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While other nations fight Covid-19, the Tories lie about it – as ‘February 30’ proves

Closed: but the Tories pretended that the UK was closed to travellers from Covid-19 hotspots in China from February 30 – which is impossible.

Jonathan Van Tam is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England – although he shouldn’t be.

He can’t even lie convincingly.

Or does he honestly believe February has 30 days?

Speaking for the Tory government, he was trying to push another retrospective lie onto the people of the UK – that people from Covid-19 hotspots in China who came to the UK had been quarantined, starting from February 30 – a date that does not exist.

Funny thing is, as far as I can tell, this is the current advice for people travelling from the Chinese hotspots of Wuhan and Hubei – last updated February 13.

It’s a “question and answer” sheet which states:

Q: If I want to leave China via commercial means, will I be placed in quarantine in the UK on arrival?

A: No. People arriving from Wuhan and Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu, and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area. This applies even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

The UK is not taking special measures regarding arrivals of any nationality from China beyond standard entry procedures. However, if you believe you may have been exposed to coronavirus or been in contact with another person exhibiting flu-like symptoms, you may wish to take precautions and self-quarantine for a minimum 7 days, also informing anyone you might be living with of your concerns.

Another day, another Tory lie about the coronavirus.

We cannot trust them on a single thing.

Yet they have taken it upon themselves to co-ordinate our response to the biggest threat of life we have faced in decades. No wonder more than 60,000 people have died.

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Coronavirus: Countries that relaxed lockdown are suffering second spikes – and Johnson’s talking about copying them


What a timing malfunction: on the day Boris Johnson tried to talk the UK into accepting his plan to relax lockdown restrictions, countries that have already made this choice reported increased infections and reimposed them.

Strangely enough, This Writer was only discussing the issue last week – with a guy who was saying that places like Germany have relaxed restrictions and nothing bad happened:

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Well, I don’t know about Austria and Denmark, but as for Germany

New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control. The Robert Koch Institute for disease control said in a daily bulletin the number of people each sick person now infects – known as the reproduction rate, or R – had risen to 1.1.

Germany isn’t the only country having difficulties.

In South Korea

The South Korean government issued an emergency order on Friday for the closure of all bars in Seoul after a single clubber infected at least 40 people and exposed over 1,900 more to the coronavirus. The closure is indefinite.

The authorities were forced to trace the contacts of the 29-year-old man, who has not been named, after his night out in the Itaewon district of Seoul – and have so far found at least forty people confirmed with the infection. The country had previously been free of domestic transmission of the virus after an extensive and rigorous programme of testing, tracing and isolating as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

And in China

An untraced coronavirus outbreak in a Chinese city near the Russian border and a spate of new cases in Wuhan has prompted fears of a fresh wave of infections in China.

On Sunday, Chinese authorities reclassified Shulan, a city near the Russian and North Korean borders, as high risk, after a cluster of cases connected to a woman with no known history of travel or exposure to the virus.

It came just a week after China designated all regions in the country as low or medium risk. On Sunday the country’s national health commission reported 17 new cases, its second day of a double-digit rise and its highest number in nearly two weeks.

These are all countries that were thought to have got their Covid-19 outbreaks under control – only to see them flare up again.

Now Boris Johnson is telling the UK everything is under control – just as the leaders of those other countries probably said to their citizens.

Considering what happened there, what do you think is going to happen here?

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Why are ‘hostile’ states trying to hack into UK coronavirus research? Why not pool resources?

Doesn’t this say everything about the stupidity of our politicians – not just in the UK but across the globe.

Having created an atmosphere of distrust for no particular reason than they don’t like Johnny Foreigner’s politics, now that we should all be working together to beat Covid-19, it seems we’re trying to steal from each other instead.

And if Russia, Iran and China are trying to get into our research systems, what might the UK be trying to steal from them?

Hostile states are attempting to hack British universities and scientific facilities to steal research related to Covid-19, including vaccine development, cybersecurity experts have warned.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the proportion of such targeted cyber-attacks had increased, branding the criminal activity “reprehensible”.

It is understood that nations including Iran and Russia are behind the hacking attempts, while experts have said China is also a likely perpetrator.

There are thought to be dozens of universities and institutions with biomedical capacity working on Covid-19 research, ranging from new diagnostic and antibody tests to experimental treatment.

However, it is understood there have been no successful attacks on universities or research institutions to date.

Saving lives is more important than international rivalries – to anybody who isn’t a jingoistic sabre-rattling fool.

The best thing to do is make all our research freely available – because then nobody will have to cover the same ground – and tell those foreign powers they didn’t need to go to the trouble of trying to steal it.

Source: Hostile states trying to steal coronavirus research, says UK agency | Espionage | The Guardian

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Has British Steel been rescued – or has China gained a foothold in the western industry?

