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  1. Barbe bleu

    NCFC to furlough staff

    Why is it an odd claim? The taxpayer will be paying 80% of the wages. The same money could instead go on other public services, including the NHS. Ok, I perhaps should have said the NHS and other public services like I have before but the point is the same.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    As a last resort I would agree that the scheme should be used. But this scheme takes money away from the NHS. I would feel more comfortable if we went on to it only after all other options were explored. I very much doubt they were. As to what webber said, he said very little. Its unfair to criticise players, the club cannot spend what it doesnt have and we'll discuss this appears to be the summary. I'd have preferred- all the execs have talen a pay cut. We've discussed this with the players and if we can avoid the scheme and keep the business afloat we absolutely will.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    The point was made that footballers pay a lot of tax and, implicitly, that the lesser paid amongst us should all be grateful. I was making the counter-point that is the wealth was more evenly spread out the total tax take would be much the same and it might be better spent.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    BBC news reporting that watford general closed due to oxygen system failure. Not related to demand
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    Corona Virus main thread

    So boris isn't lying and is following advice then?
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    Corona Virus main thread

    What is this a chart of? It looks hopeful though!
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    Corona Virus main thread

    I have not read the original source material. I read the graph as admissions minus recovery minus deaths. So a negative figure means the wards are emptying. I have perhaps misread Ricardo's followup as hintimg at the idea that this graph shows changes in rates of admission. The author could have labelled the axis.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    Ah ok. I had read that as more people are leaving hospital than arriving. If I was right it would have meant that a) hospitals were getting emptied and b) recovery and discharge was outstripping new admissions
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    Corona Virus main thread

    I hope so! It would be consistent with the claim that community transmission rate might now be less than one. Question now would the be how many are now immune as that will probably inform when we start relaxing the lockdown.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    I'm open minded about our relative success in dealing with this. Perhaps the government has been uniquely incompetent. But just saying that our government is useless because Germany has more PPE only begins to be an argument if there is evidence that Germany has mastered its PPE requirements and I am not sure that this has yet been proven.
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    Corona Virus main thread

    Testing certainly and hopefully this is going to prove beneficial to them in the long run. Ventilators, yes there high base makes them more resilient. Whether we run out of ventilators remains to be seen. Is Germany doing much better on PPE? The the following appears in a report on DW.com on 30 march. "The shortages have already become apparent at many clinics and hospitals in Germany, whose health system usually ranks as among the world's best. Many procurement directors have reported having no choice but to attempt to sterilize and re-use masks as they search desperately for suppliers."
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    Corona Virus main thread

    I've not read too much about PPE that is recent, I'll look out for it as your description is of a problem that is only half solved (although I am realistic in my expectations of a complete solution in unprecedented circumstances). What about the other big issue, ventilators. I understand that the original capacity is still proving adequate, for how long I do not know. Where are we on the call to arms delivering the kit?
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    If the money was diverted away from players and into the pockets of non-playing staff (or elsewhere) the tax take would still be £500,000,000 as the non playing staff still pay income tax and NI and they will pay duties and VAT on purchases etc. Sure international luxury brands might take a hit but is that really a big problem if it means a family or ten are not worrying day to day about how they pay their bills?
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    Corona Virus main thread

    Dont let bill hear you say that your prior politics influences your current opinion! Anyway, do we have enough PPE in the right place now ?
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    Corona Virus main thread

    Where are we with PPE now? It seems that the criticisms have abated, but us this because the supply issues have been resolved or because the media attention has changed? Do care homes have enough?
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