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Brexiteers have handed direct rule of the UK to Tory ministers and advisers – NOT Parliament

They’re laughing at you really: Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson are using Little Englanders’ hatred of Europe to force on the UK a dictatorship worse than anything we’ve ever had from Brussels.

So much for democracy.

Remember all that “Take back control” tripe Brexiteers like Dominic Cummings were force-feeding us, during the EU referendum campaign?

It seems they weren’t advocating a return to democratic rule by Parliament. Instead the UK is to be ruled with decrees by people like – guess who? – Dominic Cummings.

The facts are in a forensic analysis of every bit of legislation passed and going through Parliament to change the law after Brexit becomes a reality on January 1 next year, by the House of Lords Constitution committee.

New Acts of Parliament covering covering agriculture, money laundering, immigration, trade, taxation, reciprocal health agreements and even the granting of road haulage licences will give power over these matters directly to Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and advisers like Cummings.

The Bills create statutory instruments – otherwise known as “Henry VIII powers” – allowing ministers to change the law by decree, meaning they make the changes without bothering with a Parliamentary vote. In some cases, they won’t even have to inform other MPs.

The Agriculture Bill alone creates 40 of these “Henry VIII powers” – including power to define new criminal offences with unlimited fines.

One new power on export and import duties will allow ministers to change the law by public notice – meaning they will simply pin up a sign somewhere, saying that the law has been changed.

And there won’t be a thing your elected MP can do about it.

In his article about this, David Hencke makes an excellent deduction:

If Waitrose followed what it said it will do and clearly label chlorinated chicken a government minister could just change the law by decree, making it illegal to do so. And if Waitrose disobeyed they could face unlimited fines.

Think about that.

To facilitate a trade deal with the United States, your Tory government – voted in because people were desperate for Brexit – could force supermarkets to sell you, and force you to eat, diseased meat.

Remember when we were told Brexit would end EU bureaucracy that saddled the UK with thousands of unwanted rules and regulations?

Now read this [boldings mine]:

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill [gives ministers] well over 150 separate powers to make tax law for individuals and businesses. These laws made by Ministers will run to thousands of pages. The Treasury’s delegated powers memorandum, which sets out in detail all these law-making powers, alone runs to 174 pages.”

Even legislation delegated to the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not safe from Tory interference as ministers are also taking powers to override those laws, as well as to interfere in what EU-adopted case law can be used to decide new cases in tribunals and lower courts.

All of these dictatorial powers will be handed over to Johnson, Gove and Cummings by Parliament because the UK electorate handed Johnson’s Conservatives a massive 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.

And the reason voters gave them that massive majority was Brexit.

Little did these Little Englanders know that they were taking power away from an elected organisation and handing it to a tiny cabal of Tory dictators instead.

“Taking back control”?

They’ve thrown it all away.

Source: Welcome to your new rulers: UK Commissioners Gove, Johnson and Cummings | Westminster Confidential

70 cases of Covid-19 after France reopened its schools but the Tories STILL protest that ours will be safe

Michael Gove, Amber Rudd and all the Tory apologists must be cringing at their comments over the weekend, with the latest news from France.

Our cousins across the Channel sent a third of their children back to school last week, with classes capped at 15 students in order to maintain social distancing and prevent Covid-19 infection.

It didn’t work:

Just one week after a third of French children went back to school in an easing of the coronavirus lockdown, there has been a worrying flare-up of about 70 Covid-19 cases linked to schools.

French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer sounded the alarm on Monday, telling French radio RTL that the return has put some children in new danger of contamination. He said the affected schools are being closed immediately. French media reported that seven schools in northern France were closed.

Mr Blanquer did not specify if the 70 cases of Covid-19 were among students or teachers.

Given that the incubation period for the virus is several days, people are “likely” to have been infected before the reopening of schools, he said.

Last week France recorded its first death of a child linked to Kawasaki disease, a mysterious inflammatory syndrome that some doctors say could be triggered by Covid-19.

The nine-year-old boy was one of 125 children in France currently with the syndrome.

