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Sep 30 17:05

New NHS Covid app farce as some users receive message telling them to self-isolate only for it to turn out to be an unannounced TEST

Users reported receiving a message telling them to self-isolate because they had been in contact with a person who tested positive.

The message read: 'Possible COVID-19 exposure. Someone you were near reported having COVID-19. exposure date, duration and signal strength have been saved.'

However, when they clicked on the app, the notification disappeared.

The government has confirmed the message was a test, though users were not informed of that at the time.

One furious man, Maurice Leaver, hit out at the farce and said he had been forced to wrongly self-isolate after receiving the message.

Sep 30 16:59

Coronavirus: MPs promised vote on new rules 'wherever possible'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has promised MPs votes "wherever possible" on England or UK-wide coronavirus rules before they come into force.

But he warned that some urgent regulations could not be held up.

It follows concern from Tory MPs over a lack of parliamentary scrutiny, while the Commons Speaker warned the government against treating Parliament with "contempt".

MPs voted to extend the coronavirus powers by 330 votes to 24.

Sep 30 07:59

Thousands of ventilators bought at the height of the Covid crisis are sitting in warehouses due to a lack of demand - despite officials spending 50% over the odds to urgently secure them

Ministers prioritised ‘speed over cost’, meaning they paid 50 per cent over the odds for foreign-supplied machines, the National Audit Office (NAO) found.

In one case, 750 ventilators purchased at a cost of £2.2million had to be withdrawn on the advice of clinicians.

The Government also spent tens of millions of pounds on British designs which were ultimately not needed.

Sep 30 07:55

Furious Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle blasts PM for 'contempt' for MPs by ramming through Orwellian lockdown curbs without debate (but still DOESN'T allow rebel amendment) as Boris is urged to 'ditch the experts' amid Tory backlash over Vallance and Whitt

Sir Lindsay said sweeping powers for ministers to deal with the public health crisis were being abused, with measures imposed without any proper scrutiny or a vote.

Reading the riot act to the PM as he sat silently in the chamber, Sir Lindsay made clear that he is ready to side with dozens of Tory rebels and opposition parties to ensure more scrutiny - warning that the government's must act now to restore 'trust'.

'The Government must make greater efforts to prepare measures more quickly, so that this House can debate and decide upon the most significant measures at the earliest possible point,' he said.

'I am now looking to the Government to rebuild the trust with this House and not treat it with the contempt that it has shown.'

The Speaker did reject an amendment tabled by Tory rebels that would have forced votes before new measures are imposed, saying it would breach parliamentary procedure.

Sep 30 07:44

No jab, no movement? UK MP pushes mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for travel, suggests army should oversee rollout

A British Conservative MP has urged the government to draft in the armed forces for the rollout of a mass coronavirus vaccination program, which would include mandatory certificates that allow people to travel internationally.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday night, Tobias Ellwood argued that the mass vaccination scheme is a challenge of the scale and complexity of “the D-day landings and Dunkirk.”

The MP for Bournemouth East told the parliament that a vaccine could be six months away and urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the armed forces to oversee the process of delivering it to the UK population.

Sep 30 07:08

THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOW BRITISH INTELLIGENCE CREATED AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Amnesty International projects itself as the watchdog on human rights worldwide with the stated mission to campaign for “a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.” However, lesser known is the fact that Amnesty International was created by British Intelligence for intelligence gathering to carry out social engineering of targeted nations critical of the British Empire. Amnesty International was involved in not only the cover-up of torture and regime change by British agents but also in sparking a war.

Sep 30 06:07

All algorithm and no bloody judgement! Why Boris is failing by SIR BERNARD INGHAM

It was business as usual this week. I awoke to read that Boris is aiming to secure a third of the country for wildlife while at the same time planning to build five million new homes, a third of them by concreting over rural areas - i.e. Tory heartlands.

Sep 29 19:47

LONDON PUB DEMANDS “NO EXTENDED EYE CONTACT” AS PART OF CORONA RULES

A pub in London has issued a set of coronavirus rules for social distancing that demands customers do not engage in “extended eye contact” with people sat on other tables.

Yes, really.

An information sheet for the London Fields pub tells customers they must wear a face mask when entering, exiting or moving around the room, along with other standard COVID-19 regulations.

However, the advisory also tells drinkers, “No handshaking, high fiving or extended eye contact with anyone not on your table.”

Some people speculated that the eye contact rule may have been a troll added by the managers to express their displeasure at the pedantic nature of coronavirus regulations.

However, given the draconian nature of how some pubs and restaurants are enforcing lockdown rules for fear of being shut down, it could actually be legitimate.

Sep 29 19:23

Bournemouth pensioner, 73, is told to take 1,000-mile round trip to his nearest Covid test site... in SCOTLAND

Stephen Feltham, 73, a type two diabetic with high blood pressure, hoped to book an appointment at his nearest test centre in Poole in Dorset.

But he was told there was no availability for him there and he instead could go to Perth in Scotland - a round trip of 1,000 miles.

Luckily the grandfather-of-six didn't have to make the exhaustive trip, which would have taken about 16 hours.

Sep 29 06:23

Johnson moots deployment of military to contain coronavirus second wave

As widely expected, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has introduced new coronavirus-related restrictions for England which could potentially last six months.

Warning of a “perilous turning point”, the PM stopped short of declaring a new national lockdown, but he claimed “significantly greater restrictions” could ensue if the situation worsens.

