THE SHAME

The day after Nicola Sturgeon broke ranks with the UK Govt and announced a ban on large gatherings in Scotland, BBC Scotland accused her of losing the trust of the public. One week later Boris Johnson was forced to announce a full lockdown, saving 1000s.

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Daily Covid cases in Western Europe yesterday:
UK: 40,224 Germany: 4,872 Netherlands: 2,711 Belgium: 1,594 Italy: 1,561 Ireland: 1,357 Spain: 1,277 France: 1,120
Tory MP Steve Barclay refuses to apologise for his government’s mishandling of the pandemic.
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In the meantime a report has said that the Scottish PPE procurement was fair and honest.
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Hum Ho.
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Ho Hum

60 thoughts on “THE SHAME”

  1. Excellent vid at the top of the post, Tris!

    SIR Keir Starmer wants an apology from Bawris over COVID. I want him in jail for criminal negligence, along with his nasty little pals – Cabinet responsibility, is that what it’s called?

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    1. Led by donkeys is a really fantastic set up.

      Sir Keir’s proud boast. I was so bloody pathetic, I couldn’t beat…or even draw level with… a useless git like Lazy Bones Johnson.

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    2. Sorry, Sir Kier, yet again it’s too little too late from you.
      This was the Boris Johnson that didn’t turn up at meetings, the Boris Johnson that wanted herd immunity, that didn’t care if bodies piled up in the streets. The Boris Johnson that endorsed and promoted everything from hand-shaking to mass public gatherings…the same Boris Johnson who is still in charge ( from an exclusive holiday villa in Spain) of a UK with the highest infection rates and the highest death rates in Europe.

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  2. I like this comment on The Rt Hon, and Noble Lord Frostie the No Man’s speech:

    Steve Brooks Yellow squareRed square
    @SteveBrooks13
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    #bbcpm You negotiated it. You signed it. You arranged for it to be pushed through the Commons with minimal scrutiny. If it’s flawed whose fault is that?

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    1. Whose fault why Jonnny Foreigner..
      Always Especially the French frogs 🇫🇷 .(tris Favourites)
      It wasn’t for them being so beastly and not allowing England to make all the rules.

      Obviously led to England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 waving the rules…AGAIN 😊

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      1. Yeh, very tongue in cheek Nicky boy. The only certain thing is that it would all have been handled differently had there been a yes vote in 2014. The only certain thing in your world vision is more Tories for us.

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      2. Yes, it’s very unfair that the EU isn’t behaving like the Empire 150 years ago.

        Honestly, who do they think they are.

        So, now global Britain will be wanting to do deals with everyone… and I suspect they will be telling everyone just how good the deals are.

        Then after a few months they will tell everyone how BAD the deals are and want to renegotiate.

        Welcome to global Britain.

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    2. Poor Britain and poor Mr Frost. They’ve let themselves be played like a fiddle, and poor old, dopey old Mr Frost has fallen into the trap that was set for him. (“Yes, yes! I’ve negotiated the deal. It’s great. It’s oven-ready. The best deal possible. Best deal ever… Deal!”) No wonder he loathes the buffoon who negotiated it… oh… hang on…
      But that’s not the main point… the schoolboy antics vis-à-vis international partners held up as a badge of honour by the British as a symbol of their buccaneering new valour doesn’t look that great to potential trade partners.
      Anybody old enough to remember when any country took UK seriously?
      Nah… me neither…

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      1. Exactly.

        Please do a deal with us. It will probably months and months before we decide that it’s not what we wanted because we didn’t read it or understand it … and we demand that you change it again.

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    1. They had two main things to do so far…

      Get their Brexit done and handle the Covid crisis.

      What did they do?

      Ah… well… Um… Boris’s wall paper is nice, if you like that sort of thing… and he has had some really nice holidays

      Oh and Matt Hancock has got a new job with the UN.

      So, it’s not all bad!!!

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        1. I’m just sorry for them. His mates will get all their contracts and their women won’t be safe.

          Anyone want to buys some PPE, one careful owner. I know they look like bin bags but trust me, I’m British!

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  3. Today a big story of a rail crash in London hits the headlines, no deaths.

    Auld frost says to the EU ‘Stop the poison’, from a government that said they will break international law in a limited and specific manner. Double speak.

