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This Tory can’t take the truth about his government’s new cabinet [VIDEO]

Mark Harper: a Tory ‘divide and rule’ boy who thinks that facts about cabinet MPs are “a nationalist view”.

SNP MP Stephen Flynn laid out the facts about members of Liz Truss’s cabinet on the BBC’s Politics Live – to indignation from Tory Mark Harper.

After one fact after another, about one Tory after another, was laid out, Harper responded with “that is a nationalist view”.

Is it?

Or is it more likely that Harper is in denial, treats Scotland with contempt, and has demonstrated the reason increasing number of Scottish people want independence from a UK government that they didn’t elect and don’t want?

Here’s a clip:

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Eddie Dempsey explains why UK living standards are so low – and rinses Truss’s cabinet

Eddie Dempsey.

The assistant general secretary of the RMT union dropped a salvo of truth bombs in his speech at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow last week.

Profits are high because wages are low – and wages are low because the market says so.

And who is “the market”? According to Mr Dempsey, it is people titled “CEO”.

He made the point that, without working people, the bosses taking all the money would have no wealth – but without them, the UK could be a country fit to live in.

And he pointed out that, with shareholders taking hundreds of billions of pounds worth of profit out of the UK, it is not credible to say there is not enough money available to give working people a living wage.

The only reason wages don’t rise is because profits would then come down, and the greedy CEOs who run “the market” would rather feather their nests than safeguard the people who make their money for them.

It’s a hell of a speech:

Mr Dempsey went on to absolutely humiliate Liz Truss and her new market-ruled cabinet in this interview, when he admitted: “I’ve no idea who any of them are”:

Based on this evidence, it is easy to see why unions like the RMT are enjoying a huge surge in popularity.

While Labour stagnates under Keir Starmer, people like Mr Dempsey are standing up for the hard-working people of the UK – and helping us to stand up for ourselves.

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This is Liz Truss’s new Cabinet: let’s examine the skeletons in their closet

Time of her life: new Health Secretary Therese Coffey danced (badly) and sang (off-key) as her government removed the Universal Credit uplift that had been a lifeline for millions of people.

New UK prime minister Liz Truss has been appointing Tory MPs to her Cabinet. For those of you having trouble placing them, here’s a handy guide:

First appointment is Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor of the Exchequer. As Business Secretary, after energy prices quadrupled last Autumn, he lied on television with a claim that he had been “working very closely” with then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak on what to do. The Treasury instantly rebutted the claim, saying this was not the first time Kwarteng had “made things up” in interviews. It seems likely that he may continue in the same vein.

Therese Coffey becomes deputy prime minister and Health Secretary. In her previous role as Work and Pensions Secretary, she sang “I’ve had the time of my life” at the Conservative Party Conference while her department stripped Universal Credit claimants of £1,040 per year.

The post of Foreign Secretary goes to James Cleverly. In 2019, as Tory deputy chairman, he refused to accept that Islamophobia was racism because “Islam isn’t a race” – and was put straight – embarrassingly – by Labour’s Laura Pidcock:

The Conservative Party failed to adopt the then-new definition of Islamophobia at that time. It would be easy to conclude from this that the new Foreign Secretary, despite being a person of colour, is a racist.

The new Home Secretary is Suella Braverman who, as Attorney-General, actually advocated breaking international law.

Ben Wallace remains Defence Secretary, after daring Vladimir Putin to turn the UK into a radioactive cinder over the Russia-Ukraine war. He had claimed that Russia would be outgunned in the event of a nuclear confrontation – but that does not mean the UK would have been defended, because there is no defence against a nuclear strike; there can only be retaliation. He was daring Russia to enter into Mutually-Assured Destruction – also known as MAD, which is what Wallace seems to be.

The new Business Secretary is Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose own company once invested millions in a blacklisted Russian bank, and apparently avoided paying tax on an estimated £103 million profit over the past five years because it is registered in the Cayman Islands tax haven.

Brandon Lewis becomes Justice Secretary. His most recent blunder was in hypocritically claiming that the UK’s Covid-19 vaccination rate was the best in the world – while refusing to discuss the fact that the Covid-19 death rate at the time was the worst in the world:

Nadhim Zahawi becomes Equalities Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. His previous claim to fame was claiming expenses – from public money – to heat his stables. Let’s all bear that in mind when Liz Truss finally reveals her plan to keep us warm as energy prices rocket over the autumn and winter. But there’s a lot more on him – as you can see by reading this article.

