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08.05.2022 - 12:44 [ Sky.com ]

Local elections 2022: Critics turn on Boris Johnson as Tories lose almost 500 council seats

Tory MPs are assessing the fall-out after a „tough night“ for Boris Johnson in his first test at the ballot box since being fined for breaking lockdown rules.

The Conservatives lost nearly 500 seats in England, Wales, and Scotland in Thursday’s council elections, with partygate and the cost of living crisis cited by local leaders as key issues on the doorstep.

19.04.2022 - 20:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sorry… now back to the war: Boris offers MPs an apology but STILL refuses to call rule-breaking No10 gathering a party before moving swiftly onto Ukraine – as rebel Tory Mark Harper says he is ’no longer worthy of the great office that he holds‘

– The Prime Minister said sorry with ‚full humility‘ over the £50 fixed-penalty notice he received last week
– But in the same breath he claimed ignorance of his own Covid rules over June 2020 event in No10
– Told MPs ‚It did not occur to me then or subsequently that gathering … could amount to a breach of the rules‘

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.

13.04.2022 - 06:38 [ ORF.at ]

Johnson lehnt Rücktritt trotz Strafe ab

Scotland Yard hatte wegen mehrerer Partys am Regierungssitz während der Coronavirus-Ausgangssperren in den Jahren 2020 und 2021 Ermittlungen aufgenommen. Der Premier, dessen Beliebtheit nach dem Skandal stark gesunken war, hatte sich im Jänner vor den Abgeordneten entschuldigt, einen Rücktritt jedoch ausgeschlossen und auf die Ergebnisse der polizeilichen Ermittlungen verwiesen.

07.02.2022 - 06:26 [ iNews.co.uk ]

More than 100 Conservative MPs are ready to vote against Boris Johnson

More than 100 Conservative MPs could turn against Boris Johnson if his leadership is put to a confidence vote, i has established.

The Prime Minister would still technically win the ballot of 360 Tory MPs as he only needs a majority of one to survive, but he would be severely wounded by the scale of the rebellion, which would go far beyond the current public dissent by backbenchers against his leadership.

04.02.2022 - 06:50 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The party’s over, Prime Minister – it’s time to resign

Matt Hancock did it. Allegra Stratton did it. Heck, even Priti Patel once did it, and she’s terrifying when cornered.

They’ve all said that magic phrase that makes the worries of the world, the expectation of their paymasters and the weight of public opinion suddenly lift from their slumped shoulders with a shuddering creak and an almighty groan. That phrase being something along the lines of: “I have become a distraction – and for that reason, I will be resigning with immediate effect.”

29.01.2022 - 17:23 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‚thinks Boris Johnson WON’T survive Partygate and has ALEADY built a dummy campaign website as he prepares leadership bid‘

– Rishi Sunak ‚thinks Boris Johnson won’t survive Partygate and has built a dummy campaign website‘
– The Chancellor is said to be preparing a leadership campaign in the event the Prime Minister is deposed
– Mr Johnson is fighting for his political life as he awaits results of inquiry into ‚Partygate‘ drama
– His wife Carrie Johnson is accused of organising a cake for Mr Johnson’s 56th birthday party in June 2020
– Miss Gray is said to be furious that Scotland Yard has asked for a redacted version of her report
– The Met Police asked for only ‚minimal references‘ to ‚parties‘ at centre of the row to be in document

29.01.2022 - 17:16 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tom Tugendhat: I would run to replace Boris Johnson in a leadership contest

Tom Tugendhat has become the first Tory MP to say he would run to replace Boris Johnson in a leadership contest.

It comes less than 24 hours after reports that the Prime Minister will receive imminently the report from Sue Gray into alleged breaches of Covid restrictions during ‘partygate’.

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.

15.01.2022 - 19:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Our acceptance of a mass lock-in is more dangerous than any party

Let’s put aside for the moment the immediate furore over Boris Johnson’s future and the further flood of Downing Street festivity stories which may not be finished yet. We need to ask the question that must, given what has prevailed in our lives for the past two years, be most serious. How on earth did we get to a point where events and decisions which would once have been regarded as commonplace, even virtuous – an employer expressing good wishes to staff at a party, a child embracing elderly grandparents, a relative making regular visits to a dying hospital patient – became illegal?

13.01.2022 - 10:24 [ @VinysBack / Twitter ]

Im guessing whitty and most of SAGE will disappear too they where only safe whilst Boris was P.M. Van-Tam is sensing the end of the Boris Johnson regime it will be like rats jumping ship now !

#BorisResign #BorisOut #BorisJohnson #BorisMustGo

13.01.2022 - 10:20 [ talkRADIO / Twitter ]

BREAKING: England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam will be leaving his role, according to sources.

13.01.2022 - 10:07 [ MSN.com ]

Boris Johnson no-confidence letters: Which Tory MPs have written to 1922 committee to force leadership contest

A number of Tory MPs have submitted letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson, seeking to trigger a Conservative leadership election.

A rebellion within the Conservative Party was triggered on Wednesday when Mr Johnson issued a partial apology over a “bring your own booze” event held in Downing Street during lockdown.

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.

11.01.2022 - 20:53 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will not resign, says minister as pressure grows over Downing Street party email

Boris Johnson will not resign, a minister insisted on Tuesday, as pressure continued to grow over an email inviting more than 100 people to drinks at Downing Street at the height of the first lockdown.

The email was sent by Martin Reynolds, Mr Johnson’s Principal Private Secretary, and emerged on Monday night.

15.12.2021 - 14:49 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tory rebellion takes aim at the ‚epidemic of fear‘

What is the point of conservatism, asked one MP after another, if not to draw the line somewhere?

15.12.2021 - 04:19 [ Sky.com ]

Boris Johnson told he’s in ’some danger‘ after large rebellion by 100 Tory MPs over COVID passes in England

„Now the prime minister has really got to think very carefully about how he’s going to reset his performance to actually govern with a united party, because we all know what happens to disunited parties,“ he told Sky News.

„He’s got to now be in some danger and he’s got to realise that, because if he doesn’t realise that, then he will be in much bigger danger.“

14.12.2021 - 22:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris is hit with HUGE revolt and warned a leadership challenge is ‚on the cards‘ as 99 Tory MPs – nearly half his backbenchers – vote against Covid passes slating his ‚hysterical‘ Omicron projections and leaving him relying on Labour support

– Boris Johnson hit with biggest revolt as PM, with 99 Tories opposing Plan B move to bring in Covid passes
– PM only managed to get his key restrictions through with Labour support despite pleas over Omicron threat
– Some MPs condemned the proposals as ‚Nazi-style‘ while others feared ’softening up‘ for more curbs to come
– Claims that bars could see numbers limited or even shut for New Year to halt the spread of the Covid variant
– Whitehall officials have drawn up proposals to limit numbers in pubs and restaurants or close them down

14.12.2021 - 22:40 [ ORF.at ]

Britisches Parlament stimmt unter Protest Verschärfungen zu

Die größte Oppositionspartei Labour hatte bereits im Voraus ihre Zustimmung zu den Maßnahmen angekündigt, weshalb die Mehrheit als sicher galt

14.12.2021 - 22:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson suffers huge rebellion as 99 Tory MPs vote against Covid passports

The new measures passed the Commons thanks to the support of Labour, but the PM’s attempts to quell a rebellion on his own backbenches failed as a large number of his MPs defied the whip to vote against him on the issue of the passes.

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

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 - 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.

09.09.2021 - 15:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Nicola Sturgeon’s vaccine passports plan is an ‘absolute sham’, say Tories

But the paper is expected to appear only hours before a Holyrood debate and vote on Thursday to introduce the passport scheme later this month, prompting Tory accusations that the plans were an “absolute sham”.

