Alex Wickham (@alexwickham )

Alex Wickham

Bio Political editor @BuzzFeedUK alex.wickham@buzzfeed.com or DM me
Location London, England
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Account created 05-11-2011 19:32:05
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iPhone : Look at twitter right now. Everything people are saying is true. So incredibly proud of the BuzzFeed UK team, which punched so far above its weight and did some really amazing journalism. Snap them up - they’re brilliant, you won’t regret it.

TweetDeck : PM insists the UK is learning from other countries — particularly that the R is going up in some places that have relaxed lockdown at a quicker pace

TweetDeck : Caroline Flint vs. Emily Thornberry

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Twitter Web App : Exclusive: a Facebook post by "Sara Faith" spread like wildfire after she made an explosive claim about her uncle's death. But Sara Faith does not exist.

I spoke to the woman who says her photos were stolen to spread coronavirus fake news.
buzzfeed.com/joeydurso/phot…

TweetDeck : Chancellor Rishi Sunak says that all workers will continue to receive 80% of salary from the job retention / furlough scheme

- There were discussions about reducing it from 80% to 60% prompting fury from unions at the prospect of workers having money cut. This has been rejected.

iPhone : Breaking

Rishi Sunak announces furloughing scheme will be extended for four months until the end of October

There will be no changes to the scheme until end of July

From August employers will be able to bring furloughed employers back part time

TweetDeck : PM says he doesn't expect a sudden flood of people going back to work this week, but rather for people to think about whether they can go back and discuss it with their employer

TweetDeck : Boris Johnson telling employers in construction, manufacturing etc that they shouldn’t expect people with children whose schools aren’t back, to go to work

TweetDeck : France has a new slogan:

« Restez Prudents »

Which is in English:

“Stay Prudent” or even “Stay Alert”

No, Britain is not unique here. twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron…

TweetDeck : Government strategy document blunt on the limitations of scientific advice...

"It is not possible to know with precision the relative efficacy of specific shielding and suppression measures; nor how many people in the population are or have been infected
asymptomatically."

iPhone : Suggestions from one former SpAd: "Do statement Monday not Sunday. Publish docs online as soon as PM finishes statement. No ministers on broadcast before docs online. No background briefings for Lobby before PM statement and docs online. Briefing after to clear up any issues."

TweetDeck : Looking at the foreign pages its clear (and fairly dispiriting) that every country in the world is now grappling with essentially the same issues.

TweetDeck : Clarification from team Raab: people can sit in parks 2m away from one parent, not both at the same time — so No10 policy from last night stands twitter.com/alexwickham/st…