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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Johnson in cronyism row after defying Lords committee to make Tory donor a peer

Boris Johnson is facing a cronyism row after appointing a Tory donor as a life peer.The prime minister ignored objections from the House of Lords Appointments Committee to elevate the Tory former treasurer Peter Cruddas to the upper house.Meanwhile Lord Speaker Lord Fowler also voiced concerns about the number of peers Johnson has appointed.Lord Fowler (Jonathan Brady/PA) He said:Mr Johnson has added 16 to his list of appointments bringing the total for the year up to 52 new peers over two lists. This list will bring the total in the House of Lords to over 830 – almost 200 more than the House of Commons.On the appointment of…

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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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As Johnson threatens UK’s neighbours with gunboats, we revisit the lies underpinning the entire Brexit project

Prime minister Boris Johnson has reverted to 19th century gunboat diplomacy, threatening UK’s nearest neighbours and allies over fishing rights. In doing so, he threatens the entire European Union.But we may not have arrived at this sorry state of affairs had it not been for the blatant lies that underpin the entire Brexit project. Let’s remind ourselves of some of those many falsehoods and where they began.Fake adsVote Leave – fronted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – was the official campaign group backing Brexit. Vote Leave was examined by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of its inquiry into fake news. Some of…

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Senior Tory MP says Johnson should quit as PM if he doesn’t get a trade deal

A veteran Tory MP has called for Boris Johnson to stand down as prime minister if he fails to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU.Thanet North MP Roger Gale made the dramatic intervention as last ditch negotiations continued between London and Brussels on the issue. If Mr Johnson fails to reach an acceptable trade agreement with the EU the Prime Minister will also have failed the people of the United Kingdom. As a lifelong member of the Conservative Party, I believe that Mr Johnson’s position as Prime Minister would be untenable. 1/2 — Sir Roger Gale MP (@SirRogerGale) December 14, 2020 Gale told the PA news…

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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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