Are there any other countries out there that would be willing to supply Scotland with PPE, because it seems our dear friends and partners don’t give a stuff about us.

Panda Paws provided a document that lays out clearly that this was not (as whatever the Scottish Office now calls itself ) a misunderstanding.

Supplying PPE to NHS Trusts
1.31 NHS Supply Chain and Clipper Logistics supported by the Armed Forces, are
working to regularly push critical PPE supplies to every single NHS Trust in
England. Since 25 February 2020, at least 654 million items of PPE have been
supplied in this way. From today, these deliveries will take place every day, and
we are working to ensure hospitals have sufficient advance notice of what will
arrive to make sure they can make the most of this service.
1.32 The new system has started by operating a ‘push’ model, with essential equipment
being issued to NHS Trusts based on the expected number of Covid-19 patients.
Once the flow of PPE stabilises, we anticipate returning to a more systematic
approach based on the demand signals from each Trust.
Supplying PPE to primary care providers and pharmacies
1.33 For primary care providers in the community we have organised emergency drops
of PPE. These were delivered to individual GP surgeries, community pharmacies,
dentists, urgent dental centres and hospices across England. We have also
released PPE to wholesalers for onward sale to these providers. In total, 22
million items of PPE have been made available in these ways.
1.34 We have also written to all Local Authorities to ask them to communicate directly
with local care providers with details of how to contact and escalate service
continuity issues.
Supplying PPE to social care providers
1.35 We are working around the clock to ensure those working in social care are
receiving the PPE they need. This is a sector where we have seen a significant
spike in demand for PPE to ensure some of the most vulnerable in our
communities are protected.
1.36 As an initial step, social care providers across England received an emergency
drop of 7 million items of PPE, so that every CQC registered care home and
social care provider received at least 300 face masks to meet immediate needs.
Starting in the week beginning 6th April 2020, we have authorised the release of a
further 34 million items of PPE across 38 local resilience forums (LRFs), including
8 million aprons, 4 million masks and 20 million pairs of gloves.
1.37 The additional PPE stocks distributed to LRFs will be managed and distributed via
Local Authorities and should primarily to be distributed to health and social care
Personal Protective Equipment Strategy
settings. If necessary, this equipment can also be used for wider public services
where LRFs identify need and in line with the clinical need as advised by PHE
clinical guidance on PPE.
1.38 We recognise that the social care sector operates differently to the NHS, and we
need to take different steps to ensure that providers can continue to access PPE.
23 million items of PPE have been released to designated wholesalers for onward
sale to social care providers. We have made arrangements with seven
wholesalers to supply PPE to the social care sector. Careshop, Blueleaf,
Delivernet, Countrywide Healthcare, Nexon Group, Wightman and Parrish and
Gompels will all provide supplies to care providers registered with the Care Quality
1.39 We have taken further steps to make it easier to get PPE. DHSC, NHSE&I, NHS
Supply Chain, Clipper logistics and the Armed Forces are working together to
develop a Parallel Supply Chain (PSC) to support the normal supply chain. This is
a dedicated channel for critical PPE, and core PPE products for Covid-19 are
flowing through this.
1.40 The PSC is supporting improved speed and reliability of delivery for these items,
whilst relieving pressure on the established supply chain so that it can deliver
‘business as usual’ products. The PSC is intended to service social care providers,
as well as others across the health and care system.
1.41 This is in addition to a new website for ordering PPE, described in more detail
below, which we aim to expand to service social care providers.


However, I’m sure you will all be delighted to know that Princess Beatrix, (who, I hear you ask, so I’ll tell you) one of AirMiles’ daughters, is planning her wedding for 2021 and she has promised that it will be big and extravagant in order to lift the spirits of the nation.

Whoop de do.

Oh, that’s always assuming that the FBI hasn’t caught up with her father and put him in a New York jail by then. I believe his friend, Epstein, no longer needs his.


  1. And the FBI swoop and arrest AirMiles half way down the aisle…. Sorry, lockdowns getting to me, I’ve started hallucinating!

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    1. Lets stop calling him “Airmiles”.

      Call him what he is – a paedophile, which makes her the offspring of a parasitical paedophile.

      Personally a few royal funerals would cheer me up no end 😉

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      1. Well, so far we have no categorical evidence that he is a paedophile.

        He is reported to have had sex with a girl of 17. He did it in London, where she was sent for him. That’s not even illegal in England. If he had sex with her in New York it would have been.

        But paedophilia is, if I recall, sexual interest in pre or peripubescent children. A 17 year old, who can legally be married and a parent, is not within that definition.

        As I said about another prominent person, I have no desire to see people die. I don;t wish them dead.

        I can’t, however, be sad about everyone in the world who dies and whom I do not know… whether that would be Jose in Paraguay or Thor in Iceland, and that would include members of the royal family.


