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  1. Do you really think the government would impose another lockdown? I just can’t see it. I think the worst we are looking at this winter is a very soft set of restrictions where they give it the old “work from home unless it is absolutely essential” and I could envisage some rational curfews on the likes of pubs and restaurants, or limits on mass gatherings. Honestly guys, mark my words - there won’t be another lockdown….
  2. I went into Morrisons today to buy more plates and bowls to match those that I bought on a whim 6 months ago. (This is a serious story). The plates were still in stock, but £4 each. The bowls I had bought earlier this year were now £3.50. I stared at the prices for a while and knew there was no way I paid that much 6 months ago!!! They were definitely only £2.50 or so. They’ve risen about 60%. You lot think I’m taking the p*ss with all these stories but everywhere you look prices have go up sharply this year.
  3. It’s easy to lose track of what we are arguing about here guys! 🤪 So for the avoidance of doubt, I pose the following question… According to the Scottish government covid dashboard, Average deaths per 7 days have pretty much flatlined this summer despite almost all the restrictions having been lifted. Deaths are down about 90-95% compared to last summers outbreak. ICU and hospital admissions are down about 60-70%. Are we in agreement this is because an overwhelming majority of the population have been vaccinated? I appreciate there are valid arguments regarding the price we’ve paid to achieve this and the the collateral damage it’s caused. But is there at least acceptance that the vaccination programme has reduced deaths dramatically?
  4. You’re assuming that by advocating the wearing of face coverings in certain settings, that I’m prepared to comply with whatever the government try to impose next. I’m not, and neither are million of other seemingly compliant people you see wearing masks. It’s a common trope amongst anti-vaxxers & maskers that we are obedient sheep that have had the wool pulled over their eyes. Like yourself I read a lot about the pandemic and the global response. I understand both positions. I think like probably millions of other people I’ve broadly complied with the governments advice but there’s been a gentlemen’s agreement that there is an end in sight. Whether that’s simply that we get our vaccinations to help suppress the risk of hospitalisation/death, I can assure you I won’t be put back on lockdown again. I won’t deny my kids the ability to visit friends & family. People won’t stand for that again.
  5. I’m tempted to buy these for the kids and take them to Tesco for a laugh 🤣
  6. Am I right in saying the English census of 2021 is still being collated? (Scotland’s is next year). I hope it’ll be a watershed moment when the results show that these ‘gender neutral/fluid’ loons are deeply over-represented and that their position on gender is just part of a spectrum of mental disorders. I often joke that I don’t actually identify as male other than when I occasionally select ‘Mr’ on the odd application form. I suppose I dress consistently with most other males and have dominant characterists that most would assume to be ‘male’, but I also have things many would say are traditionally feminine. I just don’t understand why people are offended by their biological gender. What’s a pronoun got to do with who you actually are as a person? Nothing.
  7. Beyond the initial lockdown which eased around May/June, things began to feel normal again for our young family. We… erm… didn’t do the whole grandparents on the other side of patio doors, we met regularly outdoors but kept a safe distance. The grandparents got their hugs and kisses with the little ones later that summer. (Face masks on at first, but not latterly). Youre right, if families had stuck to the gov advice to the letter it would have been damaging to us all in the short term. Too high a price to pay when you square it with mental well-being. Thankfully I don’t believe we will ever go back to the lockdowns/restrictions we experience previously because the buy in for them would be minuscule. This is why I feel silly masks are a small price to pay. Even if the net benefit is such that 10 masked, covid-stricken punters walk into a pub, resulting in as many as 8 or 9 of them ultimately still passing the virus on. I just believe we need to take lots of these small precautions to do what we can to buy a bit more time.
