#Whitty and #Vallance TV briefing shows incompetent Tories failed to contain #Covid19UK while causing maximum public inconvenience

There’s no way around it: Boris Johnson and his gang of Tory nincompoops have really cocked up the Covid-19 crisis. That’s the message This Writer took from the televised briefing by chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance. Here’s a summary of what they said, courtesy of that great critic of the Johnson government, Piers Morgan: BREAKING:Key points from covid presser:1) If cases accelerate at current rate, we'll be at 50k-a-day by mid-October. 2) Hospitalisations rising, & deaths will too. 3) Coronavirus not getting weaker.4) Only…

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US Congress threatens to pull out of #freetrade deal if UK undermines #GoodFridayAgreement

This is awkward for Boris Johnson. The US Congress – or at least members of it – is threatening to withdraw from any free trade deal with the UK if Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill undermines the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland. This is a body blow to Johnson, who has claimed that the Bill is vitally important even though it very clearly breaks international law by shattering treaty agreements with the EU and in NI. According to the BBC: US Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week…

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Here’s the shocking reason your Tory government is more guilty of attacking press freedom than Extinction Rebellion

So much for Boris Johnson’s (and Priti Patel’s) comments about the Extinction Rebellion blockade for Rupert Murdoch’s print works being an attack on the ‘free press’. On the day before they were making these attacks, the Council of Europe – that the UK founded – issued a formal warning that the Conservative government is a threat to the freedom of the press: The Council of Europe issued the Level 2 “media freedom alert” after Ministry of Defence press officers refused to deal with Declassified UK, a website focusing on foreign and…

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Dismay for Twitter users as #resigning trend DOESN’T refer to Boris Johnson and his Tory government

The word ‘Resigning’ may have started trending on Twitter in the UK for one reason – but you’d be hard-pressed to find out what it is after Twitter users piled in en masse to complain that they had hoped it was about Boris Johnson and his Tory government. The trend – totalling more than 6,000 tweets at the time of writing – signifies a massive ad hoc vote of “no confidence” in Johnson and his cronies ministers. And commenters weren’t holding back: Resigning? This pair of dimwits could do for starters: pic.twitter.com/4Hk5E2xmQ5…

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Is Matt Hancock denying care homes Covid-19 tests to deliberately harm residents?

It seems Matt Hancock doesn’t think care home residents have suffered enough. Hancock and the Tory government promised regular Covid-19 testing in all UK care homes on June 8. The testing was considered necessary because residents’ health had been deteriorating after lockdown restrictions meant their relatives were not allowed to visit. Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said the government had promised weekly testing for staff, and for residents every 28 days. But he described the process as having “fragmented”; some care providers had received kits that had…

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With all the cocaine washing around Parliament, why AREN’T ministers subject to random drug tests?

This is almost poetic, although there’s no justice involved. Iain Duncan Smith tweeted a link to a Sun story claiming that drug tests should be carried out randomly at people’s places of work, to catch users. This Writer only discovered he had done so because a twitter friend then added her own spin to the story, thus: Particularly in the House of Commons 🙂 for anyone falling down drunk or drugged up to the eyes on coke. https://t.co/pOXedi5A36 — ♿️🇵🇸💚⬛🔸🕷️🕸️⚫️MaiaB (@MaiaBug2010) August 24, 2020 It’s a good point. This Site has…

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Spendthrift Tories have spaffed £500 MILLION on firms run by their friends – that do NOTHING

In a week when we learned the Tories have more than doubled the national debt to £2 trillion, a mere £500 million might not seem much. It’s around 1/200th, or half a per cent, of the total they’ve borrowed since 2010. But this is money they have spent in the last six months alone – on contracts with companies run by their personal friends… that have apparently done nothing useful in return. According to the Labour Party, 13 firms run by friends of Tory ministers have won contracts related to…

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Parliament has been cleared of sceptical Tories – the new mob are Johnson’s ‘yes’-people

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. A Guardian reader named Les Bright has made a very useful observation about democracy in the Johnson ministry: there isn’t any. We cannot trust our Tory MPs to challenge undemocratic or despotic behaviour by Boris Johnson and his government because all the – let’s call them – sceptical Conservatives were purged in the last Parliament for…

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What will you say when they ask what you did in the class war?

I seem to have hit a nerve when I said the Tories are waging a class war on anyone who isn’t filthy rich. In fact, two Vox Political articles touched on this class war – the first implied it, the second made it explicit. Today I opened Twitter to discover those words all over the place: The A levels are the ruling class brazenly saying – “we’ll fix society now like we always have” Only thing, this time you can see the workings Mind you, anyone who dares to REALLY challenge…

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Tories want to hire a new ‘head of pandemic preparedness’ – after they axed the old systems for doing that

The Tories have been accused of closing the barn door after the horse has bolted, after they advertised for a new ‘head of pandemic preparedness’ six months into the Covid crisis. But the facts are actually worse than that. The idea is to pay someone £61,000 a year to “learn the lessons” (how many times have we heard that?) from the crisis and ensure the UK is properly prepared for any similar situation in the future. And yes, it is too late for all that. But the reason it’s too…

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