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Is Boris Johnson really the ‘best liar to serve in public life’? We all know he’s doing it!

Duper’s delight: This is the smile Boris Johnson wears when he is lying – as This Site has pointed out many times in the past. We all know he lies habitually, so he is NOT a successful liar. The problem is, as Rory Stewart says, that the public has humoured him to a point where he is able to do whatever he wants with impunity – and we are all suffering because of it.

Remember “live-action Gollum” Rory Stewart, who impressed us all by his performance of disgust and despair with his fellow candidates for the Tory leadership last year?

Well, he has turned up again, telling us that Boris Johnson is the “most accomplished liar in public life” and perhaps “the best liar ever to serve as prime minister” in an article in the Times Literary Supplement.

He has mastered the use of error, omission, exaggeration, diminution, equivocation and flat denial. He has perfected casuistry, circumlocution, false equivalence and false analogy.

He is equally adept at the ironic jest, the fib and the grand lie; the weasel word and the half-truth; the hyperbolic lie, the obvious lie, and the bullshit lie – which may inadvertently be true.

Because he has been so famous for this skill for so long, he can use his reputation to ascend to new levels of playful paradox.

This Writer begs to disagree. If Johnson is a famous liar, then it follows that his lies have been found out. There is no point in lying if you are going to be unsuccessful in keeping those lies hidden.

Sure, Johnson gets away with his lies because he’s the prime minister now, and he can say and do whatever he likes without any fear of consequences. As This Site has mentioned before, he is above the law.

But that isn’t being a successful liar. In fact, he is an extremely poor liar because we all know he’s lying.

And one day his lies will catch him up and he will face a reckoning.

… but not for a while yet – according to Stewart – because the general public is letting this liar get away with his falsehoods, and letting him ruin the UK in the process.

According to The New European,

He says the public is “fully aware” of Johnson’s tendency to lie and voted for him because of a general distrust in politicians to tell the truth and that his bumbling nature “flatters us by allowing us to feel we always know more than him”.

Stewart concludes: “Unless we begin to repair our political institutions and nurture a society that places more emphasis on personal and political virtue, we will have more to fear than Boris Johnson”.

In a way, this is heartening as it suggests that Johnson is living on borrowed time.

Sooner or later, the public will tire of Johnson. He’ll lie about a policy that harms too close to home and they’ll turn on him and rip him to shreds, as has happened to so many other Con leaders before him.

But we have already given him all the power he wants. Who knows what apocalypse he will visit upon us before he meets his own private Waterloo?

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As #EHRC publishes its report on alleged #Labourantisemitism, remember the motives of the groups who wanted it

Here’s a useful Twitter thread from David Rosenberg:

The point about the Campaign Against Antisemitism is well-made.

This so-called charity is nothing of the kind – as anybody victimised by its attentions knows very well.

The CAA attacked me in 2017, publishing an article attacking me as an anti-Semite on the eve of local elections in which I was standing as a Labour Party candidate in order, it seems clear to me, to discredit me and interfere with my chances of election.

None of the claims in the article were accurate.

The author had taken articles I had written and selectively quoted from them passages that could be made to appear anti-Semitic.

This is quote-doctoring, which any respectable journalist will tell you is an unacceptable practice.

Another word for it is lying.

That is the kind of organisation that wanted the EHRC investigation.

Remember that when you find out what’s in the report.

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Hypocrite Theresa May pretends she’s not a racist – but we must judge her by her actions

Theresa May: the image offers a good sense of where she belongs.

Some of you are going to find this hard to take.

Watch this, if you have the stomach for it:

You’re probably thinking of the Windrush scandal, that demonstrated ample evidence that this two-faced Tory had no interest in the well-being of anybody black.

But I want to take you back further than that, to an incident that shows she cannot claim any moral authority on the well-being of any ethnic minority.

