This is what Boris has been doing wrong for weeks; giving unclear
instructions. Everyone will say that it’s essential that they go to work,
whether they’re a nurse, bricklayer, or pizza delivery boy. A few days of
continuing chaos will prevail before he forced to make another
proclamation. Oh, and Brexit will be delayed by May.
I don’t have a care in the world, mate. Bills well covered, and I’ll be
Plague Immune in a few days to boot. No vaccine for 18 months they say,
though, so you’re nailing your front door shut till September 2021 then,
On 23/03/2020 21:33, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have seen nothing about "essential work". Only the Mayor's statement
which echoes the PM's "travelling to and from work, but only where this
is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home".
I've yet to see any legislation (draft or otherwise) of the powers for
police to enforce that. But I suspect it won't have a definition of
"necessary" in the sense of an exhaustive list or a formula. There are
too many variables. I expect much will be left to the ordinary meaning
in the context of the purpose. So e.g. cleaners travelling to clean
hospitals, milk bottling plants and buses would be "necessary" but
cleaners travelling to clean private homes probably not. (The
"probably" is there 'cos there's bound to be exceptions to that: e.g.
the homeowner is a disabled asthma sufferer allergic to dust.)
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
According to tonight's announcement its is permissible to got o work if
it is essential and you can't work from home.
Some reporters (wrongly imo) interpreted that as meaning if your work
was "essential", whereas I take it to mean if you cannot work from home
you can go to work as it is then essential to doing your job.
That was my impression. Why do we pay for a Civil Service if there is
no office boy who can predict this ambiguity and nail it in the
announcement? This has been the problem all along - for instance
there was nothing in the previous instructions to stop people all
migrating 300 miles for a mass assault on Snowdon. The draughtsmen may
have thought it obvious but they did not *make it clear*.
Bunch of amateurs - have they never thought about how to write an
unambiguous office memo?
Because it's a deliberate political fudge.
If people tried to interpret it too strictly then everything would
grind to a halt.
Whereas if people interpret it to loosely, then not so much will grind
to a halt and the politicIans can then blame people for getting infected.
While actually enforcing it is made even more impossible if a sufficient
number of tbe people who would be enforcing it are self isolating
as advised by the government.
That's how democrarcy works. In a democracy people can blame the
politicians they elected for not solving probems to which there
are no really satisfactoiry solutions. Only compromises and
fudges, offered by the more convincing liars which may or may
not fool sufficient of the people for enough of the time.
Basically the more a country is in decline - or in the shit
economically the more this becomes apparent.
I generally am not averse to likely conspiracy theories; but I really
find it hard to believe the government has decided to halt all
"non-essential" industrial and commercial activity without saying so, or
indeed defining "non-essential"; and doubly incredible that it intends
to do it by democratic pedal vote of individual employees (and perhaps
patrolling police officers) as to whether they 'feel' that their
employer is doing essential work.
The only sane interpretation of the instruction is that people should
carry on working if fit to do so and their employer is offering work;
and that they should go to their workplace if home work is not
practicable after negotiation with their employer. The word
"essential" is just an egregious piece of mis-drafting.
You could be right, but I prefer the incompetence rather than conspiracy
PS do you think Dominic Cummings is arrogant enough to have drafted this
himself, despite all the obvious pitfalls of not thoroughly checking
The PM's actual words were: "travelling to and from work, but only where
this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home".
The https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus website has "Only go outside for
food, health reasons or essential work".
On Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:57:17 UTC, email@example.com wrote:
e if there is
The actual 6-page document has this wonderful sentence:
"People must not consumer food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafes or p
ubs whilst waiting for takeaway food, "
Yes, ungrammatical and ends, oddly, with a comma. As if something else was
meant to be there.
I was thinking "what a strange thing to do", but then I remembered an
Indian restaurant where I did a walk-in takeaway order (not phoned in
advance) that tried to sell me pint of lager while I waited in
reception. It must be the "hanging around socialising with the
barman/waiter" that they want to stop.
A surplus "r" and a comma instead of a stop are very much the kind of
slip I was known to make after 7 day weeks with 4 hours sleep a night.
You may be further disappointed to know that the civil service neither
hangs nor flogs around departments for such offences.
I'd be interested to know of anyone who fails to grasp the meaning of
the text with the errors but does without them.
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
Perhaps it was intentional. I would never have seen that "People must
not consume food or drinks on site..." had you not pointed it out.
I have used such tactics with signs. It makes people stop and thnik,
hopefully so they read the message more than once.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.