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MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Powerful voices now argue for a more nuanced approach to Covid-19

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The measures now being imposed on large parts of the country would be severe and hard to bear if we had reason to believe that they would do any good. The trouble is that we have no shred of solid evidence that they will help at all.

The vast illogical web of new rules, increasingly impossible to understand or follow, looks worryingly like an exasperated attempt to punish us for wanting to live normal lives and enjoy ourselves. 

Go to a pub if you are prepared to eat a large unhealthy meal with your drink, but not otherwise. Go to the gym in Manchester but not in Liverpool. Wear a mask while you walk to your restaurant table, but not while you sit down.

The measures now being imposed on large parts of the country would be severe and hard to bear if we had reason to believe that they would do any good. The trouble is that we have no shred of solid evidence that they will help at all. People are seen wearing face coverings in Blackpool

The measures now being imposed on large parts of the country would be severe and hard to bear if we had reason to believe that they would do any good. The trouble is that we have no shred of solid evidence that they will help at all. People are seen wearing face coverings in Blackpool

The measures now being imposed on large parts of the country would be severe and hard to bear if we had reason to believe that they would do any good. The trouble is that we have no shred of solid evidence that they will help at all. People are seen wearing face coverings in Blackpool

It would take the late Professor Albert Einstein to work out the latest combination of regulations on who we can or cannot see, mix with or meet, in the open air or indoors. And by the time the great physicist had managed to discover what it all meant, the rules would have changed again.

The alleged scientific basis for this is weak beyond belief, as Sir Keir Starmer pointed out before throwing all reason and logic aside and demanding still more stringent collective punishments, which would incidentally make even more Labour voters unemployed. In 19 out of the 20 places already compelled to suffer under strict regimes, no benefit was observed.

And why should it be? When we were first beguiled into this new way of life by an appeal to our benevolence and generosity, we were told that in a few weeks of self-restraint we would save the NHS from being overwhelmed. 

Who could resist such a plea? Millions cheerfully surrendered treasured freedoms for the common good, thinking they would soon get them back when the job was done.

The NHS was not overwhelmed (and it is far from clear that it ever would have been). But the weeks passed, and what happened? 

When we were first beguiled into this new way of life by an appeal to our benevolence and generosity, we were told that in a few weeks of self-restraint we would save the NHS from being overwhelmed. Who could resist such a plea? People are pictured above in Blackpool

When we were first beguiled into this new way of life by an appeal to our benevolence and generosity, we were told that in a few weeks of self-restraint we would save the NHS from being overwhelmed. Who could resist such a plea? People are pictured above in Blackpool

When we were first beguiled into this new way of life by an appeal to our benevolence and generosity, we were told that in a few weeks of self-restraint we would save the NHS from being overwhelmed. Who could resist such a plea? People are pictured above in Blackpool

We had a serious case of mission creep. Somehow the task had now become one never previously attempted or achieved by any society, the virtual suppression of the virus itself. 

We were not free to return to our normal lives. On the contrary, every few days brought a new alleged alarm.

A testy and increasingly petulant Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, did not release us from our bonds. Restrictions applied on the pretext of safety or security are notoriously hard to get rid of, and these were no exception. Only after immense damage had been done to the economy were we allowed to resume something like normal life. 

Tens of thousands of holidays were wrecked by sudden quarantine clampdowns, though no significant evidence has been produced that travellers returning from these supposedly dangerous countries were in fact suffering from or carrying the disease.

Hardly were the surviving pubs and restaurants and hairdressers open again, and high streets beginning to function, when the Government began to voice fears of a supposed ‘second wave’ of Covid, and moves to get us back to work were halted. 

Indeed, the Government tried very hard to find such a second wave, launching a highly successful nationwide hunt for healthy people who could be said to be infected by the virus. 

The Prime Minister can be forgiven for taking what he, and we, believed to be effective and urgent action back in March. We knew so much less then than we do now. But the time has now come to reconsider

The Prime Minister can be forgiven for taking what he, and we, believed to be effective and urgent action back in March. We knew so much less then than we do now. But the time has now come to reconsider

The Prime Minister can be forgiven for taking what he, and we, believed to be effective and urgent action back in March. We knew so much less then than we do now. But the time has now come to reconsider

The key fact about Covid-19, that it is rarely harmful to those much under 70 years of age, and then mainly when they have severe underlying conditions, seemed never to imprint itself on Mr Hancock’s memory. 

He also seemed incapable of noticing that the great bulk of the positive test ‘cases’ of which he makes so much involved people who were and remained perfectly well.

The reassuring facts, that doctors have quickly learned how to treat the disease effectively, that many hospitalisations tend to be brief, that many people are now recovering after successful treatments and the use of new and effective drugs, were likewise somehow underplayed.

