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Johnson’s deflections won’t stop us seeing through his weasel words

Pretty hats: Boris Johnson probably thinks the sight of him in a turban will stop most people from being angry at him for partying it up in breach of his own rules and then lying about it.

Isn’t it a bitter indictment against the UK’s Tory government that, while his own MPs debate whether he can be allowed to continue as prime minister, Boris Johnson is playing ‘fancy dress’ in India.

After a Parliamentary motion for Johnson’s behaviour – in attending Downing Street parties and telling falsehoods about it – to be investigated by a committee of MPs was passed “on the nod” – without even a vote, after Tory resistance crumbled, he was asked for his comment.

And of course he dissembled,

saying that people wanted the government to “get on and focus on the issues on which we were elected”.

We should be able to see through this kind of doubletalk by now. People do want a government that focuses on the issues facing the UK – but Johnson didn’t say anything about doing that!

He didn’t say anything about what he would be doing – he just gave us a bit of flannel about what we all know we want.

That’s part of the reason he has to go.

Back home, another leading Tory spoke up against Johnson: Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Commons Defence Committee, dismissed suggestions by Johnson’s allies that he should stay in post to manage the Ukraine crisis as using the war as a “fig leaf”.

[He] said Conservative MPs were “deeply troubled” and warned that the ongoing row about lockdown parties was doing “long-term damage to the party’s brand”.

He accused No 10 of lacking “discipline, focus and leadership” and predicted the prime minister would face a vote of no confidence, which could force him out of office.

And Johnson loyalists seem to be declaring civil war on the likes of Ellwood, along with Steve Baker and others who spoke in the debate yesterday.

Conor Burns, minister of state for Northern Ireland, told the BBC some of his colleagues had never supported Johnson.

“If the prime minister stepped off Westminster Bridge and walked down the Thames on top of water they would say it was because he couldn’t swim,” he said.

This Writer looks forward to seeing Johnson’s attempt to walk on water, as Mr Burns seems to think him capable of it.

Until that far-off day, I shall have to satisfy myself with observing the fallout in the Tory ranks.

There’s rancour in the ranks – and it’s likely to get a lot worse.

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Tory politics of division: ‘look at Scotland! Covid is much worse there than in England!’

Conservatives really are pathetic, aren’t they?

Faced with criticism over the rise of the Delta variant of Covid-19, they resort to whataboutery. So we see this, in the Tory-supporting Telegraph:

Scotland is by far the UK’s worst Covid hotspot with rates more than double England’s, according to figures published by Nicola Sturgeon’s government yesterday that increased pressure on her

Do you see what they did there?

“Scotland’s Covid rate is much worse than England’s so Boris Johnson is actually doing really well!”

Except he isn’t, of course. And the information provided by the Torygraph is doubtless void of important facts that affect the outcome: vaccine supply, geographical factors and so on.

People won’t see the faults in the story. They’ll see the headline and pour scorn on the Scots, and on Nicola Sturgeon in particular.

And that’s how Boris Johnson’s Tories manufacture support for themselves.

Source:  Scotland’s Covid rate is more than double England’s, new figures reveal

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Research shows ethnic minorities more likely to die of the coronavirus in the UK

It should come as no surprise that in a country riven with class division in which ethnic minorities are often among the worst-off…

In a country where the government has been caught pursuing racist policies time and again…

People from ethnic minority groups are more likely to die during the coronavirus pandemic.

Simply put: The system is rigged to ensure it.

The government has been urged to recognise that race and racial inequalities are a risk factor for Covid-19 after Guardian research which has revealed that ethnic minorities in England are dying in disproportionately high numbers compared with white people.

The revelation that people from minority groups appear to be over-represented among the coronavirus deaths, by as much as 27%, “confirmed the worst fears” of campaigners who said there was now no question of an excessive toll.

The Guardian analysis found that of 12,593 patients who died in hospital up to 19 April, 19% were Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) even though these groups make up only 15% of the general population in England.

And the analysis revealed that three London boroughs with high BAME populations – Harrow, Brent and Barnet – were also among the five local authorities with the highest death rates in hospitals and the community.

The findings confirm suspicions raised by local reports, hospitalisation rates and evidence from other countries, that minority groups face the greatest risk.

Source: Ethnic minorities dying of Covid-19 at higher rate, analysis shows | World news | The Guardian

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Boris’s violent Britain: homeless man has coffee thrown on him WHILE BEING INTERVIEWED

John: his handwritten sign says he doesn’t abuse drugs or alcohol, but it seems most people don’t read it and simply lump him in with the ‘junkies’.

