Daily View 2×2: 1 June 2020

2 big stories

It is an exaggeration to say that America’s cities are in flames, and despite President Trump’s inflammatory comments, in most places, demonstrations remain peaceful, if tense. And protests against the death of George Floyd have spread beyond America too. Unfortunately, there is little doubt that the only difference between policing in the United States and here is that, at least here, the police are unarmed and the courts less perfunctory and politicised, thus deaths are thankfully rarer, but BAME citizens, especially black ones, are more likely to be the subjects of police activity, even if they aren’t actually doing anything that would attract attention if done by a white person.

We can, as of today, partake in a whole slew of activities hitherto restricted, thanks to the Government. But so much for following the science, for the Association of Directors of Public Health has urged them to reverse the decision;

But Jeanelle de Gruchy, president of the ADPH, said her colleagues across England were “increasingly concerned that the government is misjudging the balance of risk between more social interaction and the risk of a resurgence of the virus, and is easing too many restrictions too quickly”.

Can it really be that the Government is willing to risk thousands of lives to draw our attention away from Dominic Cummings? Or are they simply incompetent and dishonest? Of course, “both” is an option here…

2 social media posts

There’s a definite sense of romance in the air today. First, Monroe Palmer has posted this on Facebook…

He may be an accountant, but he (and Susette) still have rhythm. Well played, my Lord!

Meanwhile, can it really be twenty-three years?

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2 Comments

  • Clive Peaple 2nd Jun '20 - 11:08am

    Worth noting the BBC ‘Trump vows to deal with unrest’ – sounds noble doesn’t it? – with the far more perceptive and honest commentary in the USA – try, for example, the Police Chief comment – of the President – if he can’t say somthing constructive he should keep his mouth shut ….
    ..

  • Peter Hirst 2nd Jun '20 - 12:20pm

    Though America is a more violent country than we are, I find it hard to defend the recent treatment of George Floyd. It’s such a wanton act of aggression captured on social media. Though our police need to use restraint, I don’t think and hope we don’t recruit what can only be seen as thugs.

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