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Surely not beaten by the Germans again!

April 18, 2020 1:20 AM

nnnb (Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash)You may have noticed the Governments new technique at the daily press conferences which is to announce a new initiative and then apparently forget about them as a way of diverting attention from areas of failure.. There have been a few.: 25000 tests per day by mid April which has been comprehensively missed ( 18000 yesterday) and Matt Hancock's re-announcement of the CARE badge first announced last year which ironically if you go on their website is currently unavailable ( a metaphor for the wider failure on providing protective clothing) when he was under pressure for lack of support to those working in Care homes

To that list you can now add another. Dominic Raab who when criticised for abandoning Brits trapped abroad announced a £75m fund to get folk home. Despite this The Guardian has reported that Four in 10 of the 165,000 Europeans still stranded around the world amid the pandemic are UK nationals. About 65,000 UK nationals around the world are still in need of repatriation compared to "several thousand" German nationals, according to figures obtained by the Guardian.

Apparently by Thursday the German embassy confirmed it had repatriated 60,000 citizens on 240 charter flights, compared to "more than 2,800" British citizens cited by the UK foreign minister James Cleverly on a recent Twitter update

An EU scheme which funds 75% of the costs of charter flights has seen Germany by far the biggest user of the EU mechanism, ahead of France (18 flights), the Czech Republic (13), Spain (11) and Belgium (8). A total of 43,584 stranded people have been repatriated with EU funds. The UK has used the mechanism 6 times. One hopes pro Brexit ideology hasn't got in the way of saving stress and anxiety for our people stranded abroad

You can read the full article here https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/16/uk-flies-home-1000-britons-but-65000-left-in-limbo-by-covid-19