Absolutely wild how Andy Burnham - who ultimately has no executive power to do so - has managed to stop Manchester being put into Tier 3 just by saying "no". I wonder if there are broader lessons here about effective opposition etc etc
this is now very temporarily an Andy Burnham fan account
Pretty incredible how the only prominent (as in, executive or shadow cabinet) Labour politician who isn't a total and utter coward is *Andy Burnham*

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14 Oct
I see they've given it a full 48 hours before deciding that Tier 2 restrictions in Manchester weren't working quickly enough.
I don't enjoy chucking out this tedious snark more than anyone enjoys reading it but this is precisely what has been pissing people off for months now: constantly changing restrictions all the damn time with no apparent logic whatsoever. Total and utter clowns.
grimly laughing to myself thinking about in March how the stated merits of the original plan were to have a simple set of constant moderate restrictions that everyone could follow without too much disruption and that we'd avoid a second resurgence of the virus in Autumn 💯💯💯
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13 Oct
the idea that frequently testing all students irrespective of whether they display symptoms is either feasible or desirable at present is completely beyond me
If you tried to test every student in HE once a week you would completely obliterate the entire country's testing capacity. If you pool test you can reduce the strain on lab capacity but you don't reduce the strain on the practicalities of tests being carried out.
Amid rising case numbers and rising numbers of seasonal pathogens circulating I cannot for the life of me imagine why anyone would think asymptomatic students should be a priority.
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13 Oct
a “table meal” is a meal eaten by a person seated at a table, or at a counter or other structure which serves the purposes of a table and is not used for the service of refreshments for consumption by persons not seated at a table or structure serving the purposes of a table.
the meal is such as might be expected to be served as the main midday or main evening meal, or as a main course at either such meal.
trying to work out if this means you aren't allowed to drink alcohol while you have a starter or dessert if you have one?
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12 Oct
MRC Biostats Unit have a new projection which strikes me as very pessimistic (implying an accelerating increase in number of deaths for at least next two weeks), but here's what they're saying joshuablake.github.io/public-RTM-rep…
They're saying a <7 day doubling time that I can't really see anywhere in any other data. Obviously that doesn't preclude things happening now that are currently unseen but I'm not really sure how they're coming up with that projection either.
What "latest figures" are these? Really not sure where this seven day doubling idea is coming from.
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10 Oct
lots of people who would never in a million years have accepted border controls if it was about being an equivalent risk from terrorism have accepted it about covid, and it's absolutely disgusting
The only line I am 100% committed to on covid is not giving one single inch on pathologising the border and merrily driving our already abysmal politics even further right. There should be no border restrictions whatsoever.
And for total clarity I said this with no qualification whatsoever and I meant it with no qualification whatsoever
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10 Oct
Is there any evidence whatsoever that this is a good idea? I completely get and agree that that there should be risk group-targeted measures but telling people to just stay indoors and not even go for a walk doesn't strike me as necessarily sensible.
I mean even if we're just thinking about covid deaths is this not just yet again making the currently vulnerable even more vulnerable? I don't know the answer but I've not really seen anything actually looking into this.
We're over six months into this now - the time for just assuming that doing something is better than not doing something is long past. These decisions should have a decent evidence basis by now.
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