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The Tory Bill for workers’ rights – just another Boris Johnson lie?

The Tory two-fingered salute: this time it’s for working people across the UK who thought the lying Boris Johnson was ever going to offer them a fair deal.

Simple answer: it’s what they do.

Unions and industry groups were incensed earlier this week when they discovered that the Tory government has not included an Employment Bill to protect workers’ rights in plans for the new Parliamentary session.

Why were they so upset?

Because the Tories had promised it, that’s why!

Boris Johnson had responded to concerns that workers’ rights could be watered down after the UK left the EU, and worries about treatment of employees in the gig economy with a pledge to enshrine rights in law. That was in 2019.

Since then, nothing.

According to the BBC,

When first announced, the bill had promised:

  • the creation of a single enforcement body, offering greater protections for workers
  • making sure that tips left for workers go to them in full
  • all workers would have the right to ask for a more predictable contract
  • redundancy protections would be extended to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination
  • parents allowed to take extended leave for neonatal care
  • entitlement to one week’s leave for unpaid carers
  • subject to consultation, the bill also proposed making flexible working the default unless employers have good reason not to.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the lack of the Employment Bill in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech meant “vital rights that ministers had promised – like default flexible working, fair tips and protection from pregnancy discrimination – risk being ditched for good”.

She claimed ministers had “sent a signal that they are happy for rogue employers to ride roughshod over workers’ rights,” adding it would see “bad bosses celebrating”.

She’s not wrong!

But then, working people and their representatives were wrong ever to believe that Boris Johnson and his gang of asset-strippers and exploiters would ever legislate to ensure proper treatment for them.

In short, it seems clear that the promise of an Employment Bill was another Boris Johnson lie. We should have treated it as such from the start.

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Beergate: Starmer fuels ‘running scared’ gossip by pulling out of keynote speech

Keir Starmer: we like to use this image when it seems he has made another mistake. And who can say we’re wrong this time?

Aides of Labour’s right-wing leader are scrabbling to cover for him after he pulled out of a major speech ahead of the State Opening of Parliament.

Starmer had been due to make a speech and take questions at an event on “challenges the country faces” organised by the Institute for Government think tank, but pulled out without explanation after Durham Police announced it would re-investigate the alleged Beergate affair.

This alleges that Starmer attended an event in Durham in April last year, when he drank beer and ate a curry with colleagues. At the time, Covid-19 social distancing rules meant it was illegal for people in England to socialise indoors with people from outside their household or support bubble, although there was an exemption for “work purposes”

Starmer had claimed that it was a work event, and food and drink had been consumed in between doing work – but the police investigation was reopened after a leaked memo obtained by the Mail of Sunday revealed it was in fact pre-planned, with time scheduled for “dinner” after which the event would conclude.

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting tried to dismiss the matter when he was challenged over it on BBC Breakfast: “I have no idea why he cancelled the event and I certainly didn’t ask before I came on because I think it’s such a trivial issue.

“The idea that Keir is somehow ducking scrutiny is simply not true.”

Shadow “levelling-up”, housing and communities secretary Lisa Nandy fared a little better when she said, “It is frankly absurd of the Tories to claim that this in any way equates to a prime minister who was under investigation by the police for 12 separate gatherings which included karaoke parties, bring your own bottle parties, pub quizzes, suitcases full of wine being smuggled through the back door.”

But then she ruined it by adding, “This is a guy who self-isolated six times during the pandemic.” That’s not altogether vindicating as some of us suggested he was running away from scrutiny some of those times as well.

And Labour is not united on this matter; the issue has re-awakened splits between factions on the left and right of the party.

Diane Abbott said yesterday Starmer would have to “consider his position” if police hand him a fine.

Emily Ferguson in the I newspaper said this could be the least of Starmer’s troubles:

Even if police decide not to issue him a fine, officers could still brand the event as a minor breach of rules – as they did with former No 10 aide Dominic Cummings’ infamous Barnard Castle trip.