Deaths, though each one is a tragedy, remain at levels far below the totals they reached at the peak of the first crisis in March and April. In the week ending October 2, Covid accounted for just 3.2 per cent of fatalities in British hospitals. 

Covid mortality levels are still drastically lower now than in the spring. In the week ending April 17, 8,758 recorded deaths mentioned Covid as a possible factor on the death certificate. For the first week in October, the comparable figure was just 321.

As we also now know, many of the deaths in March and April followed a severe mishandling of the epidemic in care homes, and had little or nothing to do with the lack, or the existence, of lockdown measures. In fact an examination of all the affected nations shows no obvious connection between the severity of the steps taken and the number of deaths suffered.

The key problem of the episode from the start – that the danger from the virus itself had been overstated – continues unabated. Yet we are once again being accused of misbehaving by the simple action of living our lives. 

A blizzard of decrees compelled millions to wear face coverings, despite what the Government itself had once admitted was sketchy evidence for their benefits. Now a rise in cases, which is largely attributable to the normal increase in respiratory disease at this time of year, is being used as the pretext for regional shutdowns or for a so-called ‘circuit-breaker’. 

In London, scanty evidence of a surge has been used by the utterly undistinguished Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to trigger misery and economic damage among the people whose interests he is supposed to protect.

It is this damage, combined with the shrivelling of much of the NHS, that makes this continuing foolishness especially hard to bear. It may even be that more people die from postponed or missed treatments than from Covid. 

A testy and increasingly petulant Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, did not release us from our bonds. Restrictions applied on the pretext of safety or security are notoriously hard to get rid of, and these were no exception

A testy and increasingly petulant Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, did not release us from our bonds. Restrictions applied on the pretext of safety or security are notoriously hard to get rid of, and these were no exception

A testy and increasingly petulant Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, did not release us from our bonds. Restrictions applied on the pretext of safety or security are notoriously hard to get rid of, and these were no exception

The strangling of travel and the hospitality industry has not just made life infinitely less enjoyable. It has permanently killed countless brave small businesses and deprived huge numbers of men and women of their livelihoods.

Fairy Gold, summoned up from nowhere by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, may ease the initial pain. But it must be paid for out of the nation’s life savings, and it will run out, leaving a bleak landscape of long-term unemployment and shrinking payments for those who suffer it.

The Prime Minister can be forgiven for taking what he, and we, believed to be effective and urgent action back in March. We knew so much less then than we do now. But the time has now come to reconsider. The practical effects of these measures on Covid are sketchy at best. 

Their effects on human happiness, health, wellbeing and the economy are increasingly evident, deep, painful and lasting. 

Especially since the Great Barrington Declaration, supported by several distinguished scientific experts of all political hues, including Britain’s own Sunetra Gupta, it is no longer possible to say that science and medicine offer only one route out of this crisis.

Powerful voices argue for a more nuanced and less painful way of learning to live with the virus, as we rebuild our prosperity and our freedom and look forward to a future free of lockdowns, circuit-breakers and family separation. 

Boris Johnson has the capacity to see this and act on it. We urge him, with all our hearts, to do so now.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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Borat ‘defends’ Rudy Giuliani for ‘sexytime’ scene as film released

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Sacha Baron Cohen stepped back into his Borat character on social media on Thursday to comically defend Rudy Giuliani’s scandalous scene in the Borat sequel where he was filmed reclined on a bed with his hand seemingly down his pants with an actress from the movie. 

The comedian released the highly anticipated sequel ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ Thursday evening around 8pm, just one hour before the second presidential debate and one day before its scheduled release date. 

‘I here to defend America’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,’ Borat said in a video shared on Twitter. 

‘What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media,’ he said, before using his hands to elongate his nose like the character Pinocchio when he lies.

‘I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpoenas,’ he added, pronouncing subpoenas like ‘subpenis’. 

Borat 2 is released: Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter stepping back into his Borat Sagdiyev character to defend Rudy Giuliani, one day after it was revealed the former New York Mayor was pranked into be filmed in the movie

Borat 2 is released: Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter stepping back into his Borat Sagdiyev character to defend Rudy Giuliani, one day after it was revealed the former New York Mayor was pranked into be filmed in the movie

Borat 2 is released: Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter stepping back into his Borat Sagdiyev character to defend Rudy Giuliani, one day after it was revealed the former New York Mayor was pranked into be filmed in the movie

In the scandalous movie scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat's daughter who poses as a conservative reporter in a hotel room, where he reclines on a bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. Rudy Giuliani pictured leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off

In the scandalous movie scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat's daughter who poses as a conservative reporter in a hotel room, where he reclines on a bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. Rudy Giuliani pictured leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off

In the scandalous movie scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat’s daughter who poses as a conservative reporter in a hotel room, where he reclines on a bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. Rudy Giuliani pictured leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off 

At the end of the clip was a notice that said: ‘Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm Now Streaming’. The movie is available on Amazon Prime.

