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Britain boos Boris! And about time too…

Booing with Boo-dicca on Telegraph Hill

Ordinary people the length and breadth of Britain have given voice to their frustration with the country’s ineffective, elitist government by giving its leader a huge, wholehearted “BOO!”

This Site was among those that promoted a campaign to let the prime minister know exactly how little regard we have for him, in a concerted shout at 8pm on May 26.

And Brits across the country took up the gauntlet and used it to give him a voluble and verbal slap in the face.

Did you boo? I did.

But like a boo-foon, I didn’t take any video of it. I’ll level with you: I’m shy.

I’m guessing these people aren’t:

Same time next week, then?

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Boo for Boris! 8pm TODAY – May 26

Who’s going to open a window and ‘Boo for Boris’ today at 8pm?

His failure to get a grip on Covid-19 should be enough for any of us.

Add that to his support for an underling who thinks the lockdown rules, that we have all accepted, simply don’t count for him and we should all be shouting loud and long.

But let’s not forget the smaller matters, like the fact that Johnson is an absentee prime minister, who simply hasn’t been there to deal with the problems we’ve all suffered throughout his premiership so far. Where was he during the floods in February? On holiday, that’s where!

8pm today. Tell Johnson what you think of his miserable efforts. Take video too, and post it on the social media so we can show it to him!

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Part-time PM Johnson booed as ‘traitor’ in flood-hit town after voting down thanks for emergency workers

The only job he’s good for: what a shame Boris Johnson was pictured mopping out flood-hit buildings in November, while he was after general election votes, and not in February, when he didn’t need them. He doesn’t care about your hardship.

What did he expect?

Boris Johnson went AWOL during the February floods, hiding away in a stately home while thousands of others saw their homes submerged – in stark contrast to his behaviour on the campaign trail last November, when he saw a chance to grab a few votes by pretending to care.

We know he doesn’t care, because he and his Tories voted down a motion of thanks for all the emergency workers, Environment Agency staff, council workers and volunteers who actually did turn up to help those affected by the severe weather.

That motion also included a call for an independent inquiry into the floods, looking at the level of funding for flood defences and an examination of lessons to be learned.

But rather than launch such a review, which is likely to be damaging to him and his government, Johnson’s new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has simply announced that he will double the amount of funding to be spent on flood defences over the next few years.

Johnson himself tried to fob off critics, saying that he had been “directing operations” and “working round the clock on various things”.

But to those who who called him a “traitor” during a long-delayed visit to flood-hit Bewdley on the banks of the River Severn, he admitted that any such interference would only get in the way.

He was referring to personal visits but what does he know about flood defence operations?

Nothing.

So any claim to be “directing operations” is nonsense.

Indeed, it seems Johnson has to be prompted by public embarrassment before he’ll agree to do anything.

His government has announced £500 council tax breaks for people affected by flooding, alongside other hardship relief measures – but this was only after one council – Derbyshire – accused him of hypocrisy after saying he would support local government and then turning his back.

So – again – it is impossible to believe a word Johnson says.

He hoped to ignore the millions of pounds worth of harm done to UK citizens while it was happening, and then lie that he had been working hard. The people who held him to account should be congratulated.

Source: ‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson is heckled as he visits town devastated by flooding | The Independent

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Hancock’s promise on nurses and accusations of anti-Semitism are greeted with derision at hustings

Matt Hancock: He may not feel quite so smug now.

The Tories’ current excuse for a health secretary took a few nasty hits – if only to his ego and his party’s credibility – when he tried to repeat widely-debunked claims at a hustings in his constituency.

See for yourself:

Look at Mr Hancock’s face in the video clip. He knew he had lost the audience and wasn’t going to get any of them back.

Now imagine the same scene being played out across the UK as Tories trot out these nonsense claims. It seems they have all been given manuals telling them what their main messages should be (for example, 50,000 new nurses) and how to smear their rivals (Labour anti-Semitism), so it is a reasonable assumption to make.

Let us hope all those other Tory candidates received the same reception.

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Election 2019: Bad start for Johnson as he’s booed out of Addenbrooke’s hospital

Thick(-skinned): Boris Johnson smiled his way through his visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge – even, one suspects, as staff and patients were booing him out.

Why does Boris Johnson still think it’s good electioneering to make appearances in hospitals?

Everyone knows he hates the National Health Service and using it as a backdrop for other unpopular campaigning doesn’t help him.

Today (October 31) was the day he promised, “do or die”, that the UK would leave the European Union. It hasn’t. But he turned up at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to tell nurses that, if elected, then the new Brexit deadline would be in January next year at the latest.

