Archiv: Downing Street No 10


14.11.2022 - 07:02 [ newagebd.net ]

Corrupting the system at every level

‘JULIAN is fighting for his survival and he’s going through hell, that’s the best way to put it,’ Stella Assange says when I ask how he’s doing.

The wife of the world’s most famous political prisoner is speaking to Declassified as part of her relentless battle to save her husband’s life.

12.11.2022 - 09:26 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Saudi Arabia is the biggest beneficiary of the war in Ukraine

(16 May 2022)

Cracks in the resolve began to show up immediately. Amid calls for more solar, wind and nuclear power, the UK government started to double down on domestic oil and gas production, and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, flew to Saudi Arabia to ask the regime to increase its oil output.

06.11.2022 - 11:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Jeremy Hunt plots £10bn tax grab from the better off

Ministers have discussed reducing the rate at which income tax relief is applied to Britain’s 5.5 million higher-rate taxpayers from 40p to a flat rate as low as 20p. Another option being considered is to increase the number of very high earners whose income tax relief is cut even further.

The total cost of pension tax relief to the Exchequer is £42.7 billion, of which £22.9 billion is relief on income tax and £19.8 billion is on National Insurance contributions.

06.11.2022 - 11:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Tax the rich’: thousands march in London anti-austerity rally – video

Thousands of people rallied in the rain in central London to demonstrate against what they called ‘Tory austerity’ and demand an immediate general election.

06.11.2022 - 11:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Libertarian jihadists in No 10? Sadly, the Tories remain a party of soggy social democracy

Every Leftist revolution – Venezuela, Cuba, the USSR itself – follows the same pattern. First, Western observers gush over it – they’ve seen the future and it works. Then, as things begin to go wrong, they blame saboteurs and plead for time. Finally, when the revolution ends (as they all end) in hunger and labour camps, they insist that it was never properly socialist in the first place, and that “real socialism has never been tried”.

06.11.2022 - 11:19 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Majority of 2019 Tory voters urge Rishi Sunak to tax the rich in stunning new poll

(27.10.2022)

The plea comes three weeks before the Government unveils its Autumn Statement mini-Budget, with six in 10 voters who backed the Tories last election calling for higher taxes on the wealthy

26.10.2022 - 06:16 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The lockdown files: Rishi Sunak on what we weren’t told

(27 August 2022)

Lockdown – closing schools and much of the economy while sending the police after people who sat on park benches – was the most draconian policy introduced in peacetime. No. 10 wanted to present it as ‘following the science’ rather than a political decision, and this had implications for the wiring of government decision-making. It meant elevating Sage, a sprawling group of scientific advisers, into a committee that had the power to decide whether the country would lock down or not. There was no socioeconomic equivalent to Sage; no forum where other questions would be asked.

So whoever wrote the minutes for the Sage meetings – condensing its discussions into guidance for government – would set the policy of the nation. No one, not even cabinet members, would know how these decisions were reached.

26.10.2022 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak is just the start. The great lockdown scandal is about to unravel

(25.08.2022)

For some time, I’ve been trying to persuade Rishi Sunak to go on the record about what really happened in lockdown. Only a handful of people really know what took place then, because most ministers – including members of the Cabinet – were kept in the dark. Government was often reduced to a “quad” of ministers deciding on Britain’s future and the then chancellor of the exchequer was one of them. I’d heard rumours that Sunak was horrified at much of what he saw, but was keeping quiet. In which case, lessons would never be learnt.

His speaking out now confirms much of what many suspected. That the culture of fear, seen in the Orwellian advertising campaign that sought to terrify the country, applied inside Government.

26.10.2022 - 05:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak replaces third of Liz Truss’s Cabinet as he vows to fix mistakes of her premiership

Three were given their old jobs – Dominic Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary, Mr Gove, the Communities Secretary, and Steve Barclay, the Health Secretary.

25.10.2022 - 18:59 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

Live: Rishi Sunak picks his cabinet

Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed as Chancellor. Suella Braverman is back as Home Secretary.
Ben Wallace remains Defence Secretary and James Cleverly stays as Foreign Secretary. Dominic Raab is deputy PM and Justice Secretary.
No. 10 confirms Nadhim Zahawi is party chairman. Grant Shapps becomes Business Secretary. Penny Mordaunt remains Leader of the House of Commons. Gillian Keegan is Education Secretary.
Education Secretary Kit Malthouse, Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis are out.

24.10.2022 - 18:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain’s first non-white and Hindu prime minister takes power on Diwali: Rishi Sunak’s journey from GP’s son to multi-millionaire ‚Maharajah of the Dales‘ and then to youngest modern occupant of No10 (at the second attempt)

He will now visit the King to be appointed as the UK’s first non-white and Hindu leader. The UK’s first – and only other – minority prime minister was Benjamin Disraeli, who was Jewish, in 1874. (…)

He will become the youngest PM in the modern era to enter No 10, at the age of 42 – younger even than David Cameron in 2010 and Tony Blair in 1997.

24.10.2022 - 06:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Britain warns Russia against escalating the war in Ukraine after false ‘dirty bomb’ claim

Ben Wallace refutes General Sergei Shoigu’s allegations that the UK is helping Kyiv gather nuclear material to use on the battlefield

24.10.2022 - 05:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Destined for Downing Street? Rishi Sunak could be named PM TODAY after Boris Johnson pulls out of Tory leadership contest and Penny Mordaunt well short of the 100 supporters she needs ahead of 2pm deadline

– Rishi Sunak, who launched his bid yesterday morning, has received public backing of more than 150 Tory MPs
– As of last night, 155 MPs said they are backing Mr Sunak, while 25 had spoken out in support of Ms Mordaunt
– A further 54 who were hoping Mr Johnson would return are yet to publicly reveal to whom they will now back
– Mr Johnson earlier said he had in fact reached the ‚very high hurdle of 102 nominations‘ as he bowed out
– Ms Mordaunt’s team, though, believe his decision to pull himself from the race will ‚propel her over the line‘

21.10.2022 - 18:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Like being in a cult’: MPs on the seven days that brought down Liz Truss

One weary-sounding Conservative MP said they felt they had been in the grip of a cult over the last six weeks – and had escaped just in time. Others, however, still felt trapped, they said. “That is literally what it’s been like … It’s such a sense of relief. I just thank God it’s over.”

21.10.2022 - 01:41 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

„The ultimate death match“: Will it be Boris vs Rishi?

I set out four scenarios of how this might unfold in The Spectator earlier this month. There are two that MPs have most recently got in touch about: Rishi by Christmas or the Boris restoration.

A week is a long time in politics – and next week could be one of the most dramatic yet.

21.10.2022 - 01:10 [ DailyStar.co.uk ]

Daily Star’s victorious lettuce beamed onto Parliament as Liz Truss orders moving van

The victorious Daily Star 60p lettuce, which outlasted soon-to-be-ex Prime Minister Liz Truss, has made it to the House of Commons – with its face beamed onto the famous walls of at the Palace of Westminster this evening.

The long-lasting 60p salad vegetable won the race to see if Liz Truss could outlast it earlier today, as Truss finally gave up on her attempt to cling to power after days of chaos at Westminster.

21.10.2022 - 01:06 [ Sky.com ]

‚Lettuce all pray for Liz Truss‘ – PM loses to vegetable in Daily Star stunt

The lettuce, while not in prime condition, managed to endure longer than Liz Truss – who will be the UK’s shortest-serving prime minister ever.

21.10.2022 - 00:50 [ Spiked ]

Britain is a political wasteland

It all paved the way for the Jeremy Hunt coup. That nerdy technocrat is hardly Pinochet. He’s an improbable usurper of power. Yet the political and strategic fragility of Trussism meant he could very easily sweep in and take control. He now runs the country. He has stuffed the Treasury with Osbornites and Hammondites and others who, like him, love ‘competence’ above all else. They want to steer the nation from the choppy waters of Brexit and Boris back to the safe shore of technocracy. Even though we didn’t vote for that, and don’t want it. That sappy Remainers could seize the reins of power was further proof of the infirmity of Trussism. One house of cards replaced with another.

20.10.2022 - 23:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Is Boris heading back to No10? Former PM takes early lead with Rishi Sunak in second as a quarter of Tory MPs declare their support in race to replace Liz Truss – candidates need at least 100 backers by MONDAY as battle ‚for soul of the party‘ intensifies

Boris Johnson is currently the most popular choice among Tory MPs to become prime minister as the race to replace Liz Truss roared into life today following her humiliating resignation after just 44 days in power.

With a quarter of MPs declaring support for their preferred candidates, Mr Johnson currently counts 38 backers, compared to Rishi Sunak’s 27 and Penny Mourdant’s 12, according to the latest tally by Guido Fawkes.

20.10.2022 - 23:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Awake all night and sending texts to friends at 4am: How Liz Truss’s last day in No. 10 unfolded as her fate was sealed

– Liz Truss dramatically resigned as Prime Minister this afternoon after lasting just 44 days in the top job
– Her close friends said they knew she was going to quit after they began receiving texts from her at 4am
– Sir Graham Brady told her later that day she had lost the party’s support and would lose a confidence vote

19.10.2022 - 20:11 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Liz Truss threatened with Tory revolt in showdown ‘confidence vote’ on fracking

Liz Truss was facing a revolt by Tory MPs opposed to fracking on Wednesday despite whips saying a crunch Commons vote was a “confidence motion in the Government”.

At least three MPs signalled that they would not back the Government in the showdown vote, including the Prime Minister’s net-zero tsar Chris Skidmore, Conservative MP for Kingswood.

19.10.2022 - 19:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Suella Braverman’s resignation letter to Liz Truss in full

Earlier today, I sent an official document from my personal email to a trusted parliamentary colleague as part of policy engagement, and with the aim of garnering support for Government policy on migration. This constitutes a technical infringement of the rules. As you know, the document was a draft Written Ministerial Statement about migration, due for publication imminently. Much of it had already been briefed to MPs. Nevertheless, it is right for me to go.

As soon as I realised my mistake, I rapidly reported this on official channels, and informed the Cabinet Secretary. As Home Secretary I hold myself to the highest standards and my resignation is the right thing to do. The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Pretending we haven’t made mistake, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics. I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign.

19.10.2022 - 19:55 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Suella Braverman quits as home secretary with scathing broadside over Liz Truss’s ‘broken pledges’

The immediate cause of the resignation was the breach of security rules after Ms Braverman admitted inadvertently sending a sensitive document from her personal email.

But a letter to the PM, released by Ms Braverman on her social media feeds, amounted to an assault on Ms Truss’s five-week record in office.

17.10.2022 - 15:54 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Liz Truss to dodge MPs’ questions, sending Penny Mordaunt instead

Borrowing one of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite put-downs, a Labour source described the prime minister as “frit” – meaning “frightened”.

