Does ‘too little, too late’ become ‘too much too soon’?

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Does ‘too little, too late’ become ‘too much too soon’?

Seemingly not, surprisingly not, astoundingly not! All initial indications from commentators and even the ‘experts’ is that the plan announced by the Buffoon on 22nd February might be the best way forward for the country. So it looks like he didn’t have any real say in the proposed timetable of raising of restrictions.

Whether the literal island of Britain can exist as a metaphorical island in the rest of the world – when the vast majority of the world’s 8 billion people are nowhere near having any protection against the virus is another matter.

If we maintain the parochial approach the vaccination programme in the UK also still seems to be going well. Figures are showing that around half a million people, more or less, are being vaccinated every day. The ‘promise’ that every adult – those over the age of 18 years – will be vaccinated by the end of July is just another bit of grandstanding and might catch the Buffoon out in the future – but all he is thinking about is short term popularity. Such a promise (bringing that target forward a month) serves no purpose other than being a form of political posturing.

Extending the vaccination programme to those younger than 18 probably won’t happen until much later in the year – not least as the present vaccines haven’t been authorised for children yet – although all the vaccines that are being put into peoples’ arms throughout the (‘developed’) world now were all rushed through the validation process. It looks like that gamble has paid off as there are no reports of serious side effcts, other than those normally associated with vaccines.

The Buffoon’s latest slogan has been ‘data not dates’. Always one for the short, snappy slogan. Although this is the first time he might have really been following the data.

However, one question to ask is; what data are they following. Yes, infections, hospitalisations and deaths are falling. But why? When you have two variables introduced at the same time (a lock down – if only partial – and the introduction of a mass vaccination programme both starting at the end of December and which have been running in tandem ever since) how can you say which one has had the desired effect?

Perhaps the answer to that will come out in the next few months.

Also (and this leaves a bad taste in the mouth) the Buffoon is starting to make reasonable comments about the introduction of a so called ‘immunity passport’ based upon a vaccination history. Yes, initially, it will be discriminatory, for a a number of reasons – mainly age but also there are other variables that might mean someone has not been vaccinated when given the chance.

The idea of carrying proof of who you are (which is what such a ‘passport’ would be) has always been fought in Britain – one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t have an obligatory identity card system.

Most people in the country will accept anything – under the impression that it will be a temporary imposition – in order to return to some form of normality. However, as with the restrictions that were written into law with the Coronavirus Act of last spring once these sort of measures are enacted the State is very reluctant to rescind them – unless there is a lot of pressure for them to do so. A nation ‘tired’ of restrictions on its movement might not be the best ones to take on that fight.

And the words of the Buffoon can never be trusted.

The ‘roadmap’

Initial reactions to the Buffoon’s announcements of 22nd February. Is England’s Covid roadmap the right way out of lock down? The experts’ view

A year too late, the Buffoon produces a reasonable plan.

Is the UK’s exit plan the right one? Three experts give their view.

Although at the end of last week it was reported that Whitty was at odds with the Buffoon over ‘big bang’ reopening of schools in England.

Vaccination programme

The question of enforced vaccination – or at least pressure to get vaccinated. ‘No jab, no job’ policies may be legal for new staff.

When there’s a shortage there’s the potential for gangsters to fill the gap. Something about which all countries should be aware so what we can learn from the great polio vaccine heist of 1959?

Should politicians showcase their own vaccinations to convince the rest of us?

Vaccines on the world stage

UK should send vaccines to poorer nations now – head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

UK hits target for protecting most vulnerable but global roll out lags far behind.

Vaccine diplomacy – how some countries are using COVID to enhance their soft power. This article doesn’t specifically address the announcement by the Buffoon at the G7 meeting last week about the UK ‘donating’ excess vaccines to poorer countries – but all donations will come with their ‘conditions’.

Covid-19 variants

It seems that the Kent variant really is starting to take over the world. Is the Kent variant responsible for the rise in cases among young people in Israel and Italy?

The issue of masks keeps on developing

At first it was just any ‘face covering’ was adequate, now technology (and profit opportunities) are becoming more important. ‘Smart’ face masks promise high-tech protection – but who is going to pay for these, yet another divide due to class and poverty?

