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#SpaffingTories: they’re giving even more money to their toff friends

Spaffer: Boris Johnson has thrown so much money at private consultants and contractors that the UK’s financial situation is in peril.

Conservatives. They’re rubbish at running a country but really good at stealing public money and handing it to posh people.

Only days ago, we learned that they’ve wasted more than £3 billion on the Covid crisis so far. That’s money Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will want you to pay back, by the way. They won’t.

https://twitter.com/RussInCheshire/status/1310615498023936003

Now we see that, far from learning any lessons, they’re funnelling even more cash to the upper classes:

The responses to this announcement tell their own story:

Your money.

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#PoorBoris – UK citizens give what sympathy they can to PM ‘complaining about money’

Don’t cry, Mr Johnson: we all know it’s hard for you to feed yourself, your paramour and four of your six kids on a £150,000+ income, with your accommodation supported by the state. But we’re not sure you or anyone you know should be in charge of the nation’s economy if you can’t. It was Tories like you who said the economy was like a household budget, after all.

If you behave more like a performing monkey than a prime minister, you get what you deserve when you complain.

It seems the UK’s performing monkey – Boris Johnson – is complaining, as his fans in The Times explain:

The headline defies reason! Overburdened, underpaid and ‘misery on his face’!

Overburdened? This is the prime minister who has spent more time on holiday then any of his recent forerunners – possibly than all of them put together, if you average it out for a single year.

Underpaid? Let’s see how that plays out for our £150,000-a-year public servant in some of the comments from those he is supposed to serve:

 

Well…

Here‘s Phil Harrison: “This piece is jaw-droppingly offensive. a) He earns five times the national median wage at a time when millions are losing jobs. b) He’s already minted. c) He only looks after 4 of his 6 kids?! YOU WHAT?? Does he want a medal? He should be in court.”

Indeed. Johnson probably claims Child Benefit for the other two…

Indeed. If Johnson had not wanted to support his children, one wonders how he came to have so many. Lost In The Shire has a thought about that: “I sometimes imagine his supporters think he slipped and accidentally impregnated a host of women and so that’s why he doesn’t need to pay to support or acknowledge all of his own children.”

Still, there’s a lot of good advice for him, such as this, from WeeHalfPint: “If we all clap, that should help him put food on the table, yeah?”

Queen Neferure has more practical help for him: “Hi @BorisJohnson I’m sorry to hear you are struggling on £150k. I get ESA, which for the over 25s is less than £4k per year. If you need any help with budgeting, do not hesitate to contact me or contact your local jobcentre, @CitizensAdvice or @StepChange for help.”

How about this?

Alternatively, perhaps he could try taking advice from a fellow right-winger, as suggested here:

Sara Anzani adds: “He should try living on £5.65 a day, like he and the rest of his government expect asylum seekers to.”

Of course, Johnson isn’t struggling to pay the bills on his own; he has a partner. These Novel Thoughts was prompted to make the following suggestion with this in mind: “Is Carrie working? If so, surely that’s another salary coming in. If not, why do they need a nanny? And given the fact that Johnson only works about a day a week, can’t he do some cleaning?”

As for the misery on his face. Well, The Times stated that being a performing monkey prime minister was his life’s ambition.

Perhaps he has discovered the truism that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting.

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‘No deal’ Brexit looking more likely as UK negotiator rattles his sabre at the EU

If the UK government is not “scared” of leaving the EU without a trade deal, then it is because the interests of UK government ministers will not be harmed.

Reading between the lines of the BBC’s story, perhaps they expect the taxpayer to fund any businesses in which they have an interest?

The downside is that UK negotiator David Frost is saying your Tory government couldn’t care less if your business crashes to dust as a result of high tariffs that will be imposed by the EU nations in January.

Both sides want a deal agreed next month in order to have it signed off by politicians on both sides of the Channel by the end of the transition period on 31 December.

Differences remain on issues such as fishing and the level of taxpayer support the UK will be able to provide for businesses, also referred to as state aid rules.