Such a scenario would leave Sir Keir in limbo and vulnerable to a coup from Labour MPs unhappy that he may have jeopardised the party’s hopes of returning to government.

The allegation and incriminating photo will linger in voters’ minds. In the eyes of the public his image is tainted and for some, Sir Keir can no longer hold the moral high ground of being the Opposition leader who fiercely followed Covid rules throughout.

[Starmer] has his work cut out over the next few months as he will need to keep a lid on internal disputes and prevent the fractious divides within Labour from re-emerging, convince voters he is capable of leading the country, all whilst holding the Government to account on the cost-of-living crisis.

On the basis of today’s (non-)performance, he’s not going to manage it.

People will see his withdrawal from a major event – without explanation – as exactly what it is:

Running away.

Source: Sir Keir Starmer pulls out of keynote speech as pressure mounts over beergate

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Boris Johnson will use Queen’s Speech to push ‘plan to improve’ after elections loss. How?

It probably isn’t him but it gets the message across: in a national poll, Boris Johnson has been described as an “utter anus” by at least one respondent. It’s claims like those in the story below that add veracity to the criticism.

This looks like another load of tosh from a prime minister with a proven record of being all mouth and no trousers.

It seems Boris Johnson wants us to believe he’ll calm the fears of restless Tory backbenchers – and save his job – by demonstrating that after last week’s huge local election loss, he has a plan.

That’s unbelievable already. Johnson has never had a plan beyond short-term gain for his miserable self.

Oh, but it gets worse. He has a plan, it seems, to improve.

Impossible.

Apparently we’re to believe this improvement – for the country as a whole, let’s not forget – is in around 15 Bills he wants to get through Parliament over the next year or so:

The Queen’s Speech will contain at least 15 pieces of legislation intended to become law over the next 12 months. Rishi Sunak is also preparing a fresh package of financial support to be announced in the autumn, before the energy price gap is raised for a second time this year.

A number of the bills included in tomorrow’s speech are aimed at promoting economic growth in the long term, including a wide-ranging Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill which will shake up the planning system and make it easier for businesses to move in to empty high street shops.

A Brexit Freedoms Bill, Financial Services and Market Bill and Data Reform Bill are all intended to take advantage of post-Brexit opportunities to liberalise corporate regulations.

Apparently this is to improve our prospects over the medium- and long-term because there’s nothing to be done about what Johnson has inflicted on us right now.

Isn’t it handy for the Tories that their fixes are always set to happen sometime in the future? Isn’t that intended so that, if some international windfall comes down the line, they can pretend they’re responsible?

I think so.

Because I see nothing in Johnson’s legislative programme that’s going to help you.

Source: Boris Johnson will use Queen’s Speech to convince Conservative MPs he has plan to improve after elections loss

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Ukraine: Johnson’s conference comparison is doubly hypocritical because of his Russian links

Duper’s delight again: either Boris Johnson is a hypocrite, praising Ukraine but supporting Russia – or he was deceiving his party faithful by saying he wants Ukraine to suffer a disaster at least as great as the effect of Brexit on UK citizens.

Yes, it was disgusting when Boris Johnson got on his hind legs at the Conservative Spring Conference and said Ukraine was like the referendum decision for the UK to leave the EU:

Ukraine is trying to join the European Union. Somebody needs to tell Johnson that before he sticks his size-13s in his mouth again.

Former European Council president Donald Tusk said the words “offend Ukrainians, the British and common sense”.

Even some Conservatives had the sense to condemn Johnson’s ill-chosen words:

Tory chairman of the Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood said Mr Johnson’s comparison “damages the standard of statecraft” being exhibited in the response to the invasion.

The comment was hugely hypocritical because Brexit has been a disaster for a majority of UK citizens; we have to deal with increased bureaucracy and higher prices as a result of the trade barriers that Johnson raised.

And just ask the people of Ireland (Northern and the Republic) how they feel about the NI Protocol.