The news broke Wednesday that Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, was duped into being filmed in Borat 2.

In the scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat’s ‘daughter’ Tutar, posing as a conservative reporter, who then brings him to a hotel room. 

In the room Giuliani reclines on a bed and seemingly puts his hand down his pants, only to be interrupted by Cohen’s Borat character. 

‘She’s 15. She’s too old for you,’ Cohen screams and waves Giuliani off his ‘daughter,’ played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova.   

'I here to defend America¿s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media. I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpenis,¿ Borat said in the video message shared on social media Thursday

'I here to defend America¿s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media. I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpenis,¿ Borat said in the video message shared on social media Thursday

A notice at the end of the video showed that the Borat 2 film is 'now streaming'

A notice at the end of the video showed that the Borat 2 film is 'now streaming'

‘I here to defend America’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media. I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpenis,’ Borat said in the video message shared on social media Thursday. A notice at the end of the video showed that the Borat 2 film is ‘now streaming’

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat

Rudy Giuliani at the White House

Rudy Giuliani at the White House

After news of the Giuliani scene broke, the former Mayor defended himself saying he was fully clothed when he was laying on the bed and was simply tucking in his shirt. He slammed the scene as a ‘hit job’, saying ‘everybody in Hollywood hates me’

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Giuliani defended himself on Twitter on Wednesday, pointing out, ‘I was fully clothed at all times.’  He explained he was merely tucking in his shirt, not doing anything untoward. 

‘I lean back and I tuck my shirt in and at that point they have this picture that they take, which looks doctored by in any event,’ Giuliani said on WABC radio Wednesday. ‘I’m tucking my shirt in, I assure you that’s all I was doing,’ he said slowly, letting each word sink in. 

Giuliani floated that he was being targeted because of his role in revealing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. 

‘They’ll do anything, they’ll attack me over anything possible,’ Giuliani said. ‘And now the idiot Borat is going after me with a totally sensationalized false account of a ridiculous movie, I guess, he has done.’ 

Giuliani called it a ‘hit job’ and said that ‘everybody in Hollywood hates me.’ 

‘It’s not an accident that it happens when I turn in all this evidence on their prince and darling Joe Biden, who is one of the biggest crooks in the last 30 years and since I have the courage to say that I’m the target,’ the president’s personal lawyer said. 

The scene: The forthcoming 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' features a prank on President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is interviewed by Borat's 'daughter' in a New York City hotel suite

The scene: The forthcoming 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' features a prank on President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is interviewed by Borat's 'daughter' in a New York City hotel suite

The scene: The forthcoming ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ features a prank on President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is interviewed by Borat’s ‘daughter’ in a New York City hotel suite 

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' that was released Thursday evening, a day ahead of schedule

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' that was released Thursday evening, a day ahead of schedule

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ that was released Thursday evening, a day ahead of schedule 

Rudy Giuliani said that Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat burst in on them next and created such a commotion that he called the cops

Rudy Giuliani said that Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat burst in on them next and created such a commotion that he called the cops

Rudy Giuliani said that Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat burst in on them next and created such a commotion that he called the cops 

Maria Bakalova, the glamorous Black Lives Matter-supporting actress, who was able to honey trap Giuliani

Maria Bakalova, the glamorous Black Lives Matter-supporting actress, who was able to honey trap Giuliani

Maria Bakalova, the glamorous Black Lives Matter-supporting actress, who was able to honey trap Giuliani

Giuliani said he went to what he thought was an interview – the topic was the coronavirus – and said it felt ‘legitimate.’   

‘I did the interview with the young woman who was new to interviewing and I was being kind to her,’ he said. ‘At one point she explained to me some problems I had, I actually prayed with her.’  

When he got up to leave he said he had his jacket on. 

‘I was fully clothed at all times and I had to take off the electronic equipment and when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt got a little out, came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on,’ he told WABC.  

He said he realized that something was amiss when Borat’s ‘daughter’ asked if he’d like a massage. 

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with 'Rudy!!' Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with 'Rudy!!' Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with ‘Rudy!!’ Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump 

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with ‘Borat’s daughter’ went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image 

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen 

The imagery from the Borat film quickly became a meme. 'Thanks Rudy!!!' says a happy Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught masturbating on a Zoom call

The imagery from the Borat film quickly became a meme. 'Thanks Rudy!!!' says a happy Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught masturbating on a Zoom call

The imagery from the Borat film quickly became a meme. ‘Thanks Rudy!!!’ says a happy Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught masturbating on a Zoom call

‘She says something about, “Do I want a massage?” I realize now that this is a set-up and I call my security guy Brian who’s right outside,’ Giuliani recalled. ‘And then all of the sudden crazy Sacha Baron Cohen runs in with a cape on and he’s yelling and screaming all sorts of stupid stuff.’   