The EU has said it wants full access for its boats to fish in UK waters in return for giving the UK fishing industry full access to EU markets.

On state aid, the EU has expressed concern that it could give business in the UK an unfair advantage over their European competitors and Mr Barnier has previously said the EU will require “robust” guarantees in this area if it is to agree a deal.

This Writer would be inclined to suggest that the EU should keep its nose out of the UK’s businesses if we could be sure that taxpayer funding for our firms could be administered in a reasonable way – but that’s not what we’re seeing.

Look at the Covid-19 crisis: the Tories have deliberately manipulated government procurement mechanisms to give whomping great wodges of public money to private companies run by their friends. That’s not reasonable!

On balance, the EU’s insistence on interfering in the way UK businesses are run is not acceptable, though. Does Michel Barnier really think a little state aid is going to make much difference for a single country dealing with the world’s largest trading bloc?

If This Writer was running a large concern, though, I would be worried.

Whatever happens, it seems UK businesses will end up paying large tariffs to sell into the EU, while receiving no support from their own government. Am I right?

Source: Brexit: Negotiator David Frost says UK not scared of walking away – BBC News

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Tory corruption: they gave their mate £150 million of OUR money – for USELESS face masks 

Liz Truss: it seems she corruptly slipped her buddy £150 million – for useless PPE.

The worst part of this is it isn’t even the only example of Tories using the Covid-19 crisis to line their mates’ pockets rather than help.

It seems your Tory government – voted into power against last December with a massive majority because the UK electorate thought its MPs were the most trustworthy – has been handing your cash to its mates again.

The Tories spent £150 million of your money on 50 million face masks for the NHS – that can’t be used.

Three months after they were bought, the government said the masks, which use ear-loop fastenings rather than head loops, may not fit tightly enough.

Amazingly, the government still reckons its safety standards process is “robust”.

But the question is whether this process was even used, because the masks were bought by the President of the Board of Trade, Liz Truss, after she was approached for the contract by one of her long-standing friends and advisors, Andrew Mills.

Oh, and apparently it was sourced through a tax haven so this guy can keep all the money.

It seems clear that the process by which these useless masks were sourced was utterly corrupt – just a way to hand a huge amount of money to a friend of a Tory minister.

Here are just a few examples of the huge outcry online:

I want you particularly to bear this next comment in mind…

… when Boris Johnson finds Truss and Mills completely innocent of any wrongdoing.

And remember – the Tories were voted into power because they presented themselves as the most trustworthy.

More fool the voter who believed it.

Source: Coronavirus: Safety concerns halt use of 50 million NHS masks – BBC News

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Coronavirus: ‘Not a penny’ for Wales from Johnson’s ‘new deal’ – BBC News

Boris Johnson’s special message for Wales.

“Not a single penny” of new investment will come to Wales as a result of Boris Johnson’s post-coronavirus recovery plan, the Welsh Government has said.

Mr Johnson promised a £5bn infrastructure “new deal” for England and to work with the Welsh Government to “get spades in the ground”.

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said all four UK nations should “work together”.

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said it was not “a new deal but no deal” with no extra cash for Wales.

This Writer said it was “no deal” – didn’t I? Vox Political – right again!

Source: Coronavirus: ‘Not a penny’ for Wales from Johnson’s ‘new deal’ – BBC News

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The Tory squeeze is on: one in four adults are struggling to buy food in Covid-19 pandemic

A few coppers and some silver coins: all the Tories think you’re worth.

The Tories are using the Covid-19 crisis to force more of the UK’s struggling population into poverty, it seems, with increasing reliance on food banks as disposable incomes plummet:

One in four adults in the UK have struggled to access food they can afford during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition, a new report warns.

Research by Feeding Britain and Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab indicates a far broader group of households, in addition to the poorest, are now struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table, often following a loss of earnings or problems with the benefits system.

