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Lockdown
at 14:31 29 Mar 2020

TTL Report :

Lewisham deserted today - almost no traffic, very few people apart from at the supermarket and pharmacies.

Queuing for entry at Sainsbury's for the first time, but only twenty in the queue when we arrived - and when we left. Stocks good, apart from pasta, we even managed to buy toilet roll, some tinned goods and long life milk today. Strict enforcement of social distancing at the checkouts by two women wearing riot-police type visors. Cashier enclosed by plastic screens, which was new.

Bus home practically empty - which is unheard of on a Sunday morning. That's it for us until Thursday.
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Virgin Atlantic
at 20:02 27 Mar 2020

He's a big believer in public taxation, when he thinks he might get his hands on it.

F*** him.
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Lockdown UK
at 16:31 27 Mar 2020

Pimlico is a nice place e, seriously nice. Adjacent to Belgravia, don't you know. We like to dine out there in more normal times.
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Lockdown UK
at 10:38 27 Mar 2020

My Borough is now the 11th most affected in England. I'm pleasantly surprise we aren't higher, to be honest. d

We are staying in now until Sunday, when we will go shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables. Everything else largely under control due to my Missus being a bit of a clairvoyant.
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Muckers Supporters Group
at 18:01 26 Mar 2020

BST (as well as other football Trusts) have been doing it for a couple of years at least. Christine was interviewed about it (and other things) the other day.

If she has inspired the MSG into action, that's good. The more the merrier.
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Not a big gripe, but...
at 14:25 26 Mar 2020

Look at it from his point of view. He's got to take whatever dubious evidence he can get. He can't REALLY wait until we are all molesting small children.
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Lockdown
at 12:03 26 Mar 2020

London update :

a very successful morning, retail-wise. Reborn Towers now has a pretty full larder, all things considered. Praise be unto Borough Market....

Lockdown is now biting here. Lewisham was dead this morning, traffic levels being at about 1% of what is normal. London Bridge the same. Very few people knocking about ; supermarket supplies better. Fresh fruit and vegetables pretty plentiful, but pasta, tinned goods, long-life milk and toilet roll still scarce. We are up to 97 cases in this Borough as of yesterday, which makes us the 11th worst in the country. I expected worse, to be honest.

I think that is me indoors until Sunday now.
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Mike Ashley Part II
at 09:26 26 Mar 2020

Perhaps their fans will actually DO something, instead of bleating about it.
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Live sports have shut down. When they come back, we must demand better
at 09:25 26 Mar 2020

I hope so too, but given the way people behave vis a vis public health, do you really think they will mobilise behind something like this?
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Totalitarian tiptoe
at 16:13 25 Mar 2020

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Totalitarian tiptoe
at 14:57 25 Mar 2020

All Governments have a Pandemic Plan chekks. When I was at GOL we had a number of emergency plans, of which that was one.

The problem with such plans is that none of them ever cater for quite the scenario you end up facing, and the way in which information and evidence presents itself is rarely optimal. I suspect that is the case both ways here.

So far, the Government response has been high on impact (financial, social) but quite low on visibility (by which I mean the Army aren't on the streets in huge numbers). That may change if the crisis lasts appreciably longer than is being estimated.

One thing no-one has talked about much is how this is displacing normal types of criminality and how they will evolve. Put another way, there is a sub-class, often drug-dependent, who live on the back of shoplifting, begging and opportunistic crime. They won't have gone away, but that doesn't mean that they aren't around or that their need to offend isn't still acute. Just perhaps more difficult to do.
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Upbeat thread
at 12:34 25 Mar 2020

He'll be pushing pizzas through his Mum's letterbox ** in no time.


** this is not a filthy euphemism, before you lot start
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Totalitarian tiptoe
at 12:33 25 Mar 2020

"It's no good saving 400,000 from the virus if it costs 500,000 lives and makes 60 million people utterly miserable in the process."

Put as baldly as that, you seem to have a point. However :

1) I'd argue that "defence of the realm" isn't just about armed aggression - it applies to this too

2) I think that there is a moral obligation to try to help the 400,000, regardless of any long-term economic imperatives ; which you can address later anyway

3) as for making 60 million miserable ; well, morale is important. But so is educating people on the real costs of the technology, products and infrastructure needed to maintain a fully functioning health service. We've worshipped at the altar of low taxation for so long that we have completely lost sight of the risk inherent in it.
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Totalitarian tiptoe
at 20:36 24 Mar 2020

I'm "ex-Government" Rotts. Allegedly.

And in case anyone thinks this is just about you, I'm also looking into the matter of Lala's Baps. There is a worrying tendency towards social recklessness and general criminality on this forum and I have been asked to make some recommendations as to the appropriate response. I can't say more at the moment.
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Totalitarian tiptoe
at 20:19 24 Mar 2020

I already grassed you up Rotts. There didn't seem any point in waiting.
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Across The Pond....
at 11:38 24 Mar 2020

You'd think that he owned a string of leisure outlets that were suffering significant losses, wouldn't you?

Or perhaps that he had been hoping for re-election on the back of economic growth?
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Sports Direct
at 10:23 24 Mar 2020

Alongside Branson and Martin, I hope.
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All you wordsmiths out there....
at 18:36 21 Mar 2020

5/10 for me, but quite a bit of guesswork.
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Boredom
at 11:12 21 Mar 2020

As I said....

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Lockdown
at 09:31 21 Mar 2020

Further London Report :

The Courgette & Cauliflower Question has been resolved. Yoghurt remains elusive, however. Newspapers delivered late due to sickness, but we adopted a two shop strategy to get what we wanted.

Oh, and there is a new stall on Lewisham Market doing a roaring trade, selling photographs of Lala's Baps.
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