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BS: Brexit & other UK political topics

SPB-Cooperator 25 Oct 21 - 07:53 AM
SPB-Cooperator 25 Oct 21 - 07:27 AM
The Sandman 25 Oct 21 - 02:49 AM
Senoufou 24 Oct 21 - 05:01 PM
Steve Shaw 24 Oct 21 - 04:14 PM
Steve Shaw 24 Oct 21 - 04:14 PM
punkfolkrocker 24 Oct 21 - 03:54 PM
Bonzo3legs 24 Oct 21 - 03:36 PM
The Sandman 24 Oct 21 - 02:50 PM
peteglasgow 24 Oct 21 - 02:31 PM
Dave the Gnome 24 Oct 21 - 02:25 PM
Nigel Parsons 24 Oct 21 - 01:57 PM
Dave the Gnome 24 Oct 21 - 01:22 PM
Steve Shaw 24 Oct 21 - 12:49 PM
Bonzo3legs 24 Oct 21 - 12:33 PM
Dave the Gnome 24 Oct 21 - 12:18 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 25 Oct 21 - 07:53 AM

On a side issue, if the water companies have been able to pay £2.85 billion per year, the surely the government can afford to pay the companies this to subsidise water rates so each household pays about £114 less per year, and we can all get a £2,280 water charges rebate.   If the water companies pocket it - ie use it the pay higher dividends, then double, and countinue to redouble the subsidy until it reaches the householders. It will be a win win situation - we pay less, and the tory shareholders become rich beyond their wildest dreams - all at the tax-payers expense.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 25 Oct 21 - 07:27 AM

Will members who voted leave/tory please force your children/ grandchildren to bathe at beaches that will be polluted by raw sewage now that the government has legalised dumping of untreated waste into rivers in the UK.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 25 Oct 21 - 02:49 AM

The Greyhound Party, ambivalent, could be about buses, couldbre about what dogs do at a party , what was the old joke about sniffing


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Senoufou
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 05:01 PM

Yes Steve, and you did it twice! :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 04:14 PM

"the only creatures that would benefit from a party led by Bonzo would be Dogs"

Then we'd be in deep doodah and we may even get banned...


See what I did there? :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 04:14 PM

"the only creatures that would benefit from a party led by Bonzo would be Dogs"

Then we'd be in deep doodah and we may even get banned...


See what I did there? :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 03:54 PM

I'd always trust a dog more than a tory...!!!

.. are cat's even that self-centred and cruel...???


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 03:36 PM

How about The Greyhound Party!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 02:50 PM

the only creatures that would benefit from a party led by Bonzo would be Dogs


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: peteglasgow
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 02:31 PM

it was interesting that angela rayner labelled tories as 'misogynistic, homophobe and racist' and no-one seemed to dispute that. it's only when she described people who indulged in that sort of behaviour as 'scum' that folk went all hypocritically, hoity-toity snowflake about it. when you look at all the often very personal abuse that diane abbott (what is a 'master cretin' in this context?) and jeremy corbyn have taken it is ridiculous for the right wing press and others to be so mock offended. she was correct i reckon - i've often heard the tories as described as far worse. i reckon ridicule is more effective than abuse - but either is fair enough


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 02:25 PM

You may notice, Nigel, that personalities were not mentioned in the text you quote, just the party. If you look into what the parties stand for, the Conservatives are the party that believe capital is the most important part of the economic equation while the Labour Party, as you may guess, believe labour is more important. At its most basic, the Tories do, by policy, believe that profit is more important than people. While there may well be some good Tories, the overall party policy is as described.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 01:57 PM

The Tory party is the party of self-interest, the party of the pursuit of money and privilege, the party of austerity only for the weakest in society and the party of devil-take-the-hindmost.

There may be some in the Conservative Party for which that is true, but not all by any means.
I am sure there are also those in the Labour Party, and in the unions, whose main aim is to feather their own nests.

If you truly believe what you say then you probably also agree with Angela Rayners comments.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 01:22 PM

Then Bonzo pops up and reminds us what the real problems are :-)

Do you hate all strong women, Bonzo? You must be very insecure!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 12:49 PM

I didn't say it was wrong, Dave, but it does contain a few flaws.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 12:33 PM

Do you honestly imagine I could support a party with the likes of the evil tongued Angela Rayner, and master cretin Diane Abbott?????????????


