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Energy crisis: Tory government won’t help but wants you to use your common sense. Why?

The Conservative government has developed a curious rhetorical tic lately, as Maximilien Robespierre notes in his latest clip.

Instead of providing tangible help on the latest crisis they have triggered or escalated, ministers tell us to rely on our own common sense.

So in the Covid-19 crisis, mask-wearing was cast as a matter of choice. And now, with the cost of energy multiplying exponentially, they are refusing to provide advice.

They say we should rely on our own common sense.

Here’s the clip:

It’s an abrogation of responsibilty.

Political choices put the population in this mess, so politicians should grasp the nettle and offer us options to get out of it.

And saying the amount of energy we use is up to us, after experts have already said we need to cut back consumption by 15-30 per cent, is imbecilic.

This Writer’s advice is: don’t listen to them. Listen to the people offering real help, like the Iceland boss in the clip.

Apologies for the unusual layout of this article. I am away from my desk, writing this on my mobile phone, without access to my usual tools.

What’s the big secret about how Lebedev became a Lord? What did Johnson do?

Buddies: Boris Johnson and Evgeny Lebedev. What public interest issues could possibly justify delaying whether the liar on the left interfered to put the son-of-a-Russian-spy on the right into the House of Lords?

It seems the Conservative government has found yet another piece of important information about Boris Johnson that it wants to hide. That’s right: Boris Johnson.

It concerns the way Johnson’s close friend, the Russian son-of-a-spy Evgeny Lebedev, was ennobled (given a place in the House of Lords).

Parliament voted to instruct the government that it must provide all information on how this happened, by April 28.

But the government has ignored this instruction from the UK’s sovereign institution.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Ellis has argued that he could not give out information where it was “not in the public interest to do so” and the government would need more time to deal with “all the necessary considerations”.

Funny, that. The instruction was given at the end of March so ministers have had a month to sort out any public interest issues. That’s plenty of time.

Also, we all know that the substantive issue is whether Boris Johnson interfered to override concerns about Lebedev by the security services. There’s absolutely no public interest issue around that.

In fact, it seems to This Writer that “Save Big Dog” is the only issue here.

Let’s recap the situation, from This Site’s previous article:

The Guardian revealed back in 2020 that Boris Johnson overruled concerns voiced by the security services in order to give Lebedev a peerage:

Two days before Johnson met Lebedev in March [he did this on March 19, right after telling us all to stay in our homes because of Covid-19, so this happened on March 17], the House of Lords appointments commission (Holac), which scrutinises all nominations, wrote to the prime minister. It is understood to have expressed concerns about Lebedev’s proposed peerage and asked Downing Street to reconsider.

The commission, made up of cross-party peers, carries out “propriety checks” on candidates. It does not have the power of veto. But it can suggest that a party come up with an alternative, which is what is understood to have happened in Lebedev’s case.

Peers were apparently alarmed following a confidential briefing from the UK security services. They told the commission Lebedev was viewed as a potential security risk because of his father, Alexander Lebedev, a one-time Moscow spy. During the late cold war period, Lebedev Sr worked undercover at the Soviet embassy in London. His real employer was KGB foreign intelligence.

Johnson ignored the concerns and Lebedev became a Lord.

Labour leader Keir Starmer called for Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee to review all the reports on Lord Lebedev that Holac saw, after Russians in the UK came under suspicion in the wake of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Lebedev himself has supported publication of the material, saying, “I have nothing to hide.”

But Downing Street insisted that “all peerages are vetted by the House of Lords Appointments Commission” – an assertion that failed to acknowledge that Holac can’t veto an appointment, which always remains within the gift of the prime minister.

And Johnson himself has denied overruling the concerns expressed by the security services.

If the documents are published and show that Johnson did indeed ignore concerns raised by the security services, then he has lied in his capacity as prime minister. If he uttered those words in Parliament, then he will have broken the Ministerial Code and his resignation will be required.

And the irony is that any security risk posed by Lebedev is tiny in any case – because Lords are not shown “classified” documents.

It seems clear that the Tory government is hiding something, and it seems clear that the only thing they have to hide is interference by Boris Johnson in UK security concerns.

Ellis has promised to publish the necessary information “promptly” on May 10, when Parliament reconvenes.

This will be after the local elections, and I wonder whether the delay is motivated by the possibility that it will influence voters against supporting the Tories. But then, why not just say, “This may affect the outcome of an election”?

Or would that be an admission of Johnson’s guilt?

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Government to tell whether Boris Johnson overruled security services on Lebedev peerage

Boris Johnson and Evgeny Lebedev: 10 days after saying he saw no evidence that Russians were influencing UK politics, Johnson has elevated this Russian to the House of Lords.

Parliament has ordered the Tory government to publish confidential information on how Evgeny Lebedev, the son of a Russian spy, was offered a place in the House of Lords.

