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If rebellion against Johnson is a ‘sideshow’, why is Priti Patel making a big fuss about it?

Manic: Priti Patel looks as though her ears can’t believe the noises coming from her mouth.

Priti Patel – like Dominic Raab before her – is desperate for you to believe that the Tory rebels queuing up to give Boris Johnson the heave-ho from 10 Downing Street (before the constant partying destroys the building) are flogging a dead horse.

Why?

If their cause really is hopeless, then they don’t matter, and Patel is wasting her breath. Right?

So what she really means, when she says things like, “This isn’t about a parade [of leadership candidates] or a contest of letters,” is: “I’m very frightened that there will be a leadership contest, the guy who gave me my cushy Home Office job will lose, and I’ll be out on my ear.”

That’s why she’s making up a story that the letters going in to Sir Graham Brady, chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, are a “sideshow”. She’s just worried she’ll lose her job!

Worse still are her apparent reasons for wanting to put Johnson’s failings as prime minister behind us all: “We need to concentrate on doing our jobs.”

“Look at what is going on in the world right now, look at the challenges that we face domestically. We can’t ignore those.”

“Our job is to deliver on the people’s priorities. They won’t thank the Conservative party for talking about itself at a time when people have anxieties, concerns, apprehensions.”

We had far more “anxieties, concerns, apprehensions” during Covid lockdown but the Conservative government was only thinking about itself at the time, with its party-a-go-go attitude.

Weren’t government ministers and employees choosing precisely to “ignore” everything that was “going on in the world” and the “challenges that we face domestically” while they were raving it up?

Isn’t it true that the last thing anybody wanted to do in Downing Street during that 20-month (at least) boozy binge was “concentrate on doing [their] jobs”?

If the government’s record had been even slightly better – if the Tories were able to shine a light on any successes over the past three years that have made our lives easier – then Patel might have had a chance to get away with it.

But their handling of the Covid-19 crisis has killed off nearly 200,000 people who could have been alive today if Boris Johnson’s leadership hadn’t been so godawful.

Their Brexit has pitched the UK into a cost-of-living crisis that may take more lives.

And their determination to sell off the National Health Service piecemeal has meant that we are all in far more danger of dying as a result than we were before Johnson took over in 2019.

We will all be better off without Boris Johnson pretending to be responsible while stinking up Downing Street with his loutish lackadaisical ‘lad’ culture (with the possible exception of lickspittles like Patel).

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Are Tory MPs really going to let corrupt Boris Johnson stay in office out of cowardice?

Paranoia: Boris Johnson isn’t receiving a message about who’s submitting letters of ‘no confidence’ against him, new Tory MPs. Feel safe to hand them in – or get a senior Tory who has already voiced opposition to Johnson to do it for you.

It seems some Conservative MPs – particularly those from the 2019 intake – are reluctant to submit letters of “no confidence” in Boris Johnson because they fear Tory whips will be spying on the process and will victimise them in the future.

According to The Guardian,

They worry that the Tory whips will be spying outside the office of Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 Committee chair who gathers the letters, and do not trust emails not to be accidentally shared or viewed by staff who have access to the accounts.

But some senior Tories who have already voiced opposition to Johnson in public have offered to act as conduits, carrying letters to 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady – so there’s no problem, is there?

Perhaps these Parliamentarians haven’t considered what might happen to them if their constituents find out they could have helped kick the corrupt Partygate prime minister out but instead are allowing him to remain – and do worse – because of their own cowardice?

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Scheming Boris Johnson could call early general election to foil ‘no confidence’ vote in him

Boris Johnson: in his mind, he is more important than the good of the UK, the Conservative Party, or anything else. He would take us all down just to keep power for himself.

Boris Johnson may be planning to call a general election in early 2023, to stave off attempts to depose him by fellow Conservative MPs, it seems.

The Mail is reporting that 46 letters calling for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Johnson’s leadership have been sent to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench Conservative 1922 Committee – just eight short of the total needed for a vote.

The paper is saying party whips think it is inevitable that he will face a vote that could remove him from the Tory Party leadership – and end his term as prime minister.

