I get why he delayed it but stop moving the goalposts Boris or you'll end up having riots on your hands, the public have had enough.
I think it really shows why picking a date too far ahead and building towards it was always a mistake. He can't say "we're going to follow data, not dates" but also build up "Freedom Day" anyway . They've done the right thing with a delay and that month needs to be used to vaccinate like never before to avoid either further delays or, worse, opening everything up too soon. As Johnson himself noted, the groups still to get their vaccines are the ones most likely to be mixing, so it's crucial that time is used well.
Up here it was taken week by week and council area by council. That can be frustrating too for people - businesses didn't have a real idea when/if they'd be able to be back and you'd have council borders meaning, say a pub on one side of the street could re-open with outside seating only and the pub on the otherside can't open at all. That was painful too but at least it was consistent with the Scottish Government actually following data and not picking abritrary dates far too long before it was known if they were feasible.
There's no easy answer, sadly. Either approach is going to annoy some, and people are boiling over a bit. But the alternative is so much worse.
Post by nucleusofswarm on Jun 17, 2021 20:37:39 GMT
So Ollie Dowden is threatening corporations for not supporting GB News. Not very 'free market' and more 'government overreach' is it, considering how Liberterian the modern Tory party fancies itself? That and GB news has done a more than capable job of ballsing up its own launch with amateur production values.
Hopefully it will prompt the Tories to begin to recognise the long term damage Boris is doing their party and their brand, not to mention the country.
Shows the Tories are beatable and makes Labour's Hartlepool loss look even worse.
They had a North East reporter on the news and he said don't be too tempted to read this as a total Labour collapse (as I did without his context) but as almost extreme, unusually effective, tactical voting to make a protest vote with Labour, dissatisfied Tories and obviously Libs coming together. The Lib Dem locally opposes HS2 massively, which would affect this area, and building more houses on rural ground. Both of these are part of the national parties manifesto but locally at least it was a clear chance to reject the plans. Not sure what the Tory candidate felt on these issues but clearly seems a local rebuke for them anyway.
Still a remarkable result and shows what local canvassing and organising can do.
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