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  1. There is a feature on google to do a specific date range search. I found 17 BBC news reports relating to london covid protests in the period 1 Mar 20 to 31 Jul 21, so about one a month.
  2. Sounds like a difficult situation: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/28/china-abandon-zero-covid-protests-mass-vaccination
  3. If he did, and a steam loco came along, would he be chuffed to bits?
  4. All true. Though we are in a period of high inflation (and inflation linked state pension rises) with a frozen tax allowance. That means that before long the inflation linked rise for state pensioners will be taxed, and hence not keep up with inflation. Not a big problem for those with other resources to fall back on, or who can downsize their home, but not everyone is in that fortunate position for one reason or another.
  5. You really can't say the BoE agree with you about what the biggest contributor to inflation is, which they have as energy costs. It's even a bit of a stretch to say that they agree with you about how bad it will be, since I don't think you ever made any forecasts about the timing and magnitude of the economic effects of lockdown.
  6. I agree. Aside from anything else, the only way Labour could have been in charge would have been in they had won the 2019 election. If they had, then the Labour Party would probably still be led by Corbyn rather than Starmer and may well have acted differently. For example, Corbyn voted against the Dec 2020 restrictions and tier system while Starmer instructed his MPs to abstain. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/jeremy-corbyn-covid-rebel/
  7. Some Post Offices will do up to 3 documents for £12.75. https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/document-certification
  8. There is an interesting post in a blog run by Bank of England staff about their views on the sources of the recent inflation, (see the link for definitions of the terms in the charts if interested): https://bankunderground.co.uk/2022/10/27/how-broad-based-is-the-increase-in-uk-inflation/
  9. Then answer the questions about how the crash started to happen before lockdowns were mooted here or in Italy. Also why the crash occurred at the same time in Sweden when they didn't lock down. How blinkered do you need to be to claim that the pandemic itself would not have had economic impacts without lockdown?
  10. As ever, a rapid change of subject because you haven't demonstrated a link between the market crash and lockdown.
  11. Yes I understand that it's difficult for "vulnerable people" to say no to people who want to visit without regard to their own best interests unless others intervene. This is one of the reasons why some sort of voluntary ad hoc "focused protection" as advocated in GBD wouldn't work. By the way the markets started to fall about three weeks before that.
  12. Wasn't it clear from what I wrote? I was saying that given there was a pandemic, it was clear there was going to be economic damage. For example the UK's old pandemic planning advice (that assumed no lockdowns) suggested that key service providers like utilities should expect they might have 50% of staff off at any one time due to illness or caring for dependants - the reduction in reliability in key services alone would create an economic hit. The markets fell in Sweden despite the lack of lockdown.
  13. According to wikipedia the crash started on 20 February, 19 days before you say the Italians locked down. By 28 February the FTSE was half way down from the high to the low. You are trying to find facts that match your narrative, and failing.
  14. Did you read what I wrote? You were attributing the initial drop to lockdowns. Most if not all of the FTSE drop occurred before the UK lockdown was announced. I expect the market was reacting to the idea that whatever else happened disruption due to the pandemic was bound to cause issues, even in advance of knowing about lockdowns. Sweden did not lock down and still had a similar drop in the OMXS30 at the same time as the UK. What caused that? You haven't demonstrated causation, and even correlation looks a little weak.
  15. Yeah it must have been lockdowns that hit the market so badly starting from late February. After all, that drop didn't happen in Sweden, did it? Oh, hang on a minute...
  16. If that's true, and all the others in your club agree with you about filming as you say, then where's the problem?
  17. Hardly an admission when they said at the time that their clinical trials by design were too small to confirm or deny an effect on transmission. Information on transmission came about four months later on the back of observational studies of the rollout programmes.
  18. Wouldn't it be the case that any increased growth rates from higher carbon dioxide concentrations would have been happening ever since those concentrations started to rise significantly some decades ago? If so, the effect would already be baked in to the figures on rises in atmospheric CO2 that we've seen, unless something changes to amplify it over what it has been so far.
  19. Green Flag break down their pricing into an insurance premium (which will pay the costs of roadside/recovery if needed) which for me is about 35% of the total, with the rest being an admin fee for sorting out the service if needed plus tax. In the past I've found that their online quote system can be a benefit, since they have no problem with customers who don't like their renewal quote letting their cover lapse, and then rejoining the same day as a new customer with the discount that comes with that.
  20. What do you think is making people cancel events? The official guidance says "Major events, entertainment and sports There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations. As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations." https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-demise-of-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii-national-mourning-guidance/the-demise-of-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii-national-mourning-guidance
  21. The Social Mobility Commission was created by government in 2016 to attempt to do something about it. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/social-mobility-commission/about
  22. Snapfish will accept up to 2000 image files per order.
  23. or an indication that for the Conservatives, social class, family wealth and private education are more important than sex and race.
  24. Internet speeds are usually quoted in megabits per second (Mb/s) rather than megabytes (MB/s). 8 Mb/s will allow an upload speed of 1 MB/s.
  25. You can check your upload speed here: https://www.speedtest.net/
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