In the biggest crisis of our time, why has the government’s emergency committee not met since MAY?

Is this the reason all the Johnson government’s attempts to handle Covid-19 have fallen apart? The committee convened by the prime minister to tackle emergencies facing the UK – known as COBRA after its location (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) – has not met since May 10. That shocking fact was revealed, not by Boris Johnson, but by London Mayor Sadiq Khan during a phone-in on James O’Brien’s LBC radio talk show. He said it seemed the Tories in the government don’t like to be challenged: Sadiq Khan tells LBC…

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#DonaldTrump accused of launching US version of #HitlerYouth

It seems the UK’s Johnson government isn’t the only political organisation copying whole chapters from the Nazi playbook. US President Donald Trump has announced a plan to set up what critics have already dubbed his own version of the Hitler Youth – the scheme that was used to indoctrinate millions of German youngsters into Nazism in the 1930s and 40s. The plan was announced in a Constitution Day speech at the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum. Here’s CNN: “We must clear away the web…

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Why are asymptomatic #Eton pupils getting #Covid tests that the rest of us can’t have?

It seems the timing of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments about “carping” over Covid-19 tests has turned the issue into a farce. As reported on This Site earlier, complaints have been rising because people have been sent miles – sometimes hundreds of miles – out of their way for tests. This Site reported a few days ago that the government seems to have ordered some testing centres to shut, even though they still had usable tests. Meanwhile, Covid-19 infections are soaring across the UK, with nearly 4,000 new cases announced on September…

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Worried that you can’t get a #Covid19 test? ‘Stop carping’ says #JacobReesMogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks we should “stop carping” about his government’s failure to set up a Covid-19 testing system worthy of even the most technologically-backward banana republic. Complaints have been rising because people have been sent miles – sometimes hundreds of miles – out of their way for tests. This Site reported a few days ago that the government seems to have ordered some testing centres to shut, even though they still had usable tests. Apparently the only way to be sure of a test in Rees-Mogg’s Tory UK is to…

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Local lockdown to hit northeast England – but why was it first announced on TV?

BBC news has announced – around midday today, September 17 – that the northeast of England will be subjected to stronger Covid-19-related restrictions because of increased infections there. It’s not quite a local lockdown but close. I knew this last night because Robert Jenrick announced it on television, on Robert Peston’s ITV political chat show. The only reason I didn’t publish a story straight away was fatigue (I had been awake for around 19 hours on the trot by then) – and also I wanted to know what Commons Spaker…

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Daily #Covid19 infections are now nearly 4,000, with more than 1,000 schools infected. Do you feel safe?

The coronavirus has reached a height not seen since May 10, with nearly 4,000 people found to be infected in a single day, while more than 1,000 schools have now suffered outbreaks. 3,991 cases of CV19 in the UK today. Our highest in 130 days No ifs or buts, opening schools has been a disaster. A disaster Keir Starmer & Boris Johnson must share the blame for. — Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) September 16, 2020 1,011 UK Schools with confirmed coronavirus infections among school population resulting from a CV19 test. —…

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Files on #GrenfellTower cladding ‘lost forever’ after deletion from laptop. How convenient!

Emails, documents and design drawings relating to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower that put highly flammable cladding on its walls have been lost forever after being deleted from a laptop, the inquiry into the 2017 disaster has learned. Design manager Daniel Anketell-Jones, who worked for cladding specialists Harley Facades until March 2016, told the hearing he erased his work computer of all files after agreeing to keep the device despite leaving the firm. Harley managing director Ray Bailey said… “Daniel Anketell-Jones… left Harley some months before the fire. “By that…

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#DavidCameron says austerity made us better-prepared to tackle #Covid19. Phew, what a loony!

Can somebody please put David Cameron back in his box? He turned up out of nowhere to criticise Boris Johnson for planning to break international law – something that Cameron himself did on a regular basis – and now he seems to think he can run around pronouncing judgements on all and sundry as if he still matters. He wants us to think that his austerity policies made us better-prepared to tackle Covid-19, when in fact they crippled the UK’s response. Worse still, he personally presided over the dismantling of all…

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If this is how Tory MPs regard #socialdistancing they can’t expect us to do as they say

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised: as MPs voted to break international law, they also broke their own rules on social distancing. How can they expect us to obey those laws – including the new “rule of six”, when they set such a bad example? Here’s what happened, via the Enfield Independent: Pass readers in the division lobbies used by MPs to record their votes stopped working. They instead had to queue up, walk through the chamber and pause at the despatch box to announce their name and vote. The problems emerged…

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#InternalMarketBill: why did these #ToryLawBreakers vote for the #WithdrawalAgreement if it was so bad?

Hundreds of Conservative MPs voted for the EU Withdrawal Agreement to become UK law in January – on the grounds that it would bring the UK back together as “one invigorated nation”. Why have the same people now voted to betray the same agreement? Back in December last year, as his then-EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson said: “Now is the time to act together as one reinvigorated nation, one United Kingdom. “Now is the moment to come together and write a new…

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