I’d have thought that the greatest privileges of being first minister would be serving the people who elected you, trying to make your country a better place across the board, improving conditions for ALL the people, rich, poor, old, young… protestant, catholic. Get the drift?
But for Arlene, sorry DAME Arlene, it was curtseying to a person, or people, who are made of exactly the same material as she is, but who hadn’t had to bother working their way to the elevated position they held, like she did.
They were born to it, or married into it.
Well, there you go.
Oh, just a thought. Isn’t there something in your bible that says that ‘thou shalt not bow down to graven images’? Do the likes of Liz, Airmiles, Middleton or Money BAGS not count as the same sort of thing as graven images?
A graven image is an idol—an object or image, such as a statue, that is worshiped as the representation of a deity or god. The word graven means “carved” or “sculpted.” Graven image refers to some kind of object or image that has been made to represent a god.
Given that Liz is the head of the Church of England, just like the Pope (oh, did I say that word in front of you, sorry) is the head of the … well, you know… doesn’t she at least count as a sort of graven image?
Sorcha Ní Nia replied to her Ladyship: “she’s 96, Arlene, she’s probably got arthritis, christ give her a break!”
Ciaran Martin was appointed Constitution Director in 2011.
Prior to that Ciaran was the lead official negotiator for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Scotland in the run-up to the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 on a referendum on independence for Scotland.
Probably puts that one to bed.
And, just in case it doesn’t… BJ kinda proves it here.
And then there is this. You can’t suggest that we are all equal in this union if Northern Ireland can have a referendum every 7 years, by international agreement, but Scotland has to wait, how long was it that Secretary of State Union Jack suggested, 39 years?
Why does Mr Jack, presumably a Scotsman, think that Scots should have to wait that long while Northern Ireland can press ahead?
Is it because of what Patricia said in the first item of this post? Or more sinisterly, is it because of the possibility of trouble, or more accurately, Civil War in Northern Ireland?
And, just for a laugh… Remember not to quote the prime minister in the House of Commons. He’s considered vulgar.
River sewage is becoming a serious public health concern, Prof Sir Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Adviser to the UK Government since 2019) has warned, as he demanded that water companies do more to keep effluent out of Britain’s waterways. For which he means, I assume, England and Wales’s waterways.
Well, I never!
Who’d have thought that pumping raw sewage into rivers, at the rate that the water companies in England and Wales have been allowed to do, would cause there to be health fears in summer.
We can look forward to more of the same. Dysentery anyone? Polio? Oh wait, they already have that!
Which is all very well, but when you take out the number of people who form a part of the government… Cabinet ministers, junior ministers and bag carriers, etc., that’s to say, people who would lose their job and salary (or place on the bottom rung of the ladder) if they didn’t vote for him, he didn’t actually win the vote of confidence at all.
In theory and in practice, you can’t be a member of the government (called the payroll vote) if you have expressed no confidence in the prime minister, so whether you believe he’s a leader or a drooling, mumbling, moronic waste of space, you must vote with him… or resign.
The current payroll vote is between 160 and 170 MPs, consisting of:
95 ministers (including whips) in the House of Commons
47 parliamentary private secretaries
20 Conservative MP trade envoys
an unknown number of party vice-chairs.
So let’s assume 160, to be generous to Johnson.
There were probably 361 Tory MPs at the time of the vote (two having lost their seats since then due to getting involved with tractors and underage boys).
So, 160 of these 361 MPs were ineligible to vote freely, leaving 201 voters with the freedom to express their opinion.
But 148 of them voted against Johnson.
Or, put another way 53 MPs voluntarily voted for him.
Of course, it is fair to say that many of the cabinet would have voted for him anyway… Some of them (Nadine) know that no one else would ever have promoted them to cabinet level. And some (Nadine) genuinely seem to like, or even love, and trust him.
But I seriously doubt he can now count on his party to back him, particularly since he lost 2 seats to Labour and the Liberal Democrats in last week’s by-elections.
It will be interesting to see the result of the NI protocol vote.
Not that I’m an apologist for Labour, but I’m pretty sure Kier Starmer has not backed the strikers. Exactly what effect that will have on trades union contributions to the Labour Party is yet to be seen.
Mr Starmer has said that no shadow cabinet members and no Labour MPs should show support. Although some, are defying him. But then, some Tories defy Mr Johnson and call for him to stand down, so not exactly a game changer.
Mr Sarwar was spotted ON the picket lines. I’m not sure why he has chosen to defy Mr Starmer or what he hopes to achieve by it. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Johnson is trying to make us believe that during the pandemic “he” subsidised the railways workers to the tune of £600 per household. (Incidentally, a real bargain for those areas where there are few if any trains. Highlands and Islands, we thank you!)
And in any case, as Peter points out, that money went to the bosses.
The Railway unions are hardly in our good books. They advised their members (as Terry pointed out the other day) to vote for Brexit. And Brexit is a fair contributor to the cost of living crisis that we are all struggling with, so it’s not unreasonable to suggest that they may have contributed to the problems. On the other hand who knows how many of them did what the unions told them?
Judging by the arguments the union cited, only the gullible ones.
But stupid on stilts though that was, Brexit is only one of the contributors to the fact that wages are static and inflation is soaring. And what is most important is that we are seeing more and more people, often people in work, having to turn to food banks to feed themselves and their kids.
Most of Munguin’s friends and associates are comparatively comfortably off (he’s a posh animal), but even they are cutting back here and there as prices leap up. A run in the country to somewhere nice on Sundays replaced with a walk in the park, fewer meals out…
People in work need pay rises. (And no, we aren’t talking about THIS) Pensioners need pensions to be increased and people on benefits need to see their benefits rise in line with inflation. If you’re on British benefits there’s nothing spare and when your loaf of bread goes up by 12% and your benefits increase by 3%, you’re screwed!
I think we had better prepare for more of this over the summer.
Anyway, Munguin says good luck to Labour and the Liberal Democrats in tomorrow’s by-elections.
Remember the reasons for the by-elections. There were no tragedies. No one died, just a sex pest and a bloke doing what he should not have been doing while he was at work and we were paying him. OK, so another sex pest.
In the case of Wakefield, former Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan stood down after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008. He was jailed for 18 months.
In Tiverton and Honiton, the seat became available when Tory MP Neil Parish resigned after admitting he had watched pornography on his phone twice while in the Commons chamber.