    Thinking about the death rate, IF there had been a Jumbo jet crash with 400 deaths the aircraft would have been grounded until the problem found.
    Think about 18 months of an aircraft crash EVERY DAY with 200+ deaths and the government have no problem with the death rate and their media turn a blind eye to holding the government to account.

    The report chairmen are tory party members.

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    1. Apparently it was always supposed to be like that. SIR Ian Dunkin Doehead says they voted for it because they knew it could be revised.

      https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/it-s-in-the-deal-rug-pulled-from-under-eu-as-frost-can-bypass-article-16/ar-AAPmzLJ?ocid=winp1taskbar

      So, the erm, rug, erm, has been lol, pulled out from under, ha ha ha , the EU, but Frostie the Nob(le) man.

      Oh well…

      There you are Europe. You should know better than tangle with a bunch of cheating crooks.

      Now…erm, do you think we could have some chemicals to deal with the sewage in the rivers, P L E A S E…

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  4. Just breaking news,
    Matt handcock has been appointed a special job advising African nations on financial matters and Climate change.
    There is no shame with these people.
    The UN says his management of Covid in the UK was such a success that his experience was a factor in his appointment.

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    1. Can the UN read?

      Britain had the worst record in Europe, if not the world.

      The death rate was horrendous.

      To be fair, if he is advising Africa on financial matters, then I can see some very rich people getting massive contracts for doing nothing. I

      I hope they don’t mind that all the time he’s working he’s going to be popping out to give someone who is not his wife, a damned good kissing.

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      1. I suspect money must have changed hands at some point and in some form in this appointment. For the Westminster regime, it’ll be putting Handcock somewhere he can’t do any harm to the regime – and of course African nations and the UN do not feature large among the regime’s concerns. Foreigners and fuzzy-wuzzies, d’y’see, what?

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  5. Interesting to see Nigel Farage has outed himself as an IRA supporter. That explains why he did his utmost to break up the UK.
    For which, thank you.

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      1. Mind you, there’s no shortage of people who’d be quite happy to sit on the nasty little beer- and cigar-smelling blackshirted pub bore Moseley wannabe — sorry, a bit of fat finger syndrome there, Derek, of course I meant to write “courteous English gentleman embodying the best of the Great British values which set the English above all other races of men”.

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  6. All part of the protect the doris from, as Mike Cashman says ‘The shit has hit the Fans’. plural.

    No milk for the weans coming up.
    No CO2 for the Nuclear power stations, they’re AGRs, cooled by gas and it leaks out.

    No toilet paper production, No steel, no need to produce fertiliser as the farmers have no confidence to plant food.

    It is so comforting to have the tories best talent in charge.

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    1. All we need is for him to offer Ian Dunkin Donut a job in charge and we’ll be all the road, eh?

      Is there one of them that has a clue about anything at all except screwing money out of people?

      Don’t say there’s going to be another run on toilet paper?

      The Express, Mail and Telegraph reader will be OK though.

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    2. I was laughing at this:

      BREAKING: Matt Hancock appointed UN special envoy to help Covid recovery in Africa…

      On the day the UK Government was found to have presided over “one of the worst public health failures in UK history”, the person in charge of health was appointed to help Africa get over Covid.

      You really couldn’t make that up.

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      1. As I understand it the job is “unpaid”.
        It does mean Matt will be busy travelling between London and Addis Ababa though… how his constituents in West Suffolk view this two job moonlighting is anybody’s guess ( there has already been a vote of no confidence in him from Newmarket).
        Follow the money though. Always a good motto. ( … and no, I’m not talking about his extended family who did ok out of covid contracts…or even his mate down the pub …) We’re talking Pimco and BIG money:

        https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-10-12-a-cleaner-brighter-future-development-bank-lands-r3-billion-loan-for-renewable-energy

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        1. Oh, I’m sure he’ll get into that.

          What do his constituents do while he’s off to Africa?

          And what does his “friend” do?

          Gove may be going spare…

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      2. I do believe I’ve got it, Tris! Foisting Handcock off on the UN should be seen, in Parkinsonian terms, as an act of percussive sublimation, i.e., being kicked upstairs, where he can do less harm as his job will be a sinecure. It will also keep him both out of the loop and away from any members of the regime whose backs he might choose to stab. I expect he knows where quite a few of the bodies are buried — sorry, that was in bad taste given his role in mishandling the COVID crisis. I expect they’ll give him a gong in due course and shunt him off to the Lords, to ensure his continued silence.

