Sunday, March 29, 2020

MixedTimes - Victoria Friedman

British Lockdown Ten Days Too Late, Says Italian Healthcare Adviser

British Lockdown Ten Days Too Late, Says Italian Healthcare Adviser

The scientific adviser who called for Italy's lockdown said that the UK was ten days too late in doing the same to have a significant impact on the outbreak and as a result, is now at risk of having a worse coronavirus infection rate than his own country.

Farage Calls for Temporary Universal Basic Income During Coronavirus Crisis

Farage Calls for Temporary Universal Basic Income During Coronavirus Crisis

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has called for "helicopter money" payments of £1,000 into the bank accounts of every adult in the country for the next three months during the coronavirus crisis, fearing that the 11 million people who do not have a fixed income will suffer otherwise.

Coronavirus: Boris Says No to Brexit Extension

Coronavirus: Boris Says No to Brexit Extension

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that there will be no extension of the Brexit transition period because of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Czechs Follow Trump's Lead and Ban Entry of Foreigners from 13 Countries

Czechs Follow Trump's Lead and Ban Entry of Foreigners from 13 Countries

The Czech Republic has followed U.S. President Donald Trump's lead and banned the entry of foreigners from 13 countries that are considered high-risk coronavirus territories, including the United Kingdom, and has restricted borders with Austria and Germany.

Parliament Won't Shut Down Despite MP Coronavirus Diagnosis

Parliament Won't Shut Down Despite MP Coronavirus Diagnosis

The British government has confirmed that it will not be shutting down parliament "at present" despite one of its MPs having contracted coronavirus and another going into self-isolation as a precautionary measure.

'Ethical Vegan' Wins Landmark Case in 'Discriminatory' Sacking

'Ethical Vegan' Wins Landmark Case in 'Discriminatory' Sacking

An animal rights activist has won a case of wrongful dismissal by his former employer over his "ethical veganism". The tribunal judge had earlier ruled that his dietary preference was a philosophical belief and deserved protection from discrimination like other 'protected characteristics' like faith, race, or sexual orientation.

Boris Goes Soft on Scrapping TV Tax, Seeks BBC 'Reform' Instead: Report

Boris Goes Soft on Scrapping TV Tax, Seeks BBC 'Reform' Instead: Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly backing the softer option of "reforming" the BBC, putting him at odds with his senior advisor, the conservative revolutionary Dominic Cummings, who is leading the charge for scrapping the mandatory TV tax in favour of a consumer-based subscription.

200,000 Brits Ditch BBC TV Tax in One Year: Report

200,000 Brits Ditch BBC TV Tax in One Year: Report

Nearly 200,000 Britons have cancelled their television licence in one year, a report has revealed, while several Tories have called on Downing Street to stop its "vendetta" against the BBC by proposing that the broadcaster earn its own money.

British Government Plans to Slash Tariffs on U.S. Goods

British Government Plans to Slash Tariffs on U.S. Goods

Consumers are set to benefit from the government's plan to slash tariffs on goods from the United States and other countries after the UK comes out of the transition period in December 2020.

Boris Announces Brexit Day Bash -- But No Big Ben Bong

Boris Announces Brexit Day Bash -- But No Big Ben Bong

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office has revealed the plans to mark the UK leaving the EU at 11 pm on January 31st, 2020, but Big Ben ringing in the new era of British history is not amongst them.

Ireland Declares It Is 'On Team EU', Wants UK to Obey EU Rules Post-Brexit

Ireland Declares It Is 'On Team EU', Wants UK to Obey EU Rules Post-Brexit

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has declared that Ireland is "on team EU" and thanked the bloc for its "solidarity" while telling its British neighbours they must agree to abide by Brussels' anti-competitive "level playing field" rules after Brexit to secure a trade deal.

Majority of Britons Reject Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

Majority of Britons Reject Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

A majority of Britons are against amnesty for illegal aliens, the poll findings coming after the government recently suggested granting residency to illegals who have been in the country for 15 years.

UK: Counter-Terrorism Unit Listed Extinction Rebellion as Extremist Group

UK: Counter-Terrorism Unit Listed Extinction Rebellion as Extremist Group

An English regional counter-terrorism policing unit listed Extinction Rebellion in an anti-extremism guidance note that includes Islamist and far-right terror organisations. Authorities said they would recall the document after inquiries from the left-liberal Guardian newspaper.

Meghan Markle Returned to Canada After Quitting as Senior Royal

Meghan Markle Returned to Canada After Quitting as Senior Royal

Meghan Markle has returned to Canada, leaving her husband Prince Harry in the UK to deal with the fallout of their bombshell announcement that the couple will be stepping back as senior members of the royal household to embark on a "progressive" new life.

'Sexist' Ad Banned for Having the Word 'Girl' in It

'Sexist' Ad Banned for Having the Word 'Girl' in It

A freelancers website was forced to apologise and retrained its advertising staff on using sensitive language after publishing an advertisement with the word "girl" in it.