Johnson’s first Attorney General condemns his plan to betray EU withdrawal agreement

That’s scuppered the claims that the row over Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law is a last gasp of the so-called ‘Remainers’, then. Geoffrey Cox – a devout Brexiter – was Attorney General when Boris Johnson signed his EU withdrawal agreement in January. His announcement that he will not support Johnson’s Internal Markets Bill is proof that the controversy extends much further than the established battle lines. The story broke in The Times, which is behind a paywall. However, the East Fife Times has this: Boris Johnson’s former attorney general, Geoffrey…

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Do you believe this ‘four-day working week to create half a million jobs’ bunkum?

Someone’s trying to lead us up the garden path: The public sector should switch to a four-day week to create 500,000 jobs and help ease a predicted spike in unemployment following the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report. The Autonomy think tank said “the time has come” for a shorter working week as the end of the government’s furlough scheme in October is expected to cause an unemployment crisis. Research by the thinktank suggests public sector workers could move to a 32-hour week without any loss in wages at a…

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Whoever says scrapping 213 smaller councils could save £3 billion hasn’t been paying attention to Tory spaffing

It seems some people really do have a blind spot. Whoever wrote the report that says the following, for example: Abolishing 213 smaller councils in England and replacing them with 25 new local authorities could save almost £3bn over five years, a report says. The report for the County Councils Network says one body in each area would reduce complexity and give communities a single unified voice. However, others argue bigger councils are unwieldy and undemocratic. It’s a good point that bigger councils may be unwieldy and undemocratic, but the…

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Leaked report warns of Covid-Brexit “horror show” – remember THIS IS WHAT BORIS JOHNSON WANTS

A Cabinet Office “reasonable worst-case” report on the effects of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit combining with another wave of Covid-19 has laid out exactly what Boris Johnson wanted for the UK when he became PM. Johnson, you’ll remember, did not want any trade deals with the European Union after the UK leaves that bloc. It was widely believed that this is because the hedge fund managers who supported his bid to be Tory leader have bet heavily on the UK going into recession, with many big-name firms going out of business.…

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Tories want to hire a new ‘head of pandemic preparedness’ – after they axed the old systems for doing that

The Tories have been accused of closing the barn door after the horse has bolted, after they advertised for a new ‘head of pandemic preparedness’ six months into the Covid crisis. But the facts are actually worse than that. The idea is to pay someone £61,000 a year to “learn the lessons” (how many times have we heard that?) from the crisis and ensure the UK is properly prepared for any similar situation in the future. And yes, it is too late for all that. But the reason it’s too…

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Boris Johnson’s plan for Covid-19 ignores one significant detail: reality

Boris Johnson has announced a plan to return the UK to “significant normality” by Christmas but there’s just one problem. If Covid-19 behaves like other betacoronaviruses – and there’s no reason it should not – then it will certainly break out again, all over the UK, in the autumn (around November). As Johnson is doing everything he can to get everybody back to work again before then – he has just announced that his “work from home if you can” edict will expire on August 1, allowing employers to force…

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‘Our plan is working’ says Hancock as thousands of NHS doctors plan to quit

Almost one in seven NHS doctors are planning to quit the service or retire when the current wave of Covid-19 is seen to have subsided, leaving a huge gap in care when the second wave rises. Many more are planning to cut back the hours they work – and almost one-third are saying the four months of constant struggle to contain the virus has left them with mental health problems. Meanwhile, the result of Brexit is that the UK will not be able to import medical help from abroad. “Our…

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Bread and circuses: why should we be uplifted if £100 million of our cash is spent on a new royal yacht?

Typical Tories: faced with a choice between helping people who need it and spaffing a fortune on a boat for a super-rich toff’s jollies, they will always make the wrong decision. This is the third time a Tory has tried to foist a new Royal Yacht on us; the twist this time is a proposal to split funding three ways between businesses, the public and the National Lottery (so the public pays twice). This time the idea is being suggested by Lord Jones of Birmingham, formerly Digby Jones, who ran…

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These school reopening conditions look more like child abuse

Maybe the Tories like it that way. Plans to enforce social distancing in English schools set to reopen in June look like child abuse and have triggered a wave of protest: Can someone with qualifications in a relevant subject tell me how this is not child abuse? — CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 😷 ✋ (@0Calamity) May 18, 2020 The Metro article states: Holywell Village First School (HVFS), in Northumberland, came under fire over its ‘ridiculous’ set of ideas for enforcing social distancing when pupils return to the classroom on June 1. A now-deleted…

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If Eton isn’t reopening until at least September, why the hurry to bring back state schools?

Don’t you think it’s a bit strange? I mean, if it was safe to reopen schools at the beginning of June, you’d think the recipients of the most expensive education in the United Kingdom would be desperate to get their noses back to the grindstone. Wouldn’t you? And their parents – many of whom are, I’m sure, inhabiting chairs in Boris Johnson’s cabinet – would be lining up to send them. But it seems there’s no chance of Eton (for example) reopening its doors until September at the earliest. Eton,…

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