The COVID Diaries – 223 27th November
A row is raging among Tory back bench MPs about the data underlying the
decision-making that led to 99% of England’s population being placed in the top
two tiers, with strict limits on socialising.
The Prime Minister has promised an analysis of the
impact of the tiers approach before MPs vote next Tuesday’s vote on the revised
rules and has also committed to reviewing the tiers on 16 December. He has also
made it clear that he has no intention to change the system.
The COVID Diaries – 222 26th November
Nearly everyone in England will be in higher tiers with tougher controls
when the second lockdown ends on December 2nd. Only the Isle of Wight,
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly face the lightest tier 1 restrictions.
More than half of the population will enter tier 2 and just over
40% will be subject to the toughest tier 3 controls.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a potential for a third
lockdown in the new year if curbs on mixing were eased now.
The COVID Diaries – 221 25th November
A confidential briefing for the Cabinet Office warns of the
possibility of a “systemic economic crisis” at the end of the Brexit transition
The briefing reportedly warns officials of the increased
likelihood of major difficulties in the early months of 2021 – regardless of
whether a UK-EU trade deal is struck between the UK and the European Union.
Of particular concern is the health and are sector:
“The pandemic has and will continue to limit the capacity of
the health and care sector to prepare for and respond to the end of the
transition period,” the document stated.
The COVID Diaries – 220 24th November
With Michigan and Pennsylvania
certifying Joe Biden’s win in their states, following the failure of Donald
Trump’s attempts in court to stop them, preparations in the US federal
government have at last begun to support President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming
President Donald Trump
insisted on Tuesday that he is not giving up his fight to overturn the election
results, but there seems no way in which he can effectively challenge Biden’s
It seems that Trump, who has not formally conceded to Biden, will continue to sow doubt about the vote, despite his own administration’s assessment that it was conducted without widespread fraud, misconduct or interference.
The COVID Diaries – 219 23rd November
Johnson has announced a “Covid Winter Plan” to parliament which sets out
‘tougher’ tiered restrictions for England. Once the four-week national lock
down ends on 2nd December, areas will be placed into three tiers
Rules in many areas will be tougher
than before the lockdown with tough rules on pubs and restaurants, but will
allow shops and gyms to reopen.
The COVID Diaries – 218 22nd November
It is reported that limited household mixing will be allowed
over Christmas, allowing families to get together and form bubbles with a small
number of friends and relatives.
The Cabinet Office has said the objective was agreed on after
talks with the devolved administrations over the weekend and that Boris Johnson
will set out an outline of the plans on Monday.
The lockdown in England will end on 2 December, with the country
reverting to a “strengthened” three-tier system, similar to the one in place
before the lockdown.
The COVID Diaries – 217 21st November
Donald Trump’s latest attempt to block confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory has seen Republican officials write to Michigan’s electoral board to request a two-week adjournment, rather than certify the election results on Monday.
In response, the Michigan Department of State
has said that delays and audits are not permitted by law.
The department has called Trump and local
Republicans’ claims of widespread fraud “wholly meritless”.
The COVID Diaries – 216 20th November
European Union ambassadors have been told that a trade and
security agreement with Britain is close to being finalised but the risk
remains there will be no deal.
A senior official at the European commission has said that the
majority of the 11 key negotiation issues now had “joint legal texts with fewer
and fewer outstanding points”.
The COVID Diaries – 215 19th November
Donald Trump appears to be mounting an all-out assault on the
election result in Michigan in what seems to be an attempt to stop the
certification of Joe Biden’s 150,000 votes victory in the state.
Trump has been putting pressure on Republican state lawmakers to
try and hijack the Michigan electoral college by putting forward alternative
slates of electors to compete with those selected by Michigan’s voters.
There is no indication that Trump’s desperate strategy has any
remote chance of success.
The COVID Diaries – 214 18th November
Late on Tuesday, Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he was
firing the official in charge of election security who had dismissed his claims
of widespread voter fraud.
senior Democrat described Trump’s firing of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency director, Christopher Krebs, as “pathetic and predictable from
a president who views truth as his enemy”.
have declared that the presidential election was the most secure US election