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2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Ryan Bourne: The lifti... · 1 reply · +1 points
It would be more difficult to implement than for Australia, New Zealand or even Isle of Man, given our geographical location, dozens of international entry points and our reputation as an open global-hub, but our independent island status makes it more achievable than Germany for instance. We'd probably need a 5 nation approach, and recruit the Republic of Ireland in the effort, so that the island of Eire can also achieve covid-free status.
However laissez-fair Britain under Boris lacks the political will, or the public appetite and discipline, to sacrifice 10 days of high-summer, to avoid thousands of additional lives lost and months of extended draconian measures next winter.
My question was as much a thought experiment, and if anyone's response was a shrug of the shoulders, and a sense of fatalism that it can't be done, it is just another sad reflection of the sorry state the UK polity is in, as well as we as individuals.
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Ryan Bourne: The lifti... · 4 replies · +1 points
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The relaxation of lock... · 0 replies · +1 points
The geographic units used in England need to be clear, stick to County Council areas, Unitary Authority areas, and where applicable entire Metropolitan Areas (e.g Metro West Mids, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Yorkshire). Consider adding a buffer around areas with an elevated covid incidence. Hence if Metro West Mids is placed into lockdown, so should Worcestershire, Warwickshire, and Staffordshire also be placed into lockdown.
A much more binary approach to the tiered system is required, so Tier 1 (a Summer phase) would basically be the levels of restrictions we saw in southern England in August 2020, and Tier 2 (a Winter phase) would be full on lockdown as we have now, but even stricter in terms of limiting out of area travel. There would also be Tier 0, which would basically be a return to normal (as the Isle of Man, although not part of the UK, has achieved). Tier 0 would really only be plausible and achievable for isolated areas, such as Isles of Scilly and Isle of Wight, also potentially Norfolk and Cornwall.
We need to close down international air travel for passengers. There should be three entry points into UK, preferably away from populated areas, but most plausibly Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow. Eurostar passenger services should only run from mainland Europe to Ashford, and not into London. ALL international travellers should be quarantined on return to the UK (not including road hauliers).
We have vaccines, but it still a question mark as to how effective they are against the South African variant, and there will be newer variants that emerge, so we have to plan for a worst case scenario where we are back where we are now in October 2021.
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Henry Hill: Gove's cha... · 0 replies · +1 points
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Henry Hill: Gove's cha... · 6 replies · +1 points
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Who's in charge of the... · 3 replies · +1 points
However it is not what I would term as genocide, given what I have read about the treatment of individuals in that region. Brits should definitely not turn a blind-eye to it, and it does justify the imposition of sanctions on China and the communist regime to hit home the message of our disapproval.
If it were to escalate to full-on genocide, we would have a moral duty to intervene militarily.
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Sammy Wilson: The Nort... · 1 reply · +1 points
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: Ofcom was r... · 1 reply · +1 points
The only difference is the BBC pumps out propaganda on behalf of the European Union and promotes a Globalist Liberal agenda - the "privilege" for which is paid out of the pockets of the mugs willing to be rinsed for the annual TV license fee.
Maybe CGTN and RT aren't that bad after all.....
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our survey. Johnson's ... · 0 replies · +1 points
2 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Our survey. Johnson's ... · 19 replies · +1 points