There have been other appointments – but the rogues’ gallery above contains all the headliners.

With that lot in charge, you can tell that Truss is surrounding herself with villains and fools, just as Boris Johnson did.

Is this another case of “Meet the new boss – same as the old boss”?

Source: Truss appoints top team – see who is in and out

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Michael Howard wants Johnson out. But are any Tories brave enough to push him?

Former Tory leader Lord (Michael) Howard has said Tory ministers should follow Oliver Dowden’s example and quit, to push Boris Johnson out of Downing Street.

Alternatively, backbenchers on the 1922 Committee should change the rules by which they hold a confidence vote so they can have another one before the currently-stipulated year’s delay ends, he has said.

But are either ministers or backbenchers up to the challenge?

Tory MPs are notoriously timid about unseating a leader, especially when there is no obvious replacement – and none current presents him- or herself because Johnson’s cabinet is full of incompetents and people of questionable mentality.

But with Johnson determined to ignore the meaning of the election results and pretend that people want him to continue on a course that has been disastrous for the UK (as satirised in the image above), it seems they will soon run out of alternatives.

Lord Howard said: “[Mr Johnson’s] biggest asset has always been his ability to win votes but I’m afraid [the by-election] results make it clear that he no longer has that ability.

“I think [the by-election defeats] makes clear that my view is shared by very large numbers of people in Yorkshire and Devon – places so different that I think they can reasonably be regarded as representative of the country as a whole.”

After the by-election results became known, 1922 Committee treasurer Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said MPs would need to hear what Johnson had to say before making a decision.

Well, we’ve all heard it. Now it’s time for MPs to act.

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Partygate: Of course Simon Case has been questioned by police – there was a party in the Cabinet Office

A suitable Case for investigation: Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.

The big question here isn’t why Cabinet Secretary Simon Case has been questioned by police about lockdown-busting Downing Street parties – it’s why anyone would think he would not be.

Case was originally chosen by Boris Johnson to investigate the events, of which 12 out of an alleged 16 are now the subjects of criminal inquiries by the Metropolitan Police.

But after it was revealed that one such party took place in his office, Case stepped down to be replaced by his colleague Sue Gray – raising the obvious question: why didn’t he refuse the job in the first place, if he was implicated?

Following on from this, we may also ask whether Johnson appointed him in the knowledge that he had attended a party himself and it was therefore in Case’s interest to whitewash the whole scandal.

It all stinks to high heaven and low hell.

Sadly, the police inquiry is unlikely to erase much of the stench of corruption from Downing Street and the Cabinet Office.

Their remit is simply to find out who attended these parties and issue penalty notices in accordance with the law that was in force at the time.

They won’t look at any corruption in the corridors of power.

But then, they never do.

Source: Civil service chief Simon Case ‘receives partygate questionnaire from police’

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#BorisJohnson reshuffles #Cabinet to shift blame – but can’t even do that well

Thumbs up: Boris Johnson has announced new roles for some of his MPs in a bid to be seen to be cleaning up the government. But there’s no indication of HOW they’ll do it – so what’s the point?

Errant prime minister Boris Johnson, still trying to divert attention – or blame – away from his (alleged) participation in those lockdown-busting Downing Street parties, has decided to reshuffle his Cabinet.

Many of us predicted that he would carry out a reshuffle to present one or more scapegoats to the public – and save his own alcohol-soaked neck.

But this one seems more a case of Johnson lining up sacrificial lambs – to take the heat off him in the future.

So Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, even though experience has shown that there are no opportunities arising from Brexit that are worth having.

That being said, the wording of his new title is vague enough that it could refer to opportunities arising from Brexit for a very few, very rich people – those for whom Brexit was originally intended.

As for government efficiency – exactly what does Boris Johnson want his government to be efficient at doing?

Ultimately, This Writer doesn’t think it matters – if public opinion turns against Johnson because of misbehaviour by government personnel, it will be Rees-Mogg’s responsibility; if the cost of living rises further because of Brexit (for example, due to increased bureaucracy at our borders), it will be Rees-Mogg’s fault.

