When i wrote this article i was very upset as hundreds of elderly men and women lost their lives because of Prime Minister stupidity , his arrogance ignorant not a human being as fat and ugly as he is I do wish him all the worse life can offer he ll have ..
Those men and women fought the war and gave their lives for us to be free and prosper today and this is how we tell them Thank You by killing them this prime minister is a pig and hell is the only place he belongs to
BORIS JOHNSON THE KILLER AND THE DIVIDER
This could be the moment the public finally sees through Boris Johnson . The depth of fury against the Prime Minister and Dominic Cummings transcends normal political divisions.
No, Prime Minister. Your conduct at yesterday’s Downing Street briefing was not acceptable..
In a mature democracy, at a time when you have demanded enormous sacrifices from millions of your fellow citizens, you cannot seek to deflect entirely legitimate questions about the conduct of your top aide with flannel, evasion and obfuscation. .
You cannot simply declare yourself “content” that Dominic Cummings acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity” and expect the country meekly to accept that. You cannot claim some of the allegations against him were “palpably false” without saying which and why. You cannot ignore the questions you do not want to answer. You cannot get away without so much as a hint of apology or contrition..
At the very least you need to explain why it was permissible for Cummings, his wife and his four-year-old son to drive 264 miles to his parents’ house in Durham, when he had yet to contract Covid-19 and the rest of the country had been ordered to stay at home; why, even if he did fall ill,.
his family could not be supported by friends and relatives in London as countless other families were; whether he stopped at service stations en route, thereby jeopardising the lives of others; whether you sanctioned his journey;.
whether he and his family visited Barnard Castle on 12 April; and whether they subsequently returned to Durham from London and visited Houghall Woods on 19 April in an apparent breach of the lockdown rules..
No impartial observer would consider those unreasonable questions. Indeed journalists – of which you were once one yourself – would be remiss not to ask them. And yet you chose not to answer them last night, staging instead a charade of a press conference..
Earlier, after the Guardian and Sunday Mirror printed the allegations concerning Houghall Woods and Barnard Castle, your Downing Street spokespeople likewise opted for evasion, stating: .
“We will not waste our time answering a stream of false allegations about Mr Cummings from campaigning newspapers.” So-called “friends” of Cummings – almost certainly the man himself – sought to dismiss the charges as “fake news”..
There is a pattern here. From the moment you became Prime Minister, and even before, you have sought to avoid being held to account. You have sought to avoid detailed scrutiny by MPs and journalists, even though accountability and scrutiny are essential ingredients of sound democracy..
In the run-up to last summer’s Conservative Party leadership election, your preferred means of communication with the public was your paid-for column in the Daily Telegraph, and you ducked three of the six nationally televised debates..
As Prime Minister, during last autumn’s fraught battles over Brexit, you attempted to prorogue parliament for five weeks until the Supreme Court ruled that unlawful. You introduced “People’s PMQs” on Facebook – a ruse that gave the impression of openness and transparency but allowed you to vet the questions and avoid proper interrogation by professionals. .
During the December general election campaign you – alone of the party leaders – refused to be questioned by the BBC’s Andrew Neil, and at one point hid in a refrigerated warehouse to avoid a television crew..
You sent Rishi Sunak, then chief secretary to the Treasury, to represent you at two televised debates, and Channel 4 replaced you with a block of melting ice after you ducked the debate on climate change. You campaigned instead through stage-managed photo ops and mendacious sloganeering..
Since the start of the coronavirus emergency, you have made just one statement to the House of Commons on the biggest crisis this country has faced since the Second World War. You have led just three of the 70 daily Downing Street briefings since 16 March, even though the journalists invited to pose questions are severely hampered by their lack of comeback..
You have faced Keir Starmer in just three PMQs since he became Labour Party leader seven weeks ago, though admittedly there have been extenuating circumstances. Again, your preferred means of communication is through televised statements from Downing Street that avoid the need to answer questions..
On Wednesday you will face the Liaison Committee of 36 select committee chairs for the first time since becoming prime minister, but only after your government imposed its own man, Bernard Jenkin, as its chair, in defiance of the committee’s members..
Your refusal to answer questions about Cummings is not hard to understand. The proverbial dog in the street knows that he broke the spirit, and almost certainly the letter, of the lockdown rules, but you cannot sack him because you cannot survive without him. He made you. He steers you. He controls you..
You will doubtless attempt to brazen out this scandal, notwithstanding the considerable damage Cummings has done to your government’s credibility and the nation’s battle against Covid-19. You have a big majority. .