The findings, based on a survey with 1,004 responses, shows nearly 25 per cent of adults looking after children have eaten less during the pandemic so they can feed them, while half have tried to cope by buying less expensive food they would not ordinarily choose to buy – a figure that rises to nine in 10 among adults who live in the poorest households.

Even strategies commonly used during lockdown – such as buying less expensive food, borrowing food, using food banks and restricting the food eaten – have not enabled adults to become food secure and live free of hunger and potential malnutrition, the report says.

It comes after figures published earlier this month revealed demand for food banks is greater than ever – with The Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest network of food banks, handing out 89 per cent more food parcels in April compared with the same month last year, while the Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan) recorded a 175 per cent increase over the same period.

This is not an accident.

Other countries’ governments have been able to support their people through the crisis – most of them much poorer than the UK.

So this is a conscious choice by your Conservative masters; they are using Covid-19 to put you firmly in your place.

It seems they think that place is in debt – and this should come as no surprise. People who have to work long, hard hours trying to pay off debts that (no doubt) are increasing in spite of those efforts have no time or energy left to question the corrupt antics of their political leaders.

Think about that when you open your bank statement and find it is red.

Source: ‘Uphill struggle’: One in four adults struggling to afford food during coronavirus pandemic, study finds | The Independent

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The Tories have used the Coronavirus crisis to attack disabled women

Actor Rory Kinnear’s disabled sister Karina died of Covid-19 recently: writing about it, he tried not to criticise the government too harshly. Would many other women with disabilities agree with that choice?

How miserable, how underhanded can a country’s government be in attacking its most vulnerable citizens?

This Writer would suggest that the UK’s Conservative government is writing the book on how to betray the people who need state help the most.

Women have been disproportionately attacked by Tory cuts since they first slithered back into office in 2010, along with people who have disabilities. It doesn’t take genius to work out that women with disabilities are doubly endangered by a Conservative government.

But now we have the evidence, courtesy of gender equality charities the Fawcett Society and Women’s Budget Group. It shows that:

  • Six in 10 disabled women are struggling to buy necessities from the shop during lockdown. A third have run out of money altogether.
  • A fifth of disabled women said they had lost support from the government during lockdown, while almost half reported having lost help from other people.
  • Six in 10 disabled women are fearful of not being able to access medicine.
  • 38 per cent of disabled women who have children said they were finding it difficult to ensure their children have food to eat during the coronavirus emergency.
  • Disabled women were found to be suffering from social isolation and loneliness more than others — with a quarter saying they had not ventured out of the house once in the last week, in comparison to 17 per cent of all those polled.

But it seems worse is to come with the easing of lockdown, including problems with face coverings – who should wear them, the impossibility of lip-reading – to wider isolation, more cuts and restricted access to services.

And you know what the government spokesperson will do, if challenged? They’ll shrug.

Source: Disabled women in ‘very bleak’ situation as almost a third running out of money in lockdown, study finds | The Independent

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Why can’t the Tories admit they made UK a Covid-19 deathtrap for the sake of a bit of cash?

Simple Simon: your life is in the hands of people like bubble-brained housing minister Clarke.

Conservative self-justifications for stupid behaviour get increasingly more ridiculous by the day.

Tory housing minister Simon Clarke has admitted that the UK has a “unique vulnerability” to Covid-19 infection because it is a “global travel hub”.

And this is true: it is believed there was no single “patient zero” who brought the virus into the UK.

Instead, as many as 1,300 separate individuals carried it here with them, according to major research by an organisation calling itself the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK).

Those initial cases came mostly from European countries; the pandemic may have started in China but the UK wasn’t infected by people travelling from its point of origin.

What’s unbelievable is Mr Clarke’s next claim: he denied that this showed strict quarantine rules should have been applied in March (This Writer would have suggested earlier than that) to prevent the infection getting in.

Bear in mind that Covid boffin Neil Ferguson has said that locking down the country just one week earlier would have halved the UK’s death toll. Quarantining visitors to the UK should have been part of that.

But Mr Clarke said the decision to allow travellers into the UK without any check on whether they were carrying Covid-19 for nearly three months after lockdown started was “proportionate in terms of trying to maximise savings of lives and the economy”.