Sure, people were “likely” to have been infected before the reopening of schools – but who knows how many people in the seven that had to be closed – teachers, pupils, and parents after the kids came home – have been infected as a result of the return?

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Tories are still (desperately) trying to convince us that when they reopen our schools at the beginning of June, our children, teachers and families won’t suffer the same fate. But they’ve provided absolutely no evidence to support these claims, that seem increasingly unrealistic.

Michael Gove talked a lot of nonsense on TV:

So did Amber Rudd:

She said:

They have to go back because we need to make sure that our children go back and that all the issues to do not just with education, but also with security, safety, mental health issues, safeguarding, those children need to go back to school.

Gibberish!

In the UK, fears are rising that the government is putting teachers and parents at risk of Covid-19, and children in peril of dying from the new syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease. Considering the situation in France, these are proving justified:

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson tried to claim that

children are at the heart of everything we do

and came a cropper – because some of us have long memories:

There will be no test, track and trace system for teachers and pupils:

Instead, they will have to self-isolate, along with anybody likely to be infected – as happened at this school in Colne:

No consideration has been given to the fact that infected children will share items including food with others:

Nor, it seems, has any been given to the facts of opening schools at this time:

What will happen?

I think we’ll see a concentrated campaign by the Tories and their puppets in the press, to persuade the public that there is no harm in sending their children back to school at the start of June – and that anybody saying otherwise is a fool at best, and an enemy of the people at worst:

Will it work?

Well…

And the Tories?

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Duff Sunday Times investigation has everyone thinking we need a new leader. Who should it be? [POLL]

Gove: apparently he’s Rupert Murdoch’s choice of replacement for a disgraced Boris Johnson. This is hardly surprising as he’s a former Murdoch employee and would almost certainly be in the newspaper magnate’s pocket.

It’s a stupid premise for a leadership challenge but people seem to be getting behind it (because they’re easily-led) so let’s do the same.

The claim is that Boris Johnson should not be the prime minister of the UK because he missed a few meetings that happened to take place in Cabinet Office Briefing Room ‘A’.

He wasn’t required to attend them. It would have been advisable for him to accept the advice that came from them, but it seems that he may have been given bad advice by those who did attend. And it is likely that he ignored any advice that didn’t fit his narrow-minded plans.

In fairness, also, he seems to have spent less time actually being the prime minister than he did campaigning to be Tory leader. First he was on summer recess, then he called an unlawful prorogation that was reversed by the courts, then Parliament was dissolved for an election, then it was Christmas, then he ran away from dealing with the floods, and then he had the coronavirus (we’re told). It’s an appalling record and he should be booted out of Downing Street for that alone.

The problem here is that a newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch appears to be angling for a Murdoch man to be prime minister instead of Johnson: Michael Gove.

But why can’t we widen up the debate a bit?

The Tories have done a downright cruddy job of governing since the general election. They left thousands upon thousands to fend for themselves in the floods and they condemned millions to catch the coronavirus. They have failed in their duty of care for the UK’s people.

So perhaps we should have another election? Bring in a Labour leader, perhaps? Keir Starmer, anybody?

Alternatively, considering the way Starmer is turning out, perhaps we should turn the clock back and ask Jeremy Corbyn to come in (although he’d have to be supported by people who aren’t trying to backstab him at every opportunity).

Which would you prefer?

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Coronavirus: Failure to answer a simple question about NHS cuts shows depth of Tory health betrayal

Gove: he always looks a little gobsmacked but his response to this question has to be seen.

It was a stroke of genius: a simple question from the press that skewered Michael Gove and NHS boss Simon Stevens over cuts to the health service since 2010.

Andy Woodcock, editor of The Independent, used a televised press conference to ask whether the government regretted cutting the number of NHS beds and failing to increase the number of nurses.

It was a valid question, because the NHS has lost more than 11,000 beds since 2010 as a result of Tory cuts and closures. Last I heard, private health providers were set to make £2.4 million per day by renting 8,000 beds to the public provider.

Why not just nationalise them, as has been done in other countries?

