WTF is a "COVID-secure Marshal"?

Have @BorisJohnson & the Cabinet become so detached from reality that they think they're in the #WildWest?

Do none of them remember the disastrous 'Community Wardens' scheme (aka 'Street Wardens', 'Dog Shit Wardens')...

inews.co.uk/news/uk/covid-… Image
...rapidly superceded by PCSOs?

Government awarded itself these powers MONTHS ago 👇 legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/s… so it has no excuse for not having thought this through.

So where are the (draft) regulations for these para-policing "Marshals", for public & Parliament to scrutinise? Image
N.B. Someone senior at @PHE_uk really SHOULD be sacked if, eight months into the pandemic, it doesn't already have (and publish!) a comprehensive register of all #EnvironmentalHealthOfficers 👇 especially given the powers they wield. Image

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I see #NHSEx has published the slides from its @HDR_UK “Data Access & Discovery” event, charmingly subtitled “A Forest Through the TREs” - on YouTube, if you want to listen:



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*I thought the phrase was “cannot see the forest for the TREs”, but hey...
Let’s take a look:

hdruk.ac.uk/wp-content/upl…

One reason we use the category term #TRE to refer to Trusted Research (or any other use) Environments that meet the #FiveSafes is that everyone wants to call their own TRE something different, so no-one really knows what they mean...
Call yours what you like (e.g. for @ONS it's their Secure Research Service) but if it only does four #Safes, or three Safes - and if it isn’t also #consensual and fully #transparent - then it's not a #trustworthy TRE...
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May 4
Appalling bit of subediting(?) but the article itself lays out both the history and US context of #RoeVsWade and the consequences of overturning it with rather more nuance:

thetimes.co.uk/article/the-ti… The Times view on US abortion law and overturning Roe v Wade
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Finally, the #GoldacreReview is published! (During Parliamentary Easter holidays, mid-ping-pong on the #HealthAndCareBill...)

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Here goes...
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"185 wide-ranging recommendations for us to explore", says @sajidjavid (p6). Gulp! Time for some coffee...

"systems that ensure #underrepresented groups are well represented" may (partly) refer to this "landmark review", which got off to a slow start:

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Sep 17, 2021
Welcome back, George.

Now, about that "race-to-the-bottom" slashing of #data #protections...
...which, despite fine words about "maintaining high standards", is plainly the intent of @DCMS's proposed #DataProtection 'reforms':

assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/upl…

...which include the intent to (re)define "#ScientificResearch" 🤔🤔🤔
Of course, we understand #TIGRR's "enthusiasm for #digital", its eye on the value of "highly #profitable consumer data", and frustration with the pesky #protections and #safeguards of #UKGDPR...

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It's quite something to watch a nation that didn't emerge until a century after it ended reinvent #feudalism...

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...presented as a great leap forward by a former #HedgeFund manager, no less!
Herded towards the cliff by the #BigFour (dodgy) Accountants of the #Apocalypse...
eand.co/our-civilizati…

(Who'da thunk that #externalities aren't so 'external' in a finite #ecosystem?)
Those who still read books get it, of course:

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