Johnson claimed “similar steps” will be taken across the UK following his COBRA meeting with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday morning (September 22).

Sep 29 06:23

UK boasts of attacking and 'destroying' its enemies in cyberspace

A senior British military officer has claimed his forces are dealing with 60 “significant” cyber attacks on a daily basis, likening it to a modern “Blitz”.

General Sir Patrick Sanders, who is commander of Strategic Command, claims the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and its assets are under “constant attack” in cyberspace.

According to General Sanders at least 10 of these daily attacks can be attributed to “hostile state actors”.

Strategic Command plays a monitoring and to a lesser extent coordination role across the UK’s five military services, notably the classic sea, air and land forces in addition to the more recent space and cyber warfare services.

But the more interesting part of General Sanders’ discussion of cyber warfare issues centered around his claims on British offensive capabilities in this emerging domain.

Sep 28 17:47

Police told not to download NHS Covid-19 app

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has confirmed officers are being told not to install the NHS Covid-19 app on their work smartphones.

The app detects when users have been in proximity to someone with the virus.

Some officers have also been told they may not need to obey self-isolate alerts generated by the app when downloaded to their personal phones.

Lancashire Constabulary has told staff to call the force's own Covid-19 helpline instead.

The BBC contacted the North-West of England force after a source claimed the advice had been given because of "security reasons".

The source also said officers had been told not to carry their personal phones while on duty if they had activated the app.

Sep 28 08:30

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle WON'T allow vote on Tory rebel amendment over Covid curbs because 'he doesn't want to do a John Bercow' by bending Commons rules - despite '100 MPs' being ready to humiliate Boris Johnson by backing it

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle is set to save Boris Johnson's blushes by refusing to call a rebel Tory amendment on coronavirus curbs this week - despite more MPs joining the revolt.

The PM is struggling to quell growing fury from his own MPs over the restrictions and the lack of parliamentary scrutiny.

There are claims that up to 100 are ready to line up behind an amendment tabled by Conservative backbench chief Sir Graham Brady, which would force ministers to get approval in advance before bringing in more restrictions.

However, in spite of the groundswell of support, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle is not expected to allow a vote on the change.

Sep 28 07:46

More than a third of young people have 'lost hope' over future aspirations due to Covid-19 pandemic

According to the Prince's Trust, at least one in three young people have abandoned their job aspirations for the year ahead due to the Covid-19 crisis.

More than a third of 16 to 25-year-olds also feel they will "never succeed in life", the research shows.

The research, carried out by Censuswide, shows 44% of 16 to 25-year-olds have said their aspirations for the future are now much lower as a result of the Covid crisis.

More than 11% of young people also said the job or training they were about to start has been cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

The research also shows how 41% of young people believe their future goals now seem "impossible to achieve", with this rising to 50% of those surveyed from poorer backgrounds.

Sep 28 07:12

UK police use baton to disperse anti-lockdown protest in Trafalgar Square

In London’s Trafalgar Square, police have clashed with anti-lockdown protesters in their thousands who demand lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Britain.

The protest comes in the wake of rising numbers of recorded coronavirus cases, in what is being called the UK’s second wave of the disease.

The demonstrators, like many people in the country, are not happy with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the situation, but for slightly different reasons than most.

The UK premier has been accused by opposition Party leader Keir Starmer of causing a government failure to deal with the pandemic.

Sep 28 06:51

German Professor Arrested After Speaking At "We Do Not Consent" Rally In London

After Metropolitan Police claimed they would only crack down on marchers flagrantly violating social distancing rules (though the hated "rule of six" had been suspended due to the gathering's "protest" status), German professor Dr. Heiko Schoening was arrested by a gang of British officers - he was filmed being loaded into a paddy wagon - after speaking out against using tactics like economy-destroying mandatory lockdowns during yesterday's "We Do Not Consent" rally in London.

Sep 28 06:32

Poll: Britains Would “Go To Prison Before Being Injected”

A recent survey by King’s College London and Ipsos MORI showed only 53 percent of the UK population are “very likely” to get the COVID-19 vaccine, once it’s on the market. Younger voters were twice as likely to oppose the vaccine in the poll of 2,237 people aged between 16 and 75. To gauge readers’ views on the topical issue, Express.co.uk conducted an exclusive poll asking: “Should Britons be forced to have the coronavirus jab once it is developed?

Sixty-five percent (2,906) of respondents said no, with many saying they would have to be dragged kicking and screaming to have the vaccine administered.

Thirty-four percent (1,617) said a compulsory vaccine programme should be rolled out across the UK, one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries since the beginning of the pandemic.

One percent (60) said they didn’t know.

Sep 28 06:21

British Students Say They're Being Treated Like "Prisoners" Due To Draconian COVID Measures

Students at universities throughout the United Kingdom are being treated like ‘prisoners’ as draconian coronavirus rules mandate they eat alone, aren’t allowed to go out and are forced to cut themselves off from others or face suspension.

Sep 28 06:05

UK 'turning a blind eye' to war crimes in Yemen with Saudi arms sales

The British government is facing renewed criticism over ongoing UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and has been accused by opposition MPs of "turning a blind eye" to war crimes in Yemen.

In a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, Labour MP Claudia Webbe said it was "shameful" the UK was "complicit" in the Yemeni conflict.

