Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Eustice said: 'We think that six is about a sensible level. We know that the risk of transmission outdoors is actually very low, but obviously if you've got lots of people crowded in a garden, if you've got two families of six crowded in, obviously that starts to be more difficult to maintain social distancing.' … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson sparks confusion as No10 admits coronavirus threat level has NOT been reduced – as WHO expert warns UK needs to remain on ‘constant defence’ because disease has ‘not gone away’
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Andrew Gimson, the Spectator’s then foreign editor, was also Johnson’s first biographer. He remembers his boss was already being talked about as a contender for the party leadership when Howard – always intended to be a caretaker – stepped aside. “In 2005, Boris found he couldn’t run for the leadership; he had been shown to be too unreliable. It was his connection with the Spectator that did for him. He hated the fact that [David] Cameron won, but he had got himself in a hopeless position with Petronella, where he couldn’t keep everybody happy,” Gimson said. … [Read more...] about Laughter and lies: Johnson’s journey from journalist to MP
Watching Johnson playing to MPs on the liaison committee this week, it was difficult to conclude he will be able to draw much longer on a similar wellspring of tolerance for the idiosyncrasies of his craft. Of his preference for prizing Dominic Cummings more highly than his public health message, Johnson kept saying: “I have already answered a lot of questions about this.” But the only earlier answers to which he is referring were also the words: “I have already answered a lot of questions about this.” His performance was the equivalent of Brando’s Kurtz turning to the camera and gurning: “LOOK MA – THEY GONE AND LET ME DONE A MOVIE!!!” Basically a production-killer. Couldn’t someone – perhaps Cummings – stand just out of shot wearing a sign on his forehead that reads simply: “DON’T SMIRK”? … [Read more...] about The numbers are in, and Johnson’s government really is world-beating
Second, Johnson has been an “’elf ’n’ safety gone mad” rabble-rouser since time immemorial, his fallback for any thin column-writing day. He and his claque have won, eviscerating the HSE, ordering it in 2011 to cut inspections by a third. Its budget has been cut by £100m since 2010, and it has lost a third of its workforce. Local authorities have had to cut health and safety, and environmental health, to the bone. “Light-touch” regulation and “bonfires of red tape” have been favourite Tory battle cries, with Johnson the cheerleader. Labour’s employment spokesman, Andy McDonald, says an employer’s chance of a spot inspection is once in every 275 years. … [Read more...] about For test and trace to work, the public needs to trust this government. But how can we?
Restaurants, bars and pubs, cafes and canteens, holiday accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs, hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor pools, piercing and tattoo parlours, caravan parks (commercial); libraries, community centres, places of worship, museums and galleries, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, bingo halls, spas and massage parlours, skating rinks and funfairs, indoor fitness studios, indoor gyms and swimming pools, indoor arcades, bowling alleys and soft play centres. … [Read more...] about M&S, John Lewis, Debenhams and more to unleash ‘mother of all sales’ after lockdown