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GOVERNMENT COVID FAILURES

Johnson has insisted his government “truly did everything we could” to limit coronavirus deaths.

NO YOU DIDN’T

You didn’t:

  • Lockdown soon enough
  • Lockdown 2 soon enough
  • Lockdown 3 soon enough
  • Provide frontline staff with adequate PPE
  • Cancel Christmas
  • Close borders
  • Cancel all foreign travel
  • Make testing easily available early enough
  • Put a viable track and trace system in place
  • Close schools soon enough
  • Have a “firebreak” half term lockdown in October
  • Sort out exams, last year or this year
  • Make wearing face masks compulsory early enough
  • Keep people WFH where they could
  • Provide IT support/equipment to kids for home schooling
  • Feed kids
  • Support self employed
  • Punish people breaking rules (you know who)
  • Issue clear rules and guidance
  • Have a plan
  • Follow the science

You did however:

  • Provide numerous contracts worth millions to Tory donors
  • Encourage the celebration of VE Day
  • Encourage the spread of the virus through Eat Out to Help Out
  • “Save Christmas” in the face of expert advice to the contrary – until only a week beforehand, when everyone’s Christmas arrangements were finalised
  • Threaten schools in parts of London with legal action if they didn’t stay open
  • Forced schools to go back for one day – one day – at the beginning of January

Apart from that, you truly did do everything possible.

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indie_SAGE – 08.01.2021

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2020 SUCKED – BUT HAD A FEW GOOD TIMES!

Thank fuck for that! I managed to get through 2020 reasonably unscathed (well, I didn’t get the Covids – as far as I know?).

My son completed his first year of home schooling, I think he’s where he needs to be, and is progressing nicely. We got the first year in our new home under our belts, village living will always be my preferred choice from now on.

My father died back in the summer. I am still working out how I feel about that, especially as I have not seen the man since the early 90s. He was, and remains aloof. The subsequent contact with ‘his side of the family’, people that I haven’t seen or heard from for a similar amount of time, was interesting. I don’t think that we will have any kind of relationship going forward?

This blog has become my main outlet as I move away from mainstream social media channels once and for all. Seth Godin sums up the best blog in this post. I will continue to write here, and I will continue to post links to articles and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. This is my shiny thing, I take care of it, I own it, and I can say anything I like without fear of censorship. If you don’t like what I have to say, then go and find something else to read. There is, of course, my newsletter. I will make an effort to write it at least once-a-week during 2021, but this will only be when I have the time to write something decent.

I found some time to reconnect with friends that I should never have lost touch with. They are among the most important people that I know of, and having them in my life is fulfilling. Next year I will do more to nurture those friendships (pandemic permitting).

I am still working out if I will continue with a couple of projects that are a huge time suck, time spent that is of little benefit to me and my family and that could be used in ways that will improve my life – I’ve kind of answered my own question, I think?).

So there it is, a quick round-up of 2020. I’m happy to see the back of it, and I am optimistic about 2021, the forthcoming Covid-19 vaccines, and several adventures on the horizon.

Until next year, adieu!

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indie_SAGE 30.10.20

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/is this the second wave?_

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Sceptics who talk up ‘false positives’ are engaging in wishful thinking. Read the full article by Tom Chivers here.

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A discussion on contact tracing and self-isolation by indie_SAGE.

On the 13th of February, 83 British men, women and children were allowed to leave 14 days of isolation from Arrowe Park hospital, after evacuation from Wuhan at the end of January. (1)This was an appropriate quarantine response to potential contacts of a deadly new virus. On the same day, a nurse in Brighton was placed into ‘self-isolation’ by Public Health England. (2)She was a contact of the first UK ’super-spreader’ who had returned from Singapore via a skiing trip in France (3). She had some symptoms and was astonished at the poor response. She was sent home wearing a medical mask, in a taxi with a driver without a mask. No advice was given about how to stop the spread of the virus. She had to arrange her own grocery and takeaways to be delivered to her door. Her immune system was compromised so she was fearful that the infection could be fatal. Her children were distressed when she immediately got everyone out of her house. When she called NHS111 she had to wait 15 hours to get a test. She told the BrightonArgus that self-isolation was not effective. “I thought there would be a plan in place for something like this, but in my case, I know there wasnt one.”

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indie_SAGE 07.08.20
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461: Coronavirus England – Boris Johnson looking at second-wave lockdown scenarios

Boris Johnson leading the coronavirus press conference on Friday. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street

Boris Johnson is considering new lockdown measures in England should there be a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Plans are being assessed after a rise in Covid-19 cases forced the prime minister to slow the lockdown easing on Friday, with proposed relaxations for the leisure and beauty sectors delayed. Read the full article by clicking here.

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456: indie_SAGE 31.07.20

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So, the government has decided the time is right to relax the social distancing measures once again, is it to early? The scientists at Independent SAGE seem to think so! Here’s their response to the latest government guidance.

Independent SAGE warns that it is not safe to relax social distancing rules for indoor settings and that the government’s proposal to reduce to 1 metre will ‘effectively end’ social distancing in Britain.

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Why heroes should wear masks

Spider-Man would never go without his mask. Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images

If there were a downside of wearing masks, wouldn’t we have noticed it by now?

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Covid-19 spreading too fast to lift UK lockdown – Sage adviser

Prof John Edmunds outside the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Scientist says 8,000 daily infections in England makes relaxing restrictions too risky

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‘Disaster’ looms for millions of children as WHO warns of second peak

Global report: ‘disaster’ looms for millions of children as WHO warns of second peak https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/26/global-report-disaster-looms-for-millions-of-children-as-who-warns-of-second-peak?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress