Seems they've found the magic money tree after all.
It's more of a smoke and mirror tree, reinstating previous cut spending or re-announcing already committed spending.
The "New Deal" language is just laughable. They genuinely believe people in this country are thick.
Extra twat points for Johnson for somehow managing to bring up the Churchill statue in his rambling nonsense, that literally non else is still talking about. Got to keep the culture war bubbling haven't we, Dominic.
Do we want high house prices or do we want prices to stabilise to affordable levels. Levels still not affordable since boom and bust.
The way you solve the housing crisis is to match supply and demand? Build more houses both genuinely social and private! Crashing the house price market will do what it always does and that’s cause a national recession!
P.S. For someone, who in 2016 was an avid fan of Donald Trump for POTUS, what do think of Donald turning a blind eye to Putin’s bounties to the Taliban to kill American and British troops? And you thought Hillary was a threat to your life and limb? 😜
Like anyone listens to what she has to say. She is just bitter because Frost at least appears to be negotiating rather than capitulating and it makes her look weak. Mind you, I suppose if you are committed to a task you can achieve more, whereas her heart was never in it.
Post by Rednwhitenblue on Jul 3, 2020 14:02:50 GMT
I think this government might be quite sleaze-prone...(I realise he's not part of the govt, but it's the "one rule for them, different rules for us" aspect that most people will take away from this, just like Cummings eye test
Boris Johnson's father has been accused of ignoring coronavirus travel advice after it emerged that he flew to Greece to visit his holiday home.
Stanley Johnson yesterday said he made the trip for “essential business” reasons, to “Covid-proof” his coastal villa prior to the holiday season.
The former Conservative MEP revealed he had arrived in Athens on Wednesday evening, having travelled to the country indirectly via Bulgaria, owing to Greece operating a ban on direct flights from the UK.
Mr Johnson, 79, shared a video on Instagram of his plane landing in the Greek capital and a photo of himself wearing a face mask, which appeared to be taken in the airport.
While the Foreign Office currently advises Britons against “all but essential international travel,” Mr Johnson said the trip was necessary in order to make his villa safe for guests staying this summer.
“I’m in Pelion on essential business trying to Covid-proof my property in view of the upcoming letting season,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I need to set up distancing measures at the property because they’re taking it very seriously here. The Greeks are trying to stop bulk arrivals from the UK but they were quite happy to have me coming in.
“All they wanted to know was where I was coming from and what I was doing. Then I had my temperature taken and was swabbed twice.”
He said air bridges permitting quarantine-free travel between the UK and other low-risk countries needed to be established “as soon as possible”, adding: “From what I’ve seen, the arrival of the British will not be a danger to the Greeks because they’re so careful here.”
The Daily Telegraph revealed yesterday that plans for reciprocal deals with a small number of destinations are to be effectively abandoned, with ministers instead preparing a list of up to 75 countries exempt from quarantine.
Greece, which is expected to be a “green-rated” low-risk under the Government’s traffic light system, has suspended flights from the UK until July 15 due to the UK’s higher virus rate.
The list of exempt countries is expected to be published either today or over the weekend.
Mr Johnson’s decision to travel before restrictions are eased was criticised yesterday by some MPs, who attempted to link it to the controversy surrounding Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham during lockdown.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a shadow health minister, said: “Most people have been following the guidelines and socially distancing – not everyone will get a holiday this year. Those closest to the Prime Minister have different rules though.”
Separately, Alistair Carmichael, a Lib Dem MP, said the Prime Minister should personally announce the air bridges plan so he could explain his father’s actions.
Hitting back, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons leader, said: “I seem to remember it says somewhere in the Bible that the ‘sins of the fathers will be visited upon the sons’ but I don’t remember it ever being the other way around.”
Downing Street refused to comment, saying it was up to individuals to choose whether to heed the Foreign Office travel advice or not. “In relation to Foreign Office advice, that is exactly what it is,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman said. “It’s for individuals to make a judgment themselves.”
