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#81
The steroid that he's on has documented psychological side effects.
However, his current behavior is not out of character although, for me, a bit surprising.

But always remember this.
Behind every one of Trump's actions is the reality that he faces the prospect of financial ruin in the next few years.  His businesses are hemorrhaging huge losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in loans are coming due which are personally guaranteed.  (Yes, he's a failure as a businessman as well.  The only thing that has ever earned money for him was "The Apprentice" and his brand where he sells his name to products and hotels around the world.)  That's why he wants to start up the economy full-speed ahead, to save his businesses, regardless of how many people die.  He's very scared because he measures people by how wealthy they are.  He needs to win the election so he can use the powers of the presidency to influence policy (and deals) that will save his businesses.  That's why if he loses he will take it to the courts trying anything and everything to hold on to the presidency which he needs for his financial survival.

Now, after his release from the hospital while still under treatment, he's back to saying that the virus "is far less lethal" than the seasonal flu "in most populations".  "We have learned to live with it." Loon
It's looking like he's completely lost his marbles since getting infected.

Now the West Wing is like a ghost town.  Staff members are scared of exposure and the White House has become a treatment ward for both him and Melania.  Is the whole executive branch of the federal government going to shut down now? Huh

Let's hope that he has a cabinet meeting soon so that Barr, Pompeo and others can catch this "flu" too. Giddy
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#82
Barr is self-isolating, I believe
This is my sig, it's the only one of its kind
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#83
(06-10-2020, 05:19 PM)Tiuri Wrote: Barr is self-isolating, I believe

He should do that more often. Approve
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#84
Diabolic anti-immigration Stephen Miller has tested positive.
(I'm not going to gloat.)

Most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in quarantine.
(This is surreal.)
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#85
IAG, the parent company of British Airways (Aer Lingus in Ireland is also an IAG company) has said that it did not expect passenger demand to return to 2019 levels until 2023 at the earliest.  That's probably an indication for the world in general since BA is a worldwide airline.

So, it looks like we're in for the long haul fellas. Wink
(That's not just about sunny holidays either.  Although on that count Blackpool and Brighton beckon, me thinks.)
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#86
When you look at the Heathrow website, it’s notable how quiet they’ve gone about the third runway/sixth terminal. Their line is they’re not ruling it out, but it’s on hold for now until the recovery has been secured.

Frankly, I can see flights and travel becoming much more expensive - both due to consolidation, and suppliers dropping out of the market. If even easyJet is turning a loss, we’re in huge trouble.
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#87
It would have to be some apocalypse for Blackpool to look like an attractive holiday destination.
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#88
So Boris refused to give Greater Manchester an extra £5M to fund people struggling through the lockdown.


..on the same day its revealed that he's going to spend £7M rebranding Highways England. 5 years after it was last rebranded.


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#89
At least he's not spending billions on a useless border wall. Rolleyes
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#90
He would if we was not an island
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#91
I'm sure there is a way where one could waste billions of pounds building a useless wall someplace.  It just takes a bit of imagination. Approve
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#92
(20-10-2020, 11:15 PM)Parsifal Wrote: I'm sure there is a way where one could waste billions of pounds building a useless wall someplace.  It just takes a bit of imagination. Approve

Once the Scottish vote for independence...
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#93
(20-10-2020, 10:56 PM)ladsnet Wrote: So Boris refused to give Greater Manchester an extra £5M to fund people struggling through the lockdown.


..on the same day its revealed that he's going to spend £7M rebranding Highways England. 5 years after it was last rebranded.


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Beggars belief! Why does it need rebranding anyway.

But more importantly why are they fighting about £5m which is nothing to the government but helps those in Greater Manchester. They need to be more pragmatic!


(20-10-2020, 11:41 PM)9in Wrote:
(20-10-2020, 11:15 PM)Parsifal Wrote: I'm sure there is a way where one could waste billions of pounds building a useless wall someplace.  It just takes a bit of imagination. Approve

Once the Scottish vote for independence...
 
Expect to see rebuilding Hadrian’s Wall in the next Tory manifesto ?
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#94
(21-10-2020, 07:43 AM)deegee178 Wrote:
(20-10-2020, 10:56 PM)ladsnet Wrote: So Boris refused to give Greater Manchester an extra £5M to fund people struggling through the lockdown.


..on the same day its revealed that he's going to spend £7M rebranding Highways England. 5 years after it was last rebranded.