British Steel in Scunthorpe: It seems one reason the plant here has lost a large amount of income was Brexit uncertainty.

China has found a way around high EU tariffs on its steel, by buying British Steel for the bargain price of just £70 million.

It seems that country’s strategy has paid off – the UK industry has been struggling for years after it was said that China was flooding the international market with cheap, inferior steel.

In 2016 the EU imposed tariffs of up to 73.7 per cent on Chinese steel after an influx of cheap imports from Asia forced European manufacturers to cut jobs and lower prices.

But it seems that the damage was done, and it seems the only way the UK could protect 4,000 jobs in the industry, and 20,000 in the supply chain, was to allow a Chinese company to buy British Steel.

Won’t this be a way around those huge EU tariffs – even with Brexit, if a UK government negotiates a favourable trade deal?

And won’t this mean more inferior steel flooding the market, with the safety risks this entails?

From a political point of view, this is a slap in the face for the right-wing parties.

They attack Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour as far-left amateurs who don’t understand economics – but now they are being forced to accept help from the ‘tiger’ economy of the far east, which is run by communists.

It is clear that these Chinese left-wingers know far more about economic imperialism than the Tories.

British Steel is set to announce a rescue deal with China’s Jingye Group, which could safeguard up to 4,000 jobs in the UK.

Jingye Group has agreed in principle to buy British Steel for £70m.

It is understood that the government will help in the form of loan guarantees and other financial support.

British Steel has been kept running by the government via the Official Receiver since May, when the company went into liquidation.

As well as employing 4,000 people at its Scunthorpe and Teesside sites, British Steel supports an additional 20,000 jobs in the supply chain.

Another 1,000 jobs are based in France and the Netherlands – those are included in the deal too.

Source: British Steel to be rescued by Chinese firm in £70m deal – BBC News

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Peston’s ‘China’ accusation backfires as Labour supporters react with fury

Ill-humoured: Robert Peston.

Look at the state of this, about the Labour conference vote yesterday that supported the leadership’s position on Brexit, rather than changing to support remaining in the European Union:

In his article, Robert Peston states: “The Brexit position of the trade unions was always a red herring, what magicians call misdirection. What mattered was who was in the hall.

“And that was sorted weeks ago though the choice of delegates.

“For spectators like me – who spent 15 years observing the tactics of China’s leaders – all this is quite familiar.

“For passionate Labour Remainers, it’s infuriating.”

This is a lie. Peston was claiming that delegates to the Labour conference were chosen by Jeremy Corbyn to support his position on Brexit, when in fact they are chosen by their fellow constituency party members.

As Richard Seymour states: “This is literally a conspiracy theory about the official opposition being published by a major national broadcaster. They ought to withdraw this.”

And he’s not the only one to react furiously:

So Mr Peston changed tack and decided to suggest he was joking. That didn’t go down well either:

Sadly, the mainstream media seem determined to mislead the public about Labour’s attitude towards Brexit. Consider this, from the BBC’s Norman Smith – and the response:

Labour is now the only mainstream political party that will give all UK electors a voice on the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The Tories will take us out on terms that seem most likely to benefit Boris Johnson’s business partners.

The Liberal Democrats will keep us in, without offering the people a chance to make a decision.

Labour will honour the 2016 referendum by negotiating a new exit deal with the EU, and will bring this deal back to the electorate for a decision, alongside the possibility of remaining in the EU after all.

This is the only way democracy may be honoured in this matter.

Now all we need to do is get rid of Boris Johnson’s attempted dictatorship and bring in a Labour government. Right?

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Foreign office officials: Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

Just when officials at the Foreign Office thought they could live without embarrassment for a while, it turns out Jeremy Hunt is just as stupid as his immediate forerunner.

On a trip to China, intended to strengthen trade ties ahead of Brexit, Hunt tried to win the approval of his hosts by mentioning that his wife is Japanese – evoking memories of a centuries-old rivalry and a bloody occupation in the 1930s and 40s.

He backslid fast but the damage had been done.

Good luck getting a decent trade deal now, Jeremy! I only wish I had some knowledge of Chinese so I could describe you in the appropriate language.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.

China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan’s bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s.

Source: Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China | UK news | The Guardian

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Ex-cabinet ministers accused of telling China how to cash in on Brexit in C4 ‘sting’

The senior politicians were lured to a luxury Mayfair office (pictured) where they were secretly filmed discussing being paid for telling Chinese tycoons how to make money out of Britain leaving the European Union [Image from the Daily Mail].

Tory sleaze.

But is this the story the Sunday Times dropped for its fake news about a left-wing purge of Labour MPs?

