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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Pandemic

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:11 pm

Sunak's self employment measures, corovovirus
-Papers on an army of kindness and NHS frustrations or looking forward to Sunak's announcement

-Nandy internationalism more important then ever

-Speaker Hoyle we can get through this

-All council car parking made free for NHS and social care staff, some Labour MP's unhappy Commons disbanded before self-employment package given, Khan says he can not run more transport due to staffing. McDonnell wants business forcing non-essential work to be named and shamed, i-player stops UHD. Business Committee frantically taking evidence from public about those forced to work when they shouldn't, daily press conference to remain during parliamentary recess.

£210 million aid money to help with finding vaccine and 40 million to help treatments among other international aid pledges, with pressure building number 10 finally joins the EU ventilator purchase system (it seems we missed the emails inviting us first time round so government thought we were ineligable and seems to have been slow in picking that we were eligible)

-Interest rates unchanged

-Sunak's big measure is "government will pay self-employed people a taxable grant based on their previous earnings over the last three years, worth up to 80% of earnings, and capped at £2,500 a month." for anyone with average profits of less then 50k but will require them to have done accounts, however will only starting paying in June and will backpay three months worth.

Sunak hints he wants to equalize tax treatment of employed and self-employed (government had wanted to do this in past but got strong objections, there may be rather less this time has made helping a lot more difficult).

Deal seem to be welcomed but wait till June has gone down badly

-Milne kicked out of press gallery for taking photo's during PMQ's

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-Kettle both sides need humility in how coronavirus will impact the future and what lessons they take

-Grimson on ministry of supply

-Alex Bell Salmond

-Sienna Rodgers accuses government of idealogical response to the crises
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Pandemic

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:40 pm

Boris and Hancock fall ill, coronovirus
-Papers on the NHS applause and suspending housing market or police clamp down or Sunak measures, Times saying Patel tried to build alliance to close the borders but Boris and Raab blocked it

-Government advises people to not move house, Ashworth says government needs to explain Eu ventilator scheme U-turn while EU is looking into how we didn't get the emails, Culture Committee looking into misinformation on pandemic being spread on social media. Dowden urges people to be vigilant against fake news, government gives supermarkets a database of vulnerable people, police ask recently retired to return.

Royal Mint manufacturing medical visors, Mayor Burnham concerned at many stories of companies in Manchester flouting social distancing rules he is hearing. Liberty unhappy with the emergency powers which it sees as worst attack on freedoms in a generation, Gove says testing of NHS staff will be dramatically improved next week and Dowden is looking at how to financially support charities during crises, two new emergency hospitals being built.

-Corbyn declares events have proved him right only three months after the election about public spending, Tories now realize the need to invest, we were ill-prepared due to austerity and they hadn't realized the extent of self-employment. Political landscape will change forever, blames Brexit divisions for his (massive massive massive) defeat and the sheer level of abuse he received from media played it's part, made mistakes with some of his appointments to his team.

-Lib Dem leadership contest suspended till next May

-Boris, Hancock have coronavirus while Professor Whitty self-isolates, all have mild symptoms so far and politicians from other parties sending their well wishes for the PM and his family

-Butler parliament should be going online

-Lord Fowler reflects on need for institutions during such times of crises

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-Carolyn Harris gambling may become a problem as people isolate

-Phillips hotel chains should give free rooms to domestic abuse victims during time of crises

-Lord Dubb sees a worrying reminder of 1930's when it comes to refugee's

-Dr Ellwood says during recess Boris should face a selection of senior MP's twice a week, crises has been a work up call to way MP's need to update working practises

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-James Heywood self employed tax system needs reform
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Pandemic

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:57 pm

usual stuff
-Papers on Boris isolation but some unhappy that Boris and Hancock did not seem to obey social distancing rules

-This week Brexit talks to go ahead via video call with Gove leading UK, government councils to immediately house all rough sleepers for the crises which has been broadly welcomed but funding question has been raised, Scottish government considering early release of some prisoners. Welsh Education Secretary Kristy Williams appeals to teachers to stay in schools, insolvency rules have been tweaked to help businesses bounce back during this crises.

-Labour leadership candidates asked to do a victory speech video

-Mayor Jarvis we paying for dismantling of safety net

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-Professor David Runcian crises reveals truths about politics

-Gauke sympathy with minsters and thoughts on the crises

-Kuessenberg Corbyn

-Rory Cellan-Jones technological advances since 205 have really helped deal with the lockdown
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Pandemic

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:56 pm

government blaming China, coronvirus, Dorries rows with Sky
-Papers on Boris warning that this will get worse and rumours number 10 is furious with China's handling of the pandemic and attempts to exploit it (there is plenty of suspicion that government may be blame shifting)

-Boris letter to the nation

-Long Bailey crises shows need for the Labour values she brings, calls for government to make very clear what counts as essential work and anyone else be furloughed while delay for self-employed is not acceptable

-Hunt calls for mass testing and rigorous tracing, Dr Allin-Khan questions why certain figures get tests when NHS staff can't and says Boris needs to isolate for 14 days, Hollyrood to be recalled to ban evictions. Burgeon says China row is a Trump style attempt to distract attention, Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries warns next two weeks could be bad then hope to see things decline so will review lockdown in three weeks but could be six months for things to be really quashed.

-Gove warns lockdown could be in place for a significant period and rising up testing tables but criticism should wait till after pandemic, modelling suggests mortality and flu rates will get worse, China was not clear about events at the start

-Dorries getting in a row with Sky, she feels Beth Rigby is being unfair on if government was obeying it's own advice on self-isolation, sky figures feel she is wrongly organizing a pile on and note she accused Rigby of failing to offer support when Rigby had.

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-IDS calls for rethink of relationship with China

-Blair calls for mass testing, Mayor Burnham says government has got a lot right but needs to do extend lockdown, Lammy says ramping testing to German levels must be a priority.

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-Simon Marcus once crises is over, we face a major debt trap

-Cohen Britain handling crises well but fears loss of freedom
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