This is what happens when we elect a Tory government that likes to create false divisions between us.

A homeless man named John was in the middle of an interview with a reporter from the Liverpool Echo when a passerby casually threw coffee over him, drenching his belongings and the place where he was sitting.

It is symptomatic of the state of the UK today – a condition that the Conservatives have been trying to create since 2010.

So they have set the able-bodied against the disabled, the employed against the jobless – and the homeless, sparked Islamophobia and xenophobia (hatred of foreigners).

It is possible they even caused the rift between certain gullible Jews and the Labour Party.

John, 40, had done nothing wrong; he is a trained plasterer with 25 years’ experience. He became unable to work after losing part of a finger in an accident.

The loss of income gave his landlord an opportunity to evict him and his partner and he has spent the last seven months sleeping in a tent on the streets.

He told the reporter the incident was one of many he had experienced since he became homeless.

After the interview, the Echo understands a policeman arrived and moved John on. Yet more attention from the man who threw the coffee?

Thankfully, there is still a little good in this country:

John said a kind Scouser bought him a mobile phone over Christmas, which he uses to keep contact with his 10-year-old son.

A security guard at River Island, on Church Street, charges the phone for him and makes sure he has a cup of coffee to drink in the morning.

And there is advice about how to help people sleeping rough in the source article – see below.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the Tories have normalised unpleasantness and division. They have made it seem acceptable to assault other human beings on the street – for example by throwing coffee over them.

The perpetrators know that if they get a reaction, it is the homeless guy who’ll take the blame. They think they have a licence to abuse these people.

And so does every single person who votes ‘Conservative’.

Source: Homeless man who has cup of coffee thrown over him pleads ‘I just want off the streets’ – Liverpool Echo

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POLLS: Are Labour rebels right to divide their party by demanding it support Remaining in the EU?

Consider this, from The Guardian:

Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists last night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference.

Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and Clive Lewis, the shadow foreign secretary, Brexit secretary and Treasury minister, publicly [defied] Corbyn by backing Remain.

Corbyn had tabled a statement to the NEC saying that, while the party backed a referendum and would offer the options of a credible Brexit deal or Remain to voters, a decision on how it would campaign in a second public vote would be left until after a general election.

Pro-Remain activists and senior party figures who have campaigned for months to shift policy were outraged. They saw the move as an attempt to kill off debate and block a conference vote on their own pro-Remain motion.

Assuming that the Guardian article is accurate, then the new confusion over Brexit created by Ms Thornberry, Mr Lewis and Sir Keir Starmer has plunged Labour further behind the Conservatives in the polls.

So I have two questions for you:

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Source: Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos | Politics | The Guardian

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After move to abolish his job is ditched, Watson shows us just why he must go

Blabbermouth: Tom Watson’s job has been saved by Jeremy Corbyn but he is behaving like an ungrateful child.

Tom Watson had to go and ruin it for himself, didn’t he? Is it because he didn’t want to have to be grateful to Jeremy Corbyn?

Labour’s leader has just halted a plan to remove Mr Watson from his position as the party’s too-rebellious deputy leader by abolishing the post – and rather than make an appropriate response, Mr Watson has acted like a spoilt child.

The move to relieve him of his responsibilities had been prompted by four years of backstabbing from Mr Watson, culminating in his absence from any NEC meetings since March (as I understand it), or at shadow cabinet meetings either.

Rather than acknowledge this and promise to do better, Mr Watson spewed a lot of bile at the BBC. And, being the Conservative Party’s propaganda machine, the BBC lapped it up:

Mr Watson called the move to oust him a “sectarian attack” on a “broad church”.

Speaking ahead of the party conference in Brighton, he told the BBC he found out late on Friday in a text message that a motion had been tabled by Jon Lansman, founder of Labour grassroots group Momentum.

He said he felt Mr Lansman “and his faction” were so angry about his position on Brexit they would “rather abolish me than have a debate about it”.

This is disingenuous; his opinions on Brexit are only a small part of the reason for opposition to Mr Watson.

BBC columnist Susana Mendonca said it was “the latest instalment in the saga that is Labour’s fractious relationship with itself”, in an attempt to pervert public perception of the conference.

The BBC is trying to say – with Mr Watson’s help – that Labour is a party that is too bitterly divided to hold the reins of power.

This is a lie. Labour – as a whole – is united behind Mr Corbyn. Only a tiny, and diminishing – but vocal, gang of right-wing troublemakers like Mr Watson remain to create a false impression that the BBC can use.

