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Once that has settled down and any zombie companies have been laid to rest after the furlough scheme ends then the government can invest in the future infrastructure etc. and see what the economy needs.
It might even mean that Tony Blair sees an opportunity for his second coming!
I do hope so:)
Does Ms Gill deliberately imply that Brexit is at the opposite end of the political spectrum to Marxism, or was it just a clumsy use of words?
She is of course entitled to 'Freedom of speech' just as everyone one is, including everyone in or visiting a university.
You wrote”…. we should also quarantine people moving within the UK from high infection areas to low infection areas” We have a lockdown in force at the moment that makes it illegal to travel outside of your own area unless it is for work purposes and then only if you can’t work from home.
You also wrote “….simply stop flights coming from anywhere risky…” the government does that now. The issue here is a person can leave the UK and travel to safe country ‘A’ but then travel to country ‘B’ which is on the government’s high risk list then return to country ‘A’. If then they travel back to the UK and on entry declare that they never visited any high risk countries like country ‘B’ that is a very irresponsible or even belligerent thing to do. That type of behaviour must be deterred and have penalties proportionate to the consequences and to the intended purpose of the behaviour that is illegal. The latter is of course a matter for the judge and/or jury to decide.
So if someone goes to a highly infected country with a large population of infected people the more likely it is that they will bring back a dangerous variant Covid in their body. If people lie about not going to such countries that the UK government precludes from visits and requires notification and isolation if you have been there then that is a very dangerous and irresponsible thing to do.
The cost is high to deter people going away in the first place.
By all means have an internal figure that we like better but when playing cricket its best to have an internationally recognised set of rules so to with international tables of national performance.
It makes me ask two questions;
Firstly; who proposed and who approved the use of the current UK measure of domestic GDP that clearly is out of step to everyone else’s measure of the same parameter?
Secondly; are there other parameters that are used to judge a nations performance where the UK uses a markedly difference definition to the international standard and why?
We need to have those questions answered and soon.
Furthermore; am I the only person in the UK that gets the impression that some of the organs of our own national governance are actively working to undermine the country's standing and value in the world?
However, on reflection I considered the consequences of people travelling to countries that had a serious covid crisis and potentially new mutations of the virus and deliberately hiding the fact from the UK authorities by lying that they had done so. If they brought a more virulent variety of covid into the country it could cause another runaway peak like the one we are just getting over.
Such an outbreak would likely result in hundreds perhaps thousands of extra deaths, another economically, socially and educationally devastating lock down. And all for what purpose? Saving time and money on having to go to an isolation hotel on their return to the UK? Perhaps it could be an even worse reason, deliberately getting infected and then spreading it within the UK deliberately.
The 10 year sentence would act as a deterrent to the lazy and inconsiderate but it might also make the reckless and deliberate misconduct that would be so very damaging to the individuals and the country as a whole deterred.
We rely on our police, crown prosecution service and judges to implement the law fairly and proportionately. So it is with this important law on covid.