  2. Tris

    The ppe situation if true really is a scandal and the Scottish Government have to hammer it now, not send letters but get asking the questions, put the media on the spot until an answer is given. It is important to know if this is a government order which I suspect may well be. However, they won’t will they. They’ll send a note, Ian Blackford will say a lot and do nothing, back in your box Scotland. The Windsor woman, don’t care.

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    1. Yep. At the highest level… NS to Raab.

      Get it sorted.

      Plus Scotland should put out an appeal to the rest of the world. If we can’t get our equipment from London, maybe Berlin or Tokyo or Nuuk or Montevideo can help.

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      1. All NS is going to say is “please sir can I have some more”.

        LBJ isn’t the only one who’s been shown to be both incompetent and irrelevant.

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        1. and her riposte is worth of Sir Humphrey himself for saying nothing at all. Repeatedly. The last sentence is a masterpiece 😀

          “We are aware of reports that supplies of PPE to care homes in Scotland are being diverted to England. I should stress we are not aware, so far, that this is an issue affecting supplies to our national stockpile, although we continue to monitor that. I also want to be clear, if care homes usual supplies are being affected in this way then, as well as that being completely unacceptable in itself, it will of course increase pressure on our national stockpile and that would be a real worry for us.

          So, it is not an exaggeration to say we are extremely concerned by these reports and are taking steps to investigate them further and to seek to resolve them, if there are real issues as a matter of urgency.”


  3. I suspect that this is “England” meaning the UK, mere arrogant parochialism rather than “let’s kill off some Jocks”.

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    1. But the guy actually was quite specific. English NHS first and English care providers thereafter. They will not be sending to Scotland.

      Unless he was being economical with the truth on radio, it seems that the four largest providers of this material are providing only England with their goods.

      Now that is fine. If they are English providers, they may very well prefer to serve their own country’s needs in a time of crisis.

      But I hope never to hear again how better off we are being part of the great British union with their broad shoulders.


    2. ‘We are facing an additional problem and that is that the care home sector and the care sector had traditionally ordered PPE from various sources. The four largest companies in the UK [sic] last week said they were not sending to Scotland and their priority was going to be England NHS and then English social care providers so within two or three days we’ve had a massive dry-up of procurement into Scotland and that’s had an impact, a really serious impact on our care homes and home care.’


  4. It shows how desperate the situation is in England when they had to gazump Wales on an order for ventillators from Roche and now cutting off supplies of other medical supplies to Scotland.
    They are demonstrating to everyone that the UK is England.
    HM press will want to suppress this as well as not reporting how big a mess England’s Tory governments have made of running health care in England.
    England,no country for old men,sick men,poor men and women of course.

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    1. England will never change.

      I notice that Michael Gove’s daughter was tested for the virus when she showed some symptoms.

      I notice that although none is us is allowed to sod off to the cottage or caravan in the country, but Charlie was allowed to (Scotland), his mother was allowed to (Sandringham or Windsor), Boris’s dad was allowed to (Devon) and now Boris, one day out of the ICU of a central London hospital has trotted off to his country estate (Buckinghamshire).


      1. Certainly the tories will never change. L.B.J shouldn’t be at Chequers. He, and his acolytes should be in Belmarsh Prison, alongside the unfortunate Julian Assange, charged with the manslaughter of the very people they were elected to protect. My disgust at those responsible for this shambles grows daily, as more and more people die unnecessarily, especially those on the front line contracting, and dying, from the lack of P.P.E.
        With this latest slap in the face, if enough people in Scotland don’t realise how we are perceived down south, then we deserve all we get.

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        1. I only know one LBJ…..a dreadful vulgar Texan who had blood on his hands (and who accidentally did some good things) who couldn’t possibly be at Chequers.

          So who is the LBJ at Chequers? I thought maybe Boris has a leading “L” name, so I looked it up. No leading “L” (his first name is Alexander,) but I discovered that he actually has four names, and one of them is “de Pfeffel.”

          How is it possible that no one makes fun of that? Seems like the waste of a golden opportunity. 😉

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            1. Alex……Thanks! That makes sense!
              Among the Johnson boys, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel seems to have that in common with Lyndon Baines.

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          1. Hard to believe looking at him (LBJ) that he was once a little boy.

            I think the L in our one stands for Liar, which he is.

            De Pfeffel is a good name for him. Maybe we should use that in future.

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              1. Hard to remember that the USA “LBJ” had a progressive (socialist/commie it’d be called now in the USA) social policy which was targeted on the poor/black/hispanics.

                Now all he’s remembered for is Vietnam. Same as Blair and Iraq – although to be fair Blair was so far to the right of the USA “LBJ” he’d have been a republican.