It shows a particularly rough form of insensitivity to keep denying reality in this way.

People don’t want his Brexit. They want a reasonable deal that won’t shrink the economy by 3.5 per cent (equivalent to a loss of thousands of pounds per year for UK households). They want to save money by withdrawing from the EU – as he claimed would happen to the tune of £350m per week in 2016, and not to spend £500m a week on medicines for the NHS in a frankly bewildering deal with the US that would harm us all.

And today, they wanted him out of Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He left to boos and other sounds of derision (as you can see here).

Elsewhere, he was accused of withholding information on Russian interference in the UK democratic process – material that, it was argued, should be available to the public in the run-up to an election.

Oh, and it could also be argued that he spoke inappropriately to children at a primary school in Bury St Edmonds when he told them that enemies of the state used to have their heads chopped off and put on spikes on London Bridge. Did the parents know he was going to put this grisly thought in the minds of impressionable youngsters on Hallowe’en?

All in all, it could hardly have been a worse start for the unelected prime minister.

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BoJob went to Scotland with barmy offer and was booed. I bet he was surprised

What kind of reception did Boris Johnson expect, north of the border? Rapturous applause?

Even his own Scottish Tory leader couldn’t manage that.

This is the man who published a poem stating that the Scottish people are a “verminous” race that should be placed in ghettos and exterminated.

He has said that Scots should be banned from being Prime Minister.

And he said £1 spent in Croydon was worth more than £1 spent in Strathclyde.

This is probably the thinking that inspired him to offer £300 million – not just to Scotland, but between all the devolved nations – to boost growth.

Obviously, he thought it wasn’t worth spending any more.

One wonders whether Mr Johnson was dismayed by the reception he got:

Even Ruth Davidson said she couldn’t sign up to his plan for a “no deal” Brexit, and she’s the leader of the Scottish Conservatives! One can only speculate as to the kind of language he received from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (she’s at the top of the steps to Bute House, there) once they were both safely behind closed doors.

He’s still paying – how many?* – billions for HS2, you know. Even Philip Hammond couldn’t say how much it was costing when he was Chancellor so there’s no hope of BoJob knowing.

He’s doing his best to avoid paying £39 billion to the EU as part of our separation agreement – but apparently that can’t go to the devolved nations or even other areas that will be affected by Brexit because he wants to spend the same amount of money on another vanity high-speed rail project, between Leeds and Manchester.

All things considered, he was lucky to get away with just being booed.

I mean, does anyone remember his reception at a Tory Party conference in Manchester? He was pelted with balls by protesters from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).

Mr Johnson’s next stop is in Wales, where he is apparently set to discuss Brexit with farmers – so let’s hope they pelt him with a substance that they have readily available.

*£56 billion. Allegedly.

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‘Fragile snowflake’ VP-elect lectured by musical cast, provoking apology demand from Trump

Mike Pence leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York after watching Hamilton [Image: Andres Kudacki/AP].

Mike Pence leaves the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York after watching Hamilton [Image: Andres Kudacki/AP].

Donald Trump is getting exactly what he deserves after his outburst against actors who – let’s face it – only spoke to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

He’s being mocked as a “fragile little snowflake” after demanding that “the theatre must always be a safe and special place”.

I daresay Abraham Lincoln would have preferred the theatre to be a “safe space” for politicians, but his example shows the scale of Trump’s miscalculation here.

The American citizens on the stage only talked to the VP-elect – and in a respectful way.

All the booing and abuse was coming from his fellow audience members – American citizens from whom he must earn any respect he, or his President, may try to demand.

Neither Mr Pence nor Mr Trump are “fragile little snowflakes” – they are now prominent politicians who must step up to the role of statesmen.

In a world where stage performers can act with more dignity, it seems they both have a long, long way to go.

Brandon Dixon, who plays vice-president Aaron Burr, stepped forward and took out a piece of paper.

He thanked the audience for seeing the show, then said: “Vice-president Mike Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few moments.

“There is nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen, we are sharing a story of love,” he said.

“Mike Pence, we welcome you here. We are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents.

“Or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights … we hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us,” he continued, to rising cheers.

“We thank you for sharing this wonderful American story, told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations,” he concluded.

Source: Trump demands apology from Hamilton cast after Mike Pence booed | US news | The Guardian

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Part-time Chance(llo)r and towel-folder to explain how impoverishing people makes work pay.

Not fair at all: We love this shot of George Osborne because it clarifies perfectly that, as with Michael Howard before him, there is "something of the night" about him. Will YOU believe him when he says it is fair to punish the poor for an economic recession they never made, while rewarding the rich who did the damage?

