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  1. No it's not. What are you suggesting is the % death rate from people who catch flu ? Flu numbers are notoriously imprecise but estimates I've read suggest anything from 5-20% of people catch flu each year with a death rate of anywhere from 0.01% to 0.1%. Covid death rate seems to be anything from 1-3% - thats where quaratine and isolation happens. If medical services are overrun that increases significantly but we aren't considering that. I'd suggest lots of factors mean the Covid numbers are imprecise (I know people are dieing at home not being recorded or checked for Covid, for example) but the numbers are clearly not even close.
  2. You're jumping to an assumption, I didn't say it happened on purpose. I don't believe that for a second. On whether it was an accident one of the heads at the Chinese lab when interviewed said it was unlikely to have been as a result of an accident in his facility but that it could not be ruled out. Accident at the lab or naturally occuring isn't important. We are where we are. i) It's extremely dangerous with a fatality rate at least 100 times that of the flu among those who catch it (the reason flu deaths are comparable is because a thousand times more people catch it); ii) the health service are absolute heroes (my wife is a student nurse who has volunteered to work wherever needed); iii) the global elite are without question using the opportunity to (unnecessarily) tie Governments and individuals to massively more debt and in my opinion will plunder pensions across the world.
  3. You can think Putin is a hypocrite and still believe what he is saying is spot on. He's probably sh** stirring because he knows this is exactly the opposite of what the US and UK will do but it makes it no less galling to live under it.
  4. Even the most sceptical of people must raise an eyebrow at the fact that Wuhan houses Chinas most top secret biologicial research facility where they have for years been isolating strains of Coronavirus from bats. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-chinas-bat-woman-hunted-down-viruses-from-sars-to-the-new-coronavirus1/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuhan_Institute_of_Virology https://www.nature.com/news/inside-the-chinese-lab-poised-to-study-world-s-most-dangerous-pathogens-1.21487
  5. These are statements of fact and absolutely true but that does not mean the virus is not as dangerous as we are led to believe. I believe both. As ever the elite treat every disaster as an opportunity to milk the masses like cattle. And the Government we voted for are party to that. Universal income rather than loans would have been in the interest of most people during this crisis but instead we are tied to ever more debt, personally and collectively. I suspect this will be used in the way you suggest to gut pensions en masse, which I've been expecting for years with or without such a crisis.
  6. Agree that that's a good article. We should definitely be doing mass testing so that we have more solid data. In regards to death rate one of the most important things to remember is many who don't die need ICU to stay alive. The places with low death rates have managed to control the spread to lower the numbers needing ICU. Italy is a lesson in what happens when cases grow so that Intensive care is not available to everybody. Death rate when 20,000 need ICU care can not be scaled beyond the ability of medical services to keep a much larger number of people alive on respirators.
  7. Some salient reads : 1. Article at the BMJ from 2018 claiming the Government were claiming all excess Winter deaths as flu, exaggerating the true figure by 150 times. https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2795/rr-6 2. Report with pictures from inside one of the hospitals in Italy : https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-they-call-it-the-apocalypse-inside-italys-hardest-hit-hospital-11960597 I would urge people to think carefully comparing the present situation to 2018, especially just citing statistics. Do we for example have similar pictures from inside hospitals dealing with what happened in 2018 ?
  8. I didn't think it was worth replying to. I'm not looking for disagreements just to debate and learn. I'm not even sure what there is to debunk. Are you debunking the quote from Iain Duncans Smiths group I listed or my opinion that they will for the third time this decade raise the retirement age ? I'm not sure an opinion can be debunked and certainly not just because the DWP say they aren't presently planning to do it.
  9. Good post, agreed on all points. The bottom line is it has been within the power of the Government to drastically reduce immigration at any time over the last decade. It has been a choice not to. But they are deceiving many people into thinking they don't have control over immigration numbers because of the EU. The fact is Brexit will change nothing in this regard.
  10. What do people think of the proposal from Iain Duncan Smiths Centre for Social Justice proposal that the retirement age be raised to 75 ? https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/library/ageing-confidently-supporting-an-ageing-workforce?fbclid=IwAR1TSCOG81o0Rr_oFxkGtwUEhjigab7TtqZ2-kh3910IVfH16tfSlVa2Ftc i suspect this will be implemented in the next Parliament if the Conservatives win.
  11. I'd agree with most of that. Surely while rates are low it's a good time to be investing ? It's beyond me why we haven't gone head first into green technology and manufacturing. Massive opportunities creating a huge number of jobs all over the country. As for Johnson putting himself beyond reach of the Courts - yes it's not typical of the historical Conservative party. But this isn't the Conservative party we've known. And it absolutely is typical of Johnson and Cummings.
  12. Happy to consider any and all policy from any party. I'm not a disciple of anyone. What incomes and rates are you considering ? I'd also very much appreciate anyone talking positively on Tory policies. Johnson says Labour would put our Corporation Tax up to the highest in Europe. It's nonsense. It would still be lower than under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and still lower than it presently is in France and Germany. The fact is taxes have been too low for too long. Our police forces, our armed forces, our legal system and pretty much everything else are all grossly underfunded. The people saying this aren't marxists. The people going on strike aren't revolutionaries - they are barristers, doctors and nurses and teachers. In the last week alone we've had a terrorist released who should have spent the rest of his life in prison and a serial rapist released due to underfunding and privatisation of our prison service and parole system. I don't know if you'd read about this bloke but it's the worst case I;ve ever heard about - women and children tortured, abducted and raped : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7764549/Prosecutors-pay-tribute-victims-Joseph-McCann.html https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-7764303/Apology-errors-case-Joseph-McCann-committed-string-sex-attacks.html The biggest and longest sustained growth in our history was after the war through to the 60's or 70's. At that time Corbyn's policies would have been right wing. Still today labours policies would be seen as centrist in the vast majority of European countries. The bottom line is this - neoliberalism as it has been is unsustainable. That's not even up for debate. Even Gordon Brown said so this week. The future is bleak - extremely bleak - for our middle classes unless there is significant change. Yes everyone is going to pay more tax. Everyone is going to have less. The only question is whether the public do so willingly. In closing the scariest thing about this election is on page 48 of the Conservative manifesto - it's a massive step towards fascism : it puts the Prime Minister beyond accountability to anyone.
  13. Johnson just lies over and over again, I don't believe a word he says. Riddle me this - four times as many immigrants are coming from outside the EU as from inside the EU. At any time in the last nine years they could have introduced this mythical points based system. Why haven't they done something about it ? They haven't because their unspoken truth is that their entire economic model is based around constant growth and high - verging on uncontrolled - immigration. And it's only playing to nationalism and fear of immigrants that is keeping the Conservative Party relevent. On most everything else their policies are smoke and mirrors. The system as is is tilted towards the ultra rich. Now that the working classes have been crushed as much as they can be the elite aren't suddenly going to decide they've got enough, they are going to start squeezing the middle classes more and more. Pensions aren't safe, property isn't safe, even (declared) PMs aren't safe. Bizzarely the best hope for the middle classes is Corbyn. We might pay a little more tax but unless there is significant change the future is dystopian for the vast majority of us.
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