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 12:18 PM

No pots or problems from me, Steve. Until I see a good and understandable explanation of why the summary in the article is wrong, I shall continue to believe it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 12:12 PM

Not here and now, Dave. Enough pots at me for one day, thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 12:09 PM

"You have to wonder why some people wonder why some erudite people end up being Tories..."

The Tory party is the party of self-interest, the party of the pursuit of money and privilege, the party of austerity only for the weakest in society and the party of devil-take-the-hindmost. And Bonzo is a supporter! Says it all...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 11:58 AM

From The Observer.

Why aren’t we in prison, ask Insulate Britain protesters & some mudcat members

"Climate protest group Insulate Britain has revealed its “absolute disbelief” that its members have been allowed to repeatedly disrupt the motorway network, saying it had originally expected its campaign of direct action to last just two days.

As the group prepares for a fresh wave of protests this week, organisers admit they are baffled over why the police have effectively allowed them to keep closing major routes."


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

It's not my article, Steve! I only posted the link :-) There may be some flaws in it but it is the best I have seen and until I see something better, I shall follow the advice given there. If you want to see the background to the summary given in the article there is a fuller and more scientific piece here

It is beyond my secondary school science lessons but if you would like to read it and refute it in plain terms, I am happy to listen. Going back to an earlier point though, I think I will continue to wear the mask just to annoy Boris :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 10:04 AM

You have to wonder why some people wonder why some erudite people end up being Tories...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 09:58 AM

perhaps they see it as a way of bettering themselves getting on in the worlfd achieving fame and or money after all they are the establishment party


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 09:57 AM

Because they are fed up with the likes of that vile witch Angela Raynor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 09:39 AM

For those who enjoy the rarefied air of Radio 3 there was an interesting edition of Private Passions today, featuring Rory Stewart talking about his life (as well as giving us his choice of music). He's done a lot of diverse and interesting things, including walking across Nepal, Afghanistan and Iran and standing for the Tory leadership and the post of mayor of London. He's now completely fallen out of politics and he is scathing about Boris Johnson. "He's not on my Christmas list..."

You have to wonder why some erudite people end up being Tories...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 09:28 AM

You really can’t help some people, can you. They’re just too ‘clever’, I guess. Oh well, I tried…


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 09:03 AM

Utter tosh from a bloke who has trouble reading plain English!

That's my last word on this. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 08:58 AM

Perhaps it would be better for forum-harmony if you didn’t constantly spray your accusations around using your signature broad-brush technique, Steve. Your generalisations, presented by you in your standard ‘I know better than you’’ manner, tend to become very tiresome indeed, and generalisations, by their very nature, are seldom accurate.

It might also be worth your giving some consideration to the fact that there are others here who know stuff, and whose opinions are worth at least as much as your own.

Just a friendly suggestion, in the interests of peace and harmony…


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 08:42 AM

Gosh, two of you in a row misreading! I said "typical mask-abuser," not "typical mask-wearer." Easy, tigers!


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 08:24 AM

Correction: I’m not ‘prickly’ at all Steve! Far from it - I’m determined not to let your persistence and determination to ‘win’ at all costs get up my nose, hence my willingness to allow you the last word.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Raggytash
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 08:24 AM

" And let's say that a typical mask-abuser is infected but doesn't know it. Their mask is contaminated and they're mauling it all the time. That's arguably more dangerous to everyone around than not wearing the thing at all."

I am curious to know why you should consider that mask warers "maul" their mask frequently. I would think a mask wearer (such as myself I should add) would place their mask on their face prior to going into a shop and remove it once they had left the shop.

That is hardly mauling, and if like me, they get home and wash the said mask it is then cleaned for the next time of use.




.................... and before you suggest that they would take it on and off through various shops I would suggest that many, if not most people do all their shopping in one shop, the supermarket.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 07:14 AM

I didn't say you. I said a typical mask-abuser, which you are not. Try not to get all prickly before you've read my post properly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 06:48 AM

But I don’t ‘maul it all the time’, as I’ve already explained. You’re starting your old habit of ignoring what’s been said, or wilfully misinterpreting, in order to try to get the last word (or ‘win’, which seems to be one of the necessities of life for you).

So, the last word’s yours - be my guest….


