Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, wants us to know that he is refusing to recognise suggestions of an “Operation Red Meat” strategy to save Boris Johnson’s bacon.
Zahawi, who himself is no angel after trying to get the public to pay for his stables to be heated by claiming it on his MP expenses, wants us to think Johnson is in no danger of dismissal, despite votes of “no confidence” from 35 sitting Tory MPs and one suspended Tory (Anne Marie Morris), and revelation upon revelation every day.
“He’s human and he makes mistakes,” said Zahawi. Yes indeed, we all are and do. But most of us don’t make the same mistake continually over a period lasting at least 11 months, possibly much longer. That is a pattern of behaviour.
Zahawi has also denied some of the details of “Operation Red Meat”, saying sending the military to deal with refugee boats trying to cross the channel was something the government had been “seeking to address for a long time” – and got into hot water on Sky News for doing so:
"It's not good optics is it," #KayBurley says to #NadhimZadawi, "the army bearing down on a little dinghy in the channel, full of Afghans we abandoned when we fled Afghanistan?"
"We're after the traffickers."
"They aren't in the boat."#RefugeesWelcome #skynews
— A Weekend in Vagus 🌈 (@AGildedEye) January 17, 2022
It’s true: You don’t crack down on people traffickers by sending the military to attack a flimsy boat full of vulnerable refugees from a country the UK abandoned.
Zahawi wasn’t the only one coming out with nonsense to the media.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, challenged by (Islamophobe) Trevor Phillips on Sky News yesterday (January 16), said Johnson would address the culture that allowed the Downing Street parties to happen:
#Phillips – When are you going to tell Boris Johnson that he can no longer be Prime Minister?
Oliver Dowden – "I think Boris Johnson should remain as our Prime Minister… as he will address the kind of culture that allowed this to happen in the 1st place." pic.twitter.com/H7bWKTkAkl
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) January 16, 2022
There’s just one problem with that: Johnson won’t do anything about any such culture because he is the one who created it and fuels it.
All Dowden’s other comments – the vast majority of his speech, in fact – were tangential; Johnson’s decisions on Covid-19 have little bearing on the parties that were hosted at his house. And in any case, those decisions were either wrong or late, meaning the UK’s Covid-19 death toll has been far higher than it should have been.
The only way Tory Covid policy could be linked with the parties is if it is pointed out that Boris Johnson made a decision to enjoy drinkies with his party buddies while the rest of us were losing loved ones because of his decision not to fight Covid-19 in the proper way and at the proper time.
We need to keep that in mind, no matter what drivel the Tories and their mouthpieces in the media throw at us.
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