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So far for that "herd immunity" strategy......
They say immunity appears to be fading and there is a risk of catching the virus multiple times.
[..]
There are four other human coronaviruses, which we catch multiple times in our lives. They cause common cold symptoms and we can be reinfected every six to 12 months.
Covid: Antibodies 'fall rapidly after infection'

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #herdimmunity #politics #UK
 

Coronavirus: Drive-in cinema tackles a wee issue - its customers are in England, but the toilets are in Wales | UK News | Sky News


LOL. Apparently they solved it now by putting up some toilets on the right side of the border.

#worldoftoilets @Jörn W Wenn die Klos auf der falschen Seite der Grenze sind...
#UK
 
Somehow I don't think a virus will take any notice of a ceasefire. Or care about WWI analogies.

Scottish Government urged to agree coronavirus 'ceasefire' on Christmas Day

#UK #Scotland #church #Christmas #Covid19 #Coronavirus #ceasefire
 
And if anyone thinks the UK won't be at least the same (or even worse) they are seriously deluded.

Virus to stay 'at least until next summer' - France's Macron

#UK #Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #France
 
Looks like the Brexiteers are hedging their blame game. As of course nothing is ever their fault they are now adding unprepared businesses (who don't know what to prepare for....) to the inflexible EU and saboteur Remainers.

Johnson Heads Into War of Blame With U.K. Business Over Brexit

#UK #EU #Brexit #politics #blame #blamegame #failure #BorisJohnson #Tories #Conservatives
 
And there goes the Tories pensioner vote........

Also, with all the new customs officers we'll need after Brexit (didn't Gove just say, look how great Brexit is, all these new jobs?), how do they propose to achieve this?
The thinktank also called for:
- A cut of 160,000 in public sector administrative staff at an estimated saving of £3.5bn.
Scrap pensions triple lock to help save UK finances, says influential thinktank

#UK #politics #Tories #Conservatives #thinktank #pensions #triplelock #saving
 
Well, good luck with that, especially considering how Brexit is a massive power grab by Westminster (including what is perceived as taking some powers away from the devolved governments) and how they keep banging on about sovereignty and taking back control and negotiating as equals. When the UK wants sovereignty and take back control from the EU that's good, but when Scotland wants the same from the UK that's bad? You've shot yourselves in the foot there......

Also, I don't see why/how the EU should reject membership to an independent Scotland, provided it fulfils all the criteria (which could get interesting, as at the moment the SNP wants to keep the £, which probably won't fly with the EU. But then again, that can change).
Continuing to dismiss Scottish calls for another independence vote outright could be “counterproductive,” the memo said. Possible counter-measures include London handing more power to Edinburgh and ratifying a new settlement through a popular vote, and pressuring the European Union to nix the idea of Scotland rejoining the bloc as an independent country.
U.K.’s Tories Start War Gaming to Stop Scottish Independence

#UK #EU #Scotland #Brexit #independence #politics #Tories #Conservatives #ThePledge
 
Interesting read on why the UK failed in the Brexit negotiations and is likely to continue to fail:

Hard bargaining dies hard: the cultural factors behind Britain’s ill-suited Brexit negotiation strategy

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #negotiation #negotiating #failure #bargaining
Hard bargaining dies hard: the cultural factors behind Britain’s ill-suited Brexit negotiation strategy
 
The big difference of course that the poll tax was a bit easier to back out of than Brexit will be. The damage Brexit already has done and will continue to do will to an extent be irreversible, some will take many years to fix and only some are truly reversible.

https://twitter.com/FD/status/1318180601988587520

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #polltax #Tories #Conservatives #damage
 
Interesting read on why the UK failed in the Brexit negotiations and is likely to continue to fail:

Hard bargaining dies hard: the cultural factors behind Britain’s ill-suited Brexit negotiation strategy

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #negotiation #negotiating #failure #bargaining
Hard bargaining dies hard: the cultural factors behind Britain’s ill-suited Brexit negotiation strategy
 
A couple of days ago I wrote " I suspect a large chunk of the 82% who don’t self-isolate simply can’t afford to. They don’t have the money and job security to self isolate, so they go to work anyway."

This article covers that issue: The pitched battle over lockdowns is missing the point: Covid-19 is a class issue
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.

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.
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?

Decades of failed policies are now coming back to haunt us. Broken housing and overcrowding isn't something you can quickly solve in a few months or even weeks.

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #UK #politics #health #BorisJohnson #selfisolate
 
I think this is probably a good summary of where we stand at the moment. Boris Johnson is gambling in an extremely high risk game. If he fails/loses the result will be catastrophic with a double whammy to the economy and the finances of the country, not to mention the potential to break up the country. While they might hope to be able to hide the results of a no deal Brexit in the Covid-19 impact I don't think the majority of the voters will fall for that, the impact will just be too big and hit different sectors than the ones currently hit.

Boris Johnson is dancing with danger by threatening a crash-out Brexit

#UK #Brexit #EU #politics #BorisJohnson #gambling #highrisk #Covid19 #Coronavirus
 
Hmmmmmm, seems the oven ready deal has been overcooked? Or the easiest deal in history wasn't that easy? Or the German car industry didn't come to the rescue? Or the UK didn't hold all the cards after all?

https://twitter.com/Conservatives/status/1201853843421761538

#Brexit #UK #EU #easiestdealinhistory #politics #voteleave #failure #lies #BorisJohnson #MichaelGove #Brexitlies
 
So fornicating in the garden is OK then?

