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El Cid

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  1. Its better for Johnson if the story is about Cummings and not about how many extra deaths he as caused.
  2. So it would be ok for me to spend two weeks refurbing my second home at Scarborough?
  3. Only a few days ago thousands of people have headed to English beaches, with many apparently unconcerned about public health issues. So Cummins is just one in thousands/millions bending the rules. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-52754039
  4. There has been protests about it being too strict. A poll conducted by Yougov says only 70% support the closure of schools.
  5. Would it have been ok to braek the rules, if he had been working all day ordering PPE and getting more tests done? Those that work in number ten are a million times more important jobs than a guy working on minimum wage.
  6. Does Nicola Sturgeon speak at her briefings everytime, I only see it occasionally; Boris just does the PMQs?
  7. But the masses, if you believe the media, are visiting their relatives. Most of them getting away with it, because there is only enough police, to police by consent.
  8. Some people used to say that the bafoonery was just an act(he has a first class degree you know) I hope they dont think that anymore.
  9. National Holidays too. Should the Government support them, are their/our pockets deep enough? https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/national-holidays-shearings-fall-administration-18299134
  10. The 1976 IMF crisis forced James Callaghan's Labour Party government to borrow £2.3 billion (£10.2 billion in 2019) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at the time the largest loan ever to have been requested from the IMF. These days its only big news if its the Labour party in the s***
  11. Coming from a man that was shaking hands with hospital patients in March, not a good idea. But if they tried to tell people what to do, that would get picked on too. We will only know if our strategy was a fair one, in a 3/4 of months when we can get all the information and compare. I think we know it wasnt the best strategy, maybe not even average, lets just wait and see.
  12. I had hoped that when he returned from his holiday and then when he recovered from his illness things might get better. But its been a shambles all the way. They say things like that, virtually zero, but that means that there is a risk, when its a politician saying virtually zero, it could be quite large.
  13. The unemployment benefit monthly rate is £246 (age 16-24) and £310; where as this rate is up to £2,500 per month.
  14. I understand some other countries do have the unemployment benefit based on their previous income, maybe that is the ward forward. Bring the Tories into modern times. Unemployed could sign on and get 80% of wages for the first month or so, declining by 10% each month I did think Rishi would reduce it after the first 3 months, but he has really, by making the employers pay part of it.
  15. Difficult to know what people really want, above all the cries of schools not being safe and public transport carrying half of what it normally does. Most businesses are still short on staff, thats is after people have been told to work if posible.
  16. My first instinct when the Government announced that they were to pay 80% of peoples wages, was that it was too costly. Unemployment benefit would cost much less, maybe half the cost. We are now in a position were people dont want to work. We have been more generous than other countries. I know very little about the economics of this, just hope the Government have got it right.
  17. The recommendation is that they are worn on public transport, are people aware of this? I personally think that they should be worn in all busy indoor areas, that is should, not must.
  18. The message of wearing a mask needs to be much more high profile. Boris is hardly ever in on TV doing the briefings, he doesnt promote what the country should be doing. His premiership is really poor.
  19. I have only worked a few days in the last few months, whilst receiving my normal pay. I am hoping they will find me something to do, but I have been hoping that for a couple of weeks, working in the social care sector it could be a couple more months before things return to normal. The Chancellor of the exchequer is now being honest and saying this bounce back of the economy will not happen quite so quickly. The country cannot afford for 1/3 of workers to be too scared to work.
  20. A low daily death today, 545, well at least low compared to previous weeks/months numbers. Last week after the weekend there were 627 deaths. Deaths are reducing by around 60 per week, so there will still be around 400 daily deaths when some school children return.
  21. Since the lockdown does not seem to correlate with high deaths, perhaps the lockdown is not the most important issue?
  22. But also - "30 January 2020 The WHO Director-General reconvened the Emergency Committee (EC). This was earlier than the 10-day period and only two days after the first reports of limited human-to-human transmission were reported outside China. This time, the EC reached consensus and advised the Director-General that the outbreak constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Director-General accepted the recommendation and declared the novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) a PHEIC. This is the 6th time WHO has declared a PHEIC since the International Health Regulations (IHR) came into force in 2005. https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/27-04-2020-who-timeline---covid-19 The general public would not have been aware of such things, but our leaders and experts should have been.
  23. On the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on 10 May, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge University said that trying to rank different countries to decide which was the worst in Europe was a "completely fatuous exercise". But he referred to "the bad countries in Europe: UK, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy" and said "clearly it's important to note that group is way above, in terms of their mortality, a group like Germany, Austria, Portugal, Denmark Norway, who have low fatality rates." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/52311014
  24. I know a nurse that was tested, she had symptoms but the test came back inconclusive, she had to wait 5 days for the result. She was still unwell after 10 days.
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