All things Boris: has it really come to this?

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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by Brian Peacock » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:14 am

Boris sent his letter to the EU asking for and extension to the Article 50 period that the law required, the letter he said he'd rather die in a ditch than write. He didn't sign it though, and he sent another letter asking the EU to ignore the first one.
Boris Johnson is a prime minister without a mandate. He has never faced an election and has lost every vote he has put to the House of Commons. Yet time and again he has proved his willingness to ride roughshod over parliament in order to get his way.

Yesterday was no different: MPs were disgracefully given just a few hours to scrutinise the terms of the most important decision the country has faced in decades. But he miscalculated badly. Parliament reasserted its sovereignty, voting to withhold approval of his EU deal until MPs have a chance to scrutinise the relevant legislation, effectively forcing him by law to request an extension from the EU.

Johnson would have us believe that he achieved the impossible in Brussels last week in agreeing a new deal with the EU. But this was no Houdini feat: all he negotiated was a deal that was always possible from the perspective of the EU. In agreeing that Northern Ireland will effectively be part of the EU’s customs union and the single market in goods, Johnson has trashed his pledge that he would avoid a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK at any cost.

He has used underhand strategy after underhand strategy to evade scrutiny...

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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by rainbow » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:51 am

Svartalf wrote:
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well, Carnwall is too small and poor to survive independently, they'd have to join the Welsh, with whom they have lots of affinities, for all that they don't really share an identity.
They could become a Crown Dependency, like the Isle of Man - which is smaller. The Manx actually have their own currency and parliament.
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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by Svartalf » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:13 am

if they do that, they'll still be ridden by jug ears who's duke of cornwall as per the british peerage.
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Post by rainbow » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:33 am

Svartalf wrote:
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if they do that, they'll still be ridden by jug ears who's duke of cornwall as per the british peerage.
Vote to become a republic, and confiscate his land. :smug:
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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by Scot Dutchy » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:03 am

Another one of Johnson's project goes tits up:

Fare-dodging forces closure of rear doors on New Routemaster bus
TfL announces latest U-turn over vehicles Boris Johnson introduced as London mayor

The New Routemaster buses that Boris Johnson commissioned for London at huge expense, reintroducing rear doors, are to have them closed to boarding because of widespread fare evasion.

As London mayor he decided to replace the city’s articulated, single-deck “bendy buses”, in part because he said they encouraged fare-dodging.

Transport for London said the 1,000 New Routemasters in operation would be converted. The company loses more than £3.6m a year in fares dodged across the new fleet, which has double the evasion rate of other London buses.

Passengers will only be able to board by the front door, with those in the middle and rear becoming exit-only.
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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by Scot Dutchy » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:17 pm

A great idea from Boris:

House of Lords may move out of London to 'reconnect' with public
Tory plan a symbol of Boris Johnson’s aim to ‘level up’ rest of UK with capital

The government is considering moving the House of Lords outside London – potentially to York – as one of a range of options to “reconnect” politics with the public, the Conservative party chairman, James Cleverly, has confirmed.

Asked about the plan, which was reported in the Sunday Times, Cleverly said: “It’s one of a range of things that we are looking into.

“It’s about demonstrating to people that we are going to do things differently. The Labour party lost millions of voters because they failed to listen.”

The crumbling Palace of Westminster is due to be vacated for several years from 2025, under plans for restoring the historic buildings by the Thames.

Shifting the Lords to northern England during that period, and potentially permanently, would be a symbol of Boris Johnson’s determination to “level up” the rest of the UK with the capital. The decision is expected to be made as part of a constitutional review, to be launched in the coming weeks.

The Conservatives have already said they will open an additional campaign headquarters outside London.
FFS Build a new Government building for both houses on Dartmouth Moor.
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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by Scot Dutchy » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:36 pm

It was going to be a low keyed re-shuffle.

Cabinet reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor
Sajid Javid has resigned as chancellor as Boris Johnson carries out a post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Javid rejected an order to fire his team of aides, saying "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition.

He has been replaced as chancellor by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak - who just seven months ago was a junior housing minister.

Mr Javid had been due to deliver his first Budget in four weeks' time.

The former home secretary was appointed chancellor by Mr Johnson when he became prime minister in July.

His resignation follows rumours of tensions between Mr Javid and the prime minister's senior adviser Dominic Cummings.
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Post by Brian Peacock » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:38 pm

Boris Johnson's plan to 'level up' deprived regions mostly involves giving councils some extra money and telling what to spend it on.
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Post by Scot Dutchy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:04 pm

Quite the "Little Dictator". Of course following "the leader's" commands.
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Re: All things Boris: has it really come to this?

Post by Scot Dutchy » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:50 pm

The new occupant of no. 11 has a doubtful past:

New chancellor Rishi Sunak challenged over hedge fund past
Labour questions past City dealings citing former close associate’s participation in tax avoidance scheme

The new chancellor Rishi Sunak has been challenged by Labour to provide more details about his former career as a City hedge fund manager before entering politics.

Following Sunak’s rapid promotion to replace Sajid Javid in the wake of the former chancellor’s dramatic resignation on Thursday, Labour said the new chancellor had questions to answer over his past career and business dealings.

In a challenge from John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, Labour said Sunak’s former close associate Patrick Degorce had participated in a multimillion-pound tax avoidance scheme.
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Post by Scot Dutchy » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:04 am

This is what is true by UK unemployment figures:

The Guardian view on full employment: fiction not fact
The country followed a rabbit down the austerity hole, but there’s no Brexit wonderland for Britain’s workers

Has Britain turned a corner? If you believe the headlines it would certainly seem so. Wages are up, and unemployment appears the lowest for decades. If you believe the hype then the last decade has been a journey where the country followed a rabbit into the austerity hole and emerged into a Brexit wonderland. This is a fiction and the facts are more troubling. If Britain had full employment there ought to be a sharp rise in wage growth as businesses see the pool of labour – Marx’s reserve army of the unemployed – dry up. Yet wage growth has dropped from 4.1% in April last year to 2.8%. Pay packets are still smaller than they were a decade ago. Total pay is £503 a week, well below the £522 a week workers took home before the crisis began in 2008.

The “employment miracle” hailed by ministers is in fact a symptom of a British disease of economic insecurity. Unstable, precarious, low-paying and temporary jobs have become the norm for too many. The number of part-timers who can’t find full-time jobs is rising by 18,000 a month. In the middle of 2018, there were 781,000 people on zero-hours contracts. There are now 974,000. Then there is the growth in self-employment. In 2000 around 11.7% of those employed set up businesses on their own, where they earn considerably less than those with full-time jobs. That number is now 15.2%, the highest on record.
Now will the tories shut up about low unemployment. It is as high as it has ever been.
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Post by JimC » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:05 am

Part-time, contract or "gig economy" jobs are rising in Oz, too, as opposed to the sorts of full-time employment that allows some certainty, and the ability to apply for home loans etc...
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Post by Brian Peacock » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:02 am

The steep rise in agency work to fulfil part-time or low-wage positions is effectively turning employment into a form of renting.
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Post by Alan B » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:01 am

The fiddling financiers who caused the 2008 collapse are laughing all the way to their tax havens and buying 'favours' from politicians on the way...
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Post by Scot Dutchy » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:36 am

Yep they were called the Brexiteers. I have not heard the UK is making any plans to tax the tax havens. I suppose not.
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