Chris Heaton-Harris becomes the new chief whip, because his forerunner Mark Spencer is replacing Rees-Mogg as Leader of the House of Commons.

Spencer’s appointment has been questioned because he is currently being investigated for Islamophobia after allegations were made by former Tory Cabinet Minister Nusrat Ghani.

Logically he should have been suspended from any position of responsibility, at least until such time as the investigation is complete – not promoted to a position of more responsibility.

Indeed, as Leader of the House, he is responsible for standards of behaviour in Westminster. Doesn’t that make him responsible for the investigation into himself? And isn’t that a conflict of interest?

I think it is.

Paymaster General Michael Ellis takes on some roles currently carried out by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, lifting some weight from Steve Barclay, the incumbent, who Johnson appointed as Downing Street Chief of Staff this  week, in addition to his ministerial role and his duties as a constituency MP.

Questions have been raised about Barclay’s ability to carry out three jobs at once, and Ellis’s appointment seems to have been an attempt to address that issue – alongside being a reward for his attempts to defend Johnson from allegations about the Downing Street parties in Parliament.

In agreeing to take on three jobs at once, of course, Barclay has shown that Johnson didn’t learn any lessons at all from the Owen Paterson scandal last year, which was all about MPs having more than one job (although, admittedly, their second and subsequent jobs were outside Parliament, not in it).

So it seems that Johnson is lining the ways of the Cabinet Office with potential fall guys if the government comes under further criticism for letting us all down.

And – crucially – we’ve heard nothing about how putting these people into these jobs will ensure that Downing Street – and the government generally – will clean up its act. Are we just to take it on trust? Only, some of us don’t have very much trust left for Boris Johnson.

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Are the #MetPolice and #SueGray conspiring to keep #BorisJohnson in office?

Appropriate: this is an image from a while ago but it seems relevant, as Boris Johnson seems to be slithering out of the Partygate accusations with the aid of his college colleague Cressida Dick and his employee Sue Gray.

It’s a question that deserves to be asked.

First we thought Cabinet Office civil servant Sue Gray was going to publish her report into alleged Covid-19 lockdown-breaking parties at 10 Downing Street early this week – possibly even on Monday.

She didn’t.

Then the Metropolitan Police, under its Commissioner Cressida Dick (who went to the same university college as Boris Johnson), announced that after spending weeks saying it would not investigate the parties because they happened more than a year ago, it had now decided that it would.

Gray then hesitated, claiming she wanted to produce a report that could be published in full, as soon as Johnson received it.

And now the plods are saying they don’t want it to contain any information that could prejudice their inquiries.

The statement reads: “For the events the Met is investigating, we asked for minimal reference to be made in the Cabinet Office report.

“The Met did not ask for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation.”

We may be justified in asking, if there was no request to delay the report, then where is it?

But the devil’s in the detail, of course. The main objective of the report is to tell us whether the alleged parties actually happened, whether Boris Johnson attended any of them, and whether he lied about them.

We know the answer to all three questions is yes; we just need it in official form.

But (again) with a criminal investigation taking place, the Met might wish to charge Johnson with a crime if police find that he attended such parties and a statement that he had done so, from the Cabinet Office, may be seen as prejudicial to its investigation.

So Ms Gray, it seems, is hamstrung and the report is delayed.

She could have published her report on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, when the Met wasn’t putting any conditions on it, but didn’t, and now she has lost her chance because of an organisation that wouldn’t be bothered to do anything when it was first asked.

That’s why this seems to be a premeditated delaying tactic.

It isn’t good enough; we should expect better from our national institutions.

If the police had investigated when they were first told to, they would have been finished by now and there would be no obstacle to the report being published.

If Sue Gray had published her report during the window of opportunity that was wide open for her between (let’s be honest) January 20 and today (January 28) any stipulations the police had would have been academic.

They have let us down. And when I say “us”, I mean they have let down everybody in the United Kingdom.

Now we must wait, presumably while Ms Dick shifts through the overwhelmingly-damning evidence, looking for an excuse to let her college buddy Boris off the hook.

Tory MPs who know that their chances of being re-elected depend on Johnson’s near-magical abilities as a confidence trickster, hoodwinking voters into thinking he is worth electing, will be hoping that we all forget about his lies and the treachery of the parties he hosted while the rest of us sat in isolation, watching our relatives and loved ones die without even being able to sit in the same room with them.