                “circumstances dear boy, circumstances…”

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                1. The trouble is that, do one bad thing and it’s all they they remember you for.

                  Nixon ended the Vietnam War, but is remembered only for Watergate.

                  To be fair to Blair, he too did a few good things, but will always be remembered for agreeing, ‘no matter what’, to support Bush.

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                  1. …and all Sturgeon will be remembered for is being too scared/self-serving to ever call indyref2 and the alphabet sisters. That’s the absolute BEST she can hope for, lets hope it doesn’t become worse before she goes…..

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                    1. Well, without wishing to be ironic, I have to say that… now is not the time.

                      But once this is over, it has to be done.

                      But we need to get the EU on side for that.

                      They won’t work with a country that has broken its own constitution, even one as unwritten and therefor as “liquid” as the UK one.

                      In my opinion next years elections need to be held on a multitude of policies, but the main one will be that a vote for an independence party is a vote for a referendum.

                      And if the Tories win, we will need to live with that, or emigrate.

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                    2. It’s very difficult to imagine any course of action other than waiting.

                      Brexit means that we cannot know the form of independence that will be to our advantage. It means that the final destination is woolly and fuzzy. To be honest, there are possible outcomes that make me think twice about it.

                      It is impossible to present an argument that independence will lead to a better outcome if it cannot be specified or imagined. We need to also remember that consent is required not just on referendum day but on every day until independence is signed and sealed. That is a considerable timeframe. Consent cannot be assumed if the destination keeps shifting and sliding as circumstances beyond our control continually change.

                      Independence cannot provide certainties until Brexit provides certainties. Even without the Corona virus that would not have been this year and almost certainly not the next. Given that referendums take 18 months to organise and there are Holyrood elections in 2021, an appropriate timeframe might be 2023.

                      On twitter, I find that the people who are most impatient are those who advocate independence at any cost. They really do not care about its form, only that it is delivered. Simultaneously, there’s about 20% of the electorate who remain undecided. Are they going to be persuaded by emotional appeals from existential nationalists? I don’t know but it occurs to me that they are the ones who are most interested in a costed plan.

                      On a purely moral point, it is unfair to say, “Trust me, it will all be better”, if I don’t know that to be the case. Setting a course for an uncertain destination with uncertain cost and risk would be very Brexity.

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                    3. From a purely practical point of view, it would be impossible to start campaigning now. It would at the moment, be illegal.

                      It would also lead to quite reasonable complaints from the likes of Jackson Carlaw and Richard Leonard that the government wasn’t on the day job.

                      The Tories have taken a lot of stick for insisting that come what may, Corona or no, the Uk will leave the EU on 31 December.

                      As you say, once you start the campaign it will take a long time to get it going.

                      I think we should use the election next year. I don;t think we should make the election all about independence, because we need to make sure that hospitals and schools and law and order continue to be prioritised.

                      But I think we should make it clear that if we have a majority of seats we will bring forward a bill asking London for a referendum.

                      If they turn us down, then we could try a referendum of our own, which would have no force in law.

                      The problem is that if the unionists told their supporters to refuse to vote… 100% vote on 50% of the population. Where would we be?

                      I frankly doubt that we will ever get any kind of decency from de Pfeffel. He’s not a reasonable man.

                      But I know that precipitous action, like declaring independence unilaterally, will see us barred from the EU with not much chance of being readmitted.

                      I wish there was an easy answer.


                    4. It’s easy to be a tough guy on the Internet. Be as extreme as you like, advance or withdraw without reprisal or pursuit. I often wonder what commenters I’ve read, sometimes for years, are like in real life? More often the most interesting are the uncompromising, the aggressive, the single minded of purpose. The not responsibles.

                      Yes is slowly increasing . The fact is though that even after all the shit that has and is being thrown at the Scottish people we’re only just over 50% for Indy, and this speaks volumes.

                      Independence is a state of mind, it’s not an economic choice on some manifesto. You can’t go back 4 years later and reverse it once it’s done. The people either want it or they don’t and unfortunately for us a great many still don’t. Forcing the issue makes us no better than our oppressors and can only lead to strife. Independence needs to be in your bones and if it’s not then somebody saying you’ll be a few quid better off every week just won’t do it. I personally would voluntarily be worse off to have it and that’s the difference.

                      As long as 40+% of the Scottish people are No voters, whether Sturgeon does this or fails to do that is irrelevant just now and it would be catastrophically wrong to force the issue.

                      After this crisis the Indy movement needs to take stock, organise and then develop a proper strategy to achieve Indy. We need to tackle the MSM and if that means taking control of the party that we will most definitely need as a vehicle for independence then so be it. If it means gutting the SNP or changing it for something else then so be it.

                      There’s been opportunities lost but they’re lost and can’t be gotten back, the hearts and minds haven’t been won. Independence is going to take a good wee while so get used to it.

