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Month: April 2020

New COVID19 polling finds two thirds of Brits saying that the government acted too late

New COVID19 polling finds two thirds of Brits saying that the government acted too late

But fewer are concerned about the individual threat Whenever this is all over, and who can predict that, it is clear that the events of the past three months and the actions of ministers are set to have a big impact on domestic politics. Pollster Ipsos-MORI has been asking tracker questions and we can see from the two charts above how things have moved. The worrying one for Team Boris is the growing percentage who think that action was taken…

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What’s the effect being two metres is having on us all?

What’s the effect being two metres is having on us all?

Social distancing – the price There were some interesting posts on the overnight thread which perhaps should be given a wider audience. This from Cyclefree is one of the best and is on the impact of the the metres apart regime that all of us are having to handle. No hugs, no kissing. No intimacy. No quiet conversations or simply being close to someone. No choirs, no theatres, no concerts or gigs, no dancing, no visits to the cinema. No…

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Biden still trails in the WH2020 betting in spite of opening double digit poll leads over Trump

Biden still trails in the WH2020 betting in spite of opening double digit poll leads over Trump

By far the biggest development so far in WH2020 has been Trump’s comment a few days ago that people could inject themselves with bleach to fight the the coronavirus. This has been widely ridiculed and there have been reports from many parts of the US of people actually ingesting bleach and other such liquids and having to be treated by the emergency services. Of all the crazy things that this President has said so far during the campaign this is…

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Behind all the terrible COVID-19 statistics a story of two women that really touched me

Behind all the terrible COVID-19 statistics a story of two women that really touched me

The above was painted by my daughter-in-law, Lucille Smithson, who is a professional portrait painter based in Los Angeles and is producing a number of works relating to the coronavirus pandemic. This is what she wrote about this painting: This is Nicola and Gwen. Nicola is an advanced nurse practitioner on a #covid-19 ward in Edinburgh. Gwen who is her grandmother, tragically passed away on the same ward last month from coronavirus. Yvonne, Nicola‚Äôs mother, reached out to me here…

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Great polling numbers for those who got on the PB 250/1 Sunak for next PM bet

Great polling numbers for those who got on the PB 250/1 Sunak for next PM bet

Back in November PBer Philip Thompson had a great guest slot here in which he suggested that the 200/1 then being offered by Ladbrokes was was great value bet. It came during the GE2019 campaign shortly after Rishi Sunak had been chosen by Johnson to act as the Tory rep on one of the set piece debates. The bet in fact was better than that. Ladbrokes was offering an odds boost which made this a 250/1 shot not a 200/1…

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