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Do the police know what is a lockdown breach, and what isn’t? Boris Johnson seems not to!

Oops! (And the BBC didn’t help by placing Bristol further away from London than it actually is.)

The Conservative government has created more confusion over rules regarding exercise during lockdown – and the police are taking the flak for it.

It’s easy to understand why. There is no justification for this:

The incident occurred in Bournemouth, and it seems to This Writer that it is perfectly reasonable for a woman to take a seat and rest for a moment while taking her day’s exercise.

The issue has come to prominence after Derbyshire police withdrew £200 fines it imposed:

I don’t understand this. The rules demand that we exercise in our local area: “the village, town, or part of the city where you live.” So the fines were justified.

On the other hand, there is no excuse for this:

Councillors – especially Conservative councillors – should know exactly what the rules are, and in any case it is common sense that if you have the disease that has been killing more than a thousand people every day, you don’t go out and transmit your infection into the atmosphere of the locality.

It seems the Tories learned nothing at all from Dominic Cummings’s controversial jolly to Barnard Castle, last summer.

And the prime minister certainly has no excuse. However:

Not acceptable! Where’s his £200 fine?

Worse still:

This was beyond the pale, for obvious reasons:

That’s two offences. Doesn’t the fine increase for multiple offenders?

Yet Johnson gets away with it.

For that reason alone, any fine imposed by the police is unsafe. The law must be applied equally to everybody.

Considering other recent events, though, This Writer has to wonder whether Johnson thought he could rely on the BBC to help him get away with it.

Even now he’s probably thinking, if only the Corporation’s map-makers had placed Bristol closer to London, instead of further away, his breach might have gone unremarked.

People with disabilities SHOULD fear losing benefits because they’re too active. Even cancer patients can’t get them

Fear: Former Paralympian Carly Tait said it was devastating to be told her Motability car could be taken away.

If this information is accurate, you can’t blame people with disabilities.

Only days ago, we learned about a woman with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a very serious form of cancer – who was denied Personal Independence Payment because she was considered not to be sick enough.

The problem is that failure to exercise, even in a rudimentary way, may affect the life expectancy of a person with a long-term illness or disability.

We’re often told exercise is good for us, after all.

So it is possible that, by doing what they think will ensure that they continue to receive benefits, these people are doing the Tory government’s dirty work for it.

It’s a particularly nasty Catch-22.

We should be glad that a future Labour government will take a good, hard look at the benefit system, with a view to restoring its original purpose as support for people in need, rather than their doom.

Disabled people avoid exercise as they fear being stripped of much-relied on benefits for appearing “too independent”, campaigners say.

New research, published by Activity Alliance, says that almost half (47%) worry the government will cut their benefit if they seem too active for a disabled person.

But almost two-thirds (65%) said they rely on benefits to maintain a healthy lifestyle and that, without support, they could not afford travel, specialist equipment and paid-for exercise.

Source: Almost Half Of Disabled People Fear Being Stripped Of Benefits For Being ‘Too Active’

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