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The vultures are circling Boris Johnson – and not just because he lost Chesham & Amersham

It’s not just losing elections: remember when Boris Johnson showed contempt for our Armed Forces by laying his wreath face-down? That’s just one example of his idiocy, running right up to the G7 meeting this month. He’s an embarrassment to the UK – and it seems his own people are awaiting the moment to push him out.

What a fragile career Boris Johnson has!

He won an 80-seat majority in the 2019 general election, and followed that by trouncing Labour in the local elections and in a by-election that Labour should have won.

But he loses one by-election and suddenly the knives are out – wielded by members of his own party.

Admittedly, they’re members who have already criticised Johnson already – but that doesn’t mean they’re wrong and it doesn’t mean people won’t listen.

So here’s Dominic Cummings calling Johnson a “clueless” “gaffe machine”:

During the 2019 December election, the PM refused to be interviewed by veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil who was at the BBC at the time.

Mr Cummings, the PM’s former top aide, has now revealed the apparent communications strategy behind the decision, claiming the PM was “clueless about policy”.

Mr Cummings tweeted: “Why the f*** would [we] put a gaffe machine clueless about policy & government up to be grilled for ages, upside=0 for what?!

“This is not a hard decision… Pundits don’t understand comms, power or management. Tune out!”

And now here’s another Dominic – Grieve, the former Attorney General – praising the intelligence of Chesham and Amersham voters by saying they had paid attention throughout the Johnson experience and they’d had enough:

Of course, Johnson is oblivious to this kind of criticism from the public and from people outside his camp.

But the fact that this is getting into the Tory-owned media shows that people inside the government aren’t happy with him either.

One by-election isn’t enough to do that.

So I reckon Johnson has put a more than a few Tory government noses out of joint and they’re just waiting for the opportunity to get their own back.

He’s on course to win Batley & Spen, but that’s because Keir Starmer is clueless and doesn’t understand how to keep it for Labour.

I think we’ll see a lot more pressure on the prime minister from now on.

Source: Cummings says Boris is ‘gaffe machine’ who is ‘clueless about policy’ | Evening Standard

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Johnson didn’t have power to change tax rules for Dyson, says former Attorney-General. Was Major Corruption lying AGAIN?

Boris Johnson: he should hang his head in shame. Sadly, he doesn’t have the self-awareness – this shot is just of him checking his notes at a prime ministerial broadcast.

Boris Johnson’s claim that he arranged a tax break for James Dyson was impossible because he doesn’t have the power, according to former Attorney-General (the government’s top lawyer) Dominic Grieve.

Johnson defended himself during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (April 21) after evidence emerged that Dyson had contacted him by texting his personal telephone, asking for tax breaks so Dyson staff who had relocated to Singapore after Brexit could return to the UK and build ventilators to tackle Covid-19 without paying tax penalties.

Johnson’s responses are shown in this tweet:

His responses in PMQs were that he refused to accept criticism for doing everything he could to ensure that the UK had the equipment it needed to fight the Covid crisis.

(This is risible when we remember that successive Conservative governments including Johnson’s had systematically weakened the nation’s ability to respond to a pandemic crisis, including selling PPE to China.)

In the end, Dyson provided no ventilators at all.

On the BBC’s Newsnight, former A-G Dominic Grieve made the legal situation abundantly clear:

So either Boris Johnson corruptly and illegally influenced the tax system so this industrialist, who campaigned for Brexit and then scarpered abroad to escape the consequences, could profit from a crisis…

… or everything he can do to secure help for the UK in a crisis is in fact nothing at all.

Major Corruption has shot himself in the foot, it seems.

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It seems the Grieve Amendment is what the government was planning. Why attack it, then?

Dominic Grieve: Why the upset about his Amendment?

How odd.

After astonishing scenes in the House of Commons, in which Speaker John Bercow was subjected to a torrent of abuse for allowing a vote on the so-called Grieve Amendment, it seems Theresa May wants us to think she was planning to do as it demands in any case.

The Amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Act proposed a change to what must happen if MPs vote down Mrs May’s Brexit deal, as seems likely next Tuesday (January 15).

Originally, MPs settled on a complicated condition requiring the government to make a statement on what will happen next within 21 calendar days of the deal failing to win support, with a vote in the Commons within seven sitting days (days in which Parliament is conducting its business) after that.

Now, after MPs supported Mr Grieve’s Amendment by 308 votes to 297 – a majority of 11- Parliament will expect Mrs May to hold a ‘plan B’ vote on what happens next within three days of losing the “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal.

Downing Street released a statement just after 2pm yesterday – after the Grieve Amendment won MPs’ approval in spite of appalling displays from Conservative backbenchers (see my article on this) saying that if the vote is lost, the prime minister would come back to the House of Commons and set out her plans well before the 21-day time-limit set out in the withdrawal act.

“We would seek to provide certainty, quickly,” a government spokesman said.

So why did so many Conservatives object so strongly to Speaker John Bercow’s decision to allow this amendment and the vote on it?

It seems that, while Mrs May was probably planning not to wait 21 days before making a statement to the Commons, there is no evidence that she was planning a swift vote. It is more likely that she would have delayed that vote – some say in order to gain more concessions from Brussels, although that seems to be a pipe dream now.

We are still in uncharted territory. We don’t know what kind of statement Mrs May will make after she loses the vote next week (as everybody expects). And it seems doubtful that she will offer any choice that the public will find acceptable.

… Unless she bows to calls for a general election. We could all get behind that.

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