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  1. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Johnson's playing a very dangerous game. If Cummings ends up getting forced out by Tory MPs Johnson's position will be greatly weakened, maybe even fatally eventually. Even if Cummings survives Johnson has managed to enrage a significant number of his MPs.
  2. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    What will the police say to people on Blackpool or Brighton beach in the sun tomorrow who are too close to each other? Thousands are going to decide that if it's OK for Cummings to swan up and down the country so can they. That's why this matters.
  3. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Well the good news is that track and trace is about to achieve its first success - apparently Boris Johnson has been found.
  4. only2garners

    Brexit

    Well, he's certainly flustered Johnson at PMQs a few times now. The Conservatives are desperate to get more MPs in the house so their jeering can drown out the flapping. You aren't going to see any new policies any time soon. It's years until the next election unless something amazing happens so there's no point in developing policies now that will be out of date by then. Right now he doesn't need to do anything - the Government are tying themselves in enough knots without any pressing from the opposition.
  5. only2garners

    Brexit

    Starmer hasn't been in post for five minutes and he's already got a public approval rating higher than Johnson.
  6. only2garners

    Brexit

    It’s a political decision by Starmer. He wants to give no opportunity for the Conservatives to blame Labour for not accepting the referendum result. He’s decided to let them sink on the impossibility of getting any sort of sensible deal by December. He can just sit on the sidelines and be able to say that he has taken them at their word that they can get this deal done.
  7. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    There are two separate incidents in the Mirror/Observer report. One, on 12th April, he was walking by the Tees with his family in Barnard Castle, 26 miles from Durham. Not in any way an essential journey. Maybe or maybe not in his 14 day self-isolation depending when it started. Then he was back in London on 14th April at work. Then he was seen again in Houghall Woods near Durham on 19th April. That second drive to Durham cannot in any way be construed as essential.
  8. only2garners

    Brexit

    The Irish border question is getting sorted as the UK is building "border posts" to check goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland - you know the ones that Johnson has stated time and time again including an election promise would not be built. I remember it being dismissed as Project Fear.
  9. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Below is what the BBC are reporting on the police story. I suppose it may well have been that the police didn't spek to him directly but to his parents. Someone had spotted Cummings in the garden playing with his child (not at death's door then) and called "the owner of the property" - could be anyone but probably his parents. Interesting that it says that there was someone present and self-isolating in "part of the house". So not a separate property then. He's lucky his parents didn't live in Lancashire. Durham police have hardly given out any fines. Durham Police confirmed officers had spoken to the owners of an address after its officers were made aware on 31 March of reports a person had travelled there from London. A spokesman said that owners of the address confirmed the individual "was present and self-isolating in part of the house", and officers "explained to the family the guidelines around self-isolation and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel".
  10. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Don't worry Dreams. In these situations the story itself is often not what was first reported e.g. the first report was that he was staying with his elderly parents. I'm not sure anyone has the full facts on this yet.
  11. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    His wife Mary Wakefield is a journalist with the Spectator, so I assume she lives in London to do that. in any case the story as I have read it was all three of them drove up to Durham - she had the virus and they ware worried that if he got it too they would need someone to look after the 4 year old. As arbitro says it was both reckless and directly against several of the lockdown rules to drive themselves north. His elderly parents should not be visited (it sounds like he didn't stay with them doesn't mean he didn't see them - we don't know), he was supposed to stay at home as his wife had the virus, etc etc.
  12. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Eh? Cummings is like millions of people who live a distance away from their parents but near their work. I have two sons in exactly the same situation. He lives with his wife and child in London, where both parents work.
  13. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Right now we have no idea whether he met his parents or not. It is said he was staying in a separate house but that doesn't mean that he didn't meet his parents. I'm just waiting now for someone who has been fined for doing something similar to come forward.
  14. only2garners

    Football League Suspended

    I think they take their wife and small child to their elderly parents 250 miles away to “sell-isolate”.
  15. only2garners

    Cricket

    It'll be a challenge bowling 2 metres away from the umpire.........
  16. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    It’s not future promises that are the issue but past performance.
  17. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    The ever reliable "More or Less" this morning once again took apart the Government's testing figures. As of Monday we have still not done 100,000 tests a day, nearly three weeks after the deadline. They analysed a recent day's figures and I can't now remember the exact numbers (the programme is readily available on BBC Sounds if anyone wants to check). It was something like 130K tests announced, of which about 70K were tests actually carried out on 43K different people. The rest of the tests were posted out and 30K of those were sent out for research purposes and not part of the official test programme. Maybe yesterday's 177K tests might mean that we actually did 100K tests yesterday, but it doesn't look likely they were on 100K different people. Either way Johnson's new target of 200K a day in 11 days time looks fanciful.
  18. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Frankly he has every time he's been on since this whole thing began - the difference between him and pretty much anyone in the Government is breathtaking.
  19. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Chaddy - we know how the tests are being counted. Mine and others' point is that the method they use is just plain wrong. The whole reason we don't know how many tests are returned or not used is that we are counting them at the wrong time. There is no point in counting a test at all until it has been analysed in a lab. They are producing numbers which are greatly exaggerated and therefore of no real use if you want to know exactly how many have actually been done.
  20. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    One thing that Morgan, Johnson and Patel have in common? They have all been sacked at least once.
  21. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    I presume in your first sentence you meant to say NOT use it? If the tests aren't easy to do, even for those doing them all the time, then there must be loads which have been spoilt doing them at home so not done at all. It's straightforward - they should just count the tests as they are analysed in the lab. That's when we know there has been an outcome, positive or negative. Before that it's just a bit of spit/snot on a stick.
  22. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    Clearly it's a good thing to post out testing kits. What's not is counting them as tests done as soon as they go in the post. They should be counted as the tests are analysed. There will clearly be many who do not return a posted test for all sorts of reasons - they mess them up, they end up in hospital before the test arrives, they are hypochondriacs whose "symptoms" have gone before the get the test, they get a test without a forwarding address (which happened) etc etc.
  23. only2garners

    Coronavirus

    There was a story last week in the Independent about how Boots were recruiting some of the roles on a volunteer basis - no pay for a commitment of at least 4 x 8 hour shifts a week! No surprise that it was taken down pretty sharpish. there are outsourcing firms recruiting as well, but at OK levels of pay.
  24. only2garners

    Good News!

    Luckily I will be in no pain should our last attempt fail (we completely forgot about it last night!). I will just have an interesting hole, which luckily is to the side of my mouth. You would have to think that dentistry would be one of the last services to start up as it's the one thing that you can't do with a mask on.
  25. only2garners

    Good News!

    Spoke too soon. So far it's dropped out twice. I rang the dentist for any further advice but there really isn't any. One final attempt tonight or I'll be with left with an endearing gap for the duration.
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