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N: Is for Networking

Networking is dead. Actually, it isn’t. Someone I know put a post on social media, saying that if anyone he had worked with previously had any need of work, he would put them in touch with a suitable contact. He has got a lot of contacts, so I told a friend, who had just lost his job. He made contact and has now got a final interview lined up. That’s networking.  The NHS By far the government’s cleverest decision during this…

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M:100 days of solitude

M is for Media After 100 days of lockdown, the UK government is no longer being held to account. Government daily briefings stopped a couple of weeks ago and they are effectively no longer under scrutiny. The BBC has been muzzled by funding threats and the only information we get is leaked to and then filtered through, a  right-wing press.  The Daily Mail has just overtaken the Sun to become the UKs biggest selling newspaper. Like the Sun, it is…

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L is for: Lockdown, leadership, leaks and late-night radio

Leadership Much will be written about our government’s response to Corona-19, and its leadership will be found lacking. Initially, it ignored the threat posed by a potential pandemic, then prioritised herd-immunity, before flip-flopping, imposing a lockdown and failing to protect the nation’s most vulnerable. In hindsight, we can see that lockdown should have occurred earlier, the airports shut and care home patients not readmitted from hospital without accurate testing. The government should have been on top of sourcing PPE, accelerated…

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K: Kick-off and kids in the UK

Kids are pretty much immune from coronavirus and do not seem to transmit it to others. So far, only 1.6% of confirmed Covid-19 cases in England have been among the under 20s and 0.7% of cases in the under 10s. Very similar levels of infections in children have also been reported in other countries. Of 33,614 deaths of people with Covid-19 in England and Wales, as of 01 May, only two were in people aged between 1 and 14.  Children…

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J: Number10

As lockdown starts to take its toll on Britain’s statues, zoos and drive-in cinemas re-open, but Mumsnet stops the UK government from getting pupils back to school, we come to the letter J. For some reason, I have always been aware that the letter J is the 10th letter of the alphabet, which is useful for rapidly calculating what number any other letter in the alphabet is. It rarely comes in handy. J also stands for the following:      Just in…

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I: Interviews

I stands for isolation, something we are now all too-familiar with, ignorance, something demonstrated everywhere on a daily basis and infrastructure, the thing that is currently key to our existence on absolutely every level.    However, all these can all be put aside for now. The murder of George Floyd, in the midst of the Covid-19 vacuum, has led to world-wide disgust, global protests and talk of revolution is everywhere. Comparisons to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, a leader…

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H: Is for health and other stuff

As the UK’s lockdown begins to unravel from the top down and starts to be unpicked by the media, on the day the government launches its half-baked test and trace system, we turn our attention to the letter H. Yesterday, I bumped into my hairdresser. He ignored me, totally blanked me; well, it’s been a long time. I had been working out whether to pay him three or four times the amount he usually charges for my first haircut after…

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G: Globalisation, Germany and 5G

A respiratory virus, originating in Wuhan, China, closing down three-quarters of the world’s population, is globalisation. 5G technology, providing a frictionless communication and transactional future, is also globalisation. Rewind: On October 12th,1492, the Taino tribe gathered on the shores of San Salvador Island, to welcome a party of foreign sailors. The sailors were Christopher Columbus and his crew; the tribe put down their weapons and gave the sailors cotton, stones and parrots, among other tokens of friendship. A year later,…

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The UK government was ready for this pandemic… 

...until it sabotaged its own systems. We are trapped in a long, dark tunnel, all of whose known exits are blocked. There is no plausible route out of the UK’s coronavirus crisis that does not involve mass suffering and death. If, as some newspapers and Conservative MPs insist, the government eases the lockdown while the pandemic is still raging, the eventual death toll could be several times greater than today’s. If it doesn’t, and we spend all the warm months…

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F: is for the following…

F is for many things and a lot of them overlap, as do most things in these UNPRECEDENTED TIMES. Furlough:  Over the last few years, a number of strange new words have entered our lexicon and are now in everyday usage;  Trumpisms, Brexit and now Furlough. The definition is: ‘leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the services or a missionary.’  At the moment, firms can give their workers leave of absence and the government will pay…

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