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Let the ridicule pile high: social media destroy Boris Johnson over Downing Street flat redecoration

Loadsamoney: the controversy over Boris Johnson’s flat has concentrated attention on the fact that Tories always find cash for their own benefit, while depriving members of the general public of the funding that a proper government should provide to them.

The Electoral Commission has announced that it is investigating the funding of redecoration work on Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, saying it has “reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred”.

And our friends on the social media have gone into satire overdrive.

Today they have targeted the prime ministerial consort, Carrie Symonds, under the hashtag #CarrieAntoinette – on the grounds that she was the driving force behind the astonishingly-expensive changes.

So we see this:

And, indeed, this:

The claim that Symonds demanded the use of wallpaper costing £840 per roll has been particularly inflammatory:

Many have pointed out the hypocrisy of being funded with huge amounts of cash to pay for the redecoration of a Tory prime minister’s flat, while the Tory government still refuses to fund safety improvements to blocks of flats afflicted with inflammable cladding that makes them as likely to go up in flames as Grenfell Tower (due to decisions by Tories, most likely):

But possibly the best snipe of the lot came from department store chain John Lewis:

The image is of a John Lewis van outside the gates of Downing Street.

The way events are moving, in a few days we’ll be seeing a removal van there.

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Boris Johnson tries to re-write history after embarrassing failure to enact speech promise

Boris Johnson: I’m going to be using this picture a lot, if he keeps saying the wrong thing.

Boris Johnson has tried to edit his first speech as prime minister, to cut words that have since made him into a liar.

He said his government was already working on upgrades to NHS hospitals on July 24 – but the first details didn’t emerge until August 4, and even then it seemed he had been dishonest about the funding package.

Boris Johnson appears to have edited footage of his first speech as Prime Minister – removing a reference to his first ‘broken promise’.

The PM said the new video was his “vision for Britain”, but the footage has been doctored to remove two important words from his NHS funding pledge.

He said: “My job is to make sure you don’t have to wait three weeks to see your GP.

“And we start work this week with 20 new hospital upgrades and ensuring that the money for the NHS really does get to the frontline.”

Mr Johnson delivered the speech on July 24.

Many Brits were eagerly anticipating details of the PM’s plan for their local hospitals – but they did not materialise within the week.

In fact, it was almost three weeks before the first details of his plan emerged on August 4.

And even then, it quickly emerged much of his plan for hospital upgrades was not new money.

Johnson was accused of “misleading the public” over the pledge.

So he cut the video of his speech, thinking nobody would notice.

Clearly he doesn’t understand how the internet works. Copies of his speech are available everywhere and we can easily compare the new version with the original.

But that’s not the real issue.

The problem is that we have a prime minister who would rather lie than own up and admit he got something wrong.

Now consider his plan for Brexit.

Source: Boris Johnson edits speech video to remove his first broken promise – Mirror Online

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NHS bosses ordered trusts: Lie to the public about scale of winter crisis – claim

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It seems we have all been deceived, and the scale of the crisis facing emergency medicine may be greater than first thought.

Emails from NHS Improvement told Trusts to boost their treatment figures by including data from walk-in centres, in conflict with guidance issued by NHS England in 2015.

It means trusts’ performance since last October, when the first email was sent, may have been artificially inflated.

The UK Statistics Authority has demanded an explanation.

Crucially, This Writer wants to know who ordered the changes – and why.

NHS hospital trusts in England may have to recalculate A&E performance figures from last October onwards.

The UK Statistics Authority has told NHS England to explain changes to the recording of A&E data.

It says the changes – highlighted by BBC News – could have left people reaching “misleading conclusions”.

They raise questions over some trusts’ performance on the highest profile NHS performance target – that patients in A&E are seen within four hours.

The official target requires 95% of patients to be treated, assessed or discharged within four hours, a figure the NHS has failed to meet since July 2015.

A hospital trust’s performance figures include the main accident and emergency department (known as Type 1) and minor injuries or care centres (known as Type 3).

These centres tend to see and treat patients a lot more quickly than those needing emergency care.

Data in these clinics tends to pull up the overall performance of a trust. This is confirmed by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

The BBC has seen emails sent by NHS Improvement, the body responsible for overseeing trusts, in October last year.

The implication is that including these centres would help improve overall performance.

This, and another email sent later in October by NHS Improvement, was seen by trusts as a request to add in data from walk-in centres not run by them and not on hospital grounds.

This is in direct conflict with clear guidance issued in November 2015 by NHS England, which says walk-in centre data can be included only if the trust has clinical responsibility for the service or if it co-located on the trust’s grounds.

Source: A&E stats may have to be recalculated


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Why is Universal Credit allowed to keep racking up the cost, while rail projects get the axe?

Perhaps the answer has something to do with blame.

The government can blame railway companies for what some seem to be labelling out-of-control cost increases on improvement projects.

But Universal Credit is a plan initiated by the Conservative Party, and the Conservative Party must be seen to be right. Right?

So the cost continues to rocket out of control, creating knock-on problems across government budgets, and the Gentleman Ranker, Iain Duncan Smith, gets to make silly claims that everything is under control when it clearly isn’t.

The overall cost of Iain Duncan Smith’s key welfare scheme appears to have risen by £3bn to £15.8bn in two years, according to an official report that shows several other significant government programmes are also in danger of collapsing.Universal credit, the troubled programme that plans to roll six welfare benefits into one payment, has also suffered a further year’s delay and will not be fully implemented until 2020.

The figures are disclosed in a Major Projects Authority report. It also shows that more than half of all of the government’s leading projects, including HS2, are in danger of failing.

Universal Credit is late, and expensive – and even when it arrives, it will harm people rather than helping them.

It is as pointless as the Work and Pensions secretary himself.

Source: Labour says universal credit will take 495 years to roll out as costs rise £3bn | Society | The Guardian

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