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    Return to normality - a double edged sword?

    Offshoring gets harder the higher the value the work is. Some jobs may go overseas but the low hanging fruit went a long time ago and the trend has been reversed in recent years due to more focus on quality. Jobs that are more cost effective to do overseas already are. The vast majority of...
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    Return to normality - a double edged sword?

    In the vast majority of office jobs you would be found out very quickly if you didn't turn up. For instance if I am not logged into Skype my manager knows either I am having IT problems or I am not working. Many office jobs inherently leave a digital paper trail e.g. entering stuff onto systems...
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    Return to normality - a double edged sword?

    There does seem to be a lot of people who need to see things in very black and white terms. Just because its possible doesn't mean its the most productive or best value for money. Many employers of office based staff are planning a mix. I agree it really depends on the nature of the work and...
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    Return to normality - a double edged sword?

    This is only a problem for jobs that can be done at very efficiently with full time home working. There are other issues around quality and data protection. The vast majority of people currently working from home full time will be back in the office part of the week at some point. My guess would...
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    The BBC, what sort of future does it have? (funding, activities etc)

    The middle ground would be copying countries that have a TV / media / news tax on property but limit it to public service stuff. E.g. £40 a year for every home collected through council tax system would give about £1bn of income. If people want entertainment, drama etc they could subscribe to...
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    Trivia: How many countries with a land border with at least one other have no cross-border passenger rail service?

    There is a limited service on the section that has opened (Kaunas, Lithuania into Poland). No direct service from Warsaw. The coach services in the Baltics are good and they will provide tough competition. Rail Baltica is 85% paid by the EU therefore should get built, its not reliant on the...
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    What if herd immunity can't be reached with a vaccine, as too many refuse to have it?

    Don't forget that the risk to some groups from Covid-19 is very high. If you have major health problems or are very old then its worth having the vaccine even if its been rushed. I would probably want to wait a bit and see if any problems emerge.
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    Scotland could welcome back train building for first time in decades

    Research and Development centre in Chesterfield going ahead regardless of contracts, with about 350 jobs being created. Sounds like they will try to poach some Bombardier staff from Derby. Talgo have a shot at HS2 contract but I wouldn't bet on the factory being built.
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    Transpennine Route Upgrade and Electrification updates, CP6

    Isn't ECML to Church Fenton only 5 miles? Its something but not much!
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    Transpennine Route Upgrade and Electrification updates, CP6

    I am still unsure what work has been authorised to work until completion! Is it just one stretch of wiring and the rest is planning and enabling works?
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    What if herd immunity can't be reached with a vaccine, as too many refuse to have it?

    Yellow fever style certificates for entry into countries will probably become normal if / when a vaccine is ready. It would be difficult to demand British citizens and existing non citizen residents quarantining on return to the UK if they are not vaccinated. It would face legal challenges and...
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    Air bridges with European countries given "green light"

    The answer I suspect is until you are really need to travel for personal reasons and you don't know when that will be. There is a huge difference between a few months and years. On your previous point about Leeds - many of those shops wouldn't reopen if covid-19 disappeared tomorrow. If the UK...
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    Air bridges with European countries given "green light"

    How long would you be prepared to tolerate not seeing your family in England unless you are prepared to quarantine for 14 days on return to Isle of Man? I suspect there will be people is Isle of Man with no love ones off the island who would support status quo even for a couple of years or more...
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    Air bridges with European countries given "green light"

    How do your address the Ireland problem with banning foreign travel? They need to copy us or we would need to cut off Northern Ireland or seal the border. Offices are increasingly reopening on a part time basis. The majority of office workers like working from home some of the time, the old...
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    Air bridges with European countries given "green light"

    Buses, trains and trams in Greater Manchester are almost back to normal frequencies. Shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, gyms amd leisure centres have reopened. Apart from a very small number of people, masking wearing should be no more than a nuisance. Almost all of the adaptations to daily life...

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