POSTNote: Online extremism


Extremism is possible in any ideology, including (but not limited to) politics and religion. Extremism can affect mental well-being, amplify hostility and threaten democratic debate. The global reach of the internet poses social and technological challenges for safeguarding citizens from extremism online. When the Commission for Countering Extremism surveyed over 2500 members of the public in 2019, 56% agreed that a lot more should be done to counter extremism online. This POSTnote outlines how the online environment can be used for extremist purposes, how exposure to online extremism can influence people and potential strategies to counter extremist content online.

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Daily Update 28/05/2020


The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 37,837, an increase of 377 as of today. 

In the daily briefing, Boris Johnson announced that from Monday lockdown measures which have been in place since 20 March will now be eased. On Monday nurseries, other early years settings, reception, year one and year six, will be allowed to open. On 15 June secondary schools will be allowed to open for years 10 and 12. Shops will also allowed to open with outdoor retail and car showrooms taking the lead. On the 15 June non-essential retail will allowed to be open if the rate of infection continues to decline. 

Groups of six people from different households will be allowed to meet in private gardens from Monday as long as they continue to observe social distancing rules. The Prime Minister cautioned that although meetings of different households were allowed, people should avoid meeting people from several households in quick succession.

Daily Update 06/05/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at X, an increase of X

In his first Prime Minister’s Questions since being admitted to hospital Boris Johnson said that the government will introduce measures to ease the lockdown by Monday. 

The UK has failed to reach their target of 100,000 tests a day for four days in a row –  69,463 tests were administered in the last 24 hours. 

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that he is preparing to winddown the furlough scheme from July. The government has not yet put forward any concrete proposals as to how this would be done. 

Neil Ferguson, the British epidemiologist who has been in charge of shaping the Government’s response to the pandemic, has resigned after it was revealed by the Telegraph that he had broken met with a lover on two occasions during the lockdown. Matt Hancock has said that he would back the police if they felt a need to take further action. 

Daily Update 28/04/2020


There have now been 21,678  total deaths as a result of Coronavirus, an increase of 586.  

Eighty-five NHS staff have died as a result of Coronavirus and today people across the country took a moment of silence at 11am to commemorate them. 

The government has announced that the NHS’ new contact tracing app will be ready to use within two to three weeks. The new app alerts users to recent contacts who are infected with coronavirus. 

In his daily briefing Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, announced that from tomorrow the government will publish not just the deaths in hospital but the deaths in care homes and communities. 

Daily Update 27/04/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 21,092, an increase of 360. 

In the daily briefing Matt Hancock announced that families of NHS staff who have died from Coronavirus will receive payments worth £60,000. 

Hancock also announced that, from tomorrow, cancer treatments in the NHS that have been on hold will resume. The health secretary also reassured the public that the NHS was still available for anyone that needs it. In the daily briefing he asked the public not to avoid making use of the NHS if they feel that they need medical care. 

In Parliament today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the government’s job retention scheme would be extended until the end of June. Sunak also announced a new 100% government backed loan for small businesses. 

Daily Update 24/04/2020


The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 19,506, an increase of 684.

The Coronavirus website set up to allow key workers and their families to arrange testing has had to close because of high demand. This has led to the government receiving criticism for their failure to anticipate the scale of demand. 

Daily Update 21/04/2020


The total number of deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 17,337, an increase of 852. 

In the daily briefing the Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, stated that although lockdown measures seem to be working, the government would not let up on them until death rates fell “sustainably and consistently” and there was “no risk of a second peak.”

The Health Secretary stood by the government’s commitment to insure that there would be a steady supply of PPE. Over a billion items of PPE have, according to the government, already been delivered and the government is in discussion with 159 potential UK manufacturers for the production of future supplies. 

Matt Hancock also affirmed the government’s commitment to find a vaccine for the virus. To aide this, £42 million has been awarded to Imperial College London and Oxford University for clinical trials. The first of these trials is due to take place this Thursday.

On Monday evening oil prices experienced an unprecedented collapse, falling into negative territory for the first time in history. This has effectively meant that oil producers were paying for buyers to take excess oil out of their hands. 

Daily Update 20/04/2020


The total number of deaths caused by Coronavirus now stands at 16,509, an increase of 459. 

The big story over the weekend was an article published by the Times. The article alleged that the government failed to respond swiftly to Coronavirus, and that the Prime Minister himself missed several Cobra meetings in the early weeks of the crisis. 

In the daily briefing Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, reiterated the government’s commitment to providing more Personal Protective Equipment for frontline NHS staff. This comes after several news outlets have published stories on the lack of availability of PPE in hospitals. The Chancellor stated that the government was working with business and other countries to arrange for the manufacture and delivery of additional supplies. 

The Chancellor also confirmed that the government had fulfilled its promise to offer business loans to firms affected by Coronavirus and to pay the wages of furloughed workers. According to the government, thousands of workers and businesses should expect to receive their payments by the end of this week. 

Daily Update 16/04/2020


There have now been 13,729 deaths as a result of Coronavirus, an increase of 861. 

In his daily briefing the Secretary of State Matt Hancock claimed that although we have seen a reduction in the number of infections the government will not ease up on lockdown restrictions. Doing so would only risk causing further damage to public health and the economy. The current lockdown members will stay in place for three more weeks. 

The government has been met with calls to investigate the disproportionate effect that Coronavirus has had on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people. 

Daily Update 15/04/2020


As of today, the total death toll as a result of Coronavirus stands at 12,868, an increase of 761. 

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State, gave the daily briefing today which largely focused on the care sector. This has come after many news outlets have drawn attention to deaths in care homes. The Secretary of State announced that all care home residents who have been admitted to hospitals will now be tested before returning to their care homes. 

The Labour Party continues to deal with the aftermath of the revelations from their leaked ECHR report. The report, which alleges that factionalism prevented the party from responding adequately to antisemitism, has led to condemnation of sections of the Party from Labour MPs, members, and union officials.