Fierce arguments have broken out on Twitter after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon laid out strict rules on household visits, in an effort to curb a rising coronavirus infection rate.
Under the new rules effective from Friday, Scots cannot visit each other’s homes unless they are from extended households. Other exceptions include couples not living together, those in need of childcare and tradespeople. A maximum of six people from two households are allowed to meet in private gardens and public outdoor spaces.
“We are once again at a tipping point. We must act to get Covid back under control,” Sturgeon said in a speech on Tuesday night. She asked citizens to “make sacrifices for our national well-being” in order to curb the spread of the disease. Sturgeon argued that “tough” measures are necessary to keep schools, public services and businesses “open as far as possible.”
The restrictions quickly caused a stir online. The hashtag #ResignSturgeon was used by people blasting the new policy. “I am heartbroken that my family can’t visit me once again. The regulations are contradictory and are punishing the majority for the actions of the minority,” one disgruntled person wrote.
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BRITAIN escaped a £55billion bailout burden by quitting the EU, it was revealed.
Leave campaigners say we would have faced the second highest liability for a recovery fund for coronavirus-hit nations.
And that is twice the size of our divorce bill.
Former Brexit minister David Jones said: “We really have had the most incredible lucky escape. Had we stayed in the EU or agreed to a longer transition period we would have been on the hook for a potentially catastrophic sum.
“It’s extremely good we left when we did.”
The potential cost of extending the transition period would have been nearly twice that of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £30billion job protection scheme.
It was calculated by the Centre for Brexit policy think tank.
EU leaders last week agreed a controversial 750billion euro bailout of countries whose economies were worst hit by the pandemic after four days of tense and bitter talks.
European Union countries eager to revive their economies are prepared to bar entry to Americans because the United States has failed to control the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported from Brussels on Tuesday, citing draft lists of acceptable travelers.
The United States, which has the most coronavirus cases in the world and is experiencing a surge in new infections, would be in the same category as No.2 hotspot Brazil and Russia, according to the Times, citing the proposal.
There was no immediate comment from the White House.
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The European Union is working to undermine national efforts to secure national borders, according to Hungary’s top government spokesman.
“Brussels is preparing to challenge the immigration rules of the Hungarian constitution,” Secretary of State for International Communication Zoltán Kovács told Magyar Hírlap. “They want to force us to change the provisions of our constitution that prohibit migration.”
Kovács was responding, in part, to European Commission Vice President Vera Jourová, who recently claimed the Hungarian government is spreading “fake news” via a national survey explaining to citizens that E.U. member states are expected to welcome waves of illegal migrants – even during a pandemic.
The European Union (EU) is asking the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to end America’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a statement released Saturday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and top EU official Josep Borrell stressed that the WHO must “lead the international response to pandemics,” but to do that WHO must receive U.S. funding.
“Global cooperation and solidarity through multilateral efforts are the only effective and viable avenues to win this battle the world is facing,” von der Leyen wrote.
“The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future. For this, the participation and support of all is required and very much needed.”
A new EU draft policy announced last week calls for “insect-based proteins” to be extensively promoted as a replacement for animal products, to save the environment.
The European Commission announced the Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy, touting it as a “fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly” program that will focus on “increasing the availability and source of alternative proteins such as plant, microbial, marine, and insect-based proteins and meat substitutes.”
The draft noted that the program “will not happen without a shift in people’s diets”.
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A strange comic book that was commissioned for publication by the European Union in 2012 eerily predicted almost exactly what has unfolded with the Covid-19 global pandemic. However, in this propaganda laced presentation of the outbreak, unelected globalist bureaucrats save the planet.
The comic book, titled ‘Infected’, was a production of the European Commission’s international cooperation and development arm. It was not intended for widespread public consumption, but instead to be distributed inside EU institutions. Only a few hundred of the comic books were made.
The EU’s description of the strange publication states that “While the story may be fictional, it is nevertheless intertwined with some factual information.”
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The inhabitants of Europe’s biggest economy have long been attached to hard cash, preferring to use it for all but the largest purchases. Germany’s aversion to card payments has often frustrated tourists, who can find themselves in a predicament when a restaurant doesn’t accept cards, or thirsty because they don’t have cash for a drink from a corner store.
Germany’s fondness for cash is to a large extent rooted in its traumatic past century and multiple currency collapses. For those who lived in East Germany (German Democratic Republic), from 1949-1990, the surveillance state stoked mistrust and created a deep attachment to the anonymity that cash affords.
The country has slowly been catching up with its neighbours in terms of adopting cards to pay in supermarkets and other stores, and now the spread of the deadly coronavirus has hit fast-forward on what may prove to be a permanent shift away from cash.
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The EU has attempted to defend the fact that it allowed the communist Chinese government to censor a letter it wrote before it was published in a Chinese newspaper, erasing a sentence that stated the coronavirus originated in China.
The letter, co-written by the bloc’s 27 ambassadors, was published in China’s English-language newspaper China Daily on Tuesday. However, the EU agreed to allow censors to remove the sentence, which stated “But the outbreak of the coronavirus, in China, and its subsequent spread to the rest of the world over the past three months…”
“China has state-controlled media. There is censorship, that’s a fact,” EU foreign affairs spokesperson Virginie Battu-Henriksson told reporters in an attempt to justify bowing to the Chinese censors.
Henriksson suggested that the EU reluctantly agreed to the amendment because it was better than not being able to communicate with a Chinese audience on ‘key EU issues’, including climate change, human rights and the pandemic response.
Nigel Farage has warned that the European Union will attempt to use the Chinese coronavirus crisis to “trap” the United Kingdom into an extended Brexit transition period.
The Brexit Party leader said that Michel Barnier, the EU’s top Brexit negotiator, is trying to create a distinction between the “political Brexit” that was secured by the British people on January 31st, and an “economic Brexit” that is set to occur when the transition period ends in December.
“Politically, the UK gave up its small amount of influence within European institutions at the end of January, but the EU retained the ability to impose new directives and laws over us, which we now have no say in deciding,” Mr Farage wrote.
“The deadline for extending is in just two months, on June 30, and Mr Barnier, I fear, is using this new distinction to ready the ground for yet another delay, after which the British people will be told they have had their ‘political Brexit’ when we are, in fact, in a worse position than before,” Farage warned.