I refer, of course, to the scandal of Theresa May’s so-called “racist vans”. I wrote an article about it entitled Xenophobia, in which I stated:

“Those of us who are lucky enough not to live in London have yet to see the amazing advertising vans that have been conveying instructions to Conservative-leaning voters, to treat with hatred, suspicion and contempt anybody who is not a white, Anglo-Saxon protestant.

“It seems clear that these vehicles are intended to promote racism and heighten racial tension, setting British citizens against each other – because the aim is to encourage the suspicion that another person may be an illegal immigrant – in the same way Coalition policy on social security set citizens against each other by pretending it was commonplace for individuals to receive more in benefits than in paid work.

“According to the Public Order Act 1986, it is an offence for a person to publish threatening, abusive or insulting material if this is intended to stir up hatred against any group in the UK, defined by reference to colour, race, nationality, citizenship or ethnic or national origins, or if it is likely to stir up hatred with regard to all the circumstances.

“The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994 added an offence of intentional harassment – that it is an offence to use threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, intending to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress. There is a defence that the conduct of the accused was reasonable. This Act was introduced by Michael Howard, who spoke in favour of the advertising vans on the BBC’s Any Questions on Friday.

“The Unite union has been seeking legal advice about whether the Home Office-sponsored vans – running a week-long ‘pilot’ scheme that could be expanded to the entire country – incited racial hatred, which implies that their message was intended for domestic consumption, rather than for the benefit (sorry) of illegal aliens.

“The message on the vans reads as follows: “In the UK illegally? GO HOME OR FACE ARREST. Text HOME to [a number] for free advice and help with travel documents.”

“A stamp in the top-right corner reads: “106 arrests last week in your area.”

“The Home Office Twitter account spent the week-long pilot period tweeting messages about the number of illegal immigrants it wished to claim had been detected or turned themselves in – and even transmitted photographs of suspects in a move that is certain to undermine claims that it was not trying to incite hatred.

“And spot-checks have been taking place at railway stations, where people who were notably not white were stopped, apparently at random, by immigration officers wearing stab vests who demanded to see identification proving they were in the UK legally. It seems they became unreasonably aggressive when asked what right they had to behave like this without direct cause for suspicion.

“Immigration minister Mark Harper has rejected claims that people were targeted because of their race, confirming that the law demands that officers need reason to believe an offence had been committed before stopping anybody.

“He said the street operations “involved immigration officers talking to people in the local area and, where there was a reason to do so, asking questions in relation to immigration status”. Are we to take it, then, that his underlings were inviting local people to act as informants, ‘dobbing in’ people they suspected (or possibly, simply didn’t like and wanted to put into trouble)?

“Harper’s argument was severely undermined when he admitted he could not reveal the different ethnicities of the people who were stopped, and their numbers, because it is not recorded – officials were told to take down only the names, dates of birth and nationalities of people they stopped.”

“I fundamentally believe that you should not be stopped on the streets of our country simply because of the colour of your skin,” said May, on July 9.

But seven years ago, officials were stopping people on the streets of our country precisely because of the colour of their skin – on her orders.

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Care home deaths cover-up suggests Johnson and Hancock are guilty as sin

Suppose a disaster happens and people die. The authorities in charge say they failed to anticipate it, take responsibility, someone resigns and we all say: fair enough – they made a mistake and they admitted it.

Right?

Now suppose people die but the authorities pretend they had taken precautions to prevent it – and we find out that they were lying.

That looks far more serious, doesn’t it?

It makes it seem that the authorities concerned intended that the disaster would happen.

Why else would they lie?

Now let’s consider the fact that more than 9,000 people have died in care homes, with a further more-than-10,000 deaths unaccounted-for.

Boris Johnson told the nation in Prime Minister’s Questions that the government imposed safety procedures on homes, the day before they were imposed on the rest of the country – and then he tried to tell us Keir Starmer was lying when he said that wasn’t true.

Starmer then quoted the government’s own guidance back to him in a letter…

…and you know what Johnson did?

