Manchester United Fans Storm Field To Protest U.S. Owners

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United supporters stormed into the stadium and onto the pitch, delaying Sunday’s game against Liverpool as thousands of fans gathered outside Old Trafford to demand the Glazer family ownership sells the club.

Long-running anger against the American owners has boiled over after they were part of the failed attempt to take United into a European Super League.

“Get out of our club,” fans chanted as flares were set off. “We want Glazers out.”

The family, who also own the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have declined to engage with fans since buying United in 2005 in a leveraged takeover that loaded debt onto the club

Fans are currently unable to attend games due to the pandemic but they found a way into the stadium. They also climbed onto vantage points next to turnstile entrances

A protester falls behind the police line as police move people away from the stadium after a protest against Manchester Unite

A protester falls behind the police line as police move people away from the stadium after a protest against Manchester United’s owners in Manchester on May 2, 2021.(Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Supporters wore green-and-gold scarves and also set off flares in the colors of the club’s 1878 formation. More than 100 fans got inside the stadium and some could be seen from windows waving down to protesters. Corner flags were held aloft and one supporter was seen throwing a tripod from the interview zone.

Police on horseback later cleared protesting fans from outside the stadium, with glass bottles being thrown in brief clashes. Some fans moved back to a main road near the stadium with police forming a line to stop them returning.

If United loses Sunday’s game, Manchester City has won the Premier League title. United is the record 20-time English champion but hasn’t lifted the trophy since 2013.

A young fan walks away with a corner flag as supporters protest against Manchester United's owners, inside English Premier Le

A young fan walks away with a corner flag as supporters protest against Manchester United’s owners, inside English Premier League club Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium in Manchester on May 2, 2021. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Kickoff time was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT) but has been delayed, with no announcement whether the game will still go ahead with neither team having arrived at the ground so far.

United and Liverpool were among six Premier League clubs that tried to form an exclusive European Super League along with three clubs each from Spain and Italy. Widespread opposition quickly ended the project, with all six English teams backing out within 48 hours of the announcement.

The “Big 6” clubs have been in damage control since, offering various forms of apologies and statements of regret, while fans long frustrated with billionaire owners have called for wholesale changes.

Source link


Thousands Rally In England And Wales Over Police Legislation

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of people marched Saturday through central London and other cities across England and Wales to protest the British government’s plan to hand the police new powers to tackle demonstrations.

Protesters walked past Buckingham Palace towards Parliament Square, just outside the Houses of Parliament. A ring of officers positioned themselves around the statue of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. The statue had been defaced during anti-racism protests last year.

Protesters, including many who carried anti-sexism placards and chanted “Women scared everywhere, police and government do not care!” passed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office at 10 Downing Street.

London’s Metropolitan Police said the majority of people “have tried to adhere to social distancing” but that a ”small minority” had blocked the road at Parliament Square.

“Officers are on scene engaging and encouraging them to move so we can reopen the roads,” it said.

The protests were taking place over the long Easter holiday weekend, including in the Welsh capital of Cardiff and in the northern England cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

The demonstrators were upset at the Conservative government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which is currently going through parliament. Under the terms of the bill, which covers England and Wales, police will be able to ban or shut down protests.

Kill the Bill demonstration in Central London against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on the 3rd April

Kill the Bill demonstration in Central London against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on the 3rd April 2021, London, United Kingdom. Thousands turned out in London and across the UK to show their objection to the Government’s proposed bill. The march went from Hyde Park to Parliament Sqaure where there was speeches. Many fear the bill is meant to suppress acts of protesting and demonstrations. The police will be given greater powers to prevent and stop actions of civil disobedience and peaceful protests and many see this as a suppression of their civil liberties. Sentencing for acts of peaceful protest is also likely to be much harsher and that may also act as a deterrent to protest.
(photo by Kristian Buus/In Pictures via Getty Images)

A recent protest against the new legislation in Bristol, southwest England, descended into widespread violence that saw police officers injured, a police station damaged and police vehicles torched.