But it’s worse than that!

Johnson is doubly hypocritical because he talks about supporting Ukraine’s fight for freedom but acts in support of Russia.

It has just been revealed that – on the night Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine – Johnson attended a fundraising event with a Russian donor to the Conservative Party who has connections with the Russian president.

He was joined by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and communities secretary Michael Gove, and all guests reportedly enjoyed expensive wine, food and an auction.

Labour chairwoman Annaliese Dodds branded Johnson a “threat to national security” – and she’s right. Who knows what our loose-lipped prime minister might have said?

Who knows whether he still talks to Putin-supporting Russians now and what he says if he does?

Then he stands in front of his party faithful and praises Ukraine’s struggle for freedom by comparing it with the worst disaster to be deliberately inflicted on the UK in more than 80 years.

Hmm. Perhaps he’s not such a hypocrite after all – if he’s really saying he wants Ukraine to sink as fast as the UK has after Brexit.

Source: Boris Johnson compares Ukraine to Brits ‘wanting to be free’ by choosing Brexit in conference speech | ITV News

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Zelenskyy addresses UK Parliament. Johnson’s hypocrisy is breathtaking

There’s no doubt that Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a brave man, staying in Ukraine to face down assassination attempts. But considering the appalling toll on his people, isn’t it questionable that he seems to have no time for peace, and in fact seems to want to drag the UK into war with Russia? And what about the hypocrisy of Boris Johnson, who has done everything he can to support rich Russians in the UK?

Am I wrong to find it really disturbing that the president of an invaded country gave an address to the UK Parliament and didn’t seem interested in peace at all?

I have to admit I’m having to take my information from the BBC’s report of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech – and it could, therefore, be skewed to accommodate propaganda requirements.

The report says Mr Zelenskyy called for Russia to be named a “terrorist state” and for allies to “make sure our skies are safe” – a tactful request for nations like the UK to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine that would drag them into the conflict, potentially to face a Russian nuclear missile attack.

He told MPs: “We will not surrender, we will not lose, we will go to the end.” Disturbingly, this implies that he’s refusing even to consider the possibility of a negotiated peace.

To make matters worse, Mr Zelenskyy then had to put up with the UK’s prime minister, who has done everything possible to protect Russians with money in this country, and who has done everything he could to prevent Ukrainian refugees (who don’t have money) from gaining entry to the UK, pontificating about the pathetic non-help he is offering.

Johnson said Mr Zelenskyy had “moved the hearts of everybody” watching, and pledged to “press on with tightening the economic vice” around Russian President Vladimir Putin, even though his Economic Crime Bill, said to be intended to do just that, in fact offers Russian oligarchs (especially those who donate cash to the Conservative Party?) a way to avoid any penalties at all.

Most embarrassing of all, it seems Johnson then tried to imitate late US President John F Kennedy’s famous speech about Berlin, by saying, “I think today, one of the proudest boasts in the free world is, ‘Ya Ukrainets’ – ‘I am a Ukrainian’.”

Breathtaking hypocrisy – as This Writer predicted on Twitter before the event:

Considering the huge – and indefinite – effects of this war, is it wrong that this whole episode made This Writer’s flesh crawl?

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#BorisJohnson makes statement on #Russia’s invasion of #Ukraine. It’s nonsense

Boris Johnson’s Ukraine speech: a lot of hot air and hypocrisy – and absolutely no muscle at all.

Boris Johnson has made a statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying he will increase sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s country and send military aid to the invaded country.

He echoed Nato General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg’s claim that the invasion was unprovoked. After many weeks of sabre-rattling by Johnson himself, his foreign secretary Liz Truss and other members of the UK government, this is nonsense.

Here’s his statement:

“Our worst fears have come true and our warnings have proved tragically accurate”? Johnson pushed for Putin to invade Ukraine. He ignored the fears Putin was voicing and insisted that Putin was planning to invade – until, it seems, Putin felt he had no other option. Diplomacy failed because Johnson wasn’t listening.