The National Health Service

Yet something else we’ve known for many years but to reiterate – management consultants in healthcare do more harm than good, but keep getting rehired.

Health workers appeal to Buffoon for better personal protection. So getting close to the second year and the issue of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) still remains an issue.

Front line National Health Service staff at risk from airborne coronavirus.

Poverty in Britain

England’s poorest areas hit by covid ‘perfect storm’.

One in six new universal credit claimants forced to skip meals.

Universal Credit worth less than in 2013, says Citizens Advice Scotland.

Again, not strictly covid related but a situation which will only get worse as a consequence of the pandemic. ‘Only junkies’– how stigma and discrimination link to rise in drug deaths among Scotland’s poor.

Prison cases ‘almost double’ in a week – in Scotland.

International preparedness for the pandemic

Italy ‘misled WHO on pandemic readiness’ weeks before Covid outbreak. That’s all well and good BUT … what was the situation in Britain at the beginning of 2020? From all that we experienced last year the situation in the UK wasn’t significantly better – nor in many other so called ‘developed countries’. Otherwise why have we seen 120,000 and 500,000 excess deaths in the UK and the USA respectively. What The Guardian should be investigating is not what happened in another European country but what was the situation here, in Britain.

How did the pandemic start?

I was the Australian doctor on the WHO’s covid-19 mission to China. Here’s what we found about the origins of the coronavirus.

The effects of covid – and how to deal with them

A distorted sense of smell is dangerous but treatable.

‘Collateral damage’

UK government blasted over delays to employment reforms.

The Resolution Foundation has produced another report looking at employment prospects for the post-covid future entitled Long Covid in the Labour Market. On the 18th February they also hosted a discussion on this issue and that is available to watch here.

Under-25s hit worst as unemployment rises again.

‘Immunity Passports’

IT experts weigh up the pros and cons of vaccine passports.

Covid vaccine passports could discriminate.

And people should be aware that although they want to get back to a ‘new’ normal as soon as possible the general application of such documentation could well be the slippery slope down the road of the need to carry an identity card. Easier to accept for people used to doing so in many countries – a little bit more difficult in the UK.

We have Cummins – the US has Cruz

Although not covid related exactly but just goes to show those who consider themselves entitled just carry on doing what they want – whatever the situation the majority of people have to endure. Texas Senator Ted Cruz flew to Mexico amid state energy crisis.

Help for home owners, yes, help for renters perhaps (or perhaps not)

Here’s how the Government can release renters from mounting pressure.

Calls for Spanish-style loan scheme to help UK households in arrears.

The ‘recovery’ from the pandemic?

We need a green recovery after covid-19, but banning wildlife trade could do more harm than good.

Corruption in ‘high places’

Matt Hancock acted unlawfully over pandemic contracts. So what’s going to be the consequence of this ruling?

Or this? Covid contract-winning firm owned by Hancock’s neighbour is investigated by health regulator.

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Tories return to the old normal before the country gets used to the ‘new normal’

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Tories return to the old normal before the country gets used to the ‘new normal’

The relative success of the vaccination programme is starting to make the Tories (and their Buffoon of a leader) more confident as they see, perhaps, some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the pandemic.

For almost a year they’ve been inept, incompetent and making so many U turns they must be getting dizzy themselves.

But there’s a possibility that, at least in Britain, many restrictions might be lifted in the not too distant future.

What this provides for the Tories is an opportunity to get back to business as usual and that is to dismantle the welfare state, which they have been doing for many years. This is the same welfare state which created the National Health Service they’ve been cynically lauding over the last 11 months.

The proposals have yet to be fully published but they will in no way improve the NHS. This has never been the Tories aim. Since the 1940s, up to and including the gang that are now in control, the Tories have been the same anti-working class,racist bunch of privileged public school boys (and girls) who were around at the time of Churchill.

As well as changes to the National Health Service they have started to talk about changing the whole concept of ‘free speech’. But this will be just freedom for the ruling classes to say what they want and to promote their version of history.