But it is saying the final letters needed may only arrive if the Conservatives lose a by-election in Wakefield in June.

This Writer reckons it could come in the beginning of May, if the Tories lose hundreds of council seats (as expected) and if Johnson receives more fines for having attended lockdown-busting Downing Street parties.

The revelation makes it clear that Johnson is not interested any desire by the public for the government to “get on and focus on the issues on which we were elected”; his only concern is that he must retain power for himself.

If an early election is called, it will be because Johnson thinks his opponents will have to back off; there would not be enough time for a new leader to become established before voters went to the polls.

But it means the UK would not have the time to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic – or to forget Johnson’s disastrous mishandling of it.

Nor would Rishi Sunak be able to woo voters with the one per cent income tax cut he is promising in 2024.

Without these incentives to vote Tory, and with the party likely to be reeling from the loss of hundreds of councillors – and possibly Wakefield – along with the ongoing fallout from Partygate, a Conservative victory would seem unlikely.

But it also seems clear that Boris Johnson would happily wager the future of his party against his own career. That’s the kind of man he is.

Source: Boris Johnson ‘plots early general election to see off leadership rivals’ as Partygate trundles on | Daily Mail Online

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Why isn’t #BorisJohnson facing a #leadershipchallenge? Apparently this: BLACKMAIL

Boris Johnson: does this look like the kind of person who would use coercion to get his own way?

Nobody should be surprised by this, considering Boris Johnson’s record of dishonesty.

It means this article is now very different from what it was going to be. After learning that MPs had reportedly decided to wait for Sue Gray’s report before deciding whether to submit letters of “no confidence” in Johnson, I was going to excoriate them for being mice when they need to be lions.

“Where is the leadership the electorate has expected from the Conservatives?” is what I was going to ask. “It isn’t coming from Boris Johnson and it seems nobody else in the government or among Tory backbenchers is willing to grasp the nettle.”

Well now we have a reason:

The idea that whips blackmail MPs is not new – they’ve been doing it for decades. There’s a scene in the 1990s BBC drama House of Cards in which a “Mr Stoat” is blackmailed into voting for the government because he was caught by police soliciting a prostitute on the street; the whips “disappear” the accusation and Stoat scuttles off to do as he’s told.

Of course, if Tory whips are using knowledge of criminal behaviour to keep their MPs in line, they’re unlikely to go to the police. But in that case, why would the electorate want criminals to be MPs?

The claim here is that MPs are being threatened with the loss of funding for their constituencies. If that is true, there is nothing to stop them from popping down to their local cop shop in Westminster and laying information against Johnson and his thugs.

The big question now is whether anybody will do it.

Remember: these people are mice; they’re not lions.

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#DowningStreetParties: ANOTHER one is revealed as 35 Tory MPs hand in ‘no confidence’ notes

Party boy: this image is from an electioneering event before the Covid-19 crisis and the liquid in the glass was water (we’re told). And that’s just as well for attendees; if it was one of Johnson’s lockdown-busting parties and they were staff members, he would be demanding that they resign their jobs in order to save his own skin.

It’s being reported that 35 Conservative MPs have submitted letters of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson’s leadership – and more are sure to follow after it was revealed that he attended another Downing Street party.

It seems Johnson went to a leaving party for defence advisor Captain Steve Higham in December 2020 – one that it seems unlikely he’ll be able to deny, because he gave a speech at it.

The revelation is more proof of Johnson’s personal corruption: he set rules for the rest of us that meant we could not socialise at Christmas, or even visit our relatives who were dying of Covid-19, but he was merrily boozing it up with his party mates all the time.

It really was one rule for us and no rules at all for him.

And his own MPs are getting increasingly sick of it. It’s being said that 35 of them have now submitted letters calling for a challenge to Johnson’s leadership because they have no confidence in him.

Six leading Tories – Douglas Ross, Andrew Bridgen, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg, Tim Loughton and Caroline Nokes – are demanding Johnson’s immediate resignation.

Johnson is fighting back – with plans to pacify his backbenchers by offering them things they want, no matter how bad they are for the UK. So the NHS will suffer more privatisation so shareholders in private companies can have more public money in their back pockets; the BBC licence fee will be ended so it will be destroyed in its current form, and so on.