Scotland’s beleaguered licensed trade said they had received no details from the SNP-Green coalition government about how the scheme would operate since Ms Sturgeon unveiled it last week.

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 ?

02.08.2021 - 08:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Battle to save summer: Rishi Sunak leads cabinet rebellion demanding u-turn on plans for ruinous amber-plus list – as data shows 17 MORE countries could go green this week in double boost for British tourists

– Creation of extra travel alert has been opposed by Tory rebels and Rishi Sunak – who has written letter to PM
– Ministers signed off proposals last week to create ‚amber watch list‘ which could plunge holidays into chaos
– Travellers heading to the likes of Spain and Italy could see the countries suddenly move on to dreaded red list
– Whitehall source claims idea has now been shelved, amid opposition from Tory MPs and letter from Mr Sunak

02.08.2021 - 08:18 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces Tory backbench backlash over ‘amber watch list’ travel plans

Not only would the Government find it difficult to come up with sufficient hotel rooms but it would have a severe impact on the economy.

It would almost certainly disrupt trade links even if lorry drivers and vital supply routes for food and medicines were exempted, while tens of thousands of workers would have to self-isolate away from their businesses and employers for 10 days.

02.08.2021 - 08:08 [ ConservativeHome.com ]

From self-isolation to score annihilation – Johnson drops 36 points in our Cabinet League Table.

Overall, the air has gone out of the rest of the scores a bit – unsurprising in a month which has seen a fair amount of political wear-and-tear and a row over vaccine passports.

02.08.2021 - 07:59 [ Lesley Gale / Twitter ]

„The poll by the Conservative Home website found Boris Johnson’s rating had dropped from 39.2 per cent last month to just 3.4 per cent, taking him into the bottom five members of the Cabinet.“

Boris Johnson’s approval rating plummets https://mol.im/a/9850525 via @MailOnline

02.08.2021 - 07:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s approval rating plummets: Prime Minister’s likeability among Tory activists has slumped since he tried to dodge Covid isolation, survey shows

The slump also follows controversy over vaccine passports. Two months ago, the PM had a net approval rating of 55.6.

In contrast, Mr Sunak’s reputation appears to be almost unaffected. He remains the second most popular member of the Cabinet with Tory activists, with a net approval rating of 74.1.

The most recent survey also found that a narrow majority of Tory activists now believe the PM is dealing with the pandemic ‘badly’.

30.07.2021 - 17:08 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

I refuse to be imprisoned by an incompetent Government invoking bogus science

The „amber plus“ regime for those returning from France is on one level a trivial detail, hardly newsworthy when set against the magnificent fiasco of the British pingdemic.

Yet nothing quite so illustrates the bureaucratic incoherence of Britain’s post-vaccination policy as this lunatic quarantine rule for travellers.

Furthermore, it is slightly alarming to see the authorities deploy the coercive power of the state so breezily, in such a random fashion, and in violation of the known scientific data. Bad habits are being formed.

30.07.2021 - 09:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More than FIFTY Tory MPs are ready to vote against ‚misguided‘ Covid passports after Government is accused of introducing them ‚by stealth‘ by quietly updating NHS app – as Dominic Raab says they ‚make sense‘ for returning to the office

– Many Tory MPs are ‚horrified‘ by proposals to introduce mandatory passports
– They say it will create a ‚two-class society‘ and plan to block the plans
– Britons with both Covid-19 jabs can now add vaccine certificate to Apple Wallet
– ‚Get your NHS Covid Pass‘ section of the NHS App leads to ‚domestic‘ or ‚travel‘
– ‚Domestic‘ section will display name, date of birth and QR code confirming jabs
– ‚Travel‘ section has same information along with nine extra details for each dose
– Lib Dems: Government has ‚introduced Covid ID Cards by stealth onto phones‘

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.

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.

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.

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…

10.07.2021 - 17:22 [ UK Medical Freedom / Twitter ]

25 under-18s in England died from the CV19 between 3/20 and 2/21, or 1 in 481,000. In the same period, 124 children died from suicide and 268 died from trauma due to pandemic response. Lockdown “may prove a greater risk than… SARS-CoV-2 itself”

(09.07.2021)

10.07.2021 - 16:59 [ Express.co.uk ]

If Covid hadn’t been politicised, lockdown would be over, says JUDY FINNIGAN

If the scientists are so unsure that double-jabbed bodies are protected from the worst effects of Covid, ie ICU and death, then what the hell was all the fuss about when they were invented late last year?

Covid is no longer a matter of public health. It’s been politicised. Reputations have been staked. Pompous men are using you and me as pawns. It’s like Brexit. We just want to get on with our lives but the scientists and politicians don’t seem to care about that.

10.07.2021 - 16:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Vaccine passport plan ‚will be fourth lockdown‘ for pubs

“You would be putting door control on every pub, bar, restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, nightclub and music venue in the country [to check certificates] and that’s simply not happening at the moment,“ she told Sky News.

“You would see high levels of business failure, high levels of business closure unless there was substantive Government support.”

10.07.2021 - 08:53 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson may tone down ‘freedom’ rhetoric amid reopening jitters

The final decision about 19 July will be taken on Monday morning, based on modelling from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) about Covid cases and pressures on the NHS.

10.07.2021 - 08:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid passports ‚WILL be compulsory in pubs‘: Ministers ‚plan to force bars, clubs and restaurants to demand proof of two jabs or negative test from autumn‘ to help tackle fourth wave of the virus

The government had decided not to enforce Covid passports now because it would discriminate against younger people who have not been able to receive their second vaccination yet, The Times reported.

There are also fears it could damage the economy with people being turned away from the struggling hospitality industry.

But ministers believe that all over 18s will have been offered both doses by September and therefore vaccine passports can be enforced in venues where social distancing is not possible.

04.07.2021 - 11:53 [ ORF.at ]

England: Minister kündigt Aufhebung der Maskenpflicht an

Das Ende der Maskenpflicht ist Teil einer weitgehenden Aufhebung von CoV-Maßnahmen am 19. Juli, die die Regierung in den kommenden Tagen bestätigen will. Dazu gehört die Aufhebung aller Kontaktbeschränkungen, aber auch die Wiedereröffnung von Clubs.

04.07.2021 - 11:44 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚The state won’t be telling you what to do‘: Robert Jenrick confirms face masks will no longer be compulsory after ‚freedom day‘ as Sajid Javid goes full speed ahead towards lifting ALL lockdown restrictions on July 19

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that under ‚freedom day‘ plans expected to be signed off by the Cabinet tomorrow:

30.06.2021 - 18:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Stop daily case updates as virus no longer ‚important cause of mortality‘, says JCVI scientist

He joins a growing number of MPs and leading scientists, including Prof Tim Spector, of King’s College London, warning the daily slew of Covid statistics are terrifying people and they lack any context, such as figures on flu, heart disease and cancer.

Conservative MPs are pressing Downing Street to follow officials in Quebec, Canada, and Singapore by moving to weekly updates or similar, ahead of the July 19 unlocking.

30.06.2021 - 18:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Another reason to speed up, Boris: More proof vaccines are working as Britain’s cases spike 62% in a week to 26,068 but deaths drop to 14 as Tory MPs, businesses and teachers call on PM to ‚go quicker‘ and axe crippling self-isolation rules

Britain’s daily Covid deaths fell again today despite cases jumping by nearly 62 per cent in a week, as Tory MPs, businesses and teachers called on the Prime Minister to ‚go quicker‘ and axe crippling self-isolation rules.

Department of Health bosses posted just 14 deaths, falling 26.3 per cent on last Wednesday’s figure of 19, in a clear sign of the vaccine effect in the face of climbing cases.