The urgent question was tabled in a bid to force Ms Truss to answer MPs’ questions after she resisted Labour demands for a statement to the Commons today to explain the reversal of the bulk of her mini-Budget in a series of massive U-turns.

17.10.2022 - 15:31 [ Adam Bienkov, Political Editor and Correspondent @BylineTimes / Nitter ]

Liz Truss refusing to come to the House of Commons to answer Labour’s Urgent Question on the economic crisis, this afternoon. She will send Penny Mordaunt instead.

17.10.2022 - 15:25 [ @Telegraph / Nitter ]

The Chancellor’s briefing with Tory MPs has finished. A Government source said Mr Hunt „emphasised the need for stability and said that the PM should be commended for changing tack in the face of the deteriorating global economic situation“

17.10.2022 - 15:06 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The Tory MPs calling for Liz Truss to resign

New Tory prime ministers currently enjoy a year of immunity from confidence votes under the party rulebook.

But George Osborne, the former chancellor, predicts the beleaguered PM will likely be gone by Christmas, adding that „there will be a way“ for the party to remove her from Downing Street.

Here are the Conservative MPs calling for Ms Truss to quit.

15.10.2022 - 18:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Interest rates may rise even HIGHER than expected next month, Bank of England chief says if inflation is to be beaten

On September 22 the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) raised rates by 0.5 percentage points to 2.25%.

Speaking at the G30 annual international banking seminar, Mr Bailey said: ‚The UK Government has made a number of fiscal announcements and has set October 31 as the date for a further fiscal statement.‘

He said that the Bank’s monetary policy committee ‚will respond to all this news at its next meeting in just under three weeks from now‘.

15.10.2022 - 18:06 [ James Matthews / Nitter ]

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey tells IMF event in Washington of conversation with Jeremy Hunt yesterday: “Very clear & immediate meeting of minds on the importance of stability and sustainability.” @SkyNews

15.10.2022 - 17:47 [ SlightlyFaztStockMarketNews / Nitter ]

British government borrowing costs surged again on Wednesday after Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey told pension funds they had three days to fix liquidity problems before the bank ends emergency bond-buying that has provided support.

(13.10.2022)

14.10.2022 - 17:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Eight minutes, four questions and NO apology! Liz Truss makes hasty exit from press conference after U-turning on flagship corporation tax cut after SACKING Kwasi Kwarteng and replacing him with Jeremy Hunt

Under fierce fire from journalists, Ms Truss refused to apologise for ‚trashing‘ the Tories‘ reputation – before abruptly walking out after eight minutes and just four question.

Downing Street will now be waiting anxiously to see if the PM has done enough to cling on, but the early response was not promising, with one former Cabinet minister telling MailOnline the PM had been ‚robotic‘ and made the situation far worse.

14.10.2022 - 14:13 [ Damian from Brighton / Nitter ]

If Jeremy Corbyn was still Labour leader and ahead in the polls the media would not be attacking the Tories, they would be attacking Corbyn. We know that is true because that is exactly what they did. They feel safe to attack the Tories now Starmer The Stooge is leader

14.10.2022 - 14:07 [ ORF.at ]

Bericht: Torys diskutieren Aus für Truss

(today, 08.36 am)

In der Konservativen Partei nimmt einem Bericht der Londoner „Times“ zufolge der Widerstand gegen die britische Premierministerin und Parteivorsitzende Liz Truss zu. Führende Torys würden eine Ablösung der Regierungschefin nach nur gut einem Monat im Amt diskutieren, schrieb die Zeitung. Es gebe Überlegungen, einen gemeinsamen Kandidaten bzw. eine gemeinsame Kandidatin für die Parteispitze aufzustellen. Das Bauernopfer könnte allerdings Finanzminister Kwasi Kwarteng sein.

14.10.2022 - 13:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Kwasi Kwarteng to be sacked as Chancellor by Liz Truss – live updates

9:28AM
Tory MP: ‚I have lost confidence in the Chancellor and the PM‘

The mood among some Tory MPs is particularly grim this morning.

One tells me they have now lost confidence in Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng and that many MPs now believe the PM needs to be replaced.

They said: “I have lost confidence in the Chancellor and the Prime Minister for that matter. It is a total mess and there is no obvious solution.

“The vast majority of people [MPs] I speak to think she has to go.”

03.10.2022 - 17:13 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Tory MP ’submits letter‘ calling for Liz Truss confidence vote amid backbench rebellion

The unnamed member of the parliamentary Conservative party told Bloomberg political editor Kitty Donaldson that they had handed in their letter to the 1922 committee on Sunday night.

While Tory MPs say letters have been going in for more than a week, this may be the first report of an MP personally admitting they have sent one themself.

Current rules give Liz Truss until next September before she can be ousted – but these could be changed by MPs.

03.10.2022 - 17:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Rebel Tories demand MORE U-turns on ‚mini-Budget‘ after plan to axe top 45p tax rate is ditched: Liz Truss CANCELS visit as ‚contrite‘ Kwasi Kwarteng vows he WON’T quit ahead of crunch speech – while PM’s ally says he warned Chancellor of market meltdown

– Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng backtracked amid threat of losing Commons vote

06.09.2022 - 06:51 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Nitter ]

The first act of Liz Truss’ premiership should be taking immediate action to tackle the cost of living crisis that is pushing millions into poverty — this must be a wealth tax and bringing energy companies, water, mail and rail into public ownership.

She must also commit to giving workers a pay rise, ending the creeping privatisation of our NHS and the appalling treatment of refugees fleeing war.

05.09.2022 - 15:10 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu congratulates Liz Truss on succeeding Boris Johnson as UK PM

“I am sure that under your leadership the deep friendship between Britain and Israel will be further strengthened in all fields,” tweets Netanyahu.

The former prime minister also adds his thanks to outgoing PM Boris Johnson “for his valued contributions to the excellent relations between our two countries.”

05.09.2022 - 13:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

New Prime Minister LIVE: Liz Truss on course to be named next Tory leader at 12.30PM after brutal six-week battle with rival Rishi Sunak to succeed Boris Johnson

Follow updates here as the next Prime Minister is revealed as the winner of the Tory leadership contest is announced at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre:

04.09.2022 - 09:44 [ theGuardian.com ]

The more Tory voters see of Liz Truss, the less they like her, polls show

The latest polling by Opinium for the Observer shows that whereas 49% of people who voted Tory in 2019 had believed Truss “looks like a prime minister in waiting” at the beginning of August, this had dropped to just 31% by 30 August.

Similarly while 55% said she was competent at the start of August, this had dropped to 35% among 2019 Tory voters by the end of the month. And while 52% of the same voters thought she was likeable at the start of August, only 31% felt that way by the end of the month.

04.09.2022 - 09:36 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Tory MPs warn Liz Truss ‘don’t lurch to the right’ amid fears of ‘Thatcher tribute government’

Conservative MPs have warned Liz Truss not to lurch the government to the right if, as expected, she triumphs over her rival Rishi Sunak and becomes prime minister next week.

Tory MPs cautioned that the new Conservative leader must not abandon the centre ground or surround herself with an inner circle of right-wing allies now that a general election is looming.

03.09.2022 - 17:36 [ Spectator.co.uk/ ]

Is Liz Truss the British Trump?

If you are a right-wing MP or ambitious wonk on the Truss campaign ‘pivot’ is such a useful word. Far better to say ‘we need to pivot from campaign mode to governing mode,’ than to blurt out that ‘now we have their votes we can forget the lies we told to win over Conservative members’. Far better for Truss herself to say, ‘I am pivoting from my previous position on tax cuts’ to ‘I admit that I was wrong’.

Pivoting calls to mind the elegance of a ballerina turning on her points. Not the cynicism of a politician breaking promises she made only a few days before.

03.09.2022 - 16:54 [ Spectator.com.au/ ]

Why didn’t more people resist lockdown?

As it will take years for culpable parties to retire, I once feared that a full generation would need to elapse before we recognised lockdowns for what they were: the biggest public health debacle in history. Yet everywhere I turn lately, still another journalist is decrying the avoidable social, medical and economic costs of this hysterical over-reaction to a virus, while deriding lockdown zealots for having vilified sceptics of a policy that may well end up killing more people than it protected. The Covid revisionism is welcome – though it’s a good deal easier to publish these opinion pieces now than it was two years ago, and I speak from experience.

03.09.2022 - 16:34 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The lockdown files: Rishi Sunak on what we weren’t told

(27 August 2022)

Lockdown – closing schools and much of the economy while sending the police after people who sat on park benches – was the most draconian policy introduced in peacetime. No. 10 wanted to present it as ‘following the science’ rather than a political decision, and this had implications for the wiring of government decision-making. It meant elevating Sage, a sprawling group of scientific advisers, into a committee that had the power to decide whether the country would lock down or not. There was no socioeconomic equivalent to Sage; no forum where other questions would be asked.

So whoever wrote the minutes for the Sage meetings – condensing its discussions into guidance for government – would set the policy of the nation. No one, not even cabinet members, would know how these decisions were reached.

03.09.2022 - 16:13 [ theArgus.co.uk ]

Empowering Sage scientists over Covid lockdown left us ‘screwed’, claims Sunak

The meetings were “literally me around that table, just fighting”, which “was incredibly uncomfortable every single time”.

At one meeting he raised the impact on children’s education: “I was very emotional about it. I was like, ‘Forget about the economy. Surely we can all agree that kids not being in school is a major nightmare’, or something like that.

“There was a big silence afterwards. It was the first time someone had said it. I was so furious.”

Setting out the problems he found with Government policy being influenced by outside academics, he said: “If you empower all these independent people, you’re screwed.”

03.09.2022 - 16:05 [ GBnews.uk ]

Rishi Sunak says he wasn’t ‚allowed to talk about the side effects of lockdown‘ during the pandemic

Mr Sunak said one of the Government’s biggest mistakes was giving too much power to scientists and claimed the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) edited its minutes to hide dissenting opinions.

The former chancellor made the statements in an interview with the Spectator magazine.

“We shouldn’t have empowered the scientists in the way we did,” he is quoted as saying.

03.09.2022 - 15:44 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Großbritannien – mehr Tote durch Lockdowns als durch Corona?

In Großbritannien findet momentan eine bemerkenswerte Diskussion über die vergangenen Lockdown-Maßnahmen statt. Einer der beiden konservativen Regierungschef-Kandidaten, der bisherige britische Finanzminister Rishi Sunak, hat diese Diskussion vor wenigen Tagen dramatisch intensiviert. Der staatliche Nachrichtensender BBC berichtete am 25.8.2022[1] über die Aussagen von Rishi Sunak gegenüber der Zeitschrift „The Spectator“: Ministern sei es untersagt worden, über Kollateralschäden (trade-offs) der Lockdowns zu diskutieren[2]; es sei falsch gewesen, eine staatliche Angstkampagne zu fahren. Das Regierungs-„Script“ sei ein ungerechtfertigtes Angst-Narrativ gewesen („the fear narrative“). Die vorgegebene Leitlinie sei gewesen: „Es gibt keine negativen Auswirkungen“.[3] Interne Kritik in dem wissenschaftlichen Beratungsgremium (SAGE) sei nicht veröffentlicht worden.