He sent Starmer a note warning him to get back in line – because he’s supposed to be supporting the government.

Very revealing, that.

It doesn’t matter, though – because Starmer has already let the cat out of the bag, so Johnson’s attempt to bring him down means nothing.

Oh, and we’ve also got more evidence from first-party sources:

Okay “a care home manager” might not seem convincing to you.

Try this, from talk radio channel LBC:

LBC’s Ben Kentish pointed to tonight’s press conference which saw deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries state care home advice issued on 25 February stayed in place until 12 March because “they had the view that there was no sustained community transmission in the UK.”

However, Ben Kentish found minutes from a sub-committee at scientific advisory group SAGE on 10 February which said:

“It is a realistic probability that there is already sustained transmission in the UK, or that it will be become established in the coming weeks.”

Ben reiterated that this was dated 10 February – two weeks before the official care home guidance was issued and more than a month before it was withdrawn.

So SAGE advice on February 10 was that “there is already sustained transmission in the UK” but from February 25 to March 12 the government’s line was that “there is currently no transmission of COVID-19 in the community. It is therefore very unlikely that anyone receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected”. But Matt Hancock said the Tories were protecting care home residents from February. Clearly that is not true.

And what happened? Here’s the Office for National Statistics:

And look – all those excess deaths started happening right when the Tories said they were protecting care home residents. How about that?

In fact, the Tories didn’t lift a finger to stop deaths in care homes until April 15, when the epidemic there was well advanced:

So, doesn’t it seem that Matt Hancock has been telling untruths but Owen Jones is right? See for yourself:

And coronavirus infections have broken out in one-third of all English care homes – more than 5,000 homes:

Kerry-Anne is right. It is a massacre.

And all the information suggests that’s exactly what Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock intended it to be. Otherwise, why lie?

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Boris Johnson: don’t let the media make a messiah out of this racist, sexist, cowardly liar

You may have seen some news reports suggesting that contingency plans were made for Boris Johnson’s death of coronavirus – suggesting that his recovery may have been miraculous in some way.

In other words, the Tories and their supine media were trying to cook up a “back from the dead” story for Johnson, painting him as a Messiah-figure who has returned from the brink of the grave to bring strong leadership to a country desperately in need of it.

In other words, they’re trying to feed us another load of old pigswill.

Boris Johnson isn’t a messiah – he’s a sexist, racist, homophobic, cowardly liar.

Remember his Brexit campaign, when he lied that the NHS would be given £350 million a week? That investment might have done us all some good, prior to the coronavirus crisis but it was never going to happen because the Tories have been running the NHS down to make it ripe for privatisation – which would have made the UK even less capable of handling Covid-19.

Remember when he tried to make a joke of the massive loss of lives in the Libyan city of Sirte during that nation’s civil war? Or when he had to be stopped from inappropriately quoting a colonial poem by Kipling in Myanmar?

Remember when Eddie Mair, on BBC Radio 4, read out a litany of Johnson’s racist behaviour, to the dismay of Amber Rudd?

When Johnson refused to condemn widespread police violence against civilians in Catalonia?

When he spoke nonsense about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Parliament, and the Iranian government used it to threaten her with an extra five years in prison, beyond the five she was already serving on a trumped-up charge?

When he was reprimanded by then-Commons Speaker John Bercow for referring to Emily Thornberry in “frankly sexist” terms?

When he praised Viktor Orban on his election win in Hungary after an anti-Semitic campaign?

His sexist and Islamophobic comments about women who wear the burqa?

The £53 million he spaffed on a ‘Garden Bridge’ that was never built?

His cowardice during the Tory leadership campaign when he was the absentee candidate?

The racist poem he published, saying that Scottish people were a “verminous” race that should be placed in ghettos and exterminated?

His racist assessment of the French as “turds“?

The allegation that Downing Street sought to restrict Johnson’s access to sensitive intelligence when he became Foreign Secretary?