Also, the appointment of the new Children’s Commissioner will mean a greater emphasis upon privately run Academies and the taking of even what limited control remains away from local government. The Academies, in many circumstances, have shown themselves to be more expensive and have created education ghettos for those young people who live in the wrong place or don’t have the opportunities provided by more well-off parents.

Those who have been most effected by the social consequences of lock downs and the closure of workplaces are the young, those in their 20s and 30s, mainly due to the insecure work regimes that have become the norm for millions.

The impact of a lack of any real strategy to somehow claw back the time in education lost by a huge proportion of the school age population will not become obvious years down the line and so can be, conveniently, brushed under the carpet and forgotten. That will be someone else’s problem.

As is always the case this all depends on the people of Britain. They were foolish enough to give the Buffoon a five-year mandate in December 2019 and they have been living with the consequences of that decision to the tune of 120,000 excess deaths. However, that doesn’t seem to have changed their minds as the Tories still lead in the opinion polls. (It doesn’t help that the ‘Too little, too late’ Party have little to offer as an alternative.)

If the British people are prepared to accept these attacks upon what has been fought for by workers in the past then they will no longer have any right to complain about the dire future for their children and should certainly not complain about the ineptness and unpreparedness of the country for the next pandemic when it comes, whether that be one, two, ten or twenty years in the future.

Following the science?

If so not in the early days and definitely not when it came to preparing for what has been considered inevitable for a number of years – a pandemic. Matters, vaccine wise, might be going well at the moment – but they could have been better if the successive British Governments hadn’t failed to heed the virus alerts.

It’s important to remember that although the Buffoon and his Government have been totally inept in the last eleven months the ‘Too little, too late’ Labour Party wouldn’t have been any better. And neither of the two major political parliamentary parties in Britain were conscious of preparing for the inevitable pandemic – whether in power or opposition.

This is a strange article as it conflates two entirely separate concept – one of anticipating the pandemic and the other is popularity in the opinion polls. However, on the latter issue the questions asked are strange and designed to provide a favourable response to the present Government. The vaccination programme has been (surprisingly) successful but that doesn’t mean to say the government was responsible for the success and that it will continue till the end of the crisis.

Saying the vaccination is working well does not equate to saying that the Government is also doing well.

For all their bluster the Scottish nationalists were no better prepared than the Buffoon’s Government south of the border. Inadequate preparations for covid, says watchdog, Audit Scotland.

Vaccination programme

Five unanswered questions about the vaccine roll out.

Union Jacks wave high, noses are snubbed across the Channel, xenophobes and racists celebrate but Britain’s ‘victory’ over the European Union on covid vaccination is not what it seems.

UK hits target for vaccinating most vulnerable – but who should be prioritised next?

Virus ‘variants’

After leading the world in the number of deaths per thousand and the level of incompetence of its government, Britain’s version of the virus (or the southern Britain’s version in a north-south divided nation) is ‘on course to sweep world’.

Some of the potential problems with variants.

Not sure how there can be enough people who have had two doses of the vaccine when the policy (as far as I understood it) was to give as many people as possible one dose and then come back for round two) to make any study reliable. However, supposedly, Pfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new covid variants.

New covid variant with potentially worrying mutations found in UK.

Did the virus kill them – or successive British Governments?

A huge proportion of the UK’s covid deaths have been disabled people.

The ‘reform’ of the National Health Service (NHS)

‘My colleagues think it sort of beggars belief really, that this is happening at this time when the NHS is in turmoil.’ Dr David Wrigley, vice-chair of the British Medical Association.

Quarantine for those arriving in the UK

Chaos, uncertainty and irrationality plague this idea – even before it started on 15th February – as the hotel quarantine booking system crashes.

Is it ethical to quarantine people in hotel rooms?

Heathrow says hotel quarantine plan has ‘gaps’.

You say tomato I say tomato

It loses something when written down but corruption and nepotism is such however much it might be disguised. Those the electorate of this country have allowed themselves to be governed by are a group of people who have honed the task of skimming off the people for centuries and are such an incestuous group that – even in ‘normal’ times – it’s always jobs for the boys (and now the girls) of those who are running this country for their own financial ends.

Dominic Cummings defends polling contract. What’s interesting about this particular article is the short paragraph;

Former Labour MP Natascha Engel, who is now a partner at Public First, defended the firm’s involvement.

