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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon May 04, 2020 7:28 pm

Tory hardliners grumbling, minister and Labour general secretary resign, corna
-Papers on global race for vaccine or exit plans

-Thomas-Symonds warns not everybody has a smartphone and some will have location turned off for privacy and security reasons so contact tracing app will have problems, Boris says world has to work together calling the shared endeavour of our times, Ashworth not happy private call centre rather then local government have got contact tracing contracts. Shapps floats staggering working hours to prevent crowding and to encourage cycling+walking as a route to work, Downing Street confirms first wave of primary school children may gone back on June1st, 6.3 million workers furloughed.

Government rejects request to bail out universities but says if their online teaching is good enough they can charge full tuition fees and bring in some research funding, Reeves says business need time to prepare so government needs to be open about exit plans, Sturgeon says her contract tracing plan might require people to self-isolate repeatedly and hints on Thursday she will extend lockdown.

Government announces £14 million for zoo's and aquariums, Jenrick says councils will be fully compensated for the costs of corna tasks and rubbish dumps could become via ticketing system, shadow DWP Secretary Jonathan Reynolds wants legacy benefits extended for a year (Coffey says the complex computer systems means attempting to bring that in would take months)

-Justice minister Chris Philips says courts have managed to keep 49% of cases going compared to how much they manage pre pandemic with more cleaners hired, admits they are discussing reducing jury sizes and raising mandortary age limit for magistrates but latter only after crises

-Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says government trying to source as many masks as possible in case health advice changes and social distancing might be eased, doesn't back Trump claims about China and post-mortem on handling of pandemic world wide should wait, is not a blanket ban on over 70's being able to go out, armed forces absences half of that of elsewhere which he muses might be due to strict discipline on personal hygiene.

-Boris expected to set out exit plan on Sunday (about three major reports coming out this week, thus the delay)

- Just 19% of voters saying they would trust Starmer over Johnson during this corna virus

-Trade Minister Conor Burns resigns after being found to have abused his position, Standards Committee want him suspended for a week for what they see as veiled threats in his actions, was accused of using a letter on Commons notepaper to try to help his father recover money that was allegedly owed to him following a loan, also threatened to use parliamentary privilege to discuss matter in Commons. Burns has said he is sorry and was under a great deal of stress at the time

-Jennie Formby stands down as Labour General Secterary, not entirely unexpected, a Corbynite and one who Stramer would want to replace with his own to fill a key role at HQ. However Formby could stay on as long as she backing of NEC, it is possible she no longer holds their support or they were keener to give the new Labour leader a chance to pick his person (took Corbyn two years to get that right).

-Julian Knight has written to Facebook, Goggle and Twitter saying they were deeply unhelpful at Culture Committee hearing, too defensive to give proper answers and showed disregard for scrutiny

-Hancock takes daily press conference, fell below target again yesterday with 85,000 tests, asks those in Isle of Wight to download contact tracing app, 18,000 people working on contact tracing could be increased, NHS will have PPE priority. Not everybody on Isle of Wight having smart phones was partly why it was chosen, is involved personally in anti-body trials, suspects would be very high take up of any vaccine so would hope not to need to make it compulsory. Hopes this pandemic has shown anti-vaxers why vaccines are needed

Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, says NHS taking BME deaths very seriously and will find out why but right now have a number of programs in place to try to help, research going into anti-bodies, elderly rather then children would likely be first target for vaccine, finds links between corna and pollution plausible but hasn't investigated it, corna numbers still need to come down. Prof John Newton from Public Health England says shoe leather work will be key as well as contact tracing app,

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-Neil O'Bryne issues with China

-Brine says too much power was given to Public Health England on testing early on, Baker demands plans be set out to end " “absurd, dystopian and tyrannical” lockdown, Sir Brady pushing for lockdown to be lefted as quickly as possible and over 70's should be trusted to make the right calls

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-Peston Boris case shows there may need to be changes on when people get hospitalized

-Devi Sridhar what people should be able to expect from governments fighting pandemic

-Simon Jack has had a glance at the exit plan draft

-Union leader Dr Patrick Roach concerned at treatment of supply teachers
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed May 06, 2020 6:28 am

corna, Scotland sets out more exit plans, Hands rebuked
-Papers on exit plans and union's fury or the contact app

-Standards Committee rebukes trade minister, Greg Hands for using Commons headed papers for a mail shot to constituents and suspects it was done for political intent, not happy Hands dragged the process out and demands he apologies to MP's.

