"The social distancing rule will be scrapped but masks will remain under government plans for the final easing of restrictions on June 21, it has been claimed."

In what universe will people go back to crowded situations, but all masked? So irresponsible!
So far, the road out of lockdown has been stepped. Some steps may have felt too uncomfortably large, or not big enough, but there was a vague logic. But 21 June appears to be dive-off-a-cliff-and-hope.

Get it wrong, and tens or hundreds of thousands more will die.
On the plus side: the vaccine. And that's a huge plus.

On the minus side: Since the first lockdown, there hasn't been a single day of unsocially distanced "normal" life. And yet over 120,000 people still died despite varying levels of precaution. Add in stronger variants, and...
Anyway, it's probably all moot, because if the rumours are true and the Government say "hug away!" on 17 May, that's Game Over right there.

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PM’s contact details were listed at the bottom of a 2006 press release as officials reportedly told him to change it"

Makes amoeba look like geniuses. theguardian.com/politics/2021/…
And of course, although the offending article now seems to have been excised from Google, the internet never forgets. So his phone number is freely available here on Twitter, for example, thanks to people screenshotting the now deleted release.
Actually, the information is still available online as well. But it's a bit harder to find now than I suspect it was 24H ago. The press release itself is a PDF, and it looks like Google has de-indexed the text.

(No, I'm not going to link to it.)
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Politicians shamelessly exploit "think of the children", and a lack of tech savvy in the general public.

Start putting back doors into encrypted systems and ecommerce is at risk! theguardian.com/society/2021/a…
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Would you dare leave anything of value in that vault?

No chance!
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And then there's this (warning: the video is hard to watch)...
And here's the police, quite literally attacking a journalist...
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Population: 66,796,807
Population density: 275 people/km2
COVID-19 deaths: 126,284
Deaths per million: 1,891
World's 7th busiest airport

Population: 126,349,496
Population density: 333 people/km2
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World's 5th busiest airport
Restrictions on international travel: minimal during most of pandemic, never strict
Restrictions on daily life: moderate to strict

Restrictions on international travel: strict throughout pandemic (150+ countries banned from entering)
Restrictions on daily life: very few
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Japan's GDP shrank 4.8% in 2020.

In other words, strict restrictions on travel meant very few deaths, virtually no change to day to day life, and comparatively little economic damage. Simple.
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And there's that cursed 52:48 ratio again.
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Telling that food and drink trade with the EU fell 75.5% but with non-EU countries it only fell 11.1%.

Thanks, Brexit!
The net effect is that the % of trade the UK does with non-EU countries has gone up and the % of trade it does with the EU has gone down, because that's just a matter of ratios.

However, the VALUE of the trade has fallen very substantially in both cases.
To expand on this...

As you can see, our non-EU trade in food and drink went up from 39% to 69% of all our trade, when comparing January 2021 to January 2020.

Our EU trade fell from 61% to 31% of all our trade.

However, the VALUE of both plunged.
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