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  1. I did ask my child. He has noticed only one of his teachers and two pupils in his class of 30 wearing a mask. He asked his friend why he was wearing a mask, and he said his parents told him to because they didn’t want any isolation to ruin their forthcoming holiday.
  2. Thnakyou, so that means potentially non symptomatic isolation periods, testing and the subsequent societal and economic disruption will likely be a feature of winters for a long time to come, or perhaps alternatively society will learn to live with a certain number of deaths and only tolerate symtomatic absenses (a bit like flu). I personally think it will be the latter, but it will be interesting to see how long it takes to transition.
  3. When do we get to the point when people are only absent when they feel awful. When does it stop being notifiable, and when does isolation stop and constant testing stop? The issues with staffing and absenteeism are largely to do with regulations and rules rather than people feeling terrible. When do we actially start to live with Covid? I am genuinely interested to know when this ends and it turns into another disease.
  4. We know that the tax and law enforcement community have been asking for these checks for many years. Covid was the reason they were brought in, but it will not be the reason why they eventually end up remaining. I imagine as a self governing ‘offshore financial centre’ they were always going to be introduced sometime in the future at the behest of moneyval or some other similar entity. If they do remain I hope they make it less clunky and are up front as to its purpose.
  5. You cannot legislate for idiots, but in attempting to stop the idiots you unnecessarily impact everyone else.
  6. 😁 Thanks, I will consider your advice. I have just crossed the mountain and saw police officers at Windy Corner giving advice to a cyclist who thought it was a good idea to take a cycle in the fog. I think that they may be giving him similar advice as you did about the coast road.
  7. I know that some people think that speed limits are a panacea to road traffic collisions, however judging by the last few days on the Mountain road, no speed limit is ever going to deter the Darwin prize idiots who insist on overtaking and tailgating in the dark, rain, mist and thick fog as I have witnessed twice this weekend. Increased driver training/education, better and increased traffic policing and stiffer deterrent penalties for transgressors are more likely to work, but to be honest you will always get idiots. I just hope I do not meet them head on.
  8. It is a bloody disgrace, even in the worst norovirus/flu seasons where staffing has been decimated children were able to attend, but as we tacitly accepted the use of kids 'remote learning' during the peak pandemic, it has become part of the governments 'toolkit' and will be used more and more whenever it there is a slight issue. Give them an inch...
  9. According to the dashboard approx 3000 kids have tested positive this year. Assuming there are a reasonable number that weren’t tested and/or were not showing symptoms, it may be that upto 50% of the 11000 school aged children have already had it. It wouldn’t surprise me if that percentage is significantly higher by Christmas. It may be a bit bumpy this side of the new year but I do feel that 2022 will be bring back the return of normality.
  10. I am considering options for next years travel and am wondering if the single jab for teenagers will count in Europe as being fully vaccinated, and if so if they are able to access the necessary apps to gain the QR code so that they can eat in restaurants etc Anybody know?
  11. Cases are up I guess as a result of the new school term which started approximately three weeks ago (I am assuming a lag from infection to symptoms to reporting). The dashboard age breakdown appears to support this with the majority of cases being in the younger age group. As long as this remains the case I don’t see an issue as hospital rates are low, however we will see in due course if this feeds through to the older population but with luck the vaccine continue to do its job. Personally I am optimistic, and do not see this as a cause for alarm or a government press release.
  12. Temporary as in it will stabilise in due course thus allow planned wholesale purchase. The pain needs to be shared for the duration.
  13. As this would seem to be a temporary issue it would be politically astute to share the pain by only allowing the price to be raised to a point where MG break even, forgoing their profit margin. The position can be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Once the crisis has passed they can revert to normal margins.
  14. Yep, Mr Wint always starts his shows with them. Also it was on the news recently. He gives all the vaccination stats too. It is starting to feel very unnecessary/meaningless now.
  15. I am interested to see when MR finally stop trotting out the daily cases figures. There must come a time when the media/government calls time on the messaging and statistical updates. My guess it will be spring 22. On a related matter, listening to a JPW pre election interview, if she ends up as CM we can expect more ‘mitigation’.
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