30.06.2021 - 08:15 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports: It’s all over! Cabinet agrees it’s time to ‚live with Covid’… and you WON’T have to show proof of vaccination to attend mass gatherings

– Ministers are set to shelve plans for the mandatory use of ‚Covid certification‘
– Plans for pubs and restaurants had already been put on the backburner
– The Mail can now reveal that ministers have also dropped the idea of imposing them on mass events

29.06.2021 - 17:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

It is ‚time to learn to live with Covid‘: Downing Street warns UK will have to accept flu-like death figures of up to 20,000 a year in marked shift on messaging as country approaches July 19 with ’no going back‘ after Freedom Day

An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report published today found that 74 people died directly from Covid in the week ending June 18, which was up 12 per cent on the week before. Wales recorded no deaths from the virus in the most recent week, for the first time since the pandemic began.

A separate study from scientists at Cambridge University found that fewer than one in a thousand people who catch Covid in England now die from the disease. They estimate the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) of coronavirus has been driven down to 0.085 per cent thanks to the country’s hugely successful vaccine rollout.

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.

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 - 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…

26.06.2021 - 19:22 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Live Politics latest news: Matt Hancock quits as Health Secretary

His resignation comes amid multiple Tory MPs breaking ranks and calling for the Cabinet minister to step down.

Conservative MP Duncan Baker was the first on Saturday to confirm he was calling for Mr Hancock to go, while former Cabinet minister Esther McVey said she would resign if in the same position.

Mr Hancock apologised for breaching social distancing guidance and Downing Street the matter was „closed“ on Friday.

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‘.

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 - 15:11 [ 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.

10.05.2021 - 14:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What are you waiting for, Boris? UK’s Covid alert level is downgraded to THREE and PM will confirm easing of restrictions in England from Monday at 5pm briefing – but Tories and scientists demand June 21 date for ending lockdown is brought FORWARD

Boris Johnson will today declare that friends and relatives can meet and hug again for the first time in a year

07.05.2021 - 09:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Tories take Hartlepool in historic Red Wall by-election victory

Sir Keir’s critics point to the voting history of Dr Paul Williams, Labour’s candidate in Hartlepool, who voted to Remain in the EU referendum.

Hartlepool is one of the UK’s strongest Brexit-supporting constituencies, with 70 per cent voting to leave in 2016.

02.05.2021 - 19:56 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Our epidemic is over, so why are we slower to unlock than countries with higher infection rates?

The BBC has worked out that 44 per cent of local authority areas in England, and more than half in Scotland, did not record a single Covid fatality in April. Hardly surprising given the low incidence of the virus. According to the ONS, around one person in a thousand was infected in the week up to 24 April – down from one in 50 in January.

Why, then, are we being so slow to open up?

24.04.2021 - 19:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

TV presenter Beverly Turner joins Laurence Fox and thousands of anti-vaccine passport activists as they march through London in ‚Unite for Freedom‘ protest

The protest comes amid discussions over ‚Covid-status certificates‘ being considered by ministers to help open up society, get people back into work or away on holiday despite concerns from Boris Johnson’s own MPs that they will be ‚intrusive, costly and unnecessary‘.

Earlier this month, Britain’s equalities watchdog warned the Government that vaccine passports could be unlawful, create a ‚two-tier society‘ and discriminate against migrants, ethnic minorities and the poor.

22.04.2021 - 20:29 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: Coronavirus passports for foreign travel will be available ‚as soon as possible‘

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: „We are working on a solution to enable residents to prove their COVID-19 status, including vaccination status, to other countries on the outbound leg.

„We are working on this as a priority and intend to have the solution ready as soon as possible.“

08.04.2021 - 18:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Why ARE we still in lockdown? UK’s Covid outbreak is now in a similar position as it was in JULY as figures show cases are falling in every age group, only ONE area saw a tiny rise and 94% of over-70s now have antibodies following vaccination drive

– Study shows Britain’s cases, deaths and hospitalisations has fallen to levels as low as those seen last July
– Epidemiologist professor Tim Spector of King’s College says UK’s figures are among the lowest in Europe
– University College London modelling suggested UK could pass threshold for herd immunity next week
– Tory MPs said increasingly positive data should result in Boris Johnson speeding up exit from lockdown

06.04.2021 - 11:06 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The PM’s caution is hard to justify

This only makes sense as a part of an incipient certification regime that would make public access to indoor events conditional on certain criteria.

06.04.2021 - 10:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid third wave ‚will NOT‘ overwhelm NHS: Government scientists‘ most likely scenario after the economy re-opens in June projects deaths will stay in double figures even with ALL restrictions lifted – as Boris faces backlash over ‚hellish demi-lockdown‘

Modelling by Imperial College London academics — involving ‚Professor Lockdown‘ Neil Ferguson — shows that coronavirus patients will take up around 5,000 beds during any future spike, far lower than the 30,000 occupied in January.

And thanks to the effects of vaccines far fewer of those patients will die, with daily deaths remaining below 100 even with cases above 50,000, according to the scenario that the scientists regard as most likely.

05.04.2021 - 15:14 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Covid passports are authoritarian, illogical, vile

The Covid passport is a revolting idea. Authoritarian. Discriminatory. Un-British. The PM will give us more details in a press conference today but it’s a mark of how far lockdown has warped our values that it’s already being hailed as a “freedom pass”. The public is all for it, of course: these are the people who call the cops when they see a queue outside a church. We’ve become so used to control that being permitted to do something that in ordinary times would be quite normal, like go to the theatre or attend a football match, is treated as a benign act of mercy by an all-loving state.

05.04.2021 - 15:10 [ Graham Brady / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Vaccine passports show the state is reaching too far into our lives

There are, though, some people who can’t take the vaccine or, like pregnant women, are advised against it.

Banning these people from concerts and football matches would be divisive and discriminatory. As we plan for the peace, we should be vigilant in defence of liberty, where the state has reached too far into our lives, we should kick it out. No government in future should have the power to tell you whether you can see your children or grandchildren, nor should it be able to force you to publish your medical records as a condition for living a normal life.

05.04.2021 - 15:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚wants vaccine passports up and running by JUNE 21‘ but could fail to get legislation past Parliament as he ‚promises Tory rebels they WILL get a vote‘ and Labour says scheme is like using ‚a sledgehammer to crack a nut‘

Boris Johnson wants domestic Covid passports in place by June 21 – but faces the prospect of an embarrassing Commons defeat after promising Tory rebels a vote on their introduction.

Michael Gove is said to have made the offer to furious backbenchers appalled at the idea of forcing Britons to prove their vaccination status to enter pubs and other social hubs.

Boris Johnson wants the scheme to be up and running for June 21, when the last social distancing measures are expected to be swept away.

04.04.2021 - 12:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson to give go-ahead for trials of Covid passports

News of the trial events comes as senior Tories among a cross-party group have declared they will oppose the use of vaccine certificates, with 72 MPs signing a pledge to oppose the “divisive and discriminatory” scheme. Some have described their use as the creation of “checkpoint Britain”. A government scientific adviser has also warned that they could give people a false sense of security.

The size of the rebellion could create problems for the government, should it conclude that legislation is needed to introduce Covid passports

02.04.2021 - 11:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

FORTY rebel Tories including six ex-Cabinet ministers join forces with opposition MPs in bid to block ‚divisive and discriminatory‘ vaccine passports

– Unlikely alliance condemned vaccine passports as ‚divisive and discriminatory‘
– Members of coalition were organised by the pressure group Big Brother Watch
– Signed a pledge to oppose the idea if it is brought forward by ministers
– Signatories include Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey

01.04.2021 - 14:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris says vaccine passports WILL be needed to go on holiday as he tries to face down Tory AND Labour rebellion over ‚un-British‘ plans for proof of jab to enter pubs and shops and prepares to unveil scheme next week

Boris Johnson today said there is ‚definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports‘ as he faces a Labour and Tory revolt over them potentially being used domestically.