Separately, 27 police officers were injured during riots in Northern Ireland on Friday evening and eight people were arrested. The reasons behind the unrest were unclear.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said 15 officers were injured in Belfast after being targeted by a crowd of mainly young people, throwing stones, fireworks, flares, manhole covers and petrol bombs. It said 12 more police were injured in Londonderry after young adults threw stones, bottles, petrol bombs and fireworks.

Political leaders called for calm over the long Easter weekend. Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster, urged young people “not to get drawn into disorder.”

Source link


Alan Turing, LGBTQ WWII Code Breaker, Honored On Britain’s 50-Pound Note

Alan Turing

LONDON (AP) — The rainbow flag is flying proudly Thursday above the Bank of England in the heart of London’s financial district to commemorate World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, the new face of Britain’s 50-pound note.

The design of the bank note was unveiled before it is set to be formally issued to the public on June 23, Turing’s birthday. The 50-pound note is the most valuable denomination in circulation but is little used during everyday transactions, especially during the coronavirus pandemic as digital exchanges increasingly replaced the use of cash.

The new note, which is laden with high-level security features, completes the bank’s rejig of its stable of paper currencies over the past few years. Turing’s image joins that of Winston Churchill on the five-pound note, novelist Jane Austen on the 10-pound note and artist J. M. W. Turner on the 20-pound note. All the notes are made from polymer rather than paper, which means they should last longer and remain in better condition through their use.

The new note incorporates two windows and a two-color foil that designers say will make it very difficult to counterfeit. There is also a hologram image which changes between the words “Fifty” and “Pounds” when the note is tilted from side to side, as well as an embedded microchip to pay tribute to Turing’s role in the birth of computers.

Turing was selected as the new face of the 50-pound note in 2019 following a public nomination process, recognition of his pivotal role in breaking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code during World War II. The code had been believed to be unbreakable as the cipher changed continuously. Historians say the cracking of the code may have helped shorten the war by at least two years, potentially saving millions of lives.

The 250,000 or so votes supporting Turing’s nomination also represented a recognition of the discrimination that he faced as a gay man after the war.

“There’s something of the character of a nation in its money, and we are right to consider and celebrate the people on our bank notes,” Bank of England Gov. Andrew Bailey said.

“Turing is best known for his codebreaking work at Bletchley Park, which helped end the Second World War. However, in addition he was a leading mathematician, developmental biologist, and a pioneer in the field of computer science. He was also gay, and was treated appallingly as a result.”

During World War II Turing worked at the secret Bletchley Park code-breaking center, where he helped crack Enigma by creating the “Turing bombe,” a forerunner of modern computers. He also developed the “Turing Test” to measure artificial intelligence.

After the war, he was prosecuted over his relationship with a man in Manchester and given a choice between imprisonment and probation with the condition of undergoing female hormone treatment, which at the time was used as a form of chemical castration.

His conviction led to the removal of his security clearance and meant he was no longer able to work for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). He died at age 41 in 1954 after eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Turing received a posthumous apology from the British government in 2009, and a royal pardon in 2013. Four years later, the Turing law, which pardoned gay men with past convictions, was passed.

Actor and author Stephen Fry said the choice of Turing to appear on the 50-pound note marks another step in the nation’s long overdue recognition of “this very great man,” whose “talents ranged far and wide.”

In a YouTube video posted by the Bank of England, Fry laid out the levels of discrimination and “barbaric punishments” that gay men faced in the years after World War II.

“Alan Turing was among the thousands of men who were harried and harangued by the authorities,” he said.

“Not just down to the hostile attitude to their sexuality alone, but also under the bigoted belief that there was a link between homosexuality and communism,” Fry added.

Over the past decade, Turing’s life has become known to a much wider audience, especially in the wake of the 2014 film “The Imitation Game” that saw Benedict Cumberbatch play the role of Turing.

As part of the new bank note design, the bank collaborated with U.K. intelligence and security agency GCHQ to create The Turing Challenge, a set of 12 puzzles

GCHQ said the full challenge could take an experienced puzzler seven hours to complete and may have even left Turing “scratching his head, although we very much doubt it.”

Turing’s great-nephew James Turing, who runs the Turing Trust that refurbishes U.K. computers for use in African schools, told BBC radio that the puzzle is “a wonderful recognition, and a bit reminiscent of the famous crossword that they used for recruiting at Bletchley Park back in the day.”

