Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains, while new arrivals must take PCR tests

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The wearing of masks in shops and on buses and trains was never officially withdrawn, but the mandatory aspect was. However, some transport operatives made their own rules, such as, Transport for London, where they stated it was a requirement to travel on their buses and the Tube, but was it ever legally enforceable. Perhaps it was not, but the public should have respected the wishes of the operators.

In other parts of the UK, except England, Scotland and others did retain the mandatory aspect. I feel it was a grave mistake from Boris Johnson, one of many, when the mandatory aspect was withdrawn. For those not wearing masks are not acting with respect to their fellow travellers.

In fact, in many aspects social distancing should also have been retained.

The coming of Omicron is a great worry, as should be the coninuance of COVID in England, but this appears to nhave been ignored by many in England, so please do not ignore Omicron, for if you do Lockdowns will have to be reimposed. In fact, the reimposition has never gone away and would always be brought in, but perhaps, too late, as other measurers have been.

At least, the mandatory reintroduction was not delayed and the travel restrictions also.

Yes, we have to learn to live with COVID, but not at the expense of lives lost. Lives are much more important than refusing to live with a few restrictions. So accept the restrictions and in doing so save lives.

The same is also relevant in having the COVID vaccinations and where eligible the COVID booster and any others which will come along.

 

Source: Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian


I implore both the UK and France, being Johnson and Macron to stop their ‘childish’ behaviours, and behave as they should be doing in a respectable manner for the Migrant crisis and even more so Channel crossings is not only urgent, but innocent lives are being lost.

This is so much more important than the squabbles between 2 countries as there is a ‘Duty of Care’ on both parties and even the EU. For if the EU wishes to be viewed as a responsible organisation it should be them who bring France and the UK together.

The migrant crisis needs to be sorted NOW as it has gone on for far too long.

Nothing can be decided until all parties are together, so Macron and Johnson act as the adults both of you should be.

 

Source: Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones | Housing | The Guardian


Insurers raise alarm but builders say housing crisis leaves them with no choice

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No choice, of course there is always a choice for these homes could become uninsurable, unless builders build with sufficient flood defenses as the costs of dealing with floods should not be borne by householders and insurers.

Builders should have a ‘Duty of Care’ to their customers and if they are unwilling to abide by duty of care then legislate for them to do so.

Source: More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones | Housing | The Guardian

US teenager acquitted of all charges in Kenosha shootings | Euronews


All in the name of assumed democracy and free speech, but if it wasn’t for the gun, Rittenhouse would not have been there.

The gun laws of America and the assumed rights to carry have a lot to answer for.

The other major problem is the question of racial tensions in America, for many in the Southern states wish for slavery to be brought back and the Confederacy by the way Confederate flags are used. But that should be all in the past, but Trump and his associates and supporters are re-raising these and for some Brexit in the UK has brought racists out of the undergrowth. They have always been there but did not have the full confidence to show themselves.

Human rights are there for everyone not just persons of white origins. No one is wanting more rights, just the means to exercise theirs and not be condemned for doing so.

Equal Rights for All.

 

Source: US teenager acquitted of all charges in Kenosha shootings | Euronews

Furious northern leaders demand free vote on slashed rail plans | The Independent


‘Everybody in the north is getting a bargain-basement solution’ says South Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis

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Once again the North is getting less than promised and the East even more so than the West.

For the West is getting the full HS2 while the East is getting none and the Midlands is also getting everything. But neither the West or the East are getting HS3.

If this was London and the South both would have been proceeded with, for the South get while the North does not.

This is no where ‘levelling up’, the North have been the poor relations of the South for far too long and the West has always been better treated that the East. This is expressly so for the Old Midland line from Leeds through Sheffield down to London. For under British Rail it was always subjected to Third Hand rolling stock, no Electrification and much more while the West received. Only with the arrival of EMR was there new rolling stock, station improvements and others, etc

Network Rail the public arm of the railways are still not as ‘fit for purpose’ as they should be, which HS2 would have solved, but will the watered down version be.

From past experience I doubt it.

 

Source: Furious northern leaders demand free vote on slashed rail plans | The Independent

MS Society – Help us win a High Court hearing


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Dear Chris,

We have some exciting news. Our campaign to end discrimination against people on legacy benefits is being heard in the High Court today – and you can help!

The High Court is going to decide whether the UK Government was acting lawfully when they decided not to give nearly two million people on legacy benefits, including Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance, the increase of £20 per week that those on Universal Credit received at the start of the pandemic.

You can Tweet your support for the uplift to be given to disabled people on benefits using the button below. Sharing your support will mean that the UK Government is less likely to appeal the decision.

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We will let you know when the decision of this court case is announced. While we hope the High Court will recognise the failings of the UK Government, the fight to end this discrimination may not be over.

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Source: MS Society

Real Living Wage rises to £9.90 an hour – BBC News


While this is good news for those on the Real living Wage, there are many more that are not, for they will be on the lower National Living Wage of £8. 91 per hour or the even lower National Minimum Wage of £8.36 per hour for those under 23 years. It will not be until 1 April 2022 that those on the National Living Wage will receive £9.50 per hour, with hopefully a corresponding increase for those on the National Minimum Wage.

Even though there is the National Living Wage is it in reality sufficient for persons to reasonably live on and are the persons on it really being paid what they are worth. You only have to compare care workers in the care profession to those employed in supermarkets and Amazon, where , I believe they can earn from £14 per hour and need less skills and undertake less responsibility than care workers.