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 06:38 AM

Whilst I haven't done an extensive study, I should think it's safe to say that you're in a small minority. And let's say that a typical mask-abuser is infected but doesn't know it. Their mask is contaminated and they're mauling it all the time. That's arguably more dangerous to everyone around than not wearing the thing at all.

However.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 06:22 AM

Clean, disposable, properly-fitting mask every time, Steve, and once it’s on, I don’t touch it until I’m outside and removing it, at which time I break the ear-loops, bin it, and sanitise my hands again.

It’s a rigmarole but, if you don’t at least try to do it properly, whatever is the point?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 06:17 AM

It's only a dereliction of duty if the thing you're not doing actually does any good. This is the trouble with this debate...

And, as with all respiratory viruses, transmission via hands and surfaces is important. And those hands might just have been mauling a dirty mask.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 06:11 AM

”Next time you go into Morrisons or Sainsbury's, stand at the entrance for a minute or two and watch how many people sail in there who sanitise neither their hands nor their trolley or basket. We don't know if masks do much but we do know that viruses live on hands and hard surfaces. Those people are potentially contaminating everything they touch in the shop.”

I commented in my post of 23 Oct 21 - 09:08 AM about precisely that, Steve. I use the trolley-sanitiser spray every time I enter Morrison’s or Tesco (we aren’t posh enough to have a Sainsbury’s here in The Backwoods), and I use the hand-sanitiser multiple times while I’m in there. But the C-19 virus’s main transmission method, if you believe ‘The Science’ (and, in the absence of any meaningful, verifiable information elsewhere, I do), is in aerosol so, AFAIC, mask-wearing makes complete sense, so I will continue to do it in all public spaces, whether I’m asked to or not - I regard it as respectful of others, and the civilised thing to do.

If others choose to do the other thing, that’s up to them - nothing I can do about it, and I’m not going to get into public shouting-matches with non-maskers. But, when the inevitable next wave arrives (and it’s cranking-up as we debate the issues here and now), our government of Blame-Shifters won’t be able to accuse me of being one of those whose dereliction to their duties to others has caused it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 05:52 AM

Dave, your article is so full of flaws that it's not possible to see its conclusions as in any way reliable.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 05:52 AM

But is it our job to be vigilantes or is it up to the government to be more consistent.
one thing i will be a vigilante about is opening windows on buses, after all we are supposed to be british, if we are going to do masochism let us do it properly, with a stiff upper lip and enjoy the suffering. increase ventilation everywhere


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 05:30 AM

To be clear, I'm not a rebel and I wear a mask if there's a rule requiring me to do so. There is always a mask in my pocket. One chap in a bike shop said he would deal with the maskless me only if he and I stood outside the shop (I'd forgotten my mask on that occasion). He lost my business. The chap who runs a pet shop in Bude put up signs and asked me politely, so I masked up. No problem. Our village shop is tiny and compact and I haven't stopped masking up to go in there, even though they don't ask me to. They also only want two in the shop at a time. All good. It's their shop and they are polite about it all. Of course, that same mask, which is reasonably clean as I seldom use it, is a few weeks old. So I'm guilty of mask abuse. Along with almost everybody else. Either you use a new mask every time you take one off (and you never have one on that you raise and lower) or you're guilty, bang to rights. Hands up...?

"My position is that I firmly believe everyone should do the socially-responsible thing and wear a mask in public." [BWM]

Well it's socially-responsible in your opinion. My opinion is that the case is very far from having been made. I firmly believe that there isn't enough evidence for masks to justify going round judging people who choose to do without them.

Next time you go into Morrisons or Sainsbury's, stand at the entrance for a minute or two and watch how many people sail in there who sanitise neither their hands nor their trolley or basket. We don't know if masks do much but we do know that viruses live on hands and hard surfaces. Those people are potentially contaminating everything they touch in the shop. People like that, and people who refuse the vaccine, are the real culprits. Whataboutery not intended.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 04:32 AM

backwoodsman, i have no problem with other people wearing masks,i weras them myself where i think necessary
what i do find annoying are idiots who close windows, when it clearly states about leaving them open, these berks would rather catch covid than be cold, why dont they duck off the bus and catch a txi if they do not enjoy being cold.
every twat that closes a window should be made to take a cold shower, to boost their immune system


