It’s time cowardly Johnson was brought to book

He’s not the first stinker to be British prime minister but he’s the first to be publicly caught out, then press on refusing to answer any accusations 

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ON MONDAY Boris Johnson told Britain it is “a moral duty” to reopen schools. Given his record you could be forgiven for thinking you had misread his injunction and it should have read “amoral”. In his case “amoral” is more appropriate.

It must be the first time he has used the word “moral”. He’s the last person to tell people what their moral duty is. His attempt to stand on the high ‘moral’ ground produced sniggers. Last year Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel 4 News, in a speech at the Edinburgh Festival, asked: “What do we [in news] do when a known liar becomes prime minister?” In the course of her speech she called him a “coward” for dodging interviews in the run-up to December’s general election. Other journalists have referred to Johnson’s record; leaving wives for younger women an fathering unspecified number of children, at least one of which he outrageously tried to deny in court.

Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson

Of course he’s not the first stinker to be British prime minister but he’s the first to be publicly caught out, then press on refusing to answer any accusations. The smell rising off his rotten government grows more rancid by the week. His appointment to the peerage of his brother and a Russian crony, son of a KGB man, who invites him to weekend parties produced a reaction between disbelief and contempt but Johnson’s not a pioneer in this matter. Lloyd George held the Lords in contempt – ‘500 people chosen from the ranks of the unemployed’, now 800 – and proceeded to sell peerages since his rival Asquith controlled Liberal party funds: a knighthood £10,000, a peerage £50,000, with Lloyd George and his agent Maundy Gregory creaming off a fortune. The result was the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. (It didn’t work). Lloyd George managed to keep the scandal quiet by giving hereditary peerages to the editors of all the main British papers.

The difference with Johnson is that he doesn’t even try to keep his activities secret. His colleagues have now begun to copy his tactics. Since this government took office, the list of grown exponentially, aided substantially by the government’s panic actions during the pandemic. Last week we discovered they had shelled out £152 million on masks that are no use to a company which never produced masks or any PPE; money down the drain, like Matt Hancock’s tracing app that never worked. Contracts worth millions have been handed out with no tendering process to friends of ministers and advisers, sometimes people with no business experience at all in the area they won the contract. Now there’s a proposal from ‘Honest Bob’ Jenrick which, according to experts, will wreck the planning process and produce a developers’ charter.

The Prime Minister of England Boris Johnson

By a strange coincidence developers have given the Tory party £11m since Johnson became prime minister last July. Much of the chicanery is being challenged by Jolyon Maugham QC through his Good Law project but that will take years to resolve. In the meantime Johnson and his Brexit government sail on invulnerable with their 80-seat majority. Which brings us back to Dorothy Byrne and her speech. Johnson cancelled interviews with Channel 4 News and ministers don’t appear. However, Byrne says: “If we don’t all agree that truth has a primacy in democratic debate, where do we end up?” That’s the nub of the matter. As Byrne says, no-one has told her that what she said wasn’t true but other editors don’t say it, maybe for fear of retribution. Again, Johnson and his government boycotted the BBC’s Today programme until the pandemic broke because they were asked hard questions. However, if you don’t disclose Johnson’s amoral behaviour, his lies, his cheating  with statistics, his cronyism, and instead treat him as a prime minister worthy of respect and deference, then you become an accomplice to his frauds and charlatanry.

With many thanks to the: The Irish News and Brian Feeney for the original story 


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The Prime Minister of England Boris Johnson

British (prick) Prime Minister Boris Johnson


RUC/PSNI officers and celebs feared among 1,000 addresses released on the internet 

THE Cabinet Office apologised on December 28th after the home office released the name’s of New Year Honours recipients, including RUC/PSNI officers, politicians, military figures and celebrities, was posted online.

CONTROVERSIAL: Chief Constable Simon Byrne, centre, with heavily armed officers in Crossmaglen

The addresses of most of the 1,097 recipients could be viewed for about an hour from around 11pm on Friday 27th of December. A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “A version of the New Year Honours 2020 list was published in error which contained recipients’ addresses. “The information was removed as soon as possible. “We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened. “We have reported the matter to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) and are contacting all those affected directly.” The list saw awards given to England’s Cricket World cup winners, top entertainers including Sir Elton John, and prominent figures from politics and the legal profession.

AWARD: Sir Elton John got a knighthood

Among them were the former director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders and ex-Conservative Party Leader Ian Duncan Smith, pictured in the feature image, the architect of the Universal Credit system, whose knighthood sparked a backlash from critics. The list also included senior diplomats and figures from the military. It included more than 100 people from the North of Ireland. It included three senior RUC/PSNI officers who received the Queen’s Police Medal. Only six people honoured for services to defence were left off the list, according to the BBC. The ICO, which has the power to fine organisations for data breaches, said it was investigating. A spokesman said: “In response to reports of a data breach involving the Cabinet Office and the New Year’s Honours list, the ICO will be making enquiries.”

The Houses of Paedophiles (Parliament)


Hackney councillor and charity pioneer Mete Coban, who was handed an MBE for services to young people, said: “If those responsible have apologised and it is a genuine error, then there is not much more that can be done. “I understand why others are concerned, but most of my details are online because of the council work anyway. “It is not ideal, but what is done is done.”

The Prime Minister of England Boris Johnson

The introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in May 2018 increased the penalties regulatiors such as the ICO are able to introduce. It means breaches can result in the ICO issuing penalties equivalent of up to 4% of annual global turnover of £17million-whichever is greater. Previously, the largest penalty the ICO meted out was to Facebook when it was fined £500,000-the maximum allowed at the time-for failing to protect users’ personal data. But in July, British Airways was fined £183 million by the ICO for its own data breach-the largest penalty ever issued by the regulator. The ICO later handed out a £99 million fine to hotel chain Marriott International after it admitted the guest records of around 339 million people had been accessed.

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and Tom Horton for the original story 

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