And he is planning a Hitler-style “Night of the Long Knives” in which members of his top team will be sacked – so he can pretend to be doing something to address the rot in Downing Street.

It won’t work because we know the rot is being caused by him.

Even his attempts to shift the blame sound pathetic. He is alleged to have moaned to his aides, asking, “How has all this been allowed to happen? How has it come to this? How haven’t you sorted it out?”

The simple answers are: “Johnson authorised it all. People talked about it. And nobody could have stopped it but him… and he was too busy whooping it up.”

So it will be entirely unfair – but entirely within character – for Johnson to demand that his employees take the blame for his own wrongdoing.

One MP (unnamed) is quoted comparing it with Hitler’s “Night of the Long Knives”.

He said: “Boris is preparing to lay down the lives of his staff to save his own… It will be the Night of the Long Scapegoats.”

Anybody who knows their history will be deeply troubled by this.

The Night of the Long Knives was a series of executions carried out by Hitler in 1934, to rid himself of political opponents and consolidate his rule of Germany; it made him more able to carry out his extremist agenda.

Any purge of his top team by Boris Johnson, although not nearly as homicidal, will have the same result; he will rid his government of advisors who would caution him against some of the extreme right-wing choices he is making and will bring in people who’ll support him to the hilt.

We have already learned that he is proposing an onslaught against the UK’s institutions and the rights of people living here or coming here, in order to appease the extremists on his own back benches.

If he gets away with it, the UK will slip further into the fascism that Johnson already represents.

It may even tip our nation over the brink into Nazism itself.

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#Tories line up to backstab #BorisJohnson, with #PritiPatel leading the charge

How do you fancy living in a UK led by Priti Patel?

(Although, let’s be honest, if you remember the reason she was forced to resign by Theresa May, you’ll think it’s being run by the government of Israel.)

Here’s The London Economic:

Priti Patel is reportedly ready to run for prime minister as Boris Johnson may be facing a vote of no confidence.

The Home Secretary is considering throwing her hat in the ring to replace her current boss as both the Conservative party leader and prime minister, according to The Sunday Times.

According to The Sunday Times, chancellor Rishi Sunak and foreign secretary Liz Truss already have donors lined up. Other possible candidates are Michael Gove, Nadhim Zahawi, Jeremy Hunt, Tom Tugendhat and Matt Hancock.

What a candidates’ list! Drunks, druggies, liars and lechers; the richest man in the UK (what does he know about the problems ordinary people face?) and the Evil Queen of Cheese.

All of them lining up to stab Boris Johnson in the back.

But it should be clear to even the most devout Tory that their party only won a landslide at the last general election because people believed Johnson’s lies about Brexit – and media lies about Jeremy Corbyn.

They’re now much less likely to believe either.

Without a charismatic figure to rekindle public support, their goose is well and truly cooked.

And they don’t even know what a charismatic figure looks like; they thought Johnson was one.

Source: Priti Patel is ‘ready’ to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister, reports say

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Why did #KeirStarmer fail to join #censure #vote against #BorisJohnson?

Is this the reason Keir Starmer didn’t back a vote of censure against Boris Johnson – that he’s just as much a blue Tory as Johnson is?

You may not have noticed this because mainstream news sites like the BBC didn’t consider it worth reporting, but there was a vote of censure in UK prime minister Boris Johnson yesterday.

It failed, of course – when the Tories have a whopping 80-seat majority, voted in by the UK’s most gullible electors ever (some of these people actually believed that Jeremy Corbyn was a threat to the nation and that Boris Johnson’s Brexit wasn’t!) they’re going to think it’s their job to decide when their rotten leader gets the boot – and which of them will replace him.

The motion was moved by the SNP, whose leader, Ian Blackford, spoke passionately on his subject, as we can see from Hansard’s record:

I beg to move that this House censures the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, for frequently violating the sixth Principle of Public Life, for seeking to undermine the recommendations of the Standards Committee on Owen Paterson, for regularly ignoring independent advice on matters such as international treaties and breaches of the Ministerial Code by his ministers, for putting forward proposals to diminish the powers of the Electoral Commission, for ignoring independent advice concerning the granting of peerages to Conservative party donors and nominations to public bodies such as Ofcom; and further calls for his ministerial salary to be reduced by £41,567 per year.