18.08.2022 - 05:00 [ Middle East Eye ]

UK: Conservative PM candidates back moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Rishi Sunak joins Liz Truss in suggesting he would be open to relocating Britain’s diplomats from Tel Aviv

07.08.2022 - 05:28 [ Blomberg ]

China Relationship Is Casualty of Truss-Sunak Battle to Lead UK

Britain’s next prime minister is guaranteed to be a China hawk no matter who wins.

31.07.2022 - 18:26 [ Nadine Dorries, UK Secretary of State for @DCMS / Nitter ]

Liz will deliver. As Prime Minister, I will deliver for the British people so we can succeed like never before

31.07.2022 - 18:12 [ Nadine Dorries / DailyMail.co.uk ]

I may have gone over the top about Rishi’s clothes… But I don’t want my party to be fooled by appearances the way many of the Cabinet were, writes NADINE DORRIES

My comments were widely interpreted to be anti-aspirational and it was suggested that I was seeking revenge against the man who, while Chancellor, had been planning a coup for a very long time and who had ruthlessly and metaphorically stabbed Boris Johnson in the back.

Rishi had been plotting against the most electorally successful Prime Minister the Conservative Party has known since the days of Margaret Thatcher. His actions made Michael Gove’s betrayal of Boris Johnson during the 2016 leadership campaign appear like a rank amateur rehearsing for the role of Brutus in a village hall play.

(…)

I wanted to highlight Rishi’s misguided sartorial style in order to alert Tory members not to be taken in by appearances in the way that happened to many of us who served with the Chancellor in Cabinet. The assassin’s gleaming smile, his gentle voice and even his diminutive stature had many of us well and truly fooled.

31.07.2022 - 18:05 [ ORF.at ]

Britische Ministerin empört mit „Attentäter“-Sager

In einem Beitrag für die Zeitung „Mail on Sunday“ warnte Dorries die Mitglieder der Konservativen Partei vor dem früheren Finanzminister: „Das strahlende Lächeln des Attentäters, seine sanfte Stimme und sogar seine winzige Statur haben viele von uns wirklich getäuscht“, schrieb Dorries. Zudem retweetete sie ein Bild, das zeigt, wie Sunak als Brutus den Premier als Julius Cäsar von hinten ersticht.

31.07.2022 - 17:39 [ Independent.co.uk ]

MP Greg Hands says Nadine Dorries’ retweet of Sunak as ‘Brutus the backstabber’ is dangerous

MP Greg Hands has branded ‘dangerous’ a retweet by culture secretary Nadine Dorries, showing Rishi Sunak stabbing Boris Johnson in the back.

31.07.2022 - 08:10 [ fizzforbrexit / Nitter ]

… All politicians are corrupt especially nowadays. Name just one politician of ANY PARTY who has spoken out against the theft of our civil liberties and the abuse of our laws by Boris Johnson over the past 30 months? JUST COMPLICIT SILENCE!!

31.07.2022 - 08:06 [ theGuardian.com ]

Overhaul campaign before it’s too late, Rishi Sunak told

To make an impression on the race, Sunak announced last night plans to charge patients £10 for a missed medical appointment to help clear the Covid backlog. He said he would revive high streets, slash the number of empty shops and backed tougher punishment for graffiti and littering, as well as additional powers for police to tackle anti-social behaviour.

27.07.2022 - 18:20 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Who exactly are the 160,000 Tory members who will choose the next prime minister?

Tory MPs have now voted five times to narrow the field of their leadership race down to just two candidates. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will go head-to-head, and the winner will replace Boris Johnson as prime minister.

Unlike the previous rounds, however, this one has a broader electorate: Tory members will get to vote on which of the pair becomes party leader.

27.07.2022 - 18:04 [ National Council for Civil Liberties - libertyhumanrights.org.uk ]

Human Rights Act and Government accountability ‘WHAT ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF’: MPs CALL FOR PRE-LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY FOR PROPOSED BILL OF RIGHTS

(21 Jun 2022)

Ministers of the devolved nations have also highlighted how the Government’s proposals to replace the Human Rights Act threaten to undermine the devolution settlement in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the Good Friday Agreement put in serious risk by any changes to the Human Rights Act.

Pre-legislative scrutiny of these plans is made even more important by the divergence between the proposals and the findings of the independent panel established by the Government to review the operation of the Human Rights Act. The panel found that the HRA is operating effectively to preserve parliamentary autonomy and to protect individuals’ rights.

However, the Government’s proposed Bill of Rights ignored these findings and would be a vast and deeply consequential overhaul of human rights protections in this country.

In a letter sent on Monday 20 June 2022, the groups urged the Government to respect the principles of our parliamentary democracy and subject the proposed Bill of Rights to the pre-legislative scrutiny it clearly requires.

Liberty Director Martha Spurrier, said: “Scrapping the Human Rights Act poses a real, imminent threat to rights in the UK. It’s a blatant, unashamed power grab from a Government that wants to put those in power above the law. They are quite literally rewriting the rules in their favour so they become untouchable.

“The Human Rights Act and access to the European Convention of Human Rights has empowered people in the UK to enforce their rights in practice. It has enabled people to challenge unlawful policies, be treated with dignity by public authorities and secure justice for their loved ones.

“The Government’s plan is to weaken and undermine this, taking power away from the public to take for themselves. We all know this Government cannot be trusted to keep its word or play by the rules. We’re urging everyone to not let them get away with this looting of our rights. Speak up and make your voice hard.”

27.07.2022 - 17:31 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Home Office ‘unlawfully’ approved MI5 bulk surveillance warrants

The Security Service has admitted during the course of legal hearings that it stored the public’s data when it had no legal right to do so, and that it failed to disclose the problems either to the Home Office or to oversight bodies.

According to submissions presented to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, MI5 broke key legal safeguards by unlawfully retaining and using individual’s private data gathered through covert surveillance.

20.07.2022 - 20:46 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tories brace for ‘nastiest’ leadership campaign in party’s history

It will be a battle of ideology, policy and personality – with Mr Sunak, the prudent, centrist, polished public schoolboy against Ms Truss, the tax-cutting, Right-wing, robotic Yorkshire lass.

20.07.2022 - 20:40 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Gloves are off in battle to be next PM: Rishi Sunak says only he’ll beat Labour and win next election as Liz Truss takes dig at ex-Chancellor to pledge ‚bold new economic plan‘ – as Tories brace for bruising six-week contest with first TV debate on Monday

– Conservative MPs have chosen the final two candidates for PM going ahead to a run-off with party members
– Liz Truss emerged victorious from a brutal battle with Penny Mordaunt for second spot in head-to-head phase
– Rishi Sunak topped the ballot in all the voting rounds but polls suggest he could struggle in the member vote
– The candidates are due to clash in a BBC TV debate on Monday night with fears it will turn nasty quickly
– The winner of the ballot is due to be declared on September 5 and take over from Mr Johnson the next day

20.07.2022 - 20:34 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Truss vs Sunak – and the choice of two very different futures for Britain

Truss has pledged to raise defence spending to 3 per cent of GDP by 2030, while Sunak would keep it on its present path, rising to 2.5 per cent over the same period. Although the former chancellor gave the Ministry of Defence special treatment in his spending review, he shares the Treasury’s scepticism about getting value for money from it.

While the Truss camp suggests Sunak would be less supportive of Ukraine amid fears of the impact on the UK of sanctions against Russia, in practice they would probably adopt the same approach. However, Truss would probably be more hawkish than him towards China.

18.07.2022 - 17:22 [ ConservativeHome.com ]

The complete run-offs from our Next Tory Leader survey. Badenoch first, Truss second, Sunak third, Mordaunt fourth, Tugendhat fifth.

The run-off scores from our latest Next Tory Leader survey for all five candidates are as follows –

18.07.2022 - 17:15 [ Sky News ]

Sky News cancels Conservative leadership debate after Sunak and Truss refuse to take part

Sky News has cancelled its Conservative leadership debate after Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss refused to take part.

The debate was due to be hosted by Kay Burley tomorrow evening.

Conservative MPs are said to be concerned about the damage the debates are doing to the image of the party, exposing disagreements and splits.

18.07.2022 - 17:10 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris lashes out at Truss on tax as Tory leadership tensions explode in bloodbath contest

His comments came despite Ms Truss being seen as the „Boris Johnson continuity candidate“ with a number of his supporters backing her in a bid to stop Mr Suank entering No10.

Her attack on the former Chancellor’s record last night was one of a number of punches swung as the Tory leadership contest gets increasingly bitter.

17.07.2022 - 14:03 [ Rishi Sunak / Telegraph.co.uk ]

We got Brexit done – now we must capitalise on the freedoms it gave us

Second, the government would also remove the burdens of GDPR, creating in its place the most dynamic data protection regime in the world.

The EU’s Byzantine rules are preventing British tech companies from innovating and public services from sharing data to prevent crime. As any internet user can see, GDPR – with all its bureaucratic box-ticking – is clearly not working and needs to be replaced.

15.07.2022 - 20:22 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

Live: The Tory leadership debate

As things stand, Rishi Sunak is leading the way on MP nominations, but needs to win over Tory members to succeed in the final stage of the contest. Meanwhile Penny Mordaunt is the clear favourite with the bookies thanks to recent polling which suggests she is Tory members’ candidate of choice.

14.07.2022 - 14:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tories brace for more blood on the carpet at 3pm: MPs finish voting in second round as Truss allies beg right-wing rivals to recognise the ‚reality‘ they cannot win – and slam surging Penny Mordaunt for inability to ‚master detail‘

Tories are braced for more blood on the carpet today as another hopeful is knocked out of the leadership race – with Liz Truss allies begging rivals to recognise the ‚reality‘ they cannot win.

The results are due to be revealed at 3pm after another frenzied day at Westminster that saw the Foreign Secretary officially launch her campaign insisting she can be ‚trusted to deliver‘ after taking on the EU over Brexit and Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.

In a dig at frontrunner Rishi Sunak she said she had been ‚loyal‘ to Boris Johnson, and it was not the time for ‚business as usual economic management‘.

13.07.2022 - 18:24 [ theSun.co.uk ]

AND THEN THERE WERE 6 – Rishi Sunak & Penny Mordaunt storm Tory PM leadership battle – but Hunt and Zahawi crash out

TUESDAY July 19 – FRIDAY July 22

– Knockout ballots will happen daily until just two candidates are left standing.

FRIDAY July 22

– The final two candidates tour the country trying to win the votes of 100,000 or so ordinary party members who will decide the next PM.