  8. I mentioned this in one of my first posts to be fair. There is huge animosity amongst those that are pro-independence, that the SNPs views on gender and equality are frankly poisonous. If Scotland became independent the SNP would lose power. In our elections last May there was a significant consensus amongst SNP voters that this was their last chance. Deliver on the promise of indyref2, or say cheerio to our votes next time. Hand on heart, I will never vote SNP again unless they change their position on gender. I take the point on making a decision based purely on the current party in power, but it would take a seismic shift for the broader political views of the Scottish to ever be aligned with the English. You guys can’t get enough of Boris. I actually thought Starmer did a great job initially as he dismantled Bojo each week at PMQS, but it’s not enough. No amount of incompetence from the Tories will see them toppled now. Their unaffordable, doomed covid support packages have just bought them even more support. If we had the same electoral system as the UK government there would be about 120 SNP msp’s and barely 1 or 2 Tories. That’s how dramatically unpopular Tory ideals are up here. I think it would be naive to wait on things changing in my lifetime…
  9. ‘Marginally’ more deaths would be 3 or 4 thousand, not arguably 100,000 which could represent an increase of 300-400% in a calendar year!! The thing people forget is we didn’t know just how deadly (or not if that’s your view) this was going to be back in March/April. The scenes from Italy were appalling. To me the first lockdown was wholly justified, at least to buy some time. The second ‘just to save Christmas Day’ lockdown was the one they betrayed us with!! They had no intention of that being anything other than a prolonged shut down. I think they lied about the Indian variant to support that narrative.
  10. As someone who had a baby boy precisely 1 week after Boris’ fateful lockdown speech, I can confirm that’s nonsense. It’s just a bit of fabric over your mouth and nose. Swallow your pride and just wear one 😝
  11. I must admit I haven’t paid too much attention to the latest on what’s open/shut etc. I notice football fans are back in stadiums, and that leisure facilities seem to be back again. I believe nightclubs are still closed which I can understand. There was an outbreak in the sports bar near us during the champions league final! It all kicked off in a sensible spirit but come 11pm the masks were off, place was packed, and I think as many as 60 people ended up testing positive. Hence, I’m not sure nightclubs are a necessity because it’s later in the evening when people tend to of had a few too many. I can’t see us going back to times where we have wholesale closures again though. If we do I’ll agree it’s unfair and unethical.
  12. It doesn’t matter how badly the Tories conduct themselves, they’re more popular that ever in England. Fiasco’s and sleaze do nothing to damage their reputation which is managed through the BBC and MSM. Im not saying the SNP are squeaky clean - their finances are being investigated by Police Scotland when it was spotted some ‘ring-fenced’ campaign money went missing. They also have some pretty worrying ideas about transgender rights and what constitutes a hate crime now. The Scottish government tends to be more socially responsible though and push progressive policies that have a greater regard for health and the environment. Things like the smoking ban, minimum pricing for alcohol, carrier bag charges, lots of these basic changes came into effect in Scotland many years before England. At a time when we probably all agree the UK faces a monster recession, the Tories want to cut tax for the highest earners. Need I say more? They just look after the rich and more latterly have only provided the generous furlough and props to housing because they all have property portfolios to protect in the capital.
  13. I ran in a race last weekend and the registration was in the local church. Sanitiser positioned at the door, a basic one way system was marked out and masks were to be worn inside. The ladies dishing out the race numbers had a big table and a Perspex screen so naturally you were separated. This isn’t what any of us want but it’s the smart way to operate right now. I just don’t believe there’s any tangible argument that these measures like that don’t reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
  14. This made me laugh out aloud. ‘50% and 10% are as good as 0%’. Jeez, mathematics isn’t your strong point. In all honest I’ve been wearing a mask believing the benefit to be lower than that but guess what? It’s just a piece of bloody fabric over your mouth. Honestly, people who are so passionately against masks are as bad as the sad face mob in the daily mail crying over their kids being banned from school for wearing black trainers instead of black shoes. They cost pennies. If it means the death rate is 99 instead of 100 the odd week then it’s a success. Someone’s granny lives another year or two. Are people really that selfish they can’t wear a simple face covering that will save a few lives is too much for them? I think it’s too early to abandon them.
  15. Coypondboy, I see you’re still choosing to ignore the 100s of billions £££s in oil revenue from our waters. Why don’t you ask yourself the simple question - why do the UK government fight so hard to keep Scotland? It’s because of oil, other natural resources, sought after exports, and simply because it’s in Westminster’s nature to want to rule other countries.
