As Sunak and Javid quit, is this finally the end for Boris?

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The PM has been hanging on by his fingernails for months but is now the hour of reckoning for Boris? Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have both quit Boris Johnson’s cabinet. As the BBC reports: Sunak says the public expect “government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously” Health Secretary Javid tells the PM he can “no longer, in good conscience, continue serving in this government” Both men quit after Johnson apologised for appointing a Tory MP …

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Boris Johnson clinging on to the door handle of Number 10…

Pants on fire - billboard with Boris Johnson.

So as expected the Conservatives lost both by-elections yesterday. One seat to the Libdems and the other to Labour. The losing Tiverton candidate seemed to take it well… 🔵 “She’s locked herself in a room!” Tiverton's Tory candidate barricaded herself in a room to avoid the cameras following by-election defeat#thread 👇https://t.co/9P7CW1YiUU — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 24, 2022 This morning Sir Roger Gale Conservative MP for North Thanet was not shy about giving his view of the Prime Minister. We …

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There are great dangers in Northern Ireland’s entanglement in the Tory Brexit mess. They must extricate themselves fast

From his analysis of the Protocol bill, I want to pull out Rafael Behr’s comments on how little Northern Ireland registers  in the wider media as itself, on merit . You can almost hear the groans from TV viewers,” Not Northern Ireland again”  in a situation even more incomprehensible to them than  the Troubles It isn’t every day that former prime ministers set old party enmities aside to deliver a unified message on a matter of national urgency. When John …

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Johnson sends an ultimatum to the DUP : return to the Assembly or we won’t proceed with the Protocol bill. Is the threat credible?

Political gaming  has intensified as the Times and the FT report that the UK government will not proceed with the Protocol Bill unless the DUP promises to return to the Assembly. As the bill will at best take a year to pass Parliament are the DUP being invited to buy a pig in a poke? Can this ultimatum over ride the DUP’s demands for “action not words?.  Is the briefing to the papers credible anyway except as short term pressure …

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Houdini, the Teflon Taoiseach and the Polytetrafluoroethylene Prime Minister…

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So following an apparent pyrrhic victory in the party confidence ballot and notwithstanding the damning conclusions of the long-awaited “FINDINGS OF SECOND PERMANENT SECRETARY’S INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED GATHERINGS ON GOVERNMENT PREMISES DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS” (better known as the Sue Gray report) Boris Johnson lives to fight another day. Partygate is simply the most serious in a long line of scandals which have dogged Johnson over the years. His alleged part in unlawfully promoting the business interests of ex-girlfriend Jennifer Arcuri …

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Update: Tory civil war breaks out over the Protocol as reports say Johnson is backing an even harder line defying the EU

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Teflon de Pfeffel Johnson

Waxwork of Boris Johnson on display at Madame Tussauds, Marylebone, London, England.

Theresa May was gone within 6 months of having won a vote of confidence by a greater margin than Boris Johnson (63% vs. 59% support). But under the Tory Party rules, he cannot now be challenged in a vote of confidence for another 12 months, regardless of how badly the Tories do in the meantime. That is, of course, unless the Tories change their rules, something the threatened to do in the case of Theresa May. A large majority, c. …

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Boris Johnson survives vote of confidence…

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Boris Johnson wins a confidence vote by Tory MPs 211 to 148. The mood music had been playing the tune of survival since early afternoon – that Boris would emerge from the vote of confidence sweaty, breathless and staggering – but no less defiant or verbose. A sort of political Tyson Fury. Stretched analogies of Shakespearean plotting and betrayal have been thick and heavy in recent days, but ultimately this rebellion has amounted to more of a butter knife instead …

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Boris Johnson faces vote of no confidence…

Pants on fire - billboard with Boris Johnson.

He has been clinging on for months but is today the day of reckoning for The Prime Minister? Why now? Was it the reception Boris got at the Jubilee event that tipped MPs over the edge? When Boris arrived at the #PlatinumJubilee #PlatinumPartyatthePalace #Boris #Booed pic.twitter.com/wL9mvpkF0h — 𝘼𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙈𝙘𝘿𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙙 𝘼𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤 (@allymc29) June 4, 2022 With no obvious successor in the wings might Conservative MPs decide to stick with their Clown Prince or will they think he is beyond redemption? We …

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Give Boris Johnson a fresh chance to prove his sincerity and commitment. We have nothing to lose and much to gain

Ahead of his day in Northern Ireland, much media comment is focusing on Boris Johnson’s announcement of draft legislation later this week to unilaterally amend parts of the Protocol. This is both inevitable and regrettable.  Northern Ireland’s welfare is far more important than the abstruse game of higher politics. Boris Johnson’s article in the Belfast Telegraph deserves to be cautiously welcomed. It suggests a new level of engagement in all level of NI affairs even encroaching on  Stormont’s competences. Much …

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Should Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak resign?

