I am fear of our democracy and I am asking my MP to not vote through today’s bill whcih will stop MPs voting remotely during this pandemic.
I have never written such an impassioned letter to my MP before. This feels like a tipping point and if we go over it, it will take a long time to crawl back up.
Yesterday I wrote to my MP, asking 2 very specific questions based on the government guidance.
From the government guidance I studied yesterday, it appears that if the person (who died of Coivd) had a test that was sent out to the home, then that death would not be counted as Covid. It appeared that only tests done in person and sent to government labs would be counted. I needed clarification because it is not clear in the guidance.
I asked two specific questions, the answers to which would clear up whether or not those deaths are included and this is the answer I got back. I will let you judge for yourself about how clear that answer is!
I wrote back again with a quick email saying that the letter had not answered my questions and that I would appreciate if she would answer the questions.
I have tried to get my head around the govt documents on Covid tests (Pillars!), cases and deaths today. I have two key questions and I have written to my MP to answer them.
I recommend browsing through them because you will see for yourself that testing is divided up amongst providers and that is worth knowing.
Depending on the answers, it could mean that some people dying of Covid will not get included in the official figures.
Anyhow, here’s my letter.
I have recorded a video and written a blog post specifically about the Treatment Escalation discussions I have had with my Mum and that the DNR discussions came up as part of those treatment plans. I think I experienced excellent support in these discussions so I wanted to share the good practice and the key questions to ask.
Video and Blog post here.
After finding out that some people are being pressurised into signing DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) forms, going through the process (well) with my Mum’s care home, I thought would share how these decisions should be made so that people are equipped to fight their corner if necessary.
Also care Homes are being asked to take on a role as part of the Health Service but are not being given adequate back up. I have taken this up with my MP.
Latest blog post.
Latest blog post as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds
Too much is being left to the individual in the UK. We need to:#TestTraceIsolate
- Test (even people with mild symptoms) ;
- Trace (all those in contact with those who test +ve);I
- Isolate WITH SUPPORT
as per WHO advice.
Here’s my emailto my MP.
Please write to yours. We need to flood inboxes and we need to do it today.
I processed the press briefing from Number 10 yesterday and how that impacts my family and others.
I am particularly perturbed by the untested protocols of ‘herd immunity’ in the context of a pandemic.
So with vaccination, the weakest are protected with herd immunity but in a pandemic, the weakest will most likely die. That means the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Click here for the whole blog post.
My personal thoughts and research on the Coronavirus pandemic in my latest blog post.
I found an article on Twitter which listed medications that could be at risk in the event of a No Deal. My mum’s medications are on that list. The Dept for Health tweeted saying that the list was not from an official source.
Are they therefore saying that they can guarantee those medicines that are on that list?
I also came across an article where people in the pharmaceutical industry involved with planning for No Deal had questions about transportation unanswered. Have those questions been answered yet?
I have put those questions with links to the articles in a letter to my MP, Sheryll Murray
I have also written to Channel 4 news and the Guardian to investigate the validity of that list and to see if the logistics questions have been answered.
Information to suggest there is something to be very worried about keeps being leaked out. We need specific answers not bland reassurances.
Dear Sheryll Murray
As you know, I and many others have sent you well researched and referenced letters since the referendum raising our concerns and asking you to consider your position on Brexit.
Your responses have been along the lines that it would be anti-democratic to stop Brexit.
We have responded in turn with our evidence for why the referendum was not democratic and the way that Brexit has been played out so far is very far from democratic.
Some of these letters and your responses can be found on my blog: https://foreuropeopenletters.com/
Today an unelected Prime Minister is requesting prorogation of Parliament by the Queen in order to push through a No Deal Brexit.
No Deal was never talked about in the referendum by either of the Leave campaigns (other than to say that it would never happen, as well as we would easily get a great deal). This is well documented. There is no mandate for No Deal.
We are clearly watching a coup unfold before our very eyes and if you support this, you are part of it. Did ‘take back control’ actually mean ‘pretend to give control to the people but take it away from them and their elected MPs and give it entirely to an executive, the leader of which was unelected by the general population’?
This is no longer just about leaving or staying in the EU. This is about the fundamentals of our democratic structure in this country. A country that people used to look up to as an example of good governance and democratic principles.
Whatever your position on Brexit, Parliament should be part of this process.
Closing parliament is an act of Tyranny. Please do what you can to stop this today.
Link to page with letter here
I kept this one short but not sweet. It boils down to whether we respect basic human decency or we respect hierarchy and power.