01.04.2021 - 00:28 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit MEP’s controversial vaccine theory – but do YOU agree with him?

Boris was elected in December 2019 on the promise of reclaiming our freedoms from Brussels, that did not give him the mandate to permanently change how our society works. The State has more power now than at anytime since the Second World War and it’s hungry for more.

That 80 seat majority that Brexiteers gifted Boris is being used to ram ever more authoritarian diktats down our throat in the name of „protecting us“.

Where is the so-called libertarian Boris? The man with famously flexible principles has abandoned the core political philosophy that powered his rise – personal responsibility.

30.03.2021 - 16:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive and natural immunity – with PM facing more calls to lift restrictions NOW as lockdown-weary Brits head to beaches and parks to sizzle on hottest day of the year

One Tory MP told MailOnline the PM must bring forward the arbitrary dates in order to ‚maintain public confidence that we are getting our freedom as soon as possible‘. Steve Baker, of the Covid Recovery Group, called on No10 to ask SAGE to see whether the relaxation of restrictions could be safely brought forward.

26.03.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid laws are extended until SEPTEMBER: Boris sees off Tory rebellion as MPs vote 484 to 76 to KEEP draconian measures in place – despite deaths falling 33% in a week and hospitalisations plummeting

– Boris Johnson and the Government today won a crunch vote on extending coronavirus powers to September
– But the PM suffered a considerable Tory rebellion as 35 of his MPs voted against and a further 20 abstained
– Emergency powers will now be kept in place to September despite lockdown being due to end on June 21
– Rebels questioned need for ’significant draconian powers‘ after life is supposed to be back to normal

22.03.2021 - 08:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson is urged to lift Covid lockdown a month early as MPs warn we risk ’squandering the advantages‘ of vaccines rollout by delaying moves to reopen economy

Britain risks ‘squandering the advantages of our vaccination programme’ by moving too slowly to lift the lockdown, Conservative MPs warned yesterday.

Amid signs of a gathering rebellion, a string of MPs said they were ready to vote against the Government this week when it seeks to extend Covid laws to the end of September.

21.03.2021 - 12:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tory rebels accuse Boris Johnson of following ‚dates, not data‘ on lockdown easing as they argue ‚increasingly positive‘ vaccination numbers mean ‚we should be able to get back to normal more quickly‘

Mark Harper, the chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, said ‚reasonable people‘ will now be questioning why Mr Johnson does not speed up the easing of restrictions.

Meanwhile, the CRG’s Steve Baker echoed a similar sentiment as he said ‚the time has come for this dark chapter in our history to come to an end‘ amid fears of extending the Government’s draconian Covid powers.

19.03.2021 - 06:32 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Boris Johnson vows ‘roadmap to freedom’ will NOT be delayed despite AstraZeneca jab supply fears

BORIS Johnson has reassured Brits that the AstraZeneca jab is safe and effective – as he calmed nerves about the country’s vaccine rollout.

19.03.2021 - 06:14 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚We over-promised again‘: Matt Hancock faces Tory backlash as he FINALLY admits that India IS behind jabs delay with four million AstraZeneca doses held back by Delhi in ‚act of vaccine nationalism‘ – dealing serious blow to UK’s rollout

– Matt Hancock under fire for raising hopes of huge ramp up in vaccines only for supplies setback to emerge
– Serum Institute of India has been told it must hand jabs to its own citizens before exporting vaccine stocks
– One batch of five million doses of the AstraZeneca jab bound for the UK has been delayed by a month
. Confusingly Boris Johnson insisted Indian government has not blocked any exports, as he prepares to visit

14.03.2021 - 13:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces a new Tory rebellion threat over pre-Easter vote to extend lockdown laws for another SIX MONTHS despite plans to end most restrictions in June

The legislation governing the current shutdown has to be approved again by MPs on or before March 25.

But it can only be extended for six months at a time, meaning a pre-Easter vote would extend the law until September, despite plans to come out of most lockdown rules by late June.

07.03.2021 - 15:12 [ Amy Franks / Twitter ]

10 weeks until my wedding day and still none the wiser what we can actually do. Feeling let down is a massive understatement. Pensive face We have suppliers that need support and guidance too, so I’m asking AGAIN, where’s the guidance? @scullyp @BorisJohnson #whataboutweddings

07.03.2021 - 13:44 [ UsForThem.co.uk ]

#NoMasksInClass : Dear Education Secretary…

By 15 February, the NHS had vaccinated the top four most at risk groups – groups that have accounted for around 88% of COVID-19 deaths and about 55% of hospitalisations. The UK’s four Chief Medical Officers say that you get “substantial protection within 2-3 weeks of vaccination”, which takes us to 8 March. So upon what evidence is your department relying in order to recommend that masks in classrooms are today necessary – rather than “nonsensical” – now that the four most vulnerable groups have “substantial ­protection”?

07.03.2021 - 13:38 [ UsforThemUK / Twitter ]

In January the Prime Minister said schools are safe. Then why are our children expected to wear masks in school all day, every day, from tomorrow ⁉️ This has to stop. Masks can harm children’s health and learning #NOMASKSINCLASS

22.02.2021 - 15:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tories demand ‚irreversible‘ lockdown easing and slam Boris for moving too slowly as he prepares to unveil ‚roadmap‘ with ALL schools to return on March 8 and Rule of Six back by April – but shops, salons and pubs face waiting MONTHS

The PM is set to reveal his ‚roadmap‘ in a statement to the Commons this afternoon once it is rubber-stamped by Cabinet, after scientists seemingly won the battle for a slow approach regardless of the surging vaccination drive.

17.02.2021 - 16:45 [ 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.

17.02.2021 - 16:35 [ usatodaysun.com ]

AstraZeneca expects updated COVID-19 vaccine by autumn

(14.02.2021)

The Anglo-Swedish company, which makes a vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, said it is working with the university’s scientists to adapt the shot to combat new variants.

17.02.2021 - 16:31 [ MSN.com ]

Masks and social distancing could stay until AUTUMN at earliest – sources

(12.02.2021)

SAGE member Professor John Edmunds painted a darker picture and suggested the measures could last even longer.

He told ITV’s Peston face masks could be required „probably forever“ if COVID-19 becomes endemic in the UK.

17.02.2021 - 16:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

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

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.

17.02.2021 - 09:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Bosses begin drafting ’no jab, no job‘ contracts to force staff to get vaccine despite lawyers warning they will likely be challenged in court – as ministers urge PM to bring in certificates to help open cinemas, theatres and clubs

– ‚No jab no job‘ contracts are being drafted by companies in the care home sector
– The move may mean prospective and current workers need to have jab for work
– Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said yesterday that it was ‚up to businesses‘
– The Government has so far said it has no plans to introduce a passport scheme
– Ministers have also reportedly urged Boris Johnson to consider jab certificates

17.02.2021 - 09:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What WAS the point of vaccine triumph if we are doomed to endless curbs, asks Dr JOHN LEE

Despite the success of the vaccine programme, which will see all vulnerable people protected against Covid-19 in a month, it seems lockdown will largely continue until July.

Restaurants and churches possibly still closed. Travel impossible. Families forbidden to mingle indoors. The Treasury still borrowing billions to keep people on furlough. This is draining the health of our population and our economy.

15.02.2021 - 20:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK Covid: ‚we want this lockdown to be the last,‘ says Boris Johnson, as he calls for ‚optimism and patience‘ – as it happened

The level of coronavirus infections is still high and the number of hospitalisations higher than they were during the first peak, Chris Whitty said.

