Queen Elizabeth II has thanked healthcare workers on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus and told the British people they would overcome the outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation.
In only the fifth televised address of her 68-year reign, Elizabeth on Sunday called on UK citizens to show the resolve of their forbears.
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“Together, we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” the 93-year-old monarch said in the address from her Windsor Castle home where she is staying with her husband Prince Philip, 98.
“While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”
The broadcast came hours after officials said the death toll in the United Kingdom from the virus had risen by 621 in the last 24 hours to 4,934 with high fatalities still expected in the next week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among those in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and the queen’s own son and heir Prince Charles, 71, has recovered after suffering mild symptoms of the virus.
Like many countries in Europe, the UK is in a state of virtual lockdown, with people told to stay at home unless it was essential to go out. Health Minister Matt Hancock said even stricter rules might be imposed if the current rules to curb the spread of the virus were flouted.
World War II spirit
Elizabeth thanked those who were staying at home, thereby helping to spare others from suffering the grief already felt by some families.
She also paid tribute to healthcare staff for their selfless work and commended the “heart-warming” stories of people across the Commonwealth, of which she is head, and beyond for delivering food and medicines to those who needed them.
Sunday’s address was an extremely rare event, as the queen usually only speaks to the nation in her annual televised Christmas Day message.
In order to ensure any risk to the elderly monarch herself was mitigated, it was filmed in a big room to ensure a safe distance between her and the cameraman, who wore gloves and a mask and was the only other person present.
Elizabeth said the situation reminded her of her first-ever broadcast in 1940, when she and her late sister Margaret spoke from Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes to escape bombing raids by Nazi German aircraft.
She said that in the future people could take pride in how they too had dealt with such a challenge and disruption to their lives.
“Those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any,” she said. “That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”
She even invoked the words of the famous song, We’ll Meet Again, by Vera Lynn from World War II which became a symbol of hope for Britons during the conflict.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she said. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
Elizabeth Warren endorses Jamaal Bowman in primary against Chairman Eliot Engel
Jamaal Bowman, a first-time House candidate challenging a 16-term Democratic incumbent in New York, secured a major progressive endorsement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday. Ms. Warren, who was a top candidate in the Democratic primary last year, joins Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Katie Porter of…
Jamaal Bowman, a first-time House candidate challenging a 16-term Democratic incumbent in New York, secured a major progressive endorsement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday.
Ms. Warren, who was a top candidate in the Democratic primary last year, joins Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Katie Porter of California in supporting Mr. Bowman’s bid against Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel.
“I am proud to endorse Jamaal Bowman for Congress in New York’s 16th District,” Ms. Warren of Massachusetts said in a statement. “He is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress fighting for big, structural change. Whether it’s fighting for high-quality public schools, affordable housing, or rooting out systemic racism, Jamaal Bowman will be a champion for working people in Washington.”
Mr. Bowman responded: “I am thrilled to have earned Senator Warren’s endorsement, who has made it her life’s work to fight for workers, their families, and for an economy that doesn’t just work for those at the top.”
The competition between Mr. Engel, a 16-term incumbent and House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, and Mr. Bowman, a former middle school principal, is framed as, potentially, the next AOC-esque challenge.
It’s a test of whether Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s radical success — which toppled former Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley in 2018 — can be duplicated in the nearby 16th Congressional District of New York.
But its also a challenge between the “old guard” of the Democratic Party and younger progressives.
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Elizabeth Warren would give Biden biggest boost with young voters, minorities: poll
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would give likely Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden the biggest boost among minorities and younger voters compared to eight other potential ticket mates, according to polling released on Wednesday. Ms. Warren, who had the strongest name ID among nine potential VP contenders, had a 38% favorable rating and 39%…
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would give likely Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden the biggest boost among minorities and younger voters compared to eight other potential ticket mates, according to polling released on Wednesday.
Ms. Warren, who had the strongest name ID among nine potential VP contenders, had a 38% favorable rating and 39% unfavorable rating among overall voters in the Politico/Morning Consult poll.
But her would-be addition to the ticket had the strongest effect in prodding black and Hispanic voters, along with voters under the age of 45, to say they would be more likely to support Mr. Biden.
Other names in the survey included Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Val Demings of Florida and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Mr. Biden has committed to selecting a woman to be the party’s vice presidential nominee. Ms. Warren, Ms. Klobuchar and Ms. Harris are former 2020 presidential rivals of Mr. Biden.
Ms. Klobuchar was the only candidate who had a net positive effect in drawing voters ages 45 and up, a demographic President Trump has been struggling with a bit lately.
Ms. Whitmer, Ms. Baldwin, Ms. Demings, Ms. Lujan Grisham, and Ms. Cortez Masto had net negative effects for Mr. Biden, but most respondents had either never heard of them or had no opinion.
The survey of 1,986 registered voters was taken from May 22-26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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Elizabeth Warren to bow out of US presidential race
Former Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during a primary election night rally in Detroit, Michigan [File: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo] Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, according to a person familiar with her plans. The exit…
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Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, according to a person familiar with her plans. The exit came days after the one-time frontrunner could not win a single Super Tuesday state, not even her own.
The person was not authorised to speak about Warren’s intentions and talked to The Associated Press news agency on the condition of anonymity.
Warren’s exit extinguished hopes that Democrats would get another try at putting a woman up against President Donald Trump.
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For much of the past year, the Massachusetts senator’s campaign had all the markers of success, robust poll numbers, impressive fundraising and a sprawling political infrastructure that featured staffers on the ground across the country. She was squeezed out, though, by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who had an immovable base of voters she needed to advance.
Warren never finished higher than third in the first four states and was routed on Super Tuesday, failing to win any of the 14 states voting and placing an embarrassing third in Massachusetts, behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sanders.
Her exit from the race following Senator Amy Klobuchar’s departure leaves the Democratic field with just one female candidate: Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who has collected only one delegate towards the nomination. It was an unexpected twist for a party that had used the votes and energy of women to retake control of the House, primarily with female candidates, just two years ago.
Warren, 70, began her White House bid polling near the back of an impossibly crowded field, used wonky policy prowess to rocket to frontrunner status by the fall, then saw her support evaporate almost as quickly.
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