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British police are saying coronavirus-related fraud reports have spiked by 400 per cent over the past six weeks as the COVID-19 illness continues its inexorable march through humanity. Although absolute numbers of reports are low, perhaps kept that way because the public now knows Action Fraud is largely useless, the National …

  1. Claverhouse Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Joined-Up Government

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said there are currently no plans to shut down bars and restaurants and order people off the streets, but that ministers would be guided by the scientific evidence.

    "We will take the incredibly tough decisions that are sometimes needed in order to ensure the safety of the population,” he said.

    20th March

    https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/will-uk-go-lockdown-when-britain-could-face-tougher-restrictions-over-coronavirus-crisis-and-what-it-means-2445902

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    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants have been told to close tonight in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    20th March

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/coronavirus-uk-latest-live-updates-cases-a4392591.html

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge
      Flame

      Re: Joined-Up Government

      And of course, as he keeps stressing, everything he does is being driven by science. Now's the right time to move to the next phase, he says.

      Absolute bollocks. He's being dragged kicking and screaming into action because the pictures are coming in from hospitals in Italy.

      And he couldn't even get the pub shutdown right and order that they be closed at 3pm or something. It's not as if the government wasn't warned about what would happen when France shut their pubs down.

      1. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
        Alert

        Re: Joined-Up Government

        And of course, as he keeps stressing, everything he does is being driven by science.

        But which science? The science that says it's okay to have 80% infected and millions dead, "many loved ones will die", to secure herd immunity, or the science which says it's best to save as many lives as possible?

        I expect the only reason Johnson so quickly moved to that amazing "we will pay everyone's wages" is because he's utterly desperate to have his u-turn succeed to save his skin.

        1. Benson's Cycle

          Re: Joined-Up Government

          It is because the average age of Conservative Party members is over 65 and the age group that delivered his electoral success was mostly aged over 50.

          And the Mail finally told them it wasn't just a bad cold.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Joined-Up Government

        >>Absolute bollocks. He's being dragged kicking and screaming into action because the pictures are coming in from hospitals in Italy.

        Agreed.

        Cummings' big plan to let the virus run through the population and bugger the consequences got kicked into touch the moment the Italian deathtoll started climbing.

        Boris subsequently shat himself, did a quick 180 and then put a spending package in place that the Corbynista couldn't even begin to dream of.

        Interesting times.

        Actually what the country needs now, to keep a lid on this, is a likeable character with good media skillz and the ability to lie through their back teeth on air without flinching. And Boris is the ideal man for the job.

        1. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Re: Joined-Up Government

          Indeed. Cummings is behind the UK's 'science-based' approach and the two talking dummies either side of Johnson are so you might actually believe he isn't.

          Matthew Garrahan

          "herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad"

          Even now, they're still dragging their feet, there's still no proper lockdown.

  2. tfewster Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Would you really expect the Education Secretary to know all the details of a fast moving situation far bigger than their department? Especially when they'll be swamped with education issues and Central Policy is flip-flopping on the fly?*

    * That's not really a criticism - Even Churchill would have been hard-pressed to manage this war

    1. Wellyboot Silver badge

      Every PM decision being made at the moment would have Churchills 'Action this day' green ink. Potential UK virus fatalities put the Dunkirk evacuation in the shade (we faced losing quarter of a million men and with it the war)

      With the massive spending announcements and simultaneous removal of much tax revenue (deferred for now and much will be abandoned) any company making a profit should seriously consider volunteering money for support efforts. I'd certainly support laws nailing any profiteering activity.

      UK PLC is fast becoming UK CO-OP

    2. Benson's Cycle

      "See they have everything they want and report to me it has been done. Action this day."

      (funding Bletchley Park.)

      Meanwhile the researchers and doctors working on a fast response virus test have as yet secured no government funding.

      Johnson is so far out of his depth it is only the blubber keeping him from drowning.

      1. Benson's Cycle

        One thumb down? Does Stanley Johnson read El Reg? He seems to get everywhere else.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Looks like El Reg has finally made the fringes of the nutty Tory party lobby group.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    We must rely on Boris Johnson

    for The Truth ®

    1. Wellyboot Silver badge

      Re: We must rely on Boris Johnson

      Yes, He has the same mortality risk as everyone else his age.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: We must rely on Boris Johnson

        And got a lot more kids than many. Allegedly.

    2. Benson's Cycle

      Re: We must rely on Boris Johnson

      At this point Pravda (Truth) seems to be a lot more reliable than the British press.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well, at least there's now an argument to sign up for the Sun or Daily Mirror

    Given that apparently toilet paper shortages persist, why not have it delivered to your door on a daily basis?

    The Times are rough..

    1. Robert Sneddon Bronze badge

      Re: Well, at least there's now an argument to sign up for the Sun or Daily Mirror

      Sewers and treatment plants are getting choked with newsprint and paper towels which are currently being used as substitute toilet paper -- they don't disintegrate when wet the way TP is designed to.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-51980820

      So the Sun and the Daily Mail really aren't good enough to wipe your arse with. Who could have guessed?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Well, at least there's now an argument to sign up for the Sun or Daily Mirror

        If only people would use the 3 seashells...

      2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Well, at least there's now an argument to sign up for the Sun or Daily Mirror

        And yet, up until the 50's or 60's, using cut up squares of newspaper was standard practice for a large proportion of the population.

        1. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Re: Well, at least there's now an argument to sign up for the Sun or Daily Mirror

          Yes, even since before WW2 the Daily Mail has always been a 'useful' newspaper.

          1. Extreme Aged Parent

            Re: Well, at least there's now an argument to sign up for the Sun or Daily Mirror

            I can remember those days, we had to use both sides...

  5. Claverhouse Silver badge
    Joke

    "The Wogs Begin at Calais"

    A poll of Britain's intelligentsia found:

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    ‘Who has introduced the best measures to combat the spread of coronavirus?’

    Out of the 3,921 people who took the poll, an overwhelming majority stated Britain had done the best job.

    65 percent (2,518) of people believed the Johnson Government had taken the best steps to tackle the virus.

    This was compared to the eight percent (342) who voted for France, and the eight percent (327) who voted for Italy.

    Spain was thought to be the least capable out of the group, with only three percent (148) respondents believing it had introduced the best measures.

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    https://en.brinkwire.com/news/uks-response-to-virus-is-decisive-and-better-than-rest-of-europe-poll-results/

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    Express readers are unbiased, but can evaluate the deficiencies of furriners howsoever reluctantly.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "The Wogs Begin at Calais"

      They'll be dead soon, do the survey again then...

  6. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Elsewhere in back-to-front world that is The Express:

    Eurozone on brink: UK must NOT delay Brexit talks or risks facing EU ‘financial Chernobyl’

    BRITAIN must not delay the end of the transition period to avoid the fallout from a "financial Chernobyl" in the eurozone caused by the impact of Covid-19.

    Er, the talks are for the UK to carry on trading with the EU. If there really will be a eurozone "financial Chernobyl", no talks, no problem?

    And also nothing about idiots piling off to Skegness.

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