Boris Johnson’s brother got a top job with Dyson just before THAT text exchange

Boris Johnson’s brother got a job with James Dyson just weeks before the hoover magnate was texting the PM. The revelation raises further questions about the links between the government and Dyson. It’s also emblematic of the cosy relationships between the Tories and big business. Hoovering up tax? As The Canary previously reported, Johnson has been at the centre of another scandal: a series of text messages between Johnson and Dyson after the latter was unable to get the assurances he was seeking from the Treasury. The exchanges took place in March last year at the start of the pandemic. It was when the government was appealing to…

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Boris Johnson’s attempt to ‘save the union’ is having the opposite effect

This is the final part of The Canary‘s #Independence2021 series before elections on 6 May. And it comes as Boris Johnson is embroiled in yet another scandal. Because of Tory corruption allegations, the truth about Johnson’s apartment refurbishment, and, well, Johnson just being himself, the Tories are once again on the defensive. And in typical Tory and Johnson fashion, this “fervent and passionate unionist” wants to buy his way out of it. But it’s not working. And it’s especially not working in Wales or Scotland. Despite Johnson’s “spending spree to save the union”, independence parties are making gains. So this latest round of Tory scandal might just be…

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Boris Johnson’s flat refurb now being officially investigated

The Electoral Commission is investigating Boris Johnson’s refurbishment of his Downing Street flat. It comes as the row over the PM’s redecoration deepens. The Downing Street refurb On Wednesday 28 April, Johnson’s troubles over the renovations continued. The commission said it was beginning a “formal investigation” to see if any rules had been broken. As Press Association reported, questions have been mounting for Johnson since former aide Dominic Cummings accused him of wanting donors to “secretly pay” for the renovations to his No 11 residence in a “possibly illegal” move. Downing Street has refused to say whether Johnson received an initial loan from the Conservative Party to cover…

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In one tweet, Zarah Sultana nails the real issue with Boris Johnson’s outrageous lockdown comment

Boris Johnson has caused outrage over an allegation he would rather “let the bodies pile high” than go into a third lockdown. No.10 said the report was untrue, with defence secretary Ben Wallace denying the allegations had merit. Meanwhile, ITV‘s Robert Peston claims that there are now three sources who confirm the allegations. But while many people were arguing over who said what, it was Labour MP Zarah Sultana who got to the heart of the issue: When the PM reportedly said "let the bodies pile high in their thousands", we had around 46,000 Covid deaths. His refusal to prioritise public health & act decisively led to 80,000 more…

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Keir Starmer won’t support calls for an inquiry into Boris Johnson’s dishonesty

Keir Starmer declined to sign a letter from six opposition parties calling for an inquiry into the prime minister’s “consistent failure to be honest”. The letter, signed by the Lib Dems, Greens, Plaid Cymru, SNP, SDLP and Alliance, accuses Boris Johnson of misleading parliament during debate. It subsequently asks the speaker of the house to allow a vote into holding an inquiry into the accusations. The parties specify several false claims the prime minister has made in parliament, including: January 2020 – “The economy under this Conservative government has grown by 73%” February 2020 – “We have cut CO2 emissions in this country since 2010, on 1990 levels,…

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Thanks to protesters, Boris Johnson’s Cornwall trip didn’t quite go to plan

A campaign group has claimed Boris Johnson “bottled it” over a part of his visit to Cornwall. The reason for the PM’s scarpering could be the protesters waiting for him. Of course, Downing Street denies this. But who would you believe? Group of Seven crooks The Resist G7 Coalition is a campaign group which formed for the upcoming Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Cornwall. The government calls the G7 the “world’s leading democracies”. In reality, it’s the world’s leading corporate capitalist crooks and imperialists. So, Resist G7 will be carrying out action around the summit. But ahead of this, Johnson was in Cornwall. He had a non-socially…

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Elections watchdog contacts Tories over Boris Johnson’s Downing St flat revamp

The official elections watchdog has contacted the Tory Party over a reported payment for the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, it’s been disclosed. The Electoral Commission said it was in touch to establish whether any sums relating to the renovation works should have been declared under the law on party political donations. £200k renovation Earlier this month, the prime minister’s press secretary Allegra Stratton told reporters that Conservative Party funds were “not being used to pay for any refurbishment of the Downing Street estate”. But the commission is questioning the party following reports in the Daily Mail that around £60k of party funds went towards the…

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Now Boris Johnson’s justice secretary has said he hopes for an ‘appropriate’ NHS pay rise

A senior government minister has said he hopes NHS staff will be given an “appropriate” pay rise this year. Outrage The government is facing a furious outcry after calling for a headline increase of just 1% in its submission last week to the NHS pay review body. Ministers have argued that it was all that could be afforded following the massive hit to the public finances caused by the pandemic at a time when most public sector workers were facing a pay freeze. However, justice secretary Robert Buckland appeared to strike a more conciliatory note, saying that the submission to the pay review body was only the “beginning…

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The reality of Johnson’s ‘unfettered access’ claim will bite him hard

In November 2019, while addressing business people in the north of Ireland before the general election, Boris Johnson swore when the UK came out of the EU customs union that: There will not be tariffs or checks on goods coming from GB to NI…and…there will not be checks… on goods going from Northern Ireland to Great Britain. So, people seeing empty shelves in supermarkets and businesses experiencing problems importing goods from Britain must be wondering what happened to that promise. The UK left the EU at the start of this year. And as we’ve gone from transition period to ‘period of grace’, things could get even worse. So what’s…

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Johnson’s ‘oven ready’ Brexit deal off the menu as PM calls halt to trade talks

We need your help ... The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion. We have been fighting against an…

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