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Sky News: Boris Johnson to announce zoos can reopen in latest easing of lockdown

Zoos and safari parks will be allowed to reopen next week, in the latest moves to relax coronavirus lockdown rules being announced by Boris Johnson.

Bowing to pressure from MPs, animal-lovers and conservationists – including his own father Stanley – the prime minister will declare that zoos can reopen from next Monday, 15 June.

Outdoor attractions where people stay in their cars, such as safari parks and drive-in cinemas, will also be allowed to reopen from Monday, given the low risk of coronavirus transmission.

Wired: Is England easing its coronavirus lockdown too quickly?

Daily deaths are still high, causing some scientists to fear the lockdown is being lifted too quickly. But how early is too early?

On Monday June 1, the government eased the lockdown rules. In England, groups of up to six people can now meet outdoors or in private gardens, those classified as clinically “extremely vulnerable” can now go outdoors, competitive sport is set to resume and, as planned, some primary schools in England have reopened for some children. (Rules in Wales, Scotland and Northern Island vary slightly – decisions for easing lockdown rests with each national government.)

After a week where the government found itself mired in the Dominic Cummings scandal, easing the lockdown has provided a welcome distraction for beleaguered politicians. But independent scientists have criticised the government for neglecting to follow its own guidelines laid out by Boris Johnson on May 10, arguing that the UK is leaving lockdown too early. But how early is too early?

The lockdown’s easing has been received with some consternation. The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said the new rules, including allowing groups of up to six people to meet outdoors and in private gardens, were “not supported by the science”. Professor John Edmunds, a member of the UK’s SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) committee, expressed concern over the change and the high number of cases still being reported – 8,000 new infections per day in England alone between May 11 and May 24.

WHAT’S THE RIGHT CONSPIRACY? by Richard Banker

Boris Johnson groupies are the most extreme instance of putting blind faith in this ‘posh boy’ media pinup and that our rulers are benevolent. in reality, he’s a serial liar, abuser of power, incompetent, out for his own ends and archetypal ruling class. I arrived at the conclusion in my uni days that they conspire against us . The is a long standing right wing elite conspiracy bent on reversing civilised advances of the 1945 political settlement including making the NHS the same as the insurance based US healthcare system, destroying trade unions, etc. They see it as a ‘temporary aberration’. Political adviser, Dominic Cummings is archetypal, firstly over Vote Leave and now effectively Prime Minister pulling the strings on Johnson. Cummings is the bad guy to watch more than anyone else.

For the last 10 years, the Tory government has contracted out parts of the NHS to ripoff private contractors like Richard Branson,lumbered it with ruinous PFI mortgages attacked pay and conditions of junior doctors and nurses. From 2015, I was active in a group supporting junior doctor demonstrations and opposing Derbyshire health chiefs from cutting 535 hospital beds on instructions from above . The recent Panorama programme showed how not restocking PPE for hospitals in the name of cost cutting so large quantities became medically obsolete. This failure was why over 300 doctors and nurses died of COVID. At the same time, PPE stocks were centred on hospitals but patients were discharged to nursing homes and spread COVID in a closed in environment amongst elderly disabled inmates. Only a few months into the crisis did they include these figures into the lists of those who’ve died. These poor sods haven’t had a chance.

The NHS was set up by the 1945 Labour Government to free people from the fear of escalating medical bills, a GP gatekeeper system handling referrals where they couldn’t treat, an ambulance service, health visitors and especially preventative medecine including vaccination (and, from my experience a Live Well clinic for healthy eating and exercise). It was set up as part of a programme of social improvement including clean water, public health and decent housing. My personal experience of the NHS one way or another is quite extensive one way or another. It is compatible with those with alternative medecine (and probiotics). 

I’m highly aware that lockdown legislation includes a ban on gatherings of more than 2 for 2 years (even with proposed relaxation) so national protest demonstrations will be illegal for the first time under the letter of the law (A year or so back, they tried to charge national demonstrations for the cost of policing, sealing off traffic so they have history) Johnson is still bent on Brexit and selling off the NHS

This country had enough warnings of the coronavirus and the WHO on Jan 30th decided that the outbreak constituted a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” (Its on the WHO coronavirus timeline) . It strongly advised countries to set up a test and trace programme, immediate lockdown, social distancing. All other European countries followed this advice while Johnson opted for ‘herd immunity’ and we must ‘take it on the chin’. He let the Cheltenham Races go ahead, the most effective way of spreading COVID far and wide. He wasn’t guilty of draconian lockdown but on the contrary, too little too late as the lockdown only kicked in on March 20th . On top of this, the ‘stay at home’ ,’control the virus’ mantras let Cummings and Johnson off the hook for their gross negligence towards the NHS for 10 years prior and during the pandemic. The ‘stay alert’ mantra is both vague and puts responsibility for catching COVID on the individual and not on the government.

I checked the origins of the world Health Organisation on Wikipedia and it comes directly under the auspices of the United Nations and not the fiefdom of Bill Gates. it’s worthwhile noting that Trump is threatening to cut funding to the WHO on his own nationalist and backside covering motives and not out of philanthropy. where Trump leads, the alt right social media surely follows. 

by Richard Banker 

The Guardian: How can any scientists stand by this government now?

Dominic Cummings predicted the events that have threatened both him and the government he serves. Writing on his blog in 2014, in an essay he called The Hollow Men, Cummings said: “The people at the apex of political power (elected and unelected) are far from the best people in the world in terms of goals, intelligence, ethics, or competence … No 10 will continue to hurtle from crisis to crisis with no priorities and no understanding of how to get things done … the media will continue obsessing on the new rather than the important, and the public will continue to fume with rage.” 

BBC News: Coronavirus lockdown: Scots’ concerns over UK response

As Scotland prepares to ease its coronavirus lockdown from Friday, Scots have voiced concerns about the UK government’s handling of the crisis and the risk of lifting restrictions “too quickly”.

A survey for BBC Scotland suggested that a majority of people thought Boris Johnson and UK ministers had handled the pandemic “fairly” or “very” badly.

Meanwhile 82% of respondents said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had handled the crisis well overall, with only 8% saying she had done badly.