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By Safe_Timber_Man
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29th February The Sun Says:
THE SUN SAYS The coronavirus crisis has not been Boris’s finest hour… it’s time he gets a grip on the panic

They appear to have changed their mind today. I guess they feel he has suddenly sprung into action since a Saturday:

THE SUN SAYS Boris Johnson is successfully handling the coronavirus crisis and we must remain calm

BORIS Johnson cannot have imagined he would be tested so soon in his Premiership by a deadly and rapidly spreading global virus. So far he is passing that test.

His press conference, and his four-stage “battle plan”, were on the money given the worrying circumstances.

It is impossible to predict how this disease will progress.

But there is a fine balance between downplaying it and over-reacting — and the PM, alongside his chief medical officer and chief ­scientific adviser, struck it.

Even if Covid-19 fails to claim thousands of British lives, it looks virtually certain to cause us huge disruption.

When even the Queen, the embodiment of the stiff upper lip, is already putting on protective gloves you can be sure of that.

She is wise at 93 to take no chances.

It will take a national effort to contain the virus or, failing that, to limit its effects.

The panic-buying that has stripped shop shelves is damaging and unnecessary.

The calls to close schools or scrap sporting events are premature.

For now it is better, as the Government says, simply to wash hands regularly and thoroughly, and self-isolate if you suspect you are infected.

Accept that the NHS and police are likely to be under huge strain for several months.

Britain is good at keeping calm and carrying on. Let’s do that, while actively minimising our risk.




The Sun have been very open about their reservations about HS2. Especially recently when using it to attack Philip Rutnam. When the "eco lobby" express the same feelings The Sun suddenly support HS2 again:
Eco paralysis

THEY didn’t waste any time, did they?

Fresh from all but killing off Heathrow’s third runway, the eco lobby is launching a legal war to block HS2 using the same argument: that the Government did not factor in its commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

You may support the new rail link.

You may be as opposed as TV’s Chris Packham, who is behind this challenge.

But there is no doubt that, as The Sun predicted last month, the Heathrow ­ruling will be weaponised by eco campaigners to scupper every development, every new road and even road repairs.

We hope the Government’s lawyers are preparing a watertight response.

Or every piece of infrastructure the Tories are planning, no matter how vital, will end up being kicked into the long grass, as fracking was.




Non-story. Twitter software detected a pair of tits on an old painting so it was flagged as containing sensitive material. The Sun find this outrageous, before preceding to censor the image in their own newspaper.

Framing cheek

IT’S perfectly understandable that the bare breasts brazenly on display at the National Gallery were flagged as inappropriate on Twitter.

It is high time “artists” like Titian were no-platformed.

It’s a pity he died in 1576 or we could get up a Twitter petition to have him sacked along with his pervy “Renaissance” mates.
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By Andy McDandy
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As Susie Boniface says in today's Mirror, all the stuff that would sink anyone else is just fuel to his fire. He's their man and everything will be spun to reflect that. Stephen Glover in the Mail the other day was of a similar mind - his personal life and track record should appal social conservatives, but as he's the man who Stopped Corbyn and Delivered Brexit, he's forgiven anything.

I can only guess that this brand of personality politics (and let's be fair, everyone's at it) is indulged in because it's easier to change leader than it is to switch team.
 
By Safe_Timber_Man
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THE SUN SAYS Coronavirus is sure to become a deadly epidemic — how long will the advice to wash our hands suffice?

THE dramatic leap in UK coronavirus cases is a reality check for those who believe even the Government’s warnings have been hysterical.

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty, an expert on infectious diseases, says this is almost sure now to become a deadly epidemic here. Let’s take him seriously.

True, only 87 Brits are confirmed to have it so far and few caught it in Britain. But that looks certain to soar until the global race for a vaccine bears fruit.

It is true too that the vast majority will suffer mild symptoms. But the WHO says the percentage killed may be substantially higher than first thought. How long will the sage advice to wash our hands and stop touching our faces suffice?

Other nations are scrapping events and closing schools. So far our Queen has put on gloves and the Bond movie has been delayed. We may need more draconian steps sooner rather than later. And one thing is more certain:

Covid-19 is already a monumental global economic shock and likely to worsen.







Rish pickings

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak must listen on fuel duty . . . to Tory backbenchers, small firms and the Sun ­readers.