The next general election is far away (2024). You will bluster and lie. You will seek to distract attention with headline-grabbing stunts, announcements and – quite possibly – the premature lifting of restrictions. You will demand support from your spineless cabinet and the sycophantic right-wing press. You will hope that the public will move on and forget..
You may succeed, but I’m not certain. I sense a depth of public fury on this issue that transcends party and the old Brexit divisions. The disgust extends deep into Conservative Middle England, with even the Daily Mail mocking your performance yesterday, and throughout the “Red Wall” constituencies of northern England that delivered your election victory last December.
BORIS JOHNSON THE MOST HATED MAN IN THE UK AND WORLD
Boris Johnson in 'worst interview by a politician ever' following Queen's Speech
Boris Johnson struggled to answer basic questions about the Queen’s Speech in a radio interview, stumbling several times when asked: “What is the point of the Prime Minister?”.
The Foreign Secretary repeatedly paused and sighed, saying “hang on a second” a number of times as he was questioned by presenter Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4’s PM..
Asked what Theresa May’s policy document would do to tackle racial discrimination in the criminal justice system – an issue highlighted by the prime minister last year – Mr Johnson said: "Well there are measures, I believe in the bill on the courts which I think is supposed to address some of those issues.
“I think one thing in particular that we are looking at is measures to ... hang on a second ... there are all sorts of measures that we want to take to ensure that we do not discriminate against everybody.”.
In the background, a shuffling of papers was audible..
Mr Johnson then gave a response that avoided a question about how the speech would help white working class boys attend university..
But when the presenter moved on to mental heath care, the foreign secretary tried to return to the original question..
“It’s not a Two Ronnies sketch,” Mair retorted, “You can’t answer the question before last.”.
He went on to ask why so many measured from the Conservative manifesto had been dropped..
Mr Johnson replied: “I’m not going to hide it from you that the election did not turn out exactly as we would have hoped,” he replied. “It’s our job to form a government if we possibly can and to get on with what I think is a very progressive Queen’s speech.”
But after Mr Mair asked what the point of the prime minister was when she couldn’t solved the "burning injustices" she was so concerned about, or deliver the manifesto promises people voted for, Mr Johnson floundered again.
After failing to answer the question on four occasions, he finally settled on: "The point of the Prime Minister is to lead the country, to give a ...er... lead on these key issues ...and to take this Queen's Speech through..
"And she will, and she will do a great job."
Listeners, including former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, quickly took to social media to criticise Mr Johnson's performance.
Others compared the interview with those given by Diane Abbott before the election. The shadow Home Secretary was criticised after she struggled to answer questions in three interviews in the run up to the general election
10 questions Boris Johnson refused to answer in Parliament
Facing his first Parliamentary statement as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson avoided scrutiny once again, refusing to answer 10 questions from Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn:.
1. Will he match Labour’s commitment of a £500 billion investment to rebalance this country through regional development banks and a National Transformation Fund?.
2. Given his appointment is the first Home Secretary for a generation to support the death penalty, can the Prime Minister assure the House that his Government has no plans to bring back capital punishment?.
3. Before appointing the new Education Secretary was the Prime Minister given sight of the Huwaei leak investigation by the Cabinet secretary?.
4. He was in the Cabinet that accepted the backstop and of course voted for it on 30 March this year. It would be welcome if he could set out what he finds so objectionable, having voted for it less than four months ago. Could he explain this flip-flopping?.
5. There is also something eerily familiar about a Prime Minister marching off to Europe with demands to scrap the backstop. So how does the Prime Minister think he will succeed where his predecessor failed?.
6. If the Prime Minister continues to pursue a reckless No Deal, does he accept that he would be directly flouting the expressed will of this Parliament?.
7. Companies from Toyota to Asda have been clear about the dangers of No Deal. Is the Prime Minister still guided by his “F**k Business” policy?.
8. The office of Prime Minister requires integrity and honesty, so will he correct his claim that kipper exports from the Isle of Man to the UK are subject to EU regulations?.
9. To tackle the climate emergency: Will he ban fracking? Will he back real British ingenuity like the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon? Will he increase investment into carbon capture and storage? Will he back our solar industry and onshore wind, so devastated in the last nine years? Will he set out a credible plan to reach net zero?.
10. Will he ask the new Foreign Secretary to prioritise the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe? And is he committed to working with European partners to restore the Iran nuclear deal and de-escalate tensions in the Gulf?
Boris Johnson REFUSES to allow experts standing next to him answer Dominic Cummings question
The prime minister stepped in to stop his scientific advisers from answering questions about Dominic Cummings during today's daily press briefing..
Boris Johnson claimed he was 'protecting' chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance from getting involved in 'political argument'..
