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Truss press conference: she reverses Corporation Tax cut and refuses to apologise

Liz Truss says she wants growth but went too far in her mini-budget.

She’ll keep the increase in Corporation Tax now, raising an extra £18 billion per year.

She’s asked former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to become Chancellor (so he’ll do as much damage to the Treasury as he did to the NHS).

She’s keeping the energy price “guarantee” (note: no longer a cap).

“This is difficult but we will get through this storm,” she says – not for a moment admitting that she is responsible for it.

She goes to questions – and is immediately asked why she has junked the Corporation Tax cut on which she was elected Tory leader. She evades answering.

Second question: the 45p tax cut was her idea, so was the Corporation Tax cut. But Kwarteng had to go. Why does she have to stay? She evades answering.

Third question: what credibility does she have to continue governing? She puts it all on Jeremy Hunt, the new Chancellor, and says they have to “deliver the mission in a different way”.

Fourth question: will she apologise to her party for having “totally trashed” its “reputation for economic competence”. She evades answering.

And she leaves. As she goes, a voice can be heard very clearly asking…

“Aren’t you going to say sorry?”

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Liz Truss vetoes campaign for people to use less energy and cut bills

Cast your peepers across the following (while you can):

Insane, don’t you think – especially after Liz Truss was told to expect regular power cuts throughout the winter.

But it is true. Here‘s that paragon of factual reporting, the BBC:

The government has decided not to launch a public information campaign on reducing energy use this winter after the prime minister’s office raised objections, the BBC has been told.

The BBC understands the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was … considering plans to advise households to switch off their appliances and heating to conserve energy whenever possible during winter.

However, the BBC has been told that the department was stopped from taking the plan forward because of objections from the prime minister’s office and the Department of Health and Social Care.

The Times newspaper had reported that the prime minister had rejected plans for a £15m public information campaign, which was signed off by the business secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

It suggested Ms Truss was “ideologically opposed” to the campaign amid concerns it would be too interventionist.

In a tweet, Conservative MP Guy Opperman said he would he “fully behind” an energy saving campaign that would help people and the taxpayer save money.

“This is not Nanny state,” he wrote, arguing it was about “preserving supply, saving money for everyone, and encouraging localism”.

Who do you believe? The Tory government that does not have a reputation for honesty? Or the news outlets (whose reputations have also been tarnished in recent years – mostly by contact with the Tories)?

This Writer looks forward to what Truss (or her successor) will say if blackouts happen because people haven’t reined back their energy use.

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Why are NHS trusts being told to cancel treatment on the day of the Queen’s funeral?

Party girl: this is how Therese Coffey commemorated the removal of £1,040 per year from Universal Credit payments. As Health Secretary, is she partying in similar manner while appointments are cancelled because they are scheduled for the same day as the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

Vital hospital appointments and treatments are being cancelled by NHS trusts because they were due to take place on the day now scheduled for the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

This is hugely dangerous for the patients involved. Waiting lists are at record lengths. How long will it take for the appointments to be rescheduled?

(To give you a clue – and I know this is slightly different: Mrs Mike badly needed to have a tooth filled and the dentists offered her an appointment the following week, which required rescheduling of other events… or in December. Who knows how badly her tooth would have deteriorated by then?)

Here’s Maximilien Robespierre with a video clip:

And here‘s the Open Democracy article to which it refers. I’ve excerpted the following:

Some NHS trusts have said that all non-urgent procedures and clinic appointments will be postponed, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, maternity checks and some cancer treatments.

Many patients had been waiting months for surgery – only to have it cancelled a week beforehand. In a letter to one patient, the NHS blamed “unforeseen circumstances”.

Doctors at one central London hospital trust were told: “The day of the State Funeral will be treated as a bank holiday so please go ahead and start rescheduling patients.”

It follows the announcement that the UK will have a bank holiday on September 19 to mark the Queen’s funeral. But government guidelines says: “There is no statutory entitlement to time off,” adding that this is “a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer”.

So it is clear that the decision has been made unilaterally by the NHS trusts involved and there is no reason at all for the treatments to have been cancelled and rescheduled.

This Writer looks forward to hearing the rationale from party-girl Health Secretary Therese Coffey. Is she still having the time of her life?

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Why did Liz Truss miss a BBC interview last week? Here’s one possible answer [VIDEO]

Prime ministerial front-runner Liz Truss inexplicably failed to turn up to a BBC interview last week.

She cancelled the appearance, with her team saying she could no longer spare the time to tell the nation what her policies as prime minister would be.

In fact, she has never been quizzed about her plans on national television, meaning she may become PM without many of us knowing what she represents.

But the non-appearance has provided plenty of material for satirists like ‘Liv Struss’ performer Nerine Skinner, who provides a simple answer to the question of what she will provide to the role of PM: idiocy.

