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Secret Barrister: diversity of bar at risk as court closures force junior lawyers to quit

This screaming headline in the Guardian says it all. The closures have serious implications for offenders, especially those on remand; it has serious implications for the administration of justice; it even has serious implications for the overall government budget deficit. And, yes, it might mean the odd female or minority male barrister joining the rest of their peers looking for a job.
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One admittedly minor advantage of having a restrictive immigration policy is illustrated by Japan. Yakuza organised crime is declining because the hoodlums are getting too old to do the grunt work, and young Japanese regard being a Yakuza as uncool. In normal countries, eg America, when the Italians grow old disgracefully, they are replaced by Russians, or whoever the latest immigrant wave is. Thank goodness we don't have much organised crime in this country. Somalis! What a botch they would make of it.
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The sight of people queuing for hours for a Covid test in Bolton while a new testing centre stands empty a mile away is reminiscent of Russians queuing for bread because it was so cheap, thanks to government subsidies, that other Russians a mile away were buying bread to feed to their pig (they couldn't have pigs, that was capitalism).

Britain, like the Soviet Union, is 'world class' when it comes to 'moon shots' i.e. producing one thing in a national emergency, but is incapable of actually benefiting the citizenry. At the government level. The British, like the Russians, are superlatively capable of organising themselves when left to their own devices.

It didn't use to be like that. In the old days the British government was very socialistic and quite used to supplying all kinds of integrated services, but since privatisation the government consists entirely of people sitting in offices making decisions. After that it's somebody else's problem. There is only one solution: privatise the government.
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I’m not sure we are any good at the big projects either. My suspicion is that the Nightingale hospitals which were built in five days - or whatever it was - were shut down because Matt realised they wouldn’t work. It’ll all come out in the enquiry. And it’s now even admitted that they still haven’t hit the 100,000 tests a day target after six months.
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Oh lawdy, it's official

Channel 4 News: Why didn't you seek asylum in Spain -- that's a safe country?
Asylum seeker: We had a deal with a smuggler to take us to Britain but he referred us to another smuggler. We ended up with four different smugglers. We were surprised that they ended up giving us tickets to Spain.

Human rights lawyer: M'lud, my clients cannot be returned to Spain, the first country of entry, as per the regulations. The people smugglers were clearly in breach of contract. It is they who should be punished not my clients.
Justice Cocklecarrot: Are the people smugglers in court?
Human rights lawyer: ...er ... no, m'lud.
Justice Cocklecarrot: Indefinite leave to remain until they are. Next!

PS According to Channel 4 News, the previous batch of asylum seekers, that Pritti Patel had managed to bundle onto a plane for Spain (obeying the UN Convention on Asylum, remember) promptly made their way back from Madrid to Calais in order to start the cycle over again. "People smugglers have promised us a dinghy and tickets for Mr Justice Cocklecarrot's court," they told Channel 4 News.
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Grant wrote:
I’m not sure we are any good at the big projects either. My suspicion is that the Nightingale hospitals which were built in five days - or whatever it was - were shut down because Matt realised they wouldn’t work. It’ll all come out in the enquiry. And it’s now even admitted that they still haven’t hit the 100,000 tests a day target after six months.


Funnily enough, I have friends and neighbours that were either
(a) in the military logistics and engineering units that drove the trucks, converted the warehouses and assembled all the stuff. They did it commendably well, in very fast time (stand easy chaps, you'll be mentioned in dispatches).
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(b) worked for commercial medical and IT firms that supplied huge container loads of equipment in record time, all installed and fully tested in very fast time (bonuses and trebles all round chaps).

Since then what's happened? Nothing, nada, zero, zilch. The Nightingale Hospitals I know of are empty, gathering dust. The equipment is unused, and isn't needed anywhere else.

But, but !!! ... weren't they built desperately quickly because we were promised that there would be apocalyptic zombie rabid hordes of near-death Covid-19 mobs screaming at the doors of the overloaded existing hospitals?

They were, but the existing hospitals are like ghost towns.

While we were all being encouraged to go outside and bang saucepans at 20:00 hours to "protect the NHS", the NHS had already protected itself by ejecting the most at-risk and vunerable elderly patients out of Secondary Care into unprepared and unprotected Nursing Homes.

And then, to add injury to insult, in many areas Primary Care GP doctors were banned from visiting the Nursing Homes. The families and relatives of these people were banned as well. So many people were left in wretched isolation, and could not get medical treatment for their existing medical conditions. Which is already part of a "second wave" of excess deaths. caused because of and by the lockdown.

But lockdown has been an incredible success (as a Psy Ops training exercise).
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What does one call a pan-national iatrogenic disease?
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Boreades wrote:
The Nightingale Hospitals I know of are empty, gathering dust....But, but !!! ... weren't they built desperately quickly because we were promised that there would be apocalyptic zombie rabid hordes of near-death Covid-19 mobs screaming at the doors of the overloaded existing hospitals?They were, but the existing hospitals are like ghost towns.


The predicted outcomes of this "novel virus," for which there remains no evidence I can find, continue to fail to materialize. Yet none will abandon the hypothesis.
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Ishmael, just because you are barking up the right tree does not mean you aren't barking. There is plenty of evidence (presumably in petrie dishes or down microscopes) that COVID-19 is a novel virus. The question is whether it is a significant novel virus.

I concede that this might actually not be so, in the sense we haven't identified it before or some such, but unless you tell us why you believe it isn't on any ground other than "I'm Ishmael, and I'm saying it" we will have to assume you are just being Ishmael.
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