MONDAY September 5

– The results of the vote is announced and Britain’s next PM is revealed

13.07.2022 - 18:15 [ Telegraph,co.uk ]

Conservative leadership race latest: Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Hunt voted out

With only 14 public backers apiece, it is unsurprising Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi fell short of the 30 votes from MPs they needed.

The results, announced just now by Sir Graham Brady, leaves six candidates for MPs to vote on tomorrow. Rishi Sunak, as expected, is out in the lead with 88 votes, although is followed more closely expected by Penny Mordaunt, who has 67 backers.

11.07.2022 - 14:55 [ ready4rishi.com ]

Ready for Rishi

I got into politics because I want everyone in this country to have the opportunity to be able to give their children a better future.

Our country faces huge challenges, the most serious for a generation. Someone has to grip this moment and make the right decisions. Because the choices we make today will decide whether the next generation of British people will have more opportunities than the last.

We need to restore trust in our politics. We need to rebuild our economy. And we need to reunite the country.

That’s why I’m standing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister.

11.07.2022 - 13:50 [ Britain Elects / Nitter ]

The race to replace Boris Johnson, afternoon update (10 July):

Sunak: 30 MPs (+12)
Mordaunt: 18 (+11)
Hunt: 12 (+10)
Truss: 12 (+6)
Tugendhat: 12 (+6)
Badenoch: 11 (+5)
Zahawi: 10 (+7)
Braverman: 9 (-)

Chgs. w/ 24hrs ago

11.07.2022 - 13:43 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‘dirty dossier’ sent around Tory WhatsApp groups as leadership race turns nasty

The memo circulated on Tory WhatsApp group reportedly attacks the former chancellor personally and accused him of having a “big tax and big spend agenda”.

According to The Telegraph, which first reported the “mucky memo”, the 424-word anti-Sunak missive was written by someone on the Thatcherite right of the party.

11.07.2022 - 13:37 [ inews.co.uk ]

Tory right battles to stop Rishi Sunak reaching No 10 as challengers row over tax, Brexit and trans rights

Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Grant Shapps and Mr Zahawi all promised to cut the tax burden on Sunday, while Mr Sunak has insisted it would be irresponsible to do so while the UK is still running a large budget deficit.

Ministers who are close to Mr Johnson have publicly denounced Mr Sunak’s track record and warned that he will reverse the achievements of the Government.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told Channel 4: “I will not be supporting Mr Sunak.” He has previously referred to him as “the socialist Chancellor” because of the pandemic spending he introduced.

09.07.2022 - 16:49 [ ORF.at ]

Mitfavorit Wallace kandidiert nicht als Johnsons Nachfolger

Trotz seiner Favoritenrolle will der britische Verteidigungsminister Ben Wallace sich nicht um die Nachfolge von Premierminister Boris Johnson als Chef der konservativen Tory-Partei bewerben.

07.07.2022 - 15:44 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Boris Johnson has not resigned as prime minister

But he can, technically, be deposed as Tory leader and remain in office. He will not be removed from No 10 until he tenders his resignation as prime minister, or until he loses a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons (the last PM to lose such a vote was Labour’s Jim Callaghan in March 1979). Johnson will not, like Donald Trump, attempt to stay in power once the Tory party does select a new leader, but he has notably chosen not to tender his resignation as prime minister until it does.

04.06.2022 - 13:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK officials in line for immunity in assisting crimes overseas, say critics

Exclusive: Draft security bill would let spies and ministers enable killings and torture, warn charity and ex-minister

12.05.2022 - 16:21 [ theParadise.ng ]

EU, UK join US in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media

These steps come as part of a broader crackdown on the “spread of disinformation” called for by the Act, requiring platforms to “flag hate speech, eliminate any kind of terrorist propaganda” and implement “frameworks to quickly take down illicit content.”

Regarding alleged “disinformation,” these platforms will be mandated to create a “crisis response mechanism” to combat the spread of such content, with the Act specifically citing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the “manipulation” of online content that has ensued.

22.04.2022 - 08:31 [ Amnesty.org.uk ]

UK: Home Secretary agreeing to Assange extradition would threaten media freedom

If the Home Secretary certifies the US request to extradite Julian Assange it will violate the prohibition against torture and set an alarming precedent for publishers and journalists around the world, Amnesty International said today, following the Westminster Magistrates’ Court decision this morning to issue an order to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States.

The case will now be sent to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, who will decide whether to certify the US request by 18 May.

22.04.2022 - 08:18 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Amnesty International: ‚If the Home Secretary certifies the US request to extradite Julian Assange it will violate the prohibition against torture and set an alarming precedent for publishers and journalists around the world‘ @amnesty #FreeAssangeNOW

20.04.2022 - 20:57 [ Zarah Sultana MP / Twitter ]

Julian Assange exposed US crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. That’s why the US wants to punish him and send a message to all journalists: Expose the truth and you’ll be made to regret it. Priti Patel must stand-up for freedom of speech and refuse his extradition.

13.04.2022 - 07:49 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s ‘partygate’ fine will see him punished at the ballot box

According to a snap poll by YouGov, 57 per cent of British adults think Mr Johnson should resign for breaching the Covid rules. The same proportion also now want his Treasury protege to follow suit.

The Chancellor will be especially disheartened to discover that while 25 per cent of Tory voters want rid of Mr Johnson, the figure rises to 30 per cent when it comes to his own future in the party.

13.04.2022 - 07:41 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‚had to be talked out of resigning over Partygate penalty because it would have pressured PM do the same‘ – while Sue Gray report on scandal ‚will be published next week and will NOT make comfortable reading‘ amid fears of MORE fines for Boris

Boris Johnson may face more woe over the coming days, amid claims Sue Gray’s report into the Partygate scandal is due next week and ‚will not make comfortable reading‘ – potentially even leading to more fines.

The Met revealed on Tuesday that at least 30 more fixed penalty notices were issued over the saga, with a spokesman for Number 10 confirming Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be among the recipients.

11.04.2022 - 00:00 [ Junge Welt ]

London macht die Drecksarbeit

Seit Jahren bemüht sich das Vereinigte Königreich, Assange zu zermürben. Entscheidung zur US-Auslieferung erwartet

25.03.2022 - 15:36 [ TKP.at ]

UK-Desaster: 92 Prozent der Covid-Toten geimpft

Die britische Regierung sieht aber keinen Zusammenhang. Noch immer heißt es im Bericht auf Seite 38 „die Rate der Krankenhauseinweisungen wesentlich höher bei ungeimpften als bei geimpften Personen“.

Die Aufschlüsselung der Todesopfer zeigt etwas ganz anderes: 92 Prozent der Menschen, die mit Covid gestorben sind, sind geimpft.

Quelle, Seite 43.

72 Prozent, also 3.687 von 5.084 Opfern, sind auch geboostert. Es ist wichtig zu betonen, dass die meisten der Verstorbenen sehr betagt sind, deren Tod nicht an Covid gelegen haben muss. 401 Personen waren ungeimpft.

21.02.2022 - 21:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Putin paves way to invade as he signs decree officially recognising independence of two rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine to let him send in troops to ‚defend them‘ – while Boris condemns move as ‚very ill omen and a very dark sign‘

– Vladimir Putin will recognise Ukraine’s eastern regions as independent and sign a degree to that effect shortly
– Move would pave the way for Russian troops to roll in, on basis of ‚defending‘ them against Ukrainian ‚threats‘
– Mr Johnson said Putin’s decision to recognise the two separatist Ukrainian republics was an ‚ill omen‘ and a ‚dark sign‘ that things are moving in the wrong direction
– Putin spoke after an hours-long meeting of Russia’s security council, with aides laying out the case for war
– Having spent days staging what are widely thought to be false flag attacks and blaming them on Kiev, Kremlin officials presented them as ‚evidence‘ that ethnic Russians are at risk of ‚genocide‘ and must be protected
– All eyes will now turn to Ukraine’s border regions, where Russian tanks have been spotted in ‚battle formation‘

04.02.2022 - 05:38 [ BBC ]

Total meltdown on Downing Street

The chief of staff, the chief of communications, the official who runs the prime minister’s private office, and his policy chief – all gone. A quartet of departures from Number 10.

In the words of one senior backbencher, not just a nightmare on Downing Street but a total meltdown.

04.02.2022 - 05:36 [ Sky.com ]

Boris Johnson under pressure after four top aides quit Number 10 in mass exodus amid partygate fallout

Number 10 reveals both Dan Rosenfield, the PM’s chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, Boris Johnson’s principal private secretary, are leaving their roles. It comes just hours after two other key advisers to the PM – press chief Jack Doyle and policy chief Munira Mirza – also resign.

25.01.2022 - 15:26 [ Andrew Jacobs / Twitter ]

He’s still there because the Conservative party has no obvious credible replacement for him. I wonder if the 1922 committee already has the number of letters required for a no confidence vote but is sitting on it’s hands until the party has decided who they want to get behind?

25.01.2022 - 15:21 [ @FineLineDubai / Twitte ]

What’s the point of the Met Police investigating the No 10 Parties? Everyone knows Cressida Dick is biased in favour of Boris Johnson. We all know the truth won’t be told and justice will not be delivered. Another example of corruption & a waste of everyone’s time.

(…)

25.01.2022 - 15:17 [ nicki / Twitter ]

Partygate report to be delayed for WEEKS because of police probe: Met chief announces criminal investigation as ‚upset‘ Cabinet minister refuses to defend Boris’s birthday party (so has Cressida done PM a FAVOUR?)

25.01.2022 - 14:51 [ BBC ]

Police to investigate Downing Street lockdown parties

Commissioner Cressida Dick said they were looking into „potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations“ in Downing Street and Whitehall since 2020.

25.01.2022 - 14:45 [ ORF.at ]

Partys in Downing Street: Polizei leitet Ermittlungen ein

So sollen Kollegen von Regierungsmitarbeitern mit der Veröffentlichung kompromittierenden Materials in der Presse bedroht und eingeschüchtert worden sein, sagte Wragg dem „Telegraph“. Damit solle ein parteiinternes Misstrauensvotum verhindert werden. Die Parteimitglieder hätten erklärtermaßen oder mutmaßlich eine Abstimmung über die Parteiführung des Premierministers angestrebt.

24.01.2022 - 15:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

No 10 police give ‚extremely damning‘ evidence to Sue Gray over ‚partygate‘

The statements, described by one source as “extremely damning”, are expected to form a key part of Ms Gray’s report, which is due to be published within days.

The senior civil servant has also spoken to the Prime Minister, civil servants and political advisers, and accessed security pass logs and even Boris Johnson’s official diary.

Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former chief aide turned hostile adversary, will be interviewed by Ms Gray on Monday, according to report

24.01.2022 - 15:36 [ Independent.co.uk ]

MPs subjected to ‘blackmail’ as Boris Johnson fights for political life, claims senior Tory

Senior Conservative William Wragg sensationally revealed that he had received reports of Johnson loyalists threatening to place smear stories in the press about Tories considering declarations of no confidence in the prime minister.

