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New penalties for breaking Covid travel rules are right – and they are also an insult

Matt Hancock: this vacant-eyed dimwit has helped cause the deaths of tens of thousands of people and will suffer no penalty for it – but he wants you to know that he can take £10,000 off of you, even if you do nothing to spread Covid-19.

Your Tory government – the one that just admitted ignoring scientific advice in a way that caused tens of thousands of deaths – has just imposed new penalties for breaking Covid-19-related travel bans.

The rules include:

Ten year jail terms… could be given to anyone who lies on a passenger locator form to hide they have been to red-list country within ten days before arriving, from which travellers will have to quarantine in hotels for up to ten days.

Anyone arriving from one of the 33 red list countries will have to pay £1,750, which will cover the cost of their hotel stay, transport to the hotel, and their coronavirus tests.

Anyone arriving in the UK from any country will need to take two Covid tests before being allowed to leave isolation, whether they are quarantining at home or a hotel.

This is on top of a negative test result required 72 hours before travelling.

Anyone in England who does not comply with the rules faces fines of up to £10,000.

It is reasonable to impose new controls to restrict the spread of Covid-19 – including the fines (although I don’t think people should have to pay the cost of following those controls that are being forced on them).

My problem is this:

These controls, imposing huge financial penalties and imprisonment on people who may not spread Covid at all, are penalties for ignoring advice from a government that has admitted causing tens of thousands of deathsby ignoring advice from scientists.

Boris Johnson hasn’t paid a fine – and I would expect him to have to pay a lot more than £10,000, considering the megadeaths he has caused, the harm to families across the UK and to the national economy as well.

Boris Johnson hasn’t gone to jail. What’s the sentence for causing tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths?

So, while I agree with the principal behind the new rules, I don’t believe Johnson’s Conservative government has any moral authority to impose them.

In fact, I would go as far as to say:

It is an insult. Johnson and his Tories are telling us not only that they can get away with causing thousands upon thousands of deaths, but also that they can inflict further harm on us – at will – whenever they feel like it.

Source: Ten year jail terms and £10,00 fines for breaking Covid travel rules as border controls tightened | ITV News

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Johnson should have done this 10 months ago: he’s stopping foreign travel

Gatwick Airport: there won’t be many planes overhead there from Monday (January 18).

‘UK to close all travel corridors from Monday’ says the BBC headline. Confused?

It means travel into and out of the UK will be halted, in a bid to stop new strains of Covid-19 from infecting people here.

The UK is to close all travel corridors from Monday morning to “protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of Covid, the PM has said.

Anyone flying into the country from overseas will have to show proof of a negative Covid test before setting off.

It comes as a ban on travellers from South America and Portugal came into force on Friday over concerns about a new variant identified in Brazil.

Boris Johnson said the new rules would be in place until at least 15 February.

The science has been telling Johnson to do this since before March last year.

But he kept ports and airports open throughout the Covid-19 crisis, only restricting travel to and from specific countries and regions.

Now – at long last – he has finally given in to overwhelming evidence and done the right thing.

But will he ever admit he was wrong to delay for so long?

Source: Covid: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday – BBC News

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Care home residents told they can’t have vaccine unless they get on a bus

Frail residents of care homes across the UK are being told they can’t have the new Covid-19 vaccine unless they get on a bus to the hospitals where the jabs are being administered.

Apparently storage conditions mean they can’t have the injections in their care homes – but their physical condition means they can’t take the trip to hospital either.

Isn’t this going to cause yet another Covid care home scandal?

Covid vaccine plans for frail care home residents were in chaos tonight after they were told: Get on the bus.

The Government says they will have to travel to hospital hubs for the jab but angry care bosses said: “There’s no way they can do that.”

Care homes fear vaccines won’t be delivered to them until next year despite Government promises they would be a priority.

The vaccine must be transported at minus 70C, and can only be kept outside ultra-cold storage for a few days.

This means 50 hospital hubs in England will receive the first batch before GPs start delivering the vaccine in the community from December 14.

The complex logistical issues mean there are fears some of the most vulnerable in care homes will miss out if they can’t be safely taken to hospital.

Yet again, the Tories fail to think out their stratagy properly.

Yet again, it seems the most vulnerable will pay the price for bull-in-a-china-shop Boris Johnson’s stupidity.

Source: Covid vaccine plans for care home in chaos after frail residents told to ‘get on bus’ – Mirror Online

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Rees-Mogg’s hypocrisy over England-Wales travel ban is borderline schizoid

Rees-Mogg: doesn’t he look properly psychotic in this image? Little did we know that it reflects his actual personality. Or did we..?

