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

Two-fingered salute: the UK might fall into lawlessness and chaos because of Boris Johnson but he doesn’t care, as long as he gets what he 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. The claim was that they could make £8 billion out of it.

Of course, none of these multi-billionaires care a fig about the rest of us. If the country falls into chaos they’ll be off to their holiday homes in the sun, with their cash safely stowed in a tax haven.

Meanwhile, back in Blighty, you will be left to deal with food, fuel and power shortages, illness and deaths caused by flood, flu and Covid-19, and incursions into the country from outside such as EU boats coming into our fishing waters.

And, as may reasonably be expected from his government’s failures so far on Covid-19 – the school reopening furore, school meals, exam results, care home deaths, PPE procurement, face mask procurement, test and trace, contract nepotism… the list goes on and on – on flooding (remember that?) and on any other subject you care to mention, the Johnson government has not planned any response to this at all.

The article goes on to state:

  • One in 20 Town Halls could go bust in a second Covid wave, sparking social care chaos.
  • The economic impact of the virus and Brexit could cause public disorder, shortages and price hikes.
  • Troops may have to be drafted on to the streets to help the police in the worst-case scenario — 1,500 are already on stand by.
  • Social distancing measures and masks will have to continue until 2021 regardless.
  • Supplies of food and fuel are all under threat this Christmas if Dover becomes blocked.

The planners warned that “pandemic influenza, severe flooding, a Covid second wave and an unruly exit from the EU transition period could cause a systemic economic crisis with major impact on ­disposable incomes, unemployment, business activity, international trade and market stability.”

It could be combined with likely “coordinated industrial action” as well as shortages risking public disorder and a mental health crisis that will hit the poorest hardest.

Nobody in a Tory government is going to worry about a mental health crisis that harms poor people, of course.

And the attitude by leading Tories to this frankly terrifying report seems to be that if they ignore it, it will go away.

Michael Gove is quoted as babbling: “We got Brexit done with a great deal in January.

“A brighter future awaits as we forge our own path.”

A government spokesperson did add that this was a “reasonable worst case” scenario.

But on the Johnson ministry’s record so far, it is stretching the facts to breaking point to suggest that the government is “ensuring we are ready for all eventualities”.

That simply is not going to happen. On the evidence of the last 12 months, it would be irresponsible to believe anything Johnson, his ministers or his spokespeople say about it.

But there’s one more matter to remember:

If this disaster happens, then there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, other than to prepare as well as you can (because the Tories simply won’t).

I anticipate another stockpiling splurge, worse than the rush for toilet roll in March, at the very least.

Obviously the worst-case will be social unrest and violence – and I’m not ruling that out, either.

Whatever happens, if we end up with no deal and any of the feared outcomes are triggered, you must remember (because he’ll lie about it):

It is what Boris Johnson wanted all along.

Source: Leaked document reveals Cabinet’s emergency plans for perfect storm of No Deal Brexit and coronavirus second wave

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Well, Boris Johnson, you’ve caused the UK’s biggest recession ever. Will you call that ‘world-beating’ too?

Boris Johnson’s government has got into the annoying habit of calling everything it does “world-beating”.

We’ve had “world-beating” PPE procurement (with hundreds of millions spent on equipment that can’t be used).

There was a “world-beating” Covid-19 track and trace app (that failed utterly and has been withdrawn).

Its replacement was also a “world-beating” privatised track and trace system (that has been scaled down in ignominious failure).

Now, at long last, it seems Johnson has a couple of statistics that he can genuinely describe as “world-beating”.

Are you ready?

The UK is now in the deepest economic recession it has ever recorded, and the worst of all the G7 countries.

And:

The UK’s Covid-19 death rates is the worst in the world.

The two are linked, of course, by Johnson’s failure to engage with the threat of Covid-19 when he was warned about it in November 2019; if he had taken appropriate steps, bringing in the equipment needed to treat the disease well in advance of the need to use it and locking down the country hard for the few weeks that would have been necessary to control the outbreak in the UK and stop infected people from bringing it in from outside, fewer people would have died and the economy would have recovered by now. Look at New Zealand for evidence of that.

It makes Johnson’s words at the start of the year ring hollow:

Remember: when he tweeted this, he had already been warned about Covid-19 and had ignored those warnings.