Source link



This video can be life changing. If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way to make love for as long as you want, be in control of your body during lovemaking or sexual encounters and make the pleasure last as long as you desire then this is what you’ll experience with my guidance during this video.

Slow down your body during sex.

Be in your body, enjoying all the pleasurable sensations rather than thinking ‘will I last’.

Learn to trust your body and block out negative thinking, sexual/performance anxiety.

Know the correct movement which prevents the muscle spasm that causes involuntary ejaculation.

Relax into your lovemaking, end the anxiety and just be the lover you know you are.

I show the 4 steps that empower your to last as long in bed (or out) for as long as you want.

There are other bonus scenes that teach you how to expand your orgasmic pleasure for deeper more intense orgasms and how to pleasure your partner with Tantric practices that she’ll love.

I’m a Naturopathic Sexologist, Sexual Energy Practitioner, Tantra Educator, certified Breathwork Teacher. I have guided countless men in my one to one sessions over the years to enjoy the lovemaking and powerful orgasmic pleasure they’s only dreamed of.

Now it’s your turn!

Peace and love from Tara – You’ll find more info on my websites;

Everyday I receive beautiful messages of thanks because this video has changed and improved so many lives.

I have produced this video as as a guide so you can enjoy the benefits in the privacy of your own home. You can be in control of your sex life!

This is what just a few of the satisfied men have said about how this Video Guide has helped them. I don’t have room to print every thank you! I’m so pleased about this feedback because I have seen the change in my one-to-one sessions and it’s wonderful to see this validation from those who have experienced transformation themselves by using this Video Guide.

I couldn’t last 1 minute in bed but after learning the breathing and and how to relax, my wife and I finally are finally having the best sex ever. Thank you.
Carl-Lincoln UK
This is the best money I’ve ever spent, I should have sorted this years ago but finally I can be the lover I’ve always wanted to be. Just to feel the really satisfying orgasms and have my girlfriend enjoy this with me too really is priceless! Thank you so much.
This video has saved my life. I was so depressed because PE affected the way I interacted with women but now I feel so much better about myself everything is changing in my life, my energy is back and all is good. Thank you.
Rich-Hamilton Canada
I never thought I’d ever be able to last in bed for as long I want and now I can thanks to all this stuff that I should have known but I never realized. It was the tension in my body and a weak PC muscle that was causing my problem. I sorted this within a couple of weeks and now I’m happy and so is my girlfriend, it’s changed the way we make love. Thank YOU.
Jay-Manchester UK
I had tried everything, delay spray, thick condoms, masturbating before sex, bought every book going but couldn’t nail this. And now by following all the methods in this video I finally have cured this. Now I don’t have to worry about anything like just hoping it will be OK. Now sex is amazing and I’ve cracked this. P.s My partner always put up with short sex but now we’re experiencing sex that is way different and deeper. Many Thanks for this video it’s changed our sex life for good.
I was always so nervous about sexual relations that once my wife and I had the kids our sex life dwindled to very occasionally which made my PE even worse over the years. After our divorce and meeting another woman I was terrified that my new girlfriend would be wondering why I was taking it slow in the bedroom department. Everything was so different with her after doing all the practices in The Video Course. I never believed sex could be so good. So sad that I’ve missed out on this phenomenal pleasure for so many years. But I feel like life is only just beginning. I should have done this years ago. Thank you for producing this video.

When purchasing please send me your email so I can send the PDF manual that accompanies the Video as this provides vital info that runs with the video. I promise not to use or contact you for any other reason as I’m unable to send the manual through Vimeo or contact and I’ll email it to you.

I made the purchase price accessible to all so you too can enjoy a natural loving relationship.

Id also like to offer you your money back within 60 days of purchase if you find these practices are not for you. If you follow this guide daily then you can enjoy the profound pleasure of lovemaking that’s a promise.

