Cummings JohnsonNon, je ne regretted rien♫ says Dominic Cummings.  He says he was correct, he used legitimate judgement, that the public should understand him, once they hear his explanations.  He has offered no resignation and Boris has not asked for one.  He has provoked anger at the one rule for them and another for us ‘little people’. Professors Stephen Reicher, says efforts to control the virus have been damaged.  Reicher is an adviser on a key Government Influenza pandemic group.  He said on 25th:

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Clarity

Posted: 12 May 2020 in Covid-19
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I’m trying to work this out for myself, too.

There’s calls for more of it.  With each unveiling of a bit more detail, we want more.  Can I go to work – I could it seems, but as I can get by at home, I won’t go in.  Can I drive 8 miles to see my daughter – I could, but I’ll have to stand at 2 meters.  So I can go for a jog very soon, and pop out to post a later to catch the post.  As of tomorrow – yes.  And from tomorrow, my chum Luke can install electrical improvements, as well as doing emergency repairs.  Need more “clarity”? Read the rest of this entry »

coronavirus-Christians.jpgHundreds of thousands dead and millions in fear, economies and schools at a standstill, Where is God then?  Atheists say God died long before the virus came a visiting.  They say there is no basic good and evil.  There is no special sacrifice of love by Key Workers, other than a self-interested group decision to defend a wider collective.  There is no purpose, no meaning, no hope.  Well that fits neither ancient wisdom, the understanding of the major religions, nor the enduring hope expected by Jesus[ii].

Is this divine punishment
God’s judgement on some because they are wicked, while the not-wicked live.  This kind of story gets peddled by fringe groups and rebroadcasted by the media as it makes wonderful copy.  Jesus and his teaching is dismissive of such claims.  Read the rest of this entry »

Passing Peak

Posted: 23 April 2020 in Covid-19
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C19 daily.jpgPast the peak?  Yes we have.  I said in an earlier posting, on 6th April, that we’d peak and then plateau for 2-3 weeks and so we have.  The worst day was 10th April (8681 new infections), and UK was on a rough plateau of over 5000 new hospital infections 5th to 19th April.  It will be a case of swift ascent but slower decent.

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Grants-and-funding-440.jpgCaptain Tom Moore aged 99, raising millions for the NHS.  We salute his courage, and imagination.  And now there is a reported million new Corona-crisis volunteers.  These are great news stories.  But stories that hides a disaster for charities.  Yes, disaster.

Charities are expecting a 48% fall in voluntary income (Civilsociety News 31/03/20).  Income is collapsing as needs jump.  Charity shops are closed and staff/volunteers sent home.  Government is willing to fund 80% of the very modest salaries of charity staff, where staff are “furloughed”.  But as one charity finance manager told me, he could not claim the money because all their staff were still working.  That charity’s beneficiaries had not gone away.  Key services and support still had to be provided.

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Hitting Bottom

Posted: 13 April 2020 in Covid-19
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C19 daily.jpgSo – have we “topped out” yet?  Not the right turn of phrase, is it.  Not a huge personal effort to reach the top of a mountain, with splendid views at the top and the personal satisfaction of achievement.  It is a slide into a sea of sickness.  Into a foggy claustrophobia of ambulance sirens, clatter of hospital trolleys, bleeping of medical instruments and lights.

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End of the Beginning?

Posted: 6 April 2020 in Covid-19
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C19 daily fcst.jpgWhen will the restrictions be lifted?  When can we go out again?  These kind of questions assume the end is in sight.  Sure we are near to “topping out” in daily infections.  But as Churchill said, it is just the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end.  We are approaching our Dunkirk moment, not our Normandy moment.

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