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Who thought the first deportation flight to Rwanda would be stopped? You were right!

Priti Patel: she announced the deportation flights in April – and has been humiliated by the cancellation of the first.

Yes – some of us saw this one coming from a long way away!

The first flight to deport people seeking asylum in the UK to live in Rwanda instead has been halted after a series of last-minute legal appeals.

Oh what a shame. Another Priti Patel plan bites the dirt – and not a moment too soon.

The flight was called off after the European Court of Human Rights intervened.

In a statement hours before the flight’s planned departure, the ECHR said it had granted an “urgent interim measure” in the case of an Iraqi man, known only as “KN”, and one of seven remaining passengers.

An out-of-hours judge was then tasked with examining the remaining half dozen cases.

The flight was originally intended to take 30 people to the African country that is accused of human rights abuses – but has been cancelled after the number was whittled down to nothing.

The architects of the scheme – Boris Johnson and Priti Patel – have said this is a setback but they are determined to make it work.

Johnson suggested lawyers representing migrants were “abetting the work of criminal gangs”.

But this is reducing the situation to a ridiculous degree.

The plan will break the 1951 Refugee Convention that has set the standard for the way that governments should deal with people fleeing persecution in other countries for more than 70 years.

Johnson and Patel have sidestepped the convention by ignoring the complex set of problems surrounding each asylum-seeker and refusing to accept that their arrival is to do with anything more than the criminal acts of people smugglers.

The government has also been accused of acting irrationally in treating Rwanda as a “safe third country”. Critics have correctly pointed out that Rwanda’s record on human rights is flawed.

Still, Patel has vowed that the government will “not be deterred” from its plan and “many of those removed from today’s flight will be placed on the next”.

It’s threatening language from an extremely unpleasant individual.

One can only be left with a sense that the UK’s government is acting against the best interests of the asylum-seekers in its care – unloading them onto a foreign country without the slightest interest in their well-being.

That, of course, is exactly the reason these people don’t want to go.

Johnson and Patel have said they may consider changing the law to make it possible to push the deportations through.

That is exactly the behaviour of a rogue state.

Source: First deportation flight to Rwanda halted after last-minute legal appeals

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NHS summer crisis as major hospital cancels planned operations for two days

Put the blame for this where it belongs: the Conservative government.

The Tories spent the last 11 years defunding the National Health Service because they wanted to make it seem incapable of providing the treatment UK citizens need.

They thought that this would make privatising NHS services more palatable.

But they didn’t count on the arrival of a major pandemic that would highlight the fact that the Tories’ cuts have weakened the service.

Most particularly, the Tories did not expect to show us all how poor private services would be, when they outsourced Covid services like contact tracing to the privateers.

So now we know that delays in operations – that may be fatal to the patients – have been caused deliberately by the Conservatives.

Their decision to defund the NHS is causing delay, pain, and even death.

One of the largest hospitals in the country has cancelled all its planned operations for Thursday and Friday because of a lack of beds and space in intensive care.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, which has more than 1,100 beds, has had to stop dozens of elective operations, including liver transplants, because of increasing numbers of coronavirus patients as well as wider demand.

The hospital’s intensive care unit, one of the largest in Europe, was full on Thursday with 10 patients in the wider hospital on a watch list who may need a bed in the critical care unit. This meant there were no spare beds for planned operations and transplants where patients would need an ICU bed post-surgery.

Source: NHS summer crisis: Major hospital cancels all planned operations today and tomorrow | The Independent

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Johnson lied again: England team reception at Downing Street was cancelled because they didn’t want to meet him

This is a great find by Skwawkbox:

The so-called ‘msm’ reported earlier today that Boris Johnson had cancelled a Downing Street reception for the England team, after the team narrowly lost the European final on Sunday, in a ‘snub’ to the players.

However, it is now emerging that the event was cancelled because England’s players refused to attend, in solidarity with black team-mates because Johnson and his front bench had fanned the flames of racism toward Marcus Rashford and other black players.

So Johnson lied again.

He led his tame client journalists to report that he was snubbing the England team when in fact, they were snubbing him.

Neither position is tenable for a prime minister who spent PMQs today (July 14) trying to claim that his government was leading the fight against racism:

  • If he snubbed the England team, then it was because of members’ stand against racism so he is racist; and
  • If the England team snubbed him, then it was because they agreed with team member Tyrone Mings that his Home Secretary Priti Patel ‘stoked’ racism – and that, by supporting her, Johnson does the same – so he is racist.

So the prime minister has boxed himself into his own racist pigeonhole.

Perhaps he’d like another fridge to hide in?

Source: Breaking: England team’s Downing St reception was ‘cancelled’ because players refused to meet Johnson – SKWAWKBOX

The Queen hasn’t been ‘cancelled’ just because students have taken a photo of her off their wall

Is she bothered? Some students have taken a photo print of her down from their common room wall. So what?