They’ll get their wish if the media, also run by Tories, decide to ease the pressure.

So, the future of the United Kingdom – whether we continue to be run by a disreputable Tory liar – will be decided by disreputable Tory liars (remember, they all told us he would be a good prime minister, back in 2019).

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#CabinetSecretary investigating #DowningStreetParty QUITS, accused of holding one of his own

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who has been ordered to investigate allegations that Christmas parties took place in Downing Street and other areas of government last December, has quit the role after being accused of arranging one such party himself.

And now:

It means the first tweet following is now embarrassingly ironic and the second is more pertinent than it was when it was written:

As for Boris Johnson – well, it never rains but it pours:

How much of this clusterf*ck cascade do we have to witness before the Tories pull the plug on him?

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#KeirStarmer abolishes #employmentrights shadow post. What does #Labour stand for now?

Apt: Keir Starmer reckons he was named after original Labour leader Hardie – but can anyone doubt that his illustrious forerunner might have said these words, if confronted with evidence of Starmer’s abysmal performance.

What follows should be self-explanatory:

Yes. Keir Starmer has abolished the post of Shadow Minister for Employment Rights because he’s not bothered about whether employees have any rights; his only concern is to receive donations from big businesses.

And you don’t get those without giving big businesses what they want.

It’s not the Labour Party any more. It’s the Labour Exploitation Party.

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#Starmer’s #reshuffle #DISASTER

Not communicating: Angela Rayner (left) and Keir Starmer (right… far right) aren’t looking at each other in the image, and it seems there’s not much communication going on elsewhere either.

Keir Starmer has shot himself in the foot – yet again – with a surprise reshuffle timed to upset his deputy, and that gave his critics a chance to pillory him in public.

Angela Rayner was giving a speech at the Institute for Government think tank on lobbying, following up on the Owen Paterson second jobs scandal, when it became clear that Starmer had started reshuffling his top team.

She had known a reshuffle was coming but had not been given any details, meaning she had no details when asked about it.

Instead, she said: “I do know that what we have to do is show that we are a government in waiting and that we have to be the next government because we can’t carry on like this,” she said.  We need some consistency in how we’re approaching things as an opposition.”

That could be interpreted as criticism of Starmer’s behaviour.

Of course, as Deputy Leader, elected by the party membership, Rayner is the only senior Labour representative Starmer can’t sack. He should be ensuring that she is always fully-informed but instead he appears to be playing silly games.

At the other end of the spectrum, Starmer did have the power to sack Cat Smith – but she didn’t give him the chance. Instead, she turned down his request for her to remain Shadow Minister for Young People and Democracy, in protest at his mistreatment of Jeremy Corbyn.

“It’s been an honour to serve on the Labour front bench since 2015 but I’m looking forward to spending even more time at home here in Lancashire and standing up for my constituents,” she wrote. “Even more time at home”? Was this a veiled claim to have been excluded?

On Mr Corbyn, she said Starmer’s position was “utterly unsustainable” and told him: “It is important that you truly understand how much damage this is causing in Constituency Labour Parties and amongst ordinary members, a number of whom are no longer campaigning.”

Mr Corbyn isn’t the only reason people are deserting Starmer. A recent appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show was featured on Channel 4’s Gogglebox – and you can see support for the Labour leader draining away as the segment progressed:

His reshuffle decisions won’t win back any doubters either. Headline appointment was Yvette Cooper, replacing Nick Thomas-Symonds as Shadow Home Secretary.

David Lammy replaced Lisa Nandy as Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Wes Streeting replaced Jonathan Ashworth as Shadow Health Secretary.

Is that about right?

Still, what could we expect from the Labour leader who, we were reminded over the weekend, has put homophobia up with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism in general and sexism as his most clearly-supported policies?

Flailing, Starmer tried to regain some credibility by swearing on Tory supporter Nick Robinson’s show, Political Thinking.

Trouble is, he was talking about honesty – and we all know that he is thoroughly dishonest. Below please find just one (mild) example of Starmer’s fibbing.

What a mess.

Starmer can’t even properly shaft political opponents in his own party. He’ll never get the better of the Tories.

What a missed opportunity that he didn’t reshuffle himself out of the Shadow Cabinet.

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