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What now for Boris ?

Boris, following his election triumph, holiday (who paid ?), finishing the book, more holiday, floods (hiding), ignoring the virus for ages, getting the virus, intensive care, recovery (second home), back to work (Monday) partner has baby (Wednesday - two days later). So, a couple of weeks paternity leave ?  Well you could, but sooner or later Boris you'll have to face the music. Looks like we're on course to have the highest death total in Europe.  The buck will stop with you, your talented cabinet team (ha !)  oh and DomCum, your go-to Mr Fix it.

Scrape that barrel - it's Gavin running the news conference

Sunday 19th April, the No.10 daily news conference. Who shall we get to host it ? Boris ? - nope, still recovering at his second home. Michael Gove ? - nope, looks like a startled rabbit. Dominic Raab ? - nope, raabit in the headlights. Pritti Patel ? - nope, absolutely all rabbit and no answers (and can't do numbers) Rishi Sunak ? -  nope, he's really good, but after Boris's job so we need to keep him out of the limelight. Ahh, here we go, Gavin Williamson. The obvious choice ? What could go wrong ? Gaffe prone Williamson was sacked by Theresa May from his previous role of  Defence Secretary where he'd earned the nickname "Private Pike" (stupid boy !) and attracted ridicule from many quarters for his “frankly, Russia should go away, and it should shut up.” comment following the Salisbury poisonings. So here he is then..... Bad choice, he's doing a bad impression of a paternal clergyman having a fireside* chat with some bewildered pari

Okay Priti, read the script, then answer the questions - got that ?

No. 10 press conference, Saturday 11/4. The format is familiar now. A senior politician flanked by one or two experts. Unfortunately the senior politician was Priti Patel. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put her out must be kicking themselves now.   Reading from a script she got off to a bad start, the summary of the key numbers went badly wrong. These are important numbers but this is what we got: "as of 9am today three hundred thousand and thirty four, nine hundred and seventy four thousand tests have been carried out across the UK excluding Northern Ireland". No hesitation, just carried on. Just like in February when she vowed (at least four times) to tackle "counter terrorism". Did that crazy number on Saturday sound right ?  Not to us, but apparently it was fine to the Home Sec. !! Onwards and upwards.... So that's three hundred thousand and thirty four, nine hundred and seventy four thousand according to Priti. I haven't seen the script, bu

Priti is back - "I am leading..." just when we thought things couldn't get any worse !

Back in February Priti Patel, Home Secretary (aaarrgghh !!), repeatedly vowed to tackle "counter-terrorism offenders" following a shocking knife attack in Streatham.  Since then her profile has been very low, I'm glad to say.  Until yesterday that is.... According to the Daily Mail website, 9/4/2020: Ms Patel, who has not been seen or heard in public since March 23, said in an unexpected radio interview this evening that police must not act in a 'heavy-handed' manner during the coronavirus  lockdown.  This on the same day that  Downing Street said Britain was at a 'critical juncture' in the battle to curb the spread of the disease and with good weather forecast for the long weekend. According to the Daily Mail, in the same article,  she also stated  "  .... w hat I would say is that I speak to the police every day, in fact I am leading operational calls every single day with our blue light family" Really ? Leading operational calls

An urgent appeal to the UK government - seize the means of food distribution

During this grave national emergency (which will surely get worse) it's wrong to leave something as important as food distribution to companies whose first motivation is profit after all their executives get bonuses based on profit. Supermarkets are lapping it up, they're making a fortune, they love us to panic buy. So Mr Johnson. Act now, seize the means of food distribution, give households (& relate to number occupants) a grocery spending limit and a single delivery or collection slot per week. Close the big stores* to walk ins to allow the staff to focus on deliveries and collections. Oh, and implement price controls on key items. * leave the small convenience stores alone (defined as the ones that can open longer on a Sunday) they can continue to provide a good local service for local walk ins.

Of course we should show our appreciation for the NHS - but please, stay in your house !!

Last week's Thursday 8pm demonstration of our huge appreciation for the NHS was richly deserved tribute. Unfortunately some people took it as a invitation to a street party. Whoop, clap and wave your arms, but stay indoors , that way you'll show your appreciation and protect the NHS People of Earlsfield this means you !! (image courtesy Sky News)