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Rishi Sunak’s weasel words can’t hide the lie: Tories WERE called out on crumbling schools, long ago

Crash: this is what happens when RAAC concrete in a school roof fails.

Rishi Sunak has been caught lying in Prime Minister’s Questions again.

He said Opposition leader Keir Starmer had never raised the issue of crumbling schools with him before PMQs on Wednesday (September 6) – but this is not true.

Here’s what Sunak said:

With hindsight, the Tories have rushed to claim that Sunak meant Starmer had never mentioned RAAC concrete in schools before Wednesday – you can see it in Greg Hands’s ‘X’ post above, and in Michele Donelan’s response to Kate Garraway, below:

But these are weasel words. You can hear Sunak’s words for yourself, so you know he didn’t mention RAAC concrete. If he didn’t, then it is misleading of these other Tories to do so afterwards.

It seems that, when Sunak was bandying the words “Captain Hindsight” around, he was pointing in the wrong direction.


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Oliver Dowden made multiple false claims at PMQs last week. And now?

Oliver Dowden: if he had done this, he might have suffered less reputational damage than he undoubtedly will after today’s Deputy PMQs fiasco.

As Oliver Dowden commenced on his second Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions in as many Wednesdays, This Writer filed the following opinion:

He has form.

Last week, the website Left Foot Forward devoted an entire article to falsehoods told by Dowden. It stated:

Full Fact, the campaigns team of independent fact checkers, issued two corrections… Firstly, was a claim by Dowden that the NHS waiting lists are ‘coming down’. Whilst some waiting lists, such as patients waiting over 18 months for a treatment, have fallen, the overall number of cases of waiting in England are at a record high.

He repeated this lie today (July 12) – and yes, it is a lie. Last week he could have got away with saying he didn’t know the information was wrong, but now he can’t.

Secondly the fact checkers pulled up on another claim made by Dowden that the government had been ‘cutting taxes’ for national living wage earners by doubling the personal allowance.

Citing a similar claim made by the deputy prime minster last month, where he said minimum wage earners had seen a £1,000 reduction in their tax, the campaign organisation highlighted that on both occasions this was potentially misleading as Dowden failed to make it clear that this was based on a counterfactual estimate.

Whilst minimum wage earners are paying less tax this year than they would have since 2010 if tax thresholds had gone up in line with inflation, that doesn’t mean the amount they pay has actually decreased compared to 2010.

So it’s a load of jargon, and it seems the deputy PM doesn’t understand it. What can we expect? He’s a person of very little brain.

Labour MP Lisa Nandy also took to Twitter to fact check the deputy MP on two points. First was his claim that his government had built more council houses, which she referenced to an article which cites official government data showing how 161,577 social rent homes had been completed since 2010. Compared to 362,912 between 1997 and 2010.

That’s a straightforward falsehood, then.

Next the deputy PM said that, under his government, record numbers of housing had been being built.

Nandy referred to figures this year that showed planning application in England had actually fallen to their lowest level in at least 16 years.

Furthermore, the Home Builders Federation has predicted England’s housebuilding levels will soon fall to their lowest since the second world war.

That’s a straightforward falsehood, then!

To round it off, the Deputy PM was called out during points of order refereeing to a claim he make on the 7th June, when he said the Labour Party’s plan to invest £28 billion in green energy would add £1,000 more to people’s mortgages. Dowden apparently made the claim a day after the Daily Mail reported this figure, but he said it came from treasury analysis.

However, the treasury has admitted that the figure did not come from their analysis and was forced to make the admission that this was not true. The statistics authority was unable to find any official source for the figure after investigation.

So that’s five falsehoods from last week and two (so far) – including one outright lie – from today (July 12, 2023).

How many more will the fact checkers find?

Source: Tory Deputy Leader slammed over multiple false claims during PMQs – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate


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Labour’s tuition fee u-turn: ‘circumstances may change but principles shouldn’t’

The excuses man: we can use this image again because all of the excuses in it are short-term issues. Starmer’s justifying his u-turns by saying circumstances change… but policies should not. Otherwise we don’t know what Starmer’s party stands for, what it will do, or even whether it intends to represent us.