See what I did there? No? Allow me to explain:

Jacob Rees-Mogg has supported to the hilt plans that would put permanent borders within the United Kingdom – in the middle of the Irish Sea and on the inland border of Kent.

But he reckons a plan by Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford to ban entry into that country by people from other areas of the UK with higher Covid-19 lockdown restrictions is “unconstitutional”.

It isn’t; it simply puts those other parts of the UK in the same situation as those parts of Wales that are under more stringent restrictions and Drakeford is well within his rights to impose this temporary rule.

It seems, regarding internal borders, Rees-Mogg is schizoid – he is literally of two minds.

Here’s Nation.Cymru:

Jacob Rees Mogg replied: “What would you expect of a hard-left Labour Government?

“The approach to putting a border between England and Wales is unconstitutional and will place the police in an invidious position considering that they serve the whole of the United Kingdom.

“We are one single United Kingdom and we should not have… borders between different parts of the United Kingdom.

“And I’m afraid that is what you get when you vote for socialists.”

He did not offer any evidence that the Welsh Government’s plan was unconstitutional. Health is a devolved issue in Wales and can be legislated upon by the Welsh Parliament.

Police are not devolved but organised on an England and Wales, Scottish, and Northern Irish basis.

The measures regarding people coming to Wales from England are the same as those that exist between Welsh authorities.

You can see him making his comment here:

Phew, what a loony!

“Hard-left Labour government”? Rees-Mogg’s own constituency of Bath and North-East Somerset is very close to Wales. All he has to do is cross a bridge to realise that this is not a country full of Bolshevik revolutionaries.

Drakeford himself always struck me as being more of the ‘New Labour’ persuasion than a socialist. Perhaps he’ll take the hint from Rees-Mogg and adopt a more left-wing policy from now on (that would be welcome).

Realistically, we could suggest that Rees-Mogg’s attitude is that of the spoilt boy who finds that someone else has been playing with his toys; perhaps he thought nobody else was allowed to do as Drakeford has – now he knows better.

Alternatively, he’s mad as a bag of cats.

Our friends in the social media have an opinion about that, of course:

Come to that, so do a few people from Wales itself:

Of course it is perfectly permissible to travel out of Wales in order to give Rees-Mogg a verbal battering.

And if you don’t travel through any English Covid hotspots, it’s perfectly permissible to travel back in again.

The only people under any restrictions are those who should not be travelling anyway.

So this Tory fool is making a fuss about nothing.

Source: Rees-Mogg incorrectly claims new Welsh Covid-19 restrictions are ‘unconstitutional’ – Nation.Cymru

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Why can’t the Tories admit they made UK a Covid-19 deathtrap for the sake of a bit of cash?

Simple Simon: your life is in the hands of people like bubble-brained housing minister Clarke.

Conservative self-justifications for stupid behaviour get increasingly more ridiculous by the day.

Tory housing minister Simon Clarke has admitted that the UK has a “unique vulnerability” to Covid-19 infection because it is a “global travel hub”.

And this is true: it is believed there was no single “patient zero” who brought the virus into the UK.

Instead, as many as 1,300 separate individuals carried it here with them, according to major research by an organisation calling itself the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK).

Those initial cases came mostly from European countries; the pandemic may have started in China but the UK wasn’t infected by people travelling from its point of origin.

What’s unbelievable is Mr Clarke’s next claim: he denied that this showed strict quarantine rules should have been applied in March (This Writer would have suggested earlier than that) to prevent the infection getting in.

Bear in mind that Covid boffin Neil Ferguson has said that locking down the country just one week earlier would have halved the UK’s death toll. Quarantining visitors to the UK should have been part of that.

But Mr Clarke said the decision to allow travellers into the UK without any check on whether they were carrying Covid-19 for nearly three months after lockdown started was “proportionate in terms of trying to maximise savings of lives and the economy”.

We can disregard the claim about “savings of lives” – it simply isn’t true; the UK has the highest death rate, in proportion to the size of its population, in the entire world. That is due to Tory recklessness.

So what’s the real justification for the Tories’ reckless decision to allow Covid-19 into the UK, ending tens of thousands of innocent lives?

It’s the other “saving” that Mr Clarke mentions: “the economy”.

Yes, the Tories decided it was worth risking all our lives, just to make a few more farthings for themselves and their filthy business friends.

It’s also the reason they are easing lockdown restrictions long – long – before it is safe to do so, according to the standards they themselves put in place.

They see other countries, that enacted all the precautions they didn’t, recovering and starting to resume trading with the world and fear that they will lose more filthy lucre if they don’t do the same.