        I do wonder, though, if Handcock will give up his role as United Nations Special Representative for Financial Innovation and Climate Change in light of his new appointment… though I expect not, especially if someone is recompensing him for it, over and above his MP’s salary. As a Special Representative he’ll at least get his travel paid, I should think — I ought to know for sure, really, but I don’t.

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        1. I’m suspecting he’ll travel first class and stay at the best hotels all paid for … while of course we continue to pay his salary and expenses as an MP.

          He’ll probably get to take his paramour too, on our dollar!

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    3. …farmers have no confidence to plant food … and even if they did have confidence that they could get their crops and livestock sown, grown, harvested, fattened, transported, processed or slaughtered, they couldn’t get the fertilizer at a price they could afford because the fertilizer plants can’t make either nitrate fertilizers or CO₂ cheaply enough because they depend on gas for fuel and feedstock.

      Did I read that Boris has bribed the owners of the fertilizer plants not to shut down so there will be enough CO₂ for beer at least?

      Oh well — aren’t the Hunterston AGRs due to shut down in January anyway for some kind of inspection or maintenance? Let’s hope the wind blows steadily all month.

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  7. Just got notification of a show in France…

    Ce spectacle de 2 h 30 est consacré aux plus grands succès des années 1970 et à leurs interprètes : Pétula Clark, Annie Cordy, Daniel Guichard, Jacques Dutronc, Serge Lama, Michel Sardou, Claude François, Dalida et tant d’autres.

    Contacter dès maintenant les responsables au 05.49.29.06.37 ou 06.21.88.05.14 pour tout renseignement et pour la réservation des places.

    ***Pass sanitaire demandé***

    Don’t get in without a vaccine passport.

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    1. It’s been like that here in Switzerland for about a month now – indoors at cafes, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, exhibitions etc. I think a vax certificate is necessary even for the trains in France.

      The UK have finally applied for NHS vaccination certificates to be automatically recognised by the EU app. I don’t yet know if that will be reciprocal, though. I cannot understand why they dithered for so long. Instead of being able to scan EU certificates at the border, the UK just didn’t bother at all because UK border force had no ability to scan anything. I was in the UK a few weeks ago and I just waltzed in like normal. To get back into Switzerland I had to have my QR code scanned in order to avoid quarantine. This stuff is important and the UK just messed it up.

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      1. As far as I can make out it has been like that from the beginning.

        My brother was in Milan when it started to get serious there. I have a relative who lives in Milan.

        My brother managed to get a flight back. There were, of course, no vaccinations then, but when he arrived back in Edinburgh there was no check at all … They could have done temperature checks, if nothing else.

        We were still free to do whatever, while Guglielmo in Italy was only allowed to leave the house for essentials.

        All the way through they have been like the cow’s tail… and all the way through the cases and deaths have been far higher.

        Criminal.

        Why oh why is the Uk government still popular in England (the only country where a change of heart would actually make a difference)?

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        1. At the beginning of the crisis, governments were kind of at the mercy of their immediate advisors. I remember Jason Leitch saying that you should still visit your grandparents, which nobody was saying outside the UK. There was some kind of UK-wide governmental groupthink going on. I did notice that Jason Leitch was quickly replaced by Devi Sridhar as the go-to public health professional in Scotland. That did seem like a political decision by Nicola Sturgeon to align herself with the opposite of the consensus forming in Westminster. For that reason, I can just about forgive stupid stuff in the first few weeks. Stupid stuff that went on all through last winter, I cannot forgive or forget.

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          1. I think the plan initially was for the four governments to work in tandem, making join decisions.

            This would seem to be a good idea given the different situation of the “English” government in that it held all the purse string and was the only one able to borrow.

            I suspect that many of the “joint decisions” were made by England… on the basis that they borrowed for all of us.

            As I understand it, Boris then started [in a way you can imagine him doing], making decisions (bad ones) without consulting with Mark, Arlene or Nicola.
            At that point the “coalition” fell apart, although clearly we all had to accept financial restrictions and of course, border restrictions (or lack thereof) from London.

            Advice seemed to get better at the point on many things. Our Trace and Protect was infinitely better than theirs… in that it worked and didn’t cost an unimaginable amount of money.

            The Scots Tories have always made this about party politics, except at the beginning when Jackson Carlaw seemed to congratulate Nicola for putting independence on the back burner.

            He didn’t last long after that, perhaps because the comparison between the SG putting constitutional matter on the back burner and the Brits who refused all offers from Brussels to stop the clock ticking on Brexit.

