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Sunak’s link to firm operating in Russia raises ‘double-standards’ issues

Sunak: while he’s been in Parliament saying businesses should divest themselves of involvement in Russia, his wife has been accepting share dividends from one that has chosen not to.

Let’s see if we can get this straight: as part of the UK government, Rishi Sunak has supported sanctions against Russian business interests in the UK – but his family has £400m worth of shares in a firm operating in Russia.

And he’s perfectly happy to have that connection?

That’s a bit – no, a lot – hypocritical, isn’t it? Not to say greedy?

As a government, he’s saying he doesn’t want Russian businesses to take money from the UK, but as a person, he’s saying he wants to benefit from his wife’s business interest taking money from Russia.

Downing Street is right to say this is a “personal issue for the Chancellor”; the attitude chosen by the government is right (or would be, if these sanctions had set to bite immediately they were announced, rather than a month later) and this is a matter for his conscience – and that of his wife, who owns the shares.

Apparently a Sunak spokesperson has said all is well because neither his wife nor any members of her family “have any involvement in the operational decisions of the company”. But they’re still taking money, aren’t they?

The firm itself – Infosys – says its presence in Russia is to service global clients locally, has no active business interests with Russian enterprises, and supports peace between Russia and Ukraine.

But that doesn’t matter.

As Labour’s Louise Haigh put it, “The chancellor has explicitly called on business to divest from Russia in order to inflict economic pain and ensure that the sanctions are as deeply felt as possible.”

And now we find that he wants every business to do that – apart from his wife’s.

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Tory MP’s wife breaks lockdown for birthday party

Super spreaders: it seems Tories think it’s fine to spread the risk of catching Covid-19. Perhaps we should just let them get on with it?

More Tories are being shown up as believing that the Covid-19 lockdown only applies to the rest of us and not to them.

Rob Roberts, Tory MP for Delyn, turns out to be a rotten decision-maker, it seems.

Earlier this week, he spoke up in support of Dominic Cummings after Boris Johnson’s chief advisor admitted breaking the lockdown for no good reason and breaking the law by driving while in no condition to do so.

Now, as a gay man, he may be regretting getting married (to a woman) after she decided to break lockdown rules to hold a 40th birthday party in their Mold house.

One can only sympathise for the people in his North Wales constituency, who have to put up with another four and a half years of being represented by this goon.

As for these Tories: an unsympathetic person might suggest that we let them carry on, and if they catch Covid-19 that’s just too bad. But they would only burden our NHS, making themselves even more trouble than they are worth.

Police broke up an illegal lockdown bank holiday Monday birthday party at the house of a Tory MP.

Two people who were visiting the house of Rob Roberts, MP for Delyn in North Wales, were asked to leave.

There were balloons and banners outside the house marking a 40th birthday.

It is understood that Mr Roberts’ wife Alexandra turned 40 on Monday.

There has been no lifting of the lockdown rules in Wales where – as in England – you are not allowed to visit other households.

A spokesperson for Mr Roberts said: “Rob Roberts was not present at the time.

“His family have been reminded of the guidelines set out by the government.”

Source: Police break up illegal lockdown birthday party at Tory MP’s house – Mirror Online

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Foreign office officials: Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

Just when officials at the Foreign Office thought they could live without embarrassment for a while, it turns out Jeremy Hunt is just as stupid as his immediate forerunner.

On a trip to China, intended to strengthen trade ties ahead of Brexit, Hunt tried to win the approval of his hosts by mentioning that his wife is Japanese – evoking memories of a centuries-old rivalry and a bloody occupation in the 1930s and 40s.

He backslid fast but the damage had been done.

Good luck getting a decent trade deal now, Jeremy! I only wish I had some knowledge of Chinese so I could describe you in the appropriate language.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.

China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan’s bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s.

Source: Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China | UK news | The Guardian

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