Sex banned indoors for Tier 2 couples living apart, Number 10 confirms

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #politics #UK #sex
 
One of the reasons (apart from that I don't see the point for me personally as I strenuously avoid being near anyone for more than a few minutes at worst. And that I don't trust the government that they haven't built something sneaky into the app) that I so far haven't installed the Coronavirus app:

Bluetooth bugs are making contact tracing apps spit out tons of errors

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #UK #politics #NHS #government
 
I haven't fact checked this, but it sounds very plausible. I suspect a large chunk of the 82% who don't self-isolate simply can't afford to. They don't have the money and job security to self isolate, so they go to work anyway. And another good chunk just follow what plenty of people in power have done (Cummings anyone?) and think if the people in power can get away with it, so can I. Until these two things are addressed/fixed I don't really see this improving. And lockdowns won't have much of an impact on this, quite possibly the contrary.

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #UK #politics #health #BorisJohnson #DominicCummings
 


Nein, ich kann das nicht leicht in Deutsch wiedergeben, was Matt Parker hier über die mit Excel verlorenen Corona-Daten und generell über Tabellenkalkulationen von sich gibt… aber es hat mich sehr erheitert. | #Englisch #UK #Covid19 #Excel #DataLoss #Epic #Fail
 


Nein, ich kann das nicht leicht in Deutsch wiedergeben, was Matt Parker hier über die mit Excel verlorenen Corona-Daten und generell über Tabellenkalkulationen von sich gibt… aber es hat mich sehr erheitert. | #Englisch #UK #Covid19 #Excel #DataLoss #Epic #Fail
 

Britische Elektriker / British Sparkies


At the moment, I like to watch some YouTube videos concerning electrical work. Been to the UK some 40 years ago for some electrical maintenance in a garden shed and was mildy amused how the code of practice there. So now, some decades later, things haven't got much better. In this video, the boss and his old employee are fitting the connection port for a new hot water tub for a customer.

Educational videos are sometimes getting rather boring, so here, the protagonists here are mixing it with comedy, bad language, cartoons and profanities. If you are into british comedy and electrical fittings, this feature length movie is for you. 😁
Not suitable for children and people who are easily offended!

Momentan gucke ich viele Videos in Sachen Elektro. Vor fast 40 Jahren habe ich in GB das erste und letzte Mal elektrische Arbeiten gemacht, und zwar ein Gartenhaus versorgt. Die elektrischen Eigenarten der Briten werden mir unvergessen bleiben. Um nun zu sehen, ob sie sich den europäischen Stil angenähert haben, gucke ich mir speziell auch britische Elektrikervideos an. Dieser Typ sorgt bei mir öfter für Lachanfälle. Weil Bildungs- und Erklärbärvideos schnell langweilig werden, wurde es hier mit Wortwitz, vulgären Ausdrücken, Zeichentrick und mehr in Spielfilmlänge "aufgewertet". Es wird ein Anschluß für ein Whirlpool im Garten erstellt.Wer also schräge englische Comedy mag und noch etwas über Elektrik lernen möchte, ist hier gut aufgehoben.

Ich muss ehrlich sagen, dafür, das es dort kein Produktionsteam gibt, ist es als Low Budget Produktion recht gut gelungen. Ich hatte jedenfalls meinen Spaß.

#sparkies #electrician #uk #gb #connection #comedy #educational
 

Britische Elektriker / British Sparkies


At the moment, I like to watch some YouTube videos concerning electrical work. Been to the UK some 40 years ago for some electrical maintenance in a garden shed and was mildy amused how the code of practice there. So now, some decades later, things haven't got much better. In this video, the boss and his old employee are fitting the connection port for a new hot water tub for a customer.

Educational videos are sometimes getting rather boring, so here, the protagonists here are mixing it with comedy, bad language, cartoons and profanities. If you are into british comedy and electrical fittings, this feature length movie is for you. 😁
Not suitable for children and people who are easily offended!

Momentan gucke ich viele Videos in Sachen Elektro. Vor fast 40 Jahren habe ich in GB das erste und letzte Mal elektrische Arbeiten gemacht, und zwar ein Gartenhaus versorgt. Die elektrischen Eigenarten der Briten werden mir unvergessen bleiben. Um nun zu sehen, ob sie sich den europäischen Stil angenähert haben, gucke ich mir speziell auch britische Elektrikervideos an. Dieser Typ sorgt bei mir öfter für Lachanfälle. Weil Bildungs- und Erklärbärvideos schnell langweilig werden, wurde es hier mit Wortwitz, vulgären Ausdrücken, Zeichentrick und mehr in Spielfilmlänge "aufgewertet". Es wird ein Anschluß für ein Whirlpool im Garten erstellt.Wer also schräge englische Comedy mag und noch etwas über Elektrik lernen möchte, ist hier gut aufgehoben.

Ich muss ehrlich sagen, dafür, das es dort kein Produktionsteam gibt, ist es als Low Budget Produktion recht gut gelungen. Ich hatte jedenfalls meinen Spaß.

#sparkies #electrician #uk #gb #connection #comedy #educational
 
An interview that's both brilliant and a car crash. One side perfectly prepared, eloquent, to the point. The other side woefully unprepared, waffling and evasive I think you can guess which side Johnson is on?

Getting 'R' number below one key to lifting North West restrictions Prime Minister tells ITV News

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #UK #politics #BorisJohnson #Johnson #interview #ITV
 
An interview that's both brilliant and a car crash. One side perfectly prepared, eloquent, to the point. The other side woefully unprepared, waffling and evasive I think you can guess which side Johnson is on?

Getting 'R' number below one key to lifting North West restrictions Prime Minister tells ITV News

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #health #UK #politics #BorisJohnson #Johnson #interview #ITV
 
Schau dir "Typisch Britisch - Stereotypen | Doku | ARTE" auf YouTube an https://youtu.be/CEHpFb7_0cg

Sehr coole Doku Reihe!
Stereotypes in Europe
#uk
#uk
 
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
 
Bild/Foto

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
 
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