                      Meanwhile all you tough guys strewn across social media advocating action now can feel safe because no ones actually going to do anything you’re suggesting..

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                    5. Some good points there.

                      Those that are tearing the movement apart at the moment becasue they don;t care for Nicola and would rather have Alex or because they think that the only important thing is getting independence at any cost now are, I think, playing into the hands of the unionists.

                      For a long time the Labour party has been a complet basket case because we had the Corbynistas and the Blairites spitting nails at each other.

                      From having 41 if 59 seats, they have one. From being the party of government in Scotland, they are the third party.

                      And the Tories have been tearing themselves apart too. They lost big hitters like Ken Clark and Dominic Grieve. Michael Heseltine voted Liberal, and the Liberals have disappeared off the face of the earth.

                      Now the SNP are feeding the critics as they scream at each other.

                      One thing’s for sure, they need to sort it out.

                      Nicola isn’t perfect; neither was Alex, but they are both a bloody site better than Leonard or Carlaw.

                      Maybe in the mess that we currently find ourselves, Mr S and Ms S could find a way to work together; to compromise becasue we need the SNP to be a functioning party.

                      Nothing else is going to get us out of this UK.

                      A new party?

                      Well, I don’t see it.


                  2. Not a popular opinion but if we restrict our judgement to purely domestic affairs then I reckon Blair was an excellent PM.

                    Old jokes home:

                    I help out at the homeless shelter but do they call me “Bill, the Helper”? No.

                    I work as a cleaner but do they call me “Bill, the Cleaner”? No.

                    I’m good at chess but do they call me “Bill, the chess player”? No.

                    I s**g one sheep….

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                    1. It’s not a desperately unpopular opinion, Terry.

                      He did some good things.

                      He brought back the minimum wage (albeit at about the same rate as it was when the Iron Lady abolished it ten years earlier!). Economic necessity I’d think. 17 years of the Tories isn’t easy to follow.

                      He was PM when Brown brought in New Deal which for the first two years was a very good reemployment scheme, until it ran out of money and all the options were cancelled. If he cold have afforded to keep it going he might well have made a massive difference to the skills shortages in the UK.

                      His idea of devolution was sound, but it was a mistake in my opinion, to make the UK government and parliament, also the English government and parliament. The message it sent out was a reinforcement that the Celtic nations were subsidiary to England.

                      That sounds like faint praise, but no one ever gets big changes all right. He was faced with the fact that if he did nothing “the separatists”, like me, were going to get more agitated, but federalism would be nigh on impossible with one country comprising 85% of the total population.

                      I still say they should have looked at the Danish model, or maybe something like the relationship between the UK and the IOM and Channel Islands.

                      I’m sure he did other good things. It was a while ago. Probably we were just HUGELY relieved that 17 years of the Tories was at last over.

                      What made me really dislike him above all was his slavish devotion to George W Bush and his ill-advised campaign in Iraq, which has wrought so much misery.

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                2. Vestas….Yep, FDR had the “New Deal”, Truman had the “Fair Deal”, J FK had the “New Frontier”, and LBJ had the “Great Society.”

                  LBJ used his unmatched legislative skills to pass landmark civil rights and voting rights legislation that destroyed racial segregation in the South, and he passed the monumental Medicare program that established a government-run medical insurance program for retirees that now covers almost 50 million people. If that was all that happened, he would be remembered today as a great president.

                  But the Great Society could not survive the Vietnam War, as he sent tens of thousands of young Americans to die in Vietnam. By 1968 he was surely the most hated man in America and didn’t even attempt a run for a second term as president. He said that Vietnam was like getting caught out in the open in a West Texas hailstorm. You can’t run, you can’t hide, and you can’t make it stop.

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                  1. De pfeffel has No Deal; May had No Deal is better than a Bad Deal; Cameron had a Lousy Deal; Brown had a Crap Deal; Blair had New Deal and and Bad Deal with Bush. I’m sure Major had some sort of a deal with the train companies.

                    Thatcher had a FU Deal with everyone except the City of London.

                    A series of deals that have never worked out for most of us… and yet they are still there…

                    It’s not been a good time

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                    1. LOL….LOL……love those deals! 😉

                      FDR’s New Deal is iconic of course, and it set a pattern for presidential catch phrases in the Democratic Party. That went out of style with LBJ, although the Great Society had great and enduring successes……notably Medicare and Medicaid. But Vietnam destroyed everything…..from Great Society funding to LBJ’s reputation.


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                    2. That actually sounds a pretty good series of policies.

                      Britain can never manage even a slogan of its own.

                      Gordon Brown brought in New Deal, which, as it goes was a not bad set of policies, but after the first couple of years he underfunded it and it became utterly useless.

                      Then the idiot Cameron had the Big Society, which was crap from day 1.