15.02.2021 - 20:48 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson is desperate to avoid a rebellion by Tory MPs – hence talk of ‘irreversible’ lockdown easing

However, the PM cannot ignore 63 of his own MPs. He knows how strongly they feel about lockdown easing. Some 53 Tories voted against his tiered system in December. He will probably want to renew some of the current restrictions when they expire on 31 March.

15.02.2021 - 13:46 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown ‚cautious but irreversible‘, says Boris Johnson

It comes as a group of Tory MPs call for a commitment to a „free life“ and ending of lockdown measures before May.

Senior backbencher Steve Baker said he wants the prime minister to „let us reclaim our lives, once and for all“.

15.02.2021 - 13:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson press conference: PM to address nation from No10 with major vaccine update

The Prime Minister is expected to hold a televised Downing Street coronavirus briefing at 5pm.

13.02.2021 - 19:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris says he’s ‚optimistic‘ about easing lockdown starting with schools in March and we will ‚learn to live with‘ Covid – as leaked data shows hospitalisations falling much FASTER than expected

Modelling by Sage presented to Downing Street and leaked to The Times predicts hospital admissions and deaths will more than halve over the next month.

Patients battling coronavirus in hospital currently number around 24,000, but this figure is expected to be slashed to around 9,000 by mid-March.

Yesterday 1,908 patients were taken to hospital in the UK, a massive drop in admission rates since the peak in January when around 4,500 were admitted on a single day.

12.02.2021 - 02:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

School return date must be ’signed in blood‘, Boris Johnson told

Rob Halfon, the Tory chairman of the Education Select Committee, told The Telegraph: „We just need to make sure March 8 is signed in blood, not just a line in the sand.“ Mark Harper, the chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, said: „It’s crucial we don’t backslide on this.“

12.02.2021 - 02:14 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Furious Tory MPs say Covid vaccine roll-out is pointless unless UK goes back to normal life soon after SAGE doomsters push back on easing lockdown within weeks and warn we could be wearing masks FOREVER

The Prime Minister has promised to get children back in classrooms by March 8 as part of his ‚route map‘ out of lockdown, which he plans to reveal on Monday, February 22.

09.02.2021 - 20:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tories savage Matt Hancock over ’never-ending lockdown‘ as UK’s Covid second wave continues to shrink: Cases and deaths drop 27% with 12,364 infections and 1,052 victims – but Health Secretary warns border restrictions may still be in place until AUTUMN

But hopes the world-beating vaccine roll-out will mean lockdown curbs can be significantly eased any time soon were shot down today by Mr Hancock, who unveiled the latest suite of border curbs and warned they could last until the Autumn when booster vaccines will be available.

07.02.2021 - 15:30 [ theSun.co.uk ]

LOCKED IN: Restrictions can’t ease until NEXT YEAR due to aggressive mutant Covid strains, warns Sage

They came to their conclusions by modelling what could happen in the next few months under the vaccine rollout, presenting their findings to Sage on January 14.

Researchers at Warwick University wrote in the document, published today: “With the new aggressive covid strain, likely transmission efficacies prove insufficient to prevent further infection outbreaks across the population.

07.02.2021 - 14:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Restrictions on large gatherings likely to be in place ‚for next few years‘

Prof Spector also suggested that basic infection control measures – including physical distancing, face masks and handwashing – should remain in place as they „don’t cost really anything to do“.

„I think we need to get used to that and that will allow us to do the things we really want to do more easily and more readily,“ he said.

06.02.2021 - 21:31 [ Express.co.uk ]

Tory leadership POLL: Who do you think should replace Boris Johnson? VOTE HERE

BORIS JOHNSON has come under scrutiny for how he has handled the coronavirus pandemic with some backbench MPs warning he must end the lockdown or face a party revolt.

06.02.2021 - 21:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson under pressure after eighteen Tory MPs back call to open schools in England by Feb 22

Among the 18 Tories who signed the pledge that „All schools should open full-time to all pupils from Feb 22 to March 8 are former Cabinet minister Esther McVey, ex-ministers Steve Baker, Tim Loughton and Harriet Baldwin, and chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs Sir Graham Brady.

05.02.2021 - 21:16 [ theSun.co.uk ]

UK Covid cases fall by a THIRD in a week and deaths down almost 20% piling pressure on Boris to show way out of lockdown

Mark Harper — chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown sceptics, with 70 Tory MPs — said: “Back-of-the-envelope calculations I did based on two million doses a week mean you could get the top nine priority groups, first doses, and the top four groups, second doses, all done by the end of May.

“So it seems to me by the time you get to the end of May, no later than that, you should be in a position to get rid of restrictions completely.

05.02.2021 - 21:01 [ inews.co.uk ]

What are the CRG, ERG and NRG? The difference between backbench Tory groups putting pressure on Boris Johnson

The NRG was launched by Tory MPs representing constituencies in Wales, northern regions and the Scottish borders – largely the parts of the country the current Government had promised to support when it was elected.

It has been calling for the Government to set out a specific northern economic recovery plan to help these regions in the wake of economically-damaging lockdowns.

04.02.2021 - 21:49 [ Daily Mail U.K. / Twitter ]

70 Tory MPs demand a route out of lockdown amid fears Boris is being ‚beaten up by the scientists‘

04.02.2021 - 21:48 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson hit by Tory revolt on reopening schools sparked by Scottish return and falling Covid cases

(03.02.2021)

The new rebellion mushroomed after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set the pace by announcing a phased return of Scottish schools from February 22.

Tory MPs also pointed to falling case rates and evidence to Parliament from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries that schools are not considered one of the major vectors of infection transmission.

02.02.2021 - 09:32 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Boris Johnson pushes to reopen schools as Covid cases fall

(today)

Boris Johnson has ordered ministers to ramp up preparations for reopening schools after being told the UK is now past the peak of the current wave of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister has made it clear that the Government’s immediate focus must be on education and is expected to announce further measures to help children catch up after almost a year of disruption.

02.02.2021 - 09:28 [ talkRADIO / Twitter ]

„We’ve got the four horsemen of the education apocalypse riding towards our pupils.“ Robert Halfon, Education Select Committee chairman, says the impact of children not being at school is huge.

(01.02.2021)

02.02.2021 - 09:24 [ Steve Baker, Member of UK Parliament / Twitter ]

700 million days of schooling were lost in 2020. And every day schools stay shut, the attainment gap widens. We must act now. Govt must #REOPENSCHOOLS or set out the harms and benefits justifying the decision to keep them closed. Join @UsforThemUK

(26.01.2021)

https://usforthem.co.uk/

29.01.2021 - 04:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Nicola Sturgeon accused of siding with EU over vaccinations

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of siding with the EU in its battle with the UK over vaccine doses, with the Scottish First Minister pledging to publish confidential vaccine data despite warnings that the information could jeopardise the UK’s supply.

Ms Sturgeon promised to publish the data – which reveals how many vaccine doses her nation expects each week – to counter claims that she is failing to rollout the vaccine in Scotland at speed.

29.01.2021 - 04:14 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Nicola Sturgeon is accused of taking the EU’s side and risking vaccine rollout as she vows to publish details of UK’s supplies despite Boris Johnson ordering her to keep them secret – as Brussels claims AstraZeneca is giving Britain too much

Despite the PM warning that the information must be confidential to protect the rollout, Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood she will release it from next week ‚regardless of what they say‘.

The timing of Ms Sturgeon’s intervention was particularly provocative given that it came as Mr Johnson was on an official visit to Scotland to make the case for the Union.

