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Rishi Sunak becomes another politician to score own goal with football gaffe

Rishi Sunak: his football gaffe should lead to questions about whether his honesty can be trusted.

This fascination with football for politicians with no interest in the game is perplexing.

Remember when David Cameron said he was a West Ham fan when in fact he is on record as supporting Aston Villa?

Now Rishi Sunak has added his name to the politicians’ football hall of shame:

Rishi Sunak found the back of his own net with a footballing gaffe, wrongly looking forward to his team [Southampton] playing Manchester United this weekend – when they are in fact facing Leicester City.

Having branded himself an ‘underdog’ in the Tory leadership race, the former chancellor was asked at the Manchester hustings how as a Saints fan how he would get back to winning ways.

‘I’m going to be unpopular for saying it here, starting by beating United this weekend,’ he said.

Southampton, the city of Mr Sunak’s birth, are not due to play Manchester United until August 27.

The blunder came only a day after it was pointed out that his choice of McDonald’s breakfast was taken off the menu more than two years ago.

We know why they do it – they want to make it seem that they are familiar with the things the ordinary people do.

But so many of them fall foul of the facts that one has to ask what there is to be gained by it.

And it leads to more embarrassing questions about whether our MPs even know how to be honest.

Source: Rishi Sunak scores another own goal with football gaffe

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How many blunders must Boris Johnson make before we can get shot of him?

Not a good sport: Boris Johnson’s last brush with football was when he tried to use the delayed Euro 2020 tournament – in which England reached the final – to distract everybody in the UK from his catastrophic failures to address the Covid-19 crisis properly.

When Boris Johnson said Ukraine should host the Euro 2028 football tournament, hours after the UK and Ireland had signalled their intent to jointly bid for it, that wasn’t a mistake or a result of bad briefing.

It was stupidity.

The same stupidity informed his claim that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was teaching journalism in Iran – that the authorities there used to keep her in prison for a five-year term, plus a further year on a separate offence.

He does it all the time – and we should blow the final whistle on it.

Source: AHEAD OF THE GAME: Boris Johnson’s gaffe adds to FA anger

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Foreign office officials: Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

Just when officials at the Foreign Office thought they could live without embarrassment for a while, it turns out Jeremy Hunt is just as stupid as his immediate forerunner.

On a trip to China, intended to strengthen trade ties ahead of Brexit, Hunt tried to win the approval of his hosts by mentioning that his wife is Japanese – evoking memories of a centuries-old rivalry and a bloody occupation in the 1930s and 40s.

He backslid fast but the damage had been done.

Good luck getting a decent trade deal now, Jeremy! I only wish I had some knowledge of Chinese so I could describe you in the appropriate language.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.

China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan’s bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s.

Source: Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China | UK news | The Guardian

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Would the Tories rather look stupid than quote facts showing they’re wrong?

This is her “I’ve been caught out again” face [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images.]

Newsnight presenter Evan Davis put up an interesting tweet yesterday.

In it, he said his researcher was leaving for a proper job – and the first thing This Writer thought was, “Perhaps they’ve gone to be a researcher for Theresa May.”

That’s not because of the lamentable political collusion between the nation’s broadcaster and the Conservative Party (for a change).

It’s because I was thinking the Tories badly need to do their homework – on any current political issue.

Look at their recent history of goofs, gaffes and howlers.

Both Theresa May and Sajid Javid have claimed Tory policies have reduced homelessness – in fact, the Tories have made the problem worse.

The Tories claimed £45 million of new investment would improve child literacy – forgetting that they were responsible for worsening it, having cut funding by £2.7 billion.

Mrs May has refused to accept that the NHS is facing a crisis this winter, saying it was better prepared than ever. In fact, funding cuts have left patients waiting hours for ambulances – some dying during the wait, ambulances queuing at hospitals because A&E departments are overloaded – with nurses treating some people inside the vehicles, patients asked to lie on hospital floors (or sit in chairs, as one Tory minister suggested in moment of sociopathic arrogance) as hospitals suffer total bed occupancy.

In response to the issue of bed occupancy, Mrs May claimed the delayed discharges (that contribute hugely to the problem) were falling. In fact, they are on the rise.

Toby Young was appointed to the university regulator the Office for Students – sparking outrage over tens of thousands of misogynistic tweets and other outrageous behaviour.

Mrs May appointed to her Cabinet, or retained in it, MPs who are hugely inappropriate for their jobs, including Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, David Lidington, James Cleverly, Ben Bradley, David Gauke, Alun Cairns, Maria Caulfield, Brandon Lewis and – worst of all – Esther McVey, who deserved an article all to herself on This Site because the list of her abominations is so long.

Mrs May broke the Ministerial Code, using government property for party political promotional purposes.

She even gave Jeremy Corbyn an easy win in Prime Minister’s Questions, when she passed comment on Angela Rayner’s absence, only to be told the shadow Education Secretary was away receiving medical treatment – a huge own-goal when healthcare is the subject of heated debate.

All of these blunders could have been avoided, if the Tories had bothered to do their homework (although it is possible she may have had a hard time with the Cabinet appointments, as it may be hard to find any Conservative MP who does not have at least one black mark against their name).

But then another thought occurred to me:

Perhaps it is easier for the Tories to say the wrong thing and be ridiculed after the event, than to have the facts at their fingertips and have to admit they are wrong in their facts or (worse) their policies.


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Freudian slit? Jeremy Hunt ‘like’s tweet announcing Justine Greening has quit government

What an absolute c… Hunt.

Jeremy Hunt (whose nickname begins with a ‘c’, followed by the last three letters of his surname, for those who need an explanation of our headline and lead line) has a knack for putting his foot in it at the wrong time – and, guess what? He’s done it again!

His first act after metaphorically kicking minority prime minister Theresa May in the teeth by refusing to be moved from the Department of Health (forcing her to add ‘and Social Care’ to his title, even though he’s already responsible for it)…

… was to kick Justine Greening in the posterior as she was on her way out of the government.

He clicked the ‘like’ button on a tweet stating that Justine Greening (who also kicked Theresa May in the teeth by refusing to be moved from Education to the DWP – but got the boot, rather than being allowed to stay).

The decision to force Ms Greening out, while caving in to male cabinet members, has triggered an outcry about sexism by Mrs May.

Mr C… Hunt’s rash choice has opened him up to similar accusations.

At least he could fall back on a well-used strategy to limit the damage caused by his gaffe: He said it was an accident.

Some might say that, having had to cancel 55,000 operations because of the NHS winter crisis that could have been avoided if he and the government weren’t so keen to make the health service ripe for privatisation, Mr Hunt’s entire political career has been an accident.

Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced after he was caught ‘liking’ a tweet announcing Education Secretary Justine Greening had left Theresa May’s Government.

He clicked the like button on the tweet which read: “BREAKING: Justine Greening has quit the government.”

Mr Hunt, who was kept on as Health Secretary with an extended social care role in the shake-up, was forced to explain why he had “liked” the tweet.

He later tweeted: “Like button pressed by accident. Justine was an excellent minister and will be a great loss to govt.”

Source: Jeremy Hunt makes embarrassing Twitter gaffe after hitting ‘like’ on news Justine Greening has quit Government – Mirror Online


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