Good for Good Morning Britain for hammering StarmerLabour’s latest two-faced u-turn!

To recap: After giving a solemn commitment (a pledge) to abolish tuition fees in 2020, Keir Starmer has u-turned, saying the financial situation has changed and Labour now has to prioritise its plans:

GMB‘s Susanna Reid, interviewing Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, made the point that “circumstances may change, but principles should not” – adding (alongside co-presenter Martin Lewis) that Starmer has dropped many more of the original 10 pledges he used to get himself elected as Labour leader (This Writer is fairly sure he’s dropped them all by now):

So StarmerLabour is also LyingLabour. I used to correct people who accused his party by calling it “Liebour” but he has made them right.

He paid for it in Prime Minister’s Questions on May 3, when the Westminster leader of the SNP (!), Stephen Flynn, put the boot in – much to Tory prime minister Rishi Sunak’s joy:

Contrast that with the politics of Jeremy Corbyn, who was ousted as leader after a concentrated, years-long, campaign against him by members of his own party who support Starmer now:

One more point: Changing circumstances don’t need to affect government policy. The Covid crisis and the war in Ukraine have happened, sure – but they are temporary; short-term. Government policy should be long-term.

Political plans should be made in ways that accommodate unexpected developments; they need to represent a coherent political position for which each party stands.

Changing policy on a whim, as Starmer does, puts the electorate on shifting sands. What does Starmer really want to do? Who does he represent?

I don’t know the answer to either of those questions but I know two things:

He doesn’t want to do anything for me. And he certainly doesn’t represent me.


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Crime triggers acrimonious exchange at PMQs

Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner ripped Dominic Raab a new one in a punitive masterclass on how to take apart a political opponent, using his government’s failures and his own record against him.

During a Prime Minister’s Questions that was led by the government and opposition’s deputy leaders, due to the funeral of former Speaker Betty Boothroyd, Rayner began by focusing on the government’s new anti-social behaviour strategy that she said had taken 13 years to arrive and could best be applied to Raab himself (referring to charges of bullying against him).

His best response was that he had never called anybody “scum” (a reference to her use of the word to describe members of his party).

Moving on to attack the Tory record on crime in general, Rayner quoted shocking figures that show 300 rapes take place every day but women brave enough to report them have just a 1.6 per cent chance of ever seeing their attacker face justice in court.

Raab’s response that 69 per cent of such cases result in conviction was pathetically weak; he was saying only one in every 100 rapes ever results in a conviction.

The figure supports Baroness Casey’s damning report on the “institutionally sexist” Metropolitan Police, which stated that rape might as well be legal in London.

And worse was to follow, with the revelation that the average wait for a rape case to reach court is now three years, and 175 have been abandoned because the victim was so brutalised by the experience that she felt unable to go on.

These are damning figures for which Raab had no coherent response.

And that’s the most damning part of it, because Dominic Raab is also the UK’s Secretary of State for Justice.


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Out of touch Tory Dominic Raab can’t get Paul O’Grady’s name right

UK Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab showed he was so out-of-touch he couldn’t even get late comedian Paul O’Grady’s name right – while paying tribute to him during Prime Minister’s Questions.

He compounded the offence by adding an unnecessary attack on ‘woke’ comedy:


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Quick review of PMQs: Sunak has to break out the ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ excuse AGAIN

I was going to do my own piece on Prime Minister’s Questions but Phil Moorhouse of A Different Bias got there first and did it better than I would have.

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200 asylum-seeking children go missing – Tory MP says they should not have come to UK illegally

A new low: Jonathan Gullis (the unmasked bearded man in the background) [this is a stock image].

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Tulip Siddiq drew attention to the fact that, despite the UK being considered a safe haven for vulnerable children, there are 200 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children missing from UK hotels.

