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Sappy Monday: Confusion and danger as Tories lift Covid-19 lockdown conditions too soon

Did you go down to the beach over the weekend? Then you’ve probably caught Covid-19 and are set to overburden our hospitals. Well done, you!

More people are going to die after the Tories lifted lockdown conditions too soon.

According to Boris Johnson’s silly “Defcon” scale, the UK is still at Covid Level 4: hospitals aren’t overwhelmed but the R number (the reproductive rate of Covid-19) is still above 1 in some areas, meaning more than one person is catching it for everyone who has it already. The government’s own guidance says it should continue in lockdown.

However, the Tories are behaving as if we have reached level 1, with sports events restored (starting with pigeon racing, of all things), and vulnerable people allowed to leave home for the first time in many weeks; your diabetic granny can now visit the supermarket, even if it means she catches Covid on the way and dies in a couple of weeks time. Nice! The guidance says this level is only likely to be reached when a vaccine has been created and there is no vaccine.

Schools in England have reopened but it seems the only people sending their children back are parents who have had enough of trying to “home teach” them, or who don’t understand that they won’t be able to interact with their friends without shouting.

As one response stated: schools should be places where knowledge is passed on – not Covid.

Are they safe? Judge for yourself on the basis of this:

The gullibility defies belief:

And there are inevitable contradictions:

Health officials made a desperate last-minute plea to the Tories, begging them to halt their homicidal plan to lift lockdown conditions – but their fears fell on deaf ears:

Senior public health officials have made a last-minute plea for ministers to scrap Monday’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, warning the country is unprepared to deal with any surge in infection and that public resolve to take steps to limit transmisson has been eroded.

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said new rules, including allowing groups of up to six people to meet outdoors and in private gardens, were “not supported by the science” and that pictures of crowded beaches and beauty spots over the weekend showed “the public is not keeping to social distancing as it was”.

On Saturday and Sunday, parks and seafronts were packed as people anticipated the lifting of restrictions on what has been dubbed “happy Monday”. Car showrooms and outdoor markets will also be reopened, millions of children will return to primary schools and the most vulnerable “shielded” people will be allowed out for the first time since lockdown began in March, all as long as physical distancing is maintained.

The argument is strong, and is supported by statistics:

The result of all this nonsense seems inevitable:

So what are you going to do? This, perhaps:

Otherwise…

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Johnson to ask for a general election again on Monday

Boris Johnson: He has been defeated in every Parliamentary vote since he became prime minister. Now, it seems he is setting himself up for another fall.

Boris Johnson’s government has announced that it will ask MPs to vote again on whether to have an early general election, on Monday (September 9).

It seems the strategy is to dangle the carrot of a general election on October 15 in front of Labour’s partners-in-opposition, like the SNP or the Liberal Democrats.

But would a majority Tory government find a way to reverse Parliament’s decision to block a “no deal” Brexit?

Or would the Tories play to lose, in order to dump a Labour government with a mess made by David Cameron, Nigel Farage, Theresa May and BoJob – and blame the result on Jeremy Corbyn?

That may prove attractive to Jo Swinson, who is on record as wanting to do anything to avoid a Labour government under Mr Corbyn. And it may also attract Ian Blackford, whose SNP will want to stave off challenges north of the border from a revitalised, left-wing Scottish Labour.

The opposition parties are known to be in negotiations every day as developments take place, in order to present a united front against Mr Johnson’s minority government.

It seems likely they have a very long weekend ahead of them.

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