Fri Jul 9th, 2021 at 02:54:25 AM EST
Boris Johnson is officially surrendering England to Covid:
Boris Johnson will revoke hundreds of Covid regulations and make England the most unrestricted society in Europe from 19 July despite saying new cases could soar to 50,000 a day before masks and social distancing are ditched.
In a sign the government may reimpose restrictions this autumn, the prime minister warned the public against going "de-mob happy", however. He said opening up - including the lifting of all limits on sports events and nightclubs - would be safest during the school summer holidays and did not say the changes would be irreversible.
Johnson told a Downing Street press conference: "We must be honest with ourselves that if we can't reopen our society in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by the school holidays, we must ask ourselves: when will we be able to return to normal?"
And apparently, you get to "normal", when no-one died of Covid, by having masses and masses of people die of Covid. The sociopathic toffocracy in action!
Frontpaged - Bernard
There's more on what this means from Umair Haque. Basicly: mass-death and breeding new variants to threaten everybody else. Totally "normal", all right.
I've said "England" in the title, because public health is devolved, and Wales and Scotland are still in team "lets not all die, please". But I'm not sure how long that will be sustainable with a giant petri-dish nextdoor. There's obvious interesting questions on the effects on the independence movements in each, especially if England spreads its plague to unwilling neighbours (a useful data-point here: Samoa's campaign for independence from NZ was in-part driven by the colonial power giving them the flu in 1918 and killing 20% of the population).
There's also interesting questions for what it means for relations with (and movement to) the EU. And for food supply: does Boris Johnson really think Polish truck drivers are going to risk their lives bringing food to England? (of course he does, because he can't imagine people not doing what he wants).
But I guess the question of interest to a lot of readers here is what it means for Ireland. After all, if England goes petri-dish, then avoiding Covid means a hard border somewhere. Is Northern Ireland willing to jump into the disease pool just because England does too? Or will they show some sanity, protect themselves, and put that border in the Irish Sea after all?