To confirm the new order, you might take a look at the prime minister’s list of nominations to the House of Lords. Besides his brother Jo, you’ll also spot former advisers, donors, Brexiters, and longtime Johnson pal Evgeny Lebedev, the Russian-born billionaire owner of London’s Evening Standard. It’s all terribly cosy. “It’s a pattern of appointing your mates, that’s the common thread,” says Labour’s Rachel Reeves. When fighting a pandemic, you don’t want “contracts for contacts”, she says; you want to look for “the best people, not whether they voted leave or made donations”. … [Read more...] about It’s taken just 12 months for Boris Johnson to create a government of sleaze
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"The argument is that if we went to the popular vote, candidates would spend all their time in the largest population centers. They would just spend their time in the biggest cities and would ignore the rural areas of the country. It's a little more complicated than that. They ignore vast portions of the rural areas of the country already — it depends on if you are in a rural area in a swing state. Then they pay attention to you," says Kollman. … [Read more...] about US Electoral College: Ensuring representation or arcane filter on democracy?
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One contact tracer said: “Some people are being told by test and trace that they need to self-isolate when their isolation period has been and gone. I rang someone a few days ago to tell them that they were a contact of a confirmed case and therefore needed to self-isolate. But halfway through the call I realised that her self-isolation period began on 31 August.” Test-and-trace records relating to contacts appear to confirm the tracers’ claims. … [Read more...] about Covid-19: UK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdown
Financially I have just about kept going. When you are a freelance you are used to this sort of situation: you have very good months, and then put money aside for when you don’t earn anything. There’s really no money in development in Italy, but the producers wanted to work with me and paid me a little. I have also been filming some interviews for American companies who can’t come to shoot in Italy. Production companies here are not insured for pandemic, so you have to sign a release for if you get ill. Otherwise you won’t work. … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t sleep. I’m afraid to open the post’: Covid’s continued effect for film industry workers