Sunday, April 5, 2020

MixedTimes - Victoria Friedman

Temporary Morgue the Size of Two Football Pitches Being Built in London

Temporary Morgue the Size of Two Football Pitches Being Built in London

While the UK is working on building field hospitals in convention centres across the UK to deal with an increasing number of patients, emergency coronavirus measures are also taking into account the projected rise in deaths with the founding of temporary morgues.

EU Lawmakers Pressure UK to Extend Brexit Transition Due to Coronavirus

EU Lawmakers Pressure UK to Extend Brexit Transition Due to Coronavirus

The European Parliament’s largest party grouping is pressuring the UK to extend the Brexit transition period because of the coronavirus pandemic. The UK left the EU on January 31st, 2020, but remains in a transition period until December 31st, 2020.

West 'Reaping the Whirlwind' for Policy of Kowtowing to China

West 'Reaping the Whirlwind' for Policy of Kowtowing to China

Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has said the West is "reaping the whirlwind" for a policy of kowtowing to China after allowing supply chains to become dependant on the communist country.

Britain Faces Six Months of Coronavirus Restrictions

Britain Faces Six Months of Coronavirus Restrictions

Britain faces six months of disruption, as the country moves from a period of lockdown to longer-term social distancing until the coronavirus threat is abated, the deputy chief medical officer for England has said.

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.