‘Too little, too late’ Starmer’s Labour Party would have been no different. Once in the coterie they are all rushing to feed from the trough.

Cummings’ role in handing covid contract to firm run by ‘friends’.

Poverty in Britain

Yet another report on poverty in Britain and the way in which the pandemic has both highlighted the issue and also how it has made life even worse for those caught in the poverty trap. Will anything be done to resolve this issue come the return to ‘normality’? Perhaps so if the poor start to fight against their situation instead of putting their faith in lying politicians. Also the working class as a whole needs to get involved in the fight as they should be aware by now, if they weren’t before, that most people are only ‘one wage packet away from destitution’.

This one is by the Living Wage Foundation and is entitled; Life on Low Pay in the Pandemic.

South Wales valleys’ high death rates ’caused by poverty’.

Known about for decades – another report just brings matters up-to-date. Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) uses excessive surveillance on suspected fraudsters.

We asked 70,000 people how coronavirus affected them – what they told us revealed a lot about inequality in the UK.

‘Collateral damage’

How the pandemic may damage children’s social intelligence.

After the virus a food poisoning epidemic? At-home food selling concerning, says Food Standards Agency.

NHS workers will need help to manage the trauma of the pandemic.

Make children priority after pandemic, Anne Longfield (outgoing Children’s Commissioner) says. A couple of interesting aspects of this article.

A Government ‘spokesman’ said;

‘Anne Longfield has been a tireless advocate for children, and we’re grateful for her dedication and her challenge on areas where we can continue raising the bar for the most vulnerable.’

That’s a euphemism that she did her job protecting the rights of children so it’s fortunate she’s on her way out.

And she will be replaced by a Tory place-holder, who comes from running ‘a multi-academy trust’. So we can anticipate what sort of support she will be giving to the interest of the majority of children.


Still dropping down the popularity scale but this could be interesting for the future; Graphene could one day be used to make quick, reliable tests for viruses like SARS-CoV-2 (or as we know it, covid-19).

What about those with lasting complications

A public health expert’s campaign to understand the disease – especially the idea of ‘long covid’.

A solution to the ‘Housing Crisis?

Manchester’s developers and charities are proposing to house the homeless in shipping containers.

Keeping the windows open in the winter

The case for ventilation of indoor spaces – even in the winter.

The battle of the playgrounds

Ministers accused of removing ‘last vestige of hope’ for parents in playgrounds row

The winners and losers in the covid race – or how to distract from your own incompetence

The New York Times is certainly aware of the propaganda value of pointing to China as a scary danger.

Tory politicians return to form

For the last year the Buffoon and his Government have ‘been on the back foot’, ‘behind the curve’ and all the other crass cliches that hide the fact that they haven’t had a clue about what they were doing. Now they have the ‘success’ of the vaccination programme (which is really not down to them at all, all they did was to splash out public money and buy expensive vaccines – when they didn’t even know if they would work or not). To say they were correct in their choices is no more than saying that the once a year gambler is an expert in horse racing after picking the winner of the Grand National by sticking a pin in the list of runners in the newspaper.

Now they think the pressure is off they are back to their nasty tricks. First we had the proposals to reorganise the NHS – together with the lies that this would result in a reversal of the creeping privatisation of the last two or more decades and now they are hiding behind the concept of ‘free speech’ to clamp down on anyone who criticises their moribund imperialist and capitalist past and present. This latest concept all coming from right wing so-called ‘think tanks’, aka academics who are the lapdogs of privilege and economic and political power.

Free speech plan to tackle ‘silencing’ views on university campus. Here the ‘impartial’ BBC giving succour to the extreme right wing.

The Tories want a war on the woke – as if there’s nothing better to do.

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Tens years for lying where you come from – how long for culpable homicide?

More on covid pandemic 2020-2?

Tens years for lying where you come from – how long for culpable homicide?

The Buffoon seems to be slithering out underneath the mountain of criticism that has beset his government ever since they started to ‘deal’ with this pandemic in March of last year. 