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The Prime Minister, chancellor and Carrie Johnson have been given fixed-penalty notices for attending a number 10 lockdown party. Is this a resigning matter? Or with the Ukraine Invasion is it not the right time for a leadership contest? Partygate: More than half of voters think that Boris Johnson should resign after fine https://t.co/FESnDEhRSU — Sky News (@SkyNews) April 13, 2022 My own view is I am surprised Boris has lasted this long but there is not exactly a wealth …

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Boris Johnson is right to ignore our latest cries for attention…

Poor Jeffrey is upset that Boris Johnson does not drop everything and fly to Ulster to ‘save the Union’. I am not sure what is worse, Unionists believing anyone on the ‘mainland’ gives a flying feck about us or believing that there is any situation that could be improved with the addition of Bungling Boris. It reminds me of the old Brendan Behan quote: “There is no human situation so miserable that it cannot be made worse by the presence …

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Frost’s resignation dissolves fudging over the Protocol and faces Johnson with the stark choice. And Liz Truss the party favourite will make it.

The social libertarian reasons David Frost has given for quitting the government such as the “direction of travel” on Covid restrictions and increased taxes are hardly the whole story.  For if he thought he looked like winning in the Protocol negotiations he would surely not have quit. His letter to Johnson smacks of the same disingenuousness as his Protocol reports – a hard line written in the language of sweet reasonableness.  Frost knows very well he has set Johnson a …

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Johnson and Frost can afford another turn of the screw before retreat. The rachet is in their hands

Using the old mantra of Michel Barnier, the clock is ticking on the Protocol negotiations. Even so, picking up from Mick’s references to Irish Times commentator Ronan McCrea, it isn’t obvious to me why at this point  the EU should “play hardball.”  Granted that he fears the damage done in a lengthy arbitration period under the terms of the withdrawal agreement. ..during the lengthy period during which all of these procedures were being worked through, the EU would be faced …

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Boris has 99 problems…

Not sure what magic Cassette Boy uses to create these videos, but they sure are very funny. Warning contains swearing. For those not into HipHop 99 Problems is a song by Jay Z. Boris Johnston delivers his keynote speech today at the Conservative Party Conference. There is talk he will raise the minimum wage which would be welcomed by low earners. New! Cassetteboy vs Boris Johnson 2021 #cpc21 pic.twitter.com/klsNSi0wir — Cassetteboy (@Cassetteboy) October 6, 2021 If this is a bit …

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Now is the winter of our discontent…

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Wow, things are looking bleak for poor old Blighty. Energy prices through the roof, bins not being emptied, food shortages, petrol shortages, staff shortages, [insert just about everything] shortages. Unsurprisingly when you tell people not to panic-buy they automatically go out and panic buy. Personally, I have taken matters into my own hands and I have 1000 litres of petrol stored in old plastic milk jugs in the shed. They are next to the pile of illegal fireworks I picked …

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Hain accuses Johnson, Cameron, May of NI ‘neglect’ – and Foster for ‘lapdog’ tendency

Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron must accept part of the responsibility for the continuing “gridlock” of politics in Northern Ireland, through their failure to engage in the political process here, argues former Labour secretary of state Peter Hain. He also allocates blame to Conservative secretaries of state, with the exception of Julian Smith.  Hain says that prime ministers must recognise that their role includes strong engagement with the Northern Ireland parties, in order to keep political progress on track. “You …

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“He did not read the protocol, he has not read the bill, he does not know his stuff”…

As Labour leader, Ed Miliband’s awkward geekiness never found favour with the English voters but he has grown in stature over the years. His Reasons to be cheerful podcast is an entertaining and informative listen. In his day job role as MP and shadow Minister, he gave Boris quite the evisceration over his handling of NI Protocol. It makes for an entertaining watch. https://twitter.com/WinstonCProject/status/1417855877697179653?s=20 But all this is water of a ducks back for Boris. Very little sticks to our …

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Sturgeon is not as invincible as she projects. The Union has begun to fight back

The FT reports that the £ reached a new high level “as prospects for a new early  referendum on Scottish independence dimmed.”  This might strike you as very odd after panic hit the  London media  at the news of the inevitable SNP victory on Friday. Just as weird was the desperate consolation sought in the fact that the SNP failed to win an absolute majority by a single vote. I just don’t get that; they’re home and dry with the support of the Greens. The falling short is purely token. Clearly the markets dislike the uncertainty likely to be created by another Indyref campaign. The shock of first reactions in London means that Westminster realises at last that they may have a problem in Scotland. Do Johnson and the Tories care?  The same question occurs as for Northern Ireland. He is secure beyond his wildest dreams  or  rather  the nightmare of even a week ago when he seemed drowning in a tide of petty scandal.  Great Britain ( certainly not NI),  is now  looking split under three different convincing  mandates, Labour in Wales, the SNP in Scotland and the Tories  in England , all mutually exclusive.

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Republican anger over plans to spend £3m on Centenary Birthday card for every home in Northern Ireland…

Plans by Boris Johnson to send a card to every home in Northern Ireland to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of its foundation have met with an angry response from Nationalists and Republicans. It is thought Boris Johnson came up with the idea as a way to remind us of our importance to the Union. The front of the card features a portrait of the Queen with a massive Union Jack backdrop. The back of the card contains a personal message …

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