Hiking petrol and diesel taxes, frozen for a decade thanks to our campaign, may seem trivial to Londoners with the Tube and decent buses to rely on.

It may even seem logical to increase electric car take-up.

The reality outside the capital, and in the former “Red Wall” regions, is it will make working people worse off, will come as a painful blow to van drivers and a bombshell for truckers.

And they won’t respond by spending £25,000 on a battery-powered runabout they’ll need to charge every few miles.

They will suffer it grimly, pass on the cost to customers if they can and resent that their new Tory Chancellor, as his first act, made their lives tougher.



Greener Britain

IT’S time for some perspective on Britain’s role in mitigating climate change.

From all the Extinction Rebellion protests you might imagine we were among the world’s worst polluters. In fact our carbon footprint is its smallest since 1888.

Far from “doing nothing”, as Greta Thunberg claims, our emissions are down 29 per cent in a decade.

Two per cent of our power comes from coal. In Germany it’s 40 — and China and India are building scores of new coal-burning plants.

Heathrow’s expansion has been halted while they build HUNDREDS of new airports.

And while we introduce bans and taxes that make Britain cleaner but threaten our prosperity, the world’s mega-polluters carry on regardless.

Green campaigners should target those with the worst record, not one of the best.
 
By Safe_Timber_Man
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Absolutely staggering hypocrisy from Dan Wootton today as he tries to defend Boris and Carrie. Dan has been by far one of the most bitchy and unpleasant critics of Harry and Meghan, including when Meghan was pregnant. Here he is today in The Sun, without a hint of self awareness:

But we are gripped by a nasty culture war driven by social media.

So after the happy announcement, Twitter once again became a hateful cesspit where apparently respectable professionals found despicable ways to slag off a young woman expecting her first baby, to a man she loves, and spout pathetic conspiracy theories.
:shock: Unbelievable.




WHY TROLL BABY JOY?

CELEBRATING Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ impending arrival as some much-needed happy news for the country struck me as completely non-controversial. After all, a high-profile pregnancy and cute baby being born at No10 always lifts our collective spirits, right?

Similar sentiments were expressed when Tony Blair and David Cameron said their wives were expecting while PM. The pregnancies of Kate and Meghan were widely celebrated, too.

But we are gripped by a nasty culture war driven by social media.

So after the happy announcement, Twitter once again became a hateful cesspit where apparently respectable professionals found despicable ways to slag off a young woman expecting her first baby, to a man she loves, and spout pathetic conspiracy theories.

Ironically, many were the same crew who have been banging on for weeks about the need to be kind to those in the public eye.

But those rules instituted by the London liberal keyboard warriors only apply if you have the same political views as they do.

If you are a Tory or a Brexiteer, or on the right or work for a popular newspaper, you are such an abhorrent human being in the eyes of the likes of Alastair Campbell and Jameela Jamil that you can be torn to shreds without a hint of irony from the perpetrators who are no better than abusive trolls.
 
By Cyclist
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But we are gripped by a nasty culture war driven by social media.
Really? Or is social media just the battlefield for a "nasty culture war" started, and perpetuated, by scumbag shiterags like the S*n? This is like blaming the Belgian countryside for the battle of Waterloo. Social media, like the land, is just "there". It's up to people how they use it, and what they use it for.
By mr angry manchester
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Shit right wing rags like the Scum put me in mind of this kid when I was at junior school. He wouldn’t get into a fight himself but would egg others on to start one, then run away when it kicked off “it wasn’t me miss”
 
By The Red Arrow
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You really didn't need crystal balls for this one, groovers...



SCHOFIELD EXCLUSIVE: New Sun Chief Newton ‘Blackmailed’ Phillip Schofield to Come Out Live on TV

PHILLIP Schofield was forced to come out as gay on ITV This Morning in order to “manage” a threatened Sun story on his private life
THE VETERAN host met new Sun Editor-in-Chief Victoria Newton and reluctantly agreed to an exclusive interview instead
PHONE hacking-linked Ms Newton used the tactics on Mr Schofield on the FIRST DAY of her new job… to impress boss Rebekah Brooks
CONTROVERSIAL Sun man Dan Wootton confronted Mr Schofield about his sexuality, telling him a story could soon “out” him, before:
A CRISIS team of ex-Murdoch employees acted for Mr Schofield to broker a deal, branded the product of “blackmail journalism”
READ all about it here in detail in this deep, full-length, investigation…


https://www.bylineinvestigates.com/murd ... -live-on-t
 
By Boiler
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Even if I posted my reply in German, I'd still better not do it.