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Beggars belief! Why does it need rebranding anyway.

But more importantly why are they fighting about £5m which is nothing to the government but helps those in Greater Manchester. They need to be more pragmatic!

Which way did Manchester vote in the last election?
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#95
Greater Manchester has 18 Labour MP’s and 9 conservatives. The regional mayor is a prominent labour politician. On the whole it’s a labour area as are most northern cities.
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#96
(21-10-2020, 03:23 PM)deegee178 Wrote: Greater Manchester has 18 Labour MP’s and 9 conservatives. The regional mayor is a prominent labour politician. On the whole it’s a labour area as are most northern cities.

There's your answer.  (Very Trumpian) Wink
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#97
5 of the 9 conservative MPs backed the Mayor. As did the 2 Conservative local authorities.
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#98
Up to a point. They didn’t like the fact he rejected the £60m package outright - when he was holding out for the last £5m.

I actually agreed with all of them about the general point. But when Andy stuck his neck out for an ‘extra’ £5m... that’s usually the sort of figure that gets argued out behind the scenes.

But it brings us back to the question: why is it OK for some people to go to work every day, and not others?? Are key workers exempt from passing on infections?? Or are we just giving them a free pass, because we consider their jobs are more important?? That's what it boils down to: if you work in tourism, travel, hospitality or retail, the Government doesn’t consider you or your jobs to be that important.

I could see from early summer that restrictions were not going to be lifted quickly - there was too much principle at stake. And no, it’s not a binary choice between letting people die or not.

It’s about having an informed choice for the whole of society as to whether the restrictions are inappropriately high or not, when the vast majority of at-risk people were likely to die anyway due to other health conditions, and the overall death rate is still far less than 0.02%.
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#99
(21-10-2020, 04:36 PM)ladsnet Wrote: 5 of the 9 conservative MPs backed the Mayor.  As did the 2 Conservative local authorities.

Thinking Trumpian here (which may or may not apply).
Of 27 MPs, 18 (67%) are Labour.
Based on how things are done on this side of the pond that would warrant punishment against (poorly run!) Manchester.  Giving them £5 million would be throwing good money down the drain. Wink
Those five Conservative MPs and two Conservative local authorities who backed the Labour mayor would be considered traitors (treason!).

(21-10-2020, 08:12 PM)jumbler Wrote: But it brings us back to the question: why is it OK for some people to go to work every day, and not others?? Are key workers exempt from passing on infections?? Or are we just giving them a free pass, because we consider their jobs are more important?? That's what it boils down to: if you work in tourism, travel, hospitality or retail, the Government doesn’t consider you or your jobs to be that important.

At the beginning of the pandemic lockdown here in NYC everyone was told to stay home except for "essential workers".  I forget how essential workers were defined, but it was quite limited.

(21-10-2020, 08:12 PM)jumbler Wrote: It’s about having an informed choice for the whole of society as to whether the restrictions are inappropriately high or not

You're assuming that the whole of society is capable of making an informed choice.  Looking at the gun-toting protests egged on by Trump tweeting "Liberate Michigan!" I have my doubts. Wink
Are voters in the UK any smarter than the ones here?  (We'll know more after Nov. 3)

(21-10-2020, 08:12 PM)jumbler Wrote: when the vast majority of at-risk people were likely to die anyway due to other health conditions, and the overall death rate is still far less than 0.02%.

You sound like those herd immunity crackpots.
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I think the figures speak for themselves. In the UK, at least, this is less about Coronavirus now than making sure the NHS “has capacity to cope”. This is an issue every single year (about having enough critical care beds available), but we have never had a lockdown before.

I believe the death rate is far too low to sustain long-term use of emergency laws. To give an example, local elections were suspended this year - for one year. What are we going to do next spring??

By that time you’ll have elections due for the Scottish and Welsh Governments (like state parliaments, effectively). How long are they going to be on ice for??

It’s starting to look like a constitutional override. And you know what that means, don’t you??

And don’t even talk about the Budget, we haven’t had a proper Budget statement for 2 years. The one this spring was irrelevant as soon as it’d been handed down. We now have a national deficit of more than £200bn - the highest it’s been in more than 60 years. That’s going to mean tax rises. It’s also a hell of a lot of debt to carry if interest rates rise.

And all the while, large sectors of the economy will become unviable, due to a hostile environment, and zero cash-flow. There won’t be any jobs to come back to, basically, everything will have been undermined and destroyed.
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