The ex-New York City mayor also argued that in calling the police he proved he was an innocent party.   

‘If I was doing anything wrong, I would not call the police and if he was doing anything right, he wouldn’t have been running away,’ Giuliani said. 

The film is a sequel to the 2006 film ‘Borat.’ 

The pictures of Giuliani, first reported by The Guardian, in a hotel room with ‘Borat’s daughter’ went viral when they hit Twitter, apparently originating screengrabs from review copies of the movie.

Websites Showbiz411.com and Newsweek both featured the image as they reviewed the new movie, with Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 calling the Borat sequel ‘goofy fun, gut laughs, and a lot of silliness.’

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What Rudy says: The president's attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop this month

What Rudy says: The president's attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop this month

What Rudy says: The president’s attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop this month

Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was 'un-fooled and placid' when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing 'Borat's daughter'

Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was 'un-fooled and placid' when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing 'Borat's daughter'

Rudy Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was ‘un-fooled and placid’ when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing ‘Borat’s daughter’ 

Among the most prominent sites to feature it was The Drudge Report, the conservative news and aggregation website that has increasingly become more critical of Trump.  

‘Mocking hims as ‘Rudy!!,’ the decision by Matt Drudge to use the picture was likely to endear him to the president, who has tweeted repeatedly to his supporters that they should avoid Drudge, calling it ‘a CONFUSED mess.’    

Other critics tweeting the image included Zac Petankas, a Democratic strategist who was a senior adviser to both Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, the party’s former Senate majority leader, and Seth Abramson, the author of a highly-critical book about Trump called ‘Proof of Corruption’ which features Giuliani on the cover photo.

And the image was also being made into memes, one of them poking fun at Zoom masturbator Jeffrey Toobin. It showed the CNN analyst thinking ‘thank you Rudy.’ 

Giuliani described the situation in July, but neglected to mention he may have been caught in a compromising position.  

‘This guys comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say a pink transgender outfit,’ President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer told Page Six at The New York Post. ‘It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had a beard, bare legs, and wasn’t waht I would call distractingly attractive.’ 

Giuliani didn’t recognize the man as Cohen right away. 

He also called the cops. 

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Viral sensation: Trump's critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in

Viral sensation: Trump's critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in

Viral sensation: Trump’s critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in 

‘This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away,’ the ex- New York City mayor said. 

The July 7 incident occurred at the Mark Hotel in New York City.     

‘I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,’ Giuliani said in July. 

On a radio show the same month, Giuliani told WABC that Cohen was trying to capture him in ‘compromising’ position, though he didn’t recall that the tactic had worked. ‘I don’t think so, I’m trying to remember,’ when asked if there was anything he should be ‘regretful’ about.   

Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianne Allen noted at the time that Cohen interrupted ‘an interview for a documentary on @realdonaldtrump’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.’   

BORAT CRASHED THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE

The first hint that there would be cameos of President Donald Trump’s allies in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ came when the trailer revealed in was Sasha Baron Cohen who had dressed up like Trump and crashed the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. 

He told The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd what the stunt entailed: ‘Obviously, I’m wearing a fat suit,’ Cohen explained. He had to get through metal detectors to get into CPAC to see Vice President Mike Pence speak. 

Security was there to ‘check everyone’s bodies going through. Bear in mind, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face into Trump’s face. This fat suit is huge. It’s a 56-inch fat suit to turn my waist into Trump’s because we had estimated that was the most realistic,’ he said. 

When he set the alarms off, he lied and said he had a defibrillator, Cohen told Dowd. 

‘Then I ended up hiding in the bathroom, listening to conservative men go to the toilet for five hours until I broke into the room. We were surrounded by Secret Service and police and internal security,’ Cohen said. 

As Pence spoke, Cohen is seen carrying his ‘daughter’ over his shoulder and yelling, ‘Michael Pennis I’ve brought the girl for you!’  

He was then escorted out.  

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‘Un-fooled and placid, Mayor Giuliani notified security to call the police,’ Allen tweeted. ‘It was then, upon hearing the word police, Cohen turned from a screaming banshee into a fleeing hyena.’ 

‘I hear he was last seen running down the street in his bathroom,’ she added. ‘Better luck next time, Sacha!’ 

Allen has yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on Giuliani’s cameo in the new Borat film.  

The film arrives just as Giuliani finds himself in the middle of the Hunter Biden laptop saga. 

Giuliani said he got contents from the ‘laptop from hell,’ as Trump has been calling it, from a computer repair shop owner who gave it to his lawyer. 

