Why would you lock the country down, during a pandemic, but then allow a subset of the nation to gather in large crowds ?
To allow people to gather in large numbers, under the guise of protest, in numbers denied to the general populace, makes no sense at all.
BBC News – Coronavirus: Protests should be allowed during lockdown, say 60 MPs and peers https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56466291
These 60 politicians have their heads firmly stuck where the sun don’t shine.
We have seen, time and time again, that those that gather in protest, don’t social distance, many don’t wear masks, and many are there to cause mischief requiring intervention by the police, who are then put at risk.
If the government listens to these idiots they are asking for trouble.
I have copied this, as is, from a post on the “One Police” Facebook page.
It was triggered by the Sarah Everard tragedy but is relevant to so much more that is going on in the UK. This post touches on the nasty attitudes which have been visible for several years now. Permeating our society and throughout BREXIT, the pandemic, BLM, and so much more.
There are people in this country, and around the world, who are hell bent on division and antagonism. People who will happily hijack what was meant to be a peaceful event, albeit one that te authorities had said should not go ahead.
As ever the police are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I debated for hours whether to post this or not…….
I’ve read lots of tweets and posts over the last week, and especially in the last 24 hours which have made me angry, sad, furious, shocked, mortified, confused, and just plain pissed off.
Don’t enforce the law = massively criticised / hammered in the media.
Do enforce the law = massively criticised / hammered in the media.
Ask yourself what are they supposed to do? Coronavirus legislation is what it is, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, and 10’s of thousands of people have died as a result, directly or indirectly depending on which view you take of Covid.
But the fact is the rules are laid out, as per the wishes of the government. And they are there ultimately to attempt to keep us safe. The task of enforcing these laws (as always) falls to the police, along with everything else they’ve got to do.
So again, what are they supposed to do? Enforce the law, or don’t enforce the law. They will be hammered either way. Can’t win.
What happened to Sarah Everard was utterly horrific. And it goes without saying i completely understand the strength of feeling towards the case and the issues raised. The sad reality is what we all saw last night was the blatant hijack of a vigil (which had been rightly told not to go ahead and backed by the courts) by activists, anti-police agitators, opportunists with ulterior motives and those hell bent on causing a disturbance. All under the ever present camera lenses of those with other agendas.
Spraying “All Coppers Are Bastards” on a police van is not supporting Sarah’s family.
Shouting “No justice, no peace” is not supporting Sarah’s family.
Holding up “Defund the Police” banners is not supporting Sarah’s family.
Unfortunately a reaction was sought by some, a reaction was had (through the clear disregard of the law, public safety, call it what you will), and the aftermath perfectly timed and captured for the media to lap up and farm out.
I know who WAS supporting Sarah’s family though. The police family liason officer’s, sticking by them throughout the most awful time of their entire life.
The investigation team which has worked and IS working tirelessly to put the person responsible for this horrific act behind bars.
And let it be said right now, if it even needed saying: NOBODY HATES BAD COPS AS MUCH AS GOOD COPS.
They go against every oath we hold dear. They ARE NOT us.
Last night could have been and should have been a huge outpouring of support for Sarah, with doorstep candlelit vigils across the country in scenes like we saw with “clap for our NHS heroes” albeit an unbelievably sad reason on this occasion.
But in all the noise and smoke, the real message and the real show of support has been lost, as we woke up to celebrities, government officials and the *media lambasting the police.
*The utterly poisonous mainstream media quite literally, day in day out, wake up with the seemingly sole intention of dividing people, and causing hate.
In any way they can, they sow the seeds of hate between us, whether it be race, religion, gender, anything. Because it generates clicks, and in turn money.
We’re at a point now where the police are always seen as the villain. My inbox has been pinging away with calls of “murderers” and “scum”. We’re so quick to forget names like Wayne Marques, Ian Dibell, David Whyte, Keith Palmer, Nicola Hughes, Fiona Bone, Stephen Oake, Sharon Beshenivsky and many others. Who risked everything and in some cases gave everything to try and keep us safe.
I don’t know where this all ends up. I don’t even know why i wrote this. Maybe i’m just sick and tired of hearing the one sided narrative, and want to try and give a voice to the “silent” majority.
Don’t get me wrong, we are NOT perfect, never claimed to be. We’re only human and can / will make mistakes, it would be hugely naive to think otherwise. But we’re not the enemy.
I guess i’ll sign off by saying this is only my opinion. I’m not speaking on behalf of the police, although in amongst the handful of likes and comments it will inevitably get, i just hope the message gets through.
I, for one, hope the message gets through too. Something needs to change in the attitudes of the vocal minority. And certainly the media wants to do some serious soul searching, to look at themselves and where their allegiances lie.
