And the difference, I’d venture to suggest, is Mr Cummings, who is, very different.
Do you think that perhaps, as the Brexit thing falls apart and it appears that perhaps we do not hold quite ALL the cards and that the trade deal won’t be done in an afternoon over a cup of tea that the team at No 10 are starting to fall out a bit?
And all for a blue passport which we could have had anyway…
We have heard from the Tories and their wee Torylite lapdog on the right, that the Scottish government should have been doing far more testing in Care Homes, although oddly, the Tories in England didn’t.
Interestingly, I read tonight that ol’ Carlaw got £35,000 for his leadership campaign and Union Jacket on the right here managed to snag £40,000 for his 2019 election campaign… from Care Home owners.
Bless… you scratch our backs and we’ll run down the Scottish government for you.
I’ve also been reading that Tea Boy Johnson, Mr Cummings’ PA, has decided to go on a charm offensive (I’d have thought “offensive” alone would have done) around Europe, to try to persuade Europeans to come back to England. Seriously, he has.
Given that Britain is now the “plague nation” of Europe, I’m not entirely sure that they will let him in, but if they do, there are apparently over 20 official languages in the EU. So I guess he’s going to learn a stack of new ways of saying “foutre le camp”, “Разкарай се”, “orlähteä tiehensä”. I wonder if it’s the same in modern Greek as in ancient…
The advice of the Scottish government is if you are travelling on public transport or using a supermarket or shop you should wear a mask.
They are also saying that if people don’t pick this up voluntarily, they will look at bringing in legislation to make it compulsory.
Although it started off being Tory unionists that were whinging about it here (who does Nicola Sturgeon think she is? etc), it seems that the English government is bringing in legislation now and from June 15 it will be illegal in England to used public transport without a mask.
Red face again, eh Jackson?
We need to respect people who work in supermarkets. If you are a shopper, your chance of catching the virus is tiny, particularly if you are only in the shop for as short a time as possible…in the region of 0.02% on average. However, working there on an 8-hour shift, face to face with customers, your chance is far higher. Maybe as high as 8 or 9%.
On public transport, it’s impossible to socially distance. But wearing a mask, though far from foolproof at least reduces the likelihood of infection.
Rigsby Jones has decided that what we need to cheer us all up is a new royal yacht.
You can always depend on a member of the house of lords to have his finger on the pulse of what people want.
Why, as I lay in bed this morning, I said to myself: “Self”, I said, “what would make you feel better about all this Covid, Brexit, lockdown, no-deal, stuck here inside crap? Hmmmm?”
And what do you think was my answer to myself?
Yep. You’re absolutely right. I said, “we need a new royal yacht to lift the Scottish people’s spirits.”
And then, lo and behold, as if from out of nowhere, the Noble Baron put it into the kind of words that I could never have found, just being a humble commoner.
So there you go. You don’t need any more jokes pages or soppiness on Sundays… You have the prospect of spending £100 million on a yacht so that Air Miles can skip the country when Liz Truss sells him out to the FBI for a photo opportunity with the orange fascist.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the Commons Liaison Committee that he is not certain that an inquiry into the behaviour of his aide Dominic Cummings is a 'good use of official time', saying it is time to 'move on' from the matter pic.twitter.com/iUqYvQyc6C
Well, pathetic excuses are the name of the game for this bunch of cowboys.
Another day of interviews and tv/radio appearances, each one direr than the last.
Gove was asked about self-assessing eye health and specifically, had he ever driven 60 miles to check that his eyesight was good enough to drive 250 miles. He started to say he had and then realised halfway through how utterly ridiculous that was and tried various and sundry other tacks till the interviewer put him out of his misery. But he was hauled over the coals several times over it.
I’m wondering what Cummings has on all of them that is strong enough, that they are scared enough about that they are prepared to make utter fools of themselves over it.
Another minister (Hancock) said that it was possible that those people who were fined for being out and about on childcare matters during the lockdown in England might have to have their fines returned to them because, presumably, it wasn’t illegal to be out and about for childcare purposes… But then Downing Street rejected Hancock’s suggestion! There’s an article here, but fair warning, it’s in the Daily Mail.
I wonder who it was that did the vetoing!!!
