This 'lockdown' is nothing of the sort, it's a half-arsed, lightweight move by a man who's more interested in his popularity than he is the well-being of the general public.
We've got companies claiming 'essential' status when they're nothing of the f***ing sort. The only thing essential right now is the health and safety of everyone in this country, even odious turds like him.
I make no apology for venturing into politics on this thread, because it's never been more relevant than it is right now. Lives are at stake here, with many already being put at risk and maybe even lost in the aftermath of last night's utter b*ll*cks.
This government is absolutely spineless, with less interest in protecting public safety than it has in protecting its relationship with businesses up and down the country - the ones that are still paying taxes here, that is.
We need a total closure of everything except the emergency services, pharmacies, utilities and food supply chains for a two-week period at LEAST. Then and only then will we even begin to make inroads into stopping this thing.
Get your f***ing out, Johnson. The idiots that voted you in are the same idiots that have put the rest of us in danger with their cavalier attitude towards this problem, and you're STILL giving them carte blanche to do it.
I fear this Country is going to go down in history as an object lesson to the rest of the world of what can happen if you don't listen.
If the last few days have taught me anything, it's that everyone is still an individual with individual concerns and priorities.
For my part, I'm 71 and in fair health.
My only brother (73) was diagnosed with a tumour last June with the prognosis of about a year if he underwent chemo. He went with that and part of his treatment was to go about his normal life as much as he felt able to. His normal life consisted of volunteering, mainly in the Manchester area (he lives in central Manchester) but also for national events such as taekwondo in Glasgow and badminton in Birmingham. This seemed to give him extra motivation and by the end of the chemo course in November the tumour was slightly reduced and stable. Unfortunately, towards the end of January he had more symptoms and he was put back on a trial for a different chemo. This had more side effects but nothing too bad and he carried on with his volunteering through to the 15th of this month. The following Wednesday he felt rough and, on the advice of the Christie hot-line he went in, was put on a drip for several hours and sent home. He was temporarily better but rough again by Friday evening. Back to the Christie on Saturday where the diagnosis was a chest infection and seemingly negative for COVID-19. Admitted to the general ward. As his closest relative I decided to see him on Sunday and checked out the Christie website. As you'd expect, fairly stringent visiting conditions including the recommendation that you stayed away if you were in the vulnerable groups. Technically, as I'm over 70 that includes me so I called the ward and asked for advice/permission to visit and the response was that they'd be delighted to see me because it took a little of the load off them and would be good for his morale. Duly visited and found him in low spirits because his previous 'normal' life activities were all cancelled. In his mind, not much to live for. I'm planning to visit again today (60 miles each way) but, after last night's announcement, I'll have to check with the ward first. As it stands, his infection seems to be gone and he may be discharged this week but that will almost certainly be to self-isolation. Given his prognosis, this might be the last time I see him.
Post by another_ruined_saturday on Mar 24, 2020 14:40:32 GMT
hard to know which way to go on some of these really difficult decisions at the current time. if the christie staff welcome it though archie, it will be entirely reasonable.
my dad's supposed to be having a stent fitted tomorrow at MRI. my brother's taking him, he only needs to be in overnight, and on thursday i'm going getting my mum from buxton and going to pick him up and take him home. they can both sit in the back of the car, but it's still not ideal. wondering if i might get swooped on by the police helicopter for driving into the peak district...although there'll probably be a tailback of cars judging from the idiots in snowdonia and the east coast resorts at the weekend.
that on the tube is a disgrace. i would imagine that a lot of us will have been on the underground at rush hour (or certainly on other public transport) and had to stand with an armpit in your face or yours in someone else's as you hang on for dear life squashed like sardines. given that london is ahead of the infection curve it is inconceivable that people are still apparently travelling in those numbers, and in that way.