The Guardian revealed back in 2020 that Boris Johnson overruled concerns voiced by the security services in order to give Lebedev a peerage:

Two days before Johnson met Lebedev in March [he did this on March 19, right after telling us all to stay in our homes because of Covid-19, so this happened on March 17], the House of Lords appointments commission (Holac), which scrutinises all nominations, wrote to the prime minister. It is understood to have expressed concerns about Lebedev’s proposed peerage and asked Downing Street to reconsider.

The commission, made up of cross-party peers, carries out “propriety checks” on candidates. It does not have the power of veto. But it can suggest that a party come up with an alternative, which is what is understood to have happened in Lebedev’s case.

Peers were apparently alarmed following a confidential briefing from the UK security services. They told the commission Lebedev was viewed as a potential security risk because of his father, Alexander Lebedev, a one-time Moscow spy. During the late cold war period, Lebedev Sr worked undercover at the Soviet embassy in London. His real employer was KGB foreign intelligence.

Johnson ignored the concerns and Lebedev became a Lord.

Labour leader Keir Starmer called for Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee to review all the reports on Lord Lebedev that Holac saw, after Russians in the UK came under suspicion in the wake of the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Lebedev himself has supported publication of the material, saying, “I have nothing to hide.”

But Downing Street insisted that “all peerages are vetted by the House of Lords Appointments Commission” – an assertion that failed to acknowledge that Holac can’t veto an appointment, which always remains within the gift of the prime minister.

And Johnson himself has denied overruling the concerns expressed by the security services.

If the documents are published and show that Johnson did indeed ignore concerns raised by the security services, then he has lied in his capacity as prime minister. If he uttered those words in Parliament, then he will have broken the Ministerial Code and his resignation will be required.

And the irony is that any security risk posed by Lebedev is tiny in any case – because Lords are not shown “classified” documents.

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Who’s paying Boris Johnson’s legal bills?

This Site is not the only one to comment on the carefully-worded statements made by Boris Johnson when he has come to the Commons to talk about the lockdown-busting Downing Street parties.

They sound as though they were drafted by a lawyer to be as bland, as content-less, as possible.

They certainly don’t sound like Johnson’s own work; let’s face it – he simply isn’t capable of that.

He says he isn’t using taxpayers’ money to get legal advice.

So, how is he paying for it?

It’s not only a valid question, but an important one.

Think of the trouble he caused himself by asking Lord Brownlow to find money for refurbishment work on the Downing Street flat he inhabits.

Evidence suggests that, asking for the cash, Johnson indicated that he would give consideration to Brownlow’s plan for a “Great Exhibition” to boost post-Brexit Britain.

That has led the Labour Party to submit an accusation of bribery to the police.

So perhaps it is no wonder that both Downing Street and Johnson himself are being tight-lipped about the source of his legal advice.

But he is a public servant and the public have a right to know, in order to ensure that the rule of law is not suffering further at the hands of this hooligan.

Source: Boris Johnson will not get taxpayer-funded lawyers to navigate ‘partygate’ investigation

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DWP is accused of misleading claimants – by TV’s Money Saving Expert

He should know: Martin Lewis has warned that messaging on DWP envelopes urging people to switch energy supplier is WRONG – and the government department couldn’t care less.

The Department for Work and Pensions has been misleading people who claim Winter Fuel Payments, according to ‘Money Saving Expert’ Martin Lewis.

It seems the government department has been putting a message on the back of envelopes, asking recipients “What would you do with an extra £290?”

The message, that went out to people in September this year, went on to say that this was the amount the average consumer saved in 2020 by switching to the cheapest tariff and told recipients to contact Citizens Advice.

But 2020 is now a long time ago.

Wholesale gas prices have risen by 250 per cent since the start of 2021, households cannot save money by switching and in fact, they would lose money because there are no tariffs cheaper than the energy regulator Ofgem’s price cap.

So their best choice is to stick to their supplier’s standard tariff as they would then be protected by Ofgem’s cap until April 2022.

The sticking-point is that the DWP is still sending correspondence with this false information on its envelopes.

It says a batch of 10 million envelopes was created before the rise in energy prices and it would be “impractical, costly and wasteful” to replace them, adding that such a change could jeopardise the department’s ability to make Winter Fuel Payments at all. Oh, and the message is “only a suggestion”.

Strange that the government has huge amounts of cash to waste on any number of commissions from friends of the Conservative Party – no matter how wasteful – but none to spend helping hard-up pensioners save cash (which is exactly the point of the letters inside the envelopes).

And Mr Lewis wasn’t having it at all.

He pointed out that there’s nothing on the envelopes that means they could not be used in the future, when the situation they describe is resumed.

More details are here:

And here: Martin Lewis just called-out the DWP’s ‘dangerous’ actions – The Canary

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Johnson has admitted he was lying about ‘following the science’ – and doesn’t regret causing thousands of deaths

Two-fingered salute: Boris Johnson sends a candid message to everybody who died of Covid-19 – and their surviving families and friends.

That’s a hell of a confession.

Remember all those times Boris Johnson and cronies like Matt Hancock said they were “following the science”?

They weren’t.

They were ignoring the science – and lying to you.

You want some examples?