"The UK supplies weapons and crucial military support to the Saudi-led coalition, which is responsible for the highest number of reported civilian fatalities," she said. "British companies should not be allowed to profit from the suffering of the people of Yemen."

Sep 28 05:34

The Houses of Parliament's bars have been exempted from the UK's 10pm coronavirus curfew

Boris Johnson announced earlier this month that all bars and restaurants in England would have to close their doors at 10pm in a bid to halt the current second wave of infections spreading across the country.

However, these rules do not apply to pubs, bars and restaurants inside the confines of the Houses of Parliament, the Times of London reported on Monday.

Other rules compelling drinkers to register their contact details upon entering bars as well as wearing masks when not sitting at a table also do not apply, the paper reported.

Parliamentary authorities have used an exemption in the rules allowing "workplace canteens" to sidestep the restrictions.

Sep 28 05:16

German Professor Arrested After Speaking At "We Do Not Consent" Rally In London

After Metropolitan Police claimed they would only crack down on marchers flagrantly violating social distancing rules (though the hated "rule of six" had been suspended due to the gathering's "protest" status), German professor Dr. Heiko Schoening was arrested by a gang of British officers - he was filmed being loaded into a paddy wagon - after speaking out against using tactics like economy-destroying mandatory lockdowns during yesterday's "We Do Not Consent" rally in London.

Sep 26 09:42

"We Do Not Consent" - 1000s Rally In London To Oppose Another COVID-19 Lockdown

Six months after parliament passed the Coronavirus Act 2020, which gives the government powers to impose lockdowns and other restrictive social distancing measures (measures that have been accompanied by stiff fines), thousands of Britons packed London's Trafalgar Square bearing signs reading "We Do Not Consent" and "Think Before It's Illegal" during a rally that was billed as a "We Do Not Consent" anti-lockdown demonstration.

Sep 26 06:46

'You haven't got the numbers' Boris to fight off fierce backbench rebellion as MPs revolt

BORIS Johnson is determined to face down a threatened Tory revolt against the Government's emergency coronavirus laws next week, his allies have said.

Sep 26 06:38

As Italians openly mock BoJo, he should forget about comparisons with Churchill and simply try to hold on to his job

The demise of Boris Johnson is hard to watch as his attempts to fend off criticism are met with derision. Barbs from Italy ridiculing his worship of Winston Churchill and mishandling of Covid are the latest blow.

Anyone with the sensibility to care for a pet can understand the conflict among Spaniards towards la corrida – the bullfight – which to the uninitiated seems like inhuman torture of a poor, dumb beast, but which to aficionados is a mesmerising, irresistible spectacle of life versus death.

Boris Johnson’s current travails bear parallels. A proud, hefty bull borne from great British stock, he entered the political ring as a PM full of life, scraping his glossy black hooves in the sand and snorting belligerent contempt for conformity, determined to bend the establishment toreadors to his will.

Sep 25 06:40

WILL A SECOND COVID-19 LOCKDOWN COINCIDE WITH A ‘NO DEAL’ BREXIT?

When I last posted an article about Brexit in May I discussed how the convergence of a possible world trade organisation scenario with the EU and the Covid-19 lockdown measures would serve to exacerbate the economic strain that the UK is currently being subjected to. I argued that as the devastation brought about by the self imposed lockdown became more profound, not only would a WTO Brexit compound matters but it would also put further downward pressure on sterling and prove a harbinger for a significant spike in inflation over the coming years.

Sep 25 05:51

MI5 given 'legal' authority to plan and commission crimes

In an unprecedented move undercover agents working for the British Security Service (MI5) and the police are to be given legal permission to commit crimes by way of maintaining their covers.

Under the legislation going before the House of Commons on Thursday (September 24), MI5, the police, the National Crime Agency and other agencies that employ undercover informants will be able to explicitly authorise them to commit crimes in order to progress a secret operation.

The decision to place MI5 criminality on a legal footing follows a major court ruling last year which found that the Security Service had an “implied” power to authorize crimes, even though those involved were not necessarily immune from prosecution.

That convoluted judgement – which only narrowly leaned toward the government’s position – prompted the decision to introduce fresh legislation.

Sep 25 05:51

UK to join US and Canada in imposing sanctions on Belarus

In keeping with its hardline policy on Belarus’ recent presidential election, the UK is preparing to impose sanctions on Minsk.

The decision was announced by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to the House of Commons on Thursday (September 24).

Raab attacked Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, as a leader who has a “wholesale lack of legitimacy”.

Raab reiterated the British government’s position of not accepting the results of last month’s presidential election in Belarus.

Sep 25 05:48

UK’s chief scientific adviser has £600,000 of shares in vaccine maker contracted by govt – reports

UK Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance reportedly holds a bonus of tens of thousands of shares in a pharma giant developing a Covid-19 vaccine for the government. Yet, London says there is no conflict of interest.

Vallance, who also chairs the government’s expert advisory panel on vaccines, appears to have retained over 43,000 shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – a UK-based multinational pharmaceutical company – worth £600,000, The Telegraph reported.

Sep 25 05:29

Farage: Britons Must Fight Against Coronavirus Government ‘Tyranny’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has warned that the British government is acting like an “elected dictatorship” passing coronavirus laws without parliamentary scrutiny.