28.01.2021 - 18:41 [ Desmond Swayne, Member of Parliament ]

Demoralising the NHS?

(17.01.2021)

I have been criticised by a family doctor on the grounds that a question I put to the PM in Parliament was ‘demoralising for NHS staff’.
I am at a loss as to how this could be the case.
The question to the PM was this:
“Pubs cannot compete with supermarkets for off-sales. Even within a household, people cannot play tennis or golf. Notwithstanding the assault on liberty and livelihoods, why are the regulations pervaded by a pettifogging malice?”

28.01.2021 - 17:09 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne urged anti-vaxxers to ‚persist‘ against COVID restrictions

A senior Conservative MP urged anti-vaccination campaigners to keep going with their fight against government restrictions and told them NHS capacity figures were being „manipulated“ to exaggerate the scale of coronavirus, Sky News can reveal.

28.01.2021 - 16:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccines WILL limit the spread of coronavirus – but we won’t know by how much until mid-February, experts say

Another burning question which will determine how gung-ho ministers can be with easing restriction is to what extent the vaccines stop people from spreading Covid.

The Government has commissioned a study to investigate the vaccines and their role on transmission, which is being overseen by Public Health England. It is focused on frontline healthcare workers who’ve been jabbed.

28.01.2021 - 16:19 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: PM criticised for being too secretive about scientific advice that led to tiers and lockdowns in England

(08.01.2021)

The MPs also express concern about the government presenting statistics in a misleading way, and urge ministers to take care to maintain public confidence in them.

„There is nothing to fear from openness,“ said Tory MP Greg Clark, who chairs the committee.

25.01.2021 - 07:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tory MPs revolt over plans to keep children off school until after Easter amid warnings Covid crackdowns are creating a ‘lost generation’

The group includes the former Cabinet minister Esther McVey and Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, according to the Telegraph

And Mr Williams faced yet more opposition from Conservative colleagues last night, in the form of Education Select Committee Chairman Robert Halfon.

The former Minister of State for Skills revealed he had asked for an Urgent Question in the House of Commons in which he would demand to know the route-map for getting children back to school.

22.01.2021 - 20:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance make shock claim the Kent mutant coronavirus MIGHT be 30-40% more deadly but provide no evidence at all – as Covid cases fall AGAIN by 30% to 40,261 and R number drops below 1

Boris Johnson and his top scientific advisers tonight sensationally claimed the Kent coronavirus variant could be up to 40 per cent deadlier – but sparked fury by not providing the public any evidence for their doom-mongering.

Critics argued No10’s bold claim – based on findings by three academic groups – were reminiscent of ‚Project Fear‘, accusing ministers of managing to find a ’new twist‘ in Britain’s crisis whenever hopes are raised that lockdown could be eased.

19.01.2021 - 21:50 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Pressure grows on Boris Johnson to agree plan to start easing lockdown restrictions by March 8

„We locked down the country and shut down our schools on the basis of a forecast, so why can’t we open it up on the basis of one too? It is not sustainable to leave the public and British businesses languishing any longer,“ Mr Baker told The Telegraph.

18.01.2021 - 12:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris on the brink as Tories turn on PM over lockdown end date – rebellion ready to erupt

Last week Steve Baker, the deputy chair of the Tory backbench Covid Recovery Group (CRG), wrote to MPs calling on them to write to the Government chief whip and make clear an exit strategy was needed.

He told them „inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table“ unless Mr Johnson outlined the return to freedom.

17.01.2021 - 17:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Labour surges to a four point lead over Boris Johnson and the Conservatives – Sir Keir Starmer’s biggest polling margin since the 2019 general election

A new Opinium survey puts Labour on 41 per cent and the Conservatives on 37 per cent, providing a significant boost to Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership.

The poll suggests the Tories are suffering because some 22 per cent of 2019 Conservative voters now say they are undecided about who to vote for.

17.01.2021 - 17:35 [ John Crace / theGuardian.com ]

In these grim times we all need a saviour and right now it is Chris Whitty

(11.01.2021)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. In these exceptionally grim times we’re all – Boris Johnson included – looking for a saviour to rise from these streets. And right now that salvation appears to be the England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty. Just about the only person left whom anyone can trust to tell the country the naked truth about coronavirus.

17.01.2021 - 17:25 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

17.01.2021 - 17:15 [ Neil O'Brien / theGuardian.com ]

I’d love to ignore ‘Covid sceptics’ and their tall tales. But they make a splash and have no shame

They rubbished those who knew what they were talking about. Professors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance were “Messrs Doom and Gloom”, “fear-mongering” and “self-serving”. That Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam used their tiny amount of spare time to volunteer in hospitals suggests that’s not true. Now, as the death toll still rises, the same people crawl from the woodwork to demand we lift all restrictions as soon as the most vulnerable are vaccinated.

17.01.2021 - 17:03 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

17.01.2021 - 11:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tory rebels demand Boris Johnson publish a ‚clear road map‘ to begin easing the national lockdown from March 8 and warn there ‚cannot be any more excuses‘

– Tory MPs have urged Boris Johnson to publish draft lockdown exit plan this week
– They said that the gradual easing of draconian curbs must start from March 8
– The Covid Recovery Group warned the PM ‚there cannot be any more excuses‘

14.01.2021 - 08:56 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

14.01.2021 - 08:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Government’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance warns UK is in for ‚a pretty grim period‘ for Covid deaths which won’t reduce ‚for some weeks‘ even if lockdown measures bring infections down – as Britain sees daily record of 1,564 fatalities

Department of Health figures show the daily laboratory-confirmed death toll has risen 50 per cent week-on-week, with data suggesting the total number of coronavirus victims — both suspected and confirmed — has now passed the 100,000 mark.

13.01.2021 - 18:30 [ Nature.com ]

UK science advisers: publish evidence behind COVID vaccine changes

Pfizer–BioNTech say they do not have evidence of what happens to immunity beyond 21 days after the first dose.

(…)

The JCVI adds that: “Protective immunity from the first dose likely lasts for a duration of 12 weeks.” But it has not published evidence to support this.

11.01.2021 - 19:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

People with common colds testing positive for Covid-19 may simply be asymptomatic cases, experts reveal

Trademark symptoms of seasonal flu could be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19 if the individual tests positive for the virus, it is claimed.

More than eight in ten people who test positive for coronavirus show none of the main symptoms at the time they are tested, a major study by UCL previously revealed.

However, those who test positive when they have cold symptoms may mistake them as being a part of the virus – adding to fears that it is taking a new guise as fresh strains emerge.

11.01.2021 - 08:14 [ DailyMal.co.uk ]

No 10 considers a tougher lockdown ‚with curfews, exercise limits, compulsory masks outside, no support bubbles and nurseries shut‘ if Covid cases keep rising‘ – amid suggestion ‚people may only be allowed to leave home ONCE a week‘

– The Cabinet Office refused to deny that the draconian new laws were incoming after UK’s streets were busy
– They instead pointed to Matt Hancock’s vague statement on rules earlier today: ‚Follow the rules we’ve got‘
– Hancock refused to speculate when asked if harsher measures coming, such as curfews and closing nurseries
– Whitehall source said potential changes included introducing ban on people leaving their homes more than once a week

10.01.2021 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

NHS could vaccinate UK against Covid in five days, says Oxford professor

Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford, said stubborn NHS bureaucrats were standing in the way of a high-speed mass inoculation programme that could prevent many further deaths.

“The NHS has the theoretical capacity to immunise everybody in five days if they want to, but I don’t get the sense they are really motivated,” Bell told the Times.