He then shared some of its contents to reporters at The New York Post, which has been criticized for running the story before the correspondence between Hunter Biden and others was authenticated. 

It contains personal photos of Hunter Biden, as well as emails that purport to show that Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings stretched to include his father.  

The Post reported that emails from 2015 showed Joe Biden held a meeting with a top official from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden served on the board. 

The Biden campaign has denied this meeting happened. 

Biden, himself, said Giuliani is peddling ‘garbage.’ 

‘It’s a last ditch effort to smear me and my family. There is no basis to this,’ the Democratic nominee said in an interview with WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate. 

The president’s impeachment revolved around a scheme to pressure Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. He held up military aid that had been appropriated by Congress. 

Trump and his allies have alleged that the then-vice president pushed to have a Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was looking into Burisma, of which there is no evidence.  

Trump has used the discovery of the laptop to call the former vice president a ‘criminal,’ which he’s said gleefully during everyone one of his recent rallies. 

He’ll likely attack Biden that way Thursday night during their final meeting on the debate stage. 

The president demanded that Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to look into the matter.   

‘We’ve got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act. And he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody,’ Trump said on ‘Fox & Friends’ Tuesday.

‘This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,’ Trump said.  

On Monday, Giuliani raised the stakes by sharing files from the laptop with the New Castle County police, according to Delaware Online

The Delaware Attorney General handed the files over to the FBI, the site reported. 

The FBI hasn’t confirmed or denied there’s an investigation, which is standard policy. 

Mat Marshall, a spokesman for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings told Delaware Online that what Giuliani’s team ‘showed up with was evidence that they say was involved in a crime.’ 

The former New York City mayor went on Newsmax Tuesday night trying to push the crimes were sexual in nature. 

Giuliani reiterated that point again directly after he addressed the Borat footage Wednesday on WABC radio.  

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ will be released on Amazon Prime Friday.

Borat’s Bulgarian honey-trap girl: Sacha Baron Cohen character’s ’15-year-old daughter’ in Rudy Giuliani sting is revealed to be glamorous BLM-supporting 24-year-old actress plucked from obscurity

The actress who gave Rudy Giuliani a fright when she turned out to be ‘Borat’s 15-year-old daughter,’ is a glamorous 24-year-old Black Lives Matter supporter from Bulgaria.

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed to international fame after it was revealed last night she honey-trapped Donald Trump‘s lieutenant and former mayor of New York Giuliani in the new Borat movie. 

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter which feature among the raft of luxurious poolside selfies she has taken in LA.

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed to international fame after it was revealed last night she honeytrapped Donald Trump’s senior lieutenant and former mayor of New York Giuliani in the new Borat movie

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter 

Bakalova posted in June for 'Black Out Tuesday,' which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova posted in June for 'Black Out Tuesday,' which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova posted in June for ‘Black Out Tuesday,’ which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many A-list titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter which feature among the raft of luxurious poolside selfies she has taken in LA.

She made a hilarious appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show alongside Cohen on Tuesday night.

Both actors in character, Bakalova demanded that Kimmel take his trousers off and marry her.

‘I am already married!’ Kimmel insisted, to which Borat asked: ‘How many wives do you have?’ 

Bakalova has appeared in feature-length Bulgarian films, earning two awards for her performance in Transgression in 2018, where she plays the lover to an ageing rocker, and also as the leading lady in 2020’s comedy Last Call. 

Like father, like daughter: Tutar strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Like father, like daughter: Tutar strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Like father, like daughter: Tutar strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes on the table

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes on the table

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes on the table

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova at the beach

Bakalova at the beach

Bakalova at the beach

She has also appeared in several TV shows, with an appearance in an episode of the Italian hit mafia series Gamorrah three years ago.

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress. 

She attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019.

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US Election 2020: Joe Biden calls Rudy Giuliani a ‘Russian pawn’

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President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden started off their final presidential debate on Thursday without interrupting each other but disagreeing on the coronavirus pandemic in a head-to-head match with a dramatically different tone from their first one.

The microphones of each candidate was muted for the first two minutes of their response and that moment of discipline, put in place by the Commission on Presidential Debates after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden in their first meeting, carried through the first segment of the debate.

But the two men disagreed with one another on the coronavirus – the topic of the first segment – with Biden repeatedly criticizing Trump’s handling of the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans.

‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,’ Biden said.

President Trump cited his own experience with the virus and said the country was turning a corner. ‘It will go away and as I say, we are rounding the turn, we are rounding the corner, it’s going away,’ he said.

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker.

The change in tone was remarkable from their first meeting in Cleveland, which resembled a boxing match.

Biden argued the situation with COVID was going to get worse.

‘We are about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter. And he has no clear plan and there is no prospect that there’s going to be a vaccine available for a majority the American people before the middle of next year,’ he said.