“He has attacked a friendly country without any provocation and without any credible excuse.” Has he? The decision to expand Nato into Ukraine would have put troops hostile to Russia on Russia’s border; that is the reason for Putin’s objection and it is a good one. And we’re told that the breakaway regions in the east of Ukraine had appealed to Russia for help in the face of persecution by Ukrainian authorities. It seems unlikely that we will be able to verify the truth of that now events – and Russian troops – have overtaken those places.

“Innumerable missiles and bombs have been raining down on an entirely innocent population.” Innumerable? He makes it seem that Russia is bombing Ukraine indiscriminately – and that is certainly not true. There have been targeted bomb and missile attacks, though; that is not acceptable and it should have been enough for Johnson to condemn them for what they were, rather than lie about it.

“Ukraine is a country that, for decades, has enjoyed freedom and democracy, and the right to choose its own destiny. We, and the world, cannot allow that freedom just to be snuffed out.” Except if it’s Palestine, or any of the “unnumberable” countries the United States has invaded for no very good reason, eh? This is hypocrisy on a global scale, of course – and I state that without any prejudice against the crisis Ukraine faces now.

“Today… we will agree a massive package of economic sanctions designed, in time, to hobble the Russian economy.” Like the package that Johnson announced earlier this week, that didn’t bother Russia in the slightest?

Indeed, it was left to Liberal Democrat Layla Moran to name 35 Russian oligarchs she believed should have been sanctioned, but who Johnson had ignored.

Were these people ignored because some or all of them have donated money to the Conservative Party in the past? I don’t know the answer to that (yet).

But we do know that the Tories have taken more than £2 million in donations from rich Russians. What are they going to do with that money?

They’re keeping it.

This behaviour undermines any faith in Boris Johnson and his sanctions. He’s not going to stop Russian money coming through the UK if it enriches himself and his party.

“We must also collectively cease the dependence on Russian oil and gas that has for too long given Putin his grip on Western politics.” This is something we can applaud, at least – depending on how Johnson chooses to provide the UK with energy. Will he reopen fossil fuel supplies, go nuclear, or turn wholeheartedly to the renewable energy generation systems we all so desperately need?

“… Eventually militarily, this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.” Is Johnson saying he will commit the UK to military action against Russia? We will lose.

“We will of course do everything to keep our country safe.” Does anybody believe this from a man who takes Russian money?

It’s a four-minute speech saying nothing at all.

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#KeirStarmer relaunches #Labour – again. He might as well have sung the Birdie Song

Keir Starmer: with nothing to say, no wonder he’s shrugging.

What a way to ruin a good party.

Keir Starmer stood next to a podium today and relaunched his version of Labour. How many times has he done this, now? Seven? Eight?

His speech contained no substance at all. As I state in the headline, he might as well have stood there and performed the Birdie Song.

In fact… well, take a look at this clip depicting what I took away from it:

Sincere apologies to The Tweets for linking their song with such a ridiculous performance.

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Johnson’s ‘Peppa Pig’ meltdown? Don’t be daft – he was just distracting us from his NHS carve-up

Boris Johnson and Peppa Pig: no, she’s not his new anti-corruption minister but if he’d thought of it, he would probably have announced it, to create a bigger distraction from his NHS privatisation Bill.

Everyone’s talking about it so it achieved exactly what Boris Johnson intended.

I refer, of course, to this:

Worse was to follow. He performed a “vroom vroom” impression of an accelerating car, and went onto a lengthy tangent about visiting Peppa Pig World: “I loved it, it’s very much my kind of place.

“It has very safe streets, discipline in schools, heavy emphasis on new mass transit systems I notice, even if they are a bit stereotypical about Daddy Pig.

“But the real lesson for me, going to Peppa Pig world, I’m surprised you haven’t been there, was about the power of UK creativity.”

