'This package has been carefully designed so that we can ease the burdens of lockdown while expecting to keep that R below one. I cannot and will not throw away all the gains we have made together, and so the changes we are making are limited and cautious,' he said. … [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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In the meantime, we’ve all seen some shameless moves by Johnson over the past few days, but let’s open a sub-category for Thursday night’s Downing Street briefing. If you missed this How Not To video, it featured the prime minister inserting himself between some perfectly reasonable questions and the scientists Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty, the government’s chief scientific adviser and England’s chief medical officer respectively, with Johnson acting for all the world like he’d take a bullet for them. Do me a favour. He wouldn’t even take a NutriBullet for them. He wouldn’t even read a bullet point written BY them. … [Read more...] about The numbers are in, and Johnson’s government really is world-beating
'I stand by what I said to Mr Mercer in reply, though I have also corresponded privately on the matter in a more measured way, to point out both my family and personal connections with the military, and also some of the issues on which he criticised me, such as Northern Ireland, to which I have devoted much time and energy over two decades. … [Read more...] about ‘Offensive to veterans’: Help For Heroes slams ex-Labour spin chief Alastair Campbell for donning war medals in video mocking the Dominic Cummings row
Johnson’s tenure as editor of the Spectator from 1999 to 2005 partly overlapped with his seven years as the Conservative MP for Henley. He also wrote a column for the Telegraph, motoring columns for GQ and several books, and was briefly – and disastrously – on the Tory frontbench as shadow arts minister. His period at the helm of the Spectator was so colourful the conservative weekly became known as the Sextator – its publisher, a star columnist and the editor were all embroiled in separate affairs – and he only just kept his political career on track. … [Read more...] about Laughter and lies: Johnson’s journey from journalist to MP
Johnson said he would look at how the scheme works: “You’ve raised a very, very important point if a condition of their leave to remain is that they should have no recourse to public funds. I will find out how many there are in that position, and we will see what we can do to help.” … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s liaison committee appearance: what did we learn?