Rishi Sunak’s comment that the government needs to end the use of hotels for unaccompanied children, “and that’s what government plans will do,” was sinister enough – he meant the plan to stop asylum-seekers from getting into the UK would ensure that fewer will be here in need of housing.

But from the backbenches, Tory MP Jonathan Gullis apparently shouted, “Well, they shouldn’t have come here illegally!”

That’s Compassionate Conservatism for you: let children go missing – kidnapped? Made into slaves for criminal gangs, for purposes that one flinches from considering? – because they should have stayed at home, possibly to be exploited in similar ways by their own countryfolk?

One can only agree with Peter Kyle: The Conservatives have found a new low.

Here’s the video clip:

And here’s Mr Kyle’s tweet:

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NHS dentists: Is Rishi Sunak trying to usurp Boris Johnson’s reputation for lying?

Rishi Sunak: rebuilding public DIStrust of the Conservative government.

UK prime minister Rishi Sunak has been caught out telling a falsehood to his fellow MPs.

Didn’t he claim he was going to rebuild public trust in the government, when he became PM last year?

This isn’t going to achieve that aim.

During Prime Minister’s Questions on January 11 – the first PMQs of the year, he claimed:

  • There are more NHS dentists across the UK.
  • There is more funding for NHS dentists.
  • This means people are getting the treatment they need.

It seems none of these claims are true.

Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, who highlighted concerns that people are unable to get an NHS dental appointment, has written to Sunak, calling on him to correct the record:

She wrote: “The British Dental Association (BDA) has said that not one of these claims are accurate, and described this as a ‘wholesale misrepresentation’ of the crisis facing NHS dentistry.”

She continued: “The Chair of the BDA, Eddie Crouch, has said ‘The Prime Minister has offered a grotesque misrepresentation of a crisis facing millions. Our patients are living with the reality. The facts are there are no new dentists, no new contract and no new money. All we’ve seen are tweaks at the margins. We need honesty, ambition and investment to save a service on its last legs.”

And she urged him to correct the record.

At the time of writing, he has yet to do so.

ADDITIONAL: The British Dental Association has also urged Sunak to correct the record after Labour/Co-operative MP Simon Lightwood raised the same issue:

And Peter Stefanovic has made this short clip to show Sunak how to do it:

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Prime Ministers Questions November 23 2022

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was grilled on Scottish Independence and the forthcoming recession – and as usual provided few answers.

I was live-tweeting during the session, and my comments look like this:

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If Streeting called Corbyn senile, should he continue as Shadow Health Secretary?

Wes Streeting: he thinks it’s funny to accuse a Parliamentary colleague of having a serious illness.

Shiny New New Labour poster boy Wes Streeting has apologised for calling Jeremy Corbyn “senile” in Parliament. But is that really enough?

There’s no good video clip of this, it seems. Streeting was caught on a hot mic saying, “He’s gone senile” after Mr Corbyn tried to raise a point of order about Rishi Sunak’s insistence on continuing to tell falsehoods about him during Prime Minister’s Questions.

This is the best available:

Streeting later apologised, saying the comment was made “in jest, but I accept in poor taste”.

He added: “I’ve dropped Jeremy a note directly to apologise for any offence caused.”

But is that really enough?

This is the Shadow Health Secretary using a health-related slur. It not only belittled Mr Corbyn but attacked anybody suffering from dementia.

Mr Corbyn himself pointed this out later. He said he had been “subjected to an appalling and defamatory mental health slur” but accepted the apology.

He also said calling somebody senile was “not funny” and “very serious for people suffering from dementia”.

And he added: “The right thing for somebody in his [Streeting’s] position to do would be to issue a public apology to all those who may have been hurt by his comments.”

Has he done so? Not to This Writer’s knowledge.

And am I right in thinking this may not be the first time people in poor health have been ridiculed by the words of the Shadow Health Secretary?

This is not acceptable – by anyone other than the current Labour Party leader, it seems.

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