But asked by Labour MP Meg Hillier whether the Cabinet Secretary should also see that evidence, the PM said: 'I think actually that it would not be doing my job if I were now to shuffle this problem into the hands of officials who, believe me, Meg, are - as I think the public would want - working flat out to deal with coronavirus... … [Read more...] about Dominic Cummings ‘is set to quit in six months’: Boris Johnson’s under-fire chief adviser ‘will leave after drawing a line under Brexit’
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“There have been moments since June 23 when I have genuinely feared that I might be strangled by crazed, pop-eyed, Europhile remainers,” he said. “And like Kim, I am genuinely pleased to have this reprieve. Though the dog had a very brief reprieve, I hope my comeback will be a bit longer.” … [Read more...] about Brexit will be titanic success, says Boris Johnson
As someone who worked full time in Downing Street up until last year’s general election when he became an MP, Kruger is well placed to speak for how the government plans to style this out. Since Johnson entered No 10, bringing many Vote Leave staff with him, there has been an effort to centralise power and a shift away from paying much attention to the parliamentary party. Johnson showed with Brexit that he was happy to withdraw the whip from MPs who disagreed with him. Kruger’s suggestion to MPs was that No 10 plans to do the same now. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson has faced down Tory rebellions before, but this one is different
Joke telling was a serious, even competitive business at the title, but there were some journalistic successes too: although it was an Oborne story, it was the Spectator that first reported that Tony Blair’s Downing Street had sought a more prominent role for the then prime minister in the Queen Mother’s lying in state. Blair’s then director of communications, Alastair Campbell, complained to the Press Complaints Commission, but the weekly was vindicated and Campbell forced to withdraw after a parliamentary official, Black Rod, refused to endorse No 10’s version of events. … [Read more...] about Laughter and lies: Johnson’s journey from journalist to MP
From Monday, millions more return to work, often thrown into close contact with others, with no guarantee they will be safe. In shops, takeaways, warehouses or offices, there is often no way to protect people: danger could be anywhere. Johnson airily asserts he will “insist that business across the country look after their workers and are Covid-secure”. How? All employers need to do is show they have made reasonable efforts, with plenty of masking tape and signage. They only risk a legal case if they’ve committed an act of gross negligence, says Ian Hart, the editor of Heath and Safety Practitioners. … [Read more...] about For test and trace to work, the public needs to trust this government. But how can we?