The silent majority also need to find their voice.
You makes your choices in life, then you reap the rewards of your actions.
Shamima Begum chose the jihadi path when she left the UK to join Islamic State. She was not ignorant of the world view on terrorism, yet she still went ahead.
Now she wants to come back to the UK, to fight for her citizenship. Citizenship of the country, on which she turned her back.
BBC News – Shamima Begum cannot return to UK, Supreme Court rules https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56209007
The Supreme Court have made the right decision, confirming that Begum should not be allowed back to the UK, to fight for British citizenship.
I have just read the attached article regarding Colchicine, a drug that could, potentially, be used to treat patients with Covid-19.
Whilst I am supportive, of any additional tools made available, in this worldwide fight with Covid-19, I believe the author of this article has been delinquent, in not warning of the risks associated with the use of Colchicine.
I don’t mean risks associated with the proper administration under medical supervision.
What I am more concerned about, is the potential for Joe Public to self medicate, should they, like me, have this medicine in their cupboards.
Colchicine is a drug, used to treat patients suffering from Gout. The article says that use of Colchicine could reduce Covid hospital stays. And whilst that may be true, what the article does not say is that Colchicine is not safe for long term use.
As a Gout sufferer I have been prescribed Colchicine. It was prescribed to suppress my first flare up of Gout, taken over a few days. Subsequently, it was used to ensure that a second flare up did not occur, as I started my daily regime of Allopurinol.
At that time, it was made very clear, by my GP, that Colchicine was to be treated with respect.
Since then, I have held a small supply of Colchicine in reserve, should the Gout return. Thankfully, I have not had to resort to the emergency tablets, the Allopurinol is doing its job.
My sister, also a Gout sufferer, can attest to the diarrhoea side effect, caused by the higher dosages.
My point is that at the time of the initial prescription I was warned of the toxicity of Colchicine.
From the NHS Web site ….
What if I take too much?
Taking too many Colchicine tablets can be very dangerous. It could be fatal.
Symptoms of taking too much Colchicine can include:
● feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
● stomach ache
● bloody diarrhoea
●signs of low blood pressure (such as feeling dizzy or lightheaded)
Come on “The News” do due diligence and balance optimism with a required caution. There are folks out there who may just try self medicating if they start to exhibit Covid symptoms.
More than £11,000 in fines issued for baby’s birthday party in Nottingham
A one year old baby doesn’t understand or care about parties. This gathering was all about the adults. Adults that decided to gather, regardless of the rules or the law.
Basically they have all waved two fingers at the government, shown total disrespect to our emergency services and the NHS.
There is no excuse. These people deserve everything they get.
After his herculean money raising effort, 100 year old Captain Sir Tom Moore has succumbed to Covid-19.
BBC News – Covid-19: Captain Sir Tom Moore dies with coronavirus https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55881753
Words cannot describe the way, in which this gentleman has inspired folks, of all generations and all walks of life.
Captain Sir Tom Moore, we salute you 👏👏👏
This just goes to prove that you cannot let your guard down, not for a moment where this pandemic is concerned.
10 months clear of any locally acquired Covid-19 and just one individual can undo all the good work done by the many. Clearly there was a lapse of attention or judgement and that is all it takes.
It seems that a security guard working in a hotel, has been tested positive for Covid-19, possibly with the UK variant.
One should also keep in mind, Australia has not yet started to roll out the vaccine. March appears to be the soonest estimate for vaccinations to start.
Supplies of the vaccines also look to be in jeopardy, as the EU plans to impose restrictions on exports. Restrictions, on vaccine exports, are being put in place to cover shortfalls brought about by the EUs own bureaucracy and ineptitude.
This is potentially a double whammy for WA residents.
The EU was late to the vaccine table, late placing orders, late signing contracts.
Three months late !!!
To compensate, the EU Bully Boys, tried to steal the UKs contracted orders. They are insisting that vaccine producer, Oxford-AstraZeneca, fulfill EU order shortfalls by diverting the UKs vaccine supplies.
And, while they are arguing with the vaccine suppliers, they thought it would be prudent to effectively shut down the border between the UK and Ireland. The very sticking point that nearly collapsed the Brexit agreement.
They, the EU, invoked Article 16.
This they did without warning and without informing any of the parties involved i.e. UK, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
Following a flurry of communiques, the EU has made a u-turn, claiming their actions were a mistake, an oversight.
Well that’s just Bollocks !!!
Issuing the paperwork to invoke Article 16 would have required signatures at a very high level.
So, the EU are Bully Boys and Liars.
To me this indicates that the EU, still upset that we had the temerity to leave their club, intend to punish us for Brexit every chance they can.