10.01.2021 - 15:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No10 is examining plans to keep bars closed for FIVE MONTHS with full lockdown until late March as Covid death toll passes 80,000

Prof Whitty commended the public for their efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 and noted the hope offered by various vaccines, but he echoed other experts in saying it would be some weeks before the jabs start to reduce the number of people taken to hospital.

10.01.2021 - 14:42 [ Neil Clark, journalist & broadcaster / Twitter ]

(1) How do we know we’re not bring told the truth? There’s c 1600-1700 deaths a day at this time of the year. Yet we are told that ´1300 are dying from Covid’. But with no excess deaths that means just 3-400 from pneumonia, flu, heart disease, cancers? That is clearly absurd.

(09.01.2021)

(2) Clearly what is happening is a reclassification of deaths. Non-Covid deaths are being reclassified as ´Covid deaths’ by means of ramped up PCR testing. Which begs the question: why are they doing this, if not to justify lockdowns and other restrictions?

09.01.2021 - 18:18 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

09.01.2021 - 18:12 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

09.01.2021 - 18:02 [ Lockdown Resistance Network / Twitter ]

Enough and no more. Never in history have we behaved like this. This is psychological warfare and gaslighting. Whitty and the rest are drunk on power. I’m not complying with this nonsense. I’m not complying with this once great country becoming a totalitarian dictatorship.

09.01.2021 - 17:53 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Now scientists call for ‚lax‘ third lockdown to be made even TOUGHER: SAGE expert says new coronavirus variant cannot be contained by current restrictions as terrifying Chris Whitty adverts try to scare of Brits into staying at home

As a result, ministers are considering introducing tougher measures as part of the crackdown, including possibly making face masks mandatory in busy outdoor areas.

England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has appeared in adverts urging us to stay at home as the new variant of the virus rips across the country.

06.01.2021 - 13:37 [ Jim Reaper / Twitter ]

There is no exit strategy you fool. It never ends. The only non-violent way for it to end is if a majority of Tory MP’s overthrow Johnson, but they are too snivelling and cowardly to do that.

06.01.2021 - 13:30 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: MPs back in Parliament for England lockdown vote

However, with Labour saying it will support the measures, the law enforcing them is likely to be approved.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is updating the Commons now, telling MPs – many of whom are participating remotely – that says the vaccine programme provides a „means of escape“ from the current lockdown, with 1.3 million people in UK already vaccinated.

06.01.2021 - 13:25 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Met Police WILL stop people ‚with no good reason to have left home‘, fine groups over two and issue on the spot £200 penalties for mask flouters – as forces say officers should be able to FORCE entry into rule-breakers‘ homes as law is published in full

Police today vowed to fine anyone not wearing a mask, groups of more than two or anyone out of the house without ‚good reason‘ at least £200 on the spot with one force ready to smash their way into homes to break-up parties, MailOnline can reveal.

30.12.2020 - 03:58 [ mark cording / Twitter ]

What’s the update on the Oxford vaccine Mr Hancock

30.12.2020 - 03:50 [ Matt Hancock, secretary of State for Health & Social Care / Twitter ]

Fantastic to see Margaret Keenan receive her second dose of the @Pfizer /@BioNTech_Group #coronavirus vaccine

30.12.2020 - 03:38 [ BBC ]

Covid: Millions more braced for tougher rules in England

Government sources have indicated an announcement later will see more areas move into tier four – „stay at home“.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to detail the changes – which could be introduced within days – in the House of Commons after 14:30 GMT.

25.12.2020 - 05:32 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexiteers almost lost everything — now they have almost won everything

It is hard to underestimate how close this country came to throwing away the 2016 referendum result. As deadline after deadline was missed, those who lost the referendum received more and more concessions. From European Court of Justice oversight to commitments to remain chained to the EU’s failed economic model – a virtual colony trapped within the Brussels regulatory orbit. On this side of the Channel, Brexiteers were confronted daily by the scheming of a thoroughly rotten Parliament abetted by a partisan speaker and activist legal establishment.

It is from this context that we must view today.

23.12.2020 - 11:18 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s future as Prime Minister rests on the Oxford vaccine being approved

The hope in Downing Street is that the Oxford vaccine will get the green light by the end of the year. This would allow the Prime Minister to start laying out plans for restrictions to be lifted.

02.12.2020 - 15:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Wounded Boris Johnson lashes out at ‚General Indecision‘ Keir Starmer for abstaining in crunch tiers vote that saw 55-strong Tory revolt – as MPs warn things will get WORSE for PM unless he makes good on hints curbs will be eased in two weeks

The new tiers system for England came into force at midnight after the Commons approved it by 291 to 78 – but the healthy majority masked a disaster for Mr Johnson as a swathe of his own MPs abandoned him.

Scores of Tories joined the biggest uprising of this Parliament despite Mr Johnson personally waiting in the division lobbies and urging them to stick with the government, and he only secured victory because Sir Keir stopped short of opposing the measures.

02.12.2020 - 04:22 [ ]

London: Beschränkungen nach Lockdown-Ende beschlossen

Die Abstimmung endete mit 291 Ja- gegenüber 78 Nein-Stimmen. Zuvor hatte es aber deutlichen Widerstand von 55 konservativen Abgeordneten gegen ihren Regierungschef gegeben. Damit erlebte Johnson den heftigsten Gegenwind seit seinem Amtsantritt vor einem Jahr.

02.12.2020 - 04:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s post-lockdown tiers come into force despite biggest-ever Tory rebellion against him – as 55 of his backbenchers vote against his plans putting prospect of future lockdowns in jeopardy

– Boris Johnson’s new tiers have been approved by the Commons despite revolt by 55 Conservative MPs
– The rebellion was the biggest in this Parliament despite desperate please from the PM and Matt Hancock
– Sir Keir Starmer saved the PM by ordering Labour to abstain effectively guaranteeing the government victory
– But move left Mr Johnson exposed to anger on his own benches with measures branded ‚back of fag packet‘
– Sir Keir suffered his own rebellion with 16 Labour MPs breaking ranks to oppose the government’s measures

16.11.2020 - 18:49 [ theNewEuropean.co.uk ]

Think tank says country might face Brexit ‚in name only‘ following Cummings‘ departure from Number 10

He continued: „Dom Cummings‘ presence at the centre of the government’s policy programme gave Brexiteers confidence that Brexit would take place in a meaningful way.“

Instead, he warned that the loss „makes post-Brexit Britain more likely to be very similar to a Britain inside the EU, and possibly worse“.

16.11.2020 - 18:36 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Cummings’s exit is great news for the BBC – and a disaster for any hope of serious reform

The taxi that took Dominic Cummings away from Downing Street for the last time was carrying more than just the Prime Minister’s ex-chief adviser; it also carried away any realistic hope that the Johnson government might deliver on reform of the BBC. With Cummings gone the chances that there will be any serious assault on the Corporation’s privileges and prerogatives are severely diminished.

15.11.2020 - 10:18 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Government spycops law would sanction murder and rape by undercover police, MPs warn

(10.11.2020)

A damning report published on Tuesday said the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill should not be introduced in its current form.

Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights said the proposed law “raises the abhorrent possibility of serious crimes such as rape, murder or torture being carried out under an authorisation”.

15.11.2020 - 09:58 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Einige interessante Geschehnisse im Vereinigten Königreic

In den letzten Tagen und Wochen gab es weitere beunruhigende politische Entwicklungen im Vereinigten Königreich. Dazu gehört ein wegen Corona ausgesetztes Demonstrationsrecht, zwei durch das Unterhaus gewunkene Gesetzesentwürfe, die den Geheimdiensten und der Polizei erlauben, Gesetze zu brechen, und Verbrechen von britischen Soldaten im Ausland nach 5 Jahren verjähren lässt. Außerdem wurde eine neue Art des Covid-Testens getestet. Eine Zusammenfassung von Moritz Müller.

