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Part-time PM Johnson booed as ‘traitor’ in flood-hit town after voting down thanks for emergency workers

The only job he’s good for: what a shame Boris Johnson was pictured mopping out flood-hit buildings in November, while he was after general election votes, and not in February, when he didn’t need them. He doesn’t care about your hardship.

What did he expect?

Boris Johnson went AWOL during the February floods, hiding away in a stately home while thousands of others saw their homes submerged – in stark contrast to his behaviour on the campaign trail last November, when he saw a chance to grab a few votes by pretending to care.

We know he doesn’t care, because he and his Tories voted down a motion of thanks for all the emergency workers, Environment Agency staff, council workers and volunteers who actually did turn up to help those affected by the severe weather.

That motion also included a call for an independent inquiry into the floods, looking at the level of funding for flood defences and an examination of lessons to be learned.

But rather than launch such a review, which is likely to be damaging to him and his government, Johnson’s new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has simply announced that he will double the amount of funding to be spent on flood defences over the next few years.

Johnson himself tried to fob off critics, saying that he had been “directing operations” and “working round the clock on various things”.

But to those who who called him a “traitor” during a long-delayed visit to flood-hit Bewdley on the banks of the River Severn, he admitted that any such interference would only get in the way.

He was referring to personal visits but what does he know about flood defence operations?

Nothing.

So any claim to be “directing operations” is nonsense.

Indeed, it seems Johnson has to be prompted by public embarrassment before he’ll agree to do anything.

His government has announced £500 council tax breaks for people affected by flooding, alongside other hardship relief measures – but this was only after one council – Derbyshire – accused him of hypocrisy after saying he would support local government and then turning his back.

So – again – it is impossible to believe a word Johnson says.

He hoped to ignore the millions of pounds worth of harm done to UK citizens while it was happening, and then lie that he had been working hard. The people who held him to account should be congratulated.

Source: ‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson is heckled as he visits town devastated by flooding | The Independent

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Johnson heckled in Rotherham with demand to recall Parliament

Boris Johnson’s unpopularity with the public could not be more graphically demonstrated than whenever he comes into contact with real people.

Today (September 13), he was heckled by a man while trying to give a speech in Rotherham. His inability to cope was hilarious:

“I’m all in favour of our MPs,” said the prime minister.

“Then why are you not with them in Parliament, sorting out the mess that you have created?” the man cried.

Rather than answer the concerns raised, BoJob simply tried to talk over him – without much success:

This is symptomatic of the reception Mr Johnson receives wherever he goes. Here’s a lady telling him his claim that austerity has ended is “just a fairy tale” (which it is, of course):

He even gets it from his fellow national leaders. We all remember how statesmanlike Leo Varadkar looked – and how much like a backward schoolboy Mr Johnson looked next to him – as the Irish prime minister listed the problems Mr Johnson had created for himself, the UK and Ireland with his reckless Brexit policy:

Mr Johnson seems impervious to all these criticisms.

Perhaps there is a reason for this…

Selective deafness?

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Tory Goldsmith heckled at Glastonbury as he tries to ‘greenwash’ austerity policies

“Tory policy kills”: Zac Goldsmith (seated) could do nothing about protestors at his Glastonbury event.

Hear, hear.

Goldsmith was the Tory whose campaign to become London Mayor was reprimanded for Islamophobia.

It seems he went to Glastonbury intending to ‘greenwash’ Tory austerity policies, but festival-goers weren’t having any of it.

And how many disabled people have died because of Tory policies? You won’t get a straight answer from the DWP about that.

Conservative Party MP Zac Goldsmith has been heckled at a speaker’s event at Glastonbury Festival, with audience members reacting to his answers with cries of “blah blah blah, f***ing bulls**t”.

Goldsmith, who represents Richmond Park and North Kingston, was appearing at the festival’s Speakers Forum to talk about austerity and the environment, in a session moderated by BBC journalist Justin Rowlatt.

According to Somerset Live, the event quickly spiralled out of control when protestors carrying a banner reading “Tory policy kills” entered the tent. Goldsmith was subsequently booed throughout the session, despite Rowlatt’s attempts to intervene.

Protestors additionally shouted, “How many disabled people have died?” while expressing their disdain at the MP’s answers to questions.