The evidence that he met a Russian ex-KGB agent without being accompanied by his personal security detail, which strongly suggested that he was harming the UK’s security in relation to Russia? What happened about the so-called ‘Russia report’, discussing such security issues, that Johnson has been suppressing since before the general election last year?

His reference to gay men as “tank top-wearing bumboys“?

His question about Irish PM Leo Varadkar: “Why isn’t he called Murphy like the rest of them?”

His clueless claim that hard work can cure mental illness?

His relaxed attitude to his MPs abusing women?

His lie that the NHS would get 20 hospital upgrades, starting in his first week as prime minister – that he then edited out of a video?

His illegal attempt to prorogue Parliament?

His obscene description of then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

The corruption scandal in which he allegedly gave public money to his friend Jennifer Arcuri? What happened about that, by the way?

The allegation that Boris had taken money for his Tory leadership campaign from a group of hedge fund bosses who planned to make a fortune by getting him to force a “no deal” Brexit? What happened about that, by the way?

His decision to run away when the UK was flooded and needed strong leadership?

His failure to follow his own social distancing rules and subsequent illness with coronavirus? If he had died, it would have been of stupidity.

But he was never in any danger of death – and the people of the UK are registering their disgust at this latest attempt to make fools of us:

The only sane choice is to agree with the sentiment immediately above.

Or are you content to be brainwashed by the BBC?

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This puts the seal on Hancock’s coronavirus testing lie

Matt Hancock: doesn’t he look smug? Most liars do, when they think they’ll get away with it.

Has Matt Hancock not resigned yet? No?

Shame. He should have gone, just for wasting up to 40,000 coronavirus testing kits by posting them out – sometimes multiple kits to the same homes – with no return address.

Recipients were told to bin them.

This is at a time when people are dying of this disease.

So to the commenter on This Site who wrote: “I have heard, but cannot corroborate, that some tests have arrived with no return envelope nor address. When people have contacted the help centre they have been advised to toss them in the bin and another would be sent out. If they are counting tests sent out then that would count as two tests”…

I can respond with this:

I hope that’s enough corroboration for everybody.

Worse still, if you wanted even more proof that the Tories rigged the system so they could parade a lie before us… it seems the number of tests carried out on May 1 – even under the new system – almost halved:

122,000 claimed one day; 63,000 the next.

Thousands of test kits posted out with no return address, with several sent to the same homes.

And Matt Hancock is still Health and Social Care Secretary.

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Matt Hancock LIED about hitting 100,000 coronavirus tests target. Why does he still have a job?

Matt Hancock: he lied – unforgivably. He needs to resign.

If you were ever going to give the Tory government the benefit of the doubt, now is the time to abandon it.

You see, at around 5pm on May 1, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock told the world that he had not only hit his target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by April 30 – but exceeded it by 22,347. He was lying through his teeth.

After his announcement, we learned that 40,369 test kits – delivered to homes, hospitals or other NHS sites – were included in the total even though they are unlikely to have been used or sent back to a lab.

In fact, only 73,191 tests were known to have been carried out.

That leaves 8,787 for which there is no account at all.

Worse still, the 73,191 tests were not all carried out on different people. It seems only 54,575 people were actually known to have been tested.

Now, I’m pretty sure that – when Hancock boasted that he would achieve 100,000 tests a day by the end of April – a majority of the UK population expected him to mean 100,000 different people would be tested. If so, that was a naive hope.

The size of the lie is enormous. Instead of hitting 122 per cent of his target, Hancock managed only a meagre 54.6 per cent.

I’m convinced these facts would not have come out if This Writer and others had not piled on the pressure both before and during the May 1 daily press briefing. I personally sent 21 tweets on the subject.

Here are the figures:

(I admit I missed one of the figures reeled out by today’s boffin John Newton, which is why those numbers don’t add up to 122,347.)

The public response to this pathetic attempt at wholesale deception has been predictable: outrage.