Please Sir Keir, if you come to power in 2024 (unlikely I know given the fuckwittery of the electorate) will you make Leveson 2 happen?
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By Kreuzberger
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The Red Arrow wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:12 pm
You really didn't need crystal balls for this one, groovers...



SCHOFIELD EXCLUSIVE: New Sun Chief Newton ‘Blackmailed’ Phillip Schofield to Come Out Live on TV

PHILLIP Schofield was forced to come out as gay on ITV This Morning in order to “manage” a threatened Sun story on his private life
THE VETERAN host met new Sun Editor-in-Chief Victoria Newton and reluctantly agreed to an exclusive interview instead
PHONE hacking-linked Ms Newton used the tactics on Mr Schofield on the FIRST DAY of her new job… to impress boss Rebekah Brooks
CONTROVERSIAL Sun man Dan Wootton confronted Mr Schofield about his sexuality, telling him a story could soon “out” him, before:
A CRISIS team of ex-Murdoch employees acted for Mr Schofield to broker a deal, branded the product of “blackmail journalism”
READ all about it here in detail in this deep, full-length, investigation…


https://www.bylineinvestigates.com/murd ... -live-on-t
They have form. The first edition of the Sunday Scot, a rival to the Sunday Mail and Post, run by Jack Irvine and Steve Sampson was going to go in to Edie Mair's bedroom.

He shrugged. They hoped for the Queen Mum to croak instead. The paper lasted barely two months.
 
By Safe_Timber_Man
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Fuel victory

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak is off to a flying start on the day of the most vital and urgent Budget in years.

His decision to continue the freeze on fuel duty — a huge campaign victory for The Sun — is fantastic news:

For families, who faced a £43-a-year hike at the pumps. For van drivers and truckers whose bill would have been in the hundreds. And for consumers who would have ended up shouldering some of the cost.

Londoners less reliant on cars underestimate the dire effects of a penny or two a litre on those who drive daily.

Outside the capital, including in those new Tory seats of the former Labour “Red Wall”, the freeze which our Keep It Down campaign has secured for ten years has been a money-saving godsend.

That aside, Mr Sunak’s Budget is likely to be very different to the one he expected to deliver when parachuted into the Treasury hotseat a month ago.

His priority must now be mitigating coronavirus, preventing firms going bust and the self-employed suffering hardship while off sick. Payment holidays, a VAT cut, whatever it takes.

It is great, though, that he still intends to spend billions on infrastructure and fixing pot-holes — quite literally “levelling up”. That’s another nationwide problem underplayed in Westminster.

One thing we’re sure of: This Budget is unlikely to be dull.










A vile crime

BURGLARY is a despicable crime which leaves victims violated but which cops have all but given up on.

Former England ace John Terry got luckier than most. In his case police pulled out the stops, traced the criminals via DNA and saw them jailed.

Lesser mortals are lucky if a cop even turns up. Burglaries are too time- consuming and clues hard to come by. The clear-up rate is dismal.

But, as we revealed, John and wife Toni were as traumatised as anyone else. Their house was ransacked, their valuables stolen, their bedroom soiled. No wonder they chose to sell up.

Police complain they don’t have the numbers. But they still have enough to patrol social media for mean remarks.

Home Secretary Priti Patel can prove her zeal to cut crime — by ensuring cops treat burglary as the wicked offence it is.





Pack of liars

WE hope those spreading fake news about Boris Johnson and coronavirus on Twitter reflect on what they have become.

Cynically editing a TV clip to falsely show the PM appearing nonchalant about the disease is wilfully dishonest and hugely damaging with lives at stake.

These very same Tory-haters rail against alleged Brexit misinformation.

When it suits them, no lie is too great.
 
By Safe_Timber_Man
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It's worth keeping an eye on The Sun regarding this. From the very start they've attempted to play it down a bit, dismissed measures taken by other country's and have backed Boris to the hilt. He's can do no wrong in their eyes and somehow it's the fault of social media. It'll be interesting to see if their loyalty towards Boris waivers as things develop.