Now – well, let’s look at the information:

Johnson has guided the UK into the deepest recession since records began. The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product (GDP), the broadest measure of economic prosperity, fell in the second quarter by 20.4 per cent compared with the previous three months – the biggest quarterly decline since comparable records began in 1955.

Oh – and GDP had declined by 2.2 per cent in the first quarter, so this represents a decline followed by a plummet.

The economic calamity was more than double the 10.6 per cent fall in the US over the same period and also surpassed declines in France, Germany and Italy among G7 nations that have reported second-quarter figures so far. Canada and Japan have yet to publish second-quarter data but are not expected to record greater falls than Britain. “World-beating”?

Looking at the details, the services sector, including hotels, restaurants and finance, recorded a 19.9 per cent drop, and production (manufacturing, mining and energy) fell by 16.9 per cent.

Despite having been kept open by Johnson, construction fell by a whopping 35 per cent.

Spending – by households and businesses – declined by a quarter because people simply didn’t have the money. It’s interesting to note that spending fell by five per cent more than income for those who had been furloughed.

The Guardian‘s report seems to lay the blame on Johnson:

After resisting the launch of lockdown controls until later than other countries around the world and relaxing them at a slower pace, the ONS said the UK had plunged into the deepest decline of any G7 nation in the second quarter.

And other commentators aren’t holding back, either:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1293481430262185986

The figures show that GDP has fallen to 2003 levels – 17 years lost due to Tory incompetence.

The good news is that the recession is likely to be the shortest in history, as economic activity has picked up since June, when Johnson began to allow businesses to reopen.

The bad news is that there are predictions of a new wave of coronavirus infections and deaths – already the numbers are worsening:

So the recovery may be extremely short-lived.

And don’t forget that in four-and-a-half months the full effect of Brexit will hit the UK, when the country will impose on itself the equivalent of enormous economic sanctions because racists like Boris Johnson lied to us that foreigners were interfering in our lives:

No doubt the collapse that results in 2021 will be “world-beating” too.

Given all of the above, I can only echo the words of Peter Stefanovic:

Is it any wonder Boris Johnson is trying to distract us by pointing his finger at desperate migrants in dinghies?

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His policies gave the UK the worst death toll in Europe but Hancock wants critics to modify THEIR tone

Matt Hancock: there’s a problem with his tone.

If anybody needs to modify their tone, it is Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

He was challenged in the House of Commons to acknowledge that the government’s lack of testing for the coronavirus had led to unnecessary deaths – and he responded by saying the questioner should modify their tone.

That was a big mistake – because the person asking the question was Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, who has been working as a doctor in an Accident & Emergency unit, treating coronavirus patients, while Hancock has been sitting in Downing Street with his thumb up his posterior, making up test results by any means he could.

Here’s the exchange:

Dr Allin-Khan later said she would “not watch my tone when dozens of NHS and care staff are dying unnecessarily,” according to Sky News.

And she’s right, by the way – the UK government’s testing strategy has been non-existent.

We’ve heard all sorts of targets, ranging from 250,000 a day to just 10,000 and back up to 100,000. None of them were reached by the Tory government when they were supposed to be.

Last week, Hancock lied to the nation, claiming that he had managed to reach his personal target of 100,000 tests a day by April 30. He had not. His figures included tests that had been mailed out but not used.

And these included multiple tests sent to individual homes with no return address, that subsequently had to be destroyed.

The daily testing total since April 30 has fallen back below 100,000 and you will have noticed that Hancock’s answer in the video clip referred only to a “capacity” of 108,000 tests per day.

That’s less than the number he claimed were carried out on April 30. This wretch just contradicted his own lie!

Worst of all – and underlying this argument – is the fact that the UK’s coronavirus death toll is now the worst in Europe:

The government’s tally of fatalities across the UK reached 29,427 for those who tested positive for coronavirus, exceeding the 29,029 recorded in Italy – until now Europe’s worst-hit country. Italy’s total does not include suspected cases.

Newly released data from the Office for National Statistics showed that 29,648 deaths were registered in England and Wales with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate by 2 May. With the addition of the official death figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland, this was calculated to take the UK’s toll to 32,313.

The true figure is likely to be significantly higher due to missed cases and a lag in reporting.

I wonder what the totals look like when differences in population – numbers and composition – are taken into account?

I reckon that would make the UK look much, much worse.