So he has done his worst and it is for us to see the results of this attempted sabotage.

Will coverage of the conference focus on the transformative plan for the United Kingdom under a future Labour government – or will we just get more pro-Tory propaganda about party division?

Source: Labour conference: Move to abolish deputy post ditched – BBC News

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Brexit and the economy are inseparable and MPs are right to refuse ‘no deal’ while the cabinet splits

Imagine this container ship almost empty.
That would be what happens if Mrs May’s government remains divided over Brexit – with a knock-on, disastrous effect on the economy [Image: Reuters].

Cast your eyes over the following Twitter thread by Paul Mason:

With the above in mind, the following makes sense:

A powerful cross-party group of MPs is drawing up plans that would make it impossible for Theresa May to allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal in 2019. The move comes amid new warnings that a “cliff-edge” Brexit would be catastrophic for the economy.

One critical aim of the group – which includes the former Tory chancellor Kenneth Clarke and several Conservative ex-ministers, together with prominent Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat and Green MPs – is to give parliament the ability to veto, or prevent by other legal means, a “bad deal” or “no deal” outcome.

Concern over Brexit policy reached new heights this weekend after the prime minister told the House of Commons that her government was spending £250m on preparations for a possible “no deal” result because negotiations with Brussels had stalled.

(Source: MPs move to block Theresa May from signing ‘no deal’ Brexit)

The issue is that Theresa May’s cabinet has split and there is no clarity on the way forward. This leaves the UK looking weak to foreign leaders – and a bad investment to foreign businesses. They won’t want to locate here and they certainly won’t want to spend their money on our goods. And home-grown companies – with the wherewithal to do so – will leave

That would be disastrous for the UK’s economy – the money would simply dry up.

So MPs who have more than their own interests, or even those of the Conservative Party, at heart have drawn up amendments to the current EU Withdrawal Bill, in a bid to force a united position on weakling prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet of chaos.

The immediate result is that committee stage discussion of the Bill will be held back while representatives of each party try to work out a compromise version of it that a majority can support.

This may not be possible.

If not, then the minority Conservative government is facing a serious – if not fatal – crisis.

Brexit is the issue Theresa May demanded a mandate to handle, and she didn’t get it.

With Parliament deadlocked, it is looking increasingly likely that she will be unable to deliver any agreement.

In such a situation, it is not beyond possibility that we will find ourselves facing another election.

And all the while, the clock is ticking down to the deadline for our departure from the EU. These are dangerous times – and our future is in the hands of fools.


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‘First Dates’ encounter between Brexiteer and Remainer exposes deep divisions remaining in UK

Lettie, the Tory Brexiteer [Image: Channel 4/First Dates].

The United Kingdom remains a nation divided in all but name, thanks to the idiotic decision by Tory David Cameron to hold a referendum on our membership of the European Union to maintain unity in his own Parliamentary party.

His gambit didn’t work, by the way.

The cracks are even showing on reality TV, as this article in The Lad Bible demonstrates:

It’s divided a nation for over a year, so you can imagine it also split opinion on a first date also.

Twenty-three-year-old Lettie, a political activist, was set up on a date with Cambridge graduate Fred, 26, on Channel 4’s First Dates.

It was an obvious question for two educated, politically-minded individuals. And with one opting for leave, with the other remain, you can imagine that settled well.

Fred… asked: “When you came in here, were you hoping for someone of the same political bent?”

Lettie answered no, but then Brexit arrived. She herself a leaver, soon discovered that she was sat face-to-face with a remainer.

“Let’s struggle gamely on, as Boris Johnson would say,” joked Fred. It left a nice awkward silence between the pair.

It was not to be. Just like Britain and the EU, it appears the second date did not end well. In the closing sequences to First Dates, we are told the pair ‘struggled to maintain a united front’ and that ‘both plan to stay in the single market for now’.

Source: Awkward. Brexiteer Dates A Remainer On ‘First Dates’ – LADbible


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Here’s why all the Brexit focus is on Labour: the Tories are fighting a silent civil war

Theresa May at Policy Exchange, wondering which policies she can exchange for peace within her own political party.

This Site has mentioned the Tory problem with Brexit before, I think – but let’s make it clear: Any announcement Theresa Maybe makes will trigger division among her own party.

Conservative backbenchers were at each other’s throats over the EU before the referendum and they will be again. So will Mrs May’s cabinet, as it contains both Remainers and Quitters.

