UK govt has now contacted major corporations & employers and told them that the hugely expensive UK “Test & Trace” system can now be ignored.

People who are ‘pinged’ are free to make their own “informed decisions” on whether to isolate or not.

To clarify:

I had this information already yesterday morning, but sat on it as I didn’t feel comfortable about communicating this.

However now it’s clearly in the public domain I feel that my communication is fair & reasonable.

Feel it’s important to include this from a govt near/friendly media commentator.

“Advice” & “strong encouragement” for self isolation to continue.

Govt messaging all over the place quite frankly.

My guess is this:

Govt wants self isolation practice to continue but wants to open up the option for it not to continue where employers/employees consider the cost too great.

This doesn’t seem like a sustainable plan to me.
And of course it wasn't...

Govt has now done a 180 degree u-turn.

Test & Trace back on.

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16 Jul
Alastair Stewart to leave GB News.

Citing health reasons, Stewart is to taken an extensive leave of absence after he damaged his hip walking his horse out of his stables.

No return date has been publicly specified other than it “will be a while”.
A number of media now reporting on Alastair Stewart’s leaving GB News.

Alastair Stewart, who joined the anti metropolitan elite channel in June, has apparently had to leave the channel after a horse related injury at his stables on his Hampshire country estate.
Privately educated - old Salesian - Alastair Stewart runs an “amateur gentleman’s farm” worth £3 million in Hampshire in order to unwind after his busy schedule at the people’s anti metropolitan elite GB News channel.
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Seen a few threads today from the “nice & polite end” of Conservative spectrum on the footballer/racism issue.

Some journalists are now trying to spin that “of course racist trolling of footballers is wrong but the whole debate shouldn’t be powered by a few hundred trolls.”


The problem is the issue only exploded due to the deliberate Conservative led “culture war” on these issue in 1st place.

Had the Tories merely respected take knee protest, it would’ve become like those minute silences - a few yobs whistling but no one important complaining.

In other words:

It was precisely due to Tory MPs/media whipping up a storm about a perfunctory 3second gesture that brought this whole mess up.

To complain about a few hundred trolls & foreign accounts misses the point - it was party policy to make this a hot issue.
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Once it became clear Brexit not a utopia but dull, disappointing reality the flag waving nationalism was always bound to wear thin.

The vaccine roll out postponed this, but now UK has highest Covid cases/deaths in Europe & the EU has caught up on vaccination rates - what’s left?
UK is no longer the European country with highest vaccination rate and it’s likely Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands & others will also overtake UK before August.

The NHS deserves praise for their fast action but it’s hard to see how Johnson can dine out on this for much longer.
If the UK had had a quicker vaccination program with lower cases/deaths then I think Johnson could have credibly linked this to his govt.

But as we’re now reaching point EU countries are overtaking us on vaccines and we still have higher Covid this isn’t going to work.
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Interesting from @Dannythefink but surprised he misses the key driver:

It’s not surprising London young vote labour when even those on 30k are fleeced of over 50% of their pay by private landlords.

Housing wealth, not income, now drives votes.

It’s also no surprise that modest income older traditional labour voters vote Tory when they sit on a £200 000 asset they bought for 20k.

And when they’ve seen tories sink interest rates close to zero & triple locked pensions but tripled student fees.

People really don’t get how much this has perverted society.
The UK is now approaching the point of being both “more capitalist” than much of the west but simultaneously having lowest home ownership in the west.

In other words capitalism without a majority of capitalists.
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This article from @sarahoconnor_ has got a lot of traction with Brexity types...unfortunately the truth is rather more complex.

ALL EU countries have been moving towards large scale abattoirs often intimately connected/owned by a single retail chain they save.


The idea that EU membership fed this is thus getting the cart before the horse. Indeed given the concentration of retail giants in UK compared to EU economies + a move away from EU agricultural standards...Brexit is almost certain to make this situation worse not better.

As a wishy-washy liberal I'd love EU farm standards to be raised higher but idea that EU workers were responsible for this is simply wrong. It's the power of UK supermarkets dominating UK food consumption that has shaped food production.

Only govt & laws can change this...
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The British govt has informed the UN the country is changing the GB car registration system revoking the GB designation validity.

From September all British cars should have a “UK” designation as part of Boris Johnson’s patriotic Union strategy.

Boris Johnson’s “Union Unit” forced through the change for patriotic reasons in order to emphasize Northern Ireland’s role in the Union.

The change is estimated to cost millions as companies and car drivers have to adjust their registration & car designations.

Further changes foreseen are to accentuate the terms UK and British.

It is expected that the term GB will be dropped from sporting or public bodies in order to confirm the status of Northern Ireland in the UK post Brexit.
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