Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Cressida Dick has just said: “We police without fear or favour…The Met is now investigating a number of events” at Downing St and Whitehall. Another huge blow to @BorisJohnson— Robert Peston (@Peston) January 25, 2022
BREAKING: Sue Gray will not publish her partygate report while the Met police investigate. So it will not be published this week and probably not for many weeks. This is some kind of reprieve for the prime minister. She will continue her investigation though— Robert Peston (@Peston) January 25, 2022
Monday, 24 January 2022
It seems that Rishi Sunak is keen to distance himself from the forthcoming increase in National Insurance (designed to help lessen the NHS backlog), he is now referring to it as "Boris's tax".
That's all very well and good, but I am damned sure that as Chancellor he is responsible for tax and spend decisions; he cannot simply walk away from this!
Friday, 21 January 2022
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Twitter and certain journalists (who should know better) have become very excited this morning after the "revelation" that government whips applied pressure and tried to blackmail to potential Johnson letter writers.
As per the BBC Class Clips, here is a definition of whip:
"The whips are a group of MPs who are in charge of party discipline. It is their job to make sure MPs on their side all vote with the party line. They are notoriously secretive about the way they work and have a reputation for using torture and blackmail against MPs."
The journalists who are getting excited really ought to have known that blackmail is part of the whips' M.O.!
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
There are several ways in which a sitting Tory PM can be removed from office:
- 15% of Tory MPs (in this case 54) write to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee saying they no longer have confidence in the PM
- the public, via a general election
- the Tories lose a motion of no confidence in the House.
Thanks to a combination of hysteria whipped up by certain sections of the hypocritical media and the drip feed of tittle tattle from an embittered ex employee, it looks as though the magic threshold of 54 letters might be reached.
There are potentially many reasons (eg energy costs, migrants, housing, the economy etc) why, at some stage in the coming year, Boris might need to step aside to allow someone else to lead the party into the next election.
However, at this stage, #BYOBGate pushed front and centre by the media at the behest of Cummings is not the right reason nor the right time.
Cummings is an embittered ex employee consumed by anger, obsession and vindictiveness which is feeding his drive to unseat Boris. In the event he succeeds, he will increase the risk of a future Labour government aligning the country with the EU (something that would be an anathema to Cummings). All that he will then have left is is own self loathing.
How on earth will that have benefited Cummings?
Therefore those MPs who have been quick to pen a letter should take note, they may well regret this later at their leisure.
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.