Another week has passed, although you might not know it if you stay in coronavirus limbo.
But yes, seven days have passed, which means seven more days of opportunity for the Conservatives to make some pretty big blunders and / or bad decisions.
Here is a list of 6 horrible things the Conservatives did this week that you might have missed.
And nobody wants that now, do they?
1. When they dramatically failed to launch the Fix Your Bike program
When Boris announced that the government would give cyclists £ 50 vouchers to repair their bikes, as part of a larger ‘health’ campaign (which we’ll get to in a minute), it really seemed like a good idea.
Biking is eco-friendly, an inexpensive alternative mode of transportation (once you’ve managed to get a bicycle), and a form of regular exercise accessible to a wide range of people. However, buying and maintaining a bicycle is expensive. So cutting costs, even a little, is a step towards financial sustainability for many.
Unfortunately, the execution of the idea was less well received.
The launch site of the Fix Your Bike program immediately crashed when it launched on Tuesday, not starting work until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Then it was taken offline after the Department of Transportation announced that it had distributed all the vouchers available at the time – with apparently only 50,000 available.
People began to wonder if the right ones even existed, such was the scarcity of successful applicants. The hashtag #FixYouBikeVoucherScheme has even started to catch on. Not exactly the triumphant deployment Boris had envisioned.
2. When they put in place an obesity program that could push people into food poverty
After recovering from Covid-19, Boris Johnson says he has new life. And part of that is exercise. Johnson believes his weight was a factor in hospitalization for the virus and commissioned a Public Health England study which found a link between ” excess weightt ”and the risk of more serious complications from Covid-19.
The result? Johnson takes the nation on a fitness walk. But the Better Health program, as it was titled, left a bitter taste for many reasons. For starters, people think it throws responsibility for an extended NHS on overweight people by urging them to lose weight to reduce ‘pressure’ on the health service. Second, the measures the regime will introduce have been heavily criticized.
One of the proposed policies is mandatory calorie counting in restaurants – what activists want eating disorder awareness say could increase the prevalence of unhealthy relationships with food and weight for thousands.
Another is to remove “BOGOF” offers on items “high in fat and sugar”, which critics say could push low income families further into food poverty. Talk to BBC, Sue Eustace, director of public affairs for the Advertising Association, also said the measure would have “little effect” on obesity but could have a financial impact on struggling businesses trying to recover from the pandemic .
In addition, doctors will be given “incentives” to refer people to weight loss organizations, like Weight Watchers, despite diet being proven doesn’t work as a long-term weight loss solution – and only targets visible fat as a measure of health, when that’s not accurate either.
3. When they authorized the use of free meal vouchers at Waitrose, but not at Lidl
Boris and his colleagues seem to really hate giving thumbs up to families struggling to feed themselves this summer. After being forced to turn around to do away with the free meal vouchers (which are only worth £ 15) altogether, the vouchers were revealed to be restrictive in other ways.
MPs have been accused of being ‘detached from reality’ as the system’s initial design flaws turned out to mean it could be used in high-end supermarkets like Waitrose and M&S – but not in more affordable options like Lidl or Aldi, where they could buy more.
According to a report of the Commons Environment and Food Committee, this meant that a third of the children in the program bigger food insecurity in the first month of it.
Stephanie Wood, CEO of the charity School Food Matters, said:
A lot of people are really angry that DfE chose the Big Six supermarkets by default, two of which are really irrelevant when it comes to low-income families: Marks & Sparks and Waitrose.
4. When the government changed the quarantine rules while many people were on vacation
The Conservative government had made a big deal out of its “airlift” program, designed to allow people to travel abroad after the worst of the first wave of the coronavirus had passed.
And once permission was given, people jumped at the chance to leave the UK on vacation, especially to popular European hotspots like Spain, which didn’t require them to quarantine for two. weeks upon their return.
Many Brits flocked to the Canary and Balearic Islands for some sunshine. But with a “second wave” of coronavirus hitting mainland Spain, the government decided to tighten the rules, announcing on Saturday that all tourists currently in Spanish territories would be subject to a two-week quarantine upon their return.
The move has been heavily criticized for having blinded tourists who may not be able to stay at home for two weeks, due to their jobs or other factors. Ditto, there are calls from Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to modify the “general” quarantine rules for the Spanish islands like Ibiza, which were much less affected by the “peak” of cases. So much for rest and relaxation.
5. When Boris Johnson repeatedly lied about child poverty levels
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken the tour, proudly saying that since taking office, the level of child poverty in the UK has fallen. Yet, according to the Office for Statistics Regulation’s statistics watchdog, this is not true.
Johnson a repeatedly claimed there are “400,000 fewer families living in poverty than in 2010”. But the OSR says it is “incorrect”.
In a letter to Coalition to End Child Poverty,who initially called for the statistics to be investigated, OSR chief executive Ed Humpherson said:
Our team has investigated the statements you highlight (and have come to the same conclusion that these statements are incorrect).
Labor has since called on Johnson to ‘correct himself’. Will he? Hmm, what does his background suggest?
6. When they announced new lockdown rules at 9 p.m. the day before Eid
Has anyone spoken to the government about this little thing called “timing”? Late Thursday night, they decided to announce that large parts of northern England – including Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and Lancashire – were going to be subject to stricter foreclosure rules at from midnight Thursday. With Leicester, people living in the highlighted areas can now no longer meet people from other households inside. It ranges from jumping for a cup of tea to not meeting at the pub.
This came into effect on Eid Al-Adha, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar for British Muslims, many of whom live in the affected areas. For those in need of a rough comparison, it’s like telling people who celebrate Christmas at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve that they can’t visit people in other homes on December 25. Devastating. And given the advance warning given to people for other policies such as mandatory masks, people are being labeled as “completely detached” from the public that the Conservatives are supposed to rule.