The ‘silly season’ has arrived early this year.

Those purveyors of hysterical (in both senses) tabloid stories at Guido Fawkes blog have got their knickers in a tizzy after graduate students at the Middle Common Room of Magdalen College, Oxford, agreed to take down a photo print of the Queen that has been up since 2013.

Presumably they wanted to use the space for something else – for a while, at least.

Guido seems to resent this display of democracy. “Stalin would be proud,” the article claimed – indicating that the author doesn’t have much understanding of the way the late Russian dictator worked. It would be more Stalinist to demand that the portrait remain up after the students voted to remove it.

So, it seems, does Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who appears to have provided his opinion: “Oxford University students removing a picture of the Queen is simply absurd. She is the Head of State and a symbol of what is best about the United Kingdom. During her long reign she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity and respect around the world.”

That may be his opinion but it has nothing to do with the students’ decision.

Other examples of misdirection in the article (spotted by the much higher-quality Zelo Street) are:

  • The image that has been removed isn’t a portrait – it’s a print of a photograph. For all we know, it might have had to come down because, after eight years on the wall, it’s probably a bit tatty by now. Guido‘s claim that it may be auctioned therefore lacks credibility.
  • Guido states that the college had voted to “scrap” the Queen, and this is simply untrue. College authorities had nothing to do with the decision by graduate students. It follows that the college didn’t agree to anything.

Still, why should the newspapers let the facts get in the way of a good scandal? Both the Heil (Mail) and the Brexit (Express) took joy in regurgitating the claims.

Outrage as Oxford students vote to axe Queen, screamed the HeilHow dare they! Oxford students cancel our Queen, screeched the Brexit.

And very foolish they look too – now. Here are some more rational reactions:

Yes indeed – mention of the former Ms Markle raised a pertinent point:

Last word must be this little reminder:

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‘Left-wing’ Mash Report axed by BBC to make way for ‘new comedy’. It won’t be funny!

“Blatantly Backing Conservatives”: I know this image refers specifically to BBC News. It seems with the arrival of ‘Tory Tim’ Davie, the Corporation’s right-wing bias is spreading to its comedy output. Look out, drama and documentaries!

The BBC has axed Nish Kumar satire show The Mash Report on the grounds that it was biased toward the political left.

Director General ‘Tory Tim’ Davie at first said he would not make big changes to the corporation’s comedy output, saying that comedy had always “poked at authority”.

He seems to have changed his mind.

Of course, ‘Tory Tim’ is at a bit of a disadvantage when referring to political bias, since it is widely understood that he owes his position to Tory intervention:

Mash had been a target for right-wing commentators since 2018, when Andrew Neil singled it out while complaining that the corporation’s comedy output was too left-wing.

Neil is, of course, chair of that ultra-right wing publication The Spectator, so he’s a fine one to complain about bias!

Asked for a comment on Twitter, Nish Kumar responded with this:

Was this something he wasn’t allowed to do on the televised show, and he was taking the opportunity now?

Meanwhile, let’s have a look at the kind of bias supported by a show with similar ratings to The Mash Report. I refer to Question Time. This is an actual question from the March 11 edition:

Do I need to spell out the wrongness of the question and the thinking behind it?

This Writer certainly wishes Kumar, and co-presenter Rachel Parris, a brighter future beyond the Beeb.

As for the corporation’s new comedy output: I look forward to seeing the new wave of diversity heralded by ‘Tory Tim’.

Looking at comedy history, I think we’re about to be deluged with right-wing material that simply isn’t funny.

Source: The Mash Report axed by BBC bosses after claims of ‘left-wing bias’ | Metro News

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Hancock cancelled contract for 8,000 private hospital beds as NHS facing overwhelming Covid-19 surge

Another smug Tory incompetent: how will Matt Hancock justify his latest catastrophic blunder?

What does it take to make an incompetent Conservative minister resign?

In Matt Hancock’s case, how many excess deaths? How many failures to order adequate equipment? How many dodgy contracts with Tory donors and friends of cabinet members?

Here’s his latest blunder – and it’s a doozy:

Desperate health chiefs have been barred from using thousands of emergency private hospital beds because Matt Hancock failed to renew vital contracts.

The astonishing blunder by the Health Secretary means the struggling NHS has been denied access to 8,000 much-needed extra beds as it faces being overwhelmed by Covid admissions.

Last night a record 37,475 people were in hospital in England with the virus – a third of total capacity.

Tonight a critical care unit nurse said: “It’s pure incompetence.”

It is.

But he remains Boris Johnson’s Health Secretary, in defiance of logic, endangering all our lives.

Of course, some might say that he should never have paid for those beds in the first place…

Agreed?

Source: Desperate medics lose 8,000 hospital beds after Matt Hancock’s NHS blunder – Mirror Online