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  1. philipl

    Politics

    UK operating to lower standards than anywhere else.
  2. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Government has said at least until end of May.
  3. philipl

    Politics

    I hear he is quite bad. What is atrocious is Hancock being diagnosed, quarantining for half the recommended 14 days then going to the opening of the Nightingale Centre where he coughed his guts.
  4. philipl

    Politics

    If I can out argue Johnson over the dinner table, Starmer can dissect him sinew by sinew.
  5. philipl

    Coronavirus

    I don't give a shit if some people are not interested but these are the facts as they stand. 1) The EU central procurement for 25 nations is bureaucratic because they are using standard tendering rules (all speeded up) but they are working and all the needed materials are ordered. 2) After the supplier is selected and tender/bid is accepted, in these extreme circumstances they tend to use French logistics simply because the constitution of France give the French Presidency more powers to cut through red tape than any other country. 3) As of yesterday the Americans are deliberately targeting French orders as they are the biggest for this reason. 4) America targeted the Chinese suppliers for the French procurement knowing the EU had done all the quality checks etc and offered three times the price cash on the nail to hijack medical supplies intended for Europe 5) I am not at liberty to say what happened next but Europe is OK. Like all bullies Trump crumples (hint who does he owe money to?) 6) Trump yesterday announced all 320 million Americans except him have to wear masks- nobody knew that was coming, he made it up on the spot in his press conference 7) Likewise, Trump effectively branded 3M (an American company) an enemy of America and banned it from fulfilling its massive orders from Europe and Canada. 8 ) There is effectively a civil war in America between Trump, the Federal systems and the State Governors who have very extensive powers. States like New York which is Ground Zero for the American epidemic are being massively abused and starved of resources by Trump and the centre. It means that there is not only the FEMA out there buying by individual States and bunches of American sharks looking to make a killing by cornering supply. There is even some evidence the Trump Organization is out there profiteering and racketeering on the coronavirus crisis... "Trump did the exact same thing with cement and his mafia union buddies in the 1980s-1990s.They basically shut down construction to sell their knock off brand of defective cement. If you didn't "buy" from them, you couldn't build anything. Switch cement with ventilators and masks... "What type of individual intercepts aid shipped to other countries at a dock or airport in Thailand? These guys do. Who sends thousands of ventilators that don't work? These guys. Who laughs and sells stock while watching people die and push miracles cures on people as tests? "He views the brave healthcare workers and professionals the same way he viewed the Polish workers who cleared the way for Trump Tower in 1979. Our Armed Forces are his contractors. If one speaks out for the others(Capt. Crozier) they are fired. But he's all about the military?" The impact of this is that America is behaving like a hostile nation towards Europe and France in particular. The UK as you all know has been slow out of the blocks with medical staff not supplied with PPE. Under the transition arrangements, the UK can be part of the joint EU procurement and the NHS was organised to do this until vetoed by the Cabinet. In a procurement war between the US buying for 320m and the EU buying for 500m, the UK buying for 65m is getting squashed. The only chance the UK has is buying spot where prices are ten times higher than they were a month ago. Especially as the Chinese alarmed by cowboy practices by its own people (sub-standard product getting shipped) withdrew export licenses from 11,000 factories on Thursday night. Only 1,200 now have export licenses and our house guest owns five of them. A product line he sold 200,000 of in all 2019 received orders for 10 million items in the last seven days.
  6. philipl

    Politics

    I have no idea who will be appointed to the Shadow Cabinet but Starmer will destroy Johnson at the Dispatch Box. Looking forwards to the blood sports every Wednesday.
  7. philipl

    Coronavirus

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/03/mask-wars-coronavirus-outbidding-demand?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WeChat The UK is late in starting buying supplies for the virus emergency and on its own will end up paying vastly higher prices.
  8. philipl

