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They are definitely kicking the lockdown release down the road because they are desperate for the continued control that an uptick in cases will support. On the other hand, they are probably also past the bulk of the “easily brainwashed” and getting down to the core of refuseniks so they’ll start i...
- Wed May 26, 2021 9:37 pm
- Forum: Meet Fellow Sceptics
- Topic: West London Sceptics
- Replies: 5
- Views: 455
I'd be up for a London meet too. How are you guys losing your friends? I mean, how does it happen? Other than some funny looks, I haven't noticed anything particularly negative from mine. Other than one friend (who thinks I'm crazy but ignores restrictions that don't suit him), I don't really talk a...
- Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:00 pm
- Forum: General Discussion
- Topic: Small Acts of Resistance: A Civil Disobedience Thread
- Replies: 2
- Views: 270
..to record them. I thought it would be a good idea to post stories about how people are ignoring or flouting stupid rules and getting on with their lives. Inspired by Jonathan Sumption's quote a few weeks ago about how the British people will increasingly engage in a British form of civil disobedie...
JMC's post below is the most convincing explanation I have seen for what is going on. I really find it hard to believe the Great Reset type stuff (not out of morality - just that most people aren't that competent) but this analysis rings true to me. Basically government stumbled into excessive measu...
- Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:03 pm
- Forum: Politics and Economics
- Topic: Mask rules and elections
- Replies: 18
- Views: 820
It seems to mean that they can't deny you the right to vote because you don't wear a mask. You can be kicked off a train if you're not wearing a mask (unless exempt). If I understand this correctly (I have only read this excerpt, not the whole thing) then it seems to mean that they can't force you t...
Any discussion of this kind of thing invariably ends up in a "my expert is better than yours" type of stalemate, and is basically pointless. I try to avoid talking about it but if I am forced, I just say something like "There is a lot of data, especially before 2020 showing masks aren't particularly...
I've just spent a couple of weeks preparing death statistics on a weekly basis for ten years also. My figures are 52 separate weeks across the ten years, so a comparison at a glance will show the pattern of weekly deaths at any point in the ten years.However, this is the statistics taken from ONS E...
- Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:31 pm
- Forum: General Discussion
- Topic: Are Vaccination Passports Legal?
- Replies: 11
- Views: 870
I'm a lawyer. The short answer is that it doesn't really matter. It's probably not legal right now, but all it takes is Boris to call Parliament into session and scare them with some statistics about the virus for them to pass a law that will make it legal. Having said that, as a practical matter, I...
- Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:37 am
- Forum: Travel and Abroad
- Topic: Australia opening up to international travel in 2021
- Replies: 4
- Views: 499
It seems to me that virtually everywhere will require a vaccine and/or negative test. There will be exceptions but in practical terms (depending on the countries, the rules of the airlines, rules for countries you have to transit through etc) it will be very difficult to near impossible to fly witho...
The best resource on this legal issue is retired Supreme Court Judge (and vocal lockdown sceptic) Sumption's speech a couple of months ago here: https://www.privatelaw.law.cam.ac.uk/events/CambridgeFreshfieldsLecture He completely destroys the government's legal justifications - his points are compe...