-Furlough covering 23% of the employed workforce, Lords daily fees halved during crises, Boris does twitter video setting out the five tests. Government looking at whether testing sewage may help corna detection, Sunak acknowledges level of furlough is unsustainable as spending as much on that as NHS but won't cliff edge it's ending, Lords switching to zoom. Car sales down 97.3%, education unions unite to write to all administrations warning against opening schools, Scottish government doubts schools will be open in May and a straight reopen would overwhelm health in two months.

Sturgeon open to exit plans being different for regions of Scotland and at critical point where if they don't make progress then Scotland may have to reimpose lockdown, Jim McMahon the Shadow Transport Secretary calls for rescue package of airline sector, MP's fearing for the dentistry sector, Drakeford asks second home owners to stay away for bank holiday weekend. Scottish government strategy seems to anticipate a small second peak deep into winter and measures needed to be kept up till middle of next year

-Frances O'Grady unions concerns and potential solutions to exit plan

-Trade talks with US to restart on Thursday

-The 2020 MP's world cup has begun

- Stramer urges government to build a consensus on exit plan, more ambitious targets on testing, stronger workplace regulation, bespoke help from certain industries like hospitality. Vaccine plans should be set out, need to learn from government being too slow on certain issues in pandemic, PPE for workers is not a luxury item. Concerned Singapore's tracing app only got 20% download so needs to be other ways of contact tracing

-Alistair Jack Scotland and England should exit at same time though not sure having a few shots at SNP record is going to help that

-Professor Vallance before Health Select Committee says anti-bodies probably provide some resistance but not complete immunity, some things should have been done differently and lockdown a few days earlier may have made a difference but dismisses it should have been done three weeks earlier, wants Sage papers published around every fortnight. Considering an economic subgroup to Sage but it can't be the only advice to government, evidence in masks marginal but positive, doubts Sage has only ever given one opinion on any subject.

Regional exits would require restrictions of travel between said regions, doubts anywhere in UK has high level of immune people, testing should have been expanded sooner. Warns countries cultures and characteristics mean numbers will differ, Sage felt only draconian travel restrictions would work and anything else was not worth bothering with, if they do things well they should avoid a second peak but winter will lead to flu season which will be a problem.

Professor Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, says they didn't have the resources to do mass testing thus the change of strategy in March while Germany had a younger population and S.Korea advantage of being more localized, testing alone isn't the answer. Didn't consider the digital aspects enough in planning, the Athletico-Liverpool game wasn't up to them

-Sage worried anti-body tests could see only those infected in past getting employment and people then trying to get infected so they can get jobs, lockdown easing needs to be gradual to maintain public confidence and will need to allow some social life, considered a London only lockdown, toughened stay at home message to reach the complacent.

-Speaker Hoyle rebukes Boris for making exit statement planned on Downing Street rather then Commons

-Hancock says working with trade unions and business to ensure work places will be safe and people have a duty to download app, open to memorial, accuses Dr Allin-Khan of wrong tone

-Downing Street says considering allowing outside meetings, doesn't deny reports Sunak will change furlough to 60% wages after June, says it would have been better to do testing earlier but didn't have capacity for it, will be written report on exit plans.