I won’t subject you to the worst of it – just the wittiest:

There’s no point expecting an apology from Matt Hancock.

He refused to apologise to the son of an NHS doctor who died of the coronavirus because Hancock’s Tory government couldn’t be bothered to ensure he had enough personal protective equipment, and he refused to apologise to the relatives of elderly care home residents who also died of the coronavirus, so he’s not going to apologise about this.

In any case, an apology is not appropriate.

For this, we require his resignation.

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It’s civil servants v Boris Johnson over Priti Patel’s bullying. Who’s going to believe the known liar?

Priti Patel: smug as ever – perhaps because she’s got Boris Johnson making sure she’ll remain as Home Secretary no matter what is said against her.

Civil servants are now lining up to condemn Home Secretary Priti Patel, while she has support from liars like Boris Johnson and other former – disgraced – ministers like Liam Fox.

A civil servant writing in The Guardian tells us: “Civil servants are supposed to silently get on with it while ministers take the flak… But this very British convention of public life… is now being shredded by an emboldened administration still flexing its muscular majority.

“More colleagues are now coming forward with further allegations against Patel during her time as an employment minister in 2015. That’s in addition to claims that she, as international development secretary, openly called her staff “fucking useless”.

“So it might not be a stretch to say that this feels like like a sort of #MeToo moment for the civil service. Those who, like me, have been around government for several years reckon more allegations are on the way. There may be blood.”

But the writer says it probably won’t be Ms Patel’s.

Yes, there will be a Cabinet Office investigation – but the minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, has already given her his support.

Not only that: Boris Johnson told MPs he was “sticking by” Ms Patel during Prime Minister’s Questions, saying she was “delivering change, putting police out on the street, cutting crime, and delivering a new immigration system”. He is a known liar, of course.

Oh, and how about this endorsement?

Liam Fox was, if I recall correctly, the very first member of the Conservative government from 2010 onwards who was forced to resign in disgrace.

That is the kind of support she is getting.

Ms Patel may stay on as Home Secretary – let’s face it, it seems clear that Johnson is rigging any investigation in her favour – but she’ll never live down the scandal.

Civil servants don’t make this kind of fuss about nothing.

And she has already been forced to resign from a previous Cabinet job after she tried to carry out her own foreign policy, independent of even the Tory government’s.

As far as This Writer is concerned, she is poison. If she stays, she’ll become a symbol of Tory government bullying, lies and corruption.

Source: The Priti Patel allegations are turning into a #MeToo moment for the civil service | The civil servant | Opinion | The Guardian

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See the way people stop supporting Boris Johnson when they realise what he’s like

Isn’t it interesting?

He has been nailed yet again over his lies – this time by a local TV news reporter:

Make sure people see this – it represents the current Conservative mindset: sexism, racism and lies.

And vote Labour on December 12.

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Even Phillip and Holly are knocking holes in Boris Johnson’s lies

Skewered: Boris Johnson’s NHS lies were exposed by Phillip and Holly when they interviewed him on This Morning.

Did you think it was all soppiness and selfies when Boris Johnson was interview by the This Morning team?

Think again.

Because when Johnson tried to lie that he hasn’t been selling off the NHS piecemeal to private companies, many of them American, this happened:

Earlier in the week, This Writer complained to Phillip Schofield about his inappropriate attempt to extort an apology from Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn ended up saying that of course he was sorry for distress caused to Jewish people by the (manufactured) furore – but added that he had done everything possible to combat it.

I pointed out that anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is much less prevalent than in other political organisations and in the UK generally, and asked Mr Schofield if he was going to tackle Boris Johnson over the far greater amount of racism and anti-Semitism in the Conservative Party.

Of course I didn’t get a response, being just the writer of a lowly website that only gets around half a million hits a month.

But this will do. We can see Mr Johnson lying at the start and then, even after being faced with the facts, he lied at the end as well.

So we should thank Phillip and Holly and the team on This Morning.

And if we value our health, we should vote Labour.

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