The numbers vaccinated are growing daily, and now the science has indicated that delaying the second jab for up to three months is equally effective. This advancement makes it possible to protect twice as many individuals against the virus in the early weeks, than originally planned.
As the first jab gives 89% protection, this development is spectacularly positive. Perhaps the likes of Dame Joan Bakewell who is publicly complaining that she feels hard done by, should be more considerate to others.
Whatever happened to the British Bull Dog Spirit when grouchy old bats like Dame Joan let the side down?
All my elderly friends are made of stronger stuff as they are only too happy to delay their second dose so others can share the benefit.
More good news for shoppers, as leaving the EU makes it possible to increase the upper limit on contactless payments from £45 to £100. A step away from European Commission’s rules, which could also help reduce the spread of covid-19.
Encouraging reports for livestock farmers as statistics show that in 2020 red meat sales were up by £439m. Trade across the country show an increase of beef sales by 26.9%, with the trade through independent butchers almost double the national average at 49.1%. Pork trade was up 24.2%, and lamb sales by 24.9%.
How nice to see farming has attracted young entrepreneurs such as William Banham aged 13. He set up his own business raising a small flock of sheep on land he rents from a local farmer in Dorset. William, who is not from a farming background, at the age of six started attending a local farm to learn all he could about sheep, before starting his business aged 12.
He rears his lambs until they are ready to go to slaughter, and has a healthy attitude in accepting their destiny. The meat and skins are marketed as ‘Will’s Lambs’. Who could not admire this very enterprising young man.
There is a growing realisation that the Government’s new green farming policy will actually increase global warming, as Britain will be forced to import meat with a bigger carbon footprint. Farmers are being ‘seduced’ by green payments which will replace SFP, to abandon livestock farming and plant trees on what today is productive and CO2 capturing pastures.
Why would we prefer to eat imported meat flown in from places such as Brazil, where rain forests are being destroyed in order to grow soya to feed ruminants which are designed to eat grass, not corn or soya?
During the height of the lockdown last year, CO2 emissions from transport including aviation, reduced by half. However, the number of cattle remained constant; their effect upon UK greenhouse gas was negligible.
Before it is too late, someone with an ounce of common sense must step in to advise the Government against their headlong dash into ‘Green Agriculture’ becoming irreversible and hugely damaging to the country, the countryside and our reputation.
By encouraging further destruction of rain forests we are contributing more to climate change, than traditional British farming will ever do.
As the weeks go by we shall notice the advantages of exiting the stifling clutches of the EU, from cutting the Tampon tax to getting our vaccines efficiently, unlike the chaos across the EU due to shortages.
For those who remain concerned that the EU still has some hold over us, I believe they should be reassured that before long the EU will no longer exist as other nations follow our example and seek their freedom.
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