'So if you really want to have a social gathering and a meal, and the more time we spend outdoors the better, then it should be a picnic where we each bring our own food and knives and forks and plates and everything and keep them to ourselves and take them away with us. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson sparks confusion as No10 admits coronavirus threat level has NOT been reduced – as WHO expert warns UK needs to remain on ‘constant defence’ because disease has ‘not gone away’
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Mr Johnson told the daily press conference that people should "try to avoid seeing too many households in quick succession so we can avoid the risk of quick transmission from lots of different families and continue to control the virus". … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson warns lockdown will be tightened if there is a rise in infections
He doesn’t want an investigation into Dominic Cummings The first long section of the appearance was dominated by questions about the apparent breach of lockdown regulations by Johnson’s chief adviser, and the PM could hardly have been less keen to engage, saying several times that people should “move on”. Johnson also declined to order an investigation into the matter by the cabinet secretary, Mark Sedwill, or to share evidence about what Cummings may or may not have done. Johnson said he did not want to “shuffle this into the hands of officials”. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s liaison committee appearance: what did we learn?
In Britain, much of this resistance was given shape by the Brexit vote in 2016. The great success of the leave campaign was to link the grievances of a number of disparate groups by articulating anti-austerity and anti-establishment sentiments with a nationalistic flavour. The slogan “Take back control” provided a rallying cry for these various demands. By blaming the EU for the deterioration of social and political conditions in the UK, Brexit became a hegemonic signifier – one around which a new “people”, identified as leavers, has coalesced. These are the “people” Johnson pretends to represent and whose will he accuses parliament of disregarding. … [Read more...] about Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism
But Bernard Jenkin, an ally of Mr Johnson who was installed by Number 10 as the committee’s chairman last week, told members they should only expect a fraction of that time to ask questions on a series of Covid-19 topics including Mr Cummings. … [Read more...] about Fury as MPs get just 20 minutes to grill Boris Johnson on Dominic Cummings