                      Fundamentally he wanted people to volunteer to do things that previously had been done by the state… run libraries, help the poor, look after parks… sweep streets… then they would be able to pay off the people who used to do them and save money to spend on palaces and WMDs and other important Tory stuff.

                      It was to be his legacy.

                      Needless to say it sank without a trace and his legacy is Brexit. Total arse.

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                    3. Tris…….At least the American programs often involved people being financially better off at the end of the day. I’m suspicious of the social good that’s supposed to flow from volunteerism per se. Exactly as you described it, it seems to me that Cameron’s program was all about the government getting free work that they used to have to pay salaries for.
                      This is another reason I have a thing about compulsory government programs that often involve the same kind of work. Back in the American Cold War, the Pentagon knew very well that military conscription was all about getting labor at sub-market rates.

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  5. I’m not writing the mass of expletives but rest assured I’m thinking them.
    Every flipping day it’s something else reinforcing the abusive relationship this country is stuck in. I don’t have the strength to carry on but I can’t stop being upset about it. I really don’t know what to do between soppy sundays.

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          1. Wee yin did cheer me a bit, thanks, and then I had a go on my stilts and felt better.

            Then I read that Trump thinks he’s a king and morons are setting fire to 5g masts… I think I need a lie down.

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            1. Oh well, we’ll probably never get 5G, but then as most of us outside the centre of London never got 4G, I expect we won’t miss it much.

              Britain will remain at the back of the queue, but hey, Blue passports. Rejoice at that news!


  6. just wait until Brexit kicks in. And food has to be delivered to Scotland via England, no doubt food will be made available to no voters.

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    1. Unbelievably they are not talking about any delay on Brexit. Coming on top of Covid, it’s hard to imagine what kind of mess that will leave.


  7. For the last 3 weeks I’ve not been in the car so haven’t had any input from the radio, haven’t missed it.
    No TV so haven’t missed that either.
    What input I do get is from the internet.
    What I’m getting is that the plan of ‘Heard Immunity’ is to continue, death totals to be manipulated, the english are only counting ‘Hospital’ deaths from the virus.
    They have previous on these ideas, the ‘Gers’ figures will give you the idea. Get ‘our’ message out there.
    There’s a war on you need to accept casualties.
    Now we see that the UK and USA are on the same plan.
    In the meantime the other wee problems.
    The Global warming.
    Flooding in englandland forgotten
    Patel bullying forgotten
    Migrants in the EU
    Food production
    A plan for distribution of needs
    Today we get the ‘think tank’ saying the triple lock on pensions is unfair to the young.
    There has to be a rethink on what happens after this has made it’s way through the population, the plan is we all get it eventually, they’re controlling the rate of infection to the availability of resources, the care homes don’t count, remember the pensioners are unproductive says the uk government.
    Remember that in the uk , 11,329 people have died and the englanders have not recorded the care home deaths from the virus.
    You can trust a tory government, they’ve only got a few hundred new ventilators and the PPE is still in transit, testing will not hit the handcock target.
    But are the media on this, probably not. Oh look there’s a squirrel

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    1. Well, I don’t care where it comes from. It looks like it’s not going to come from the great British Empire, so why not from Vlad.

      My friend, a doctor at Ninewells in Dundee, says that all the staff who need PPE have it, despite the best efforts, it would seem, of the UK government to derail that.


  8. Even Turkey donated tonnes of PPE to uk, delivered to englandland, so that meant it was for them.
    The film of the Chernobyl fire fighters should be used to show what happens when the workers don’t get the proper PPE for the job.
    Where are all the experts in Health and Safety now?
    My neighbour tells me that sky have on 3 experts a day to not be able to answer questions.
    Last night he told me that a ‘Senior Lecturer’ from Newcastle UNi was on tv, when asked about the releasing of the lockdown, Not my subject was he reply, cut to new expert.
    A few weeks back this site had a good cartoon, said all those constitutional experts last week are now virus experts.
    I’m told that there’s a new coin being sold, a Vera Lynn, what!!!!
    Whale meat again

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    1. It would be better if they just admitted that there has been nothing like this in their lifetime and that they haven’t a clue what to do.


  9. About the NHS, there was an article in the Washington Post yesterday.

    The idiot President of the United States in his pandemic briefing today declared his authority to be “total.” This was annoying, and the reporters were not amused. On the other hand the Secretary of the Treasury was there and said that my $1200 emergency money from Uncle Sam should be in my bank account Wednesday. So the briefing was not a total loss. 😉

    The Guardian called the presidential spectacle “chaotic.” (Almost makes de Pfeffel sound like the voice of sweet reason. 😉 )

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    1. That was some video, Danny.

      I’ve always thought that, by and large, Americans show deference to the president, call him “Sir” and don’t argue in public with him.