THE SUN SAYS Boris Johnson is right to ignore the baying armchair know-alls on Twitter as coronavirus grips the UK

IT is at least some comfort, with Britain in the grip of coronavirus, to be steered by people as sober and as expert as our chief medical and scientific officers.

As well as by a Prime Minister determined to follow THEIR advice on saving lives and minimising suffering, instead of baying armchair know-alls on Twitter.

It has been depressing to watch these corrosive loudmouths accuse the Government of doing nothing. Their assumption that other countries’ far more draconian action must be right and Boris Johnson wrong is baffling.

He is surrounded by eminent authorities on pandemics and human behaviour. He has not yet banned flights and events or closed schools because he is told it would do more harm than good.

His strategy has so far worked, in delaying Covid-19 longer than has happened elsewhere. Lives will already have been saved. Panic is not preferable.

The reality is nonetheless chilling. Up to 10,000 Brits are already infected and we are nowhere near the peak. Many families will suffer heartbreaking loss.

We can only heed the experts staking their careers, and maybe the PM’s, on calling this right. We must wash our hands. We must fight this as a nation.

We must not let that unity of purpose be undermined by idiots on social media.




DAN WOOTTON The Coronavirus crisis is NOT the time for cheap shots at Boris Johnson

TRUST. It’s all we have in the middle of the type of international crisis we are currently facing.

Trust in our leaders. Trust in our medical professionals. Trust in our scientists. Trust in our media.

That’s why the chipping away of this trust through the explosion of fake news exacerbated by the cesspit of social media is so dangerous and, potentially, debilitating.

Of course the Government must be held to account right now, as ever. But the unnecessary politicisation of the coronavirus this week has been nothing short of shameful.

The World Health Organisation director declared even the word “pandemic” should not be used “lightly or carelessly” because it “can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death”.

But that didn’t stop left-wing activists here distributing an out-of-context video of Boris Johnson on ITV’s This Morning making it look as if he was encouraging the spread of Covid-19.

In the 24-second clip — which has now been viewed millions of times on Twitter alone — the PM says: “Perhaps you could take it on the chin, take it all in one go and allow coronavirus to move through the population without really taking as many draconian measures.”

The Prime Minister was actually answering a question put to him by the presenter Phillip Schofield about whether the Government’s aim was to try to delay the spread of the virus until the summer in order to avoid overwhelming the NHS.

Boris clearly stated that was only a theory and went on to clarify the Government’s position by stressing, “We need to strike a balance” and adding: “It would be better if we take all the measures that we can now, just to stop the peak of the disease being as difficult for the NHS as it would.”

A responsible position based on medical and scientific advice articulated clearly. So why on earth are Twitter and other social media companies allowing the spread of an out-of-context fake news clip that quite clearly entirely misrepresents the Prime Minister’s position?

But this is the same ­platform that allows Jeremy Corbyn supporters to openly celebrate Tory Minister Nadine Dorries being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Then there are the Lib Dems, whose acting leader Ed Davey — desperate for someone, anyone, to talk about the failed party — is using the ­coronavirus emergency to call for the end of the Brexit ­transition period to be delayed again.

Surely no one other than the most ardent remoaners thinks now is the moment to dredge up and relitigate divisive debates from the past three years?

I was outraged on Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 show this week when one of these ­characters said the Government had “missed the boat” on the response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Yet again, there was no proof, no scientific explanation.

Just a hatred for the Tories and a desire to cling to a future in the EU at any cost.

I was heartened by Sadiq Khan’s measured response to left-wing agitator James O’Brien yesterday who was desperate to see the London mayor criticise the Government’s position.

Instead, he confirmed the response has been the right one because it is based on medical and scientific advice.

That type of coming together is so important right now in order to protect our health and way of life.
 
By youngian
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The Sun says: Trust the experts, trust Whitehall, trust government over windbag shit stirring populists. Strange days indeed.
Then there are the Lib Dems, whose acting leader Ed Davey — desperate for someone, anyone, to talk about the failed party — is using the ­coronavirus emergency to call for the end of the Brexit ­transition period to be delayed again.

That's generous of him as the rest of us a too tired to care anymore if the country implodes into a no deal catastrophe which will be on Johnson.
 
By KevS
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Fuck off Wootton. I'll be buggered if I'm going to be lectured on cheap shots by someone whose constant sniping and cheap shots possibly drove Caroline Flack to her death.
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