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  1. You're so not interested in political point scoring that you couldn't resist bringing Corbyn into it
  2. I would break my own Government's guidelines, "follow the science", and boast of "shaking the hand of Coronavirus victims".
  3. So why has the government changed the slogan to something everyone understands, to something so ambiguous?
  4. Quite. Just like he doesn't have to attend, let alone chair, government COBRA meetings, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Why would he? Like you I've never been a fan of the single personality presentation. However, this is exactly how he presented himself to the electorate last time around. With his Churchillian vocal mimicry, and idiosyncratic presence, Johnson was front and centre of the campaign. Perhaps it's the electorate's fault for believing that somehow once he'd actually gotten into office he'd put at least some of that ego into doing really important things, and not miss 5 COBRA meetings during a pandemic.
  5. In further reportage from the Sunday Times tomorrow, at one occasion when Boris Johnson should've been heading a COBRA meeting into the Coronavirus, guess where he was? He went to a Conservative Party fundraising ball. One donor coughed up £60,000 for a game of tennis with him. The Sunday Times article should prove to be absolutely incendiary. Not that it will of course. The BBC lickspittles will make sure of that.
  6. Tomorrow's Sunday Times Boris Johnson skipped five Cobra meetings may have cost thousands of lives 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 It would not be until March 2 that Johnson would attend a Cobra meeting about the coronavirus. But by then it was almost certainly too late. Britain was on course for one of the worst infections of the most deadly virus in more than a century One day there will inevitably be an inquiry into the lack of preparations during those “lost” five weeks There will be questions about when politicians understood the severity of the threat, what the scientists told them and why so little was done to equip the NHS Any inquiry may also ask whether the government’s failure to get to grips with the crisis in those early days had the knock-on effect of the national lockdown being introduced days or even weeks too late, causing many thousands more unnecessary deaths Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster On the third Friday of January a silent and stealthy killer was creeping across the world. Passing from person to person and borne on ships and planes, the coronavirus was already leaving a trail of bodies. The virus had spread from China to six countries and was almost certainly in many others. Sensing the coming danger, the British government briefly went into wartime mode that day, holding a meeting of Cobra, its national crisis committee. But it took just an hour that January 24 lunchtime to brush aside the coronavirus threat. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, bounced out of Whitehall after chairing the meeting and breezily told reporters the risk to the UK public was “low”. Continue reading https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/coronavirus-38-days-when-britain-sleepwalked-into-disaster-hq3b9tlgh Good old Boris, what a lad he is
  7. If this question has already been answered on this thread, please excuse me. I was watching Newsnight recently, and one of the articles was about how Liverpool City Council were using the spare capacity of the hotels in the area to house the homeless during the period of lockdown. I was heartened to see that amidst all the uncertainty for many that Coronavirus has wreaked, at least some of the least fortunate are getting an opportunity for some comfort. I was just wanting to know if this is a nationwide scheme to ensure that the homeless are protected. If not does anyone know if Sheffield City Council has made some provision for the homeless?
  8. Although I'm a huge supporter of the NHS, I too felt a little uncomfortable about people 'performing for the cameras and their neighbours'. Most NHS and social care staff do the job they do quietly, unobtrusively and with no 'grandstanding'. I can imagine some who work in this area perhaps felt a little awkward by this outburst of some of the public. If clapping makes the public feel less powerless and isolated, then all well and good. However if it is done to 'virtue signal' then it's a really poor reflection on the people that did clap, and in poor taste. If the latter then I'd have more time for them if they volunteered their time helping their community with things like shopping for victims of the virus, picking up prescriptions, and telephoning people in their area who feel lonely because of the lockdown.