Even though his credibility started to fall, and kept on falling, last year recent opinion polls – amazingly – seem to indicate that the Tory government, however in incompetent, is still ahead when people are asked about their view of the government. (The British people never cease to amaze.) 

Even his attempts to garner sympathy by contracting the disease last year didn’t stop the decline in his popularity, but now the government seems to be on a bit of a high. 

Infection and death rates are falling, although nobody can say exactly the reasons why. The vaccination programme is going well – that’s probably because it’s being organised not by the Government but by the NHS. 

Not surprisingly the Government, the Buffon, is attempting to take credit for all these improvements whilst, with its propaganda trying to place any resurgence on the activities of the people. 

Let’s forget for the moment fact that one of the vaccines might not be as effective as it was first hoped. That’s an issue which will play out in the future, perhaps. 

The Buffoon has spoken about an investigation into the running of the campaign against the virus at some time in the future but he is also aware that the best means of defence is attack. 

And the way to cover his incompetence is to attack the NHS. 

In the middle of a pandemic he has announced that there will be a review of the NHS which would, perhaps, lead to changes to some of the measures that were introduced by a previous Tory Prime Minister, Cameron, a few years ago.  

However, this is just a smokescreen to hide an attack upon the fundamentals of the NHS itself and the organisation which may have had its problems (but more due to lack of funding and denigration over the years) and that is Public Health England (PHE). 

This would seem to be the organisation that will bear the brunt of these Tory ‘reforms’. 

Being the ‘populist’ that he is and knowing there’s a certain groundswell against privatisation in the NHS, he will shroud fundamental changes to the local nature of much of the work of PHE by suggesting he is rolling back on decades long Tory attempts at the destruction of the whole concept of the welfare state as is exemplified in the NHS. 

If the Buffoon was ideologically against privatisation then we wouldn’t have seen (and are still seeing) billions of pounds a public money being given to incompetent, inexperienced cronies of the Tory party in the awarding of contracts for the supply of goods and services needed in the fight against the virus. 

The balance sheet at the end of this pandemic will show, no doubt, that Capitalism will be the winner of this war, the losers being the NHS and the people of Britain. 

Could matters be organised better?

In Britain, which has lacked any semblance of a strategy from the start the answer to that question is obviously yes. The danger in the UK, and, it must be admitted, in most other countries, is that panic, knee jerk reactions have taken over and there’s been less emphasis placed upon a cool and calm analysis of the effectiveness of all the measures tried in the past, being tried now and will be tried in the future. But if we want to truly get to grips with this pandemic and be prepared for the next then such an approach is crucial.

Vaccine roll outs, school testing and contact tracing could all be improved – here’s how.

Vaccination programme

It might, generally be going well, but a few blips.

Angry calls and threats over Chesterfield Football Club vaccines.

Teachers sent covid injection booking link for National Health Service staff.

Study reveals extent of covid vaccine side-effects.

Why we should not rush to judgement on Oxford jab. Perhaps the question to be asked is why this study was rushed out when it is recognised that the numbers surveyed and the age of those who took part in the study are the younger members of the population which doesn’t really help in the particularities of this virus. Shouldn’t reports be used to encourage rather than the opposite? Researchers should remember that the hyped up fear levels of the last year have created a nation of rabbits, more likely to scurry into their burrows than go out to be vaccinated.

Tens of thousands of UK nurses yet to receive first dose. Why? Where is the logic in this? Isn’t it a bit like the ludicrous situation that existed during the First World War when Russian soldiers were sent over the top of the trenches with no weapons but told to pick the first gun from the dead they could find?

Initial study brings hope vaccine will reduce covid transmission. Perhaps it’s worth remembering that Israel has a strange business relationship with Pfizer/BioNTech so studies that put their vaccine in a better light should be treted with a certain amount of circumspection.

Poverty in Britain

Calls to keep the ‘extra’ £20 per week in Universal Credit – why it should be extended. The full report; Dignity or Destitution – The case for keeping the Universal Credit lifeline.

Benefit claimants face mounting debt burden.

Fall in covid cases slower in UK’s poor regions.

The plight of families on Universal Credit – a report by the Resolution Foundation entitled The debts that divide us.

