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Just something for you to comment on besides Corona

By Patrick Van Roy On March 26th, 2020 at 4:17 am


By Pete Moore On March 25th, 2020 at 6:45 pm

Some 405,000 people have signed up in 24 hours to volunteer with the NHS after a recruitment drive to help the vulnerable amid the coronavirus crisis, the PM Boris Johnson has announced.

Speaking at his daily news conference, he said they would play an “absolutely crucial” role in fighting the virus.

The helpers are needed for delivering food and medicines, driving patients to appointments and phoning the isolated.

Well done to all who have stepped forward. I do hope background checks will be possible. We don’t want wrong’uns involved, and it’s wrong’uns who always look for an opportunity.

Right now a load of people are at home realising that their job isn’t really all that important. It might pay well, they might work in a fancy office, and they be able to to fancy things on a PC. But right now they’re just a spare part in a draw. When this is over plenty of people will give up the PR/media/fashion/whatever job for something more rewarding.


By Pete Moore On March 25th, 2020 at 6:34 pm


A 21-year-old woman is believed to be the youngest person with no pre-existing health conditions to have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK.

Too many people are still too casual about this. I even see the elderly out and about. You have to wonder just what it will take to get people to wake up.

Prince Charles woke up too late. He’s tested positive for coronavirus and he’s 71. Some people need to be told that they are not too important. Stop being out there, stop the gladhanding and sit it out. He’s had meetings and done the usual routine lately. God knows how many he might have infected.

Rand Paul ought to have known better. I like him. All societies need its champions for liberty, particularly with statism running unchecked right now. But when he was tested positive for coronavirus his office tweeted that “He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.”

I think that right now is a really good time for princes and senators and all the rest to ditch the travel and events and meetings and photo ops. It’s about time that this behaviour was viewed as anti-social.

Where it Stands

By Patrick Van Roy On March 25th, 2020 at 11:56 am

Exact details of all the provisions in the historic bill are yet to be revealed, but major parts have been leaked. Here’s what the rescue package provisions:

  • $250 billion will be set aside for direct payments to Americans, reports CNN.
  • From this sum, direct payments of $1,200 will be given to adult Americans who make $75,000 or less in adjusted gross income. Another $500 will also be given for each child in a family.
  • Another $250 billion will be used to bolster unemployment benefits. Unemployment insurance will be extended to four months, reports Bloomberg. Weekly benefits will rise by $600 as well and more types of workers will be covered under the unemployment insurance scheme.
  • $130 billion will go to the hardest-hit hospitals.
  • Cash-strapped state and local governments will also be able to draw from a $150 billion pot set aside for them.
  • $350 billion will be made available as loans to small businesses.
  • Another $500 billion will be available for loans to “distressed companies.”
  • 10%, or $50 billion of that amount, will go to the airlines.

But along with the money being made available, Senate Democrats won significant concessions from the White House and Senate Republicans in the form of restraints on corporations and oversight of the funds. Specifically:

  • Companies that receive a government loan will not be allowed to buy back stock during the time the loan is outstanding and until one year after it is paid back, reports Bloomberg.
  • Those companies will also have to limit executive bonuses.
  • The terms of the loans would also need to be made public by the Treasury.
  • The deal also excludes companies owned by President Trump or his family from accessing the loans.
  • Companies owned by Vice President Mike Pence, any member of Congress, or a head of any executive department are also banned from receiving loans.

While the Senate has agreed on the package, it still needs to be voted on, which is expected to happen later today. Then the stimulus package will be sent to the House where it must pass before it can be signed into law by the president.


By Pete Moore On March 24th, 2020 at 10:13 pm

The London mayor cut the number of London Underground trains “to reduce the spread of the coronavirus outbreak”. This was the London Underground this morning, the result of his genius –

Sadiq Khan is hopeless and way out of his depth. We all know that. But we are in a lockdown with all but “essential” workers supposed to be at home. Don’t tell me that these are all “essential” workers. London is a city heading straight toward disaster, because people are too selfish to just stay at home.


By Pete Moore On March 24th, 2020 at 7:09 pm

The Financial Times has a useful coronavirus stats tracker, for those so inclined. Today we see that New York and Madrid are (so far) tracking above Lombardy. Maybe London is too, which is the UK’s most intensely affected region.

John Burn-Murdoch is the FT’s man who collates and tweets this stuff out.

I see that President Trump has said he wants the US back to work by Easter. I think he’ll be disappointed in that hope.


By Pete Moore On March 24th, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Wow, no incremental measures for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India is to impose a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced […]

“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Mr Modi said in a televised address[…]

“The entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown,” Mr Modi said on Tuesday.

He added: “To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family… every street, every neighbourhood is being put under lockdown.”

All 1.3 billion of them, for three weeks.

Tucker: Democrats stuff coronavirus bill with identity politics

By Patrick Van Roy On March 24th, 2020 at 1:45 am

David Vance live. 23.3.20

By Patrick Van Roy On March 24th, 2020 at 1:19 am

Pay attention

By Patrick Van Roy On March 23rd, 2020 at 9:05 pm

The Green New Deal, student debt, vote-by-mail 

Maybe MSNBC telling you this is about LEVERAGE you’ll listen

She wants – Mandates climate change studies – Forces airlines to spend money on carbon offsets—not workers – Massive union giveaways, Cancellation of ALL Student Debt, election audits, same-day voter registration  She’s holding the American people’s well-being hostage to her liberal agenda.

and here the hardest hardliner Republican EVER Sen Susan Collins of Maine…. she’s just one of those Trumpbots…….

The Democrats don’t care that people are dying, that businesses are failing.

This to them is the opportunity of the Century they can actually hold peoples LIVES in the balance for their agenda….. F those Peasants.


If you don’t take the time to at the very least Sen Susan Collins then you shouldn’t bother to comment…..