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Apogee............An overweight person!!!
at 21:48 2 Apr 2020

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Apogee............An overweight person!!!
at 21:46 2 Apr 2020

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Apogee............An overweight person!!!
at 21:11 2 Apr 2020

And perigee!

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Apogee............An overweight person!!!
at 21:07 2 Apr 2020

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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 16:20 2 Apr 2020

Plus in 1938 the French government was an utter shambles, staggering around on the verge of collapse (with a genuine risk of civil war). The impossibility of carrying them with us also precluded firm action.
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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 12:24 2 Apr 2020

Biden's been hammering Trump, but the latter is still catching him up in the poll ratings.
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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 12:19 2 Apr 2020

Mid 1942 things were not going well. The bombing campaign was a shambles, the loss of Hong Kong, the fall of Singapore, on the retreat in North Africa, struggling in the Atlantic.

Churchill was floundering. He sounds like an extremely exasperating person to work for, coming out with a stream of ideas, 90% of which were beyond impractical, yet he would argue them until he was blue in the face. He'd got rid of one Chief of the Imperial General Staff for being obstructive and drove his successor to a near nervous breakdown.

He wasn't providing dynamic leadership and there was serious consideration given to replacing Churchill as Prime Minister. The lustre of 1940 was wearing off with the public a bit, too.

Towards the end of the year, the situation stabilised, with Rommel first stopped, then decisively beaten, in North Africa. Churchill survived (partly also because I'm not sure they knew who to replace him with).

Then, three years later, Churchill suffered a landslide defeat in the 1945 General Election.
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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 11:59 2 Apr 2020

Yes, but if you stand up behind a lectern and say "We're struggling to cope with this situation", then you engender panic, other politicians seize it as an opportunity for attack, everyone loses confidence in you (despite the honesty) and you become less able to effectively do your job. Nobody says "Oh, how refreshingly open and honest".
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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 11:51 2 Apr 2020

Or that organising these things is a lot more difficult than it appears from the outside.
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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 11:50 2 Apr 2020

Not actually true. We were repairing and (thanks to Max Beaverbrook's organisation) building as many 'planes as we were losing. We also still had reserves in the North.

Plus our crew who managed to bail out did so over friendly territory, thus were able to fly again.
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What are asymptomatic and mild COVID-19?
at 11:44 2 Apr 2020

I've been rather unwell for about the last 10 days. One of the symptoms is Covid-like (a cough), but the severe stomach problems and the lack of fever are really not. So I very much doubt I've had "it".
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Not a good day for the Government in the media
at 11:41 2 Apr 2020

People forget that in 1942 Churchill was nearly overthrown because of the way things were unravelling under his leadership.
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Without referring to a link by someone else, can anyone explain why mass testing
at 17:16 1 Apr 2020

It is huge numbers, but you'd have thought our disaster planning people might have been listened to.
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More worrying news from India
at 17:14 1 Apr 2020

Even if they could, there is no means for them to support themselves. It may be a stark choice between Covid-19 and starvation.
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I'm going to try giving myself an anti-coronavirus injection
at 17:10 1 Apr 2020

Then you had the situation in Syria. Lots of people self-ISILating.
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Without referring to a link by someone else, can anyone explain why mass testing
at 15:55 1 Apr 2020

Sure, but tests are a bit tricky. The Italians have had to ditch a load of tests from a Chinese supplier, only a third of them worked. Turned out not to have been on the government approved list of factories.
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Father Christmas has CV
at 15:37 1 Apr 2020

I keep sending my CV to people. But not even getting an interview.
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Without referring to a link by someone else, can anyone explain why mass testing
at 15:36 1 Apr 2020

The infection products test is useful for stats and exploring possibilities of immunity, but the other test is still useful, particularly during the five-day period between infection and the first symptoms.

I can't see either test being on general sale for some time. There are too many people in urgent need.
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Toby Young is a vile piece of sh*t part 78789526762816845185
at 15:30 1 Apr 2020

It's amazing how many fanatical Mammon worshippers there are prepared to sacrifice thousands of lives for "GDP" and "Growth" (note, not useful things like "profit" or "income", that pay ordinary people's wages).
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Without referring to a link by someone else, can anyone explain why mass testing
at 15:13 1 Apr 2020

By increasing our understanding of the disease, its real extent, spread patterns, how many might have low-level or no symptoms and so on, it will allow us to develop the most effective possible response and treatment/isolation strategy.
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