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Politics | The Guardian

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Irish taoiseach says new measures aimed at ‘saving as many people’s lives as possible’

The Irish government has announced sweeping restrictions that will put Ireland in a de facto lockdown to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said on Friday evening that from midnight people should stay at home for two weeks, until 12 April, in a significant tightening of curbs on social and commercial life.

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Author: Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Posted: 27-03-2020

Government ‘too slow to act’ and ministers have failed to lead by example, health experts say

Boris Johnson was accused of failing to heed his own advice to the public over how to contain coronavirus on Friday as it emerged that he and other key government figures had themselves contracted Covid-19.

On a day of extraordinary developments at the heart of the operation to counter the virus, both the prime minister and health secretary, Matt Hancock, said they had tested positive. The chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, also reported symptoms and went into self-isolation.

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Author: Heather Stewart, Matthew Weaver and Kate Proctor
Posted: 27-03-2020

Were Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock practising what they have been preaching?

Prof Neil Ferguson was the first to sound the alarm – and perhaps provide a clue as to how the prime minister, the health secretary and the chief medical officer all became victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ferguson is the scientist whose research at London’s Imperial College led to the government’s dramatic pivot in its handling of the outbreak.

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Author: Kate Proctor
Posted: 27-03-2020

For Corinne Fowler, the clapping event transcended the bitter rows of the last few years, but also caused a pang of sorrow

The mass clapping event (Millions of Britons clap for carers on coronavirus frontline, 26 March) was bittersweet and loaded with irony. It was an unprecedented show of collective gratitude, inspired by a Dutch woman living in the UK, by a nation whose Brexit vote caused a shortage of medical staff as it sent EU citizens away. A clapping nation whose government created a “hostile environment” to banish the Windrush generation, who made vital contributions to the NHS.

I also thought of supermarket workers on low wages now risking life and limb, generally with no gloves or masks. There is little consideration for their safety. If it weren’t for them we would not be eating.

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Author: Letters
Posted: 27-03-2020

LabourList

Labour Party News

When I described the Chancellor’s package of measures to support millions of UK workers to fend of economic…

The post Unite the Union will not allow working people to pay for this crisis appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Len McCluskey
Posted: 27-03-2020

In the space of a fortnight, social, economic and political life in the UK has become unrecognisable. Our…

The post Why has it taken Covid-19 for us to realise the importance of a safety net? appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Dan Jarvis
Posted: 27-03-2020

Labour’s leadership and deputy leadership election results would have been announced during a special conference held in central…

The post All Labour leadership candidates will have to record victory speech videos appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Sienna Rodgers
Posted: 27-03-2020

Below is the full text of the maiden speech delivered by the recently elected Labour MP for Liverpool…

The post “We are a resilient city and we will always fight back” – Kim Johnson’s maiden speech appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Kim Johnson
Posted: 27-03-2020

The councillor network of the Corbynite organisation Momentum has issued a series of demands to Labour councils –…

The post Momentum issue coronavirus demands to Labour councils appeared first on LabourList.

Author: Elliot Chappell
Posted: 27-03-2020

The USA – a viewpoint from Reuters

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday the House will set up a panel to oversee expenditures under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief law.
Posted: 28-03-2020
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package - the largest in history - to help cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the intensifying coronavirus pandemic, and President Donald Trump quickly signed it into law.
Posted: 28-03-2020
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an unprecedented $2.2 trillion stimulus package to alleviate the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign into law.
Posted: 28-03-2020
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie enraged President Donald Trump and leaders of Congress by trying to delay a planned Friday voice vote on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue plan, drawing calls from the White House to throw him out of the Republican Party.
Posted: 28-03-2020
A massive federal spending bill aimed at deflecting the economic harm caused by the spreading coronavirus does not address the billions of tax dollars U.S. states stand to lose as major parts of the nation have shut down.
Posted: 27-03-2020

Europe – The Federal Trust

Photo credit: European Union by Dr Andrew BlickReader in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 13th March 2020 At some point in the coming months, political discourse in UK will move on from its current focus on the single issue of the pandemic and its domestic implications. … Continue reading Cliff edge or capitulation? The options for EU/UK trade negotiations
Author: admin
Posted: 13-03-2020
by Roger CasaleFounder and Secretary-General, New Europeans 13th March 2020 If and when the UK re-joins the EU, it will do so not just for transactional reasons but because British people have understood that they are indeed Europeans. One of the major shortcomings of the remain campaign was the failure to communicate that the EU … Continue reading Because we are Europeans
Author: admin
Posted: 13-03-2020
Photo credit: European Union by Graham Bishop Consultant on EU integration;Founder of grahambishop.com 9th March 2020 Become a Friend or Gold Friend of grahambishop.comYou can also follow Graham on LinkedIn. The smoke may be clearing from the opening salvoes in the Great Negotiation War and I happened to be in Brussels for a conference just after … Continue reading The view from Brussels of the EU-UK negotiations: a total illusion of “independence”
Author: admin
Posted: 10-03-2020
by Dr Andrew BlackSenior Research Fellow at Global Policy Institute; Senior Research Fellow, Brunel Business School 26th February 2020 “A week is a long time in politics” according to Harold Wilson, the first Labour Party prime minister to break 13 years of Conservative party rule. A year is an even longer time, and a very great … Continue reading Appeasing Brexiteers
Author: admin
Posted: 26-02-2020
by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 14th February 2020 Michael Gove’s acknowledgement that trade between the UK and the EU after 1st January 2021 will be far from frictionless is a watershed in the Brexit process. The claim that Brexit would not significantly impinge upon British trade with the European Union was central to the … Continue reading Brexit: The British government starts to recognise reality
Author: admin
Posted: 14-02-2020

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