Likes: 0




New Hampshire Democratic debate highlights | USA TODAY

… more on this and other topics from USA TODAY: » USA TODAY delivers current local and national news, sports, entertainment, finance, …



French Doctor Warns His Country Has ‘Lost Control’ Of Virus

Angela Merkels party

PARIS (AP) — A French doctor warned Monday that his country has “lost control of the epidemic,” a day after health authorities reported more than 52,000 new coronavirus cases as nations across Europe enact more sweeping restrictions to try to slow surging infection rates.

Spain — the first European country to surpass 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases — declared a state of emergency Sunday that included a nationwide overnight curfew, a cap of six people on social gatherings and possible travel bans in and out of the hardest-hit regions.

The effect was clear on Barcelona’s famed Las Ramblas promenade, which was deserted Sunday night when it normally would have been teeming with people.

In two major Italian cities, people took to the streets amid a pushback from small sections of society to new restrictions. On Friday, demonstrators in Naples protested a locally imposed 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and clashed with police. On Saturday night, far-right and neo-fascist groups led a similar protest in Rome against a curfew. Another protest is planned for Tuesday in Milan.

Dr. Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the scientific council that advises the French government on the virus, said the country is in a “very difficult, even critical situation.”

“There probably are more than 50,000 new cases every day. Our estimate at the Scientific Council is closer to 100,000 – twice as many,” Delfraissy told RTL radio. “Between those who aren’t tested and asymptomatic patients, we’re close to that number of cases. This means the virus is spreading extremely fast.”

Dr. Eric Caumes, head of infections and tropical diseases department at Paris’ Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, said the country needs to lock down again.

“We lost control of the epidemic but that doesn’t date from yesterday,” he said on broadcaster Franceinfo. “We lost control of the epidemic several weeks ago already.”

Europe’s confirmed death toll has surpassed 250,000 according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, which puts the global toll at more than 1.1 million.

Italy, the first country in the West to get slammed by COVID-19, took new measures over the weekend to try to rein in the new outbreak, ordering restaurants and bars closed by 6 p.m., and shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters.

The measures, which took effect Monday, also require high schools to transition to at least 75% distance learning while letting younger students remain in classrooms. Indoor and outdoor gatherings, including those for religious reasons, are barred, and the government is strongly recommending people avoid having house guests and traveling in the country except for work, health or other necessities.

Milan trattoria owner Giuseppe Di Terlizzi fears the worst as he is forced to close in the evenings after already losing lunchtime customers because so many people work from home.

“We have high costs and almost zero revenue,” he said Sunday. “So it will be a disaster, if they don’t help us it will be the death of the restaurant business in Milan.”

Italy has been registering around 20,000 new confirmed infections per day and health authorities have warned that some hospital COVID-19 wards risk hitting the saturation point in the next week or two.

British authorities are likely to tighten restrictions on more areas of the country this week, amid mixed signs about whether measures introduced in the last few weeks have stemmed a steep rise in infections.

Government scientific advisers say there are some signs the increase has begun to level off since a three-tier system of restrictions came into force, but that it is too soon to be certain.

A large chunk of northern England, including the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, has been placed in the top tier of “very high” risk, with pubs closed and people from different households barred from mixing.

Lawmakers in the Czech Republic, which has been one of the hardest-hit nations in the pandemic’s resurgence in Europe, are set to approve this week a government plan to draft up to 300 military health personnel from NATO and EU countries to help treat the influx of patients.

They will help their Czech colleagues at Prague’s military hospital and at a field hospital for 500 patients that the armed forces completed over the weekend at Prague’s exhibition ground. The first group of 28 National Guard doctors from the United States is expected to arrive later this week.

Croatia, where the tourism minister tested positive over the weekend, is looking for help closer to home, urging retired doctors and medical students to join the fight against the virus. Authorities also are preparing the main indoor arena in the capital, Zagreb, as a potential makeshift COVID-19 hospital as hospitals fill with new coronavirus patients.

In Germany, the rising coronavirus numbers prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party on Monday to delay for the second time a decision on who will become its new leader — one that had already been pushed by the pandemic from the spring to December.

Whoever wins the Christian Democratic Union’s leadership will be in a position to become the center-right candidate to succeed Merkel as chancellor in a German election expected next fall, although that isn’t guaranteed.

