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    Corona Virus

    Directors are in a very difficult position. Measures read that if you are PAYE and take the £719 salary like many do, then they might be only entitled to 80% of that if they can't work.
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    I've mentioned it before but I really believe that out of this, lots of businesses will move towards a more agile workforce. Without doubt the pollution figures will have dropped markedly. It would be interesting to see what benefits there are to the planet as a result of just this momentary pause on a lot of industry. It could inspire greater action in the near future.
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    Factfullness by Hans Rosling. Brilliant book. A must read for everyone.
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    The government need to be really clear as to what/who are essential. What is needed to allow the country to function? Which businesses are vital to supporting those services? Outside of that, most things will be a luxury. It is for the government then to draw a line in the sand and decide which "luxuries" will bring enough benefit to make them worthwhile with continuing, or what measures they can bring in to delay or pause certain industries. Allowing individual businesses to decide how important they are is a recipe for disaster.
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    Yes, for a few days now we have been having less of a gradient than the Italians at the same stage but it's still a small sample size and we are still in our early stages compared to them so who knows where we'll end up?
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    Well that's ok then.
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    Corona Virus

    In our house, lessons started at 9.00. At 9.15 our eldest (11) was begging to go back to school tomorrow Gonna be a long, hard slog!
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    France are actually doing quite well, they've had people dying from it for a while now and whilst the numbers are increasing, they are at a slower pace than any other similar nation that I can see. I would suggest that it is premature at best for the Germans to declare their curve is already flattening. Their curve is behind ours, but not a million miles off a very similar trajectory.
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    Spain are on the worst trajectory in Europe, by a distance. Hopefully they can turn it round quickly, but they might well be in a worse position than Italy soon.
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    I think it was me that said that. This Coronavirus is serious, I didn't say it wasn't. Humans are less invincible than we like to think. My point was in relation to the government's seemingly slow shut down of the country (it isn't) but just imagine what would be going on if this virus had a slightly different genetic code and carried a 50% mortality rate and we had previously healthy 20 year olds dropping dead in the street. The government response would be swift and brutal. No bail out packages announced. Do not leave your house for any reason. Everything closed with immediate effect. Shoot to kill policy for rule breakers, enforced by the military. A balanced view is required. The government are doing the "safest" quick shutdown as is possible. Safest as in the wellbeing of the nation, not necessarily the individual.
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    Corona Virus

    Yep. The UK is an extremely complex and powerful machine. You can't just switch it off, it has to be shut down in stages with a balanced approach. Government have to get their ducks in a row before going into a phase of heading towards full lockdown. Could it be done quicker? Probably, but there are other risks to doing that - people not being able to get any food, even worse panic buying, law and order issues and so on. If this was a more serious virus, then I'm sure life would be put to a halt in a very different way. Today looks very different from a week ago and this time next week will be very different again.
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    Corona Virus

    I would think the police will be utilised for this. Army if absolutely necessary. Police should be able to react quite quickly. Their biggest problem will be a lack of staff with officers self-isolating due to a member of their family coughing. To combat this I would expect them to be next in line for testing after NHS staff in similar situations once the tests are available.
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    I think you've hit the nail on the head there. No point in ordering people to do something if there's no clear consequences for breaching the rules. Very strict measures will be introduced this week. Absolutely guaranteed.
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    I agree with most of this but I do think the government had a strategy from the start and like most plans, has some flexibility built into it. Boris has done a poor job of communicating. This is a time of crisis and clear leadership and instruction is needed. Boris has, imo, come up short in this area. With all that said, if everyone had taken the government's advice around social distancing then maybe we'd be on a different trajectory. The biggest problem is that we have too many people who believe they have a devine right to do as they please, whatever the circumstance and whatever the cost to others.
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    And this, sadly, is a symptom of a far bigger problem that is continually kicked into the long grass. Maybe after all this is over, government's can start taking action on climate change.
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