This is Charles James Fox ( 1749 to 1806), former resident of Chertsey and the first ever British Foreign Secretary. Just like our current Prime Minister who also once held that office, he was an Old Etonian with a reputation for laziness, womanising, and ridiculous hair. Fox, however, was a passionate campaigner for abolishing the slave trade, whereas Boris Johnson’s time in the role is infamous for his incompetent scuppering of plans to get British Citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released from an Iranian jail.
Prior to this pandemic, thanks to Brexit and the ensuing culture war, Britain has been engulfed in political turmoil for three years. Each day seemed to bring a new political calamity, which was then promptly forgotten when the next one happened 24 hours later. Weeks felt like months, months felt like years. I really regret not keeping a simple note of events as they happened, just so I could look back and try and make some sense of it all.
So during this period I’ve decided to sum up the weekly events that have struck me the most, from the deadly serious to the absurdly ridiculous. If my tone seems flippant at times…well, we all have our own way of getting through this horror.
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This week in The Coronapocalypse:
- Restaurants and churches reopen in Italy
- Loss of taste / smell added to official list of Covid-19 symptoms
- Donald Trump wins this week’s WTF Award (again) by saying he’s taking Hydroxychloroquine (‘at best ineffective, at worst deadly’) to own the Libs
- Number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK surged in April by about 856,000
- Huge row ensues over Government plan to reopen schools on 01 June for some pupils
- Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs
- Global death toll accelerating
- NHS chiefs warn ‘time is running out’ to launch track-and-trace system to avoid a second deadly wave
- Major study shows less than half of 19 to 30 year-olds ‘strictly’ abiding by Britain’s lockdown rules
- 25% of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll, with 36% less willing to take vaccine if Donald Trump said it was safe
- All people arriving in UK from 8 June must quarantine for 14 days
- Tests now available to anyone with symptoms
- South Korean football team fined for placing sex dolls in its stands to add atmosphere during closed match.
- Chief Government advisor and architect of UK lockdown policy Dominic Cummings under fire for breaking lockdown policy whilst having Covid-19 symptoms *sigh*
- Poll shows more Brits would prefer pubs to reopen rather than schools
Worldwide cases: 5,407,378 (previous week 4,722,233)
Worldwide deaths: 344,019(previous week 313,266 )
UK cases: 257,154 (previous week 240,161)
UK deaths: 36,675 (previous week 34,466)