise it is not the only one able to pick and choose
.

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #immigration #pointsbasedsystem
 
What this article (like far too many articles about the impact of travelling or working abroad in Europe after Brexit) fails to mention: Almost certainly something very similar will apply for UK artists wanting to perform in the EU. They will need some kind of work visa or a work permit or something similar. They will have to complete a huge amount of paperwork for their instruments and any merchandise (t-shirts, CDs etc) they might want to take with them to sell at their concerts. As most of these artists are at the very start of their career and their tours are self organised this will make it extremely difficult for them. In effect this will mean that many young and promising artists will never get their chance. The UK music industry will be hit very hard by this, very hard.

EU touring artists will need visas to perform in the UK from 2021

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #music #musicians #artists #career #startingout
 
Good luck to UK workers wanting to work in the EU (or other non English speaking countries) if the EU (or other non English speaking countries) reciprocate and require skills in the relevant local language. I'm pretty sure a vastly higher percentage of non-British workers learn English than English workers learning any other foreign language....

UK to close door to non-English speakers and unskilled workers

PS: just to be clear, I support expectations/requirements for immigrants to integrate, incl to learn the local language. But I wouldn't necessarily make it a requirement to be allowed in in the first place (if you need it for the job and don't speak it you won't be hired anyway). But once you're there and in particular if you intend to stay it should be a requirement. But that goes both ways: Brits retiring to Spain, Portugal or France should be required to learn the respective local language, integrate and don't live in British expat ghettos with British pubs, British newspapers and more.

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #immigration #emigration #language #languageskills #foreignlanguage #integration
 
Isn't it ironic how the people who so frequently complain about "political correctness" and "not being allowed to say what you think" suddenly get upset when someone says something about them they don't like?

BBC backs Geeta Guru-Murthy over ‘very white’ crowd comment

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #racism #politicalcorrectness #BBC #free-speech
 
Unless something changes all that talk about "sovereignty" and "letting our own parliament decide our laws" was just yet another empty promise, certainly in regards to trade deals with all their legal, economical and societal consequences. It will just be another power grab by a Tory government with impacts lasting for generations, possibly forever.

Think Britain has sovereignty over trade deals? Not when MPs can’t stop them

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #tradedeals #tradedeal #sovereignty #takingbackcontrol #powergrab #Parliament #trade
 
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