The scientists were asked by the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg whether Dominic Cummings driving to Barnard Castle during the lockdown was an example they wanted the public to follow..
It comes after Durham Police said today that the aide's trip to a town nearly 30 miles away from where he was staying might have breached the rules..
Responding to the journalist's questions, Mr Johnson said: "I know that you’ve asked Chris and Patrick but I’m going to interpose myself if I may and protect them from what I think would be an unfair and unnecessary attempt to ask any political questions.
“It’s very, very important that our medical officers and scientific advisers do not get dragged into what I think most people would recognise is fundamentally a political argument.”.
He added that he intended to "draw a line under the matter" following a statement from police that said no further action against Mr Cummings would be taken, despite the possible breach..
The scientists were then asked if they were comfortable with the prime minister stepping in to stop them from answering questions on Mr Cummings' actions. Prof Whitty replied: “The desire to not get pulled into politics is far stronger on the part of Sir Patrick and me than it is in the prime minister.”
Sir Patrick added: “I’m a civil servant, I’m politically neutral, I don’t want to get involved in politics at all.”.
Mr Johnson added: “Good. Unfortunately I have no choice.”.
The prime minister has been criticised by some for appearing to silence his advisers..
Labour MP Bill Esterton said: “The public can see that the Prime Minister won’t let his officials answer questions about Cummings..“This is further undermining trust in the government and more to the point in the advice that’s needed to keep us safe.”.
Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, added: “Concerns have already been raised by the Society and others on the wisdom of Number 10 deciding which media questions will be answered and which not during this current debate. “It is unfortunate that there appears to still be a tendency to act in a manner that might be seen by some as attempting to control the message.
The prime minister used the press conference as an opportunity to announce how lockdown rules would change from June..
He said that the five key tests that must be reviewed before changes are made are being met.
Readers’ Letters: Johnson worst prime minister
I originally thought Theresa May was the worst prime minister this country has ever had..
Boris Johnson has certainly proved me wrong..
His total incompetence, lack of self awareness, and untrustworthiness makes even Donald Trump appear semi competent..
Any self-respecting prime minister would have demanded Dominic Cummings’ resignation immediately after details of his breaches of protocol became apparent, even more so after Cummings’ excruciating attempt to justify his actions..
What kind of a hold does Cummings have over the prime minister?.
I would ask all those who support the union to ask themselves, “Do I really want to remain in a country governed by a cabinet of poodles led by such an incompetent and devious prime minister?”
Even Tories increasingly fear they have inflicted the worst of all worlds on Britain
For someone who has so incessantly bragged that his government is delivering a “world-beating” response to the coronavirus crisis, Boris Johnson becomes peculiarly shy whenever anyone presents him with direct questions about how his government is doing in comparison with the rest of the planet. .
Recently taxed on why British casualties of the disease are amongst the highest in the world, the prime minister swerved the question by contending that this wasn’t helpful because “we must wait until the epidemic has been through its whole cycle in order to draw the relevant international comparisons”..
They are certainly not helpful to a government losing the battle to convince the public that its handling of the crisis has been competent. The most straightforward way to assess the UK’s performance is to compare the number of deaths with the fatalities normally experienced for the time of year..
The “excess death” rate over the average of the previous five years has topped 60,000. With 955 “excess deaths” for every million people, the UK has the grimmest record of all countries providing comparable data. In that respect only can the Johnson government’s performance be said to be “world-beating”.
The other side of the dismal coin is the economic calamity inflicted by this pandemic. On this measure, too, the record is likely to be bleaker than similar countries. The OECD is projecting that the UK will suffer the deepest downturn among advanced economies..
It is only a forecast, but it chimes with other indicators suggesting that this country will pay a uniquely high price for its sluggish imposition of the lockdown and the government’s chaotic mismanagement of the attempt to grope towards an exit..
All of which is fuelling the fear that it will be Britain’s fate to get the worst of both worlds: a higher death rate than comparable countries and a more ravaged economy. That dread now radiates from Tories like a pungent musk..
One former cabinet minister says: “If the public conclude that we are a useless shower of incompetents who were asleep at the wheel, they’ll start taking a serious look at Sir Keir Starmer QC.”
The polls suggest that voters are already beginning to do just that. The Opinium poll that we publish today indicates that public approval of the government’s handling of the crisis has fallen to a new low of just 3 in 10..
The UK has not been alone in struggling to cope with a novel disease, but voters are clocking that their country is a global stand-out in handling the crisis particularly badly. .
When the inevitable public inquiry is convened it will have to decide how much blame should be allocated to longstanding institutional weaknesses and how much can be attributed to the actions and inactions of particular individuals..
