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After #BorisJohnson denied #DowningStreetParty, we find he’s been raving it up since #Covid started

Next time I get to “have a drink” – you know, “after a busy working day” – it’s going to be a bacchanalian orgy. Who’s up for it?

(Make sure you’re Covid-tested first, mind. The Tories might be incapable of keeping us safe from Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t safeguard ourselves.)

Clearly we deserve it, and there’s no moral authority that Johnson, his government or his police can exert on us because the first two have clearly been partying in defiance of their own rules since the start of the very first Covid-19 lockdown, and the cops – by refusing to investigate/arrest/prosecute them – have shown us they are in the pockets of the politicians.

We know the Tories have been partying it up since at least May 2020 because – after Johnson insisted that he had followed all his own rules, despite evidence of him participating in rule-busting parties last December – a photo has now emerged of him at a rule-busting party in May 2020 – seven months earlier.

Clearly he and the other Tories have been at it all the time.

The image in question is at the top of the article – I’m using a version that has been labelled with the names of some of the participants so we can all see that Johnson was there with his wife Carrie and son Wilfred, Dominic Cummings (this was before they fell out), Matt Hancock and James Slack (then an advisor to the prime minister and now deputy editor of The Sun).

Challenged to justify the scene in the image, Tory government figures couldn’t even get their story straight.

Johnson himself claimed, “Those were people at work, talking about work.”

If it was a work meeting, where were the laptop computers? Where were the notepads and pens? Can you see a whiteboard anywhere? I can’t!

can see wine, cheese, Johnson’s wife and his baby son.

But Dominic Raab had already claimed that the image was taken after any work had been done. He told BBC Breakfast: “Sometimes after a busy working day people have a drink – that was not against the regulations.”

He was lying; it was. In that same lockdown a care worker who had just finished her shift was fined £200 for sitting alone in her car at a local beauty spot (according to Nadia Whittome).

There’s also this:

Indeed:

And Adil Ray made mincemeat of Raab on ITV’s Good Morning Britain:

Crucially, Johnson was in the wrong, no matter which story was right:

If this was an official government business meeting, then he had brought his wife – an unforgivable breach of the Official Secrets Act.

If it was a social gathering – in May 2020 – then it was a breach of the lockdown Johnson had imposed on the whole of the UK at that time.

Either way, Johnson and Raab both lied – Johnson about what was going on, Raab about the conditions under which it was happening:

It would be entirely appropriate to humiliate Johnson and Raab (and all the other Tory liars and rule-breakers who have been endangering us all and laughing about it) with stories of people who have suffered and died while following the demands that they ignored:

Personally, I think a better humiliation is humour; we should be mocking these entitled Tories who think they’re better than us but whose behaviour falls so far below our own standard.

Oh wait – that might have actually been a serious claim. Okay – try these:

Getting back to the point I was making at the top of this article: while I’m not about to embark on any life-threatening binges, I feel sure many may.

That’s right. Johnson has betrayed us and none of us – not even Tory voters! – can afford to give him even the slightest bit of trust.

He has to go.

And he needs to take his entire cabinet with him because they’re still backing him to the hilt and that means we can’t trust them either.

ONE MORE THING:

This is absolutely right. James Slack from The Sun, for example. He was at the May 2020 Downing Street garden party and never mentioned it – the revelation had to come from another source.

People like him aren’t news reporters. Their function isn’t to tell you what’s being done by our leaders and how it affects you.

It is to keep you under control so they can carry on doing – well, what Johnson and his cronies were doing in that picture. It’s working well, too – after all, Johnson’s still prime minister, isn’t he?

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Brexit will ruin the Garden of England; Brits respond in typical style

Farage’s legacy: it may not look like much now, but when it’s finished, this huge segment of the Garden of England will be a lorry park for 1,700 vehicles – the Farage Garage. The Jacob Rees-Bogs haven’t been installed yet.

This has been cracking me up since I first heard of it this morning (October 16) and I’m only sorry I had to wait until now to write an article about it.

It seems the practical upshot of Brexit is that Kent – also known as the Garden of England – is being bulldozed, in order to turn it into an enormous lorry park.

This is all being carried out by a political organisation that describes itself by the misnomer of “Conservatives”. What are they conserving, exactly?

British people, knowing that this is a result of the nation leaving the European Union, have dubbed the first such lorry park – set to hold 1,700 vehicles – the ‘Farage Garage.

Apparently the on-site toilets have been designated the ‘Jacob Rees-Bogs’.

Twitter has been gridlocked with it. See for yourself:

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National Trust closes open spaces to restrict coronavirus – but it seems disabled people were blocked anyway

An attempt by the National Trust to provide an open space for people to enjoy while still observing guidelines on social distancing seems to have failed spectacularly.

The Trust had announced that it was closing its houses but keeping its gated gardens and parks open, to give people a chance to enjoy fresh air and the beauty of nature, in the belief that we will need it more than ever.

But a huge volume of visitors yesterday (March 21) convinced bosses that it would not be possible to ensure that people maintain the kind of distance necessary to protect people from contracting coronavirus.

We should not blame these visitors for coming – but it could be claimed that they abused the offer by staying when it was clear that so many others had also turned up.

In any case, there seems to have been confusion about the situation, with disabled people complaining about the closure of car parks in gated parks.

The trust has waived car park fees for their open countryside areas, but the gated parks were supposed to be remaining open, with their car parks closed.

This site was contacted by a person who relayed a conversation with a National Trust representative about access to one of its parks.

In it, they said: “My elderly parents have been visiting the park twice a week since my mother had a stroke. They do not get out of the car… Simply sit in the park and watch the world go by. It is a source of great comfort especially to my mum who was robbed of so much by the stroke. They live locally but will be unable to access the park because my mother is virtually unable to walk.

“I understand that you need to take precautions but can you have a rethink and allow blue badge holders to access the car park please.”

The response: “In order to allow access to a select few we would need to have the gate manned all day from 8am-6pm as there is no digital way that we can self-select cars.

“In the current climate, we cannot put a staff member in that position. I am sorry that there is not more we can do.”

Were the car parks open or not?

Ultimately, it seems a moot point as cars were reportedly parked along access roads to National Trust parks and gardens as people queued up to get in – making a mockery of the Trust’s attempts at social distancing.

Publicity the Trust received when it announced that it would keep its parks and gardens open was positive.

This Site has been told that people with disabilities took a different view as a result of the apparent car park prohibition.

Perhaps the best way to look at it is as a genuine attempt to help that simply has not succeeded – partly because of the way people reacted to it.

A shame.

Source: Latest statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) | National Trust

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