Until now, I had thought Johnson’s tactics were at least shrewd. I assumed that, once Manchester was over, he would change gear and become the embodiment of pragmatism and national unity. He would patch up the May deal, meet Dublin’s concerns over a future border and achieve EU withdrawal by 31 October. He would secure cross-party approval for the deal in parliament, leaving only a handful of diehard remainers and no-dealers in denial. He would have delivered. A Tory election victory would be near certain. … [Read more...] about I used to think Boris Johnson could get a Brexit deal. Not after last week
Just to underline the utter pointlessness of PMQs, Johnson left the chamber to troll the nation by tweeting that he would be having his own Facebook People’s PMQs later in the afternoon. Send in your questions, he said. And some people did. Several wanted to know where the Russia report was, and how many children he had. Strangely these questions didn’t come up. The only ones to make the cut were from a D Cummings of Chillingham Castle. … [Read more...] about Nandy takes on the trolls, first Piers … then Boris?
A DWP spokesperson said it was "committed to providing a safety net for the most vulnerable in society" and had made improvements to universal credit, including extending advance payments, removing waiting days and allowing claimants to continue to be paid housing benefit for two weeks after moving on to universal credit. … [Read more...] about Why should I fear the Conservatives? 24 awful policies you can’t forget as Boris Johnson looks set for Number 10
'Business activity will need to be buoyed up by the prospect of strong negotiations around the UK's exit from the EU to return them to strength in the years to come.' … [Read more...] about New ‘Boris Bounce’ sees private sector boom with growth in new work at its highest rate since September 2018 following his massive election victory as confidence return to UK business
Speaking ahead of a meeting on Tuesday between Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders trying to stop a no-deal departure on Oct 31, Mr Johnson said MPs must “do the right thing” and honour the 2016 referendum. Asked whether that included John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, whose advice has been sought by anti-Brexit MPs, he said he hoped that all parliamentarians would use their “good offices” to deliver on the Brexit vote. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson to send ‘Brexit sherpa’ to Brussels to get EU deal done