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That British plan to move on from lockdown… April 10, 2020

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The Guardian reports:

Ministers are looking at ending the coronavirus lockdown with a “gradual sector-by-sector approach” that could see vital industries such as manufacturing get back to work before less critical ones like entertainment, according to Whitehall sources.

Who would have thought it?

Thought this is telling in so many ways:

But they said it was more possible than other ideas that have been floated in recent days, such as letting 20 to 30-year-olds go back to their normal lives before older people.

So how would that work given the age stratification of the workforce. And what does it tell us about vulnerability to the virus according to age cohorts?

As to when it might end in the UK?

One official said some Tory ministers and advisers have been pushing for the lockdown to end sooner rather than later, but that the current thinking was that it would have to last for another six to eight weeks.

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1. alanmyler - April 10, 2020

Isn’t manufacturing already still chugging along? The engineering company I’m contracting into is deemed “essential” anyhow, which is stretching things. Essential for what exactly?? The bigger point really is not production but consumption. I was sort of surprised that the unemployment rate is as low as it is, so clearly a lot of people are still working away, and earning, but other than paying loans and rent or mortgage and insurances and groceries there’s not much else to be spending on. So regardless of what’s manufactured, who’s going to buy it?

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WorldbyStorm - April 10, 2020

That’s very true. Granted there’s some home delivery purchasing going on (by the way a good laugh was Argos where up until yesterday if you wanted to get an exercise bicycle – they had one available for home delivery and it wasn’t cheap) but that can hardly make up for the dip in spending.

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alanmyler - April 10, 2020

I bought a couple of books online in the Verso sale yesterday myself. But that’s about it for the past month.

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WorldbyStorm - April 10, 2020

Meanwhile there’s this. Note the age disparity between the two genders. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/10/french-police-turn-back-private-jet-of-holidaymakers-from-uk

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alanmyler - April 10, 2020

Obviously their neices.

Good on the French telling them to fuck off back to wherever they came from. Pity the GS aren’t doing the same at the ferry ports here by all accounts.

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Ned Corcaigh - April 10, 2020

At the risk of labouring a well worn point, there’ve been plenty of visitors from England in West Cork the past few days, and even some from Holland. Local shop workers not very happy about this at all.
I think on the other thread you asked Tombuktu how he thought the public mood would go. I think that a repeat of the widespread flouting of the regulations over the May Bank Holiday weekend will put the tin hat on things as regards fuelling public cynicism. The cops had to put up 600 road blocks for God’s sake.
Interesting that Varadkar who is a dab hand at condemnation seems unwilling to address this issue. There’s a real failure to even ponder the implications of what happened. I’ve seen attempts to claim that the stories of people descending on West Cork are anecdotal or exaggerated. They’re not.

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Ned Corcaigh - April 10, 2020

I can see why politicians feel inclined to pull on the green jersey at the moment. But there’s no point using it as a blindfold.

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sonofstan - April 10, 2020

Likewise. Running out of reading material bvery fast.

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sonofstan - April 10, 2020

re Verso sale obv.

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