Mr Farage also expressed concern that there is no effective opposition in the House of Commons, with the Labour Party “teaming up” with the Conservative government and preparing “to deny us our basic freedoms in the name of the greater good”.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced further restrictions on Britons, putting a 10 p.m. curfew on the hospitality industry, while widening the enforcement of mask-wearing. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that if the measures did not work to stop the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, the government might order a second national lockdown.

Sep 24 09:51

More than a FIFTH of UK adults will refuse to have the coronavirus vaccine when one is made, study reveals

In the largest survey of its kind, 22 per cent of people said they were unlikely to be vaccinated with 10 per cent strongly opposed to it.

Just half (49 per cent) of the 17,500 people asked by University College London researchers said they 'very likely' to be immunised, while three-quarters (78 per cent) said they considered it 'likely'.

Sep 24 09:50

JANET STREET-PORTER: Boris has no plan, no credibility and yet he dares blame the VOTERS for the mess we're in. Thank goodness most people will decide for themselves where we go from here - and sod his police state

Anyone listening to the Prime Minister's broadcast this week would think that coronavirus was spreading like wildfire in the UK because we - the previously amazingly resilient and compliant members of the public - have suddenly become naughty rule-breakers.

In fact, the opposite is true.

To imply (as the Prime Minister did) that somehow the public have misbehaved is a shocking distortion of reality.

The vast majority of citizens have been exceptionally obedient. We've worn masks, stood in socially distanced queues outside supermarkets, and gone without seeing our friends and family for months, all in the name of patriotism - saving our NHS and protecting the most vulnerable in our society.

The resulting mental and financial hardship cannot be quantified, and now - even though none of the Government's directives seem to have been successful in stopping the virus spreading - we're being told to endure another six months of misery.

Sep 24 09:45

NHS Covid app 'may WRONGLY tell a THIRD of users to self-isolate' after incorrectly reading 2m social-distance - as it emerges more than three million Britons with iPhone 6 or older models CAN'T download it due to iOS issue

The new NHS Covid app may wrongly tell up to a third of its users to self-isolate after incorrectly thinking they have come close to an infected person - while millions of Britons won't be able to access it if they have an iPhone 6 or older.

The risk of false positives stems from the app's reliance on Bluetooth signals, which can be affected by nearby objects.

This means the app could judge that its user has come within two metres of an infected person for more than 15 minutes when they were actually just close to a Bluetooth-emitting object.

This issue raises the risk of people deleting the app because they think it is not working properly, or simply deciding not to download it.

Sep 24 09:43

Boris Johnson faces growing backbench rebellion as up to 50 Tory MPs and a MINISTER oppose plans to extend Government lockdown powers

Boris Johnson faces a potential struggle to get Government lockdown measures past the Commons next week.

MPs must vote on extending emergency powers put in place to allow ministers to take action to shut down parts or all of England, amid concerns about the scale and scope of new measures unveiled this week.

As many as 50 are prepared to rebel and refuse to back the extension and a minister has threatened to resign, according to the Telegraph.

Such a move, if they vote against the measure, would wipe out the Government's 80-seat majority, although many could choose to abstain, which could make it a close vote and could avoid them possibly losing the party whip if it sneaks through.

Sep 24 09:42

More than 10,000 people have unexpectedly died in their own home since mid-June amid fears Britons are STILL avoiding NHS for help

Seven-hundred 'excess deaths' in private homes have been registered each week in England and Wales alone since the pandemic began to die down.

But only an average of 21 each week are down to the coronavirus, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). And rates have plummeted in recent weeks to as low as seven.

Data shows 30,000 people have died in their homes in the UK since the start of the pandemic in March, and the pattern does not appear to be slowing. For comparison, deaths in hospitals and care homes are currently lower than expected.

Sep 24 06:36

Boris Johnson wants to make British Armed Forces untouchable by offering them immunity for war crimes

A controversial bill is passing through the House of Commons which will make it virtually impossible to prosecute soldiers but, at the same time, will strip away their own legal rights and health benefits.

It’s avoided a great deal of attention, mainly due to the EU face-off and, of course, the resumption of Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Ministers must be praising their luck as the bill is an unthinkable betrayal of what Britain stands for.

The first part insulates soldiers from alleged offences while on duty. It does this via a ‘triple lock’ of a five-year statute of limitations, a presumption against prosecution, and the requirement of explicit consent from the attorney general.

No legal knowledge is required to grasp how much freedom this offers.

Sep 24 05:56

The Queen is to get a bailout from the taxpayer after her land and property investments plummeted due to coronavirus pandemic

The Queen will receive a bailout from the taxpayer after her land and property investments plummeted in value due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Treasury said last night that it will top up the Sovereign Grant to help maintain her income, which is severely threatened by the pandemic.

The monarch's income is based on a 25 per cent share of the profits of the Crown Estate, which owns valuable land in London and elsewhere. Last week, the estate announced its profits would fall 'significantly' this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sep 24 05:47

Boris’s new Covid restrictions are unscientific mumbo jumbo and an exercise in futility that will wreak havoc on millions

I accept my dissenting voice may not be heeded by the UK government, but when a former Supreme Court judge delivers a damning verdict that the rules are ‘pointless, arbitrary and unnecessary’, shouldn’t they be listening?

The UK has announced a fresh suite of draconian Covid restrictions, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning they could be in place for six months. But, like all previous attempts, the new rules are worse than useless.