Scientists warned reopening schools and universities would spread the virus through communities and around the country – which it did.

The PM was urged to keep Brits working from home in a bid to avoid a winter spike a month before the Government launched a campaign to encourage the public to return to the workplace.

Mr Johnson, who has claimed his response to the pandemic has been “guided by the science”, only rowed back on plans to allow as many as three households to mix over the [Christmas] holiday when his hand was forced by the emergence of the Kent variant.

Asked if Johnson regrets these decisions, that have led to tens of thousands of deaths, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson avoided a direct answer – which indicates that he doesn’t.

That’s right.

The UK electorate gave a huge, 80-seat Parliamentary majority to a prime minister who proactively chose to ensure that tens of thousands of people died of Covid-19 – and doesn’t regret it.

He won’t face criminal charges, of course.

He’s above the law. The voters put him there.

Source: Boris Johnson ‘doesn’t regret’ ignoring advice which could have avoided ‘worst case’ Covid-19 – Mirror Online

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By ignoring government demands, are we giving Boris Johnson exactly what he wants?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has begged people to refrain from participating in demonstrations supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement protesting the death of George Floyd.

But many thousands of people have ignored the advice.

Hancock had put them in a tricky dilemma. On one hand, taking part in the demonstrations put them in close contact with thousands of other people, meaning they were likely to meet at least one – probably many – transmitter of Covid-19. On the other, staying away would indicate tacit support for violent anti-black and minority ethnic racism.

The UK’s Tory government has indicated that it supports the violent anti-black and minority ethnic racism that we have seen displayed by the US police – albeit in its deeds rather than words; consider the omission of recommendations to reduce deaths of black people due to Covid-19 in the Tory government report on the subject, and Boris Johnson’s reluctance to halt the export of arms and riot equipment used to beat innocent people, and now peaceful demonstrators.

So there is a strong moral argument for standing up against the Tory government’s behaviour, as well as that of the US police.

But, while we have been told it will be compulsory to wear face masks soon, we don’t have to do it yet. And many people don’t even have one.

Who is more likely to go on a demonstration of this kind? I would suggest it would attract people who don’t vote Conservative.

So it seems the Tories have found a great way to get their political opponents to infect themselves with Covid-19 and possibly even eliminate themselves from the electorate (fatalities in the UK running so high).

And even if you don’t buy that particular theory, it still suggests that Johnson has found a way to inflict his “herd immunity” lunacy on the population – and by their own free will.

It’s despicably manipulative. But is it also too intelligent from bumbling Boris and his guru Demonic?

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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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Is this the reason Lancet editor said government advisors were lying on Covid-19?

Dominic Cummings: he can’t give advice on science, so why has he been attending Sage meetings on handling coronavirus?

Dominic Cummings and a data scientist from his Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, have been influencing the scientific group advising the government on coronavirus, it has been revealed.

Is this the reason Lancet editor Richard Horton reckons “supposedly independent medical advisors” have been telling “manifest untruths” – lying – to support a “political regime whose credibility is rapidly collapsing”?

We have already heard that Cummings was involved in a meeting in late January, when Covid-19 was played down as “just a bit of flu”.

He apparently said the UK would be better able to resist a second wave of the disease next winter if 60-80 per cent of the population became infected and the survivors developed “herd immunity”.

Cummings was paraphrased after speaking at a private engagement at the end of February, in which he said the government’s strategy was “herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad”.

Now The Guardian has claimed that both Cummings and Warner have been taking part in meetings of the group, raising questions about the independence of its scientific advice.

The government’s former chief scientific adviser Sir David King is quoted in the article, saying Cummings may have been reporting his own “interpretation” of Sage advice to Boris Johnson.

Mr Horton wrote in the Lancet criticising Dr Jenny Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, at the end of March. She had stated that England had a “perfectly adequate” supply of Personal Protective Equipment.

We all now know that this was not true.

Mr Horton wrote: “I am sure Dr Harries believed what she said. But she was wrong and she should apologise to the thousands of health workers who still have no access to WHO-standard PPE.”

On Sunday, Dr Harries seems to have made matters worse by saying: “The UK, regardless of the position that we may be in now, has been an international exemplar in preparedness.”

It sounds like propaganda.

And what about when government ministers say they have been “following scientific advice”?

If they’ve been getting this advice from Dominic Cummings, then it cannot be considered to have any value at all.

Source: Revealed: Dominic Cummings on secret scientific advisory group for Covid-19 | World news | The Guardian

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Coronavirus: who cares what Dominic Raab says when he does THIS?

Here is the man who has been given responsibility – responsibility, mark you – for the UK’s defence against coronavirus if Boris Johnson becomes ill.

And Dominic Raab showed he’s yet another Cabinet member who simply can’t follow his own instructions to the public.

One of those demands is that we avoid touching our faces. Most particularly, we’re not supposed to touch objects when we don’t know where they’ve been, and then lick our fingers.

But here’s photographic evidence of Mr Raab doing just that – at a coronavirus press conference.

No wonder the sign language interpreter looks gobsmacked.

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