      But here reporters are calling him out as a liar. (It seems that probably he is as the states do have enormous powers.)

      Has this ever happened before, Danny?

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      1. Tris…..Trump was spouting legal and constitutional gibberish about the supreme and total authority of the president. There is no such federal authority. The inherent police power of sovereign states was retained by the individual states within the federal union, and is denied to the federal government according to the Tenth Amendment (the last of the enumerated rights in the Bill of Rights.)

        Amendment X: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

        This constitutionally supports the authority to the state governors to issue executive orders in major disaster declarations for example, and NOT to the president.

        I’ve always liked the confrontational attitude that British reporters obviously feel free to take with the PM and other major government officials. Very different from the deferential attitude the American press has traditionally taken with the president, senators, etc. Trump’s bullying tactics have forced a reevaluation.

        There was a time when presidential statements for example were printed in the news pages without comment. (The editorial page might later express an opinion.) Now, even prestigious papers like the Times and the Post, will fact check a president’s statement in real time, and will publish an item as being “inaccurate” or a “falsehood”, or in extreme cases, a “lie.”

        With Trump feeling free to bully White House reporters with all sorts of personal and professional insults, the reporters are fighting back……with the support of their media organizations. While a thin veneer of politeness may be maintained, the female reporter (from CBS News I think) said to him directly “that is not true” about his authority being “total.” This is one example of how the WH press feels free to argue with the president now. Some may not be quite that direct, but he was pelted over and over with questions that called into question what he said.

        All hell has come down on his head about his bizarre “total authority” claim. This went up on the Post website about an hour ago. I see that Congresswoman Liz Cheney (Republican of Wyoming)…..VP Dick Cheney’s daughter……tweeted out the full text of the 10th Amendment.

        As his bizarre White House “briefings” have become more and more like unhinged campaign appearances, this excellent article was published a couple of days ago in The Atlantic. (A publication about as old as the New York Times, and just as prestigious.)

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        1. Thanks, Danny.

          I know that in the UK the London government can override decisions made in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. It can (and in the case of Northern Ireland, actually HAS) shut down the devolved parliaments.

          Of course, in the UK, the power is devolved, unlike in the USA or EU where the power is offered UP to the centralised government.

          I was sure that Trump was havering. As he usually is, it was a fairly certain guess.

          The article in the Atlantic was powerful, the more so for being well written.

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          1. I see even “Trump News” is saying that he doesn’t have power.

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            1. LOL……It’s not surprising that Trumpy would get pushback from Trump News. There would be quite a few defenders of conservative minded federalism and states rights over there. 😉

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          2. Yes Tris, you have that right as I understand it. Although the federal constitution takes percent over any explicit conflict with state constitutions, the federal powers specified therein are only those that are ceded to the federal government by the sovereign states. Rather the opposite of devolution of powers I would think. (But I could be wrong. 😉 )Libraries of books have been written on federalism, not ONE of which Donald Trump has ever read a word of.

            Trump just jabbers about whatever comes to mind, making up whatever “facts” seem right to him and suit his purposes at the time. Clearly, someone once told him that Article II of the constitution specifies the powers of the presidency, so he now spouts all sorts of gibberish about his “Article II powers.” I’m sure he’s never actually read Article II, much less any other part of the constitution. Yesterday it simply suited his purpose to declare his Article II powers to be absolute for this purpose.

            It might be dangerous to have such a self-serving larcenous con-artist as president, were he not so mind-numbingly monumentally stupid. 😦

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            1. I really laughed out loud at that, Danny.

              I remember that when the UK promised Scotland the most powerful devolved government in the world, someone picked them up and said that US states had far more power than Edinburgh, to which, of course, the answer was… but US states’ powers are not devolved.

              Of course the claim was, notwithstanding the faux statement on the US situation, a load of rubbish in any case, The devolved governments of Greenland and Faroes, for example, have far far more power than Scotland.

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  10. Had a look on the EBC website, here is their so called news report.

    The number of people dying hit a record weekly high in England and Wales at the start of April, figures show.

    There were 16,387 deaths in the week ending 3 April – the highest since the Office for National Statistics started publishing weekly data in 2005.

    Coronavirus cases contributed to the jump in deaths with 3,475 linked to the virus.

    One in 10 coronavirus deaths this year are in the community – the government’s daily figures just cover hospitals.

    The total number of deaths were 6,000 more than the average for this time of year, when deaths normally start falling after the flu season.

    It is unclear what else is causing this jump in the total number of deaths – the coronavirus deaths only contribute under 60% of these deaths.

    It could be that cases of coronavirus are going undetected or other factors related to the lockdown and outbreak – people not seeking treatment for other conditions or mental health and violence-related deaths – are having an impact.