  16. Legally the UK government has no right to deny a referendum. More importantly there was a period where 19 polls in a row had a pro-independence majority. The recent Holyrood elections saw the SNP dominant again despite Sturgeons antics, and we have greens sharing their views on independence. If Boris stays in power he will grant another vote anyway because he’s so egotistical that in recognising it’s only a matter of time, he’ll happily go down in history as the man who gave the Scots their freedom. People up here are tired of being ruled by the Westminster elite. People up here generally want a fairer society and there’s a hatred for the Tories despite them being so dominant in England. I can see the Tories ruling for the rest of my life…
  17. Of our taxation, public spending, ability to trade freely with our neighbours, and essentially live in a fairer, more sustainable society. 😉 In stark contrast Brexit was a regression fuelled by xenophobia and an arrogance that the common market was holding Britain back.
  18. To be fair you’re assuming people handle colds and flu’s the same. The time I had it was hellish but I wasn’t completely immobilised.
  19. I’d want 40% out of spite but I’m afraid prices will only rise. I’m tired of embarrassing myself with the “this is it guys!” rhetoric. We are entering an era where WFH will only channel even more of our income toward buying houses. Particularly when typical mortgage rates will never rise above 2 or 3% for anyone with a decent LTV over the next 10-15 years. Who needs two cars anymore? I don’t. I actually convinced the wife she should just sell hers. We both WFH so what are the chances of needing both more than once in a blue moon?! Further savings that millions of couples could, and probably will funnel into house buying. Honest guys… it’s over. Let’s all stay friends though.
  20. Unfortunately pro-Indy supporters are tiring of the SNP delaying a second referendum. I’d take the SNPs ‘indyref2 within 5 years’ with a huge pinch of salt.
  21. I’ve only had the flu once, and like most people here I can vouch for it being dramatically harder to deal with that a cold. I felt incredibly run down and it was hard to function at times. Maybe my ‘working through it’ comment was a slight exaggeration but I stand by the sentiment. I’ve spoken to several colleagues that’ve said this was worse than any flu they’d had in the past. More importantly, it lasted longer and has had lasting effects on several of these people, even a year later. I agree the government response went too far. I also agree lifestyle, diet, and basic decision making goes a long way to preventing you catching it, or indeed really suffering. I think even comparing it to flu however is pretty disingenuous because we know deaths related to covid dwarf those you’d typically expect from a normal flu seasons.
  22. I’m hearing you, however….. I work in highways with a wide range of pretty fit and healthy people of all ages. Hard working men, the majority of which work long hours and don’t have time to drink because they are on a standby rota much of the year. These are guys in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, most of which are well toward the healthier, upper percentiles for their age. These are people that will have all had regular cold and flu viruses throughout their lives, often feeling forced to work through them because of work pressure. Now for my direct experience of ‘covid’ within our company… I know of a good 25 people that have tested positive for covid. The younger guys in their early 20s didn’t feel a thing - they said they felt a little hung over for a few days. It was nothing. The workforce however have largely spoke of it being the most horrendous flu they’ve every had. One guy in his late 30s is from a military background and still hasn’t recovered fully. I know guys that prided themselves on having never missed a days work for 20 years - only to miss 3 months and come back to work a shadow of their former selves. I’ve sat with these people and like other colleagues I’ve been intrigued to hear their account of it. I’ve watched a couple of grown men tear up and say they felt they were going to die. I don’t deny health plays a huge factor in this - but fit men and women I know have described covid as a living nightmare that’s incomparable to a normal ‘flu’. Many of them have been left with other ongoing issues.
  23. So we’re just ignoring the 100s of billions £££ in oil that the UK government collect from Scottish waters before redistributing to the UK as a whole? Yup, I thought so. You don’t even have sufficient levels of drinking water in England for god sake!! Relax, the oil industry has had its day so the English government and its propaganda mouthpieces like the BBC will change their agenda and ‘let scotland go’. You think independence is about money. It’s about having control over our own affairs. The broad political views up here aren’t shared with the those in the south. The Tories have went from strength to strength with that moron at the helm.
  24. It’s already 6-8%. Im just buying a chippy that’s gone up 15% in the last year.
  25. You’d have to either be a child or a complete mug to believe the average cost of goods and services has only risen 2% over the last 12 months. Fuel, energy, food, clothing, building materials and leisure have all gone up by far, far more that. Jeez, not to mention cars and houses!!! I finally took this kids to a softplay that’s reopened, it’s twice the price for half the time!! The food they sells gone up 50% too. A pal recommended a caravan park he takes the family to regularly…. It’s now £1200 for 5 nights. Up 30% on what he he’s typically paid in recent years. 2% though. Sure.
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