The president, who has pushed for the country to reopen and return to normal, said the country has learned more about the disease and is ready to move forward.

‘We will not have a dark winter at all,’ the president said. ‘We are opening up the country, we’ve learned and our understanding the disease, which we didn’t at the beginning.’    

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University's Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University's Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience 

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

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President Trump brought Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinksy (pictured) to the debate as a way to confront Biden on his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings 

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker  

The debate took on its first urgency as the two men clashed on their visions for reopening the country.

‘He did virtually nothing,’ Biden said of Trump’s response to the pandemic.

Biden took on Trump’s repeated statements not to ‘worry.’

‘There’s not another scientist in the world who thinks it’s going to be over soon,’ Biden said.

‘We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does,’ Trump responded, turning to a personal attack. 

‘But he has this thing about living in a basement,’ Trump claimed, pointing to Biden’s decision to drastically cut back appearances and travel, although both men have campaigned around the country in recent weeks.

‘It’s his ineptitude that caused the country to have to shut down in large part,’ Biden said.

Biden shot back with a reference to Trump’s golfing, and brought up a relief bill the House passed in March that hasn’t been enacted.

‘Instead of in a sand trap in his golf course he should have been negotiating,’ Biden said.

‘All he does is talk about shutdowns,’ Trump said, as the most substantive contrast got going.

‘Democrats, they shut down so tight and they’re dying. And he supports all these people,’ Trump said.

‘All he talks about are shutdowns. We’re not going to shut down and we have to open our schools,’ Trump said.

Trump pointed to his former hometown of New York. ‘It’s a ghost town,’ he said, with the two men separated by plexiglass, a precaution that began following his coronavirus infection.

‘You talk about plexiglass? These are restaurant that are dying,’ Trump said. ‘It’s not the answer. You’re going to sit there in a cubicle wrapped around in plastic.’

This debate is different from the last, as the candidates' microphones are muted and therefore can't interrupt each other

This debate is different from the last, as the candidates' microphones are muted and therefore can't interrupt each other

This debate is different from the last, as the candidates’ microphones are muted and therefore can’t interrupt each other

'Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,' Biden said of Trump's handling of the pandemic

'Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,' Biden said of Trump's handling of the pandemic

‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,’ Biden said of Trump’s handling of the pandemic 

Biden took on Trump's repeated statements not to 'worry' about the pandemic. 'There's not another scientist in the world who thinks it's going to be over soon,' Biden said

Biden took on Trump's repeated statements not to 'worry' about the pandemic. 'There's not another scientist in the world who thinks it's going to be over soon,' Biden said

Biden took on Trump’s repeated statements not to ‘worry’ about the pandemic. ‘There’s not another scientist in the world who thinks it’s going to be over soon,’ Biden said

Both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage. 

On Air Force One he tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. ‘We tested him on the way here and he tested negative,’ Meadows told reporters. 

Earlier, the Biden campaign said he, too, tested negative for COVID-19.  

Tonight’s debate is the final debate of the election – the previous one got scratched after Trump refused to take part in a ‘virtual’ format after getting the coronavirus – and represents an opportunity with dwindling time for the president to try to reset the race.

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest 

Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and demonstrate that his mind is ‘shot’ by repeatedly attacking and interrupting him during the first debate in Cleveland. But Biden ended up getting a slight bump in national polls taken afterward.

Now, the president has telegraphed he will accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ just like he has at his campaign rallies leading up to Thursday – and will not hold back from torching Hunter Biden after the release of emails that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani put out and said came from Hunter’s laptop. 

President Trump brought Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinksy to the debate as a way to confront Biden on his son’s foreign business dealings.  

Bobulinsky spoke to reporters at the Marriott in downtown Nashville three hours before start time of the final presidential debate – and said he will turn over three cell phones to the FBI and meet with Republican senators about his former business deals.

He said he was angry with Hunter after he wanted to use funds for a prospective deal with a Chinese energy company was his ‘Hunter’s personal piggy bank.’

‘I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said so I will not be taking any questions at this time,’ he told reporters who make up President Donald Trump’s traveling press pool.

‘I have heard Joe Biden say he’s never discussed the business with hunter – that is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family including Joe Biden, said Bobulinsky. 

‘I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public with this information, it would bury all of us, the Bidens included. I have no wish to bury anyone.’

He described what he said was a May 2, 2017 meeting with Joe Biden to discuss a business venture involving China that would invest in infrastructure, real estate and technology in the U.S.

‘At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night we discussed the Biden’s history, the Biden’s family business plans with the Chinese with which he was plainly familiar at least at a high level,’ he said.  

‘After that meeting, I had numerous communications with Hunter, [partner Robert] Walker, [James] Gilliar, and Jim Biden regarding the allocation of equity ownership of the sinohawk, the firm they created. 

Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (L) and daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump (C) wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate

Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (L) and daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump (C) wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate

Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (L) and daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump (C) wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the final presidential between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the final presidential between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the final presidential between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Wife of former US Vice President Joe Biden Jill Biden wears a facemask as she attends the final presidential debate

Wife of former US Vice President Joe Biden Jill Biden wears a facemask as she attends the final presidential debate

Wife of former US Vice President Joe Biden Jill Biden wears a facemask as she attends the final presidential debate

Golfer John Daly looks on before the second 2020 presidential debate

Golfer John Daly looks on before the second 2020 presidential debate

Golfer John Daly looks on before the second 2020 presidential debate 

The carpet is vacuumed as final preparations are made ahead of the second and final presidential debate

The carpet is vacuumed as final preparations are made ahead of the second and final presidential debate

The carpet is vacuumed as final preparations are made ahead of the second and final presidential debate 

The televised statement came after Bobulinsky told conservative media outlets that text messages that appeared to show Hunter Biden’s business negotiation and references to his father were authentic.

‘To me it seems like distraction and spectacle,’ Biden backer Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told Fox News, which aired Bobulinsky’s statement in full.

‘We’ve got Rudy Giuliani with one hand coming up with a hard drive and a computer, and this man on the other hand coming up with last minute cell phones,’ he said, saying it makes him ‘seriously wonder.’ 

He said the emails and texts ‘aren’t being sourced, aren’t being verified,’ and noted that Biden unlike Trump, has released his tax returns.

The Biden campaign released a statement calling the attacks a ‘smear’ and saying there is ‘no indication’ Joe Biden ever got ‘any money from anybody in these business deals.’

‘Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business deals with his family, nor in any overseas business dealing whatsoever,’ according to the statement.   

Musician Kid Rock, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask at the final presidential debate

Musician Kid Rock, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask at the final presidential debate

Musician Kid Rock, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask at the final presidential debate

Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley arrives at the final presidential debate

Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley arrives at the final presidential debate

Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley arrives at the final presidential debate

Guests are sitting in the audience where masks are required. If you take your mask off and decline to put it back on you will be escorted out

Guests are sitting in the audience where masks are required. If you take your mask off and decline to put it back on you will be escorted out

Guests are sitting in the audience where masks are required. If you take your mask off and decline to put it back on you will be escorted out

Trump pulled a similar stunt in 2016 when he paraded three women who accused President Bill Clinton of varying degrees of sexual harassment and assault – Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick – around before and after the debate and had them sit in the audience to face his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Trump had also invited Kathy Shelton. Hillary Clinton had been her accused rapist’s defense lawyer.  

Trump says he’ll bring up Hunter Biden, after days of disclosures from Hunter’s laptop.

Biden sent a signal of his own – blowing up at a reporter who asked him about the subject several days ago. 

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On Wednesday, he teed off when a local Wisconsin reporter asked him about it in a TV interview. ‘This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family,’ Biden said.

Trump can also use the Hunter saga to point to China – a country he repeatedly accuses of bringing the ‘plague’ into the U.S. He named China as the nation’s top adversary on ’60 minutes.’

Most political observers agree the pressure is on Trump to get something out of the debate. Biden’s leads have been durable, and millions of his supporters have already voted. He also has an advertising advantage on air, with more money in the bank, after the Trump campaign blew through the more than $1 billion it raised since 2017.

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate 

Off to debate: Joe Biden flew from New Castle in Delaware to the debate just after Donald Trump, with a thumbs up as he boarded his chartered jet

Off to debate: Joe Biden flew from New Castle in Delaware to the debate just after Donald Trump, with a thumbs up as he boarded his chartered jet

Off to debate: Joe Biden flew from New Castle in Delaware to the debate just after Donald Trump, with a thumbs up as he boarded his chartered jet

Jill Biden (left) and Joe Biden (right) arrive in Nashville, Tennessee before Thursday night's presidential debate

Jill Biden (left) and Joe Biden (right) arrive in Nashville, Tennessee before Thursday night's presidential debate

Jill Biden (left) and Joe Biden (right) arrive in Nashville, Tennessee before Thursday night’s presidential debate

Jill Biden arrives in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a 'VOTE' facemask, similar to one sported by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia on Wednesday

Jill Biden arrives in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a 'VOTE' facemask, similar to one sported by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia on Wednesday

Jill Biden arrives in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a ‘VOTE’ facemask, similar to one sported by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia on Wednesday 

Trump was holding a fundraiser in Nashville just five hours before the debate was set to start.

Biden’s national lead is up to 8 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics Average. Analyst Charlie Cook suggests observers look to Senate races for the real ‘drama.’ A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday had the two men tied in Texas, 47-47. 