You’ve all heard the new rules by now, so I won’t analyse the details of what the individual implications will be. Just as poring over a government white paper based on astrology would be pointless, tepid nit-picking within the nascent pseudoscience of ‘Covidology’ is an exercise in futility. It’s also an immediate acceptance of the quacks’ terms of the argument.

Sep 24 05:43

UK Grocers Stave Off Panic Buying Amid 2nd Lockdown Fears; Daily COVID Case Record Smashed

Britain is scrambling to avoid a second lockdown after its first one six months ago, with PM Boris Johnson just introducing expanded new social distancing rules across the UK, as the government's top adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warns "the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days."

Specifically the latest surge in COVID-19 cases at current rates could mean 50,000 cases a day by mid-October, Vallance warned at the start of the week. In introducing new measures to fight the spread Tuesday night, Johnson urged citizens to "summon discipline, resolve and a spirit of togetherness." The new measures will last a whopping six months with warnings of "a difficult winter" — also at a moment total infection numbers approach the half-million mark (as of Wednesday: 409,729 people tested positive since the start, including 41,862 deaths).

Sep 23 11:28

DR ANDREW KAUFMAN - TRAFALGAR SQUARE PROTEST LONDON SEPTEMBER 19TH 2020

Sep 23 07:47

Sweeping Covid restrictions on care homes could mean elderly residents don't see their loved ones for a YEAR, charity warns

Age UK is worried about the powers given to local health bosses to impose blanket bans on visits, a move to prevent Britain's most vulnerable residents catching the coronavirus.

Although virus control is important, the charity said visiting restrictions undermine the danger of lack of social contact with loved ones.

It warned a number of care home residents have already died prematurely because they 'have gone downhill fast' as a result of being cut off from their loved ones. Experts have previously warned isolation can lead to the deterioration of conditions such as dementia.

Sep 23 07:42

Revealed: Doomsday prediction of 50,000 cases a day in October is based on just few hundred positive cases as Oxford expert warns UK risks 'talking ourselves back into a lockdown'

Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty made the stark forecast on Monday but it has since been decried by experts as 'implausible' and 'designed to scare us'. And even Boris Johnson U-turned from the prediction, admitting to the Commons yesterday that the number of infections may actually only be doubling every 20 days.

Advisers have now revealed the Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer' prediction was based on older studies claiming Covid-19 cases would double every week - a figure from the start of September that is no longer supported by the Government's own testing data.

Figures suggest the outbreak is doubling every two weeks, rising from an average of 1,022 infections a day on August 22 to 2,032 on September 7, to 3,929 yesterday. Neither Spain nor France, whose outbreaks the UK is thought to be on a par with, have got anywhere near the dreaded 50,000 cases a day mark.

Sep 23 07:40

Furlough 2.0: Rishi Sunak draws up German-style scheme for the Treasury to subsidise workers' wages after Boris Johnson ditches back to work drive and business chiefs warn one million furloughed staff could be axed unless there is ANOTHER bailout

Rishi Sunak is drawing up plans for a new German-style wage subsidy scheme to prop up the UK economy and avoid a wave of job losses when furlough comes to an end, it was claimed today.

The Chancellor is being urged by business chiefs to 'get around the table' and agree new job support measures after Boris Johnson ditched his back to work drive and imposed a range of new coronavirus restrictions.

Companies fear the new crackdown will deal a hammer blow to already struggling firms especially with the furlough programme closing at the end of October.

But reports suggest Mr Sunak is already planning a new scheme to prevent job losses after retail bosses warned that up to a million furloughed workers could be made redundant without another bailout.

Sep 23 06:32

Delingpole: Boris Goes Full Fascist Against Lockdown Protests – But Not BLM or XR

Here is some footage of the Metropolitan Police charging into action against demonstrators in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Sep 22 11:12

Boris Johnson’s £100bn Operation Moonshot needs to be shot down – fast

The UK government’s ‘Operation Moonshot’ – which seeks to make access to travel, theatre, sports and other events dependent on endless Covid tests – is a hideously expensive, unnecessary and illiberal scheme which needs ditching.

You can do an awful lot with £100 billion ($127.8 billion). If you were a smoker, you could puff your way quite happily through the world’s most expensive cigars without any worry about the cost. If you were a fast car enthusiast, it would buy you quite a few Ferraris. If you were a government, you could build over 100 new hospitals – and employ a large number of new doctors and nurses to work in them. In fact, £100 billion is only £15 billion ($19.2 billion) short of the entire budget given to the NHS England in 2018/19.

Sep 22 08:41

For Britain's sake we need to fight this LOCKDOWN TYRANNY – NIGEL FARAGE

While I supported an initial shutdown in March this year, in order for us to come up with a plan to deal with Covid-19, it is increasingly clear that we must find a way to live with this virus.

Just think already of the tens of thousands of cancer diagnoses that have not taken place, or the number with chronic heart conditions that haven’t been treated.

And goodness knows what the impact of suicides, domestic violence and the mental health of millions of people will be. We simply cannot afford as a nation to go through this again.

What has really struck me is the way in which this Conservative government, using their emergency powers, have been so keen to interfere in our day to day lives since the pandemic began.

Being put under virtual house arrest for weeks was bad enough.

Now normal people are being threatened with fines of up to £10,000 if they do not do as they’re told.