Not fair at all: We love this shot of George Osborne because it clarifies perfectly that, as with Michael Howard before him, there is “something of the night” about him. Will YOU believe him when he says it is fair to punish the poor for an economic recession they never made, while rewarding the rich who did the damage?

You know the Tories are scraping the bottom of the barrel when they wheel out Gideon George Osborne to defend benefit changes as “fair”.

It’s hilarious (unintentionally, I’m sure) that they’re wheeling out a man whose appearance in last year’s Olympic Games prompted an international crowd in a full-to-capacity stadium to ‘boo’ him – in order to try to popularise their unjustifiable crimes against the poor.

This is a man whose only proper job was folding towels at a department store, if I recall correctly!

He’s due to make a speech at 12.30pm today (April 2, so it can’t even be defended as an April Fool) in which he is expected to say the Tory cuts mean “this month we will make work pay”, and nine out of 10 working households will be better-off.

They’ll be better of than the remaining one-tenth of households, maybe, but the Tories are never going to convince intelligent people that they’re making work pay by cutting anything! Common sense tells us that, in a country where wages are deeply depressed (such as the UK – oh yes they are) the only way to make work pay is to offer a living wage!

But what can we expect from a political organisation that is now focusing its efforts on redefining the dictionary?

The lexicon here at Vox Political gives multiple definitions for the word “fair”, so I’ll pick out those that may be applied, as follows:

“1. Reasonable or unbiased.” The changes include a below-inflation cap for people on working-age benefits and tax credits, meaning they will become worse-off, year-on-year, while the cap remains in place. Meanwhile, people in the top tax band – who therefore take home the most pay – are getting a £100,000 tax break. Reasonable? No. Unbiased? Not a chance in hell.

Let’s also remember that Osborne is the Chancellor who thought it was a good idea to promote tax avoidance schemes on the Daily Politics TV show, on January 9 this year.

“2. According to the rules.” The Tory-led Coalition is the government that changes the rules to suit itself. Let’s all remember that when Iain Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions was found, by a court, to have been breaking the law by imposing sanctions against people who refused to take part in the ridiculous ‘Mandatory Work Activity’ schemes that take more than a billion pounds out of the economy every year (almost £900 million for companies offering placements, along with hundreds of millions more for ‘Work Placement Provider’ companies), this administration’s answer was to introduce retrospective legislation to wipe away its guilt.

“3. Describing light-coloured hair or skin, or somebody with this.” Let’s widen this definition a little; a person who is “fair to look at” would be deemed attractive, so let’s go with that. Are these changes attractive? Most definitely not. They are designed to make the claiming of benefits unattractive.

“4. Sizeable, as in ‘a fair number of responses’.” This is accurate – the changes will affect millions of homes, throwing many of them into abject poverty.

“5. Better than acceptable.” If they were acceptable, then we would not have seen thousands of people demonstrating against the new Bedroom Tax, in towns and cities across the UK. Nor would we have seen the huge amount of campaigning against the benefit changes online and via petitions. And there will be motions against implementing the tax in local authorities up and down the country. The people responsible for them don’t think these changes are acceptable; nor should you.

“6. No more than average.” It could be suggested that Grant Shapps has been saying the more stringent application of the Work Capability Assessment to applicants for Employment and Support Allowance has created a more representative average number of claims by ensuring 878,000 people dropped their claims when faced by those changes – but, wait a moment, this has been exposed as a lie, hasn’t it? In fact, the number of people dropping their claims has been revealed – by official DWP figures – to be the natural wastage you get from people getting better or finding work they can do while ill, and the number of people receiving the benefit has, in fact, risen.

“7. Not stormy or cloudy.” Clearly the storm of protest around these changes renders this definition irrelevant.

Osborne, who not only advocates tax avoidance but allegedly participates in it himself – he was the target of a campaign by 38 Degrees, early in the life of this Parliament – also seems a strange choice to talk about fairness and making work pay, because of his involvement in a ‘get rich quick’ scheme which was extremely unfair and had nothing to do with work.

Readers of this blog may remember that Osborne used taxpayers’ money to pay mortgage interest on a farmhouse and associated land that he claimed to use for Parliamentary purposes in his Tatton constituency (this has not been proved), and then sold the properties for around £1 million, pocketing the lot. He didn’t work for the money, and this exploitation of the taxpayer can hardly be considered fair – but he got away with it because his privileged position as an MP, apparently, allows it.

Fair? No.

Corrupt?

This seems more likely.