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I have just the tiniest feeling that things are moving back to normal. There is definitely more traffic and the buses which pass my gate seem fuller. I wonder where people are going in them though, as Bromley Town Centre is still a ghost town and pubs, cafes and restaurants aren’t open.

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I totally back the Chancellor’s efforts to keep people in jobs and am saddened that, even so, many people fall outside the various schemes.  I know that from my postbag. 

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I don’t think I had honestly noticed the term fake news before Donald Trump started trumpeting it at his press conferences when asked on subjects he did not like. But it has always been around. Fake news in the United States is often called yellow journalism.

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Over the last 7 weeks absolute adherence to the scientific advice of how to tackle Coronavirus has become a bit of a sacred cow which cannot be challenged.  The mantra was ‘Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives’ was it not?  Most certainly it featured prominent at the top of the speaking stand

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As far as I am concerned if and when the first child goes back to school so do I to Westminster. How can MPs do otherwise? It would be so wrong. Parliament must find a way of dealing with social distancing in Westminster. I cannot stay at home if kids are going out to school.

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The House of Commons is sitting (not)! Well a handful of MPs socially distancing might be but the vast majority dial in from their homes right across the country.

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I have been challenged quite a few times (by e mail) about what the ‘Stay Alert’ slogan, introduced by Boris Johnson on Sunday evening, really means. The originators of those mails have suggested that the words ‘Stay Alert’ are ‘meaningless’, ‘shallow’ and ‘unclear’. Well I beg to differ.

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Yesterday morning I took part in a weekly Coronavirus Management Conference with the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Executive of Bromley Council together with a few of their staff. Other local MPs were on the call too.


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With his speech to the Nation the Prime Minister has cautiously changed the conditions of lockdowna little.

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It’s quite difficult to gauge the mood of the people sometimes but maybe the most accurate way at the moment is by opinion polls.  I understand too that gathering information for polls has not been too difficult during lockdown so their accuracy may not have been much affected by lockdown.