As a result, instead of reporting on a lengthy debate in Parliament on the future of the National Health Service as provided in England, the UK’s news shows were doing… well, this:

And that was all Johnson wanted.

He knows the Health and Care Bill is an absolute stinker – for all the reasons This Site has mentioned before.

He also knows he’s unlikely to have much difficulty getting it approved in the House of Commons because Keir Starmer’s Labour “Opposition” is as keen on the privatisation it proposes as he is; all they’re planning are a few amendments – tinkering around the edges.

But he’s also aware that some of us know exactly what’s going on, and have been spreading the word for all we’re worth.

He didn’t want us to get our argument across on-air, so he scrabbled for a way to lock us out.

We see him.

Nobody should be surprised at this – for a very good reason:

No, they’re not ridiculing us now. They’re not reporting on NHS privatisation at all.

They’re reporting on Peppa Pig and “vroom vroom” noises.

And while his successor and his cronies talk ineffectively about proposed amendments to the Bill, the greatest prime minister we never had is still telling us what we need to know:

Sadly, when everybody else is screaming nonsense, the only reasonable voice in the room won’t be heard.

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Starmer proudly announces what his Labour stands for: racism, apartheid and prejudice

Keir Starmer: from his speech, he’d love to don a uniform and shoot anybody who isn’t an Israel-supporting Zionist.

What a speech. If Labour Party grassroots members weren’t scrambling to find a way to oust Keir Starmer as leader before, This Writer certainly hopes that’s what they are doing now.

Starmer made his alarming revelations at a speech to Labour Friends of Israel, where he and other party bigwigs who should have known better shared a platform with Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli Ambassador best-known for being a murderous, genocidal racist.

After listening to the speech, some might say it was a case of like attracting like.

I’m not even going to talk about it myself. I don’t need to. All I need to do is highlight some of the reactions.

That was the message Starmer was transmitting in his speech.

He opposes universal human rights. He opposes self-determination for persecuted people – in particular, Palestinians. He stands alongside apartheid Israel in opposing international law.

He supports racism – particularly anti-Palestinian racism, but also racism against black people, other people of colour, and Muslims. He supports apartheid. He supports the Zionist doctrine of racial supremacy over others. He supports ethnic cleansing – especially of Palestinians from their own homeland, wrongly seized from them by apartheid Israel. He supports war crimes. He supports genocide.

Historically, Labour has supported the things Starmer opposes, and opposed those that he supports. Labour members have fought – literally, in some cases – to prevent them from taking hold.

Those of us who are here today have a duty to the memory of those who went before, never to let the likes of Starmer pervert their dream of the future into the nightmarish distopia he feverishly desires.

So, Labour members, I ask again: what are you doing about it?

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After ‘violent speech in politics’ row, Starmer talks about giving the Left ‘a good kicking’


I would ask how anybody could vote for a party leader this stupid, but we live in a country that is run by Boris Johnson.

Suffice it to say that, a matter of days after the murder of Sir David Amess and the subsequent hysteria about violent speech in politics, Keir Starmer was on Good Morning Britain, agreeing with Richard Madeley about giving Labour socialists “a good kicking”.

Perhaps he could be partially excused for being drawn into the conversation by Madeley – who knew exactly what he was doing and that it was unacceptable, have no doubt:

It seems that Madeley (and GMB) has lurched to the right after that programme’s period criticising Boris Johnson over his (many) Covid-19 failures.

But be honest – in the light of this performance, do you think perhaps these people were always fascists? (It is fascist language, after all.)

Let’s have a look at some of the people that Madeley – and Starmer – want to give “a good kicking”. Here’s one:

And here’s another:

Fortunately some of us can still laugh at the ridiculous so-called Labour “leader”:

But the question is to be asked:

And the answer, inevitably, is not long coming: he’s still desperate for some hard-right business mogul to bail Labour out of the bankruptcy he is plunging it into:

It seems he has already sold his own soul.

Now he’s selling Labour’s.

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