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    How has India managed to avoid a second wave of infection until now?

    Endless exponential growth would never happen in the real world anyway, for one thing the population not infinite. You also need to consider the effects of herd immunity. Predictions of infection rates growing exponentially ad infinitum without intervention are totally absurd. The reference...
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    Vaccine Progress, Approval, and Deployment

    The second dose should always be the same as the first dose you had, so you shouldn't have been offered anything else.
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    Step 3 confirmed for 17th May

    Doesn't the legislation requiring masks on public transport expire before then anyway? In that case removing the requirement in all settings except public transport makes sense given that there will be no requirement on public transport anyway because the legislation has already expired.
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    Step 3 confirmed for 17th May

    Apart from public transport, isn't that a list of all the settings it was required anyway? That list is certainly not "a few settings", it sounds like the statement "social distancing will become a Personal choice" has so many exceptions that it is meaningless. "Business settings" is so wide...
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    Vaccine Progress, Approval, and Deployment

    Not really an issue if everyone vulnerable has been vaccinated, which they will have been by the time it gets to the 14-17 age group anyway. Why is 14 any less arbitrary than 18?
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    Where did it all go wrong for The Liberal Democrats ?

    How do you consider what you quoted to "disagree with this implication that Tim Farron was homophobic"? You literally quoted a long list of incidents of him voting against LGBT rights or expressed homophobic views.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    No it doesn't, because the link between cases and hospital admissions has been broken by vaccination of the vulnerable groups.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    Who said that? It sounds like a strawman to me, which is not helpful to the rational discussion you claim to be "fine with".
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    You are forgetting that "businesses and the wider economy" are not something separate to individuals, they consist of individuals. A functional economy is necessary for individuals to be able to earn a living to pay for the things they need to stay alive.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    This "cautions and safe approach" is destroying people's livelihoods, tearing families apart and trashing people's social lives and recreation. This is not "cautions and safe", it is recklessly trampling over all those things.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    It's an awful long time relative to the things that matter in life, such as how long someone's overdraft can last without any income, how long someone can survive without food or shelter because they are unable to earn a living, how long they can wait to see loves ones etc. It's not "relative...
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    No one's patience is infinite, nor should it be. We have been told to "have some patience" for well over a year now, is it any surprise that many people's patience has run out after so long? "7 more weeks" is hardly "nearly over", it's an awful long time to wait for basic freedom, particularly...
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    Noel Clarke alleged to be a sexual predator by 20 women

    That is not the legal process. Due process requires the evidence to be presented and reviewed in a court before a verdict can be passed, not merely a number of unsubstantiated allegations. Whether someone is a "household name" is irrelevant to the legal process.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    Are you looking at the figures by reporting date? These are not an accurate indication of the trend as the reporting lag is not consistent. The right figures to look at at are by date of death, accepting that the most recent few days are likely to be incomplete.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    What are your criteria for ending this "for now" and no longer needing to be "cautious"? If even the whole adult population being vaccinated is not enough to satisfy you that these restrictions are no longer needed what exactly will it take?
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    If you don't want the barbaric restrictions to end even after even after not only everyone vulnerable, but the entire adult population, has been offered a vaccine, when exactly do you think all restrictions should end and people should actually be allowed to have a life?
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    Given that Labour's failure was not standing up to the Tories, that's hardly a selling point for the Tories.
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    You claim to be genuinely sorry, yet you still call the decision which has caused all that damage "necessary and right" without question. Do you not think that the damage caused should have been considered before making that decision, and is a strong reason to question whether the decision...
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    22nd February - Roadmap out of the pandemic, lifting of restrictions.

    "Everyone was afraid of" is an exaggeration. I know I for one was not, I saw the sensationalised scaremongering in the media for what it was.

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