In Scotland, Douglas Ross resigned from the non-job of Under Secretary of State on the basis that he could not support Cummings, given that so many of his constituents had had similar kinds of problems and not broken the law. When Downing Street was asked for a comment on the ministerial resignation, a “source” said in that diplomatic way that we have come to expect of the British government, that Ross was “a nobody”.
I wonder who that source was!!!
One of the interesting things I thought of today was… who will replace Mr Ross? Suggestions on a postcard to Munguin.
How long will this go on? What will the government find that can distract the press, even the friendly press from this? They can’t have a royal wedding. It would mean people coming from all over. They can’t have a royal birth…even royals take time to manage that. A war is probably out of the question and we don’t have earthquakes of any size in the UK.
I guess they could ask Phil to make the ultimate sacrifice, but why should he? He’s half Greek and half Danish.
For today’s spirit lifter, Brenda sent me this. It seems that Dom’s Castle has been getting a lot of attention on Trip Advisor.
The result in the Westminster election in December last year was:
Liberal Democrat: 4
The composition of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee is as follows:
Liberal Democrat: 2
And some of them aren’t even Scottish MPs!
Given that EVEL (English Votes for English Laws) exists in the Commons, which is, I suppose, under the bizarre system where the UK parliament doubles as the English parliament, reasonable… how can it be that the distribution of committee seats differs so dramatically from the results of the votes of the Scottish people? And is there a reason that English MPs sit on the committee discussing Scottish Affairs?
Do they think, perhaps, that Scots need some sensible, properly educated English MPs to make sure that the Jocks don’t go wild, have a cèilidh, get drunk and chop their fingers off sharpening their pencils?
Oh, and just a quick question for those Munguinites who live in Scotland.
Dominic Cummings has arranged to purchase the rights to a smartphone app which, they say, will make contact tracing easy. It’s from a company owned by the brother of some mate of his who was involved in the Vote Leave campaign and, I read somewhere, cost us £25 million.
Gove wanted to try it out on some Scottish islands, but perhaps the response he got on social media made Hancock decide to try it out on the Isle of Wight.
Jacob Rees 17th Century, who, let’s be honest, you would have thought unlikely to have even heard of smartphones or apps, has said that the UK must do this as one. Presumably he has an image in his head of heralds riding out on white steeds across the shires in search of people infected by the plague and eventually making their way to the rough and wildlands in North Britain.
As the borders between the three mainland countries remain open (although Welsh police have turned away English holidaymakers at the border), I can see his point. And tracing has been a part of the more successful European and Asian countries’ tactics for dealing with the virus
On the other hand, I don’t trust Dominic Cummings’ app any more than I would trust Dominic Cummings himself. Not in a million years.
What do you think? If it works on the Isle of Wight, will you download it?
Probably the resilience issues are that they aren’t privatised and, although they may be understaffed, they certainly aren’t as understaffed as their English (or Welsh) equivalents.
I can’t make my mind up about Johnson.
Does he say these things off the top of his head because that’s the kind of thing that posh Eton boys do without given a flying one about the consequences? Very rich privileged people don’t worry about consequences because by and large they can buy their way out of them.
Or does Cummings just feed him words and he repeats them without thinking because he isn’t in any real sense the prime minister? Just the bloke that waves from the back seat of a chauffeur-driven limo on his way to see the queen.
Davina McCall* is urging people on Twitter to sign a petition to Boris Johnson to stop persecuting the BBC, although I suspect that it’s Dom Cummings who is behind it the plan to sell off both Channel Four and the BBC.
The comments on her post are interesting. Let’s say she’s not having much luck.
One of the reasons people cite is the fabulously high salaries paid to presenters from the licence fees. Of course, that is just the presenters… and that is just salaries.
There are also a wagon or two load of management types on salaries that would make your eyes water and your wallets bulge, but who also seem to feel that their bottoms are simply too precious to risk sitting on seats that the ordinary people might have sat on… and so they have chauffeur-driven limos, or private hire cars to take them from London to Manchester or Cardiff. And, when for some inexplicable reason, they are obliged to go to New York, they avail themselves of first-class seats at our expense.
I’ve never been a tv watcher. Not when I was a kid; not when I was a teen, and not as an adult. Indeed for a long time, I didn’t even have a tv set in the house. Then eleven years ago, I had an op which needed some recovery time and my mum bought me a tv, which I didn’t really want.
I watched a bit of tv out of boredom and found most of it turgid. Indeed, one night I flicked through literally dozens of channels trying to find something to divert me, and the best I could find was the turgid “On the busses”.