Sep 22 08:40

Boris makes TROOPS available to support police enforcing tough new Covid restrictions - with massive fines for businesses, £200 for not wearing a mask, 10pm pub curfews, tighter Rule of Six and orders a return to WFH from tomorrow

Boris Johnson today announced he is making the Army available to the police in order to boost enforcement of coronavirus rules as he unveiled a wave of new measures designed to stop the spread of the disease.

Sep 22 07:37

Whitbread to cut 6,000 jobs as hotel demand slumps

Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn and Beefeater, has warned that 6,000 staff could lose their jobs.

The company blamed the cuts on a slump in hotel guest numbers since lockdown.

It comes as the government's furlough scheme, which still pays 27,000 Whitbread staff, ends next month.

Meanwhile, pub chain JD Wetherspoon has warned its 1,000 staff who work at airport venues that almost half of them could lose their jobs because of the dramatic fall in travel and tourism.

Sep 22 07:17

PROTESTS CONTINUE, MEDIA IGNORES THEM

In London, UK over the weekend, thousands came out peacefully to protest medical fraud and the whacko BioSecurity State that is taking over the country there.

The demonstration was peaceful and orderly, but police managed to create a disturbance at the edges in order to justify arrests and calling it “violent.”

Here’s what the event looked like. You can research the media coverage on your own.

Sep 21 12:36

The ‘Oxford Black Panther’ behind Britain’s first black-led political party vows to make white men ‘our slaves’

Sasha Johnson, a BLM leader, has set up a new party that will exclude white people from leadership roles and tweeted about ‘enslaving whites’. She’s just a young, female, black version of old white racists she says she’s fighting.

Another day has dawned in Britain, and with it yet another ridiculous demand from the intersectional left. During a Million Person March (attended, er, by around 400 people) in London, a BLM leader announced they would be forming the first black-led political party in Britain. This party will be called the Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP), which as names go makes Change UK look like a triumph of branding. Catchy names used to at least be something lefties could manage, the Khmer Rouge, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, the Tooting Popular Front etc., but I digress.

Sep 21 11:23

Top UK scientists urge govt to protect most vulnerable from Covid-19 instead of carpet-bombing virus

The UK should focus on helping the most vulnerable – including residents in care homes worst affected by Covid-19 – instead of pursuing an "unfeasible" goal of suppressing the virus until a vaccine arrives, top scientists urged.

British scholars penned an open letter to PM Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, as well as health chiefs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, asking them to urgently reconsider the current epidemic strategy.

Authored by Oxford professors Sunetra Gupta and Carl Heneghan, as well as Karol Sikora of the University of Buckingham and Sam Williams of the Economic Insight consultancy, the letter says the "existing policy path is inconsistent with the known risk-profile of Covid-19." The appeal has been signed by dozens of academics from the UK's leading educational institutions.

Sep 21 09:08

Sir Graham Brady accuses Boris Johnson of 'ruling by decree' and of treating the public 'like children' during coronavirus crisis as senior Tories demand they get a vote on any move to reimpose lockdown

Sir Graham Brady today accused Boris Johnson of 'ruling by decree' during the coronavirus crisis as Tory MPs demanded any move to reimpose lockdown is put to a vote in the House of Commons.

The chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbench MPs suggested the Government has been treating people 'as children' during the pandemic.

He is tabling an amendment which would require the Government to put any new lockdown measures to a vote of MPs.

Sep 21 09:07

Newspaper headlines: £10,000 fine 'for leaving house' and 'new Covid clampdown'By BBC News

Almost all the papers lead with the new fines for people who fail to self-isolate, which the Observer describes as a "carrot and stick" approach to tackling a second wave of Covid-19.

It says officials in the north of England have warned for months that people on low incomes have not been self-isolating because they can't afford to.

The Sunday Mirror welcomes the measures, but says they must be properly policed and not left to members of the public to "snitch on their neighbours".

The Sunday Times says Boris Johnson is expected to make a television address on Tuesday to announce a further tightening of the rules. It says "the prime minister is locked in a furious debate with his cabinet" about how strict the measures should be.

Sep 21 05:26

Sadiq Wants London Lockdown TOMORROW - Nooooooooo!

Sep 20 10:26

PETER HITCHENS: The power-mad clowns of the Johnson Junta want to TOTALLY supress a coronavirus - which has never been achieved in history

Months ago, I predicted that we would all come to hate the narrow, bossed-about new life the Government wants to force us to live. I was wrong.

Most people have far too readily accepted limits to their lives which the world’s tyrannies would once have hesitated to impose on their citizens.

Well, have you had enough yet? Because the Johnson Junta has only one tool in its box. That tool is restriction.

And it has only one aim, one that has never been achieved by any state in the history of the world – the total suppression of a coronavirus. Who would have thought that the rule of clowns would be so unfunny?

King Canute springs to mind.

Sep 20 10:23

Butlin's: 1,000 jobs at risk when furlough ends

Holiday camp operator Butlin's has yet to tell 1,000 furloughed workers what their future is when the government's wage subsidy scheme ends next month.

A document sent to staff and seen by the BBC suggests employees either take paid holiday if they have any remaining or unpaid leave if not.

Butlin's is currently operating at 50% capacity and is heading into the winter months when income falls significantly.

It said no decision had been made about workers on the government scheme.

Sep 20 06:17

UK to Penalise Schools Which Don’t Teach Children LGBT Lessons

Secondary schools which fail to teach pupils LGBT lessons will be penalised by inspectors, it has been revealed.

