British scientists blast Johnson government, claim “Stalinist censorship” of coronavirus report

Mind you, Joseph Stalin has been dead for almost 60 years.

As the Guardian reports,

On Friday afternoon, after the Guardian revealed frustrations over the redacted report, another member of the government’s advisory committee took to Twitter to complain of what he said was “Stalinist” censorship.

“Personally, I am more bemused than furious,” said Stephen Reicher, a professor of social psychology at the University of St Andrews. “The greatest asset we have in this crisis is the trust and adherence of the public. You want trust? You need to be open with people. This isn’t open. It is reminiscent of Stalinist Russia. Not a good look.”

University of Minnesota plans no job cuts, at least for now

The Star-Tribune also notes that the university would like to begin the fall semester with face-to-face instruction.

For now, the budget includes a hiring freeze systemwide, a freeze on merit pay increases and bonuses for all employees — except those working under collectively bargained contracts, and a 10% cut for Gabel and her cabinet.