And Brexit alone has cost the UK 10,000 nurses since 2016.

You can watch the video on Skwawkbox to see the response – stunned silence from Gove and stumbling dissembling from Stevens.

This is exactly the kind of question that the press should have been asking the Tory governments of the last few years, but haven’t.

Better late than never, some might say.

Let’s just hope they keep it up.

Source: Video: simple question on the effect of NHS cuts leaves Gove gobsmacked and reduces NHS boss Stevens to gibberish | The SKWAWKBOX

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Gove is hiding the harm we’ll all suffer because of Brexit

Could you trust this face? Don’t. Michael Gove is hiding the facts from you.

Here’s a typical double-standard from Michael “Don’t Trust Experts” Gove:

He’s broadcasting the predicted boost to the economy of a future trade deal with the United States – just 0.16 per cent.

But he’s refusing to admit that the loss of the current trade deal with EU countries – gone because of Brexit – means a loss of 5.2 per cent of GDP over 15 years, and that’s if a “typical” free trade agreement is struck.

It’s all part of the Tory Brexiteer bid to make fools of the general public.

They think we’re so stupid that if they don’t tell us about the harm their policies are causing, we won’t notice.

Are they right?

The economic cost of Brexit was laid bare on Wednesday by Britain’s official budget watchdog, which warned that leaving the EU would hit growth, exports and the public finances at a time of rising uncertainty.

Against a backdrop of coronavirus and slowing global growth, the Office for Budget Responsibility modelled for a 5.2 per cent loss of potential GDP over 15 years if a “typical” free trade agreement was struck.

The watchdog said that Britain had already lost 2 per cent of potential output since the 2016 Leave vote with a further 3.2 per cent to come, blaming rising trade friction, restrictions on migration and red tape.

The warning came as Michael Gove, cabinet office minister, revealed that the government would not publish its own economic impact assessment of the Canada-style trade deal that Britain hopes to strike with the EU.

Mr Gove told MPs he was “sceptical” about economic impact assessments, even though the government has just published a detailed 60-page document setting out the possible economic advantages of a trade deal with the US.

“We are taking a different approach with the EU,” Mr Gove told a House of Commons committee examining the Johnson government’s handling of post-Brexit trade negotiations.

The report also warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new migration regime, which aims to halt the inflow of low-skilled EU labour, would force up Britain’s borrowing costs by £1bn a year in 2024.

Source: Economic cost of Brexit laid bare in OBR forecasts | Financial Times

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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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Tories pilloried for politicising London Bridge murders – that they enabled

Boris Johnson with Michael Gove: As Justice Secretary, Gove ignored recommendations that could have prevented the London Bridge murders; now Boris Johnson is trying to make electoral profit from his colleague’s incompetence.

The Conservatives ignored recommendations from one of their own justice ministers to create the conditions that allowed Usman Khan to be released – and have been attacked by the father of one of his victims for using the attack to spread their “vile propaganda”.

In an article in The Times, prison safety expert Ian Acheson – a committed Conservative who led the independent review of Islamist extremism in prisons and probation ordered by then-Justice Secretary Michael Gove in 2016. That’s four years after Usman Khan successfully appealed against his original, indefinite sentence and had a new sentence imposed under Conservative laws.

Mr Acheson stated that he made 68 findings and recommendations. These were reduced to 11 by the Tories, of which only eight became law.

In the article, he said: “Many of the recommendations I made related to what I saw as serious gaps in the management of terrorist offenders into custody and ‘through the gate’. There was a lack of expertise and appropriateness in the arrangements for probation supervision of these most potentially lethal offenders.”

He added in a Radio 4 interview that “a lethal combination of arrogance, ineptitude and defensiveness in Whitehall”, with “fearful” staff struggling because “training simply didn’t exist” led to “the destruction of the prison and probation service through crazy, failed, ideological, austerity cuts.”

So the Tories knew about problems with their own handling of people convicted of terrorism, two years before Khan was released.