We can disregard the claim about “savings of lives” – it simply isn’t true; the UK has the highest death rate, in proportion to the size of its population, in the entire world. That is due to Tory recklessness.

So what’s the real justification for the Tories’ reckless decision to allow Covid-19 into the UK, ending tens of thousands of innocent lives?

It’s the other “saving” that Mr Clarke mentions: “the economy”.

Yes, the Tories decided it was worth risking all our lives, just to make a few more farthings for themselves and their filthy business friends.

It’s also the reason they are easing lockdown restrictions long – long – before it is safe to do so, according to the standards they themselves put in place.

They see other countries, that enacted all the precautions they didn’t, recovering and starting to resume trading with the world and fear that they will lose more filthy lucre if they don’t do the same.

Your life is worthless to them if you aren’t putting money in their offshore bank accounts. Remember: Tories consider you to be nothing more than livestock.

That is why they are eager to risk a massive second wave of infection, with even more deaths, just to be able to say that they are trading with the world again.

Mark my words.

Boris Johnson is eager to infect you for the sake of some favourable publicity and a bit of cash for his party’s donors.

Source: Coronavirus: Minister says UK has world’s second-highest death toll because ‘we are a global travel hub’ | The Independent

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Not long now until Brexit – but what are the Tories planning next?

Drug buddies: Will Boris Johnson hand over any cash saved on Brexit to Donald Trump for substandard US medicines?

This short Twitter dialogue says it all.

A hundred years or so ago, back during the EU referendum campaign, Brexiteers tried to fool us into thinking the UK would save £350 million a week – and all of the money could be diverted into funding the National Health Service.

I suppose they thought it was a very funny joke, especially when it fooled so many of us into supporting the ‘Leave’ option.

(Apparently it might have been a different story, had more of our population been better-educated. What does that say about ‘Leave’ voters.)

Now it’s a matter of days until they have to make good on their offer.

Rachael Swindon pointed this out on Twitter – with a sharp observation on the validity of the original promise.

And Karen Owen’s response makes clear where she thinks the cash will go.

https://twitter.com/K4Owen/status/1222123312270249984

Oh, was the referendum campaign only four years ago? Sorry – I guess it just seems like this farce has been going on forever.

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No new money earmarked for NI in UK’s first post-Brexit budget

Stormont: The Tories allocated an extra £400 million to NI last September – but will they honour their promise to stump up the £290 million from Theresa May’s ‘confidence and supply’ agreement with the DUP?

Is this a good enough reason to quit the UK?

It will, at the very least, be something to talk about after the devolved government of Northern Ireland returns to duty this weekend.

Sajid Javid – and Boris Johnson – may have reason to regret promising the Earth in September and leaving themselves with nothing to offer after the December election.

Or will they say the Northern Irish should be glad they haven’t reneged on their September promises?

And £290 million remains unspent out of the ‘bribe’ that Theresa May promised Northern Ireland in her ‘confidence and supply’ agreement that launched us into two and a half years of dither and delay on Brexit.

Will Javid and Johnson honour that agreement, or will they claw that cash back?

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, has not yet earmarked any “new” money for Northern Ireland at the beginning of the UK’s budget process to prepare for its first post-Brexit budget on March 11th.

The chancellor has claimed that his budget will “start a new chapter” for the UK economy and enable it to seize “the opportunities that come from getting Brexit done”.

“Since 2015 we have cut taxes for 760,000 people in Northern Ireland. Next year we will increase the Executive’s budget by £400 million [€471 million] and by 2020 we will save the average car driver £1,000 by freezing fuel duty,” Mr Javid stated.

However, the £400 million increase that the chancellor has promised is on the way to Northern Ireland next year is money that he had already previously allocated to the North back in September 2019.

A spokesman for the UK Treasury confirmed that the £400 million Mr Javid has referenced was “not new money”.

Source: No new money earmarked for North in UK’s first post-Brexit budget

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