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Covid Hotspots out of Europe

On Saturday the 19th of Dec the Prime Minister of the UK, #Boris Johnson announced a new UK Lock-Down Tier, tier 4. He placed around 16 million British people into this tier. No physical movement is permitted outside of the effected area shops and businesses are closed along other restrictions on an individuals personal freedoms.

The scare tactic used to justify this lock down were claims of a new mutation of the #Covid19 virus that according to the UK government spreads at speeds up to #70% faster than the non mutated strain. The UK government is now mooting proposals to continue this attack on the economy and traditional British civil freedoms until Easter 2021.

The basic premise is that this new #Covid19 mutation spreads faster than others. The scientific evidence on this claim is at best ambiguous and at worse contradicts this claim.

It is true that the UK has seen a rise in known Covid19 cases but of greater import is that these new cases have not lead to an increase in the mortality rate for this time of the year which remains more or less within the rolling 5 year average.

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Frankly the government claims about an impending apocalypse aren’t simply wrong, they are bordering on the dishonest. The government’s claim that the new mutation (of a great many mutations) spreads faster is disproved by the above graph. The mutated strain was first spotted in September of 2020. If it was capable of spreading as claimed by the government then by late October, early November the death rate should have been approaching April’s levels. It isn’t. The conclusion is two fold either Covid19 is not spreading as claimed by the government and the extra cases noted are due to the additional testing that’s taking place or the virus is spreading as claimed but is not producing any significant numbers of additional deaths.

Either way this is not a public health emergency and there is currently no empirical evidence that demands the excessive lock-downs demanded by government.

Should we be frightened of new strains of Covid19? According to the #BMJ, the answer is probably not. Covid19 is similar to other viruses in that it mutates naturally, over time these mutations tend to become less virulent. In very simple terms a virus is like any other living thing, it wants to live. It it kills its host it dies with the host, by becoming less dangerous to health the virus promotes its own long term survival. For an update of what significant mutations have already taken place here’s an interesting little article by the UK consortium tasked with tracking the mutations.

One side effect of the UK government’s hysteria is that by promoting the idea that this new mutation is more contagious and by implication more dangerous and that this was an emergency situation #EU member states have used this as an excuse to stop trade and travel from the UK. This has nothing to do with the mutated virus, the EU is already infected but is all to do with attempting to influence the current #Brexit trade negotiations. It’s noteworthy that Boris and his band of hapless morons failed to anticipate this.

Once again the EU has shown itself to be untrustworthy and manipulative and yet some people still worship at the feet of that particular false idol.

Anti Brexit demonstrators

Remainiacs still going strong …

Like it or lump it #Brexit has happened the United Kingdom has left the EU. On the 31st of December 2020 the transition period ends and that’s it no more #UK in the EU … yes, it really is as simple as that.

As a quick reminder on the 23rd of June 2016 despite the millions pumped into the Remain camp by the EU, the vote stuffing in certain inner-city Labour controlled areas, the 24hr a day vote Remain propaganda broadcast on the #BBC, #ITV and #Sky the people of the UK voted to leave the #EU. Since that time we’ve had years of spurious court cases, two faced MPs, the hard-left, Tory “wets” and of course the press trying to undermine the vote. They have all failed.

Four years have since passed and at the end of this month (Dec 2020) the transition period ends. The EU loses all control over the people of the UK and loses access to the £50Billion a year the UK sent in subsidies and the UK faces a brand new day. As of this month trade deals are in place with around 100 countries world wide, the sky has failed to fall in, inward investment to the UK remains high and of course the London financial market remains a world leader.

The EU who send a lot of their exports to the UK have for the last four years steadfastly refused to deal with the UK on any other basis than as an errant child. They have refused to complete a trade deal with the UK (cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face springs to mind) and as this months negotiations have shown they still refuse to regard the UK as an independent sovereign nation. That the main players hate the UK is hardly news, the EU’s forerunner the EEC was formed from the Franco-German Steel and Coal federation set up post war to exploit post-war reconstruction and undercut British industry. Even today attitudes haven’t softened, this is what the German leader the East German trained Angela Merkel thinks of British sovereignty, one suspects that she retains a longing for the happy days of “ein volk ein reich ein führer” to return.

The bottom line is this whilst Europeans and Britains as people may make the best of friends, Europe and the UK as political entities never have been and are unlike to ever be. Politics, economy, morality all conspire against this. Europe is still in love with the idea of inward looking continental Empires, Britain has always looked outwards to the world. There’s more, lots, lots more but that would take us of topic, and the topic is this. The UK has known for the last four years that not only will the UK be leaving Europe the chances of having any sort of trade deal with Europe were at best marginal. If you and your company haven’t prepared for this eventuality then the problem’s yours and yours alone.

And it boils down to this, if you’re one of these #Remainer cranks who thinks that there’s still time to drag the UK under the heel of the EU boot forget it, it’s not going to happen. By now you’ve reached that point in life where you’ve become delusional. Regardless of whether or not you support Brexit, regardless of whether or not you support “No Deal” the reality is that both will now happen. There is nothing anyone can do to prevent this.

Remainers, Brexiteers, supporters of Brexits hard and soft now have one and only one choice ahead of them. It is this, get behind Brexit and work to make it a success or continue to sit in a corner and continue to sulk. One approach is the one favoured by the sane, the pragmatic, the social and those who seek success. The other is the one favoured by the mentally challenged … which one are you?