:sunglasses: 37.5 % :pray: 50 % :laughing: 12.5 %
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By Andy McDandy
Stewart Lee on the ESL fiasco. Possibly breaking a world record for the use of "buccaneering" in one article.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... per-league
Boris Johnson’s spineless intervention in the Great 48 Hour Town Crier Sell-Off of 2021 is a spaff in the face for the millions of Britons who voted for Brexit because they believed we should be free-market buccaneers; and it is a spaff in the face of the betrayed pole-dancing entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, who gave Boris Johnson her love on a family sofa, because she believed in his belief in buccaneering.
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By Andy McDandy
Two for one today, as Marina Hyde tackles Sofagate:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... lat-refurb
I keep reading that Dominic Cummings “knows where the bodies are buried”. Unfortunately, so do 127,000 families.
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By Boiler
Rafael Behr on Johnson:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... r-politics
The prime minister approaches truth the way a toddler handles broccoli. He understands the idea that it contains some goodness, but it will touch his lips only if a higher authority compels it there. Everyone who has worked with him in journalism and politics describes a pattern of selfishness and unreliability. He craves affection and demands loyalty, but lacks the qualities that would cultivate proper friendship. The public bonhomie hides a private streak of brooding paranoia. Being incapable of faithfulness, he presumes others are just as ready to betray him, which they duly do, provoked by his duplicity.
The court of King Boris combines the zealotry of a revolution with the conceit of an empire and the probity of gangsters.
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By The Red Arrow
The one I'd been waiting for. :D

See also
The ‘John Lewis nightmare’ shows just how out of touch Boris Johnson is
To the majority of voters, snobbery is the headline offence of the prime minister’s flat refurbishment
Zoe Williams
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... urbishment
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By Andy McDandy
Couple of items from Marina Hyde. First off, Starmer's image issues:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... di-starmer

On civil liberties and ending lockdown:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... aud-tories
Of course, in Johnson’s published oeuvre, freeborn Englishmen are forever being admired for doing exuberantly freeborn things like “beating the hedgerows with staves” – even as Johnson’s government seeks to ban any protest that is too noisy or somehow “annoying”. In Johnson’s canon, the praises are forever being sung of “peasants blind drunk on non-EU approved scrumpy” – and yet, the author’s very first act as London mayor was to immediately outlaw drinking on the Tube. I sometimes wonder if Boris Johnson is a committed civil libertarian in the same way I’m a peerless opening batsman for England.
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By Andy McDandy
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ellchecker

Marina Hyde on blistering form re. Cameron.
It does seem genuinely incredible that such a professed opponent of the nanny state should believe it is the state’s job to provide some kind of aftercare facility to assist former prime ministers on their financial trolley-dashes. Politicians who are permanently telling ordinary people that they need to take personal responsibility are so often appalling at doing it themselves.
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