    This is a mixture of real news and the journalists opinion. Mixed statistics from 4 nations in the uk.
    There’s been a muurder in Midsommer, at least 3 a programme from memory.

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    1. I suppose that there are bound to be deaths which are only indirectly attributable to the virus, Dave. These will go on for ma while.

      People aren’t getting as much fresh air as they should, and as you say, people aren’t going to doctors (or dentists) with complaints they would have gone about a few months ago.

      Mental health is bound to be affected, whether people are living alone or with family. It’s stressful never getting away from people.

      Then there is the fact that I wouldn’t trust the Uk government’s figures any more that I would trust Russia’s or North Korea’s.


    1. There was an article in yesterday’s FT stating that none of the new ventilators under development in the UK have obtained regulatory approval. The specification is apparently being updated.
      The article suggests disagreement amongst the medical community and change of focus from simple ventilators for early stage treatment towards more high spec machines.
      However since since there’s no mention of buses I’m unable to verify how accurate this is!!!.
      I believe the FT’s coronavirus content is not behind a paywall so here’s a link…which may work.

      If this breaches any copywrite T&C’s I plead ignorance.

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      1. It is still behind a paywall, Roddy. But thanks for the effort.

        As far as I know, there were many companies in the Uk offering to make ventilators, but the government turned them down in favour of Dyson, which, I understand, is a big supporter of this government and of Brexit. I also think their stuff is by and large overpriced and crap.

        Anyway, so far nothing and I think Germany has sent some equipment to England.

        Of course, had the UK not turned down the opportunity to be a part of the EU scheme, this would not have happened, but as Gove said, the UK is now an independent nation. He left out that that meant that they were incapable of accessing necessary medical equipment.

        Still, blue passports, what?

        I’m sorry about the lack of buses. Maybe this will compensate in some small way…


        1. It’s a good article.

          It reminds us that specification is really, really important and that if you already understand the sector you’ve got a better chance of quickly iterating on the specification as customers learn more about what they need.

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          1. Well in a product like that I would think that spec is VERY important.

            I was slightly surprised that the vacuum man from Singapore felt he could easily adapt his cleaners to such a precision instrument… but I’m not scientific, as I’m sure you know.

            But I’m sure he’s a clever man. Jus ta bit too self confident on this.

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    2. This is an interesting read.
      I take also as ‘leave the planning to us, we’re going for controlled death rate’.
      The oap’s are NOT economically active.
      Just the funerals are going to give work to the undertakers, the civil service, local government and the local gardeners and window cleaners etc.
      So not economically active. my erse.

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            1. Yep, thanks Roddy. That works.

              I’m inclined to the view towards the end…
              “Chronological age is a very poor proxy for a person’s resilience and state of health.

              “All treatment decisions should be made on the basis of a person’s individual capacity to benefit, informed by the best clinical evidence. Blanket age criteria are ageism, pure and simple.”

              I am sorry about the repeat bus, though. It’s hard to keep up with all the photos I’ve put up. I guess there are bound to be repeats.

              As compensation, I’m pretty sure this one hasn’t featured before…



  11. William Brown Flag of Scotland
    Jeanne Freeman says
    has cancelled the planned call to discuss diverted PPE. I expect there will be a line coming out via No10 for the brit press. #Spin Face with rolling eyes


  12. Jeane Freeman
    changedhis plans to join a constructive discussion of 4 Health Ministers & grateful 4 assurance that neither NHS England nor PHE asked suppliers to divert PPE orders from Scotland. We go forward constructively as before & continue to check on these supplies.


    1. This, of course, is the diplomatic way that a minister would deal with a situation like this.

      It does rely on us believing something that Matt Hancock said.

      Stop laughing.


  13. I’m looking forward to the cartoons.
    Trump is calling out the Mutiny on the SS USA.
    I can see him cast as Captain, calling out ‘keelhaul that man’,’a dozen lashes’.
    Wonderful cartoons to be made with that picture.
    In the meantime ‘they have not been asked’ is a short form of ‘they’ve been telt’., NO PPE for the Kelts.

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    1. Donald J. Trump
      Tell the Democrat Governors that “Mutiny On The Bounty” was one of my all time favorite movies. A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!

      He’s mad. Lost it altogether


  14. Murdo takes one for the daft team AGAIN

    I’m hearing that claims that
    cancelled a call with
    are untrue. She proposed a call at a time he couldn’t do. That’s it.
    Quote Tweet

    Jeane Freeman
    You might well be ‘hearing’ that Murdo but your ‘source/s’ would be wrong. As you’ll see from my earlier tweet Mr Hancock helpfully changed his plans, joined the 4 nation Ministerial call – the date and timing of which btw was agreed by officials from the 4 nations.


