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Boris - The Prime Minister

First thoughts on PMBoris, will he make a difference?


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Boris ignores the backbenchers at his peril. He needs to step out of the Londoncentric bubble and quite frankly start binning some people. A good start would be Hancock. I think the back benchers expressing concerns have the true mood of the country.
what and step into the Liverpool, Manchester Birmingham bubbles. No-what he needs to ask them is how much they will tolerate in the short term without the Burnham Mantra we've all got to suffer. We had that under Brown remember? Burnham's Mantra is purely we've all got to suffer equally- well we didn't the last time. Moreover it's really undermining the devolution concept of local control-when it hurts they all want to blame some one centrally and at the moment that is Boris. Nope they wanted control- they've got it now it's time step up to the Oche. Bunch of cowards the lot of them, electorally at least. At the moment the outbreaks are confined to cities/Local urbans where there is a lot of mixing one way or the other.

The current thinking that Children won't be affected, that badly, young people as well undermines the shielding concept and the current concept that it can be an annual event is rather worse. But we remain at a lowish mortality rate. I have to say that whatever their shortcomings the current crop of Ministers are being hit with something unprecedented and it's no use saying "we could have done better"
Biggest word in the English Language is IF. Worst of all I don't particularly like Trump, but he's mentioning two things that don't seem to be questioned by MSM. China and WHO. That stinks to high heaven.
 
Why on earth would anyone want to use an informed source when they can talk bollocks instead?

Before the pandemic, TfL had cash reserves of £2.2bn, well above the two months’ operating costs amounting to £1.2bn that it is legally required to hold.

TfL says that they receive 40% less funding than they did in 2010/11 (when Johnson was Mayor). A reduction of about £1.4bn a year. Nonetheless (before covid) TfL had cut the operating deficit by around £1bn on a like for like basis compared to 2015/16

The deficit for TfL had improved for five years in a row going into the crisis. Reserves had also increased in recent years (though obviously so did debt, given continued though shrinking deficit)



You could always try a very large font reply or failing that, mlaaaaar about twitter.

yay.

Yet more bias confirmation* from Twitter Critter.

A shame, then, that more up to date figures do not support your and Mr Goodall's view of Bus Driver Khan's TfL.



*that'll be Lewis Goodall who was a most active Labour activist whilst at Uni, worked for the more than slightly Left-wing think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, who has been accused of ' . . . off the scale bias . . ' over a New Statesman article published this August and in Sep 2018 had his first book published entitled Left for Dead?: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party, a tome celebrating that giant of Socialist politics, one Jeremy Corbyn.
 

Wordsmith

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Here's the problem that BoJo will face in a few weeks if he doesn't get his ar$e in gear and come up with an alternative to a lockdown.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...cross-italy-clash-police-anti-covid-measures/
Crowds ranging in size from several hundred to several thousand took to the streets on Monday night. Protesters threw petrol bombs and looted shops last night as demonstrations against the Italian government’s tough new anti-virus measures broke out in cities across the country.
As someone remarked earlier in the thread, the lockdowns were a one shot measure that has failed. Trying to re-impose them is causing more economic damage and greater loss of life from non-Covid issues than the amount of Covid lives it's saving.

It's pi$$ing off Tory MP's

Politics latest news: Tory party on cusp of 'civil war' over North-South divide, claim MPs
The Conservative party is on the cusp of a civil war over the North-South divide, Tory MPs have claimed, after more than 50 backbenchers signed an open letter to Boris Johnson. The Northern Research Group is the biggest threat to Mr Johnson's authority since he came to power. Led by Jake Berry, a former Northern Powerhouse minister, it has led to comparisons with the European Research Group, which was a constant thorn in the side of Theresa May.

And:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-...ovid-tier-3-lockdown-vaccine-uk-cases-deaths/
Death rates among people hospitalised with Covid-19 have halved since the peak of the first wave, new research has found. Analysis of over 21,000 hospital admissions revealed the significant drop for both high dependency unit admissions and intensive care admissions between March and the end of June.

It's been obvious for weeks that the only viable strategy now is to safeguard the vulnerable, open up the economy and let Coronavirus rip through those who don't take sensible measures to protect their health.

BoJo is going to be forced into it anyway (as will many other countries). Moving towards that strategy now will prevent him suffering grievous - and possible fatal - reputational damage as increasing number of his own MP's rebel against him and the opposition parties jump on the bandwagon.

Wordsmith
 
t's been obvious for weeks that the only viable strategy now is to safeguard the vulnerable, open up the economy and let Coronavirus rip through those who don't take sensible measures to protect their health.

How odd then that France, Germany, Belgium will announce new lockdown measures by Friday.

Ohhh, and this may be of interest

British scientists have found that antibody levels in those who have had COVID-19 fell by around 26 percent over three months, raising questions about long-term protection from the virus.

 
what and step into the Liverpool, Manchester Birmingham bubbles. No-what he needs to ask them is how much they will tolerate in the short term without the Burnham Mantra we've all got to suffer. We had that under Brown remember? Burnham's Mantra is purely we've all got to suffer equally- well we didn't the last time. Moreover it's really undermining the devolution concept of local control-when it hurts they all want to blame some one centrally and at the moment that is Boris. Nope they wanted control- they've got it now it's time step up to the Oche. Bunch of cowards the lot of them, electorally at least. At the moment the outbreaks are confined to cities/Local urbans where there is a lot of mixing one way or the other.