Universal Credit worth less than in 2013, says Citizens Advice Scotland – and it won’t be any different in the rest of the UK.

One law for the rich – another for the rest of us

If you thought 2021 was the year for restraint on boardroom pay, think again.

World’s top 15 hedge fund managers made $23.2 billion (£16.9 billion) in total last year.

Free school meals

The matter of the pathetically inadequate school meal replacement parcels was highlighted here in the post of 15th January. Now, more than three weeks after the issue first came to light (not by Government oversight but by angry parents posting pictures on social media) the parent company involved, Compass, apologises for school meal parcels that ‘fell short’. However, what’s interesting about this article from the supposedly impartial BBC is that the most recent apology seems more aimed at disappointed shareholders than the people for whom they are contracted to supply decent and adequate food.

Treatment of the National Health Service ‘heroes’

A story of how the Government (through NHS managers) downplayed their inability to provide necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the early days of the pandemic in April of last year and how healthcare workers came to feel ‘expendable’.

Hospitals defy authorities to protect staff as 35,000 patients are infected with covid on wards.

Future of the NHS

When this is eventually unpacked it will probably result in the conclusion that the private sector doesn’t want to take on some tasks in the NHS because there won’t be a high enough profit margin. The Tories have never cared for the NHS and any ‘retreat’ in creeping privatisation, that’s been going on for decades, will not be prompted by any attack of social conscience. Only just ‘leaked’ documents so far, but they are indicating that the Buffoon plans to reverse Cameron NHS reforms.

But it won’t be for the benefit of the NHS – more greater central control of what the Government doesn’t like – localism.

Self isolation

A fortune is being spent on test-track-trace but it could be a waste of money if people don’t self isolate. And low incomes and general poverty is having an effect on the self isolation rates. Radio 4’s You and Yours on 4th February had a look at the reasons why.

The sneaky virus

How covid-19 is different. If control measures are stopping flu in its tracks, why aren’t they stopping coronavirus?

Could the virus be around for ever? Coronavirus might become endemic – here’s how.

Coronavirus vaccine strategy needs rethink after resistant variants emerge.

It’s even changing the symptoms. Radio Four’s Inside Science on 9th February looked at this issue – and its implications in other ameliorative tactics in the ‘battle’ against the virus.

Covid variants

Concerning coronavirus mutation now found in UK variant – here’s what you need to know.

Test, track and trace

Considering this has been considered the most important single aspect in the defeat of the virus (after possible mass vaccination) it still doesn’t seem to have been taken on board in the UK. Billions of pounds have been spent but there still doesn’t appear to be any strategy – and why are some businesses allowed to decide whether or not they have a testing regime in place?

Covid testing expanded to more workplaces in England.

NHS app has told 1.7 million to self-isolate. It’s difficult to know if that’s a good thing or not. The information was kept from the public (by the private company given a huge amount of public money and taking months to get the system anywhere near efficient) and had to be prised out of them. What then happened? Did they isolate? If not, why not? So many questions. So few answers.

Manchester covid surge tests as mutation of Kent variant confirmed. An explantion of what ‘surge tests’ means and what it implies. Also, surely this is the sort of testing that needs to become the norm – based on a local, community structure.

A sign of the growing privatisation of the testing system is the establishment of a ‘covid testing centre’ at Birmingham airport. These tests will be at premium prices and it’s another way of private companies trying to cash in on the pandemic and also on the desire of those with the money to be able to travel again – especially in the late summer and autumn. No doubt other airports will follow. No prices are shown in the early part of the booking system (and it seems you need to start entering a lot of personal information before you know the damage) which indicates eye-watering charges – as is the norm at any airport. No doubt they will all be operating a cartel to keep prices high.

Loathed as I am to give publicity to some money grubbing capitalist business attempting to make an easy profit out of the pandemic I think it’s useful to show how one (I’m sure of what will eventually be vary many) company is starting to get in on ‘I want to travel again soon’ desire.

Testing or quarantine?

