REMEMBER to launch our “beat the world” promotion? Me neither.
For a country where regulators have taken the lead in approving a Covid-19 vaccine, we – and by “we”, I mean Boris Johnson and Co – let complacency creep in.
Like the “tidal wave” of Omicron threatens To engulf us all, our record of this killer virus threatens to become the only terrible in the world.
The past few days have seen incessant chatter around cheese and wine parties and the world’s most boring Zoom pub quiz.
It’s white noise.
The real problem wasn’t that Boris was constantly flustered.
It’s not about panties and crackers, or whether Boris is socially distancing when he asks his glittery colleagues if they can name Peru’s capital.
It’s about how His government managed to lose this pandemic through sheer arrogance, bloody mind.
In August, 75% of Britons have double stab – more than any other EU country.
The government hailed both Brexit and their overall success at reaching the milestone.
However, three months later, thanks to leg pulling and indecision, we have one confirmed death with Omicron (and counting), hospital wards are filling up, hospital wards are filling up. Lateral flow testing ended yesterday and people are waiting five hours for the first vaccination. -upward.
With the NHS website down, yesterday the UK reported 1,576 new Omicron cases – a 50% increase in a day.
Three month ago, Dr. Maggie Wearmouth, of the independent advisory body the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization, warned vaccine deployment could be “out of focus” on reaching young people, minorities and vulnerable populations. needy community.
She was right.
Since then, the Government has deliberately ignored countless warnings from Europe and around the world.
Last night, a notice on the Government website said “there are currently no more home testing kits”, prompting us to “try again later”.
What a very small England. “The computer said no.”
The government has lurched from crisis to crisis, delivering a few greetings and friendly slogans along the way.
But without any real substance.
It’s clear that we should cut Boris – who almost died of the virus – a little slack in leading the country in such an “unprecedented” time, as he reminds us.
A man proudly “shakes hands with people” when the virus first raged.
A man who espouses herd immunity, who skipped five consecutive Cobra meetings, recommends washing hands even when Health Minister licks lover’s face, encouraging thousands of international horse racing fans to join in Cheltenham Festival, allowing people to enter the country unchecked, closing pubs and restaurants before asking us to “eat out to help”, telling NHS staff to wear less PPE he had didn’t order and, as one writer put it, “sends coronavirus-riding patients back to their care homes’ Petri dishes”.
Ours £37 billion test and trace scheme it’s really amazing.
Boris is now throwing everything he has Omicron.
But by focusing on cheese and festive sinks from a year ago, we’re losing sight of what’s important now.
Boris can still repair his shattered reputation.
He CAN – almost – restore our collective faith by going on, without wasting precious hours researching cheese and crackers.
Now is the time to act. To look to the future – not the port-tinted past.
Big problem? Just get back in the saddle
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, only one thing worse is being talked about – and that is not being talked about.
Then again, Oscar never rode a Peloton bike.
The multibillion-pound fitness company, loved by celebrities and the civil service, has seen its share price plummet after being heavily advertised Sex and the city The reboot shows central male character Mr Big riding one of its exercise bikes. . . and promptly had a heart attack. Before dying.
As PR deteriorates, it doesn’t get worse.
But in a move worthy of the show’s public relations expert Samantha Jones, yesterday Peloton hit back.
The company released a video showing Big back from the dead, in a romantic getaway with his favorite Peloton instructor.
Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds’ The voiceover continued: “And just like that. . . The world is reminded that regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
“Cycling strengthens your heart muscle, resting pulse, and lowers blood fat.”
Genius. And it would probably prevent my Mom from making my 73-year-old father – after ignoring his Pentecostal heart – equate his own Peloton.
What a cup
Like most people, I currently do 90% Christmas shopping Online.
Partly due to laziness, partly because pulling my mask off and off when I cross all thresholds of artificial light is stupid.
But I’m a hobbyist – happily spending an extra £57 to “save” £3.50 on postage. Each. Single. Time.
A kindness is still a kindness
THAT was uproar from some right-wing factions after footie clubs around the country stopped to pay their respects to the tragic slain. Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
But not everyone sees it as a kind, thoughtful gesture to unite a nation appalled in grief.
Instead, one commentator said the move was “a signal of shameful virtue by an unscrupulous, unscrupulous industry that insists on climbing on every passing convoy”.
Unreasonable. A kindness is still a kindness, regardless of the motive.
And if gestures help Arthur’s grandparents, family and friends at school, who are we to beat it?
Learn from real work
KIDS, want to “have it all”? Money. Affect. Endless holidays. Fixed hours. And an interesting work-life balance.
Easily! Become a civil servant.
A whistleblower detailed the Government’s astonishing response to evacuate from Kabul.
In a damning filing, he revealed State Department officials refused to enter the office and did not work overtime, while thousands of pleading emails were opened but ignored so Boris Johnson could tell the congressman that there are no “unread” emails.
This appears at the back of The then Foreign Minister was Dominic Raab continue to work from the sun lounger of the 5-star Cretan hotel and his top official Sir Philip Barton stay on vacation for 11 more days instead of coming back to support those who are desperately trying to escape Taliban.
Doctors and nurses working throughout the pandemic have been restless after putting someone on a ventilator because their shift was over.
Delivery drivers don’t stop delivering, teachers stop teaching, or supermarket employees stop scanning loo rolls because they can’t burn them.
If you want a nine to five job, come work at Zara.
SCORES of criminals – rapist, pedophile, murderer – was given a second life sentence for a recidivism.
Over the past decade, 129 inmates originally jailed for “lifetime” have re-offended – some while in prison, others released and allowed to murder, dispose of, steal, abuse drug use or trafficking again.
And what part of “life” doesn’t mean life?
Bring back Oz
I’m a celebrity finally got us all out of our misery on Sunday night.
The performance was filled with cold, dull, steamy misery from start to finish. ITV bosses deserve to be commended for doing their best. . . but, please, no more Wales.
We want to get rid of our winter mediaism.
Is not Arlene Phillips 78 years old creepy; Poor, destitute Richard Madeley was hospitalized at 4 a.m.; and the aforementioned Frankie bridge lay in the coffin for ten gloomy minutes.
Bring back Oz.
Wake up, wake up
ABSOLUTELY no one wants a lesson in ethics from their appearance calendar.
But the people in charge of marketing at luxury chocolate company Tony’s decided, in their infinite wisdom, to leave a window blank to “highlight inequality and slave labor practices.” practices of unscrupulous companies in the chocolate production process”.
Try telling that to a hungry, excitable seven-year-old. Who will forever be loyal to Cadbury.
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