ONE RULE FOR THEM…

! hunt-shame-timeline1

It seems that the English Health Secretary has been caught out after he made “errors” by neglecting to declare his interest in a company, set up with his wife, which bought up luxury flats.

According to the Guardian, Hunt said that “his failure to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs’ interests was down to “honest administrative mistakes” and that he did not gain financially as a result.”

A Downing Street spokesman said: “Jeremy has rightly apologised for an administrative oversight, and as the Cabinet Office have (sic) made clear there has been no breach of the ministerial code.

“We consider the matter closed.”

 

Jeremy Hunt leaves Downing Street
Ha ha… I got away with it again…

 

 

Oh well, that’s OK, isn’t it? Because, in fairness, people do sometimes make mistakes. Honest ones. And why, just because Mr Hunt is very rich and very powerful, and clearly has something on the Maybot (given the fact that she tried to sack him in the last reshuffle and ended up promoting him instead) would that be any different?

And, surely, there is no doubt that we should give people the benefit of the doubt?

Of course not…

So, in that case, some of these decisions, made by agencies of the self-same government may surprise you…

 

!sanctions
Alan would have claimed an administrative oversight… but”sight” was at the root of his problem in that he had none.

 

On the other hand, they probably won’t.

 

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

! nicola

It’s a funny old world, isn’t it? Well, at least it’s a funny old UK.

This morning, while everyone was wittering on about snow, Boris (the bus) Johnson, the UK’s esteemed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs took to the air to tell us that the Irish situation was a piece of cake (which he was going to eat and to have all at the same time).

He said: 

“We think that we can have very efficient facilitation systems to make sure that there’s no need for a hard border, excessive checks at the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

“There’s no border between Islington or Camden and Westminster, there’s no border between Camden and Westminster, but when I was mayor of London we anaesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever.”

So that’s Northern Ireland settled then. No need for any further thought on the subject (probably just as well!). Boris is going to initiate a congestion charge.

Next.

!UK

Well, next, I noticed that Andy Burnham was complaining on radio about the lack of investment in “The North”.  By the way, it’s interesting that people who told us that we were one great happy family of a nation in the UK, still refer to Newcastle as the North East and Manchester as the North West, despite them being, well, in the south!

Anyway, he pointed out that Scotland has a representative on the Cabinet Committee that is making what passes as “plans” for Brexit (y’know, all these congestion charges) but “the North” does not.

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Because he was being interviewed by the very second-rate Robinson, he got no challenge on that. But I’d be interested to know which one of the Tories Andy thought represented Scotland, and where he or she was sitting in the cabinet room. I’m damned if I can see him/her. Maybe it was Fluffy and he was polishing their shoes under the table.

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And I notice that Jeremy Hunt won a humanitarian award at an event which he helped organise. I’m not sure what to say about that, except that, call me thick if you will, but “Humanitarian” and “Hunt” aren’t words I’d normally associate with each other or indeed expect to see in the same paragraph. But in a world where the Saudis were chosen to chair a UN committee on Human Rights, anything is possible, I guess.

But, not everything is depressing. Indeed, this is cheering. Jacob Rees Mogg has developed a social conscience. He’s worried sick, poor soul, about the poor being denied the benefits of Brexit.

Mr Corbyn wants to deny the poorest in society the benefits of Brexit

 

AND

a douglas ross

Ross Thomson has a blog.

Well now. Hasn’t that just brightened your day?

MAY MAKES MEGA MESS OF MANAGEMENT

Theresa May:

Apr 17: “A General Election, that’ll sort everything out”

Jun 17: “Oh Shit”

Sep 17: “A Party Conference, that’ll sort everything out”

Oct 17: “Oh Shit”

Dec 17: “A Reshuffle, that’ll sort everything out”

Jan 18: “Oh Shit”

We’re wondering if she has ever made any correct decision, or it anything she has been in charge of has ever gone right. Because if it has we can’t remember it.

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abrad
He has to try to encourage younger people to join the Tory party (their current average age is 70 and the SNP has more members in Scotland than they do in the whole of the UK).

May’s was billed as being about providing fresh faces within cabinet.

Yesterday, 73% of cabinet ministers were male. Today: 74%

Yesterday, 27% were privately educated. Today: 35%

Yesterday, 43% had a South East constituency. Today: 46%

So that worked then…

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The new Universities Minister (England), Sam Gyimah’s, voting record on education:

aed
Perfect for the job, I reckon!
Acab1
The inner circle of great offices of state. Johnson, Rudd and Hammond.

 

JUST A LITTLE LIGHT RELIEF …

 

ashit
A must-read for the New Year break.
daily-mail
… or fairies, maybe?
beex
Bless him. So generous.
theresa
She’ll rust…
theresa2
You said it, mate.
UKIP9
There’s probably another mask under there… eh, Hissing Sid…?
tory2
Start with the House of Lords.
human rights
Ain’t that the truth…?
brexmaybot
I’d be embarrassed to be seen with a person who had such a wooden smile, but I suppose it won’t bother the puppet.
bus
Ah… right.
br4
Certainly looks strong and stable to me. 
a fox ban
Yep, we need to ditch them… 

maybrex

You’ll remember the last time that old British sword of truth came out? Aye Jonathan Aitken ended up in the pokey.

bex

As we shall shortly find out.

bre

Yes, just step back. It’s probably kinder.

brex3

Those on retirement pensions better get used to living on £2000 a year then…

Brexitxmas

Jingle Bells.

brex1

Sounds like a plan.

brexmrsmay

The what of what? I mean, uhhhhh? If there was ever ANYTHING in the world that less resembled an iron lady, it’s this stuttering stumbling idiot. I’m wracking my brains to think of just one thing she’s got right.  Ever!

 

WHAT WITH IT BEING BOXING DAY…

…And the rich and “cultivated” needing their share of murdering things… I thought I’d just put up a picture of these Brit Cabinet Ministers.  If anyone sees any connection with cruelty and barbarism, it’s all completely coincidental.

afox

While we are on the subject of Boxing Day, I saw earlier this cartoon character explosion in a paint factory, who must smell like a beery ashtray, was at one of these Jeremy Hunt things and presumably the Fox was there too. Anyway, be warned should you run into him, stand upwind.

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HOW ABOUT THIS ONE, RUTH?

Ruth Davidson tweeted the other day about the education situation in Scotland. She wondered what the SNP would do to distract people’s attention from  the subject.

Of course, as far as I can see, they have done no such thing, but I ventured to suggest a variety of  embarrassments for the English Tories, including Boris being hauled over the coals by Tessy; Tessy herself on bended knee to the Saudis; the strikes on Southern trains causing unrest among crowds of commuters in London, and a raft of statistics about the appalling health service run by the still unsacked heath minister Jeremy Hunt, who is just itching to get these foreign doctors sent home.

I’m sure Ruth is a regular reader of Munguin’s New Republic. So instead of tweeting her yet again about it, and because I’m sure she never reads the Guardian, I’ll just leave this here for her so she can  contemplate  how awful the Scottish government is, although we are happy to help her government out. Certainly for the benefit of the poor kids who have been so badly let down by Hunt.

Not quite sure i like the tone of “exiles” though, Guardian. It’s hardly Siberia.