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Member since Dec 2013 • Last active Apr 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Things getting tense at Scrabble Towers. I've had 2kg of beans sat at the Twickenham sorting office since Tuesday seemingly not moving. Now down to my last 150g .... Don't make me risk sainsburys in the hope they have some of their niceish beans!

    Anyone else struggling to get things through the post? I imagine the sorting office is madness. Hard to know what the right thing to do is - support small business, but add strain to the postal system, or just endure supermarket beans for a bit.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I think harsh, and not very golf club.

    Fyi, solar powered auto chicken coop doors don't have to be fancy. Here's 7 minutes of your life you can spend not staring at the wall:

    https://youtu.be/fX6rSd_Ql-E

  • in COVID-19
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    Think I've worked it out -

    You can leave your house to get essential supplies.

    These could be from a business listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2 (the only businesses that should be open for you to visit)

    However, you could also be getting essential supplies from somewhere else that isnt a business, and this should also be allowed. Could be an allotment, or a friend or contact who is able to supply you with essential things.

    Thats why you can leave your house for essentials "including" visiting those businesses, but not only for visiting those businesses.

  • in COVID-19
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    I think it must be - the businesses in Part 3 Schedule 2 are those that are allowed to remain open, as they are deemed "essential".

    As a result, 6(2)a permits you to leave your house to visit those businesses.

    It wouldn't be much use if you allowed Bargain Booze to remain open, but then also made it unclear if leaving your house to go to Bargain Booze could be deemed illegal, as it's not "necessary".

    The whole of article 6 really is a dogs dinner - it reads like you can only visit them to get money...

  • in COVID-19
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    I know one of the reasons its so bad is that it was done in a hurry, but I'd have thought the civil service's top legal bods would have been all over this SI. I work on legislation in the civil service (IANAL) and even with the standard legal team they are very good at helping us spot and work through loopholes.

    I'm surprised its so shit. It's not the government drafting this stuff, so I'm disappointed in the civil service really.

  • in COVID-19
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    Ha - see edit.

    I'd argue, if you left knowing you would go on to the bbq (even via the butchers) you're still banged to rights, but then its mad we even have to argue about this interpretation. How did no one spot this when it was drafted?

  • in COVID-19
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    You're right, the direct restriction on gatherings is only in public places (Article 7),

    However, if you have left your house to attend a bbq at someone elses house, you will have contravened elements of Article 6, so the gathering would still be illegal*.

    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020­/350/pdfs/uksi_20200350_en.pdf

    edit* there is the loop hole however that argues that if you initially leave your house to go to the shop (legal), but then while out, get a whatsapp from a mate asking if you want to come round for a beer and a burger, you technically are permitted by the law to do just that, as you didn't leave your house for that reason initially, and the act of leaving your house is the only thing that is specifically restricted.

    I'd suggest this is a perverse interpretation, but is an example of why poor legislative drafting can be a major headache down the line.

  • in COVID-19
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    But no law will have an impact if there is almost no enforcement.

    I think the most important part of the new laws are the ones banning gatherings, yet all we've heard in the news is how the police have been enforcing the unnecessary travel part - road checkpoints in Cumbria and drones over the peaks. This (i'd guess) is the easiest to do, but has the lowest impact on preventing transmission.

    The police should be focusing on gatherings.

    It's Orwellian, but on Sunday, I would not be bothered if they got the drones and police helicopter out to check out people's back gardens for illicit bbqs. Easy to spot if someone has more than the direct family in attendance, and a simple job to go knock on their door and break it up. Discouraging gatherings has to be top priority IMO.

  • in COVID-19
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    Here's my take.

    There are two reasons restrictions will increase -

    1. If the death rate keeps climbing government needs to be seen to be doing something. Increasing restrictions is much easier than magicking up 10,000 ventilators / 100,000 tests.

    2. Increasing restrictions keeps the general population focused on the problem at hand.

    I think the main theme of further restriction will be on distance from home. You will only be allowed to the nearest supermarket/pharmacy. Perhaps outdoor exercise will be limited to a couple of miles from your front door.

    The second element will have some effect. While people riding their bikes 20 miles from home are not an epidemiological risk, the wider impact of tightening restrictions will help reinforce the whole idea of the necessity of social distancing amongst the population, just at the time people might have started to relax, had the current restrictions remained in place.

    Sunday is going to be a media shit storm as everyone goes out to enjoy 20 degree's and sunshine for the first time in forever.

    If I was in Government, I'd be tempted to ramp it up tonight...or at least put out some stark warnings out particularly focused on gatherings - that's where the transmission is going to be happening.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Can you wheelie consistently? Apparently learning to wheelie first helps you learn the balance point and brake control you need to for manuals.

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