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Johnson’s smile shows he hasn’t seen evidence that allegations against Cummings are false

 

Duper’s delight: This is the smile Boris Johnson wears when he is lying. You can see it again in the clip of him answer Meg Hillier’s question about evidence showing allegations against Dominic Cummings are false.

This Site’s story about “duper’s delight” seems to be enjoying something of a revival at the moment.

It was a piece pointing out a certain kind of smile made by Boris Johnson when he’s telling a lie.

I was puzzled as to the reason for the piece’s renewed popularity. Then I saw the following exchange and all was explained:

He hasn’t seen any evidence proving allegations against Dominic Cummings are false.

He hasn’t got public servants working flat-out on more important things.

He just wants us to forget about the scandal. It’s our civic duty to remind him about it at every opportunity.

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Government advice is for teachers to become Covid-19 super-spreaders

Ridiculous: one school’s half-hearted attempt to introduce social distancing for children so young they won’t pay the slightest attention to the new rules.

Take a look at this:

That’s right – instead of conforming with the advice for everyone else, that any contact with someone showing Covid-19 symptoms means self-isolation for two weeks, the Tories are telling teachers to carry on as normal.

This means they could spread the disease to everybody in their class – who could then spread it to their parents and everyone within all of their social circles.

In other words, it seems the Tories are setting up our schools as incubation centres for a huge new wave of Covid-19 infections.

Is this the “good old British common sense” that Boris Johnson likes to mention? If so, what a shame he is incapable of providing any examples of it himself.

This seems an opportune place to remind parents that they have a legal duty to keep their children away from any setting that may harm their youngsters’ help.

If they allow their child to go to school, therefore, and the child catches Covid-19, responsibility for the illness and its consequences will lie with the parent, and not with the Tory government that tried to coerce them into sending their child into danger.

June 1 is only a few days away. I wonder how many parents will send their children to schools that have been turned into deathtraps.

Source: Teacher? In contact with someone symptomatic? No need to go home or self-isolate, says government – SKWAWKBOX

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Cummings’ Barnard Castle trip ‘minor’ breach of social distancing rules. What about dangerous driving?

Dominic Cummings: he and his buddy Boris Johnson probably think they got away with it again.

Durham Police have confirmed the adage that the UK has one rule for the elite and another for the masses, by refusing to fine Dominic Cummings for breaking social distancing rules in his controversial trip to Barnard Castle.

What about the breach of lockdown represented by his trip to Durham, where he breached social distancing rules by handing his son, who had been exposed to two people who had Covid-19, over to his elderly parents – vulnerable people who were now potentially exposed?

What about the implication of dangerous driving – a criminal offence – in the fact that Cummings himself said he drove to Barnard Castle because he believed Covid-19 had affected his eyesight and he wanted to check whether he could see well enough to drive back to London?

All we get is that Durham Police “did not consider an offence had been committed”.

To the rest of us, this simply suggests that Durham Police are not fit for purpose; this service cannot enforce the law with equality towards rich and poor alike.

PM aide Dominic Cummings’ trip to Barnard Castle “might have been a minor breach” of lockdown rules, Durham Police has said.

But the force said no retrospective action would be taken against the PM’s chief adviser.

In a statement, Durham Police said they view Mr Cummings’ 50-mile round trip to Barnard Castle with his wife and son as “minor” because there was no apparent breach of social distancing rules during their visit.

The force said it had “no intention to take retrospective action in respect of the Barnard Castle incident”, since this would amount to “treating Mr Cummings differently from other members of the public.”

Other members of the public who have been fined for travelling may take a different view. Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski recently made a fuss about being denied access to Welsh beaches for fear of being fined, for example. Was he mistaken? Would he – and others – have been permitted to make the trip, if Cummings’s 60-mile round trip was not worthy of a fine?

On the issue of whether it was an offence for Mr Cummings to drive himself and his family from London to Durham to isolate on his family’s farm, Durham Police said it did “not consider an offence was committed”.

Source: Dominic Cummings ‘might have broken lockdown rules’ – police – BBC News

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Emily Maitlis: enemy of the State?

Record of dissent: Ms Maitlis attracted attention in April when she criticised the Johnson government’s attempts to handle the Covid-19 crisis.

The BBC has apologised to the government after Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis delivered a highly-critical account of the Dominic Cummings affair at the start of an edition of the late-night news show.

The problem is that her monologue was accurate:

‘Lefty’ columnist Owen Jones was quick to make the logical connection:

He’s right that it is not how functioning democracies behave.

It is the way dictatorships behave.

Some of us told you last year – before the general election – that Johnson wanted to run a dictatorship rather than a democratic government, but too few people listened.

Now This Site’s prediction has come to pass. And with Johnson holding an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons, matters can only get worse.

The scandal is escalating, with the BBC accused of replacing Ms Maitlis on the May 27 edition of Newsnight, which it is understood she was due to present. The person who did present the show, Katie Razzall…

… Newsnight editor Esme Wren…

… and deputy editor Stewart Maclean…

… all denied that Ms Maitlis had been forced to step back from the show. And the presenter herself…

… explained that she had “asked for the night off” (after a five-hour pause).

All very plausible. But in a dicatorship, anyone who had been coerced into such actions would have said the same.

And the BBC’s behaviour in this matter has not been honourable.

Ms Maitlis has ‘form’ for attracting ire from Tory politicians; she triggered attacks from the Tories after she criticised Johnson’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis in April:

I wrote at the time: “The speech flags up a new attitude in the BBC.

“Maitlis, and her editors, are showing more criticism of the Tory government than they have in the last, what, 10 years?

“The decision to highlight the fact that poor people are disproportionately likely to suffer, because of the way our society is currently ordered, is extremely important – if media organisations like the BBC follow through on it.

“Public opinion is hugely influenced by the media – and public opinion is what shapes our society.”

Perhaps the Tories were reading and have taken steps. But can they stop us drawing the logical conclusion?

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