Corder reported from The Hague, Netherlands. Associated Press reporters across Europe contributed.

A HuffPost Guide To Coronavirus

Everyone deserves accurate information about COVID-19. Support journalism without a paywall — and keep it free for everyone — by becoming a HuffPost member today.

Source link


UK At ‘Tipping Point’ As Millions Face New Coronavirus Rules

The UK is at a “tipping point” in the fight against coronavirus, a top scientist has warned, as millions in the north of England face a possible ban on meeting up with people indoors and outdoors from Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline a new three-tiered system of restrictions with measures expected to force pubs and restaurants shut across the north of the country.

Reports suggest under the top tier no household mixing will be allowed either, which could affect millions of people living in areas with high COVID-19 rates across England.

It comes as England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the country is at a tipping point similar to the first wave of coronavirus, but can prevent history repeating itself, PA Media reports.

He said the best way to keep transmission low and stop the NHS being overwhelmed was for people to follow self-isolation guidance, wash their hands, wear face coverings and social distance.

He added: “Earlier in the year, we were fighting a semi-invisible disease, about which we had little knowledge, and it seeded in the community at great speed.

“Now we know where it is and how to tackle it – let’s grasp this opportunity and prevent history from repeating itself.”

One leading scientist went further on Sunday, saying a second national lockdown is a possibility and stringent measures are needed to avoid it at all costs.

Professor Peter Horby, of the University of Oxford, told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that the country was in a “precarious position” with rising coronavirus case numbers, hospital admissions and deaths.

People out socializing in Liverpool city center, ahead of the 10pm curfew on Saturday night.

People out socializing in Liverpool city center, ahead of the 10pm curfew on Saturday night.

Leaders across Northern England have criticised the plans for further regional lockdowns, accusing the government of treating the region as “second-class” and did not rule out possible legal action.

The Sunday Times reported ministers were drawing up proposals to give town halls more powers over the test and trace system to try to secure their support.

Meanwhile, people could be seen socializing in city centres across the UK – including Liverpool, Newcastle and London – on Saturday evening before pubs in their areas were potentially closed.

It comes as the number of people in hospital with coronavirus increased across every part of England on Saturday – rising to 1,167 in the north-west from 725 previous week.

A further 15,166 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK were reported on Saturday, and 81 more deaths were confirmed of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Under the proposed three-tier system, different parts of the country would be placed in different categories, with areas in the highest level expected to face the toughest restrictions.

The Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley Ben Houchen said the third tier restrictions are expected to run in four-week blocks, with pubs and bars being required to close and no household mixing will be allowed for socialising either indoors or outdoors.

Real estate adviser Altus Group has said there are 7,171 pubs in areas with restrictions across the north of England at risk of temporary closure.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday workers in businesses which are forced to close under the new restrictions will have two-thirds of their wages paid by the government.

But Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said that accepting Sunak’s financial package would be to “surrender” people to hardship in the run-up to Christmas.

Speaking at a press conference with political leaders from Liverpool, Sheffield and Tyneside on Saturday, Burnham said the measures risked “severe redundancies” and business closures.

Burnham said the government was treating the North as second-class and did not rule out legal action.

He added: “It will level down the north of England and widen the north-south divide.”

The leaders of West Yorkshire councils also warned on Friday that “significantly” more financial support was needed to prevent an even deeper economic catastrophe.

Opposition Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer was also critical of the business aid package and said the government had “lost sight of the guiding principle” that restrictions are always accompanied by appropriate economic support.

But the Sunday Times reported plans are being drawn up to give local leaders powers to deploy an army of volunteer contact tracers as well as giving local authorities more control over mobile testing units and walk-in centres.

A government spokeswoman said all financial support will be kept under review, to support businesses and protect jobs over the coming weeks and months.

In North Wales, new coronavirus restrictions were introduced in Bangor at 6 p.m. on Saturday, meaning people will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a “reasonable excuse” and can only meet people they do not live with outdoors, it said.

Source link


A Second National Lockdown Seems Inevitable. Here’s What Stands In The Way

A creeping feeling of déjà vu has been haunting Westminster with the arrival of autumn as bulletin after bulletin carries more bad news about the dreaded resurgence of Covid-19

Case numbers, hospitalisations and, of course, deaths are rising and the R value has stayed stubbornly above 1.0, meaning that the pandemic continues to grow across the country. 