            Mr Carlaw soon relinquished his position to Dross, who was prepared to talk any amount of shit that he was instructed to by Downing Street to criticise every single thing that Scotland did. That should earn him a place in infamy, but in fairness to him, he’s relatively empty headed and Boris is the one who can make people lords.

            Perhaps if we had worked together, but with four sensible first ministers instead of an arse who wanted herd immunity (as I understand it, an impossibility), bodies piling high and reminded us that largely the deaths would occur in people who were soon going to die anyway.

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  8. Heard that they were fast tracked, now they’ve just got to do the 16 week course to be deemed competent, the army testers are called in.
    So the big flounder’s working on his painting, next it will be the brick wall, that will lead onto the churchillian exit.

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    1. 16-weeks…

      So in January?

      Won’t bother me. But don’t Brits worship Christmas.

      I hope the old queen will be smart enough not to sit in front of priceless artworks and furniture when she’s telling her faithful subjects that she lives her life according to the teachings of Christ, while they sit there cold, hungry and miserable.

      Actually I might even listen to it this year.

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  9. Just read this (New Statesman):

    We are recovering from a remarkable speech by David Frost, the Brexit minister, in Lisbon yesterday, in which he posed in front of some curtains and ripped apart the “undemocratic” Brexit deal his discredited predecessor David Frost struck with the European Union two years ago.

    Aside from the spectacle of a cabinet minister denouncing his own agreement on trade rules for Northern Ireland, the speech was notable for two reasons. Firstly, it took place in the British Ambassador’s luxury residence in Lisbon (there’s even a pool) – another demonstration that the days of jet-setting government travel opportunities are back – and secondly because, like the badgers during the 2013 cull, Frost moved the goalposts again.

    No longer is the UK government fighting the sausage wars. It is the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the people of the region that is the new target for London’s fury. Frost’s speech was about as welcome in Europe as a dead cat would be if your Australian dinner party host suddenly slapped one on the table midway through the soup course.

    The Times has a good summary of the continental press reaction – Spain’s El Pais reported that Frost had “escalated the conflict with Brussels by demanding drastic changes,” a view shared by Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung. Bruno Waterfield and Oliver Wright also report concerns in European governments that new front over the role of the European Court of Justice is a “diversionary tactic”, with one source telling them that the court’s role is so vital to full single market access that without it, the protocol will be dead. That of course may be the point.

    But assuming for a moment that Frost and his boss Boris Johnson actually do want to fix the issues in Northern Ireland, what, as Le Monde asks, are they playing at? British officials insist there’s nothing new in the ECJ demand, adding that Frost is in regular contact with his EU counterparts who shouldn’t have been surprised.

    At the Conservative conference this month, former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson challenged Frost over when he will trigger Article 16, because the conditions for suspending the Protocol had clearly been met. Paterson was speaking for many unionists, as well as Brexiteers. Frost replied that the EU had been far more flexible since the Brexit deal was struck than ever seemed possible during the negotiations themselves. This, he said, provided cause for optimism.

    The bloc’s chief negotiator, Maros Sefcovic will set out his own blueprint for resolving the difficulties in the protocol later on Wednesday. According to briefings from the European Commission given to Politico and others overnight, they include: virtually barrier-free access to food products (including sausages); plans to ease customs checks on goods; enabling the free flow of NHS approved medicines into Northern Ireland. Crucially, Sefcovic’s offer is expected to include some movement on the question of the democratic deficit. How can it be right that the EU is able to impose rules on a region of 1.8 million people who don’t have any say over them? Whether the Commission’s proposals go far enough for Frost is a different question.

    But – and here is the crucial point – we are back in the land of Brexit negotiations again. It is a strange world of non-papers and joint reports, flextensions, divergences, alignments, equivalences, and something called “sincere cooperation”. In Brexit negotiation land, nobody ever says what they mean, positions are taken only to be abandoned or denied, deals are “oven ready” and yet still half-baked. Whatever anyone says while the talks are on in the weeks ahead, don’t believe a word of it.

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  10. FMQT tomorrow will be back to one the normal list.
    The hospital pigeons
    The railway strike
    The roads being not gritted as the snow hasn’t arrived, nor icy conditions.
    The potholes.
    The backlog in appointments.
    Mesh implants.
    Waste of money on referendum.

    pick one, win a soft toy.

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