  9. I've not been on this Forum for a few months so I've not had chance to read others contributions to this growing pandemic. Although I'm not supporter of the Government, I think some credit should be given where it is due. They have increased Universal Credit, for those entitled to it by a £1,000 per year. It's not a massive increase, just £20 per week. However, it is an acknowledgement. On the issue of benefits, I am aware that many people who read papers like the Mail, Telegraph, Express, encouraged by unscrupulous journalists, have been encouraged to believe that benefit claimants live the life of Riley. For the many millions that are now going to be starting a claim for it, they're in for a big shock. Unpleasant for them as it maybe, it will be a huge leveller. I know there are many posters on here who have really stuck the knife into benefit claimants over the years, and the news that claimants will be receiving an increase in their Universal Credit will make these posters even more bitter and angry than they already are. Obviously this is only one policy initiative. But it's a welcome one. The Government, Boris Johnson especially is not a good communicator, and many in the press (even The Sun!!! are questioning his ability. I think one of their journalists has said that although Johnson likes to think himself as a Churchill; the comparison with Neville Chamberlain is more appropriate). His media advisor, Dominic Cummings has drawn scathing criticism from the Times, and other usually more sympathetic newspapers Like any other crisis I think this one has brought out the best in people, and perhaps the worst as well. I've read stories of panic buying, people being really selfish in the supermarket and it's really disheartening. Some estate agents, hotels, construction companies, large retailers really have shown themselves up. I'm not going to name them, many on social media are already naming and shaming them. However some companies have thought about more than the bottom line: LUSH, many supermarkets, BREWDOG, Home Bargains, and Kurt Geiger. And some people's actions are really inspiring - people in the Health Service working way over and above. Food banks whose resources are being diminished are getting many younger volunteers after many older volunteers have had to self isolate.
  10. The Times on Boris Johnson's 'leadership' during the Coronavirus crisis: The truth is that [Boris Johnson’s] performance so far has been chequered. Since the start he has appeared behind the curve. Considerable time that could have been spent preparing for the crisis appears to have been squandered. The World Health Organisation first warned of the risk of a deadly global pandemic in mid-January, by which point the coronavirus was spreading rapidly in China and parts of Asia. Yet the government spent much of February apparently distracted with fights with some of Britain’s institutions, including the civil service, the judiciary and the BBC. Even at the time many questioned why the prime minister disappeared from view for a week in the middle of the month to his grace-and-favour home in Kent. He did not preside over his first Cobra meeting to discuss the crisis until March 3. Even as the scale became apparent, Mr Johnson’s response to it has been uneven. For the most of the first half of March, the official advice was simply to wash one’s hands. On March 12, as countries across Europe and the world closed schools, restaurants, bars and shops and introduced lockdowns and travel bans, the government merely advised that those ill with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate for seven days ... Mr Johnson’s liberal instincts and reluctance to restrict civil liberties would normally be admirable. But dithering over whether to shut schools, bars and restaurants, combined with anonymous briefings warning of imminent lockdowns that are then ruled out by ministers, may have only made the crisis worse. Panicked shoppers have stripped supermarkets of supplies while many Londoners will have escaped to the country, almost certainly further spreading the virus. City traders say that doubts about Mr Johnson’s response contributed to the run on sterling. Britain’s death toll is now at the same level as Italy’s two weeks ago, yet already one hospital says that it has been overwhelmed and the NHS is warning of shortages of ventilators and protective clothing ... And if the government is forced to introduce even more stringent restrictions to halt an escalating epidemic, they may ask why they weren’t introduced sooner, as they have been in much of the rest of the world. The country needs to know that Mr Johnson has a coherent strategy. Otherwise the prime minister who dreamt of being Churchill may find himself cast as Neville Chamberlain.
  11. Speaking of the herd, Dominic Cummings thoughts on how Coronavirus might be stemmed through the herd mentality thesis are splashed all over the Sunday Times this morning: "herd immunity, protect the economy, and if that means some pensioners die, too bad".
  12. Dominic Cummings take on 'Herd Immunity' thesis leading the Sunday Times today. "Herd immunity, protect the economy, and if that means some pensioners die, too bad". Unfortunately for Cummings, many of those pensioners would be Tory voting brexiteers. https://twitter.com/DPJHodges/status/1241644729458208769?s=19 https://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1241638736842166273. https://twitter.com/mrjamesob/status/1241637163076333568
  13. 100% agree with you. I did hear on the radio this morning of a hotel that is offering shelter the homeless through the Coronavirus, as they will be extremely vulnerable. This crisis really has brought the worst and the best in people.
  14. Would it be local trading standards who deal with compaints of profiteering
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