Ofsted, the British schools regulator, said that schools will no longer be able to secure a rating better than “requires improvement” if they neglect to inform pupils about LGBT lifestyles and about “all the protected characteristics”, the Daily Mail reports.

An Ofsted spokesman commented: “The Department for Education’s guidance makes it clear that secondary schools must teach about LGBT issues.

“Therefore, from next summer, if secondary schools do not teach about all the protected characteristics, they will receive a judgment of ‘requires improvement’ for leadership and management.

Sep 20 06:11

Britain's National Grid Using Six Massive Tesla Batteries To Balance Supply And Demand Of Electricity

Britain used 6 giant batteries manufactured by Tesla to "help balance supply and demand" in the electricity market for the first time this week, according to Bloomberg.

The 6 batteries comprise a plant that can store energy from renewable sources that can then be tapped at times of peak consumption. The National Grid Electricity System Operator uses the backups to balance supply and demand.

Costs of balancing the market have risen over the summer due to the pandemic reducing supply and increasing volatility in usage. National Grid spent almost $1 billion simply balancing the network from March to July - marking an increase of 39% year over year.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

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These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 19 17:58

Dr Mike Yeadon: 'Government are using a Covid-19 test with undeclared false positive rates.'

The former scientific advisor at Pfizer, Dr Mike Yeadon, has reissued his challenge to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock regarding the coronavirus testing.

Speaking with Julia Hartley-Brewer, Dr Yeadon said the Government are "using a test with an undeclared false positive rate. That's dreadful.

"If you don't know what it is - shame on you."

Dr Mike Yeadon wants those who have tested positive for coronavirus to be tested again to eliminate the possibility of the test being a false positive.

Sep 19 12:37

THIRD of UK Covid victims in July and August 'died from OTHER causes' - including cancer or being hit by a car - Oxford University scientists reveal

The study shows that people who may have died from cancer or who were run over and killed, but who had tested positive for coronavirus, were included among the virus deaths even though it did not kill them.

Figures revealed in The Telegraph state that approximately one in 13 people who were said to have died from coronavirus during the whole pandemic did not die primarily from the disease.

This means that 7.8 per cent (3,877) of those listed as Covid-19 deaths by the Government did not die due to the virus being the primary cause.

Sep 19 06:46

‘Utter shambles’: UK court told escaped prisoner tried to turn himself in SEVEN TIMES but police refused

A British inmate who fled an open prison subsequently tried to hand himself in over the course of a month, but the Metropolitan Police refused to arrest him on seven occasions, his lawyer said.

Akram Uddin, who had been serving time for firearms offenses, fled incarceration on June 17 in order to visit his mother.

Within weeks, though, he had made seven attempts to surrender to the authorities. However, the officers at Lewisham police station in southeast London turned him away every time, Uddin's lawyer, Liam Walker, told Maidstone Crown Court during a sentencing hearing on Friday, the Guardian reported.

Sep 18 11:24

Second wave of Covid-19 coming to UK, says PM

The UK is "now seeing a second wave" of Covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said, adding "it's been inevitable we'd see it in this country".

Sep 18 09:36

UK government to retain fingerprints and DNA profiles of COVID-19 infectees under national security

COVID-19 infectees fingerprints and DNA to be gathered under "terrorism" clauses

Sep 18 08:42

Covid-19 was the 24th most common cause of death in England last month as official data reveals August was the LEAST deadly month since 2000

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows Covid-19 accounted for a mere 1.4 per cent of all deaths last month - just 482 out of 34,000.

Sep 18 08:35

Pound dips as Bank of England prepares for NEGATIVE interest rates if unemployment soars or second wave hammers the economy

The Bank of England will consider turning interest rates negative if the economy stalls in the face of soaring unemployment or a second wave of Covid.

Keeping interest rates on hold at 0.1 per cent today amid evidence that the economy is emerging well from the paralysis of lockdown, the Bank warned that the outlook was 'unusually uncertain'.

Minutes of today's monetary policy committee meeting show the Bank will in the following months consider the case for negative interest rates together with the Prudential Regulation Authority .

Sep 18 07:57

Up to 90 per cent of people diagnosed with coronavirus may not be carrying enough of it to infect anyone else, study finds as experts say tests are too sensitive

Health experts say PCR testing - the most widely used diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the US - are too sensitive and need to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their systems because they're likely not contagious.

Today the PCR test, which provides a yes or no answer if a patient is infected, doesn't say how much of the virus a patient has in their body.

PCR tests analyze genetic matter from the virus in cycles and today's tests typically take 37 or 40 cycles, but experts say this is too high because it detects very small amounts of the virus that don't pose a risk.

Experts say 37 - 40 cycles is too much. The NHS is using 45 cycles...

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...is it any wonder there's a casedemic in the UK?

Sep 18 05:33

Government could use emergency powers to give the public an UNLICENSED vaccine - with midwives and soldiers trained up to administer it

The government could use emergency powers to vaccinate the public against Covid-19, it was revealed last night.

Ministers would utilise regulations to bypass EU laws if a vaccine becomes available prior to the end of the Brexit transition agreement on December 31, as reported by the i.

Even if a possible vaccine has not been passed by the European medicines watchdog the government will push to use it due to the threat the pandemic poses.