Source: Glastonbury: Zac Goldsmith heckled and booed at Speakers Forum event | The Independent

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Santa told Michael Gove he WON’T get the present he wanted – but we knew that after Theresa May’s confidence vote

Leaver: This is why Michael Gove upset Santa.

A bell-ringing Santa Claus told Michael Gove he won’t get any presents this year – but we all know he won’t get the gift he wanted after Theresa May won the ‘confidence’ vote triggered against her last week.

The bad news is, Mr Gove isn’t even getting a lump of coal.

Mad Santa heckled Mr Gove as he tried to enter Parliament, saying, “No presents for you, Mr Gove!” He also said the Environment Secretary was a “very naughty boy”.

It turns out that Santa is a Remainer. Personally, I didn’t know Lapland was a member of the EU and Brexit would harm Santa’s situation so much – but now we all know. And we can understand why he would despise Mr Gove, a Brexiter.

Of course, what Mr Gove really wanted for Christmas was a chance to take over from Theresa May as Prime Minister – remember the way he backstabbed Boris Johnson in 2016?

Sadly – for him – she won the vote (although sadly – for her – she didn’t win by a big enough margin, her party is utterly divided and her Brexit plan is ruined).

So everybody’s a loser.

Here’s the video clip. Enjoy the sign that says, “Brexit: A ho ho hopeless mess!”

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The mark of the leader: Tories make personal insults but Corbyn only gets angry at injustice to others

Here’s an excellent observation on the Jeremy Corbyn ‘heckle’ incident.

This Site reported on the exchange here, and there’s a great follow-up on the Skwawkbox site, as follows. This Writer agrees with all the sentiments expressed below:

Facebook user Lell Gee made a comment that shed a bright light on the significance of Corbyn’s reaction:

For those who can’t read images, Lell Gee wrote: “Isn’t it telling that during all the slurs and verbal assaults on Corbyn personally he never lost his temper, but when he is talking about the British people’s suffering under this current regime he gets angry and passionate? This is a man who genuinely cares about the public and is desperate to help them.”

Corbyn faced lies, slurs, insults, mockery of his clothes and worse from the Tory benches. From right-wing Labour MPs not fit to represent their members, he faced lies, disloyaltysmears, briefing, undermining and an attempt to crush him.

And he didn’t lose his temper once – or even appear close.

But when Tories sneer and dismiss the vulnerable, the put-upon and those discarded by this consciously-cruel government? Then this ensues:

This is what the UK is crying out for in its leaders – and why Corbyn has the stature and character to be fit for leadership.

Source: Vid: All the abuse, Corbyn kept cool. Tories scoff at vulnerable, this happens | The SKWAWKBOX


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Which Tory disgraced himself, his party and his constituency with ‘care home’ heckle on Jeremy Corbyn?

Andrew Griffiths MP: Is he the guilty party?

Conservative Party whip Andrew Griffiths needs to come clean.

It has been alleged that this man, the MP for Burton, made an “ageist and inappropriate remark” while Jeremy Corbyn was responding to Philip Hammond’s Budget speech.

As Mr Corbyn spoke in defence of elderly people suffering cuts in care budgets, it has been suggested that Mr Griffiths – hiding out of sight of the Speaker’s chair – said the Labour leader should “be in a care home” himself.

Mr Corbyn heard – and you can watch his reaction here:

As Labour MPs got to their feet and pointed towards the exit, shouting “shame on you”,and “get out”, a visibly infuriated Mr Corbyn snapped: “I hope the honourable member begins to understand what it’s like to wait for social care stuck in a hospital bed while other people are having to give up their work to care for them.

“The uncaring, uncouth attitude of certain members opposite needs to be called out.”

Members of Parliament and the public have expressed their fury at the heckle:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/933381678759849984

Some have called for the Speaker and his team to take action:

And Mr Griffiths was suggested as the culprit:

So Andrew Griffiths needs to clarify matters – right now.

If he did say the offending words, he must apologise to Mr Corbyn, to elderly care home residents – and their carers, to Parliament, to his colleagues in the Tory Whip’s office – who will have been disgraced if one of their colleagues misbehaved in such a manner, to the general public… and to his constituents in Burton, who would be humiliated if their representative was responsible for such childish behaviour.

