Boris Johnson faces battle with Tory rebels and Labour over ‘vaccine passports’

Boris Johnson faces a battle over plans to introduce “vaccine passports” for people to demonstrate their Covid-19 status before going to events. A government review into “Covid status certification” found they could “potentially play a role” in settings such as theatres, nightclubs and mass events, and might also be used in pubs and restaurants to …
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Tory government refuses to give details of its renewed NHS contract with this ‘Big Brother’ firm

The Johnson-led government is refusing to publish further details of an NHS contract with a US firm. This firm has been embroiled in controversies relating to intelligence gathering for several years. More transparency needed Palantir was co-founded by billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel is a board member and major investor of Facebook and was a member …
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Former UKIP and Tory personnel are trying to abolish the Welsh Assembly

BBC Wales has confirmed that the anti-independence group Abolish The Welsh Assembly (AWA) will speak at the leaders’ debate on 29 April 2021. The group has received backlash online after its members participated in a smear campaign against the Welsh Assembly. The announcement comes after the political party was struck off the electoral register in November …
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A Tory minister on Marr just insulted the whole of Scotland

A Tory minister’s assertion about the current state of the “union” was a low moment. This was even by the Andrew Marr Show‘s usual standards. Because he managed to insult the intelligence of every person living in Scotland. Dowden slips on Marr The ‘united’ bit of the United Kingdom has been hitting the headlines again. …
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Tory minister’s remarks on new UK oil drilling plan may be the dumbest thing ever uttered by this government

It’s difficult to think of anything more dumb than planning to find new sources of dirty oil and gas when the planet is ecologically collapsing because of dirty oil and gas. That is unless your name is Kwasi Kwarteng. And the Tory business and energy secretary’s associated remarks have outstripped even that proposal itself in …
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Tory council candidate condemned after tweeting ‘just bomb Bristol’

A Conservative candidate for Eastbourne council had to apologise after tweeting ‘”just bomb Bristol” in response to the weekend’s protests. Stephen Halbhuber was widely criticised for his response to the videos of police in Bristol clashing with the demonstrators as they protested the government’s policing bill: Hi prospective @Conservatives councillor @SHalbhuber you appear to have …
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Tory hypocrisy forgets that Scottish independence doesn’t hinge on ‘any one politician’

The Canary‘s #Independence2021 series explores issues relevant to independence in Scotland and Wales in the run up to May’s elections. This edition looks at the potential effect that a report into the “handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against Alex Salmond”, during his time as Scotland’s first minister, could have on independence in Scotland. Unionists …
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Minister backs Tory mayoral candidate accused of politicising Sarah Everard case

A government minister has backed the Conservative London mayoral candidate after he was accused of politicising the disappearance of Sarah Everard. “Fear” Business minister Paul Scully said Shaun Bailey can “absolutely” still run for office despite facing criticism for comments around the case of the missing 33-year-old. The mayoral candidate had said his wife and …
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Marr just witnessed a car crash. It was a Tory minister on NHS pay.

The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 7 March saw a Tory minister crash and burn. But education secretary Gavin Williamson wasn’t talking about schools when it happened. He was defending the Tories’ appalling 1% pay rise for nurses. An insult? BBC News reported that: In November [2020], the government announced that public-sector workers would have …
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Tory government U-turns on bee-killing pesticide plan after threat of legal action

The Conservative government has announced that the planned re-introduction of dangerous bee-killing pesticides in England this year will no longer go ahead. The recent cold snap in the country is reportedly responsible for pollinators getting the “stay of execution”. The Wildlife Trusts had threatened legal action if the appalling plan went ahead. Unbee-liveable As The …
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