The longer she delays any policy announcements, the more she manufactures vacuous soundbites like “Brexit means Brexit”, or “Red, white and blue Brexit”, the worse it is likely to be for her and her party in the end.

The Conservative Party is, in fact, far more divided over Brexit than Labour ever could be; divisions or contradictions in Labour have to be manufactured by right-wing journalists, as we have seen today (January 10).

Perhaps those journalists would be better-employed demanding no more delay from Mrs May. Let the Tory blood-letting commence.

The reason why Theresa May is so silent on her Brexit plans is because, as soon as she comes off the fence, the Tory party civil war on Europe will flare up again in public.

The divisions between those who consider it vital that Britain continues to participate in the single market and those who are determined to wrench Britain away from any connection to Europe run deep.

On the one hand, people like Michael Gove say:

We don’t want or need to be in the single market (…) We don’t want to be bound by being members of the customs union. Outside we can negotiate new trade deals with emerging economies. Inside we’re trapped.

On the other hand Tory grandee and former chancellor Ken Clarke argues that “you cannot leave a market of 500 million people without making yourself poorer than you otherwise would be” and Anna Soubry, former business minister, has called on her leader to “show she’s prepared to stand up to the hardline, fall-off-a-cliff Brexiteers and say, ‘no, we’re not going to do it your way’”.

Within the Tory party, anyone who calls for a more specific definition than ‘Brexit means Brexit’ is dubbed one of the ‘new bastards.’

Source: The Tory civil war will re-ignite – Richard Corbett

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Theresa May HAS provoked anti-immigrant hatred. Why are we letting her do it?

Jeremy Corbyn criticises 'fake anti-elitism' of Trump and Farage, at Labour's National Policy Forum.

Jeremy Corbyn criticises ‘fake anti-elitism’ of Trump and Farage, at Labour’s National Policy Forum.

Once again, Jeremy Corbyn is talking sense. So of course, The Guardian has relegated this story to a supporting position on its ‘politics’ web page.

Everything Mr Corbyn says about the Tories (in the excerpt I have quoted), is accurate, and This Blog has reported increasing levels of hate crime – throughout society, not just aimed at immigrants and migrant workers, since it began, nearly five years ago.

And the fact is, immigration is not the cause of any of the UK’s problems.

Tories are the cause of the UK’s problems.

Immigrants didn’t introduce privatisation into the English NHS and then cut services in order to pay dividends to company shareholders. Tories did.

Immigrants didn’t restrict the number of new houses being built, making it harder for everyone – including immigrants – to get a home. Tories did.

Immigrants didn’t mess around with the education system, bringing schools under private ownership and introducing new criteria for awarding places in them. Tories did.

Immigrants did not make it possible for companies to undercut workers’ wages and conditions, fending off protests from weakened trade unions. Tories did.

And immigrants didn’t introduce rationing of public services across the board and call it “austerity”. Tories did.

Theresa May’s Conservatives are at the vanguard of the wave of right-wing hatred rising across the world.

The hate started here.

So let’s show the rest of the world how to put an end to it.

Let’s be world leaders at being better than that.

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted Labour will not make “false promises” on reducing immigration as he accused Theresa May of complicity in whipping up hatred against migrants.

The Labour leader warned against sowing division by pandering to anti-migrant sentiment, saying it had already had consequences with hate crime rising in Britain and the US following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as president.

Both the leave campaign and Trump made cutting immigration central in their pitch to voters and were criticised for what many saw as alarmist rhetoric.

“We will not make false promises on immigration targets as the Tories have done or sow divisions, but we will take decisive action to end the undercutting of workers’ pay and conditions, reinstate the migrant impact fund to support public services and back fair rules on migration,” he said.

“This is a government led by Theresa May who, as home secretary, authorised taxpayer-funded vans to tour the streets emblazoned with ‘go home’; who, as home secretary, made up stories about being unable to deport foreign criminals because they had a pet cat; who, was part of a government that called disabled people on benefits scroungers, shirkers, and skivers.

“We will never use that language,” he said.

“It is this culture in which rising levels of hate crime have occurred. Far-right views are now being presented as part of the mainstream, egged on by sections of the media that publish the most hateful and dishonest bile on a routine basis.”

In a direct pitch to Brexit supporters fed up with the status quo, Corbyn echoed the leave campaign’s slogan, saying only Labour could “take back real control”.

Source: Corbyn accuses Theresa May of whipping up hatred against migrants | UK news | The Guardian

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