Sep 18 05:32

Downing Street is forced to deny claims it is planning for a nationwide two-week lockdown - as academic 'clarifies' Tweet that said Prof Chris Whitty was calling for the move

Downing Street last night insisted the Government is not preparing to impose a new two-week lockdown on the entire country.

Officials were forced to deny claims the chief medical officer has been pushing for short, sharp nationwide restrictions to tackle the rise in infections.

Professor Anthony Costello, a former director at the World Health Organisation, tweeted: 'I'm hearing from a well-connected person that government now thinks, in absence of testing, there are 38,000 infections per day.

Sep 18 05:21

Who the hell is running Britain? We need to be told – and fast! Says SIR BERNARD INGHAM

FRIENDS telephoning me in my Covid-shielded existence are very exasperated. "Who the hell is running Britain?", they demand, as if I ought to know.

It is a very good question. It will launch a thousand analyses by political historians and constitutional experts. Before they get to work with their hindsight let me try to answer this conundrum. One can only assume that Boris Johnson thinks he is pulling the strings. He was certainly going great guns before coronavirus hit us, with Brexit more or less sorted and ensconced in No 10 with a big majority, thanks to Labour seats in the Northern Red Wall falling to the Brexit Tories.

Sep 17 11:01

September's normal increase in coughs and colds is causing 'utter chaos' in Britain because the Government has left people terrified of coronavirus, top Oxford scientist warns MPs

Professor Carl Heneghan, a former doctor and now medicine expert at the University of Oxford, today vented his frustration about the 'panic' being stirred up over the coronavirus crisis.

Meeting with MPs on Parliament's Science and Technology Committee, he insisted coughs and colds spike every September when children head back to class, and become even more common during the winter.

But Government messaging about the deadly consequences of Covid-19 and forcing entire towns and regions into lockdown – rules that now cover 9.2million people – have left members of the public 'fearful' and 'terrorised'.

Sep 17 10:57

'Defund the BBC' campaigners raise £60,000 in donations towards bid to decriminalise non-payment of TV licence in wake of fury over corporation's 'rich list'

Defund the BBC, a right-wing group founded by Brexiteers, began crowdfunding in June and aims to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee.

The group is using the money to create campaign material including billboards, merchandise and advertisements across social media.

The campaign says it has three main goals: to raise awareness of the legal implications of cancelling a TV licence, to urge the government to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee and to lobby for the compulsory annual levy to be reduced to the lowest possible level in the BBC’s mid-charter review in 2022.

Sep 17 10:54

Flashback: Ofcom launches 'urgent' probe into David Icke coronavirus conspiracy comments on LondonLive

Ofcom bosses are launching a "full and urgent" investigation into David Icke 's coronavirus comments on LondonLive.

The notorious conspiracy theorist appeared on the channel at 10pm on Wednesday and sparked outrage by comparing Covid-19 vaccines to "fascism".

It sparked 41 complaints to the watchdog, and earlier today Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called on Ofcom to launch a probe into the broadcast.

Now they have confirmed they are going ahead with a full investigation.

Sep 17 10:49

Government mulls emergency measures that would enable networks to SWITCH OFF your electricity without warning or compensation

A series of 'modifications' to the Smart Energy Code have been proposed by officials and look set to pass into law by next spring.

These include giving networks the right to decide when they consider the grid to be in a state of 'emergency' and the power to switch off high usage electrical devices such as electric vehicle chargers and central heating systems in British homes.

Under the plans all homes would need to have a third generation smart meter installed, to include a function that allows meters in the home to receive and carry out orders made by the energy networks.

This would dramatically alter the role of smart meters, which are currently capable only of sending data on energy use to energy networks.

A few months ago someone knocked on my door and asked if I wanted a smart meter. I bluntly said I wasn't interested. I'm now pleased I did this.

Sep 17 10:23

Delingpole: Boris Johnson Has Led a Fascist Coup Against the United Kingdom

Boris Johnson has led a fascist coup against the United Kingdom.

If that sounds like an exaggeration, just ask yourself how you’d have felt a year ago — or even six months ago — if you’d been told a British government was planning to institute a 10pm curfew, ban gatherings of more than six people, impose daily immunity tests before you were allowed to go about your business, employ Stasi-like volunteer ‘marshals’ to ensure public compliance and warning that it might even have to cancel Christmas?

Sep 17 10:05

Petition - Repeal the Coronavirus Act 2020

The Coronavirus Act grants potentially dangerous powers including to detain some persons indefinitely, to take biological samples, and to give directions about dead bodies. Powers last up to 2 years with 6 monthly reviews, and lockdown powers could prevent protests against measures.

The Act also lowers protections under the Mental Health Act. Only one medical 'officer' is required to sign off a compulsory treatment order. There are changes to the court system and registration of deaths, and inquests have been suspended in some circumstances. There is no requirement for any medical certification for cremations. It also provides for the indemnity of health service activity for those providing care to a person who has, or is suspected of having, coronavirus disease.

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Sep 16 10:49

Outcry over Covid 'Stasi snoop' as Kit Malthouse says home-owners should snitch on neighbours

Boris Johnson was at the centre of a furious row today after a minister advised people to snitch on neighbours who break the new legal ban on gatherings of more than six people .

As the Prime Minister arrived in Downing Street juggling a baby bottle, Dilyn the dog, his red box and a folder under his arm, policing minister Kit Malthouse told the morning media round that residents should “absolutely” call the police if they see neighbours holding gatherings of seven or more next door.

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