The UK map is a patchwork quilt of varying social distancing restrictions, reflecting how Boris Johnson wants to stick to his “whack-a-mole” strategy of stamping out outbreaks and avoiding blanket bans. 

But with around a third of the entire UK population now living under some form of local lockdown, the question many are asking is: why doesn’t the prime minister “go the whole hog” and back a full second national lockdown? 

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty, who with the PM and chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance, led a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, has warned the country faces a “six-month problem”. 

There are “significant rates of transmission” in “great majority” of areas where the virus is spiking, he said. 

Pointing to alarming graphs showing that hospital admissions were rising sharply among the over-65s, Vallance warned it would be “wrong” to think that the problem was only in areas under local lockdowns.

“It is worst in certain areas but there is evidence of spread everywhere,” he said

So what is stopping the PM from a full lockdown – and could a two-week “circuit-breaker” compromise be on the cards? 

The devastating impact on the economy 

 Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak holds a virtual news conference in Downing Street

 Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak holds a virtual news conference in Downing Street

Covid-19 has already ravaged the UK economy and the Bank of England warned last month that the resurgence of the virus will hit the country hard. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is thought to oppose a second lockdown “for any long period of time” amid fears job losses could soar and unemployment in 2021 could spiral out of control. 

“It’s a constant balancing act, trying to keep the country moving forward without the hospitals filling up with critically ill patients with Covid so that other services can continue to run, but achieving that is the key point,” said one MP. 

“And if that isn’t happening [to the NHS], then keeping people running their businesses and employing people is equally important.” 

Data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of redundancies in the UK has risen at its fastest pace since the financial crisis. 

Many economists think Sunak’s new wage subsidy scheme is unlikely to stem further job losses this winter.

“The economic challenges are huge,” said the MP. “If the economy slows down too much – well, we use it to pay all of our public sector, it’s not for the fun of it. It pays for the wages for all of the services we want for our constituents.” 

Libertarian ‘Brady bunch’ Tory backbenchers 

<strong>Conservative MP Graham Brady</strong>

Conservative MP Graham Brady

One thorn in Johnson’s side should he move for a second shutdown is a grouping of backbench Tory MPs known informally as “the Brady bunch”. 

Notionally led by the chair of the powerful 1922 committee, Graham Brady, they oppose new restrictions by the state, both due to the limits on individual freedoms and the strain on business. 

Or, as Brady recently put it, they feel the government has “got into the habit of ruling by decree” during Covid-19, with many measures, including hefty fines, announced without parliamentary scrutiny. 

One moderate Tory MP, who doesn’t back the would-be rebels, told HuffPost UK other MPs were more trenchant in their view: “The Hitchenite wing, or lockdown-sceptic wing of the party, is growing stronger and stronger. 

“They are very hardline and there are more and more of them. They have increasing influence via people like Toby Young and Laurence Fox and then Nigel Farage on the fringe.” 

They added: “Some of it is for libertarian reasons – they don’t want people to be bossed around by the state – but for others it is genuine worry. 

“I don’t care about the libertarian arguments but I really do worry about businesses in my constituency and job losses.” 

The group, which is thought to be around 50 strong, won a concession from the government last month after threatening a rebellion over the continuation of emergency measures.  

Now, any second national lockdown must be put to a vote in the Commons. 

While backbench voices may chip away at Johnson’s authority, they have little chance of sinking a second lockdown, given the Tories’ 80-seat majority. 

But the PM may also look to swerve a face-off with his detractors by brokering a compromise. 

How to save Christmas

<strong>Christmas lights are used to show appreciation for the NHS on a house in Cambridge Drive in Chandler's Ford near East

Christmas lights are used to show appreciation for the NHS on a house in Cambridge Drive in Chandler’s Ford near Eastleigh, Southampton

“There is a fundamental belief in central government that the British public will not stand for a fully locked-down Christmas or even the rule of six, frankly,” one source close to the government told HuffPost UK. 

