The news in tweets: Saturday, July 15, 2023

Boris Johnson: for such an apparent social media junkie, he seems remarkably inept at using a mobile phone. Could he be lying yet again?

How long until the Covid Inquiry and courts realise Boris Johnson is just withholding his phone and have him arrested?

I’m betting it never happens.

He’s said he can’t get into the phone to access its WhatsApps because of security issues, and that might work with people who don’t know anything about how these things work.

As for those who do…


If you or I were withholding this information, in contempt of a High Court order, we’d be arrested pronto.

Why is Boris Johnson still free?

If you’ve lost track of why it’s important…

So, isn’t it time the authorities took action? Why haven’t they?

And here’s a very perceptive comment:

Labour loses one of its safest council seats to left-winger who was expelled from that party


Here’s a taxation strategy that makes sense – so of course none of the main political parties is interested

Railways minister refuses to apologise after misleading MPs on the impact of closing ticket offices

Huw Merriman said no railway station would be unstaffed after the government-backed changes are imposed – but this is not true.

Reeves criticises Tory cost-of-living failures – but Labour won’t make anything better

The trouble with this comment by the Shadow Chancellor is that Labour isn’t offering any help for the people facing these difficulties. All she or her fellow Substitute Tories will say is that they’ll need to consider the nation’s finances when they get into power.

Not good enough.

Is this the reason school absenteeism is rising?

Education Secretary who hasn’t bothered to study the facts behind the junior doctors’ pay dispute dares to say their pay demand is ‘unreasonable’

MPs’ pay has fallen from its level 15 years ago – but only by a negligible amount, and MPs are nothing like as skilled as junior doctors (as Ms Keegan’s performance amply shows).

But junior doctors’ pay has been pushed through the floor over the same period of time.

Ms Keegan doesn’t even try to make an argument justifying this. Perhaps she knows that no argument can.

That’s especially true when you consider her total failure to support a claim that strike action doesn’t work:

Let’s remember that the government is spending three times as much extra money on agency fees because it isn’t employing enough doctors as it would if it paid junior doctors what they want.

The Tory government’s strategy simply doesn’t make sense.

Possibly the most damning argument is the fact that Conservative MPs habitually pay their unqualified friends and cronies more than highly-skilled public sector workers. For example:

Felicity Mercer doesn’t deserve more money than a junior doctor. Whatever she does for her husband in his Parliamentary office, it doesn’t merit higher pay than a medical professional. But she gets it. And that is unacceptable.

British people resorting to pulling their own teeth with pliers is a scandal – but this comment is almost perfect

The inability to access NHS dentists is indicative of the failure of privatisation in the health service, of course.


It’s a very good question, considering the fact that there’s so much more money around now than there was then. Where is it all going?

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1 thought on “The news in tweets: Saturday, July 15, 2023

  1. Stu

    It really makes you wonder about why so many people actually trusted a man too stupid to remember his own pin code to actually run the country.

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