-Raab takes the press conference, says cybercriminals aided by hostile states are trying to exploit the crises, too soon to say we have worst death rate in Europe, track and trace will help get us to second phase Brexit talks ongoing as both sides want to avoid uncertainty, would not be a good idea to reopen all schools. Sports returning would lift nation but probably have to be behind closed doors

-Gove says if EU doesn't drop it's demand for level playing field, UK might concede and allow some tarrifs

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-Zarah Sultana not learned from PMQ's we aren't all in this together but we should be

-IDS says amount of furlough is unsustainable and shows lockdown needs to end urgently, Farron jokingly offers Shapps hairclippers as no hairdresser impact starting to tell, Blackman's been making her own colourful masks. Bob Seeley urges his Isle of Wight constituents to take up the app

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-Kuessenberg exit plan

-Sienna Rodgers runners and riders for Labour General Secretary
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu May 07, 2020 5:09 am

EU warns Brexit talks stalling, Farage warned by police, Professor Ferguson resigns amidst scandal, Boris takes PMQ's
-Papers on having worst death toll in Europe and Professor Neil Ferguson resignation

-Coveney bemoans lack of progress in Brexit talks, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan says UK needs to get on with it if they want a deal by end of year and while Boris illness has understandably delayed things UK has missed opportunities to set out their plans on key issues

-Leading government science adviser Professor Neil Ferguson resigns after having an affair during lockdown, Mayor Khan says London Transport will be heavily restricted for some time with 20% capacity for tube, Ashworth says efforts needed to be made on health inequality and boots needed on ground for contact tracing.

Downing Street says Corba to meet before Boris speech, 200,00 a day tests is in regards capacity and covers anti-body testing. Death toll passes 30,000 as 100,000 testing missed again, Rayner says the downward testing trend does not inspire confidence for it being time to exit, Ashworth says the fall needs explaining.

-Hancock strongly hints police get involved about Professor Ferguson (unusual move, Scotland Yard decides they won't go that far) and makes clear he is really really annoyed, doesn't accept data shows we have highest death rate, measures could be eased somewhat on the clinically vulnerable if numbers of infections get down low enough.

Cafes may be able to serve people outside for the summer, may have been failure to communicate to care homes what help they could get, now a world leader on testing, not seen evidence disease was from a lab

-Brokenshire says Professor Ferguson going was regrettable but right, working with care sector on testing, will be a period of reflection after pandemic for every government including on mistakes made, exit will be cautious and careful, was capacity restraints on testing.

-Tory vice-chair Ranil Jayawardena promoted to trade, the Brexiteer economist has twice served on trade select committee while Nadine Dorries promoted within health department to Minister of State having become more prominent during crises.

-Bridget Phillipson's letter to shadow cabinet has leaked, warns policy will not be based on how individually popular each one is, costings have to be defendable to public and media and no new policies popping up outside of manifesto during an election. Anything that might require more taxes or borrowing needs to be raised with shadow treasury team first, resist tempting to use pandemic for pledges as costs of those could linger for years

-Procedure Committee gives green light to remote voting system

-National Assembly of Wales changed to Senedd Cymr, it's members now called members of the senedd having been assembly members

-Boris takes PMQ's, will be a time to look at what went wrong, wants 200,000 tests a day at end of month, at start testing capacity could not meet demand, PPE shortages have been enraging, exit plan speech confirmed for Sunday with some measures coming in on Monday. No intention of returning to the a-word (austerity)

-European Commission warns Europe faces worst recession since the Depression and UK will be one of the hardest hit with an 8.3% contraction by end of year (Italy, Greece, Croatia and Spain predicted to do worse) with a 6% bounce next year

-Jenrick takes daily press conference, pandemic won't stop commitment to levelling up, his department will look to help local communities recover, government looking at how to make public transport safe and how to make it easier to walk/cycle.

Difficult time for faith groups and they are talking with religious leaders about reopening but the time for that is not now, issued guidance to allow small funerals, councils have more money then they need to help deal with crises and will consider more, been advised staff in non-residential areas do not need PPE.

