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The Johnson conjunction: Boris’s Brexit drives the pound down so businessman brother Max can clean up

Cashing in: Max Johnson, brother of Boris.

The plausible deniability of this is breathtaking.

Here in the UK, Boris Johnson has been pushing the threat of “no deal” Brexit hard, forcing the value of the pound to plunge.

In Hong Kong, his brother Max is planning a hotel investment fund targeting rich Asian individuals and pension funds who he expects to be attracted by the weakness of the pound.

Yeah, I know – coincidence.

Plausible deniability.

Boris Johnson’s “do-or-die” strategy to take Britain out of the European Union could work, said his youngest half-brother Max, who plans to launch a £1 billion (US$1.2 billion) real estate fund targeting Asian investors.

Johnson, 34, is in advanced talks to co-found a hotel investment fund targeting Asian high net worth individuals and pension funds. He expects the sterling, which has weakened 6.2 per cent against the US dollar in the past six months, to be a big draw for foreign investors. It has fallen 11.7 per cent since the referendum in June 2016.

According to the article (link below), Max Johnson said he could see himself going into politics like his brothers Boris and Jo – but there were “enough Johnsons in politics” at the moment.

Considering what a “johnson” is in American euphemistic slang, I couldn’t agree more.

Source: Boris Johnson’s brother in Hong Kong backs Brexit strategy as he plans UK hotel fund targeting Asian investors

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Philip Hammond LIED about effect of disabled workers on the economy; Theresa May defended him. BOTH must pay

Partners in lies: Philip Hammond and Theresa May [Image: The Independent].

Isn’t this enough to justify petitions against both Philip Hammond and Theresa May for Contempt of Parliament?

We have clear evidence that Mr Hammond, giving evidence to MPs on the Commons Treasury Committee, said lower productivity was due to the presence of disabled people in the workforce.

Now we have clear information that Mr Hammond had no reason to make that assertion:

He lied to Parliament.

People are angry about this:

And what did Theresa May have to say about it in Prime Minister’s Questions?

This:

The Chancellor did not express the views that the hon. Lady claims he expressed. This is a Government who value the contribution that disabled people make to our society and to our economy in the workplace. This is a Government who are actually working to ensure that more disabled people get into the workplace. We have had some success; there is more to do, but we will continue to work to ensure that those disabled people who want to work are able to do so.

That’s right – she lied to Parliament.

Charity leaders are furious about this – witness this extract from a Sky News report:

Mark Atkinson, chief executive of charity Scope, told Sky News: “The Chancellor did explicitly link increased participation of disabled people in the workforce with productivity.

“We wrote to the Prime Minister last week to request an explanation for these unacceptable and derogatory comments. There hasn’t been a reply.

“The Chancellor still hasn’t withdrawn his comments, or offered a full apology.

“He has to do this now, before further doubt is thrown onto the Government’s policy to get more disabled people in to work.”

Susan Daniels OBE, chief executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society said: “Given the right support a deaf person can do anything a hearing person can, yet we know that 56% of deaf people have experienced discrimination at work and 25% have left a job as a result.

“In its words and actions the Government needs to show complete commitment to breaking down the barriers to employment for deaf young people and others with disabilities.

“Anything less is unacceptable”

It isn’t merely unacceptable – it borders on hate crime.

The Conservative Party has been victimising disabled people for seven years – seven years in which people with disabilities have seen opportunities for them to gain paid employment diminish markedly – does anybody even remember that Remploy used to be an employer of disabled people? –  while right-wing ‘news’ media have demonised them as scroungers and skivers, determined to spend their entire lives on benefits.

Meanwhile, the – Conservative-run – benefit system has systematically stripped away extra help intended to enable people with disabilities to get jobs. It has cut the amount of benefit payments they receive. Assessors have worked hard to push claimants off disability benefits with false claims that they are faking their disabilities – and have tried to push disabled people towards suicide.

It is in this context that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has lied to Parliament about the role of disabled people in the workplace, and the Prime Minister has lied to Parliament about his comments.

Should they face Contempt of Parliament proceedings?

Yes – of course they should.

And this is exactly the right time for such proceedings.

The government has just lost a key vote on Brexit and has been shown to be weak. A direct attack on the honesty of its two most powerful members – now – could have a far-reaching result.


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Chancellor blames fall in UK productivity on disabled people in the workforce

Philip Hammond: It would be fun to say he’s such an enormous coward that he’s pictured running away from the wrath of the UK’s disabled people but the truth is, he really couldn’t care less about anybody but himself [Image: Getty Images Europe].


People with disabilities just can’t get a decent chance in Tory Britain – if the DWP isn’t trying to push them into inappropriate jobs, Spreadsheet Phil is blaming them for low productivity in the economy.

The real reason for the productivity disaster is well-known – thanks to numbskull Tory policies, it is cheaper to employ people on zero-hours or part-time contracts with no holiday or sick pay than it is to invest in improved equipment.

But a workforce on insulting pay is a workforce without motivation; it is an unhealthy workforce due to stress, tiredness, and poor nutrition; it is a workforce too busy coping with its own survival to care about productivity or profit.

Spreadsheet Phil doesn’t want you to know about that, though. He needed a distraction, and people who are sick and/or disabled have served the Tories well in the past.

So, after demonising people on disability benefits as scroungers and skivers, the Tories are demonising disabled people in work, saying they are holding the rest of us back.

What next? Will they just go the whole hog and get the gas chambers and cremation ovens out?

Well, no – because they don’t have to. They’re already pushing disabled people to the grave with a benefit assessment system that worsens their illnesses or physical disabilities, and causes so much stress that it harms their mental health.

Result: People either die because of their disabilities, or they commit suicide – an end that the Tories find uncomfortably easy to dismiss as having no single cause, even though the “why haven’t you killed yourself yet?” question in benefit assessment interviews is a rather obvious nudge.

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams has already condemned Mr Hammond’s ignorant and inflammatory remark.

She said: “It is disgraceful that Philip Hammond is scapegoating disabled people for a productivity crisis created by the Conservatives’ failed economic policies.

“This is coming from a Government that has forced disabled people to pay the price of their failed austerity agenda, including by cutting measures that help disabled people into the workforce and scrapping their own manifesto commitment on halving the disability employment gap.

“We should be increasing disabled people’s access to employment, not denigrating their contributions. The Chancellor should apologise immediately.”

Yes he should – putting the blame for the productivity drop firmly where it belongs: On failing Tory economic policies.

Did you notice that he also seems to have slipped a whopper of a lie into his comments?

He blamed the productivity plunge on increased numbers of disabled people in the workforce but Ms Abrahams has pointed out that the Tories have cut efforts to get more people with disabilities into work, and scrapped their own manifesto commitment to halve the disability employment gap.

There cannot be both more and fewer disabled people in the workforce at the same time. Mr Hammond is caught out in a contradiction.

So I’d like to see his resignation too.

Asked about the fall in UK productivity reported in Hammond’s budget speech, the Chancellor told the Treasury Select Committee it could be down to the number of “marginal” groups in the workforce.

“It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements.”

Source: Philip Hammond blames Britain’s low economic productivity on working disabled people – Mirror Online


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