And the liar Matt Hancock wants an NHS doctor to modify her tone.

He has managed to be both unaccountably arrogant and irresponsibly pathetic at the same time.

Source: Calls for inquiry as UK reports highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe | World news | The Guardian

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Dire NHS performance shows Labour’s plan for huge health service expansion is desperately needed

Wow. The NHS in England is performing worse than ever after nine years of Tory mismanagement.

Figures provided by NHS England itself are the worst since targets were introduced more than a decade ago. None of the three key hospital targets have been met for more than three years, and the target to start cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral is also being missed.

Suddenly NHS Wales – much lambasted by Tory prime ministers – is looking far more efficient, isn’t it?

The figures show:

  • 83.6% of A&E patients were admitted or transferred in four hours – below the 95% target
  • 76.9% of cancer patients started treatment in 62 days in September – below the 85% target
  • 84.8% of patients on the waiting list for hospital treatment waiting under 18 weeks – below the 92% target

Labour announced a £26 billion plan to restore the health service to the high point it had reached in 2010, when the Tories took over and started wrecking it.

Here it is in a nutshell:

A great indication of what needs to be done – and who’s best placed to do it – is in this tweet from Labour candidate Joyce Still, who is herself a nurse:

Bizarrely, Conservative health secretary Matt Hancock has said the figures – that show a disastrous decline under his own stewardship of the health service and that of his forerunners including Andrew Lansley and Jeremy Hunt – indicate that Labour is to blame and must be kept out of government.

Is that so his party can finish the job and ruin our health service forever?

That’s what I get from this train-crash interview by Boris Johnson:

He’s desperate to bring in a fully-privatised, profit-making corporate health system, modelled on the US system that bankrupts more people than it cures.

The message – from the figures and the campaign rhetoric – is clear:

If you want a healthy future, you want to vote Labour.

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Weekend Vox Pop: which party has made the stupidest mistake of the election so far, and what was it?

What do you think? I want to hear from you!

Which UK political party has made the biggest fool of itself in the 2019 general election campaign so far?

Was it the Conservative Party? Labour? The Liberal Democrats? Plaid Cymru? The SNP? The Greens? The DUP? Sinn Fein, even?

And what was their error?

Already you have a huge number of cringeworthy gaffes from which to choose.

Please respond using the comment column and I’ll publish some results over the weekend.

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A&E hospital waiting times are worst since NHS records began. What were the Tories saying about it?

Not one week ago, the Conservatives were attacking a Labour political broadcast for featuring actors – implying it was full of lies.

It wasn’t – this article had the details.

Now we see that matters are worse than the Labour clip stated – because the latest figures hadn’t been released when it was made.

The new figures make it absolutely clear that Conservative stewardship of the National Health Service is an utter, unmitigated disaster.

Here‘s The Independent:

Waits at A&E departments in England have hit their worst levels since records began, official NHS statistics have shown.

Despite pressures from flu and bad weather so far this winter being significantly lower than in 2018, performance against the flagship four hour target in January hit its lowest level since its introduction in 2004.

While more patients than ever are being seen at A&E departments, just 84.4 per cent were seen, admitted or sent home within four hours of arrival – well below the target of 95 per cent.

This is worse than the 84.6 per cent mark set in in March 2018 after the Beast from the East storm – the previous lowest figures on record.

While more than half a million patients were admitted to hospital from A&E last month, more than 80,000 waited over four hours for a bed to be found, and 600 patients had to wait over 12 hours.

Waits were even worse at major emergency departments, the 24-hour units in hospitals known as type one A&Es. Although the national four hour target also considers smaller minor injury units and walk-in centres, at type one units across England just 76.1 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

There are more figures in the article. Visit it and read them for yourself.

No doubt the Tories will respond by saying they are investing £20 billion in the NHS.

This doesn’t make a dent in the fact that their NHS spending increases have been lower than any previous UK administration.

And, of course, some of that money is supposed to be coming from a mythical “Brexit dividend” – cash coming back to the UK after we leave the European Union. All the evidence suggests Brexit will cost money.

The evidence is incontrovertible: The Conservatives are bad for your health.


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Did generalising Jess realise she was testing Labour’s anti-sexism policy by being sexist herself?