Many Tory MPs are flashing knives at Public Health England, which they blame for early mis-steps in establishing an adequate testing regime. “I can’t see how Public Health England survives this,” says one senior Tory representative of the many who hold this view..
It is convenient for Johnsonites to blame failings by organisational structures that predate his arrival at Number 10. It is not helpful to the reputation of the Conservative party as a whole..
The Tories have been in power for more than a decade and the NHS’s current configuration is a result of the “Lansley reforms” implemented during David Cameron’s premiership.
The scandalously unchecked rampage of the disease through care homes has cut deeply into the public consciousness. Everyone in politics has known for years that the care sector is fragmented and under-resourced. It could scarcely have been more at a risk. The scientific advisers on the Sage group flagged up the vulnerability of care homes as early as February..
Yet the government devoted more zeal to protecting the prime minister’s rule-breaking adviser, Dominic Cummings, than it did to safeguarding the lives of the fragile elderly. .
A just-released report by the National Audit Office estimates that 25,000 elderly people were discharged from hospitals into homes without being tested at the height of the pandemic.
Institutional weaknesses might have been ameliorated by a government with an able character and organisational flair. It was Britain’s misfortune for the emergency to occur under a prime minister notably ill-suited to handling a crisis of this nature and magnitude..
Time and again, I have heard accounts from inside government of warnings given and action exhorted only for the machinery never to properly click into gear for want of decisive leadership. In an administration so shaped by its leader’s personality, this has flowed from the top..
Boris Johnson was complacently late to grasp the gravity of the crisis and then animated by a panic-driven urge to try to impress the public by throwing out pledges he could not deliver. One critique, often to be heard now even from erstwhile admirers, is that his outfit at Number 10 is not so much a government as a campaign..
More accomplished at generating propaganda than making policy, the Johnson gang has approached dealing with a disease as if it were no different to defeating Remainers or Jeremy Corbyn.
To an extent perhaps still not fully appreciated, this Number 10 is obsessed with polling and focus grouping, which they conduct daily, and how things are projected in the media. “The problem with this government is that it is led by journalists,” says one senior official. “Action this day” was one of Winston Churchill’s famous injunctions. For Boris Johnson, it has been:.
“An empty pledge to get me through the day.” Where energy ought to have been directed to making important things happen, it was expended on concocting brags that might temporarily garner approving headlines or neutralise hostile ones. .
The result has been a persistent pattern of over-promising and underperforming. At one point, Mr Johnson was hailing antibody tests as “a game-changer”. Soon after, he had moved on to promising a “world-beating” system for tracing and isolating infection..
One that works would do. When their performance has failed to match ministerial boasts, data has been misrepresented to the public and so brazenly that it has attracted a rare rebuke from the head of the UK Statistics Authority..
Some suggest that vital weeks were lost when Mr Johnson was struck down by the virus and the ministers left to mind the shop were too terrified to make any decisions. Alternative, even more damning, accounts from inside government suggest that the vacant prime ministerial chair had scant impact on the management of the crisis..
When I asked one person at the heart of decision-making how much difference the prime minister’s absence had made, he replied: “To be honest, not much.”.
His inadequacies would not have mattered so much were the prime minister surrounded by capable ministers. His weaknesses have been magnified because he deliberately appointed a cabinet conspicuously light on talent –.
“the nodding dogs”, as one senior Tory labels them. The cabinet were chosen not for their ability, dynamism or independence of thought, but for their devotion to a hard Brexit and obedience to Number 10..
Thus Gavin Williamson is an education secretary more famous for his possession of a pet tarantula than for any expertise about education. Thus, even after three months to prepare a feasible plan for reopening schools, there isn’t one..
Thus we contemplate the ridiculous situation where zoos, pubs and bookies will be open for business before many young people get back into the classroom. No other European country has made such an abysmal mess of reopening schools.
I talk to an increasing number of Tory MPs who fear that the combination of so many coronavirus blunders and a much more plausible leader of the opposition is a turning point. Two former senior cabinet ministers were recently in conversation and discovered they were both wondering if this is becoming another “ERM moment” for their party..
Back in 1992, a recently re-elected Conservative government under John Major shattered its reputation when Britain crashed out of the ERM on what became known as Black Wednesday. That Tory government never restored public faith in its competence..
History never exactly repeats itself, but we can tell that this kind of comparison is beginning to rattle Boris Johnson. He has started insisting that it is “too early to judge ourselves”, a formulation that attempts to postpone and collectivise the reckoning. It is not too early and the public is beginning to judge him.
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