Fandango’s One Word Challenge (22 October 2020)

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for Fandango’s One Word Challenge(FOWC), alleviate.

There is this really strange story going on in the UK for about the last week. I’ll just report it briefly, and you can form an opinion for yourself. You can imagine several alleviates going on, so I feel justified in using it to answer the prompt.

COVID in the UK is getting worse, and the government has announced a three-tier system, with restrictions increasing, tier on tier. There are arguments about how useful this system is, but that is beside the point today.

The government (who hold both the numbers and the purse-strings) have decided that some areas are so bad, they should go from their current tier to the next one up.

The areas are pushing back. In particular, Manchester.

Why? Because, to each area, the government is offering a compensation package in return for greater restrictions. The areas are saying “it’s not enough”.

Now, I have no idea whether it is or isn’t enough. The one thing that was reinforced was that it is all about money.

Meanwhile, the virus marches on.

image from the UK government web site,

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

9 thoughts on “Fandango’s One Word Challenge (22 October 2020)”

    1. That’s madness – for my money there should be two tiers, safe and unsafe. I saw on the news they sent a camera crew out: “do you know what tier you’re in?” and “do you know what that means?” and, aside from people not having a clue, it is treated like a f’in gameshow.

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    1. Don’t unnastan none of it. There was the protestant-catholic thing in the land of banshees. Now I read of Scotland all but literally up in arms over the big island’s holding Scotland in slavery. Now there’s a three-tier, five tier bamboozle afoot? Hey! You been watching the states? Seen how real clowns do it? That didn’t learn you nothin?

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  1. It’s the north south divide again. Areas of the north of England have more people on the poverty line than the south.

    The mayor of Manchester asked for extra financial support for the very lowest paid workers those who receive the bare minimum wage, people who have nothing to fall back on. He was concerned that many would be unable pay rent and buy food.

    He also feels that the government is out of touch with the north of England.

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    1. I saw a comment today in my local newspaper, along the lines “It’s only a big deal because we are paying it so much attention. If we ignore it, it will go away”. So Trump is not the only one, but perhaps is a figurehead.

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