Professor Yvonne Doyle, the medical director of Public Health England, says getting confidence of parents will be essential in getting pupils back to school, face masks have their uses but good hygiene is essential, contact tracing essential to get a return to some normalcy. Dr Nikki Kanani, the medical director of NHS England and GP, NHS still there to help people even if they use video and phone consultation more right now, getting back to normal service with operations

-Committee on Climate Change says government funds to rebuild after pandemic should go to firms willing to cut down on climate emissions, people should work from home or walk/cycle more, GP consultations should be more online, investment should go more into broadband then road-building, training should go towards green industry.

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-May says international community have failed to build a coherent response and UK government should embrace it's duties on the world stage including working with China, Lord Lawson says furlough not to sustainable, IDS fears Ferguson's indiscretion could undermine lockdown message though Sir Walker more sympathetic “People will be desperately missing those that they love, and I totally understand if that separation becomes too much to bear at times.”‌.

Dr Whitford says Ferguson had to go as he undermined government message, Sir Redwood doubt public cares about the affair but about quality of advice. Lord Sumpton annoyed by Hancock declaring what his duty is like downloading the app and government should show more trust to the people, Rt Rev John Sentamu says key workrs should get the living wage and shocked that child poverty wasn't one of the first things addressed by emergency packages

-Paula Barker slams government

-Matt Vickers wants a revitalized National Lottery

-Sir Halfon calls for the return of Politics Live

-Farage given warning by police for going to Dover to make social media video on migrants, Mirror has fun with headline "Illegal seen in Dover"

-Rory Stewart drops out of London Mayor race as the delay, though correct, to election campaign was unfair on his unpaid volunteer

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-Ed Conway on some good news in the death statistics

-Benjamin Bernard policy implications of tracing app

-A scathing Behr worried Boris may take a gamble too far on Brexit
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri May 08, 2020 5:15 pm

Hogan warns on Brexit talks, devolved administrations getting uneasy at talk of exit plan, Bano of England
-Papers look ahead to Monday easing with only two on the failure to hit testing targets

-Defra offers payments to dairy farmers and relaxes competition rules, expected "stay at home" messaging will be dropped quickly, Buckland says courts may be split into two courts and build up will be slow, some of the media going full out for Professor Ferguson but would seem government scientists not happy at his having to go while nowhere near where we want to be on testing.

Sunak calls unions to explain he is irked by how some have abused furlough but he isn't planning to throw it out, the infamous Turkey PPE delivery turned out to be faulty, Northern Ireland's finance minister Conor Murphy says lifting lockdown too early would have bad economic consequences.

Brandon Lewis says government is going to be very cautious on easing lockdown and test decline is due to some technical issues, Blackford says briefing papers before UK leaders is not good practise by government and need to build consent with devolved administrations, Mayor Khan wants ethnicity on death certificates to help identify how bad pandemic is hitting certain communities. Annelisse Dodds warns about using the term addiction about furlough and on Turkey PPE it is more about learning from the mistake, ONS says black people four times more likely to be killed by corana virus then those that are white.

Sturgeon seems very very uneasy at idea of lockdown being lifted on Monday and unhappy at "stay at home" being dropped, Welsh Government won't reopen schools in June. Jenrick urges everyone to buy a newspaper, a sense the "exit at the same time" thing is about to be dropped with a recognition Scotland may not be ready to start exit

-Sir Stramer generally seen as having a good PMQ's, acknowledges he has a big task in Scotland and needs to make case for major devolution, Corbyn leadership was number 1 doorstep issue, need many more tests before are ready to lose lockdown. Expects lockdown to continue after next review, Boris needs to have meaningful discussions with other administrations, hard to see how regions can have separate lockdowns

-Speaker Hoyle agrees to virtual voting, may be technical glitches as it beds in and will only be temporary

-Interest rates held as Bank of England warns economy could shrink 14% (worst since 1760) with 25% fall this quarter then a recovery for rest of year then a 15% recovery next year and unemployment to hit 9%, banks strong enough to keep lending, climate change and insurance stress tests postponed.

