Monday 22 June 2020


Listen to Toby Helm in the Observer yesterday:

'After another terrible week for the government that saw two more screeching U-turns and warnings from the Tory backbenchers of mounting discontent in the ranks, a former Cabinet minister from Teresa May's time had this to say: "If we were in normal times you would be hearing talk by now about removing the prime minister. It is that bad. But you don't get rid of leaders in a crisis like this."

Which minister whispered that in the ear of Toby Helm? My money is on Jeremy Hunt. I will be surprised if Johnson is still the PM by Christmas; these Tories are ruthless when their own self-interest is at stake - and the moronic and criminal performance of their leader must be troubling to many Tory MPs, especially the very ambitious few who await their turn at the top of the greasy pole.

Here is my round-up of the awfulness of it all, courtesy of the Skwawkbox:

Tory babbles and evades - but no regrets in spite of desperate plea from Sky News journalist
(Wednesday, 10 June 2020)

Not guilty plea entered

Boris Johnson refused at least twice during his appearance at this evening's coronavirus press briefing to express any regret for the at least 25,000 needless deaths caused by his refusal to lock down the country properly.

A figure calculated by one of his own leading scientific advisers. Others say the number is far higher, as many as three quarters of the more than 60,000 UK deaths so far.

Sky's Beth Rigby as good as pleaded with Johnson to at least show some sign of sorrow for his
victims and their bereaved families, but Johnson simply dodged the question - twice - by babbling about data and claiming it was too early to assess whether decisions had been good or bad:

The Tories are notorious for their heartlessness, but Johnson is the Prime Psychopath.

Profit before lives for the Tories, every time
(Friday, 12 June 2020) 

The architect of  Universal Credit and co-conspirator in the Tory dismantling of the Welfare State

Former DWP Secretary Iain Duncan Smith thinks we should all be back at work - and none of this '2m apart' nonsense.

So to support his claim, he told BBC News viewers that coronavirus infections had already 'peaked' when the lockdown began in March. Let's see whether that stands up:

In fact, on lockdown day the UK saw 967 new cases. From there it went up, every day, until 10 April when it peaked at 8,681 - almost nine times the lockdown-day figure.

Had Boris Johnson not delayed the lockdown as long as he did, of course, as many as three quarters of the UK's deaths could have been avoided. But Duncan Smith wants to rush us all back to tight conditions even faster than his psychopathically unapologetic party boss.

967 vs 8,681. Some 'peak'. Still, at least the Tories have increased temporary mortuary capacity in readiness for the second wave.

Leading medic Dr Kailash Chand OBE slams government's attempts to hide and delay recommendations to protect BAME people from higher risk of coronavirus
(Tuesday 16 June 2020)

A very fine man - check my blogposts to see how far he has always understood what needed to happen -and what was going wrong.

Former deputy BMA Chair Dr Kailash Chand OBE appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss the government's report on the higher risk of the coronavirus to black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) people and delivered a withering verdict on the Tories' delays and evasion.
Describing the report as 'amputated' and Boris Johnson's prime ministerial residence as 'Drowning Street' because of its shambolic series of controversies, Dr Chand called for concrete and immediate action to protect everyone, including BAME communities - whose trust Johnson has lost - and warned that the government is unprepared for the second wave its actions and inaction are likely to cause:
Chand says that the government needs to 'get its act together'. There has been no sign so far that it is capable of doing so in any sense that would mean anything to those its conduct is harming, as Johnson continues to pursue his reckless 'herd immunity' policy

Tories' mentality exposed by Johnson's telling comment

Me?  Shifty?

Boris Johnson has decided to abolish DFID, the UK government's department responsible for international aid - a decision that cabinet members insist he did not discuss with them.
But a comment by Johnson about the abolition makes it clear that he is taking his decision because he wants to tie support for desperately poor countries to their political subservience and compliance with his interests - a comment that horrified Oxford University lecturer and former diplomat Dr Jennifer Cassidy:

Johnson's linking of 'diplomacy' and overseas aid - a completely false connection - is political speak for an intention to make poor countries follow UK wishes (diplomacy) before they receive aid (development), a form of extortion long practised by the US, the country Johnson so obviously wishes to emulate.
In other words, coercion of vulnerable poor nations by rich elites: do what we want, or receive no help.
Dr Cassidy is entirely correct. Johnson - like the figures advising him - is an absolute madman.



  1. Johnson and Duncan Smith a match made in hell????
    Johnson and Cummings a 2 for 1 offer ...
    Should we being demanding an assessment of honesty and moral integrity of anybody standing as an MP let alone holding office?

  2. Honesty and moral integrity - I wonder which MPs come to mind? My choices are Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell - the road we didn't travel.

  3. I live in hope that one day we will travel down a road led by politicians who have the old fashioned virtue of integrity in the spirit of Jeremy Corbyn and Clement Attlee - true socialists who recognised that people matter.