    Coronavirus

    This article totally destroys any myth of British Government competence in handling the virus. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/priti-patel-coronavirus-self-isolate-travellers-uk-new-york-italy-china-a9446381.html In case nobody had noticed, Great Britain is an island. It is easy to seal the border because you can close the ports and airports. Malta introduced temperature testing and health questioning of international arrivals AT THE END OF JANUARY. Proportionately, Malta has five times more international travel than the UK. Travel to and from Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany was stopped at the end of February. In early March, 14 day quarantine was introduced for everybody coming from outside the country and also for anyone coming into contact with them. We are now at the end of the third week of all international travel except repatriation flights being banned. Only yesterday, for the first time, was the majority of new CV19 cases from local transmission. In contrast... You can fly into Manchester Airport from America dripping with the virus today and not be challenged or tested. You can shove your opinion polls up your arse ... sideways. The British Government is massively culpable for the deaths and suffering through illness of thousands.
  9. philipl

    Coronavirus

    I was head hunted from London to run a mobile telephony incubator in Malta in 2002. I paid UK tax until the Brexit referendum when I permanently relocated to Malta because under UK law I faced the situation of no longer being able to live in the same country as my non EU wife if I were unable to keep working beyond 65 (which I intend to do anyway). I met my wife in Malta at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Valletta. The UK left me. Not the other way round. Not the answer you expected is it?
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    Coronavirus

    This is from CapX today- a Conservative discussion website: A hospital in Berlin has already developed the first worldwide coronavirus test in January. Since then testing capacities have been ramped up immensely, with the Health Ministry saying Germany can perform around 300,000 tests a week. A government advisor put the number even higher at around 500,000 – much higher than Spain (up to 140,000) or Italy’s 200,000, which only increased once the chaos had already taken hold. Meanwhile the UK is on just 35,000-40,000 a week, which ranks in the bottom-quarter of countries when it comes to testing capacity.
  11. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Germany now stepping up to 400,000 tests per day. Pro rata to the UK, Malta at 150,000 tests per day.
  12. philipl

    Politics

    Corbyn's last day today. About four years too late. What a total catastrophe that guy was.
  13. philipl

    Politics

    The Election of the new Leader has been postponed to next year because of the public health situation.
  14. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Germany doing over 100K tests a day for two weeks now. Britain has totally ballsed this up.
  15. philipl

    Coronavirus

    It is the Government which totally cocked up allowing Cheltenham to go ahead. The Greek Government was far more responsible and cancelled mass public events one day after the first case there.
  16. philipl

    Politics

    Fact 1) the Brexit trade agreement timetable for 2020 was trying to achieve a deal at least eight times faster than any equivalent deal has ever been done. Fact 2) at the start of the negotiation process we are already five weeks behind in the process Fact 3) Nobody on either side has any focus on Brexit and is unlikely to do so before the June deadline passes. So there are two options. 1) Johnson does what he did last October and says yes to every term and detail the EU has prepared. Or 2) At least a 2 year and probably a 3 year extension. Anyone who has a problem with 1), you have to recognise the deal Johnson got was FAR WORSE for the UK than May's deal. Yes the deal Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary over and voted against TWICE. Unlike the UK, the EU has done its homework, has prepared the deal 27 countries are willing to live with and it is all published in great detail on www.europa.com Incidentally the EU never wanted Brexit but unlike the UK has always done the intellectual hard work to define Brexit. The UK has sloganised and postured but always been totally clueless about any and every Brexit reality. My advice to the UK is take the extension. The EU deal breaks up the UK and Macron has just put a coronavirus rescue package together designed and predicated on attracting business and employment from the UK to get France going again after this crisis. Incidentally has anyone reading this website received any cash from HMG as compensation for CV19? German small business owners each received €8,500 last Monday from their Government.
  17. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Populations off the top for comparison. TODAY: Top countries with most new deaths from #COVID19 1. France +1,335 65m2. Spain +961 45m3. Italy +760 60m4. USA +708 320m5. UK +569 67m6. Belgium +183 11m7. Germany +176 82m8. Netherlands +166 17m Germany got the virus as early as France did. The difference between Germany and the other countries is preparedness to test. Germany, Taiwan and South Korea got it relatively right as they knew where the virus is in the population and the health response was not based on guess work. Proportionately, Malta is testing more than Germany is now. I am off the scale relieved to be here and not in the UK. PER HEAD, countries controlling the virus test more in a day the number the UK hopes to test in a week.
  18. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Read the article Chaddy and see how few cases it took to trigger a total lock down. Replicate the same policies in the UK and nobody would leave their home for two weeks anywhere.
  19. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Ok let's post some expert comment from a Maltese friend who is coordinating the response to cv19 at the EU level. 1) all viruses mutate 2) this one is mutating unusually slowly. 3) this slow mutation rate means that the vaccine when it is available will be much more effective than flu vaccine. With flu vaccine each year, immunologists have to make a best guess about where several flu strains are going. BUT 4) FLU strains generally become more benign as they mutate. Remember H1N1 bird flu? That has gone from a death sentence to just another flu we all catch. 5) CV19 is very slowly mutating to be even more of a killer. There are signs it could attach to red blood cells and deny their ability to carry oxygen. Stress the emphasis is on very slowly and signs. Only a few labs are reporting this possibility currently. 6) the other oddity about CV19 is we are exceptionally early in detecting human antibodies to it. Don't want to worry you but this thing is tricky compared with many other viruses. This is why people are looking at transfusing serum from the still relatively few 100% recovered people on the basis that whatever cured them is in there somewhere. Also in there somewhere are the possibilities of HIV, HPV etc etc etc. and any other nasty the serum donor has slipping through into the transfusion. There is a balance between sterilising the donor serum against transmission of nasty diseases and probably killing the antibodies you are trying to transfer.
  20. philipl