And he said that MPs had told him of warnings that investment in their constituencies would be at risk if they failed to back Mr Johnson in battle to save his political life.

24.01.2022 - 15:13 [ Jewish Chronicle ]

He too once ruled supreme. So what lessons does Bibi have for Boris?

The British PM is discovering that his supporters are not quite as loyal as Netanyahu’s

22.01.2022 - 14:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚Boris Johnson is unfit for office‘: Ex- Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson takes aim at the PM and warns he is in a ‚perilous situation‘ with growing ‚fatigue‘ among MPs amid Partygate scandal

Tory peer Ruth Davidson, who successfully campaigned against Scottish independence in 2014 and quit frontline politics five years later, said the Prime Minister is in a ‘perilous situation’ ahead of Sue Gray’s report into the lockdown party scandal.

In an interview with The Times, the former MSP said that she would have already submitted her letter of no-confidence in Mr Johnson to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers if she were a Member of Parliament.

She also warned that Mr Johnson’s authority was teetering in part because of a growing ‘fatigue’ within the party ‘for the amount of drama that has been emanating from No10’ over allegations of lockdown-busting gatherings across government.

22.01.2022 - 13:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Scotland Yard to meet with William Wragg over Downing Street blackmail claims

Scotland Yard will meet with a leading rebel Conservative to discuss claims of threats and blackmail of backbenchers by government whips early next week, The Telegraph can disclose.

A detective from the Metropolitan Police will meet with William Wragg, a senior Tory MP who first raised the concerns, to discuss the allegations, including threats to withdraw investments from constituents.

22.01.2022 - 13:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

About a dozen Tory MPs said to have accused party whips of blackmail

“It is illegal. We are meant to operate as MPs without fear or favour. The allocation of taxpayer funding to constituencies should be according to need, not according to the need to keep the prime minister in his job.”

He described the government’s levelling up fund as “an open opportunity for government ministers to corruptly hand out money to some MPs and not to others”.

21.01.2022 - 00:05 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Government whips and advisers ’not above the law‘ says Speaker, after claims rebel MPs were ‚blackmailed‘

William Wragg, the chairman of a scrutiny committee, claimed several Tories who oppose Boris Johnson had been subjected to „pressures and intimidation“ in the wake of the Downing Street party scandal.

Downing Street staff, special advisers and government ministers had sought to encourage „embarrassing“ stories in the media about those who no longer back the Johnson premiership, Mr Wragg alleged.

20.01.2022 - 06:32 [ Express.co.uk ]

David Davis delivers killer blow – Boris to be ‚dragged kicking and screaming‘ from post

In an interview with the Telegraph, he said: „Boris will not leave Number 10 unless he’s dragged out kicking and screaming.

Mr Davis’s criticisms and Mr Wakeford’s defection come as Mr Johnson fights to save his premiership after admitting he attended a Downing Street garden party during the first lockdown.

Reflecting on his decision to publically criticise the Prime Minister, Mr Davis said: „I’ve just made myself the most unpopular person in the Tory party. Well, the second most unpopular.

20.01.2022 - 06:26 [ Spiked ]

Boris has blown it – Voters are tired of being taken for fools.

The real kicker came this week when he said that he expected someone else to tell him whether the ‘bring your own booze’ garden party on 20 May 2020 was within the rules or not. At the height of strict lockdown. When it was illegal to meet more than one person outdoors. To say he takes the rest of us for fools is to put it mildly.

20.01.2022 - 06:21 [ ConservativeHome.com ]

Johnson and a challenge. Shoot at the elephant and miss, and it may trample the jungle for a year.

To make his own decision about whether Britain should leave the EU, Boris Johnson drafted two different columns for the Daily Telegraph: one for, one against.

By this means, he hoped to find out which case was the better, perhaps taking his cue from Auden: “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”

I will be more economical, and put the case for and against the Prime Minister in a single article. Since this is ConservativeHome, the conservative case – in the sense of hanging on to what we’ve got – will get the last word.

20.01.2022 - 06:19 [ Mark Wallace / Twitter ]

The Wakeford defection is a really interesting one in its conflicting effects. Obviously very bad for the PM overall. Counterintuitively useful to him in the extremely short term, in that it threatens to taint wider rebellion against him with suggestions of Labourism and betrayal

20.01.2022 - 05:50 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson comes out ahead of Pork Pie plotters with big slice of good Covid news

There were signs last night of a dying down of the plot — named after more than a dozen MPs met in the office of Alicia Kearns, whose Rutland and Melton seat is the home of pork pie making.

The rebels were still short of gathering the 54 letters needed to be sent to backbench 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady in order to trigger a vote of no confidence in the PM.

19.01.2022 - 20:18 [ iNews.co.uk ]

What is a no confidence vote? How many letters are needed to force vote on Boris Johnson and what happens next

A Tory leadership challenge would be triggered if 15 per cent of Tory MPs write to the chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee saying they no longer have confidence in Mr Johnson.

There were 360 Tory MPs – before Christian Wakeford defected to Labour – meaning that 54 need to submit a letter to prompt a confidence vote.

The 1922 Committee keeps the number who have submitted letters a closely guarded secret, but MPs are free to make public if they have done so.

19.01.2022 - 20:16 [ UK Parliament / Youtube ]

Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) – 19 January 2022

Prime Minister’s Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday the House of Commons sits. It gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister.

19.01.2022 - 20:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

David Davis tells Boris Johnson ‘in the name of God, go’ at chaotic PMQs

The former Brexit secretary said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday he did the opposite of that. So I will remind him of a quotation which may be familiar to his ear, Leopold Amery to Neville Chamberlain: ‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. In the name of God, go.’”

19.01.2022 - 05:27 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Rebel MPs plot to oust Boris Johnson, as Covid ‘Plan B’ restrictions to be scrapped

Details of ‘pork pie plot’ among Tories first elected in 2019 emerge as PM prepares to drop work from home guidance and Covid passports

19.01.2022 - 04:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

D-day for Boris as dozens of newly elected and Red Wall MPs threaten to trigger vote of no confidence TODAY with letters handed in after PMQs after group launched ‚Pork Pie Plot‘ to force him out following his car-crash interview

Fifty-four is the number required to trigger a vote, and while it is unclear how close the plotters are to reaching that figure, such discussions among so many MPs represents a worry for Mr Johnson.

Seven letters are known to have gone in already, but the process is designed to be secret and more may have been received by chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.

19.01.2022 - 04:43 [ Mirror,co,uk ]

‚Pork Pie Plot‘ to ditch Boris Johnson as 20 Tory MPs submit no confidence letters

More than a dozen Tory MPs who were elected at the 2019 election met at Westminster to conspire over Boris Johnson’s future, The Mirror understands. The PM has been accused of lying to the House of Commons

19.01.2022 - 04:36 [ ORF.at ]

Johnson verheddert sich in „Lügen“-Debatte

Im Zuge der Enthüllungen werden die Rufe nach Johnsons Rücktritt immer lauter – auch in den eigenen Reihen. Johnson und zahlreiche Kabinettsmitglieder weichen Fragen darüber aus. Sie verweisen auf eine interne Ermittlung der hochrangigen Beamtin Sue Gray. Zunächst sollten die Ergebnisse abgewartet werden, sagte Finanzminister Rishi Sunak am Dienstag. Er glaube Johnson.

17.01.2022 - 03:49 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson grilled by Sue Gray over Downing Street parties as Tory anger boils over

One Tory MP said that they had written a letter of no confidence that would be submitted to the 1922 Committee once Ms Gray’s report was completed, and claimed that six other MPs would do likewise.

In a sign of the suspicion sweeping the parliamentary party, it is claimed that Tory whips have been monitoring the approach to the 1922 committee chairman’s office to see who submits letters.

14.01.2022 - 12:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

England ‚WILL scrap Covid passes and WFH at the end of the month’ because they are ‚hard to justify‘ now that Omicron is subsiding — with masks on trains and in shops the only curb left

Currently, people in England need to show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow to enter large events and nightclubs.

A Whitehall source told the newspaper: ‚There was always a very high threshold for the policy and it looks increasingly likely in a couple of weeks that threshold won’t be met. The way cases are going it will be hard to justify renewing.‘

13.01.2022 - 09:55 [ ORF.at ]

Namhafte Torys revoltieren gegen Johnson

Diskutiert wurde unter den Abgeordneten auch, Stimmen mit der Forderung nach einem Misstrauensvotum gegen Johnson zu sammeln. Die notwendige Schwelle liegt bei 54. Berichten zufolge sind bisher etwa 25 Briefe dazu eingegangen. Irritationen verursachte bei den Abgeordneten auch, dass Johnson nach seinem Entschuldigungsauftritt im Unterhaus weniger zerknirscht wirkte als in der Öffentlichkeit.

13.01.2022 - 09:27 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The Tories will be buried if they ignore the real lessons behind Boris’s fall

Truss, Sunak or whoever comes next must harness the angry anti-establishment mood of centre-Right voters or be swept away by a Labour Party promising, however implausibly, that it is “time for change”. The next leader will need to make good on the promise of Brexit, not merely on its legalities. They cannot keep going with Johnson’s idiotic war on his own supporters, his green fundamentalism, profligate extravagance and gimmicky levelling-up that will achieve nothing but waste billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

18.12.2021 - 15:00 [ Rubikon ]

Stirb langsam!

Wie britische und amerikanische Behörden mit Julian Assange umspringen, lässt nur eine Schlussfolgerung zu — sie wollen seinen Tod.

15.12.2021 - 05:07 [ .Researchgate.net ]

Latest statistics on England mortality data suggest systematic mis-categorisation of vaccine status and uncertain effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccination

(December 2021)

At first glance the ONS data suggest that, in each of the older age groups, all-cause mortality is lower in the vaccinated than the unvaccinated. Despite this apparent evidence to support vaccine effectiveness-at least for the older age groups-on closer inspection of this data, this conclusion is cast into doubt because of a range of fundamental inconsistencies and anomalies in the data. Whatever the explanations for the observed data, it is clear that it is both unreliable and misleading. While socio-demographical and behavioural differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated have been proposed as possible explanations, there is no evidence to support any of these. By Occam’s razor we believe the most likely explanations are systemic miscategorisation of deaths between the different categories of unvaccinated and vaccinated; delayed or non-reporting of vaccinations; systemic underestimation of the proportion of unvaccinated; and/or incorrect population selection for Covid deaths.

