British Conservatives mismanage COVID-19 disaster, doctors say


This 23 June 2020 video from England says about itself:

Healthworkers take a knee in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Windrush Day 2020, 5pm: Health workers at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, take a knee in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Simultaneous actions also took place at King’s, South London and Maudsley, and Lewisham hospitals.

Mark Boothroyd, Unite branch secretary for Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “The NHS has the same problems of systemic racism as every other part of society.

“With over 50% of nursing staff in London being from BME backgrounds and directly affected by this, it is important staff can show their support for Black Lives Matter, and push their own employers to make changes to tackle the ongoing issue of racism in the NHS.”

Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “The best way to honour the legacy of Windrush Day is to ensure no nurse, or health and care worker, who trained overseas, and helped in this pandemic, feels alien in this country.

“Granting automatic, indefinite leave to remain to international health and care workers who helped tackle this virus should be instinctive.

“The services and support that they provide, though brought to the fore through this pandemic, have always been essential. They are, and always will be, key workers.”

From daily News Line in Britain today:

‘Abysmal response’ to corona – experts warn antibody tests are ‘invalid’

EXPERTS have heavily criticised the Tories’ ‘ad hoc system’ for coronavirus tracking, testing and contact tracing, stating that the government’s ‘abysmal response’ means that many suspected cases will have been missed while other professionals are questioning whether the anti-body tests fundamentally can actually tell us anything at all.

In a special report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) yesterday, Peter Roderick and colleagues from Newcastle University question why the government has eroded England’s established system of local infectious disease control and created a parallel system which relies on private companies for testing and contact tracing.

They are concerned by clear and reported failings in this parallel system, warning that many suspected cases will have been missed, and arguing that contact tracing and testing ‘should be led by local authorities and coordinated nationally’.

Historically, England’s system of communicable disease control has relied on experience and close cooperation between local health services and local authorities, they explain.

That local system has gradually been eroded over several decades. But instead of prioritising and rebuilding this system at the start of this epidemic, the government has created a separate system which steers patients away from GPs, avoids local authorities, and relies on commercial companies and laboratories to track, test, and contact trace.

Questioning the validity of the antibody test, Oxford GP Dr Helen Salisbury commented: ‘We don’t know what the results mean. There are increasing numbers of people who are fairly sure that they have had the virus and some who have even had positive tests for the actual antigen when they were ill who are getting negative antibody tests which is really interesting. So although having a positive test may tell you that you did have it, having a negative test, we are not sure about that.

‘We normally do tests when we know what to do with the answers. I am really quite concerned that patients who understandably want to have this test are going to be looking to GPs to both counsel them before they have had a test and explain the results afterwards and that is going to take up a lot of our time, and we do not have the answers to give them.

‘So, everyone really wanted there to be this idea of an immunity passport: You have got antibodies, you are safe. It is just not true, we just don’t know that, and people are going to be very confused.

‘We can’t as clinicians and scientists, work out a good reason for this sudden “everyone can have an anti-body test rhetoric”, because it does not make sense.

‘It does, however, make sense to be doing lots of tests in the context of research, if we can put together who has had symptoms, who has had a positive test after having the virus before, what do their antibodies look like and what happens next.

‘If we collected all that data and did research on it, which people are doing, that would make sense.

‘But just to roll out the test for anyone who would like it, which is really what we have been told, does not make any sense at all.’

William Irving, Professor of Virology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham agreed. He said: ‘When you have a test where when the result is negative it makes no difference and when the result is positive it makes no difference, there isn’t really a huge logic to doing the test in the first place.

‘We are under pressure, in the NHS, to be careful with resources, to only do tests which are meaningful, which the clinician can interpret, which will help with patient care.

‘The antibody test fails on those accounts.

‘The presence of antibodies does not tell you anything about whether the patient is protected against any future infection.’

British Conservative Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 mismanagement, cartoon


British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson's coronavirus mismanagement, cartoon

This cartoon by Citizen Chicane is about British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s coronavirus mismanagement.

Boris Johnson accused of putting business interests before public health: here.

Why is Britain’s coronavirus response so poor? The Covid-19 failure has deep roots within the ideology of successive governments that have been committed to centralised, privatised solutions and hostile to the public sector, says SOLOMON HUGHES.

British Conservative PM Johnson’s racism, parody music


This 15 June 2020 satiric music video from Britain about Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is called Borissey – Big Mouth Strikes Again (‘Racism Only’ version).

It is a parody of the song by Morrissey – Big Mouth Strikes Again.

It says about itself:

The Prime Minister is right – we must not erase our history.

LYRICS:

Libya, Libya I was only joking when I said
You could be like Dubai once you clear away all the dead
Take a joke, Libya

And Africans
Africans, it was just my inimitable style
When I called you piccaninnies with watermelon smiles
Just a bit of humour

And now I know just how those Sikhs felt
Now I know how all those Sikhs felt
When I turned up to their temple
And went mental
And banged on about whisky tariffs

Big mouth, la la la
Big mouth, la la la
Big mouth strikes again
I’ve every right to judge you based
Upon your race

Women in burkas
Women in burkas, it was really nothing when I joshed
That you all look like a letterbox
And a bank robber

And Obama
Obama, I was only joking when I mentioned
That you have an ancestral dislike of the UK
Because you’re Kenyan

And Burma – is it still called Burma?
Burma, I assure you I was only quipping
When I rocked up and recited Kipling

And Jews
Jews, I was only saying it in jest
When I wrote that you control the press
And rig elections

And Papa New Guinea
Papa New Guinea, I was only being playful
When I called you chief-killing cannibals

And Uganda
Uganda, I was only joking when I said…

After Grenfell disaster, British Conservatives still anti-safety


The remains of Grenfell Tower in London, England

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain, 11 June 2020:

Grenfell campaigners and Labour slam ministers for failing to meet deadline for removal of flammable cladding

THE Tory government was slammed today after it failed to meet its own deadline for removing all flammable cladding from buildings.