Your life is worthless to them if you aren’t putting money in their offshore bank accounts. Remember: Tories consider you to be nothing more than livestock.

That is why they are eager to risk a massive second wave of infection, with even more deaths, just to be able to say that they are trading with the world again.

Mark my words.

Boris Johnson is eager to infect you for the sake of some favourable publicity and a bit of cash for his party’s donors.

Source: Coronavirus: Minister says UK has world’s second-highest death toll because ‘we are a global travel hub’ | The Independent

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The two faces of the Tories – enscapsulated in two policies today

This is the UK’s Conservative government:

And this is also the UK’s Conservative government:

Huge handouts to rich corporations, while they take away what little the poor receive to help them survive.

It is homicidal.

But millions of poor people insanely voted for rule by these insults to humanity.

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Coronavirus: Wales starts easing the lockdown – one rule at a time

The Welsh government has announced that it is easing lockdown restrictions – but only one part of them, and for a very good reason.

From Monday, people from two different households in the same local area will be able to meet up outdoors. They must continue to maintain social distancing and strict hand hygiene.

As a general rule, people will not be allowed to travel more than five miles for these meetings – which comes hard for those of us in rural areas who have friends more than five miles away that we haven’t seen in nearly three months.

There will be exceptions including travelling to work, shopping for essentials that aren’t available locally, and to seek care.

That last exception seems to be an attempt to legitimise behaviour like Dominic Cummings’s trip from London to Durham, which caused a hugely embarrassing scandal that the Tory government has been trying to silence for the last week.

The reason for lifting just one rule at a time is simple, as First Minister Mark Drakeford was told:

“Making more than one significant relaxation was too dangerous because if the infection rate went up, it would not be clear what had caused it.”

Contrast that with Boris Johnson’s idiotic rush to get everybody back to work as soon as possible, and damn the consequences!

Is it any wonder that this decision has been followed by another one – to stop showing the daily number of Covid-19-related deaths?

Source: Why the Welsh Government is only making one major lockdown change | Wales – ITV News

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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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This leading Tory just made a mockery of his party’s claims about the climate crisis

Climate denier: Matt Hancock.

So much for green Conservatism.

Matt Hancock has said he’s happy for the entire planet to burn, as long as businesspeople get to their meetings a bit quicker.

Oh, and he’s the Health Secretary, by the way.

Do you think that might be the reason the Tories have helped save the airline Flybe, when they couldn’t give a damn about retail firms like Mothercare (for example)?

This Conservative government is a sick joke – and the laugh is on everybody who voted for it.

The Tory Health Secretary has declared Brits should carry on taking short-haul internal flights despite the climate crisis.

Matt Hancock said people shouldn’t cut down on domestic air travel – because it’s quicker than taking the train.

It comes despite Chancellor Sajid Javid saying Tory plans for government were “the most green manifesto any party has ever published”.

Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: “Either Matt Hancock thinks airplanes run on fairy dust, or he does know they’re a major source of planet-heating emissions but simply doesn’t care.

“Whichever it is, his comments fly in the face of the Conservative manifesto commitment to tackling the climate emergency.”

Source: Top Tory says we should all carry on taking short flights despite climate crisis – Mirror Online

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DWP tried to force teen who can’t walk or talk to travel 25 miles for Universal Credit interview

If you’re thinking this was a simple mistake, think again.

I do not doubt that the DWP official who ordered disabled Aaron Faulkner to travel 25 miles for a Universal Credit interview knew perfectly well that it was entirely inappropriate to make that demand.

But you see, if Mr Faulkner failed to appear, that’s an easy benefit saving. The DWP has been using this wheeze for years.

A teenager who cannot walk, talk or control his limbs was made to travel 25 miles for a ‘fit for work’ benefits interview.

Aaron Faulkner, 19, suffers from a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation.

The youngster, from Doncaster, cannot speak or communicate in any way, cannot control his arms and is fed through a tube in his stomach.

He also suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

Despite this, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted he make the 25 mile journey to the city centre Job Centre for an interview to assess his eligibility for Universal Credit.

Now the wheeze has been rumbled, the DWP has issued a statement saying, “We are very sorry a home visit was not arranged; it should have been. We have apologised to Ms Faulkner and are processing her son’s claim quickly to make sure she and her son have the support they need.”

But you should be aware that, if the story had not been published in the press, this family would have been cut off – and nobody at the Conservative-run DWP would have thought twice.

Source: Teenager unable to walk or talk made to travel 25 miles for benefits interview – Mirror Online

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