05.12.2021 - 09:26 [ theGuardian.com ]

Jailed for 51 weeks for protesting? Britain is becoming a police state by stealth

(01.12.2021)

The government’s back-door amendments to the policing bill are tyrannical. We should be on the streets in our millions

07.11.2021 - 10:20 [ Tansparenztest.de ]

Zunehmend mehr Infektionen bei Geimpften vs. Ungeimpften: UK Report tilgt Grafiken mit Fallraten

Seit Wochen zeigen die offiziellen Daten des Britischen UK Health Security Agency UKHSA (früher Public Health England PHE): Es sind derzeit keine Vorteile von Geimpften gegenüber Ungeimpften in den Altersgruppen der 30 bis 80 plus Jährigen bei Neuinfektionen erkennbar. Im Gegenteil: Ungeimpfte weisen ab den mittleren Altersgruppen die besseren Zahlen auf – Tendenz zunehmend.

Das war offensichtlich zu viel. Nun hat das UKHSA die anschaulichen Vergleichsgrafiken mit den Infektionsraten im neuen Bericht gecancelt.

26.10.2021 - 10:45 [ Amnesty International ]

US/UK: “Drop the charges, stop the extradition and free Julian Assange,” says Amnesty head

Ahead of an appeal hearing against the decision by a UK court not to extradite Julian Assange to the USA, Amnesty International’s Secretary General has called on US authorities to drop the charges against him and the UK authorities not to extradite him but release him immediately.

The call by Agnès Callamard follows an investigation by Yahoo News revealing that US security services considered kidnapping or killing Julian Assange when he was resident in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. These reports further weaken already unreliable US diplomatic assurances that Assange will not be placed in conditions that could amount to ill-treatment if extradited.

17.09.2021 - 18:24 [ theSun.co.uk ]

READY FOR TAKEOFF! Travel update UK: Amber list SCRAPPED and expensive PCR tests ditched in biggest holidays boost since pandemic began

BRITS can jet off for a hassle-free autumn in the sun after both the amber list and expensive PCR tests were SCRAPPED in the biggest travel boost of the pandemic so far.

In a huge win for holidaymakers ministers are also shrinking the red list – with popular destination Turkey among those declared Covid safe today.

17.09.2021 - 18:18 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab and Michael Gove lose out as Liz Truss promoted in reshuffle

(15.09.2021)

In all, four ministers were removed from the Cabinet: Mr Williamson, Amanda Milling as party co-chairman, Robert Jenrick as Communities Secretary and Robert Buckland as Justice Secretary.

However, the most high-profile demotion was Mr Raab, who remained in Cabinet but was stripped of one of the great offices of state, the Foreign Office.

09.09.2021 - 16:50 [ Boris Johnson - Gov.uk ]

PM Boris Johnson: The Oxford vaccine shows why we and the world need Britain to be global

(16.03.2021)

The objective of Global Britain is not to swagger or strike attitudes on the world stage. It is to use the full spectrum of our abilities, now amplified by record spending on both defence and science, to engage with and help the rest of the world. That is how we serve the British interest, and I mean the economic interest of people up and down the country. And as the vaccine programme begins to inspire a new global hope, we want to use this moment to heal, both literally and figuratively.

09.09.2021 - 16:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

New Covid vaccines could be made in 40 DAYS if they need updating to tackle mutated variants, taskforce chief says

(17.02.2021)

Dr Dix added: ‚I think 40 days would be a real stretch but we would aim for something as good as that.

‚But certainly within 60 days and then, after that, we would start the manufacturing.‘

Manufacturing vaccines takes different amounts of time depending on the type of jab.

09.09.2021 - 16:46 [ Jasmine the European Cat / Twitter ]

But the Oxford/AstraZeneca team, which uses more traditional viral vector technology, says that while it can make a new formulation in days, it takes much longer to produce.

(09.02.2021)

It expects to have a vaccine designed to address the variant discovered in South Africa ready by autumn.

09.09.2021 - 15:27 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports not ruled out for pubs and restaurants suggests minister as he’s berated by fuming Tory MPs

He was lambasted by backbenchers over the „pointless policy“ and accused of starting a „needless fight“ with his own party.

Mr Zahawi defended the introduction of vaccine passports which he said would „reduce transmission and serious illness“.

Boris Johnson is already facing a major rebellion over the plans, with more than 50 Tories expected to mutiny.

07.09.2021 - 04:11 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tory MPs need ‘Covid passport’ to meet Boris Johnson at No 10

Boris Johnson has ordered Tory MPs who want to meet him in 10 Downing Street to bring „Covid passports“.

05.09.2021 - 21:31 [ The Reclaim Party / Twitter ]

„The reason Keir Starmer and the Labour Party did not oppose anything that the Government did with any degree of effectiveness is because the Government abdicated its political duties to experts…That is the start of totalitarianism.“ @WeAreFairCop told @talkRADIO

05.09.2021 - 21:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirms vaccine passports WILL be required for entry to large venues from October to avoid winter closures

Boris Johnson announced back in July that being double-jabbed would be made an entry requirement for all nightclubs in England by the end of September.

He also signalled the requirement would likely be imposed on other large venues. It is not clear specifically what Mr Zahawi meant by ‚large venues‘

Many Tory MPs are vehemently against the documents being used, with the Prime Minister facing a significant rebellion on the issue.

05.09.2021 - 21:19 [ The Reclaim Party / Twitter ]

Nadhim has this morning confirmed vaccine passports will start at the end of the month. Previously he said “Mandating vaccination is DISCRIMINATORY and COMPLETELY WRONG… we have absolutely no plans for vaccine passports” What changed @nadhimzahawi ?

03.09.2021 - 13:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab will ‚investigate‘ claims that people were told to go to airport ahead of attack

(01.09.2021)

Chris Bryant then asks about reports that British officials told people to go to the airport on the very day of the terrorist attack.

Dominic Raab says the travel advice was changed the night before the attack, and people were told not to come to the airport. The team was shifted from the Barons Hotel through to the airport to protect them.

He says he saw the report and „I need to investigate it“, but doesn’t reject the possibility.

03.09.2021 - 13:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan: Dominic Raab’s answers to five questions from MPs

(01.09.2021)

The foreign secretary promised he would investigate a serious allegation that British officials told Afghans to proceed to the airport’s Abbey gate on Thursday last week, despite a specific warning that Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) was preparing a terror attack that day.

Nearly 200 people were killed in a double bombing at and near the gate used for the British evacuation – but BBC’s Newsnight has reported that Afghans were sent emails earlier that day asking, in one case, if they were “at the correct gate? Abbey gate”.

03.09.2021 - 13:36 [ uk.news.yahoo.com ]

Kabul Airport bombing: Two British citizens and child of British national killed in terror attack

(27.08.2021)

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed the deaths on Friday. He added that a further two people were injured in the blast – an adult British national and an Afghan child with a British family.

“These were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists,” Mr Raab said.

03.09.2021 - 13:10 [ inews.co.uk ]

Afghan interpreter ‘told by UK to go to Abbey Gate’ before Kabul attack says ‘if I’d listened I’d be dead’

(01.09.2021)

“Please advise that you are at the correct gate? Abbey Gate on hawa on Shawasi Street,” one UK staff member wrote to the interpreter in an email seen by the BBC.

The interpreter decided not to go to Abbey Gate because he felt the situation was becoming increasingly dangerous and said that had he followed the advice he was given, he would “be no more”.

03.09.2021 - 11:59 [ BBC ]

Afghanistan: UK embassy told Afghans to go to Abbey Gate before suicide attack

(01.09.2021)

Emails seen by Newsnight show that even though the UK and US deemed a threat to the airport to be imminent, the British embassy told people to „use the Abbey Gate [near] to the Baron Hotel“.

Almost 200 people were killed in the explosion, including two UK citizens.

The UK government said it was investigating the emails.

15.08.2021 - 15:22 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims

(30 May 2013)

Since 2006, on a conservative estimate, it has cost £15m a day to maintain Britain’s military presence in Helmand province. The equivalent of £25,000 will have been spent for every one of Helmand’s 1.5 million inhabitants, more than most of them will earn in a lifetime, it says.

By 2020, the author of a new book says, Britain will have spent at least £40bn on its Afghan campaign, enough to recruit over 5,000 police officers or nurses and pay for them throughout their careers. It could fund free tuition for all students in British higher education for 10 years.

15.08.2021 - 15:18 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Britain’s war in Afghanistan cost taxpayers £22bn, as final pullout underway

(08.06.2021)

And the final cost is likely to be even higher because the bill disclosed by Defence Minister James Heappey only counts cash from a special Whitehall pot for the conflict.

Revealing the cost in a written parliamentary answer, Mr Heappey said: “As at May 2021, the total cost of Operation Herrick to HM Treasury Special Reserve is £22.2billion.”

04.08.2021 - 08:25 [ ORF.at ]

Golf von Oman: Rätsel um mögliche Tankerentführung

Laut unbestätigten Refinitiv-Schiffverfolgungsdaten sollen mehrere Öltanker ein automatisches Statussignal gesendet haben, laut dem sie aufgrund außergewöhnlicher Umstände manövrierunfähig sein sollen.

01.08.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Spare us from the mental torture of crazy travel rules

It sometimes seems as if someone wants to punish us for wanting to live normally again.

27.07.2021 - 07:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Let’s give pingdemic the boot: Boss of High Street chemist Boots calls for scheme to be scrapped as he reveals one in five stores now have half the usual staff

Sebastian James is one of the most prominent business leaders so far to speak out in support of the Daily Mail campaign to stop vital workers being compelled to isolate unnecessarily.

In an interview with the Mail, he revealed that staff absence rates have increased by 50 per cent throughout his chain’s 2,330 stores, which offer important pharmacy services to the public.

27.07.2021 - 06:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK’s daily Covid cases drop for the SIXTH day in a row: Infections plummet 38% to 24,950 and deaths fall 24% to 14 – but No10 warns we’re ’not out of the woods yet‘ despite virus declining in every region of England

The Government and its scientific advisers had been expecting cases to rocket to at least 100,000 every day this autumn, with top SAGE member ‚Professor Lockdown‘ Neil Ferguson claiming they could even top 200,000.

But daily infections now appear to be falling or levelling off in every region of England. The North East, a hotspot for the Indian ‚Delta‘ variant, was the first to see its outbreak peak on July 14, according to the data.

27.07.2021 - 06:46 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Over half of Covid hospitalisations tested positive after admission

Experts said it meant the national statistics, published daily on the government website and frequently referred to by ministers, may far overstate the levels of pressures on the NHS.

The leaked data – covering all NHS trusts in England – show that, as of last Thursday, just 44 per cent of patients classed as being hospitalised with Covid had tested positive by the time they were admitted.

25.07.2021 - 09:11 [ ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk ]

Protesters chant ‘shame on you’ at police during ‚rally for freedom‘ march through city centre and Arndale

The group were holding up banners including one which read: “Don’t believe the hype”.

It is thought that the protesters had gathered under the banner of the ‘World Wide Rally For Freedom’.

Cities around the world are said to be taking part.

25.07.2021 - 08:59 [ ITV.com ]

Hundreds gather in Belfast for freedom march against Covid restrictions

Hundreds of anti mask and vaccine passport protestors have gathered in Belfast City Centre in a freedom march.