Not only did the Tories ignore fears over the handling of terror convicts, but David Merritt, whose son Jack was one of Khan’s victims in the London Bridge terror attack, has accused Tory leader Boris Johnson of actually exploiting what happened for electoral purposes:

He also retweeted a post by writer Liam Hogan, which said: “Hey @BorisJohnson , instead of making capital on “tougher sentences”/no early release, why don’t you take a look at what Jack Merritt believed? Because he believed in prisoner rehabilitation, even if you don’t. (Unless presumably it suits your electoral purposes…)”

It’s a damning indictment of Johnson’s attitude.

This is a wannabe prime minister who would spit on the memory of a man who died as a result of his party’s policies, by promising to do exactly what this bright young man opposed.

The only consolation is that, knowing Boris Johnson, he is probably lying.

This is the lowest and most disgusting stunt performed by the Conservatives in their election campaign so far.

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Tory racism and sexism: here’s Michael Gove


We all know that Boris Johnson is a racist and an Islamophobe of the ugliest kind. Right?

He’s not even the only one at the top of the Tory Party. What about Michael Gove?

Consider this:

Michael Gove has been urged to apologise for mocking UK grime artist Stormzy and resorting to using “prejudicial” language in response to the musician’s criticisms of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Mr Gove responded to comments made by Stormzy in an Instagram post, in which the musician urged his millions of followers to register to vote, while stating that he would back Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and called Mr Johnson a “sinister man with a long record of lying”.

The Cabinet minister responded to Stormzy’s post by suggesting that the grime artist – who has often been outspoken about politics – is a “far better rapper than political analyst”.

He followed up the comments with a tweet saying “I set trends dem man copy” – a line from Stormzy’s 2015 song Shut Up – to which Conservative MEP Daniel Hannah responded “big man ting”.

Many mocked him on the platform for the tweet while others called for him to delete it, and Labour MP David Lammy said Mr Gove was “sanctioning crass stereotypes after telling an intelligent, successful young black man to stay out of politics”.

Shadow equalities minister Naz Shah said of Mr Gove’s tweets: “On the day that Labour has launched our Race and Faith Manifesto to tackle racism and prejudice in our society, Michael Gove betrays his own racism and prejudice.”

Let us also remember that Michael Gove is the Tory who thinks that rape is funny.

Source: Michael Gove told to apologise over ‘crass stereotypes’ after saying Labour-backing Stormzy should stay out of politics | inews

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Will Gove’s scaremongering put Boris Johnson in prison?

Behind bars: Considering all of the evidence, including his own behaviour in the weeks leading up to the vote on October 19, and Michael Gove’s decision to trigger Operation Yellowhammer, will a Scottish judge put Boris Johnson in prison?

Michael Gove has triggered Operation Yellowhammer – the Tory government’s contingency plan for a “no deal” Brexit, saying we cannot be sure the European Council will grant the Brexit delay that Boris Johnson has requested.

Why would he scaremonger like that? There’s no reason for the European Council to turn down the request.

Or is Mr Gove suggesting that the EU should pay more attention to Mr Johnson’s second letter, which states that he would prefer that a delay should be refused?

Won’t that put Mr Johnson in contempt of court?

He promised the Court of Session in Scotland that he would adhere to the provisions of the so-called Benn Act, meaning he would send a letter requesting a delay if Parliament did not pass his deal on October 19.

He has indeed sent such a letter – although unsigned. He also sent another missive asking the European Council to ignore the first – signed.

Today (October 21), Scotland’s most senior judge, Lord Carloway, will rule on whether these actions constitute contempt of court.

Potential punishments could include a fine or even imprisonment.

It is possible that sanctions may be suspended to allow the prime minister to comply with the court’s ruling. But this might be a little difficult as the time for compliance was October 19.

And the fact that Mr Gove has triggered “no deal” preparations in the belief that the EU will not grant an extension, and his boss won’t get Parliament to pass his deal, suggests a belief in an intention to sabotage the Benn Act conditions at the very least.

Source: Michael Gove triggers no-deal Brexit contingency plans | Politics | The Guardian

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