CAPITAL GAINS TAX hikes have been speculated about for some time now and this week another expert has shared their thoughts, warning that capital taxes on wealth are the Chancellor’s “only remaining option” of raising money to pay for the pandemic.
THE CORONAVIRUS outbreak is not causing a surge in hospital admissions but it is not the only threat to contend with this winter. Speaking to the BBC, Professor Linda Bauld, a public health expert from the University of Edinburgh, warned of the incoming “twindemic”.
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Boris Johnson has insisted he only “briefly” considered not self-isolating after he was pinged by NHS Test and Trace. The Prime Minister sparked controversy this morning after it was reported he and Rishi Sunak were going to avoid self-isolation through a daily contact testing pilot. Following an intense backlash and mounting pressure, both the Prime Minister and Chancellor appeared to make a quick U-turn and instead confirmed plans to self-isolate.
In a video posted on Twitter late this afternoon, Mr Johnson addressed criticism of his previous plan.
Speaking from Chequers, where he is now self-isolating, the Prime Minister said: “We did look briefly into the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme which allows people to test daily.
“But I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules.
“That’s why I’m going to be self-isolating until 26 July.”
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He urged England to “stick with the programme” ahead of Freedom Day tomorrow
Mr Johnson told viewers: “I really do urge everybody to stick with the programme and take the appropriate course of action when you’re asked to do so by NHS test and trace.”
The video was posted alongside a caption that read: “Like so many people I’ve been pinged by NHS Test and Trace as I have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, and I will be self-isolating until Monday 26th July.”
Mr Johnson was originally pinged after contact with Sajid Javid, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
He continued: “The Prime Minister is causing utter chaos with his reckless decision-making and that means infection rates are going through the roof, hundreds of thousands of people are having to self-isolate and they are doing the right thing.
“What happens when the rules apply to the prime minister? He tries to wriggle out of them and pretend he’s on some pilot scheme that exempts him.
“I’m afraid that, yet again, we see it is one rule for them and another for everybody else.”
Mr Johnson is going ahead with the full re-opening of the economy tomorrow on July 19 despite a new surge in Covid cases.
New infections are running at their highest level since January due to the rise in the Delta variant.
Prince Charles has no plans to wear a mask unless the government rules insist he does, a royal source has reportedly said.
The Prince of Wales is likely to throw his face mask away for a fundraising event at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday, in tune with the government’s Freedom Day.
Similarly, this is the first event on his agenda that has been announced to the public in advance for several months, with the aim to avoid crowds during the pandemic.
A Daily Mail royal insider said: “This will be the first time in 18 months that we are seeing a return to normality. We’ll be looking forwards, not backwards.
“This is the first time the prince has been to a location inside and won’t be wearing a mask because it’s a large area where people will be social distancing and it will be the first day of the new rules.
“When the rules state that a mask should be worn, then the Prince will wear one but not otherwise.”
The Duchess of Cornwall is also thought to be glad about Freedom Day.
At a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, she told a student she “can’t wait to get rid of this (mask).”
The government has made July 19 the day when social distancing rules and mask wearing will no longer be required..
While initially put forward as a complete new start with the country having to learn to live with Covid, the government appears to have since taken a more cautious tone and reinforced it will impose a new lockdown if the third wave demands it.
Concern is growing over the rising infection rate, especially the Delta variant, with Covid cases having risen by 71 percent since last Saturday.
It comes also as the Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for Covid on Saturday having had his two jabs.
The government is now trying to work out who has been in close contact with him and it could lead to several leading figures having to self-isolate.
On Friday Javid was seen leaving Downing Street which could even include the Boris Johnson in the list of those needing to isolate.
The good news? A brand new Bravely Default game has just been announced. The not so good news? It won’t be coming to Switch.
Square Enix has today unveiled Bravely Default Brilliant Lights, a new entry in the series currently in development for Android and iOS devices. A trailer has been released to give us our first tease of things to come – it’s in Japanese, but you can give it a watch up above.
According to Siliconera, Brilliant Lights will feature turn-based combat and a gacha system, the former of which is shown off throughout the trailer. Characters from past games in the series will make an appearance, and original Bravely Default writer Keiichi Ajiro has been confirmed to be involved with the project.
Incidentally, accompanying Brilliant Lights’ reveal is the news that the Bravely series has now shipped more than three million units worldwide, factoring in both physical and digital sales.