The charge sheet against the Prime Minister is, indeed, damning. In the past few weeks alone, he ripped up anti-lobbying rules when one of his own was found guilty, he is attempting to restrict the right to judicial review and he is seeking to undermine the independence of the Electoral Commission. But it did not start there, and it definitely does not end there.

Since coming into office a little over two years ago, the Prime Minister has been up to his neck in scandals involving cash for honours, cash for contracts, texts for tax breaks and even cash for curtains. As the motion states, he is constantly breaking the sixth principle of public life, the duty to be truthful.

Month after month, scandal after scandal, the charge sheet gets longer and longer, but not a single person is held to account. If the public are to have confidence in this place, that needs to change, and it needs to change today. Because unless the Prime Minister faces consequences—unless he is censured—he will not just think he has gotten away with the mess he has made over the last few months; he will think he will be able to do it over and over again. Let us be very clear: if the Prime Minister is not properly censured today, it will also be final proof that the Tories really do believe that its one rule for them and one rule for everybody else.

The Tories marched through the Lobby to undermine our parliamentary standards process, to tear up the rule books, all in order to protect a friend of the Prime Minister who was found to have broken the rules. This whole sorry episode showed this Parliament at its very worst—and, trust me, that is saying something. The Government Chief Whip and the Leader of the House are easy scapegoats, but we all know that this was orchestrated by a Prime Minister who thinks he is untouchable, who thinks he can do as he pleases. This is a Prime Minister who thinks he can change the rules at will and who believes that if the rules become inconvenient, they can simply be changed. So the question stands today: how much does it really take for Tory MPs to say enough is enough?

How far standards have fallen is shown by the fact that the charges I have made against the Prime Minister are not even in dispute—they are all matters of public record. The Prime Minister has even admitted that in managing these scandals he personally “crashed the car into the ditch”.

It tells us all we need to know, though, that he did not even have the decency to admit that in the House of Commons. He only felt the need to admit his mistakes and apologise to his Back Benchers in the Tory 1922 committee, and it was only because they were muttering about mutiny. I am not sure that apology counts if he only did it to try to save his own skin.

He also said [boldings mine]:

This Prime Minister is at the centre of the sleaze and corruption—he is orchestrating much of it. I am afraid corruption is the only proper word—the only honest word—for what has been going on. As I said at the weekend, the Leader of the Opposition—I do wonder where Opposition Members are—is now very fond of repeating the line that when it comes to the Prime Minister “the joke isn’t funny anymore”. But in truth it was never funny, and we are all now living with the consequences of having a man like this in Downing Street.

Where were the Labour MPs?

Well, fortunately, some of them turned up – but their leader, Keir Starmer, was highly conspicuous by his absence.

It is possible that he had “paired” with another MP in order to ensure that a necessary absence from the debate for purposes of other Parliamentary work did not affect the vote.

Johnson himself couldn’t be bothered to turn up to the debate – he was photographed at a food and drink market that had been set up outside Downing Street.

But, as leader of the Labour Party and the Opposition to the government in Parliament, for Starmer to have arranged his affairs specifically to avoid taking part in a vote of ‘no confidence’ against the prime minister of the worst Tory government in UK history is unforgivable.

It was, in effect, a vote of support for a corrupt Tory liar.

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‘No confidence’ letters hit Boris Johnson – but who may replace him?

Boris Johnson: it seems we all think it’s time for him to go.

After the Tory corruption scandal, apparently falling asleep maskless next to David Attenborough, and Peppa Pig-gate, this should be no surprise at all:

Tories don’t like to be a laughing-stock – especially when the ridicule is coming from the mainstream UK media they demand must be loyal to them.

So the letters of ‘no confidence’ have started to arrive.

Only 15 per cent of Conservative MPs need to send such a letter to the chair of their backbench 1922 Committee – that would be 55 letters – for a vote of ‘no confidence’ to be triggered.

On his current performances, it is a vote that Boris Johnson is unlikely to win.