    "donald"

    He was only supposed to kill one guy in the middle of Fifth Avenue. Not 200 thousand across America.
  21. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Yes I keep my nerve.
  22. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Not a time for my death list willy is bigger than your death list willy comparisons but I fear hugely for the UK which is not leveraging its advantage of lagging behind fellow European countries in the way it should have done. The virus reached Malta about the same time as it reached the UK. Scaling our numbers by 130 to match the size of the UK population, we have the equivalent of 24,440 cases, 6,500 hospitalised, 520 been in intensive care of which 130 remain and has gone critical, and 0 deaths. UK has 29,474 cases and 2,352 deaths. Malta is testing the equivalent of 110,000 a day ie German rates which are 12 times higher than the UK. There is a strong likelihood Malta now knows where most of its infected asymptomatic people are whereas the UK is still a long way off that.
  23. philipl

    Coronavirus

    I looked at American research and saw that basic surgical masks are something like 90% effective stopping you infecting others (more if you also sneeze/cough into your arm) and 80% effective against inbound infection. Yes that is nowhere near good enough for sterile hospital environments where FFP2 and FFP3 standards are needed but are easily a good enough improvement for me to wear a mask when I go out. The key incidentally is to bend the metal strip around your nose- if the metal is at the bottom you are wearing it upside down - AND avoid touching the outside when you take it off. If you touch the outside you potentially infect yourself with the stuff the mask protected you from breathing in. We have just donated 40,000 masks. 20,000 being distributed in France by the local health in a few badly affected areas which are not the getting national publicity and 20,000 here in Malta. Because there was a well meaning donation of sub-standard masks, the Health Ministry are being very careful about our's which are all to EN and FDA standard. It is the wild west in Chinese mask production with cowboys and price gouging rife. The friend who supplied our masks sold 25 times his global 2019 production to American buyers last Saturday and Sunday alone- fortunately he was a major supplier to hotels, cruise lines and airlines where his business has collapsed to zero but has given him huge capacity to switch to his medical business. FEMA and EU are buying masks by the hundreds of millions in single orders- UK is totally outside main stream procurement and without the buying skills as these things have been done for you by the EU. It is a shambles right now in the UK which the "we didn't read the email" response is but the tiniest tip of a very big shit heap.
  24. philipl

    Coronavirus

    Mango Mussolini
  25. philipl

    Coronavirus

    In Belgium, the poorest areas are going down at terrible rates. In the UK, Covid 19 started as a rich person's disease. It first came here with hooray henries fresh from the apres ski at one of the more exclusive ski resort and of course royalty and politicians got it. A friend in Blackpool who caught it is a global consultant but he actually caught it over the garden fence from his neighbour just back from his boat in Spain.
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