There are still about 300 buildings covered in aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, three years on from the anniversary this Sunday of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people.

In July 2019, then Housing Secretary James Brokenshire set a deadline of June 2020 for all Grenfell-style cladding to be removed and replaced on tower blocks.

British Conservative Dominic Cummings, new parody song


This satiric music video from Britain says about itself:

Dominic Cummings – I Can See Clearly Now (The COVID‘s Gone)

It is a parody of the 1972 song I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash.

LYRICS:

I can see clearly now the COVID’s gone
I can see all vehicles in my way
Don’t have to crash and wipe my family out
It’s gonna be a bright day out at Barnard Castle

I can see clearly now the COVID’s gone
I can see all articles on my blog
I can now edit them, my hindsight’s back
It’s gonna be a bright day out at Barnard Castle

Public compliance with Covid-19 rules and confidence in government drops during Cummings controversy: here.

British COVID-19 disaster, Dominic Cummings and football


This 25 May 2020 video from London, England is called Public Mood – Dominic Cummings Heckled by His Own Neighbours.

Boris Johnson defends key adviser over flouting UK lockdown rules. By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2020. Cummings was one of the chief advocates for Britain’s “herd immunity” policy, based on the mass infection of the population with coronavirus.

Project Restart: English Premier League puts profit first, players’ health a poor second. By Paul Bond, 25 May 2020. The government aims to use televised play to break down public support for social distancing. The PL’s concerns are more directly financial.

British Conservative Dominic Cummings COVID-19 scandal


A protester outside the north London home of British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings, as lockdown questions continue to bombard the Government after it emerged that he travelled to his parents' home despite coronavirus-related restrictions

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Protests outside home of Johnson‘s aide Dominic Cummings following allegations he broke lockdown rules

Campaign group Led by Donkeys demands to know why the PM‘s man is above the law

CAMPAIGNERS protested outside Dominic Cummings’s north London home today following allegations that the senior government aide broke lockdown rules more than once.

Political campaign group Led by Donkeys drove a van displaying a video of PM Boris Johnson’s speech to the country, warning the public to stay at home.

Another protester stood outside his home holding a sign that read: “Why are you above the law?”

British Conservative Cummings, poor people and COVID-19


This 24 May 2020 satiric music video from Britain about the adviser of British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is called Dominic Cummings – Driving Home for COVID.

It is a parody of the song Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea.

It says about itself:

Dominic Cummings is driving home for COVID-19.

LYRICS:

I’m driving home for COVID
Oh, I can’t wait to just get loaded
Driving home for COVID, yeah
Dance to ABBA, drink some wine

Got this nagging cough
But I will be there
I’ll shake it off
Stop at the Welcome Break
Grab some Benylin
Driving home for COVID

260 miles, but I’ll get there

Top-to-toe in dead cats
Bamboozling you with 5D chess
Soon there’ll be a fuckup, yeah
To distract from the previous mess

Now I’m driving back
To London, but I
I will return
Return to Durham
Driving with my COVID

This 24 May 2020 video is from in front of Dominic Cummings´ house.

This 24 May 2020 video from England says about itself:

Jaywick‘s fight: Community support in one of UK’s poorest towns

While towns and cities across the United Kingdom struggle with the effect of the new coronavirus, one of the poorest places is coping with the pandemic.

Jaywick made international headlines when the United Nations highlighted it as an example of how the British government has failed to deal with poverty.

Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from Jaywick in the UK.

British Conservative Dominic Cummings, COVID-19 parody song


This 23 May 2020 satiric music video from Britain is about British Conservative Dominic Cummings and COVID-19.

It says about itself:

CUMMA MIA! – Dominic Cummings sings ABBA

Dominic Cummings sings the hits of ABBA.

This song is a parody of ABBA’s Mamma Mia.

British Conservative Boris Johnson, downfall imminent?


This 11 May 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

The Beginning of the End of Boris Johnson? | Prof John Ashton CBE

“The knives are out” – Professor John Ashton’s Coronavirus Updates Episode 8

00:00 Government of Slogans 01:24 The Beginning of the End? 03:13 Confusion, Confusion, Confusion 04:48 The Speech 06:21 We are NOT all in this together 07:46 Join. A. Union. Now. 08:11 Herd Immunity: Past, Present & Future 09:22 Conservatives loosing their base 10:23 Public Health England is still failing people 11:32 Stay Alert? Stay Home? 12:51 We need transparency! 13:08 Divided Kingdom 13:41 Trust 15:12 Second Wave? 15:44 The Horse Has Bolted the Stable. A Grand National of Horses! 17:20 Footballers getting Tests before Frontline Workers 18:08 Guided by the S̶c̶i̶e̶n̶c̶e̶ Politics 19:54 Sweden 20:58 Apologise Now!