He seems uncertain about the ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule No recourse to public funds, or NRPF, is a condition placed on some people who enter the UK from other countries and have a temporary immigration status, which means you can’t claim most benefits. It has faced new scrutiny amid the Covid-19 outbreak, with many people out of work. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s liaison committee appearance: what did we learn?
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In Britain, as in the rest of Europe, the way to answer the rightwing populist offensive is the construction of another “people” – through the articulation of a project that can link together various demands against the status quo. A project in which both leavers and remainers could feel that they have a voice and that their concerns are taken into account. One signifier for such a project could be a Green New Deal – which articulates multiple environmental and economic struggles around a demand for equality and social justice. … [Read more...] about Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism
Andrew Gimson, the Spectator’s then foreign editor, was also Johnson’s first biographer. He remembers his boss was already being talked about as a contender for the party leadership when Howard – always intended to be a caretaker – stepped aside. “In 2005, Boris found he couldn’t run for the leadership; he had been shown to be too unreliable. It was his connection with the Spectator that did for him. He hated the fact that [David] Cameron won, but he had got himself in a hopeless position with Petronella, where he couldn’t keep everybody happy,” Gimson said. … [Read more...] about Laughter and lies: Johnson’s journey from journalist to MP
Updated guidance from IPSA to MPs said in the light of the "exceptional circumstances" of coronavirus they would "pay for such costs relating to journeys to Westminster from a London area home, between 2 June and the start of the summer recess in July". … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: MPs will be able to claim a taxi to work on expenses when parliament returns
That line – later justified by an explanation that a conversation with Cummings’ father had been at his request and primarily about security matters rather than a breach of lockdown – is understood to have caused consternation at the Durham force, which found itself at the centre of a political storm, and was forced to reiterate that a conversation had indeed taken place. (Two days later, it would say that the call focused on security.) … [Read more...] about From evasion to evisceration: how the Cummings lockdown story unfolded