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By davidjay
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satnav wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:45 pm
Oblomov wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:11 am
The Red Arrow wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:16 pm
Prime minister's questions for the prime minister who doesn't do questions
John Crace

Keir Starmer is not getting under Johnson’s skin any more; he needs to find a way to break the stalemate

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... -questions
Haven't finished the whole piece but it touches upon fears I have and someone on here articulated, that Johnson has been bailed out by the vaccines and it'll play completely to his strengths to triumphantly roar about victory. His client press will lionize him until the day he leaves office, and Starmer will be portrayed as a dour po-faced negative Neville (Chamberlain) pissing on the parade and the Tories will return another majority in 2024.
If the vaccine does come to Johnson's rescue I think he will make a speedy exit in a blaze of glory, the cost of this pandemic is going to be even greater than the cost of the banking crisis in 2008 and very soon taxes will have to rise to start paying back all the money that has been spent.
There's only one thing he's ever wanted to be more than Prime Minister...
 
By The Red Arrow
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Seems like a good place to leave this. Every now and again, Mitchell puts the water pistol away and gets the shotgun out...

Influencers tread a path paved by Michael Gove and co
David Mitchell

Social media stars swanning around the world are just working within the government’s flabby Covid rule
Patel and Gove are like shoddy fence-makers, shaking their head at a fox who’s got into the hen house despite their feeble efforts. “What a nasty fox!” they’re complaining. “But no blame can be attached to us because the fox ignored the spirit of the fence.” We’re exhorted to buy into this rhetoric where corporate taxation is concerned, too, and expend energy blaming international corporations for only paying the tax they’re legally required to, rather than what they ought to be legally required to if our legislators hadn’t consistently let us down. In the rapacious corporate institutions’ defence, the idea of paying more tax than the law requires, out of a sense of the “spirit” of tax law in a notionally just society, is probably a tough one to pitch to a shareholders’ meeting.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ove-and-co
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By Bones McCoy
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The Red Arrow wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:08 pm
And now...Chocolategate!


His [Francois] claims also included Mars bars, Snickers, Kit Kats, wine gums, Twiglets, Jaffa Cakes and chocolate biscuits.

https://scramnews.com/mark-francois-expenses-peperami/
 
By youngian
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The Red Arrow wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:04 am



The Mail’s slightly putting words into Eustice’s mouth but he’s a former UKIP candidate and therefore unhinged enough think this a good idea. Who else does based on the past five years of Tory diplomacy with the EU?
In the Commons yesterday, Mr Eustice faced calls to start conducting disruptive spot checks on foreign vessels operating in British waters.

Sheryll Murray, Tory MP for South East Cornwall, said: 'I know [Mr Eustice] has tried his best but the time has now come to show the EU that we will not surrender to their games.

'I call on [Mr Eustice] to start the necessary frequent boardings on EU vessels fishing in our exclusive economic zone to ensure they comply with UK rules.'

Mr Eustice responded: 'It is the case that in many, many areas, we have taken a pragmatic, sensible, phased approach in the initial months, but there's no obligation on us to continue that.

'And indeed we do… want to see some reciprocation from the EU in terms of application of common sense and reasonableness, and we reserve our position in all of those other areas, and of course it goes without saying that any EU vessels accessing UK waters will need to abide by UK law.'
 
By The Red Arrow
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You can’t fault Matt Hancock’s work ethic – just everything else
John Crace

The health secretary talks in tongues while explaining why a pandemic is the time to reorganise the NHS
No opportunity to talk corporate bollocks was passed up as he greedily took the credit for a restructuring that he said would “support and challenge” something or other and “reduce bureaucracy and improve accountability via the fulcrum of integrated care systems”. AKA undoing some of the mess caused by a previous Tory government’s attempts to reorganise the NHS back in 2010. Trying to unfuck previous fuck-ups is an increasingly popular Westminster pastime.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... thing-else
 
By Bones McCoy
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The Red Arrow wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:58 pm
You can’t fault Matt Hancock’s work ethic – just everything else
John Crace

The health secretary talks in tongues while explaining why a pandemic is the time to reorganise the NHS
No opportunity to talk corporate bollocks was passed up as he greedily took the credit for a restructuring that he said would “support and challenge” something or other and “reduce bureaucracy and improve accountability via the fulcrum of integrated care systems”. AKA undoing some of the mess caused by a previous Tory government’s attempts to reorganise the NHS back in 2010. Trying to unfuck previous fuck-ups is an increasingly popular Westminster pastime.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... thing-else
Caligula put one horse in office.

Matt Hancock has the whole Jockey Club.
By satnav
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I think the proposed reform of the NHS is just a wheeze by Johnson and his pals to try and lay much of the blame for the government's failings in the pandemic on the NHS.

Clearly they can't blame the doctors and nurses because they have got a lot of support in the country but if the government starts to point the blame at bureaucrats, overpaid managers, pen pushers and red tape many people could be persuaded into believing that most of the mistakes in the pandemic were down to NHS structures and procedures rather than ministerial incompetence.
 
By davidjay
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satnav wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:24 pm
I think the proposed reform of the NHS is just a wheeze by Johnson and his pals to try and lay much of the blame for the government's failings in the pandemic on the NHS.

Clearly they can't blame the doctors and nurses because they have got a lot of support in the country but if the government starts to point the blame at bureaucrats, overpaid managers, pen pushers and red tape many people could be persuaded into believing that most of the mistakes in the pandemic were down to NHS structures and procedures rather than ministerial incompetence.
Absolutely, with the additional factor that for all it's done an incredible job, the NHS is still public sector and therefore there's an underlying belief that it's staffed by fat cat bureaucrats and bone-idle-civil-servants-on-gold-plated-pensions while nurses swan around doing not very much all day.
 
By Boiler
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davidjay wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:28 pm
Absolutely, with the additional factor that for all it's done an incredible job, the NHS is still public sector and therefore there's an underlying belief that it's staffed by fat cat bureaucrats and bone-idle-civil-servants-on-gold-plated-pensions while nurses make TikTok videos all day.
FTFY
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