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The Sarah Everard vigil/protest

You’ll probably hear more about it tomorrow. Based off Twitter alone, what happened (officially, the protest wasn’t supposed to go ahead due to pandemic fears, or that’s what I heard) was really, really bad. It almost feels, looking at these photos, like the police took it personally since it’s one of their own accused. I hate this.

The Sarah Everard case

Front page news in Britain today is, a woman named Sarah Everard walked home alone last week and was abducted. And, as I figured was depressingly inevitable from the moment I saw the headline, murdered. They found what they’re pretty sure is her body just yesterday and the person arrested for the murder is a cop.

It stings. Not just because the woman in question shares my first name, though that doesn’t help, but also because there’s just so many of these stories. And even then those are just the ones the media reports on. There must be countless, endless names we don’t know.

I remember there was a not completely dissimilar story in Leicester not all that long ago. It happened in a park near where lots of my friends lived back then. A teenager raped a woman and attempted to beat her to death with a paving slab. It made the national news, you can read it for yourself if you have the stomach. The victim lived, thank god, but will have scars forever. The whole thing was horrific.

And women just… don’t go alone to that park anymore. I don’t, I loop around it via the road way, even knowing how unlikely it is that the same thing will happen again. You don’t want to be hurt in any way but you also don’t want people telling you “What did you expect, going to that park alone?” I’ve noted all the fury about the response to Everard’s death being framed that way, women being told not to go out at night when it’s not women who are the problem. Some pent-up rage has been unleashed and I hope it will last.

But no matter what I just feel so sorry for Sarah Everard, and the unnamed victim in my hometown, and all the other women before and after.

NHS pay: More health unions join backlash against 1% pay rise — BBC News – Home

Health staff “have literally kept the country alive for the past year”, says the British Medical Association.

NHS pay: More health unions join backlash against 1% pay rise — BBC News – Home

And yet here we are.

New lockdown rules

As read to me by some a-hole who won’t brush his own hair.

Schools back by March 8, then outdoor entertainment, then indoor entertainment, seems to be basically how it goes. Theme parks can reopen April 12 which is somewhat baffling because theme parks are the germiest, grossest places you could possibly imagine.

If all goes well we could be out of lockdown by June 21 and back to almost normal lifestyles again, which my mind can barely even fathom at the moment.

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.