It is disrespectful – not just to the Leader of the Opposition, but to the occasion, to Parliament, and to the people of the United Kingdom.

If Mr Griffiths did say those words, then the electorate of Burton would be well-advised to reconsider their decision to put him in Parliament with a majority of more than 10,000. His local Conservative Association would be wise to think about fielding another candidate at the next general election (which may not be too far in the future, remember).

But if he didn’t, then he needs to find out who was responsible and force that person to own up.

In that circumstance, the real culprit would be doubly cowardly, having not only made the comment, but having let Mr Griffiths take the blame for it. One could argue that as a Whip, responsible for maintaining discipline in his party, it is Mr Griffiths’ responsibility.

So its up to Andrew Griffiths. What is he going to do?

READ MORE: The mark of the leader: Tories make personal insults but Corbyn only gets angry at injustice to others


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Pensioners knock the wheels off Cameron’s wagon

David Icke's website  took a particularly strong view of Cameron's performance.

David Icke’s website took a characteristically strong view of Cameron’s performance.

Late last night (Tuesday), this writer was surprised to read a tweet from arch-Tory Andrew Neil, asking, “Does anybody feel that wheels are falling off Tory campaign?”

Perhaps Mr Neil had seen David Cameron’s performance at an Age UK meeting yesterday, where pensioners – widely believed to be the Conservative Party’s most loyal and likely supporters – did everything but climb onto the stage and physically rip the comedy prime minister apart.

If they are representative of all the UK’s senior citizens, then yes – not only have the wheels fallen off Cameron’s cart but the horse has bolted.

Arriving late, Cameron explained himself by saying he had just taken his 175th cabinet meeting. This display of pride at his longevity in-post impressed nobody – let’s face it, the man was facing a crowd whose defining feature is longevity. Perhaps Cameron himself was impressed by his (non-)achievement. If so, one has to wonder why; one of his first acts as prime minister was to fix the length of the current Parliament.

It was at the questions that he really fell to pieces. The first was about his diabolical treatment of the National Health Service – on which many elderly people must rely, of course. Why was it falling apart? Cameron’s claim that there was an army of carers, plus more doctors* and nurses, was met with a succinct reply from several areas: “Rubbish!”

“The NHS needs more money,” shouted a member of the audience, while another shouted: “You promised free prescriptions… we want the NHS how it used to be.”

Following on from this, Cameron tried to tell these experts on the subject that his government had protected health and social care budgets. Big mistake – as some pointed out loudly: “The social care budget has been slashed.”

Here’s The Guardian‘s coverage of the next question: “‘I am 91 …’ Dave began to applaud enthusiastically, remembering that a good TV chat show host always likes to give an old person a clap for having stayed alive so long. He quickly stopped once he realised no one else had joined in and started stroking his chin instead. In that moment, no one had ever cared more or listened harder than Dave.”

Moving on, Cameron told the tough crowd he would not have a Cabinet member responsible for the elderly: “I don’t want you to blame other people. I want you to blame me.” The response? “We are. We do.

“It’s a dream come true that I am able to ask you a question,” said a member of the audience. “Then you’ve got very low standards!” was the instant response from the others.

Challenged on his arrogant suggestion that he would not serve a third term (when he hasn’t even won a second and only got into his first by the back door), Cameron began, “What I did in my kitchen…” and was drowned out by the laughter of people who have lived long enough to have done the kinds of things in their kitchens that only feature in Cameron’s buddy George Osborne’s dreams.

“Some people have said I have been too generous to old people.” – “Not us.”

“I hope I can count on your support for a future Conservative government.” – “Not a chance.”

*It takes seven years to train a doctor; any new arrivals on wards during Cameron’s time as PM would have been initiated under the previous Labour government.

Afterwards, Asima Rentulla told ITV News: “The NHS is not protected. We rely on the NHS. The NHS is ours.”

And Graham Curtis said: “The social care budget is being slashed and slashed and slashed and the National Health Service is having to backfill what’s happening there… He was being very disingenuous.”

It was a situation that Cameron couldn’t control. The opinion polls might put his Tories close to Labour and the right-wing press might be praising him to the heavens, but there’s no way to hide the honest reaction of the public when they finally get a chance to confront the man who has caused so much unnecessary misery.

On this performance, Cameron’s days in politics – let alone in office – are numbered.

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