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  1. Two changes will be made to Scotland's Covid restrictions from Friday, January 28. Social distancing measures will be reduced from two metres to one in indoor settings where people have a specific exemption from the need to wear a face covering - such as those leading religious services or carrying out receptionist duties. Adults taking part in organised activities for children will no longer be required to wear a face covering when they are directly interacting with kids under the age of five. The First Minister said that change to latter of these rules will be of benefit to younger children and to those working with them. Just read Pagel and Gurdasani both have gone Hunga Tonga over the last few days. Primary school age children the only age group where COVID is not decreasing and the JCVI not approving the vaccines for all 5 to 11 year olds. BOOM!
  2. After being bashed around for the last few weeks that must have felt good for Boris to dish out some personal 'dunking' to feel better about himself. Boris could have been less insulting and maybe actually funny had he jokingly pointed out Blackford's choice of tie with that shirt and that suit, Nothing like a PM's question time where they all can behave like adults though.
  3. Bypassing parliament seems to quite the thing now a days. Boris - Brexit, must have started something. Mind you its taking for granted that the next time we have to face a pandemic the SNP will still be in charge. 10 years, 20 years? Could be Scottish Labour who weld these powers, they aren't tied exclusively to the SNP but the Scottish Government.
  4. Does seem a lot of emphasis on using the technology available rather than written, which has become very much the normal now during the pandemic. During the pandemic I've had to use electronic transmission of documents and its so much simpler and quicker to deal with. Bank of Scotland keep up ffs.
  5. From the Equalities impact assessment - on the thread's most talked about and favourite subject. Should Scotland face a public health threat that requires regulations to be made under the provisions, it is likely that such regulations could have an impact on people with protected characteristics. Using Covid as an example, it is clear that there may be circumstances where regulations made in response to a public health threat could have the potential to be discriminatory. The Scottish Government recognises that restrictions would not impact all individuals in the same way, and that restrictions may disproportionately impact some people more than others, including disabled people or people from minority ethnic groups. In relation to Covid, the requirement to wear a face covering in certain settings provides an example of such a requirement. The wearing of face coverings, as required during the Covid pandemic, may not be possible or may be distressing for some individuals, including disabled people or younger people. It is impossible to predict whether a future public health threat would require face coverings as a protective measure, as that would depend on the nature of the threat. At the time of introducing requirements, however, those impacts would be considered, and it would be likely that appropriate exemptions would be made in order to ensure the protection of people with protected characteristics and to balance the risks of people not wearing face coverings and the detrimental impact on individuals not able to access services if they cannot wear a face covering.
  6. Which bill is the worst and what part of that bill really grinds your gears?
  7. Having to quote myself again, haven't done that before?
  8. Posted these earlier in the day, feel free to make your own mind up on these bills.
  9. Erm, why are there claims that the Scottish economy is now bigger than before the pandemic? https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19875411.scottish-economy-now-bigger-pandemic/ https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/return-scottish-economy-pre-covid-26053192 What parts of the economy are they talking about here? Some have obviously being doing well during the pandemic, but no mention who it is.
  10. You missed a bit on John Lewis/Waitrose -but added: "It will be down to individuals to make a personal choice." They will be encouraging but not enforcing. On the RDG mask wearing seemingly to remain mandatory, who will enforce this? Since it isn't covered by UK Law, will this be part of the Railway byelaw?
  11. Shouldn't be confused with the neo nazi group of a similar name.
  12. I only heard about this once last week about the new Omicron sublinage BA.2 over the radio in South Africa now apparently chalking up over 10k cases over 40 countries. Supposedly even more transmissible than BA.1 and starting to wipe out the other Omicron called BA.1. It isn't a mutation of BA.1. Checked the WHO site for info but doesn't cover this version. The UK Heath Security Agency have it under investigation. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-variants-identified-in-the-uk So its already here and in the population. It will be interesting to see how it fairs against our already widespread natural immunity and protection through vaccination having arrived late to the party. I believe the mainstream media have already know about it? I think they are probably wary now of punching any more alarm bells, given there will certainly be a backlash from the public. Can't see this making any difference to the direction we are going in opening up and ridding ourselves of restrictions. But its good to see that we are on the ball with anything new, even if that vigilance will end up in the bin by this time next year due to unfunding or cuts. Just a shame we aren't so on the ball when it comes to other pressing heath issues, both mental and physical.
  13. I've never heard of him but will watch. I've watched Kitboga, Scammer Payback, Scambaiter, Jim Browning and The Hoax Hotel. Very pleasing to see the growing list of people now dedicated to stopping them or simply wasting scammer's time.
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