Governor Bailey hints stimulus package could be strengthened soon, feels the unique circumstances of the economic pain should allow quicker then normal recovery, thinks negative interest rate is unlikely but doesn't rule it out

-Treasury Chair Mel Stride asking Barclay why companies are having difficulty accessing bounce bank online

-Boris speech to nation to be 7pm Sunday

-Downing Street trying to dampen down the expectations of the changes next week, still going for four nation unified approach, report into why different groups are hit harder by pandemic to be published at end of month, denies they want Brexit talks to fail but EU demands are unreasonable

-Phil Hogan saying he gets the impression that UK has a plan for successful Brexit talks and government will blame corno for any problems from Brexit

-Raab takes press conference, says any changes on Monday will be small and incremental and could be reversed if evidence demands it, carehomes big problem is ebb and flow of those in and out but that can be controlled, Public Health England looking at what can be done to protect BAME staff. Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, says temperature taking may reassure but has limited use, weather probably won't have much effect on pandemic

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-Nadia Whittome saying she was sacked as careworker for speaking out about PPE, care home says she isn't needed and she wasn't right about their PPE supplies (she says she was blaming government rather then them)

-Jess Philips virtual parliament not fully working

-Gordon Brown warns after crises the banks could close thousands of companies unless government intervenes and mass testing needs to be new norm in Scotland, Sir Davey says certainly possible for BOE to lend government more money

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-Faisal Islam the furlough dilemma
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun May 10, 2020 8:10 am

I'm going to post my future politics news posts here, will post notable stuff here but will be less often then at the blog
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Sun Fin » Sun May 10, 2020 7:03 pm

Dong Zhou wrote:I'm going to post my future politics news posts here, will post notable stuff here but will be less often then at the blog


I've followed it on tumblr - obviously - but when I want to respond I'll do so here as I want to leave my tumblr clear for Three Kingdoms posts too!

The lockdown has been eased slightly. From my perspective not much has actually officially changed - however the shift in emphasis and message worries me as I think individuals will ease more than they should.

I'm hearing complaints on both sides about Johnson laying out a road map. People either say not enough detail or complaining about any road map at all. Personally I think giving the public some idea of the route out is important, however attaching any dates, even vague estimates, seemed foolish.
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon May 11, 2020 7:39 am

The lockdown has been eased slightly. From my perspective not much has actually officially changed - however the shift in emphasis and message worries me as I think individuals will ease more than they should.


Basically it is "more outside time" and "come on, you can actually work", a new and confusing slogan, the alert system, some vague plan to give hope for future. So yes a very very slight easing and a change of emphasis

People were already, thanks to whichever idiot at Downing Street and irresponsible media, breaking lockdown as they thought exit was going to happen. Not entirely sure how people will react now it hasn't happened but the confusion over going back to work (business, unions and police are going "this is extremely unhelpful") and I think the exercise thing will be abused

I'm hearing complaints on both sides about Johnson laying out a road map. People either say not enough detail or complaining about any road map at all. Personally I think giving the public some idea of the route out is important, however attaching any dates, even vague estimates, seemed foolish.


I'm ok with the road map, it gives people a bit of sense of future, while being vague enough (the graph itself probably needs more caveats) to give room for government. It probably isn't helpful for business but they need practical papers which might be coming today
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Sun Fin » Fri May 22, 2020 7:11 am

I've gotta ask DZ, have you been writing corna virus deliberately instead of corona? Is there a joke I'm not getting?
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri May 22, 2020 11:43 am

Sun Fin wrote:I've gotta ask DZ, have you been writing corna virus deliberately instead of corona? Is there a joke I'm not getting?


No, just a bad habit I unwittingly fell into. My apologies
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Re: UK Politics 2020-Boris out of hospital

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No need to apologise! In that case that's hilarious! :lol:
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