Want to know why this is an image of Jeremy Corbyn and not Jess Phillips? It’s because he’s one of the people she attacked in her misandrist rant, and because the Labour Party under his leadership will have to decide what to do about the sexism she represents.

We’re going to have to devise a new word to describe people like Jess Phillips; the ones we have aren’t adequate.

The word This Writer used to describe her, last year, certainly comes nowhere near summing up the sexist – misandrist, in fact – stubborn illogic of her pronouncements.

I’ll be interested to see if the Labour Party responds to her claim that women are “entirely missing” from the party’s industrial strategy, but I don’t see that as any reason to denounce every single man who has left-wing leanings.

Nor do I see that she has much of a point in using some leftie Graun hack (and isn’t that a contradiction in terms these days? A leftie working for the Guardian?) and his (presumably his and not her) comments about Harriet Harman to support her.

Saying Jeremy Corbyn had “always voted the right way” can’t be used to say this person was suggesting he was better for women than Harriet Harman. That’s a non sequitur – the one statement does not follow on from the other.

And using sarcasm to attack Jeremy Corbyn is meaningless. What’s his record, and does it corroborate what Ms Phillips said? I doubt it (see tweet below).

The Times report that she said left-wing men pay lip-service to equality until it threatens their position, and never consider that women have changed the world, suggests that she thinks she knows what every left-wing man thinks. She doesn’t. She can’t.

If she said it, she’s a sexist and really doesn’t belong in the Labour Party. There is no room for that kind of prejudice in a modern political organisation.

Perhaps we should give her a new nickname: ‘Generalising Jess’. Look at these words, quoted from her appearance at the Edinburgh Festival: “Men said they supported better female representation but, when it came to losing their own jobs, they would say, ‘Oh, you mean me? But I am so clever. I’ve got so much to offer the world’. They are literally the worst.”

Men said.” Not some men. Not these men. Men.

Sexist. Misandrist.

Ignorant, too.

And any men who try to defend our gender against her tirade will be told they “want it to puff out their own chests”.

That is really annoying.

But then, This Writer is a left-wing man so you had all better disregard anything I have to say on the subject. Right, Jess?

Perhaps you would prefer to pay attention to women instead? Here are just some of them:

https://twitter.com/racybearhold/status/897484036137988100

https://twitter.com/earthygirl01/status/897131551212929024

https://twitter.com/dscale/status/897462357659701249

https://twitter.com/openjools/status/897457040678944768

I’m not sure if this person is female or not but they make an important point:

Perhaps my favourite tweet on this subject comes from – would you believe it? – Jess Phillips. It was posted on August 14:

And in fact, she was right. Will she be suspended and disciplined for her blatant sexism? If not, then the Labour Party clearly doesn’t have zero tolerance for sexism.

Jess Phillips has criticised the behaviour of left-wing men as the “absolute worst”.

The Birmingham Yardley MP spoke out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and said women were “entirely missing” from Labour’s industrial strategy.

The backbencher also said that a leading left-wing journalist from The Guardian, who she would not name, had “lectured” her saying that ex-deputy leader Harriet Harman was “not that great for women” despite her role as a pioneer for all-women shortlists in party selections, as well as in equality legislation.

This figure had apparently added that Jeremy Corbyn had “always voted the right way”.

“So yeah, Jeremy Corbyn better for women than Harriet Harman, obviously. I remember him in all those meetings, there with his banners for [equality],” Phillips added.

Phillips told the festival that while left-wing men wanted to see equality “they don’t think of you on the same level”, The Times reported.

“When they close their eyes at night and think of amazing people who have changed the world, it’s always some white dude that pops into their head,” she explained.

Phillips was asked whether the “out and out sexists of the right” were worse than those “well-meaning” on the left, replying: “They [the left-wing men] are the worst, the actual worst. Men said they supported better female representation but, when it came to losing their own jobs, they would say, ‘Oh, you mean me? But I am so clever. I’ve got so much to offer the world’. They are literally the worst.”

She added later that this she feels “so cross about this”.

“Men who want to own your equality and the things you fought for are absolutely fine if they want you to own it as well but when they want it to puff out their own chests, that is really, really, really annoying,” she continued.

She was critical of Labour policy, saying that women are “entirely missing” from the proposed industrial strategy, as it is all about “men with shovels”.

Source: Jess Phillips: Men on the left are the “absolute worst” | LabourList


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