The crowd assembled outside Belfast City Hall and marched towards Botanic Gardens in the south of the city.

24.07.2021 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris is Ping-nocchio: PM’s claim being pinged meant you were five times more likely to have virus was based on data BEFORE vaccine… now he’s blasted as ‚deeply misleading‘

But the Public Health England research he cited was six months old and carried out before the vast majority of the public had been vaccinated against Covid.

It also involved only those who had been alerted by NHS Test and Trace as close contacts of positive cases.

The Prime Minister implied it covered the NHS Covid app, which had not been rolled out at the time. The app tends to be less reliable at identifying close contacts than Test and Trace and can ‚ping‘ people through walls.

24.07.2021 - 07:44 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Covid-19 UK: 20% of Britain’s UK’s food sector hit by self-isolating Pingdemic as army on standby

(23.07.2021)

Coronavirus latest: THE ARMY is on standby to step in and help secure the nation’s food supplies if the Pingdemic worsens, a Cabinet minister said today.

23.07.2021 - 05:44 [ FT.com ]

UK ministers urge public not to delete Covid app

According to the health department, the number of people using the NHS Test and Trace app to register at pubs, shops and other venues fell 10 per cent compared with the previous week — which has been seen as another sign of deletions.

23.07.2021 - 05:40 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Just over a fifth of people have the NHS Covid app and are using it properly, poll finds

(20.07.2021)

Forty per cent of respondents say they never had the app in the first place

23.07.2021 - 05:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Ausfälle durch Quarantäne: Britische „Pingdemic“ sorgt für Chaos

Schätzungen zufolge befinden sich derzeit rund 1,7 Millionen Briten in Selbstisolation, da sie entweder an Covid-19 erkrankt sind oder als enge Kontakte von Infizierten „gepingt“ – also von der englischen Corona-App oder vom Gesundheitsdienst – benachrichtigt wurden.

22.07.2021 - 12:38 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Post-Brexit-Status von Nordirland: Neuer Vertrag – oder London steigt aus

Lewis und Frost skizzierten die Probleme, die das Protokoll hervorgerufen hat: soziale Spannungen in Nordirland, ein reduziertes Warenangebot, mehr als 200 Betriebe, die Nordirland gar nicht mehr beliefern, ein unverhältnismäßig großer bürokratischer Aufwand.

Es sei absolut klar, dass die britische Regierung unter diesen Umständen Artikel 16 des Protokolls aktivieren könne, sagte Lewis.

22.07.2021 - 12:25 [ Dailymail.co.uk ]

Supermarket bosses beg shoppers not to panic buy as bottled water, bread, meat and frozen food runs low – while minister U-turns by saying ‚key worker‘ exemption list WILL be issued TODAY and firms tell staff to ‚ignore app‘ amid ‚pingdemic‘ mayhem

– Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng admits he can’t guarantee ‚pingdemic‘ won’t continue beyond August 16
– Iceland said it closed ‚a number of stores‘ due to staff having to self-isolate after being notified by NHS app
– The frozen food chain revealed 1,000 employees – four per cent of its workforce – have had to stay at home
– It said that in the next few days it will start to draft in another 2,000 people to fill temporary roles in stores
– Meanwhile BP said it has had to temporarily close some of its stations due to petrol and diesel supply issues
– The oil company said the problems were being caused by a shortage of lorry drivers that had been ‚pinged‘

22.07.2021 - 12:22 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Record 600,000 Brits in Covid isolation after NHS app ‚pings‘ – up 17% in a week

This is a 16.7 per cent increase on seven days before, when 530,126 ‚pings‘ were sent out.

And it is likely that the actual number is much higher, once people who have been contacted by Test and Trace are factored in.

The nation is currently in the grips of a so-called ‚pingdemic‘, with fears the economy could grind to a halt if the problem persists.

21.07.2021 - 20:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK records 44,104 Covid cases in just a 4% week-on-week jump but deaths continue to rise with 73 more victims amid fears Freedom Day could be watered down in a FORTNIGHT unless hospital admissions start to slow

– SAGE has told PM he may need to roll back some curbs by end of first week of August if admissions don’t slow
– Would mark another extraordinary U-turn just three weeks after Freedom Day was given go-ahead on July 19

21.07.2021 - 20:02 [ National Health Service - NHS.uk ]

NHS COVID-19 Data Store

The NHS COVID-19 Data Store sits on a Microsoft Azure platform under contract with NHS England and NHS Improvement. Within that secure cloud processing environment, Palantir (acting under instruction from NHS England) manage their platform which is called Foundry.

Palantir, have built analytical dashboards for access by NHS England and Improvement staff, together with staff in the following organisations working under contract: Faculty AI, McKinsey and Deloittes.

21.07.2021 - 19:35 [ theCanary.co/uk/ ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

21.07.2021 - 19:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions and says 60% of infected patients needing NHS treatment are unvaccinated after wrongly claiming majority have had both jabs

(yesterday)

– Sir Patrick Vallance corrected a mistake about Covid hospitalisation rates
– He originally said 60 per cent of people going to hospital were doubled jabbed
– But he later tweeted the figure applied to the unvaccinated people

20.07.2021 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No10 refuses to rule out making people prove they are double-jabbed to get into PUBS as Tories vow to fight PM’s ‚disgusting‘ restriction on entry to nightclubs – but warn any Commons revolt will be ‚pointless‘ unless Labour opposes the move

Another senior lockdown-sceptic told MailOnline there are ‚likely‘ to be enough Tory rebels. But they stressed a revolt would be ‚pointless‘ unless Labour lines up against the measures.

‚It’s all about Keir Starmer… unless Labour go through the division lobbies in opposition it will happen,‘ the MP said.

The MP said the PM’s was using a ‚disgusting‘ tactic to pressure young people to get jabs. ‚I am profoundly disgusted that a Conservative government is manipulating the public like this… it is awful,‘ they said.

20.07.2021 - 18:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚OUR Freedom Day lasted 17 HOURS‘: Nightclub bosses blast Boris over plan for compulsory vaccine passports… in ‚another chaotic U-turn‘ a week after saying revellers would NOT need them

At a Downing Street press conference last night, Mr Johnson – who is self-isolating in Chequers after he was ‚pinged‘ by the NHS Covid app – said that proof of double-vaccination will be a ‚condition of entry‘ at clubs just hours after they reopened for the first time in 16 months.

He declined to specify which other venues will be targeted and even failed to rule out extending the scheme to other hospitality venues, including pubs. The policy is a major U-turn, with Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Nadhim Zahawi previously denying there were plans to introduce so-called ‚Covid status certification‘ and Downing Street calling such a move ‚discriminatory‘.

17.07.2021 - 11:49 [ Express.co.uk ]

AZ jab: People may be three times more likely to get Covid symptoms than Pfizer’s – study

(16.07.2021)

THE ASTRAZENECA vaccine has given the UK a decisive edge in the vaccine race but with Freedom Day fast approaching, new SAGE figures may provide a cause for concern. According to the panel of experts advising Downing Street, those fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine have a three-fold risk of getting Covid symptoms if infected compared with those who got Pfizer and Moderna.

13.07.2021 - 05:26 [ Mark Harper / threadreaderapp.com ]

The Commons will tomorrow be asked to vote on ‘draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021’ Sounds fairly innocuous, no? These are actually the Regulations to bring in compulsory vaccination – not just for care staff…

…but based on preliminary intentions I am aware of in @DHSCgovuk, this will also mandate vaccination for those eg carrying out deliveries/servicing the boilers at such care homes…

13.07.2021 - 05:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson urges use of Covid vaccine passports

Prime Minister says venues with large crowds will be asked to adopt certification ‘as a matter of social responsibility’

09.07.2021 - 18:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Up to 40% of ‚Covid hospital patients‘ infected with Delta variant may have been admitted for a different illness, official figures suggest

Four out of 10 patients hospitalised with the Indian Covid variant in England may have been admitted for something else, MailOnline analysis of official data suggests.

Public Health England’s fortnightly report on the ‚Delta‘ strain showed a total of 1,904 people had spent at least one night in hospital with the mutant virus by June 21.

But the agency admits 739 (39 per cent) of these patients may have gone to hospital for a different condition or injury and tested positive through routine NHS testing.

08.07.2021 - 16:34 [ Spiked ]

Boris, don’t give in to the neurotic middle classes

Let’s be real: some people want to live in lockdown forever because they fear and loathe ordinary people.

08.07.2021 - 16:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Boris Johnson says freedom is ’not too far off‘ as he defends delay to easing of self-isolation rules

People who have had both vaccines will not have to quarantine if they brush with an infected person from August 16, it was announced earlier this week, but hospitality leaders and others say this should take effect from the July 19 Freedom Day.

The Prime Minister said he understood public frustrations about continued quarantine after both jabs, adding “I know that people are obviously fed up with Covid restrictions” but that the new “test and release” approach beckons.

07.07.2021 - 05:50 [ andhravilas.net ]

Germany could lift all Covid-19 restrictions in August: FM

Berlin, July 7 – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said that he supported the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions once a vaccine has been offered to everyone in the country.

When this is achieved, there is „no longer a legal or political justification for any kind of restriction,“ Maas told the German Press Agency on Tuesday, adding that he expected this to happen during August.

07.07.2021 - 05:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

STEPHEN GLOVER: As he risks millions of people being stuck at home, Sajid Javid has made a mockery of his entire strategy

Until now, that is. Yesterday afternoon the new broom that is Mr Javid suddenly looked alarmingly like his unlamented predecessor. His announcement that self-isolation rules are going to be dropped for the double-jabbed and under-18s was of course extremely welcome.

But why on earth has this long-overdue change been deferred until August 16, which is four weeks after so-called Freedom Day on July 19?

07.07.2021 - 05:42 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Isolation rules ‘slam the brakes’ on freedom: Isolation rules ‘slam the brakes’ on freedom

The Government has been accused of delaying „Freedom Day“ after revealing that fully vaccinated people will still have to follow self-isolation rules until August 16.

07.07.2021 - 05:39 [ Andrew Walker #FBPE #Rejoin / Twitter ]

Do ministers get issued with random crap generators?

If it were safe, why delay implementation by five weeks, if not safe presumably no one will notice, given all the extra cases about to be unleashed

07.07.2021 - 05:32 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Furious businesses accuse ministers of ‚carnage‘ that could tip them over the brink after Sajid Javid delays axing of self-isolation rules for double-jabbed and children until AUGUST 16 – dooming around 4.6m people a WEEK to house arrest

Furious businesses accused ministers of causing ‚carnage‘ that could tip them over the brink today after Sajid Javid revealed the requirement for the double-jabbed to self-isolate will not be dropped until August 16.

The Health Secretary announced the rules on what people must do when they are ‚pinged‘ for contact with an infected individual will stay in place for weeks after so-called ‚Freedom Day‘ – despite rising alarm at the chaos and misery being inflicted.

