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‘Greed is good’ says Johnson over vaccine success. Downing Street rushes to contain the fallout

Not Michael Douglas: Boris Johnson’s attempt to emulate the infamous Gordon Gecko from the film Wall Street left him looking like a reptile.

He may have been trying to emulate Gordon Gecko but he ended up looking more like ‘Boris Dickfingergecko’* instead – a lizard you might find under a rock.

I make the comparison after Boris Johnson tried to tell a private meeting of Conservative MPs that the success of the UK’s vaccine programme was due to “capitalism” and “greed” – in emulation of the speech by the character played by Michael Douglas in the film Wall Street, “Greed is good”.

It seems that even Johnson himself doesn’t believe that mantra, as he immediately retracted his statement once it got into the public domain.

It seems Johnson had been referring to the profit motive that drives corporations to develop new products.

The implication is, of course, disgusting. He was saying that Pfizer and Astrazenica would not have bothered to develop their Covid-19 vaccines if they had not believed they could make a fat profit from doing so.

Such a comment denies that these firms could have rushed to develop a vaccine in order to prevent millions of deaths across the world, in favour of an unfounded claim that they would not have lifted a finger unless there was money in it.

The implication is potentially libellous and the companies should consider litigation against Johnson personally.

*With apologies to the Bibrons Dickfingergecko for associating it with Johnson just because of its name.

Source: ‘Greed’ and ‘capitalism’ helped UK’s vaccines success, says PM – BBC News

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Are Tory right-wingers proposing a ‘Northern Bang’ or just another clusterf***?

Money: Margaret Thatcher’s favourite thinktank, the Centre for Policy Studies, says England needs a “Northern Bang” – like the so-called “Big Bang” in the financial markets that ultimately led to the financial crisis of 2008-10. It’s begging for disaster, as Tax Research UK’s Richard Murphy explains.

Tories can’t help themselves, these days. Whatever they do turns into a “complete bureaucratic nightmare” and this plan is no different.

It’s certainly nothing new.

Let’s all be grateful to Richard Murphy for his analysis.

In his introduction, he states: “Margaret Thatcher’s favourite think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies, has published a new report suggesting what they call a Northern Bang – aimed at the Tory Red Wall seats.

“Let’s ignore the fact that they want to favour these seats over those in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Instead let’s note that this is all the usual right-wing nonsense, including relaxing planning rules, providing state subsidies to big, foreign-owned businesses whilst ignoring those already based here, and reformed tax reliefs, for which there is absolutely no evidence of success in encouraging new investment.

“This is a Northern Whimper delivered by a think tank right out of ideas, but which still knows that its real purpose is to shovel wealth upwards from taxpayers to those who own and run large companies.

“The CPS report is here https://www.cps.org.uk/research/a-nor… and my proposals on capital allowances are here https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/w….”

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Police action on historic child abuse is STILL too little, and much, much too late

Despair: too many paedoophiles have escaped justice because police were not interested in investigating. And there are serious questions to be asked about their reasons.

I know at least one person who is a victim of historic child sexual abuse and while she may applaud the justice others are getting, it is far too late for her.

She tried to get her local police force to investigate and convict her abuser – and they rejected her allegations out-of-hand.

She believes this is because the perpetrator was a police informant and that officers of the force in question had known about his crimes but were content to ignore them.

As the victim, the suffered extreme mental ill-health including a nervous breakdown. It has taken decades for her to reach a point where she can conduct even the semblance of a normal life.

And the effect on her has meant there has been an effect on her own children too.

Her abuser is now extremely old and infirm. It is doubtful he would understand what was going on if police launched an investigation now.

And it is extremely unlikely that she would want to relive the hell that he made of her life. It would be risking a relapse into mental illness, and for a negligible return.

So the belated police interest in such matters, known as Operation Hydrant, will always be too little, and far too late.

But that doesn’t make it pointless, by any stretch of the imagination. Look at the figures and you’ll see the truth of it.

That’s why I agree that Boris Johnson should be pilloried for his suggestion that inquiries into non-recent sexual abuse were “spaffing money up the wall”.

Also, his choice of words – and remember, this is a journalist; he knew what he was doing – was extremely offensive.

And it shows where his priorities lie.

They lie in hiding what happened – in covering up the extent of historic paedophile abuse in the UK.

Why?

Let’s not forget that his immediate forerunner as prime minister, Theresa May, managed to mislay a file of paedophile allegations against more than 100 people.

Is this attitude from the Tories an attempt to protect people who used positions of power to abuse children?

What other reason would they have?

I ask merely for information.

Source: Police uncovering ‘epidemic of child abuse’ in 1970s and 80s | UK news | The Guardian

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I, Daniel Blake screenwriter stunned by wall of notes left by movie-goers

Paul Laverty at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh in front of the wall of messages [Image: Daily Record].

Paul Laverty at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh in front of the wall of messages [Image: Daily Record].

This is the film that Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green describes as “monstrously unfair”. Clearly, the people of Edinburgh disagree – strongly.

Told by a panel of MSPs at Holyrood that the Work Capability Assessment “is sending people to go and commit suicide”, Mr Green said: “There is no evidence, and I think bringing people who committed suicide into political debate is always unfortunate.”

Here’s some evidence – read the story on the right:

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Confront Damian Green with that and he’d probably try to tell you that person was making it up.

That’s the problem with his kind.

Like Nazis, they think if they repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.

The depth of feeling evoked by I, Daniel Blake, is perhaps best summed up by an amazing collection of notes pinned to the wall of an Edinburgh cinema.

The display at the Cameo, penned by people who have suffered similar experiences to the movie’s main character, left screenwriter Paul Laverty stunned.

He said: “I had no idea of the impact. Staff at the Cameo had been stunned by the reaction – it was an example of beautiful empathy.” One message in the foyer reads: “I am less afraid of dying than of a WCA.”

Paul added: “To be more scared of an assessment than dying? I suppose dying you just have to accept. But the humiliation of going through this test – there is something so cruel about it.

“The Government have changed their rhetoric but have not budged one inch and last week they announced the new benefit cap.”

Source: I, Daniel Blake screenwriter stunned by wall of notes left by movie-goers at Edinburgh cinema : Daily Record. – DWPExamination.

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