“To be absolutely blunt, we didn’t have the enzymes, we didn’t have the test kits, we just didn’t have the volume, nor did we have enough experienced trackers ready to mount the kind of operation they did in some other east Asian countries, for instance,” he said. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s liaison committee appearance: what did we learn?
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With the advent of the third way in the 1990s, it became fashionable in some quarters to declare that the adversarial model of politics was now obsolete – so categories of right and left were no longer needed. But even the champions of a post-political consensus cannot avoid drawing a frontier between themselves and their rivals. Since they refuse to draw it in an adversarial way, they create a moral divide, which does not permit a true agonistic debate. Tony Blair pitted the modernisers against the traditionalists; for Emmanuel Macron, the frontier is between the progressives and the conservatives. … [Read more...] about Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism
It transpired Johnson had been engaged in an on-off affair with Petronella Wyatt, a columnist with the magazine. He had been married to Marina Wheeler since 1993, and his four children were all of primary school age at the time. But Wyatt had become pregnant and chose to have an abortion in a private hospital – two days before Johnson’s trip to Liverpool – a decision Johnson backed, although he initially declined to help pay the £1,500 bill. When confronted about the affair by the Mail on Sunday, he lied, saying: “I have not had an affair with Petronella. It is complete balderdash. It is an inverted pyramid of piffle.” … [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
The rose garden appearance did not calm the public mood – and, perhaps most troubling of all for a government seeking to have its messaging taken wholly seriously, stoked widespread ridicule. Memes abounded, including “Should have gone to Barnard Castle” riffs on the famous Specsavers ad. Staff could “hardly believe it”, said Maria Sattar, the opthalmic director in the company’s Barnard Castle branch, who noted that the spoofs “gave us a chuckle”. … [Read more...] about From evasion to evisceration: how the Cummings lockdown story unfolded