I’ve got a good idea – we’re in the middle of a pandemic – let’s take the organisation responsible for looking after Health – Public Health England – apart and replace it with something else – National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP). I don’t think the fault lies with PHE – it’s with the clowns who are in charge and give them their brief. It’s with the clowns who ignore the reports and take no action. The buck stops with the politicians:
Worst deaths per million in the world!
Hardest hit economy in the G7.
You do not get figures like that for nothing. No amount of massaging figures makes them any better! BTW – still no figures being published following them jumping up to double in one day! This is obviously the new policy – massage the old figures and do not give any new ones – then people can’t call you incompetent!
Do I detect scapegoating? I think we should nihp that in the bud!
Is this part of the spin? Are the politicians looking to deflect the blame on to other people??
It doesn’t work with me. It was the politicians who decided to ignore the Cygnus report and were complacent and dithered – not PHE. It is the politicians who should get the blame!!
This smacks of Donal Trump! He blamed the WHO and used it as an excuse to remove funding. Cummings is trying the same trick.
I still haven’t heard a reason why their wonderful exam algorithm discriminated against kids from deprived areas – so much for levelling up. That has never really been a Tory priority has it?
While the Covid rages they are trying to slip in all manner of other crap. The later wheeze Cummings has sneaked in is housing. Under the guise of solving the housing crisis, he has managed to get the planning regulations altered. Now there are no environmental limitations or building restrictions. The government’s friends can make a killing building rabbit hutches for the masses just about anywhere they want.
Surely this is entirely the wrong approach? We need to build environmentally friendly, energy-efficient housing in the right places.
What we will get are the shoddy slums of the future, built in environmentally unfriendly places. Another case of cronyism and cash for the boys!
In the USA there are still around 40,000 new cases a day and in Brazil it’s back up to 48,000. The three biggest jerks are fighting it out to see who is the worst. My ratings are Trump out in front by a good way (the most ignorant, incompetent leader in history), followed by Bolsonaro (the most ignorant and vicious) and Johnson in third place (the dithering chancer trying to emulate Trump while being manipulated by the evil Cummings). But we have time for that to change.
I can’t believe that we are nearing the end of August. Summer is evaporating. On my walk up my hill, it looked like Autumn. All the harvest was in. The fields were either golden with stubble or brown with ploughed soil. The green has gone. Even the long grass by the hedgerows was dry hay. We better make the most of these last few weeks.
Meeting up outside feels fairly safe. Meeting up inside, in homes, pubs or restaurants, does not feel safe. But as outside eating and drinking are curtailed by the weather I can see the virus thriving.
The furlough scheme is due to end soon, then we will start to see the real number of job losses. It’s been disguised up until now. But already the announcements are pouring in – Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Pizza Express – all laying off staff. It’s the tip of an iceberg.
I wonder how they are going to disguise the job losses that will come in through Brexit and who they will blame that on?
Today I’ve been working on my book – Farther from the Sun – and playing some Christy Moore.
Stay safe everyone! The worst is yet to come!