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Captain Sir Tom Moore: National clap announced by PM for fundraiser — BBC News – Home

Boris Johnson has encouraged the public to clap at 18:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Captain Sir Tom Moore: National clap announced by PM for fundraiser — BBC News – Home

I will not be clapping, not because I didn’t care about Captain Tom but because I’m sick of this performative nonsense from the government.

At this point, y’know what the best way to honour Captain Tom would be? Not voting Conservative.

The Daily Telegraph Just Deleted an Article Showing the Vulnerability of Children to Covid-19 and then Immediately Misrepresented the Science of the Pandemics Spread to Attack Teachers — Thoughts of a Leicester Socialist

🗣️ “It was minimally affecting children in the first wave… we now have a whole ward of children here.” Laura Duffel, a matron in a London Hospital, tells Adrian Chiles about the Covid situation in hospitals. 📻 @BBCSounds pic.twitter.com/2BwYOJvov5 — BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) January 1, 2021 Yesterday BBC Radio 5 interviewed a health […]

The Daily Telegraph Just Deleted an Article Showing the Vulnerability of Children to Covid-19 and then Immediately Misrepresented the Science of the Pandemics Spread to Attack Teachers — Thoughts of a Leicester Socialist

This is very, very worrying in every conceivable way.

Post-Brexit trade: UK having its cake and eating it, says Boris Johnson — BBC News – Home

The PM refuses to acknowledge his post-Brexit trade deal brings new barriers to trade, in a BBC interview.

Post-Brexit trade: UK having its cake and eating it, says Boris Johnson — BBC News – Home

If only, if ONLY there was some sort of famous historical story about an authority figure invoking cake at an inopportune time. If only we remembered what happened to that person. Oh well.

In tiers

God, the state of the UK feels rough right now. I knew I wouldn’t be seeing my family this Christmas anyway, but I just keep thinking at the back of my mind, “What if I can’t go see them for literal years? And what if I can’t go to the cinema, sit in coffee shops, visit theme parks, walk on beaches for literal years either?” (There is, of course, an “…if ever?” at the back of that, too.)

It could be so, SO much worse for me, I know that. I was ridiculously, painfully lucky. Lots of my loved ones were. I’m sitting right now thinking, “You’re fine, your family is fine, you have a fridge full of garlic bread, what have you got to complain about?” But I just really really wish there was any sort of end date whatsoever.

The Yorkshire Ripper is dead

And of COVID-19 too, probably. Uh… well done COVID-19? I guess?

I wasn’t around when Peter Sutcliffe comitted his crimes but I was around for another “ripper” case, the Ipswich one, and I can remember the fear and sadness in the news. Man, we have to stop giving these guys nicknames, seriously, knock it the hell off. Also, it’s taken this long for the police to apologise for the language they used to describe Sutcliffe’s victims, wow.

Happy Friday the Thirteenth. Feels appropriate.

Drug-Addicted Socialist Hedgehogs

A absolutely wonderful Twitter thread sprung up a couple days ago, just as it was coming out how many Tories had voted for children to go hungry. Observe:

Nadine Dorries is pro feeding hedgehogs but not children. The reaction is… gosh it’s exactly what you’d hope for.

(Yep, pearls.)

Well, you get the idea.

You probably shouldn’t actually put food out for hedgehogs. My family did just that once and the poor hedgehogs just fell in the nearby fish pond and drowned. Bless ’em, they’re not smart animals. Though probably smarter than Nadine Dorries.