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at 08:37 1 Apr 2020
To clear up any misunderstanding, here was the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor trying to justify the 'herd immunity' strategy. It isn't conceivable that he was doing this without this being Government Policy.
While it obviously would have led a lot of people unnecessarily dying, and we could argue about how the individuals responsible would have been held to account for that, they changed their approach - you can't be tried for the consideration of mass murder, so that side of the discussion is moot.
But it is highly relevant to the situation we're in now - under that more laissez-faire approach, we wouldn't have been prioritising testing, it wouldn't have formed a key part of our strategy. So it's only been two weeks that we've been seriously thinking about how to expand testing capacity (since we changed tack), whereas in other countries they were working on their testing infrastructure from far earlier.
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|This is a bit worrying, if predictable|
at 19:24 31 Mar 2020
Michael Gove straight up lying to the country about why they haven't been able to carry out many COVID tests - surely they would know someone would check? (read the whole twitter thread)
|COVID adding extra dimension to 6 Nations|
at 18:03 8 Mar 2020
The Irish (very few infections) are still in with a chance to win the title, but are left with away matches at France (loads of infections) and Italy (virus-ridden).
Can they persuade the authorities that the matches should be played behind closed doors? Or will they take 15,000 Irish fans to Paris next week, and take the infections as part and parcel of international sport?
|Camper van suggestions please|
at 13:32 27 Feb 2020
I've been given the go-ahead (just about) to buy a camper-van type vehicle for a research project. Will involve driving a long way from the UK to a field sites in N Norway, needs to fit in some equipment and lots of food (but not loads) and be reasonably comfortable for 1 person for a few months. Needs to be fairly robust, with reliability absolutely critical.
Budget probably £10-12k.
Thinking that basically the converted people carrier type vehicle is the best bet? Any suggestions?
|Team for Sunderland then|
at 20:02 1 Feb 2020
Can't see any problems there, should be an easy three points.
|Anyone voted yet?|
at 07:05 12 Dec 2019
I'm just going to pop some shoes on and go over the road to put a cross in a box.
|Boris on Andrew Marr|
at 10:12 1 Dec 2019
'We'll have a free port in Northern Ireland, and we'll be able to set the VAT rate on sanitary products too. All the benefits of Brexit will be there.'
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