Boris Johnson faces ‘mother of all arguments’ over Covid restrictions next month

Boris Johnson faces the “mother of all arguments” next month when he comes under pressure to loosen the lockdown while the NHS remains seriously stretched, a government adviser has predicted.Professor David Spiegelhalter, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), warned that intensive care units will still be strained even as deaths drop significantly.A large number of Tory backbenchers are likely to be among those heaping pressure on the Prime Minister at that point to ease England’s third national lockdown.(PA Graphics) Spiegelhalter said “the benefits of the vaccine” will begin being seen next month, as he welcomed the “very encouraging news” that the R is estimated…

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Boris Johnson looks ahead to close relationship with Joe Biden’s White House

Boris Johnson said the UK and US will work “hand in hand” after Joe Biden takes office. The UK Government believes Mr Biden’s inauguration as US president on Wednesday marks the start of a new political era following the turbulence of Donald Trump’s administration. Mr Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in Washington amid unprecedented security after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol earlier this month. The UK’s ambassador to the US, Dame Karen Pierce, said there was “a lot of optimism” in Washington ahead of the inauguration ceremony, which has been scaled back as a result of coronavirus measures. The future…

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NHS staff just told Boris Johnson to “go”

A group of NHS staff just gave a direct message to Boris Johnson: it’s time for him to “go”. NHS workers ‘demand accountability’ On Thursday 14 January, a group of NHS workers held a demo outside Downing Street. They did it to coincide with the once again weekly ‘Clap for Carers’ nationwide vigil – at 8pm. The group, NHS Workers Say No, organised the demo. It said that: The NHS workers are demanding accountability from this government and a funding boost for the NHS to help them cope with the worsening pandemic and repair the damage this government’s lack of leadership has caused to morale and staffing. The…

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Unison leader retires with blast against Boris Johnson and the government

The outgoing head of the country’s biggest trade union has criticised the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and their treatment of public sector workers. “Reckoning” Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of Unison for 20 years, said ministers had been behind the curve on procuring enough safety equipment at the start of the pandemic, made promises they hadn’t kept, and were now denying a pay rise to workers who had heroically served their communities. He called for a public inquiry into how the government had handled the crisis, saying there has to be a “day of reckoning”. He accused the government of not being geared up…

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Boris Johnson holds crisis talks as countries cut off UK over mutant coronavirus

Boris Johnson will hold crisis talks with senior ministers and officials after France banned hauliers carrying freight across the channel amid fears over the new coronavirus strain.Countries around the world have banned flights from the UK as an emergency response to the emergence of the mutant coronavirus, which spreads more easily than previous strains.Ahead of a meeting of the Cobra committee chaired by the prime minister, transport secretary Grant Shapps said emergency measures were being put in place to cope with a backlog of lorries heading for the channel ports. But he sought to play down the potential impact, stressing that container freight was not hit by the…

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Now a Mirror editor is pushing the ‘poor Boris Johnson’ line

Boris Johnson’s latest disastrous attempt at handling the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hardly gone down well. Tier 4 measures have swept across the country amid widespread criticism of his catastrophic flip-flopping. So, enter an unlikely ally to bolster the PM up: the Mirror‘s political editor.Biting the hand that feeds them?After Johnson’s chaotic and devastating announcement on Saturday 19 December about new restrictions, his usually biggest cheerleaders didn’t seem quite so supportive.BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was guarded in her analysis. She said on the BBC Newscast of the Tier 4 announcement:whatever you think of this, whatever you think of the decisions, whatever you think of Boris Johnson, you…

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Labour says Boris Johnson is ‘playing Russian roulette’ with people’s livelihoods over Brexit

Boris Johnson is playing Russian roulette with people’s jobs and livelihoods by threatening a no-deal Brexit, a Labour minister has said. Disaster looming Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband warned that leaving the EU without a free trade agreement would be “a disastrous outcome”. And he accused the prime minister of being “cavalier” with the country’s national interests. Labour’s communities secretary Steve Reed said the British people “cannot tolerate” a no-deal outcome. He urged Johnson to “get Brexit done” as the trade talks deadline loomed. It came as Miliband confirmed that his party would be “minded to support” any potential trade agreement negotiated between the UK and the EU.…

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Hospital bosses warn Boris Johnson that relaxing restrictions could ‘trigger third wave’

NHS bosses have warned the prime minister that relaxing restrictions could trigger a third wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) at the busiest time of year for hospitals.In a letter to Boris Johnson, NHS Providers urged “extreme caution” in moving any area of England to a lower tier, according to reports by the BBC.The first review of England’s tier allocation is due take place on Wednesday 16 December. This would be two weeks after the three-tier system was brought in after the end of lockdown. (PA Graphics)“The NHS simply won’t be able to cope”But areas should be moved into the highest tier of restrictions “as soon as this is needed,…

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Former PM says Boris Johnson will spark ‘economic war’ if he fails to get Brexit deal

The UK will face an “economic war” with Europe and America if Boris Johnson fails to negotiate a Brexit deal, Gordon Brown has warned. The former prime minister said Johnson’s confrontational approach will make him the “most isolated prime minister in peacetime history” in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Negotiations between British and EU negotiators are set to resume today, 6 December, in Brussels in an attempt to secure a post-Brexit trade deal. “A path of confrontation” Warning of “huge international implications” if no agreement is reached, Brown said: We would be in an economic war with Europe that would cost us very dearly. Food, drugs and…

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Another Boris Johnson ‘disaster’ just advanced Scottish independence

Despite the risk of a coronavirus (Covid-19) cancellation, devolved elections in Scotland are scheduled for 6 May 2021. The newly formed Action for Independence (AFI) has labelled it “the independence election”. And opinion polls appear to show support for Scottish independence is growing. On 15 November, born out of frustration with Johnson’s handling of Brexit and coronavirus, Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP announced a second independence referendum will take place next year. So talk of Scottish independence was already high on the agenda. But then Boris Johnson entered the fray to inadvertently give the pro-independence movement an extra bit of support. Because on a…

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