Instead of “cancelling Christmas”, a two-week “circuit breaker” national lockdown, starting October 23, is on the table and may allow the country to avoid tighter restrictions later, it is said.

A government source told HuffPost UK a range of data is used to make decisions, and that there is no “specific point” at which a second shutdown would be triggered.

Setting an end date on a “full fat” lockdown would solve more than one problem for the PM. 

October 23 is the start of half term, meaning schoolchildren – who have missed out since March, with those from poorer backgrounds hit hardest – could avoid having a great deal more of their classroom education interrupted. 

So the move may satisfy working parents and teachers who fear youngsters are falling behind with lessons. 

This “third way” plan is said to have been briefed to hostile MPs already as a “light at the end of the tunnel” this winter. 

“I think with backbenchers you can sell drastic measures in the short term, that are time limited, by saying: if all goes well, we will open up at Christmas,” the source added. 

Retail and hospitality businesses, struggling to keep their head above water, would similarly be more inclined to swallow measures if they had an end in sight.

Brady, meanwhile, told BBC Radio 4′s Westminster Hour on Sunday that “people were told that it was a finite thing” when lockdown was first imposed. 

He added piecemeal regional lockdowns were now being questioned by the public. 

Brady said: “People were remarkably tolerant in being prepared to go along with that, I think for that reason. And when you then start to get to speculation about a second lockdown or all of these regional things, I think patience really does start to wear thin and I can understand that.”

The government on Sunday revealed that as many as 16,000 cases from last week were not added to government figures, with the UK recording a huge 22,921 lab-confirmed cases in the 24 hours up to 9am on Sunday. 

The news flatly contradicts suggestions that the second wave may have been “levelling off”, as it is now known the country reached 10,000 new daily cases on September 30.

Ministers are being shown more drastic figures by chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific office Patrick Vallance, one source said. 

“The numbers that [the cabinet] are seeing are very, very bad and the thing that is always repeated to them by Whitty and Vallance in the meetings they have, is this [data] is two weeks’ old, so what is happening now is worse than what I’m showing you,” they said. 

“So they show ministers a lot of numbers that are bad but say that ‘before I do, know this, it is worse’.” 

Rumblings of disquiet in the Red Wall  

<strong>Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham&nbsp;</strong>

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham 

With vast swathes of the north under local lockdown already and widespread confusion, not least by Johnson himself, over what measures are in place where, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham sounded the alarm on Sunday.

Telling the government it is “in danger of losing the public in the north of England”, he said: “We need a bit of a reset.” 

The Labour mayor’s view is shared by several Tory MPs representing his party’s former heartlands, HuffPost UK understands.

Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the former health minister – who has previously claimed Covid-19 could do more damage to the north than Margaret Thatcher – added: “Actually if [the government] carry on imposing restrictions on the north without proper support for the businesses and the employees affected in the north, we will see a winter of ‘levelling down’ and the north-south divide getting bigger.”

Meanwhile, Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth has pointed out that – by contrast – few Tory ministers have seen local lockdowns in their constituencies, suggesting there even may be “political interference”.

It is feared the economic long-term impact could disproportionately leave the Red Wall – across the midlands, north and Wales – much worse off, with many jobs lost in retail and hospitality. 

“They expect this to hit the Red Wall worse than anywhere,” said one insider. 

“There are MPs who think the government worries too much about the Red Wall, and say there are other areas of the country and other people who voted Tory, but it’s definitely true that the first test of any policy outside of Covid is the Red Wall test.” 

One northern Tory simply added: “It’s a constantly moving challenge of keeping the economy moving and ensuring the NHS is not overwhelmed. 

“I think we all need to accept that we will be living a quiet life for the next year.” 

Source link


Immersive Showreel 2020

A selection of projects I have worked on, and often led. Ranging from: dance commissions; emergency room training; VR games development; mobile VR development; 360 documentaries; and interactive 360 film training.

My practice as an Immersive Artist involves working with: 360 cameras & immersive video; interactive film; Virtual Reality; and Augmented Reality.
I have specialism in Unity development, gained through training via an AR/VR academy and focused dedication to this area.

Likes: 6