The current thinking that Children won't be affected, that badly, young people as well undermines the shielding concept and the current concept that it can be an annual event is rather worse. But we remain at a lowish mortality rate. I have to say that whatever their shortcomings the current crop of Ministers are being hit with something unprecedented and it's no use saying "we could have done better"
Biggest word in the English Language is IF. Worst of all I don't particularly like Trump, but he's mentioning two things that don't seem to be questioned by MSM. China and WHO. That stinks to high heaven.
Good points with regard to devolution and local politicking. The idea that everyone should suffer equally is absurd too. I still think that Boris has been given and is following some bad advice and needs a rethink ASAP.
 

Wordsmith

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Book Reviewer
Good points with regard to devolution and local politicking. The idea that everyone should suffer equally is absurd too. I still think that Boris has been given and is following some bad advice and needs a rethink ASAP.

I wonder where Cummings is in all this. He's disappeared from view. Cummings is into evidence based decision making, and it's good odds he's spotted the flaws in the current strategy.

I wonder if he's doing his "Achilles sulking in his tent" impersonation because he's being ignored?

Wordsmith
 

Oyibo

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I wonder where Cummings is in all this. He's disappeared from view. Cummings is into evidence based decision making, and it's good odds he's spotted the flaws in the current strategy.

I wonder if he's doing his "Achilles sulking in his tent" impersonation because he's being ignored?

Wordsmith

In other words, the media realised they were getting nowhere with their witch-hunt so stopped writing about him
 

Auld-Yin

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In other words, the media realised they were getting nowhere with their witch-hunt so stopped writing about him
Indeed, but you need to realise that @Wordsmith has joined the Boris Grrrr crowd!
 

Wordsmith

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Book Reviewer
Indeed, but you need to realise that @Wordsmith has joined the Boris Grrrr crowd!

Nope - Wordsmith is a member of the Boris Curates Egg Club, thinking he is doing some things well (Brexit) some things badly (Covid) and leaving some things to largely others (e.g. economy: Sunak)

I also suspect that BoJo will step down by the end of next year. His earnings took a massive hit when he became PM (although a PM's salary is not to be sneered at). I would not be surprised if he returned to the back benches and the £2M+ he'll earn as an ex-PM.

Wordsmith
 

Wordsmith

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Boris Johnson warned he’ll be BOOTED from No.10 if he can’t ‘secure UK’s future’ at crunch EU talks​


In small print - at the next general election

Presumably an article written by Mystic Meg.

Wordsmith
 

4(T)

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I wonder if he's doing his "Achilles sulking in his tent" impersonation because he's being ignored?


Big back-office project going on somewhere?

Despite giving the impression of being on the spectrum, he's probably twigged that its best to leave the professional politicos like BJ, Hancock, Priti, etc al to give and take all the mud slinging, whilst technocrats like him get on with the real work of government in the shadows.

I hope thats the case anyway; to me this government looks more and more like a wibbley-wokey jelly, led by the nose by the loudest activist group of the moment. I hope there is someone standing behind it with a plan.
 

Truxx

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In small print - at the next general election

Presumably an article written by Mystic Meg.

Wordsmith
The article must have forgotten to mention who said that Boris would be booted.

In journalistic terms that article might not make the Pulitzer shortlist....
 
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Wordsmith

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It is, after all, the basis of how the EU trades with the rest of the world.

It does have a few trade agreements in place - or in the final stages of negotiation. Details in this link.


But most trade appears to be on WTO terms.

If the EU negotiates with other countries like it is trying to with the UK, you can see why it hasn't signed many FTA's.

Wordsmith
 

Tyk

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I do not subscribe to the Boris Grr camp, but the CV-19 situation has got totally out of hand as has the pandering to the woke agenda, both are making the Government look foolish.

The woke stuff can be gripped relatively easily by some standing up to the noisy minority and telling them some home truths, including if you don't like being British there are plenty of available options elsewhere.

Covid was always going to be a lose/lose scenario, but dropping into more and more lockdowns and restrictions is playing into the hands of the marxist authoritarian types who actually aspire to do this kind of stuff to the populace, but realistically stand no chance of getting there via the ballot box.
From what I can see the lockdowns don't actually achieve much and they're just a never ending cycle with a disastrous effect on the economy,
I've come to the conclusion that until there's an effective vaccine which EVERYONE will be required to have (that's going to cause chaos and infinite quantities of screaming) it has to be accepted that people will get Covid and live or die and there's basically jack all that can be done. Fortunately Covid has a relatively very low mortality rate.
 

Wordsmith

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Book Reviewer
I do not subscribe to the Boris Grr camp, but the CV-19 situation has got totally out of hand as has the pandering to the woke agenda, both are making the Government look foolish.

More trouble inbound.

A former supreme court judge will accuse the Government on Tuesday of “propaganda and stoking fear” in order to justify Covid lockdowns. Lord Sumption will argue the way ministers have gone about creating new criminal offences, sometimes several times a week on the “mere say-so of ministers” and and with fines of up to £10,000, is in constitutional terms “truly breathtaking.”

When the Covid thing is finally brought under control, the government can look forward to a string of largely successful court cases brought by left-leaning lawyers right up to GE day.

I'm only surprised cases have not been brought before the courts already arguing that the above amounts to an abuse of ministerial powers. Given Lord Sumption's intervention, I don't think it will be long before it will be.

Another crass act by the government. Had these measures been brought before the Commons and properly debated, the government would not be heading for this self-inflicted wound.

Wordsmith
 

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