In just under a week any visitor to Britain from around 30 countries will be foreced to quarantine in near-by hotels – at their own expense. This is probably more geared to reducing the number of visitors without the Government saying so as this will be a considerable expense for some – for the rich it won’t be a problem whatsoever. However, there are other ways to maintain movement and a quick and reliable testing system on arrival – as was used in a number of Asian countries way back towards the middle of last year, is a cheaper alternative. Scrap concept of ‘high-risk’ countries in favour of testing, says tourism chief.

For hotel quarantines to be lawful, the Government will need to answer some hard questions.

One of the aspects of the Buffoon’s Government, that has become clear over the last almost a year is that they are always ‘playing to the crowd’, ‘grandstanding’. For them it’s nothing to do with substance it’s all to do with presentation, effect. They are like children in a school performance – when they don’t know they are bad actors.

The latest example of this is the ‘quarantining’ of air passengers from certain parts of the world. Other countries did it from the beginning – Britain does it near the ‘end’. Then even when there’s plenty of time to have thought the consequences through and to have come to some agreement with the hotel chains they leave everything to the eleventh hour. So, on the 9th, when quarantine comes in on the 15 of February they have an agreement – but it’s only the equivalent of one 747 a day – for the whole country.

Now there’s more than likely a game being played here by the hotel groups – they know it’s very much a sellers market – even though people aren’t supposed to be travelling locally and most hotels will have been virtually empty for the last couple of months. So if there’s any delay it’s probably those companies wanting some guarantee for the commitments they are being asked to make. It’s all about money and has nothing to do with the elimination of the virus.

Although the bulk of the cost will be carried by anyone travelling there will be guarantees given by the Government in the event that the requirement falls drastically as fewer people actually travel – then we will get the airlines complaining. And there’s no guarantee that this will have any effect on the infection rates.

And just so they can show they are ‘different’ the Scottish nationalist are making anyone who arrives in a Scottish airport – from wherever they may have come from – go into compulsory, controlled quarantine.

But it looks like travellers will face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels – but which includes two expensive tests during their time in the hotel before than can leave – or face ten years in gaol if they lie.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

NHS gowns ‘suspended’ from use due to packaging concern. Yet again another blame game – before the Government accepts they got the order wrong. But this wouldn’t have happened if there had been forethought and planning before the pandemic broke.

BBC Radio Four’s File on Four reported on this scandal (on both the costs to the British public as well as the slave conditions in which the workers who produce the PPE are being forced to live and work) on 9th February.

What are we going to do with ‘face coverings’ – or the Saga of the Masks

The negatives that go with mask wearing (the accumulation of the virus on the mask itself if people are infected; the fact that people touch their faces many times a day; the fact that not all masks are clean; the fact that people touch public surfaces when they take masks off; the fact that there’s nowhere to wash hands when they do take masks off; the fact that they don’t store them properly when they do take them off; and the fact that masks don’t either prevent all risk of infection to the wearer or prevent the wearer from transmitting the virus to mention just a few) are being ignored in favour of what can be considered a clearly seen aspect of virus management that gives the impression the Government is doing something. This will almost certainly be one area that will remain with us after this present pandemic is reduced.

So here’s a pro-mask article. Is your mask effective against covid-19?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued ‘guidance’ on this issue, entitled – Mask use in the context of COVID-19 – on 1st December 2020 (so not really on the ball considering that was a year after the first deaths were identified in China). There are a number of issues it doesn’t address but is included here for the benefit of ‘impartiality’.

As in any ‘war’ there will always be those who make huge profits

A typical ‘out-of-Government’ approach by the Labour Party – but without adressing the fundamental issue of such contracts have been going on for decades and costing the country countless billions and getting a worse NHS in the process. Labour demands firms with Conservative links awarded covid contracts publish profits.

‘Immunity Passports’ – will they won’t they be introduced?

Britons vaccinated against covid could get QR codes to travel. The Government seems (and have been ever since the prospect of vaccinating a size able proportion of the population started to become a reality) to be shying away from this. It will happen – even if is introduced by private companies or other countries – so instead of saying it won’t happen because it is ‘discriminatory’ – this by a Government that thrives on discrimination – why doesn’t the Government work on the best and most workable system possible.

Covid not the only mass killer in the world

‘Invisible killer’: fossil fuels caused 8.7 million deaths globally in 2018.

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