But as my friend, Danny, so well known on the blog as our voice on America, will tell you, I did kinda get hooked on box sets of trashy tv detective stories like “Murder She Wrote”!
Ye gads, how we laughed about it.
Anyway, after a couple of months I was in fine fettle and back to doing all the things I’d done before (like mainly running after Munguin). And Munguin employed me to write this blog.
The tv was forgotten and my life began over again.
In 2013 (I think), I heard, through reading blogs, the kind of nonsense the BBC was churning out about the independence debate, and I thought “not on my money, mate”. I cancelled my licence and removed the ariel leads from the set. (To begin with, I got letters, then visits from Crapita, but they eventually gave up after I explained in English … then, fearing they had not understood, French, and finally in Gaelic, that I HAVE NO TV. “Je n’ai pas de télévision” and “Chan eil telebhisean agam” if you ever need it…)
They sent people around to the house and I told them to go away… or something like that. Eventually, they got sick of me and gave up, or more likely lost my files.
I’ll never pay a tv licence to the BBC again.
I’m not saying I would never watch a BBC programme because I’m sure that there are some decent ones, but it would be so rare that it would work out extremely expensive.
I’d be interested to know how you feel about:
The BBC in general;
Paying the licence fee as an obligation, regardless of how little of the BBC’s output you consume;
Mr Cummings’ proposals to scrap the licence and make it pay to view.
*I had absolutely no idea who she was, but someone informed me she used to interview people as they were thrown off some tv show. Nice job…
So… what a jolly day as loads of stuff that was promised is dropped…
Workers’ right? What workers’ rights? MPs, ministers and lords? Oh yeah, we’ll doubtless keep them. It’s the lower orders that can go fiddle.
Let’s get rid of this silly ban on GM crops, eh, even though we said we’d keep EU standards?
Lone child refugees? Nah, they have no rights.
I read that, having got the working-class vote they are to scrap the increase in the minimum wage… anyone else hear that?
No matter what happens we leave the EU on January 31… so if you want to get in a quick visit to somewhere half civilised, best do so now. And they write into law leaving the implementation phase on Dec 31 2020, so that will be us looking at a no-deal Brexit, which is exactly what Mr Trump wants.
In any case, we don’t want to be squabbling over EU rules v US rules. This taking back control is such a jolly jape… eh?
Maybe we should take into consideration that this will probably be reciprocal.
If anyone has any more u-turns to share, please feel free.
Boris Johnson addressing the nation last month: “I want everybody to know there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay. We Are leaving on the 31st October, no ifs or buts.” pic.twitter.com/ulosCA9Bmx
So, if there is no Conservative Party left on November 1, why are they so keen to have a General Election in December?
I mean, if the Tories cease to exist, The Brexit party and Labour will carve up England between them (well OK, the LibDems may pick up a few seats too even if their leader sounds like she comes from South Africa! (I mean what IS that accent?)
Also, Boris Johnson, intellect and breadth… in one sentence? Surely not.
Dominic, on the side of the downtrodden workers, swamped with nasty foreign regulations and court judgments and done out of employment by EU workers. Just as well we voted for him, eh?
Now updated with new bonus footage! Since becoming leader of Scottish Labour in November last year, here's all the times Richard Leonard has been asked by Nicola Sturgeon at #FMQs to back more powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament: pic.twitter.com/p8qh9XBaDI
Well, Richard, what do you reckon? Will you call for these things to be devolved?
Then, if it went wrong, you could reasonably blame the Scottish government. As it is the shortcomings are firmly in the court of your beloved Tory UK. And honestly, even with the world’s second most chaotic government, Labout is still a country mile behind Boris “the ditch” Johnson.
For those on Twitter, give Sarah a follow. Great posts.
Ooooops! As Mr Grayson would have it… Shut that door!
Now, I’m no apologist for Corbyn, but it’s a bit of a cheek that the Tory Daily Mail on Sunday highlights a bloke taking 40 winks on a L-O-N-G train journey from England to Scotland. Especially when their own snooze on the front benches while he should be listening to a debate.
I hear Gove has been ranting at Corbyn about how much money the Tories have spent on the NHS. However much it is, the English NHS is short of 10,000 doctors and over 40,000 nurses, so it’s not enough.