14.11.2020 - 14:27 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

With Dominic Cummings gone, Boris himself is dangerously exposed

Mr Cummings understood that Boris Johnson was the only political leader unconventional enough to overcome this. He therefore devised a strategy for him which confronted the pretensions of rebel Conservative MPs (by taking away the whip) and incurred the wrath of the Supreme Court by proroguing Parliament. This made Boris seem, to many voters, the one man who would honour a promise: Get Brexit Done. It prevailed, winning the biggest Tory majority since 1987. This sensational sequence of events was achieved against the most bitter Establishment resistance in living memory.

14.11.2020 - 14:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Cummings exits Number 10 with parting shot at Boris Johnson

Taxi for Cummings: The No 10 lieutenant waited with a box of his belongings on the street after exiting No 10

14.11.2020 - 13:47 [ Latika M Bourke / Twitter ]

„Mr Johnson showed the aides text messages that had been forwarded to Ms Symonds, who opposed Mr Cain’s appointment as chief of staff, to show they had briefed against her. He told them to get out and never return.“

14.11.2020 - 13:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

How ‚Princess Nut Nuts‘ gave coup de grace to Cummings: PM’s adviser is booted out of No 10 for good ‚following showdown with Boris where PM confronted him with less than flattering texts that fell into hands of fiancée Carrie Symonds‘

Dominic Cummings arrived home with bottles of alcohol last night after he was kicked out of Number 10 for good – following a dramatic was confrontation with Boris Johnson who showed him texts allegedly proving he briefed against his fiancee, Carrie Symonds.

In a tense 45-minute meeting, the Prime Minister is said to have ordered his most senior adviser to leave having shown incriminating text messages which had been forwarded to his partner. The explosive claims were denied by No10.

14.11.2020 - 13:25 [ FAZ Politik/ Twitter ]

Mit seiner grimmigen Radikalität zog Dominic #Cummings viele in seinen Bann. Selbst seine Gegner attestieren Johnsons Chefberater politisches Talent. Über das Ende einer Ära schreibt @buchsteiner

14.11.2020 - 11:38 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Dominic Cummings leaves Downing Street as he quits immediately

Dominic Cummings dramatically quit No10 on Friday night after losing the huge power struggle that has engulfed Downing Street.

06.11.2020 - 13:20 [ Spiked ]

This destructive lockdown experiment must end

The damage from the first lockdown has barely been comprehended. A second is pure insanity.

01.11.2020 - 18:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Boris Johnson faces Tory rebellion over national lockdown

Boris Johnson faces a rebellion from his backbenches over the new national lockdown restrictions for England amid warnings that the measures would be „disastrous“ for the economy.

This comes after Cabinet Minister Michael Gove admitted the four-week-long national lockdown could be extended beyond December 2.

01.11.2020 - 18:18 [ CNN ]

Boris Johnson accused of ‚giving in to scientific advisers‘ as England heads for lockdown

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that the month-long lockdown showed government was „giving in to the scientific advisers,“ claiming that government experts had „pressurised“ Johnson into the step.

„Normally, advisers advise and ministers decide. Yet that system has broken down with Sage [the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies] believing its advice to be more like commandments written on stone and its members publicly lecturing the Government over the airways,“ Duncan Smith wrote.

27.10.2020 - 06:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

FIFTY Northern Tory MPs mount a lockdown revolt: Boris faces a ‚red wall‘ rebellion and demands for an ‚exit map‘ – as eight million people are plunged into toughest coronavirus restrictions with addition of Nottingham and Warrington to Tier 3

A letter to Boris Johnson from the Northern Research Group – a newly-launched alliance of Tory MPs led by ex-Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry – outlines the group’s demands, which include a tailored economic recovery plan for the north.

Mr Berry says that the virus could widen the North-South divide and ’send the North into reverse‘. His group is now calling for Mr Johnson to ‚level-up the North‘ – something the PM claimed he would do following sweeping Conservative gains in the region in the General Election.

27.10.2020 - 06:46 [ Bloomberg ]

Boris Johnson Hit by Lockdown Revolt From More Than 50 Tories

The MPs reminded Johnson of his promises to “level up” disadvantaged parts of the country, which helped persuade voters in former industrial heartlands last December to back his Tories instead of the opposition Labour Party many had supported for decades.

11.10.2020 - 02:40 [ theGuardian.com ]

PM ‘betraying his red wall voters’ over lockdown cash

Burnham told the Observer that by offering to pay only two-thirds of the wages of people hit by new closures – as opposed to the 80% which applied nationally under the original furlough scheme – ministers would be punishing people in the north in a way that was completely unacceptable.

Burnham said the Conservatives were betraying the people in so-called “red wall” seats who they had persuaded to vote Tory at the general election last December with pledges to “level up” the country.

08.10.2020 - 13:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Professors ‚Glum and Glummer‘ Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance should be banned from Covid press briefings, says leading lawyer who warns the Government has been ‚captured‘ by scientists

(03.10.2020)

Last month, Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick – dubbed Glum and Glummer by critics – held their own press conference, warning the infection rate could rise to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October.

08.10.2020 - 13:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris’s Red Wall revolt: Northerners rage at ‚dictator‘ PM for using them as a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ as it emerges 10 MILLION people in COVID hotspots will be plunged into ‚Tier Three‘ lockdown on Monday with pubs and restaurants SHUT

Conservative MPs and local leaders in the North have been venting fury about the government’s stance, with former minister Jake Berry accusing the premier of being ‚London-centric‘ and enjoying his sweeping emergency powers ‚a little bit too much‘.

Politicians in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield raged at ‚diktats announced without notice‘ and said ministers were treating the North like a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ while the South gets off lightly.

08.10.2020 - 13:30 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

The north-south split could cost the Tories their majority

24.09.2020 - 16:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces growing backbench rebellion as up to 50 Tory MPs and a MINISTER oppose plans to extend Government lockdown powers

Such a move, if they vote against the measure, would wipe out the Government’s 80-seat majority, although many could choose to abstain, which could make it a close vote and could avoid them possibly losing the party whip if it sneaks through.

14.09.2020 - 19:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson accuses the EU of putting a ‚revolver on the table‘ during trade talks by threatening to block GB food exports to Northern Ireland as he tries to win over Tory rebels who are against his plans to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal

– Sajid Javid and Geoffrey Cox have both said they cannot support PM’s proposal

12.09.2020 - 12:12 [ Politicshome.com ]

Boris Johnson Tried To Get His MPs To Back Him Over Brexit On A Zoom Call. It Didn’t Quite Go To Plan

But when the Zoom call attended by 256 MPs suddenly broke off after twenty minutes, the online forum descended into chaos as MP Michael Fabricant started singing Rule Britannia, clutching a piece of paper with the words already printed out.

21.07.2020 - 12:15 [ thePrint.in ]

After Pompeo visit, British MPs to ask Boris Johnson to get even tougher on China

Johnson’s government has pleased President Donald Trump’s administration in recent weeks as it blocked telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. and took action over Hong Kong, but has stopped short of the kind of sanctions imposed on individuals and companies by Washington. While Pompeo’s goal is not to ask for more, according to people familiar with his plans, the MPs will try to get him to carry their demands to his meeting with Johnson.

23.04.2020 - 20:38 [ Politicshome.com ]

Senior Tory MPs demand ‘step-by-step’ plan to end coronavirus lockdown within weeks

Leading figures from the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers met on Wednesday night to express their concern amid growing pressure for ministers to map a route out of the wide-ranging restrictions on normal life.

They said that the damage being done to the economy by the lockdown could potentially be more damaging to the UK in the long run than Covid-19.