30.06.2021 - 17:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Gloomy SAGE adviser calls for Freedom Day to be delayed until all children are vaccinated – which could take THREE MORE months – despite hospital and death rates flatlining

The vaccine rollout is expected to drop to 150,000 first doses a day in the next few months because of shortages in the supply of Pfizer and Moderna’s jabs and because the AstraZeneca vaccine is not being given to young people.

28.06.2021 - 21:16 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Labour accuses Boris Johnson of trying to ‚rewrite history‘ as he tries to claim he FIRED Matt Hancock: PM suggests he sacked Health Secretary as soon as he saw story of his affair (before Downing Street admits he actually resigned)

But after 80 Tory MPs told No 10 he had to go after they were deluged with complaints, Mr Hancock gave a video statement on Saturday afternoon that he had quit after he breached social distancing guidance by kissing Gina Coladangelo against his office door.

In response Mr Johnson said he was ’sorry to receive‘ Hancock’s resignation.

28.06.2021 - 21:13 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

PM’s tone-deaf response to the Hancock saga reveals a fundamental weakness

It is never clear whether the government is following public opinion or leading it. In trying to do both, they get the worst of both worlds.

27.06.2021 - 16:10 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK Covid LIVE: Sajid Javid says ‘immediate priority’ is to end Covid pandemic as soon as possible as half of under 30s get jab

Speaking to the media for the first time since becoming Health Secretary on Saturday, Mr Javid said: „I was honoured to take up this position. I also know that it comes with a huge responsibility and I will do everything I can to make sure that I deliver for this great country.

„We are still in a pandemic and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible and that will be my most immediate priority, to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible.“

27.06.2021 - 16:02 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Inside the plot to expose Matt Hancock’s affair: Friends talk of secret camera hidden by Chinese… or No10. In fact it was footage from his office CCTV and a whistleblower in his own department, reveals GLEN OWEN

The sting that brought down Matt Hancock was executed by a whistleblower in his department who contacted opponents of the Health Secretary’s stance on lockdown to help expose his affair, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The footage of Mr Hancock kissing Gina Coladangelo was caught on a CCTV camera in his office on May 6, and secretly recorded by a member of his department’s staff.

After allowing a month to elapse, the whistleblower approached lockdown sceptics and asked them to help sell the incendiary footage to the media.

27.06.2021 - 15:56 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Ordinary people sacrificed everything during the pandemic – this government has laughed in our faces

I have no idea what qualifies Ms Coladangelo, a lobbyist and communications director, to be an adviser and non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care, other than the fact she has been pals with Hancock for years. Perhaps we know now why Hancock failed at the time of the appointment to declare his “friendship” with her. In her time of advising him, Hancock oversaw the highest death rates in Europe from Covid, so the value of this appointment was seemingly for him, not for us. The whole thing stinks. It stank even before the videos of the kiss.

27.06.2021 - 15:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Hancock’s fall catapults Sajid Javid back into the heart of Conservative politics

Thirteen months ago, Dominic Cummings faced an avalanche of demands to resign after being caught in an egregious breach of the Covid lockdown regulations. Although Cummings had clearly broken rules that he had helped to draw up, and public opinion was against him, he survived – albeit for only a few months – because Boris Johnson stood behind him.

This weekend, Matt Hancock also had Johnson’s backing…

23.06.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Irrational fear of Covid has crushed Brexit Britain’s buccaneering spirit

Five years after the Brexit vote, the pandemic response has suffocated the boosterism that was one of the driving forces behind the Leave campaign. On our own, freed of the EU straitjacket, we would flourish by demonstrating a quintessentially British can-do spirit. Instead, we are still exhorted to cower behind the national sofa by leaders terrified of what the future might bring.

23.06.2021 - 12:10 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Freedom Day ‚will see virtually ALL Covid curbs axed‘: Ministers prepare full unlocking on July 19 with masks, social distancing and work from home advice dropped to save shattered businesses – but date will NOT be brought forward

Boris Johnson is getting ready to give the green light for the sweeping unlocking after internal government assessments warned that keeping even limited restrictions for longer would spell disaster for the hospitality industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

However, it is understood there is almost no chance the date will be brought forward to July 5 despite immense pressure from Tory MPs.

23.06.2021 - 11:52 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The government threat to YOUR free speech: Misguided Online Safety Bill will be ‚catastrophic‘ for ordinary people’s social media, says MP David Davis – with tech giants able to ban posts for being ‚harmful‘ that are perfectly legal

The Government’s new Online Safety Bill will be ‚catastrophic‘ for ordinary people’s freedom of speech, former minister David Davis warned today.

The Conservative MP said forcing social networks to take down content in Britain they deem unacceptable ’seems out of Orwell’s 1984′.

Mr Davis, 72, slammed the idea Silicon Valley firms could take down posts they think are ’not politically correct – even though it is legal‘.

20.06.2021 - 20:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

THE SUN ON SUNDAY SAYS: Boris Johnson must grasp the nettle and deliver the freedom we all yearn for

We clearly can’t go on like this forever.

But alarmingly, many people actually think we will.

More than a quarter of people now fear that Britain will never be completely free of anti-Covid restrictions.

The PM has told us that “freedom day” will come on July 19.

But our poll says that only eight per cent believe him.

20.06.2021 - 20:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

Sack him Boris! ‚Useless‘ Hancock told to go after claim he withheld positive vaccine news

(20.06.2021)

A study by Public Health England (PHE) was released on June 14 and concluded the vaccines offered “significant protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant”. The Health Secretary is alleged to have known about the findings on June 10 – three days before the Prime Minister ultimately decided to delay the June 21 “Freedom Day” by four weeks.

20.06.2021 - 20:01 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Matt Hancock kept Boris Johnson in dark over Covid vaccines success

(19.06.2021)

Matt Hancock failed to tell Boris Johnson about a major Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Indian or delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, The Telegraph can disclose.

The Telegraph understands that the Health Secretary had known about the PHE data three days before the „quad“ of four senior ministers, led by the Prime Minister, met last Sunday to decide whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening until July 19.

16.06.2021 - 16:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Britain is still paying the price for the original sin of locking down

I remind you of these things not to mock the Government’s lack of foresight, but to question whether it has ever been straight with us. Suppose that back in March 2020 the Prime Minister had said that he would micro-manage our lives by law, not for at least three weeks but for at least 17 months. Would the British people would have submitted as meekly as they did? I doubt it.

16.06.2021 - 15:55 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

It doesn’t matter what you say, Prime Minister – June 21 will still be our Freedom Day

No wonder the Brothers Grim, Whitty and Vallance, looked ill at ease as they attempted to pass off hugely encouraging charts as looming calamity. Because the physical Covid numbers are now so low, they resorted to percentages instead. Hospital admissions had increased “by 50 per cent in a week”, warned the Chief Medical Officer.

A 50 per cent increase in Covid patients sounds really bad, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. NHS England reported 137 Covid admissions on June 12

16.06.2021 - 15:50 [ lbc.co.uk ]

‚Hammer blow‘: PM’s Freedom Day delay ‚devastating‘ for country

LBC has been inundated with calls from people furious at the announcement.

Last night one contributor told Iain Dale the entire political class were „utterly ruining“ the economy, hospitality and aviation industries.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said in a speech today the blame lies squarely with Downing Street.

16.06.2021 - 14:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Facemasks forever, WFH, self-isolation and travel quarantine to stay, and MORE restrictions in winter? Leaked Step 4 Whitehall document reveals how ’new normal‘ could look even AFTER July 19 new Freedom Day – as Boris faces Commons revolt in vote tonight

– Boris Johnson is facing the prospect of a damaging revolt by dozens of MPs in crucial lockdown vote tonight
– Government all-but guaranteed victory as Labour is backing the move but opposition seems to be growing
– Leaked Whitehall document has suggested that a number of restriction will stay even after new July 19 date

15.06.2021 - 17:32 [ theSun.co.uk ]

HERD IT ALL BEFORE: Tory MPs warn Freedom Day will be delayed again and say they don’t believe PM’s assurances it will go ahead on July 19

„It seems to me we don’t know anything today that we didn’t know when the PM was telling us he was happy to move ahead on June 21.

„We’ve heard Ministers say they’re ‘pretty confident’ about lifting restrictions before and then do the opposite.

„Don’t blame the public if many weary people simply don’t believe such assurances anymore

14.06.2021 - 15:19 [ Actual Interview / Youtube ]

#live Downing Street Protest | Freedom Day Debate

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14.06.2021 - 15:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

In Orwellian Britain, lockdown is perpetual and sickness is health

Embracing the statist doctrine of a permanent war on Covid will end badly for the Conservatives

14.06.2021 - 15:11 [ hellofaread.com ]

Boris Johnson blasted for ‘completely unjustifiable’ June 21 Freedom Day delay by furious MPs

FURIOUS Tory MPs today mauled Boris Johnson as he prepared to announce a “completely unjustifiable” delay to Freedom Day.

The PM is facing an angry Conservative revolt over plans to slam the brakes on his roadmap, which he is expected to confirm at a somber press conference tonight.

14.06.2021 - 15:05 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

The delay to freedom is entirely Boris Johnson’s fault. Don’t let him tell you otherwise

The only reason you can’t do whatever you want is because the PM prefers to do whatever he wants, says Fleet Street Fox

14.06.2021 - 15:02 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

How many times will it be ‚one last heave‘ until we’re free?

When the first lockdown was called, in March 2020, it was supposed to be a case of maintaining social distancing for three weeks so that we could prevent A&E units from being overwhelmed. Then it became a case of suppressing the virus until we had a vaccine. Then we had a vaccine and we were asked to lock down until it had been rolled out among vulnerable groups. That was achieved, on schedule, in the middle of February, but no, we had to stay locked down until the over-50s – who had accounted for 99 per cent of deaths – had been offered at least one jab. That target was reached in early April. But now we are being asked to wait until the entire adult population has had at least one jab….

14.06.2021 - 14:58 [ Sky News / Youtube ]

‚Freedom Day‘ is set to be delayed by the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make „one last heave“ to freedom as he announces a delay of four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England.

12.06.2021 - 05:31 [ inews.co.uk ]

Vaccine rollout slowed by not offering AstraZeneca to under-40s, minister confirms

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi insists 31 July target for offering doses to all adults will be hit despite ‘tight’ supplies of Pfizer

12.06.2021 - 05:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Summer freedom on hold for FOUR WEEKS: Boris Johnson is set to push Freedom Day to July 19 as new poll shows majority of Britons back delay with Indian variant driving hospital admissions up 40% week-on-week

The PHE figures show that the number of positive tests linked back to the strain more than tripled from 12,431 to 42,323 in just a week.

Part of this increase was down to an improved testing system that speeds up the process of working out which variant someone is infected with, PHE said, but cases are rising in the real world, too.