Trump has softened up the ground by going after moderator Kristen Welker. But he is still likely to face follow up questions from the first debate and town hall about the coronavirus (with more than 1,200 U.S. deaths reported Wednesday alone), and his tax returns, which got leaked to the New York Times.

A Times follow-on report this week revealed Trump’s company had an undisclosed bank account in China.

Biden has struggled when pressed on whether he supports court packing, but may have found his answer in his 60 Minutes interview, saying he would appoint a bipartisan commission to study court reforms.  

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Children mental health problems have rocketed by 50% during coronavirus pandemic, new report shows 

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The proportion of children with mental health issues is 50 per cent higher than before the pandemic, an NHS study revealed yesterday.

It found that one in six youngsters now had a condition such as anxiety, depression or loneliness. 

Experts said the figures were ‘deeply distressing’ and blamed the closure of schools and worries over Covid-19.

Young women are the worst affected, with a quarter of those aged 17 to 22 identified as having a ‘probable mental disorder’.

An NHS study revealed that one in six youngsters now had a condition such as anxiety, depression or loneliness (stock image used)

An NHS study revealed that one in six youngsters now had a condition such as anxiety, depression or loneliness (stock image used)

An NHS study revealed that one in six youngsters now had a condition such as anxiety, depression or loneliness (stock image used)

The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England survey, published by NHS Digital, was carried out in July. It is based on interviews with 3,570 children and their parents.

The report showed a big increase in levels of mental health problems compared with 2017, the last time the survey was conducted.

Three years ago, one in nine children was classified as probably having a mental disorder. But that figure is now one in six.

Lead author Tamsin Ford, who is a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Cambridge, said the ‘significant deterioration in children’s mental health’ was likely to be linked to lockdown. 

She added: ‘We do know that loneliness is very toxic, and social isolation is very toxic for mental health.

Dead student was stressed about Covid 

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Finn Kitson, 19, was found dead at halls of residence at the University of Manchester

The son of a Cambridge academic died at his hall of residence after suffering ‘severe anxiety’ in lockdown.

Finn Kitson, 19, was found dead at Manchester University’s Fallowfield campus after a spike in Covid-19 cases among students in the city.

Officials said the tragedy on October 8 was not virus related but his father, Michael Kitson, said this was untrue.

The Cambridge economist added: ‘If you lock down young people with little support, then you should expect that they suffer severe anxiety.’

Mr Kitson also expressed his concern ‘for all the young people who are suffering so much stress at this time’.

Finn’s mother, Jane Denney, said: ‘Our beautiful, brilliant and lovely son Finn has passed away. We are devastated beyond belief.’ 

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‘The amount of change that children and parents reported in the survey and our own experiences of the pandemic would suggest very strongly that changes must relate to that.

‘If you think of a teacher with 30 children in their class, they’ve gone from three children in their class with difficulties to five children in their class. 

‘The majority of children have told us that they feel lockdown has made their lives worse. This has obviously coincided with the period where schools have been closed.’

Four in ten children said lockdown had made their lives worse, with around 15 per cent saying it was ‘much worse’.

Another 37 per cent of children aged five to 16 worried about whether friends and family would catch Covid-19, while almost a third had problems sleeping.

Dr Bernadka Dubicka, chairman of the child and adolescent faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: ‘It’s deeply distressing to see such a sharp increase in the number of young people living with a mental illness, more so as lockdown and poverty has made many of their lives significantly worse. 

‘Services were already struggling to cope with demand before Covid-19, but access has been even worse since lockdown started. 

‘We are now seeing more patients needing emergency or urgent treatment because they’ve become so ill while waiting to be seen.’

Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan, NHS England’s associate national clinical director for children and young people’s mental health, said many youngsters were experiencing anxiety, sadness and loneliness because of the pandemic.

She added: ‘Simple steps like getting enough sleep, talking to friends or family and ensuring your child has a simple routine can make a huge positive difference.

‘And the NHS, children’s services, schools, colleges and the voluntary sector are working together to provide a range of support including 24/7 crisis support lines, face to face, telephone or digital appointments and support in schools so issues can be identified and help offered sooner.’

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said the figures were alarming.

‘It should shock the Government into immediate action to tackle a growing epidemic,’ she said. ‘While there have been some welcome improvements in children’s mental health services over recent years, clearly the scale of the problem is getting worse, and what has been promised is just not enough.

‘The NHS will have to upscale radically its plans for children’s mental health just to meet its existing commitments.

‘Every school needs an NHS funded counsellor as a minimum, and we need a children’s mental health service that is properly funded, with no postcode lottery.’

Richard Crellin, of the Children’s Society, said: ‘This must be a wake-up call for the Government about the severity of the situation and the need for further, urgent action to support children.’ 

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