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 04:09 AM

Good point, DMcG. And I strongly suspect that the government’s purpose in dropping the encouragement to ‘mask-up’ is to strengthen their Blame-Shifting posture when the next wave strikes and, by all the evidence, it’s on its way right now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: The Sandman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 04:06 AM

ventilation is the answer?
perhaps governments need to introduce public works ventialtion schemes which will also boost the economy, and put money into the hands of consumers rather or as well as than pharm companies.
lidl and aldis etc need to start ventilating their stores better churches need to be ventilated, plus all public buildings,


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: DMcG
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 03:57 AM

Another dimension to add into the mask discussions. The government always wants to spread the message that thanks to them we, like Pangloss, live in the best of all possible worlds. All is well, the virus is crushed and we don't need to talk about it. Let's stop the meetings with advisors, and look forward to our great successes.

Mask wearing is a visual reminder that it is not so. Every mask you see says "this is not beaten yet". So the government would prefer all masks to be abandoned for PR reasons, whatever the pros and cons of health.

If you think it is more or less neutral in health terms, why not think of it as the modern equivalent of a label badge or tee shirt criticising the governments approach?


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 03:09 AM

More apologies

Looks too long for the blickifier. C&P it

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-masks-faqs-how-can-cloth-stop-a-tiny-virus-whats-the-best-fabric-do-they-protect-the-wearer-146822


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 03:07 AM

Sorry - here is the link

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-masks-faqs-how-can-cloth-stop-a-tiny-virus-whats-the-best-fabric-do-they-protect-the-wearer-146822


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 03:05 AM

I posted a link in the Covid thread about a scientist proving that viruses in general and Covid in particular are spread by both aerosol droplets of less that 5 microns and much larger droplets of up to 100 microns. The article demonstrated that the virus moved by air much more than they originally thought and because of that I shall continue to wear a mask in enclosed public spaces as much as I can. It is personal choice. I used to think it was just to stop me spreading it. I am now more of the opinion that masks can also be effective in preventing me catching it!

This is round about the best article I have seen on the effectiveness of masks and it is criminally negligent of the government to not make such points clear and available to the general public.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 02:58 AM

dittoish.. I would support compulsory mask wearing on public transport and indoor public places..

But as a pragmatist, realise the aggro this will cause to employees trying to request ignorant self centre aggressive arseholes comply with the rules...


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 01:42 AM

Re-reading my post, perhaps ‘do no harm’ would be better replaced with ‘do least harm’ but, either way, the point is the same…


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 01:17 AM

”The evidence we do have may be seen as leaning in favour of masks, but not enough to make masks compulsory. BWM and pfr argue for personal choice.

Not exactly true, in my case.

What I believe is that, on the basis of not knowing for sure whether masks are effective at preventing transmission, but believing also that mask-wearing is very unlikely to actually aid transmission, it’s better to take the course of ‘do no harm’, and that everyone should wear masks in public spaces. However, I also believe that, without compulsion, a significant majority of people will eschew mask-wearing (borne out by my experiences out and about in my local area) and a sizeable number would still refuse to wear masks even if required by law to do so. Under those circumstances, I regard compulsion as pointless - compulsion is only effective if people obey.

My position is that I firmly believe everyone should do the socially-responsible thing and wear a mask in public. But I have no control over other people’s behaviour, so I see no point in allowing what I perceive as the selfishness of non-mask-wearers to upset my personal equilibrium.

To accept that others will refuse to mask-up is not the same thing as to ‘argue for personal choice’. Close, but not exactly the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 23 Oct 21 - 01:42 PM

The problem with "mask science" is that it isn't possible to set up an ethical control experiment at all, let alone on a large scale (you can hardly order thousands of people to not wear masks for extended periods). All you can do is observe as best you can what people are actually doing or not doing, in their own sweet, uncontrolled ways without oversight from scientists, but even then, your observations aren't able to lead to safe conclusions. For example, if you observe that in one area more people wear masks than in another area, and that the case numbers per capita are lower in that area, it would be unsafe to conclude that the lower numbers were the result of masking up. Just think of all the other variables that get in the way. And think of the stuff I've said about case rates and mask compulsion during the UK's pandemic experience.

I don't argue against masks, but I do argue against compulsion. The evidence we do have may be seen as leaning in favour of masks, but not enough to make masks compulsory. BWM and pfr argue for personal choice. So do I.


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