Daily Telegraph: Government admits 30K fewer people tested positive for Covid than previously thought
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus is 30,000 fewer than previously thought, after the government admitted it had been double counting test results.
In the latest testing controversy, the Department of Health and Public Health England (PHE) said it was changing its methodology for reporting positive cases after finding duplicates in pillar 1 and 2.
Pillar 1 tests key workers and those in NHS hospital settings while pillar 2 is in the wider community, but there appears to be an overlap which was only discovered when local data was compiled recently, which showed national figures were too high.
Experts said the way different organisations had collected the data had caused ‘widespread confusion', and meant that figures released at the daily press conferences have been consistently wrong.
Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said: "The analysis and production of epidemiological data throughout this outbreak has been uncoordinated, with too many entities involved in its dissemination.
"This has led to errors, but also delays and widespread confusion. This latest episode was highly foreseeable and not an accident. We need a connected approach to communicating the data that makes it clear and less confusing for the end user."
In more testing problems, it also emerged on Thursday that PHE had to retrospectively trace people who had tested positive for coronavirus, after failing to ask for their postcodes at the time.
More piss-taking from the usually steadfastly loyal Daily Telegraph:
If there’s a second wave, who are we going to blame: the Government… or ourselves? A poll suggests the public will blame the public, for showing a lack of ‘common sense’. But are we sure we won’t change our minds?
Boris Johnson has called for ‘bustle and activity’, while urging the public not to ‘overdo it’
We all pray it doesn’t happen. But say there’s a second wave of Covid-19. Who will be to blame? Even at this early stage, a clear consensus is starting to form.
The answer is… us.
Look at the poll this week for ITV’s politics show, Peston. Respondents were asked who they would blame for a second wave: the Government, or the public? And, by a thumping ratio of two to one, they chose the public.
In other words: the British people will blame the British people, rather than the ministers who are actually in charge. A surprising result. After all, for the past four years the prevailing political narrative has been, “Ordinary people aren’t stupid. Blame the elite.” Suddenly it seems to be, “Don’t blame the elite. Ordinary people are stupid.”
An unexpected twist. Yet this, apparently, is the way things are headed. If a second wave comes, the Government can accuse the public of failing to show “common sense”. And we, it seems, will sheepishly agree.
Personally, though, I’d like to say one or two words in our defence. Admittedly I have a vested interest, being a member of the public myself, but even so, I don’t believe we should blame ourselves entirely. After all, it wasn’t the public who, for example, failed to make adequate preparations for a pandemic, or called lockdown too late, or secured insufficient supplies of PPE, or didn’t protect care homes, or screwed up the design of their “game-changing” tracking app, or failed to share full testing data with local authorities, or told everyone to visit the beach and then complained when they did, or decided to encourage responsible drinking by reopening the pubs at 6am on a Saturday in summer.
I don’t think we were the ones who did all that. Nor, as far as I can recall, did 67 million of us undermine lockdown by driving to Barnard Castle, then claiming we only did it to test our eyesight. And not all our fathers, so far as I’m aware, disregarded official travel guidance this week so they could fly out to Greece.
Of course, some of us may end up flouting the rules, too. All the same, I don’t think it would be fair of the Government to pin the blame on us, in a cynical bid to dodge the blame itself.
Still, maybe I’m just out of touch. Maybe it’s about time we voters got into the Westminster bubble, and started listening to the legitimate concerns of ordinary Cabinet ministers. Many of them, after all, are only just about managing.
Imagine the public inquiry. It’ll be an inquiry into the public. What a nightmare, trying to fit all 67 million of us in the dock.
These people are actually in Government. This is not a parody.
Once you get over the sheer embarrassment that this creature is in Parliament at all, this is Mark Fatty Fois Gras, the self styled king of Brexit threatening the armed forces with unelected Bureaucrats.
This is the script the Thick of it Laughed out of the writers room.