From Tim Shipman in the Sunday Times m
A moment of “tense” standoff between the prime minister and Sir Mark Sedwill, Britain’s most senior civil servant, exposed growing fissures at the top over the implementation of his blueprint for lifting the lockdown.
In a meeting early last week, two sources said Johnson had listened as the detail of the plan was outlined but then asked: “Who is in charge of implementing this delivery plan?” One recalled: “There was just silence. He looked over at Sedwill and said, ‘Is it you?’ Sedwill said, ‘No, I think it’s you, prime minister.’”
Colonial paternalism is part of Tory Brexiter DNA. Nativist dimwits won’t see it that way and will give Farage a way back by spreading fear around Clacton that Fu Manchu is moving next door.Bones McCoy wrote: ↑Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:40 amhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... g-citizens
Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens
I can't see this going down well with the Gammon.
I can see it watered down to "Visas for just the entrepreneurs".
What's noticeable is Johnson. Firstly the cynicism of the responses - the constant attempts to portray scrutiny of government as an attack on the public themselves.
But more notably the anger. He really does seem incensed by the idea that he can be challenged. And of course it's hard not to assess that in the context of his constant attempts to avoid tough interviews, media outlets perceived as unfriendly.
The raising of his voice, the jabbing of his finger. If there is a persistent sense, widely discussed, that he is losing these encounters, I suspect that he's going to start slipping up badly, both in manner and content.
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