But who could possibly replace him?

Not Rishi Sunak, it seems. His star appears to be falling:

Probably not any of the other Cabinet members, either:

I hear Jeremy Hunt may be positioning himself for a bid – but we all remember how, as Health Secretary, he spent years preparing the NHS for the privatisation that the Tories have just voted in – don’t we?

Anyway: a Tory leadership battle is still a long way away. And when it comes, it will just be a matter of replacing the current poster boy for neoliberalism with a new disciple of Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.

For now, we can look forward to a protracted period of Tory backstabbing as they all jockey for position to take over, and Johnson himself tries to foil them – by any means available:

It’s scant comfort after the brutal double-rape and murder of our health and social care systems over the last two days.

But This Writer would still be buying popcorn if I wasn’t stuck in self-isolation for another eight days.

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Are ‘numbers in place’ to pass Brexit deal AND a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson?

Thumb up: but does Boris Johnson have the numbers to pass his horrific Brexit deal, or is he just bluffing?

This is very curious indeed.

According to the BBC, “The government says it will push ahead with efforts to pass its Brexit deal, despite a major setback to its plans… Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident enough MPs would back the deal next week, and Brexit would still happen by the deadline.”

Alternatively: “Parliamentary arithmetic has the potential to stack up in a successful no-confidence vote – which would require only a simple majority of one vote.”

Could anything better demonstrate how finely-balanced opinions in Parliament are? At the moment, both statements could be true.

But the Brexit deal depends on the Democratic Unionist Party supporting Boris Johnson’s government, and after Saturday’s vote – in which the DUP voted against the government – that seems unlikely.

And the “no confidence” vote depends on both the DUP and the Liberal Democrats supporting it. The Lib Dems are coming close to crunch time now, with choices narrowing down to support for a Jeremy Corbyn-led interim government dedicated to stopping a “no deal” Brexit and securing a general election or support for the Brexit that the party has spent the last few years claiming to oppose.

Rest assured that there will be much verbiage about this in the papers and on TV.

All those words will be meaningless.

All that matters will be what these politicians do.

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Liberal Democrat MPs are still trying to hold the UK to ransom, to save their failed careers

Chuka Umunna: He joined the Liberal Democrats but his Streatham seat is staunchly Labour; it seems the Lib Dems are willing to support a ‘no deal’ Brexit, in defiance of their promises to voters, so MPs like him can keep the seats they no longer deserve to occupy.

Novice Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson is putting a vote of no confidence in the government at risk by insisting that Jeremy Corbyn should not become caretaker prime minister, it seems.

Parliamentary precedent shows that, after a successful vote of ‘no confidence’ in a sitting government, it is the leader of the largest opposition party – in this case Mr Corbyn – who first tries to form a replacement.

But Ms Swinson has written another begging letter to Mr Corbyn saying his insistence on being interim leader means there is a danger too few MPs will support the vote.

What she omits is the fact that this is only because her own party is threatening to support the government instead. Several current Liberal Democrat MPs fear losing their seats in a general election called by Mr Corbyn, it seems.

In fairness, we don’t even know if her claim has any accuracy to it at all.

It requires all Conservative MPs, and all the Democratic Unionist Party that is propping up Boris Johnson’s government, to vote for the government – and many may abstain rather than be seen to support BoJob’s ‘no deal’ Brexit disaster-in-the-making.

So what we’re seeing is the selfishness of a few Liberal Democrats, who are trying to hold an entire nation to ransom for the sake of their failed careers.

In her letter to Mr Corbyn, Ms Swinson added: “Insisting you lead that emergency government will therefore jeopardise the chances of a no confidence vote gaining enough support to pass in the first place.

“As you have said that you would do anything to avoid no deal, I hope you are open to a discussion about how conceding this point may open the door to a no-confidence vote succeeding. Its success must be the priority.”

Labour did not respond to the letter.

Instead, the party referred to comments made by its shadow international trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, who on Sunday described Ms Swinson as “extremely petulant” for dismissing Mr Corbyn’s initial proposal to lead a temporary government.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn risks scuppering no-confidence vote, says Jo Swinson – BBC News

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