A political storm erupted … over claims that three former Cabinet ministers secretly tried to earn thousands of pounds in a ‘cash for Brexit’ scandal.

The senior politicians were lured to a luxury Mayfair office where they were secretly filmed discussing being paid for telling Chinese tycoons how to make money out of Britain leaving the European Union.

Those targeted were ex-Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, and ex-Trade Secretary Peter Lilley. All three … denied wrongdoing.

The latest Westminster sleaze claims follow a three-month investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.

Source: Cabinet ministers accused of telling China how to cash in on Brexit


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David Cameron in UK-China investment initiative – does anyone smell a rat?

David Cameron’s role is not his first job since stepping down as PM in 2016 [Image: Yves Herman/Reuters].

A couple of interesting comments about this turned up on Twitter.

Angela Rayner makes the correct connection – that Mr Cameron failed to achieve results for the UK when China wanted to flood the country with its cheap and shoddy steel:

But it’s Sarah Champion who puts it in the correct context, in the opinion of This Writer:

This rings true – and makes Mr Cameron deserving of our deepest suspicion.

He is serving China’s interests today – we know that.

The big question is, when did he start serving China’s interests?

David Cameron has taken a job leading a billion-dollar investment initiative agreed between the UK and China.

The former prime minister, who played a key role in efforts to boost trade links with Beijing while he was in Downing Street, will take charge of the £750m fund to improve roads, ports and rail networks between China and the countries it trades with.

Source: David Cameron to lead £750m UK-China investment initiative | Politics | The Guardian


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The US tried to police the world for decades. Trump just wants to bomb it

This is not presidential, or statesmanlike, behaviour:

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on “righteous” countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

Trump said: “The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests.

“The US has great strength and patience,” Trump said. But he added: “If it is forced to defend ourselves or our allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

As alarmed murmurs spread around the hall, Trump had another barb. Using his newly adopted epithet for Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Source: Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech | US news | The Guardian

Here’s a video of his words:

This was at the United Nations, folks! The organisation was set up to maintain worldwide peace and security; to develop relations among nations; to foster co-operation between nations in order to solve economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian international problems.

And Donald Trump went there to threaten the destruction of another UN member state.

His words were inappropriate – especially his use of the derogatory ‘Rocket Man’ nickname for Kim Jong Un. Don’t just take my word for it:

And he has provoked the afore-mentioned ‘Rocket Man’ with those words. The standoff with North Korea can only become more tense now.

Worst of all: He didn’t have to do it.

Mr Trump had just agreed a deal with China’s leader Xi Jinping to “maximise pressure” on Pyongyang via UN-approved sanctions.

That is the way forward. Sanctions, diplomacy, co-operation with China – which is North Korea’s strongest ally. If China turns against Kim Jong Un, as appears to have happened, then he is in an untenable position.

Will he back down?

It is entirely possible that he might have…

And then Mr Trump made that stupid speech.


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Latest privatisation success – Australia, Qatar and China to profit from billing UK energy customers

An engineer walks along stretch of National Grid gas pipeline near Skipton in North Yorkshire [Image: Nigel Roddis/Reuters].

An engineer walks along stretch of National Grid gas pipeline near Skipton in North Yorkshire [Image: Nigel Roddis/Reuters].

Perhaps when Nigel Farage appears on the BBC’s Question Time this evening, someone will have the intelligence to ask him how he feels about rich foreigners buying British assets and taking the profits abroad.

Undoubtedly, shareholders in the UK’s National Grid will be delighted to pocket the £4 billion they are making from the sale of the gas pipe network to Australia, Qatar and China.

How happy will their customers feel?

The sale means that what was once a public asset is now in the hands of two foreign states and one foreign multinational investment bank.

They won’t be interested in investing in the network.

They won’t want to cut bills.

They’ll want to maximise profits.

This is further proof that Conservative privatisation policies are impoverishing the UK by selling off everything we own to foreigners.

It seems strange that being ripped off by rich foreigners is seen as entirely acceptable, while the possibility of poor foreigners coming here to look for work has been painted as an insult to our national pride.

What will Mr Farage, who has been known to advocate NHS privatisation, have to say about it?

National Grid has agreed to sell a majority stake in its gas pipe network to a team of investors in a deal valuing the division at about £13.8bn.

The UK’s power network operator said it would sell a 61% shareholding in the gas pipe arm to a consortium led by Australian investment bank Macquarie, including backing from Qatari and Chinese state investors.

National Grid will return £4bn to shareholders after the deal, and it will make a voluntary payment of £150m to the benefit of British energy consumers.

The auction for the gas network has been running for at least a year, and the Macquarie consortium fought off a raft of competitors including a team led by Chinese investors.

Source: National Grid sells majority stake in gas division in £13.8bn deal | Business | The Guardian

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