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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 21:02 27 May 2020

No- it means he still broke them- no matter what status you give them. The wording is clear.

What is perhaps less clear is that any offence was committed- given that the regulations talk of breaching a restriction "without reasonable excuse".

Though that cannot possibly apply to Barnards Castle...
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 20:31 27 May 2020

Actually- I am content to say that it is a fact.

His explanation sought to conflate "not always possible" with "if there is a childcare issue, use your judgment". The two phrases are not remotely equivalent.

At no stage, did compliance become "impossible". Ergo the rule was broken.

It was broken again with the trip to barnards castle, which was plainly not "essential", not least because even if one takes the account at face value, his wife could have taken over driving if he felt in difficulty en route to London.
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 19:59 27 May 2020

Which bit says, if children are involved, you can use your judgment?
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 19:43 27 May 2020

Do tell us precisely what that loophole was.
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 13:45 27 May 2020

Understood.

As I say, if there was a clear piece of advice that was not acted upon, especially given their claims at the time that they were following the science, that is a massive issue.

I will be surprised if Whitty and his colleague actively supported comments to that effect which were blatantly wrong- though they may have thought it for the greater good at the time.
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 13:36 27 May 2020

It sounds like it does not say what I asked.

I have other things to do- but the point I make is that they said at the time they were following the advice. If they were not- then that is a massive issue. I am not entirely clear whether this article contains evidence that they received and ignored clear advice.
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 13:24 27 May 2020

I havent read it - no.

Does it explicitly say that the government were told that lockdown must happen at X- date, and that the government ignored it?
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 13:15 27 May 2020

You are quite entitled to link- its still hosted on the ST site, so no obvious copyright issue.
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 13:13 27 May 2020

Thats hindsight to an extent.

He says that the government "would have received" advice from Whitty et al. We dont know what that advice was. Nor does he say that he gave or was directly aware of explicit advice being given to lockdown at that stage.
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 13:04 27 May 2020

Unless or until we see the minutes of those SAGE meetings and know specifically what advice was given, we are speculating.
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Meanwhile, you may have missed this
at 12:53 27 May 2020

Not if they acted on reasonable expert advice.

Which they may have done- but the lack of transparency means we dont know.

I did note an interesting change in wording yesterday- someone from government (I think) used the phrase "in consulation with experts" rather than stating that experts advice had been followed.
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Live Music
at 00:25 27 May 2020

Red rooster festival and Agnes Obel at salisbury missed. My usual summer blues week missed. And I haven't played to an audience since February. Miss it..
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 19:43 25 May 2020

Nor are they skilled at incisive questions as opposed to cliched article filling ones.
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 18:08 25 May 2020

You once again read things that arent there. it was a broad comment that he did not have the car crash expected and may well have come across better than expected.

It then explicitly highlights what I saw as the biggest problems with his account. An ability to analyse what is said calmly, has no bearing on one's 'understanding of emotional aspects'

Just quit the transparently abusive and misconceived personal stuff,

Your ad hominem nonsense is getting very tired and frankly offensive.
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 18:01 25 May 2020

Agreed. I fear he may have done enough to placate some people,

Clearly there are a number of stark issues and it is important they are exposed and repeated lest people lose sight of them.
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 17:58 25 May 2020

Once again you fail to read what it's written.
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What the rules say
at 17:49 25 May 2020

Which categorically isn't what it says.
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 17:47 25 May 2020

He was calm and most of it was rational
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Broadly speaking he has done quite well
at 17:40 25 May 2020

Calm and reasoned.

He is fundamentally wrong to say he was within the rules because they say that with small children compliance may not be possible. His situation did not make compliance impossible. he is disingenuously conflating a rule noting that sometimes compliance is impossible, with permission to use your judgement

I do not buy the bit about his home being targeted. Nothing changed there and he is trying to cash in on yesterday's footage by claiming that it was already happening.

The barnard castle account lacks all credibility. You don't drive with dodgy eyesight. If he had an issue driving to London the wife could have taken over.

The second visit is problematic as I suggested yesterday in the absence of more evidence. Time will tell on whether there is more but I rather expected it to come this morning if it existed.

The purported inability of either Cummings our boris to recall their conversation about the trip is enormously convenient.
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I beg your pardon
at 16:12 25 May 2020

Garden at no.10 with journos present. So garden parties are now allowed.

A man NOT showing disdain might set a time and start in accordance with it rather than leaving everyone waiting. Rude.
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