  15. Yes,it seems that in order to prevent England from monopolising mecical supplies,the UK government is going to step in and ensure an equitable sharing of resources…..again.
    WHO do they think they are fooling.
    England’s NHS management IS the UK government.
    Very convenient to be able to switch identities when it suits.
    Too late politically however,that horse has already bolted.

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    1. That was, of course, the point I was making earlier. It was a folly to have the English and Uk governments as one.

      It simply emphasised that the UK and England were the same thing and the little Celtic nations were add ons.


  16. So it turns out the PPE suppliers WERE INDIRECTLY told only to supply in England. The English dept of Health and Social Care issued the following guidance,

    Click to access Coronavirus__COVID-19__-_personal_protective_equipment__PPE__plan.pdf

    Section 1.38 states

    “We have made arrangements with seven wholesalers to supply PPE to the social care sector. Careshop, Blueleaf, Delivernet, Countrywide Healthcare, Nexon Group, Wightman and Parrish and Gompels will all provide supplies to care providers registered with the Care Quality Commission”

    guess what the Care Quality Commission is the independent Regulator of Health and Social Care in ENGLAND. So if you aren’t regulated by them…

    Cock up or devious malevolence??? Tris – it might be worth adding this atl in case folk have stopped reading after the first 90 comments!

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    1. I’ve put it into the article, PP. Thanks.

      To be fair, it was probably a cock up.

      To the Westminster Civil Servants, Britain is England and England is Britain.

      But the Scottish Office or Scotland Office or UK in Scotland Office said that the Scottish government had it wrong and the UK government was working for all for nations. So they would be lying. again.


  17. Just had a look at the english newspapers.

    Not a mention of this with reference to Scotland and Wales, as usual NI have their own.
    The media have moved on, a squirrel.
    Are there still some of them left, they’ve even cast adrift the onionists without PPE.

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  18. Danny,

    Thanks for your reply about the Pyramids, etc. Very useful info and I have a new word in my vocabulary – ‘gussied’ 🙂

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    1. LOL…..Thanks Douglas. I don’t know when I first heard the word “gussied”, as in the term “gussied up.” For me, I would surely have first heard it in the rural American Midwest (central region), used in a humorous context. I just found an internet reference that stated: “something gussied up has been made more attractive, but in a showy or gimmicky way, so it’s often not intended to be a compliment. It can also refer to dressing in one’s finery for some special occasion, when it is intended to be taken more straightforwardly.”

      So it can now mean a picture that’s been digitally altered to make it appear different and more impressive than it really is, or a story that’s been embellished to be more interesting and exciting than the truth of the matter. I’ve also heard it in terms of being “all dressed up” in fancy, or maybe even flamboyant clothing. Someone might get all gussied up to make a big visual splash at a social event…….LOL.

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      1. Danny,


        I’d take the last meaning to be your intentioned meaning?

        “Someone might get all gussied up to make a big visual splash at a social event…….LOL.”

        Seems you got that right!


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  19. On the radio this morning.
    The doris government has given the GO-Ahead to start the Construction Phase of……… HS2.
    Thought yesterday we were in the biggest economic disaster since 1929.

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    1. Some of their mates are building it, I imagine.

      There will be donations aplenty winging their way to the Tory party, wouldn’t you say.


  20. We are now in a world where jet travel allows a brain dead virus to fly around the planet, without any sort of passport control or suchlike. It seems to me in my nightmares that aeroplanes are out of control hypodermic syringes crossing the planet to spread their tiny friends. And they do.

    And, sure, there are slower methods of transmission, but it is us that allowed it to travel, first class, in airliners? How accommodating of it’s infection rate are we going to continue to be?

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    1. Well, if we had slightly more stringent checks, or indeed any checks at all, at the borders, we might have been able to limit this transmission.

      My brother came back from Italy where it had started to kick off and walked straight through and back home. In fairness to him he did self isolate for three weeks after that, as did a friend who came back from Spain, where she has a house, on the last plane out.

      For all that they are only months away from “taking back control” of their borders, the Home Office and their Home Secretary, clearly couldn’t find their backsides with two hands.

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  21. trispw,

    The British Isles are, as the name implies, off-shore. Had we simply shut down all incoming traffic perhaps we would be in a better place than we are now. Keeping ourselves for quite a while open, was utterly ridiculous. IMHO, YMMV.

    The sky is still clear of contrails over Glasgow. So maybe, maybe someone has seen some sense? Apparently this is also near and about true of Edinburgh too.

    Apart from emergency planes, there should not be a plane in the sky.

    Too harsh?

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    1. No. Not too harsh.

      I’m the internationalists’ internationalist but at the moment when I can go for a run in the country and a walk in the woods, I cannot see why anyone needs to fly anywhere.

      I read that yesterday there were flights into Heathrow from New York… and not quarantine.

      Patel needs to sort this.


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