jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 13th May 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 57 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 11Th May 2020
Boris Johnson’s speech:
The Prime Minister has announced a new Covid Alert System to monitor the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Boris Johnson launches ‘coronavirus alert level’ plan Anyone who can’t work from home ‘actively encouraged’ to go in ‘Unlimited’ exercise encouraged and sunbathing allowed as lockdown eased Some hospitality venues could reopen by July Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils set to go back to school first in ‘phased
THE VIEW OF THE PRESS:
‘His roadmap to the future looked like the M25 – circular’: Boris’s ‘vague, muddled and confusing’ route out of lockdown is hammered by commentators ahead of showdown with Commons
Press name today ‘Muddle Monday’ after chaotic vacuum caused by TV address
Mr Johnson has also been accused of being ‘paralysed by indecision’ by The Sun
PM also criticised over confusing ‘Stay Alert’ mantra replacing ‘Stay at Home’
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19 as described by Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline
Boris Johnson’s TV address on his ‘road map’ out of coronavirus lockdown has largely been panned as ‘vague’ and even ‘laughable’ by commentators who also made unkind comparisons to the PM’s hero Winston Churchill.
The Prime Minister has also been accused of being ‘paralysed by indecision’ as his speech designed to instruct the nation on what they can and can’t do over the coming months posed more questions than answers.
He also faced an immediate backlash after revealing the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ mantra, which has characterised the seven-week lockdown, is being ditched in favour of a new slogan reading: ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives.’
The critical front pages included Metro’s, which declared: ‘It’s all Greek to us, Boris’ while the Daily Mirror said: ‘Lockdown Britain: It’s chaos’ and the London Evening Standard, edited by former Chancellor George Osborne, called today: ‘Muddle Monday’.
Boris Johnson’s TV address to the nation from Downing Street Sunday10th May has been panned by large parts of the press
Boris Johnson: Key points of Prime Minister’s lockdown address
Metro declared: ‘It’s all Greek to us, Boris after his speech to the nation was blasted as vague
Boris Johnson’s TV address on his ‘road map’ out of coronavirus lockdown has largely been panned as ‘vague’ and even ‘laughable’ by commentators while the Evening Standard called today: ‘Muddle Monday’
The Guardian’s parliamentary sketchwriter John Crace said after watching the 7pm broadcast along with approaching 30million others: ‘Forget Churchill: all that Boris could manage was to waffle on with contradictory advice. His roadmap to the future looked like one of the M25: circular, with the real possibility of finding ourselves back at the start’. He added: ‘Remember when you thought we had scraped the barrel with David Cameron and Theresa May?’
An editorial in The Times says the Prime Minister was hoping to signal ‘a shift of emphasis, more than a radical change in the lockdown rules’.
It said: ‘Though public support for lockdown has held up extremely well, adherence has frayed, with some police officers reporting that they were ‘fighting a losing battle’ over the bank holiday weekend as parkgoers took advantage of the fine weather.
‘That is a battle they can now leave behind them. The path back to normality still looks long and treacherous. Mr Johnson tried to offer hope that, with public co-operation, an exit is within sight. But he was also clear: there is no Plan B’.
The Times’ sketchwriter Quentin Letts also lampooned the Prime Minister’s heavy use of graphs and charts in his 15-minute address.
He wrote: ‘There was an R speedometer, the needle dancing just below 1, while the alert-level gauge shimmered between 4 and 3. In some ways it felt like an Open University biology module. In others it was the headmaster giving us a stern warning about the dangers of the clap’.
The Daily Telegraph, which paid Mr Johnson £275,000 a year for his weekly column until he became PM, printed an opinion piece suggesting this road map had ‘vague directions’.
Camilla Tominey, the paper’s associate editor, writes: ‘For nearly two months, we stayed indoors, did what we were told and hoped the end would soon be in sight.
‘Yet, in a statement that left more questions than it answered – Boris Johnson last night offered the British public a slither of light at the end of the tunnel but no ETA.’
The Sun’s Trevor Kavanagh says Mr Johnson has been ‘paralysed by indecision, kicking himself for unforced errors, terrified of being blamed for every new death’.
However, he suggests the ‘public sector ‘blob” has led Mr Johnson’s thinking, citing its warnings of ‘mass fatalities if the Government makes one false step’.
He adds: ‘Downing Street is now hostage to the health-and-safety mafia, whipped into line by opportunist public sector unions who have, to coin a phrase, taken back control.’
The Mirror called the TV address ‘muddled’ and Kevin Maguire declared: ‘Now proof there is no crisis that Tory charlatan Boris Johnson can’t make worse’.
The Daily Telegraph, which paid Mr Johnson £275,000 a year for his weekly column until he became PM, printed an opinion piece by Camilla Tominey suggesting this road map had ‘vague directions’
PM warns country’s R level is below one but maybe ‘just below one’
Stephen Glover in the Daily Mail writes that Mr Johnson is walking a ‘tightrope’ between business, members of the public who are urging reopening, and ‘trade unions, perhaps a majority of the public, the devolved administrations (notably the scheming Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland)’.
In a piece headlined ‘It’s hard to see what else he could have done’, Mr Glover writes: ‘Those who want Britain to get back to work almost immediately will have been disappointed, while the cautious and nervy will be worried he is going too far too quickly, and jeopardising the progress that had been made.
‘The question we should ponder is whether, if any of us were in Boris Johnson’s shoes, we would act very differently. I don’t think most of us would. Let’s face it: he’s walking a tightrope, and if he leans too far in one or other direction, he is liable to fall off.’
Meanwhile, Kevin Maguire in the Daily Mirror, says there is now ‘proof there is no crisis that Tory charlatan Boris Johnson can’t make worse’.
‘Botching an easing of the lockdown was, I suppose, expected from an incompetent PM bungling the fight against the plague and lumbering Britain with Europe’s highest official death count,’ he adds.
The paper’s head of politics, Jason Beattie, declared: ‘Such a vague message would be laughable were the consequences not so serious’.
Alot of confusing stuff. And I do not agree with schools returning particularly reception. The little ones do not understand isolation. It does not come natural to themSurely that is not going to work and cannot be right and is ill thought out.
I think with all the confusion we are bound to get a second big outbreak. We should be more cautios. Look at how Germany’s cases have esculated due to coming out of it too early.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Spend your time wisely.
It’s the same life, whether you spend it crying or laughing.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
They’re not going to make yardsticks any longer
Love is…tough on the outside soft on the inside
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
- Long hours of daylight
- Now being able to go out as many times a day as we wish
- Special Covid-19 jokes
- Garden Centres to re-open
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 37 18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 5,535 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 1,369,964 82,387
2 UK 227,741 32,769
3 Italy 221,216 30,911
4 France 176,322 26,954
5 Spain 228,030 26,920
6 Brazil 178,214 12,461
7 Belgium 53,779 8,761
8 Germany 173,171 7,738
9 Iran 110,767 6,733
10 Netherlands 43,183 5,529
UK deaths yesterday 627
Global cases Updated 13 May at 09:26 local
Confirmed 4,262,051 +83,895
Deaths 291,961 +5,608
Recovered 1,493,450 +36,957
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