Many in the Care Profession are on anything between the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage, with the majority nearer the National Minimum Wage than the National Living Wage.

This is mainly due to the Government policy in funding Local Authorities, (LAs) and as most of you will be aware LAs from 2010 were subjected to austerity cuts and to date these cuts have not been reversed and LAs are still having to find savings to accommodate this serious underfunding and many vital LA services are suffering as a result. You may wonder why this is affecting the care profession, well many care providers are funded by LAs so that the care providers can pay their care workers to provide the care needed by vulnerable people. There are what are called ‘self funders, but in reality they are only small percentage wise, for these are people who have been assessed as having sufficient income and capital to fund their own care, so they pay the care providers directly.

Care is in dire straits for many reasons, the lack of funding being one, but there is also a large deficit in the numbers of people wishing to come into care pay is one reason, but there is also working conditions, no sick pay, career progression and much more.

Conditions in care need to be considerably improved, but this requires much more funding which the Government could solve, if they wished to.

The Government could also relax the immigration regulations to allow more persons to come into the UK to go into the care profession, which they have done in other areas.

But then for this to occur you need a Government that really cares, which this Government have proved with their actions and also their inactions, that they do not. All they care about is themselves and their rich donors to the Conservative Party.

The Government say they wish to safeguard the NHs, but there abandonment of the care profession is also causing many strains on the NHS as lack of care is causing more to need NHS services and the lack of care available is then delaying hospital discharges.

So, in affect the Government don’t really care about the NHS only in ‘words, but not ‘actions’.

 

 

Source: Real Living Wage rises to £9.90 an hour – BBC News

John Kerry: Cop26 puts us closer than ever to avoiding climate chaos | Cop26 | The Guardian


US climate envoy says many countries have very aggressively increased their ambition

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Is John Kerry’s comment totally correct or is he just trying to put a good spin on the outcome of Cop26.

I say this as Cop26 promised so much more and could easily have not produced anything.

For the last minute intervention of India and China could well have meant that there was no good outcome from Cop26, even though there was a good outcome, the outcome could have been much better, if the Indian and Chinese intervention had not been made.

Even with the reduced outcome, it is still good, but not as good as it could have been, so we are not as close to avoiding Climate chaos as we could have been and all this assumes that every country will do as they promised, which has not been so with past Cops. Why not put penalty clauses in the outcomes, so that if any country fails to do as they promised then they would have to pay severe penalties. But then one may not get any promises.

For there is still a very long way to go and the time is running very short.

Would Trump have pulled out of the Paris Accord if there was a penalty to be paid for doing so, well with Trump, well he could still well have done so because, according to him, he does no wrong, for Trump Word is law, who said so, well Trump himself believed that, for according to him he was the best president ever, what a moron!!

But climate change is very serious and many countries could well disappear, if more is not done and done quickly, especially Great Abaco of the Abaco Islands Bahamas.

We all need to do more, everyone one of us.

Source: John Kerry: Cop26 puts us closer than ever to avoiding climate chaos | Cop26 | The Guardian

‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian


Applause for Cop26 president Alok Sharma after he gave the closing speech at the closing plenary of the UN climate summit on Saturday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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We are all seeing the effects of climate change some much more than others, but many in the developed world and a few in the non-developed world are not taking it as seriously as they should.

That said, and although Cop26 could have done a whole lot better, it did achieve somethings as long as all the countries present do as they  promised. But even that can’t be guaranteed.

Even what has been promised will not be enough to save some of the countries who were present, especially some of the small island nations. Great Abaco, Bahamas being just one

The likes of China, India and Australia should be ashamed of some of their lack of commitment, but others could do more including Russia, America and even the UK and some others in the developed world. Also some in the non-developed world such as Brazil.

World leaders have to commit and with some of the major countries their leaders were not there not even for one second.

If in the next 5 to 10 years one country is lost then this will be down to all the lack of commitment at Cop26 and all the other Cops, for the days of inaction have gone long ago.

Coal has to go, no matter how important to some countries it is and go quickly, even 2030 could be too late. But there is gas and oil and the destructions of forests which also need to be seriously dealt with.

They need to go completely as discounting is nowhere near good enough.

Even with America their involvement can’t be guaranteed for it could be more than likely that Trump or some others could emerge, as it could in many of the other countries.

Climate change is with us and has been for many years, but it is not being taken as seriously as it should be.

There will be another Cop being Cop27 in Egypt next year and much more needs to be done there , if not before.

 

Source: ‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian

I ran for selection to become an MP – the job is a privilege, not a burden


Too many Tory MPs act like it’s an annoying, inconvenient part-time gig

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To be a MP, is the personal choice of each MP, so if they were not willing to commit 100% why did they decide to stand in the first place.

They are technically employed by their constituents and it is to them that the MPs should be answerable to, not their party and not some second or more jobs.

It appears that some MPs have the wrong impression of what a MP is, for it is a full-time job and if done properly should not allow time for a commitment, no matter how large. However, some MPs do have very important second jobs, such as, doctors, etc and perhaps allowances should be made for such jobs, but not where the second job leads to having to leave the UK, as how can constituent’s interests be dealt with and respected say, from the Caribbean.

 

Source: I ran for selection to become an MP – the job is a privilege, not a burden