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Summary of a week of Tory rule

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Drum1234 Wed 22-Jul-20 19:59:50

This is actually only the last 5 days. Hard to find any way this corruption and lies could be justified.

MaizieD Wed 22-Jul-20 20:03:57

Let's have it spelled out for the non-link-followers:


1. Matt Hancock told Parliament lockdown started on 16th March, the day SAGE told them to, so all those unnecessary deaths didn’t happen

2. But lockdown started on 24th March, and all those unnecessary deaths did
3. The govt announced a “New Deal” for infrastructure, with £600bn of new money

4. Turns out, only 0.8% of that is new money

5. The £34bn “new money” for the NHS was actually announced in 2018

6. The govt then announced £3bn of additional funding for a possible second wave
7. That’s less than half the £8bn NHS England said it needed just to stand still, which hasn’t happened

8. Matt Hancock said wearing a mask is mandatory

9. Downing St said wearing a mask ISN'T mandatory

10. So Gavin Williamson cleared it all up by saying they're both right 👍🏼
11. England’s Chief Nurse confirmed she was dropped from briefings cos she refused to back Dominic Cummings

12. A poll found public trust in UK gov ability to manage the pandemic is lowest worldwide, and I nearly fainted

13. The govt cut the budget to end FGM by 84%
14. A Tory MP texted his intern to ask for “no strings” fun “pweeease”.

15. She replied that she was having a “bad mental health day”

16. He said maybe if she thought of “fun times” with him, she’d feel better. Nice.
17. Brexit: and now we’re back in control, it was confirmed the govt cancelled the Huawei 5G project because Donald Trump told them to

18. The Institute for Govt found 61% of businesses have made no preparations at all and that “Britain is fatally ill-prepared” for Brexit

19. The business secretary said “Seamless trade is vital for our economy, boosting business, supporting jobs, and ensuring consumers get the best deal”

20. He was talking about England and Scotland. He still thinks abandoning seamless trade with the EU is a great idea
21. The govt used its majority to vote against protecting the NHS from being sold

22. The govt used its majority to vote against protection of agriculture and food standards

23. The govt used its majority to vote against parliament having oversight of any trade deals
24. And now corruption news, and we’ll start small: Robert Jenrick, who you might remember from previous episodes, was in charge of £25m regeneration scheme

25. 60 of the 61 constituencies helped were Tory seats with small majorities, or Tory targets at the general election
26. Only 2 towns had Tory majorities over 10,000. One was Jenrick’s own seat

27. It was reported the Irish tracing app cost £773,000 and works

28. The contract for managing our “world beating” app was given to the wife of a Tory MP, cost £13m in 4 months, it didn’t work
29. Even if you paid £50,000 to each programmer for 4 months work, £13m buys 260 programmers

30. The successful app used by Germany – which is open source – lists 17 programmers

31. Did we hire 260 programmers? If so, why? If not, where is the rest of the money?
32. Also, the govt admitted its “world beating app” broke the law

33. A leaked govt report found our “world beating” trace system is failing

34. Serco traced 59,000 contacts in 6 weeks, which is less than 1 contact per tracer per fortnight. They got £10bn for that
35. But the govt claimed it was a success because it managed to find an outbreak in its own call centre

36. Russia report news: The govt attempted to suborn parliament by fixing the appointment of Chris Grayling to chair the Intelligence Sub-Committee (ISC)
37. It failed, so suspended the MP who did get the job

38. The ISC said the reasons given by the govt for delaying the report were “simply not true”

39. As the ISC released the report, the govt announced a pay rise for 900,000 workers. Were you distracted? Me neither
40. The report confirmed Russian interference in the Scottish Independence referendum

41. The report “reveals that no one in government knew if Russia interfered in or sought to influence the [Brexit] referendum, because they did not want to know”
42. The ISC demanded an inquiry into Russian interference in Brexit

43. The govt immediately said no

44. I’m sure this is a coincidence, but this week it was reported the largest political donor in British history is a Russian Socialite who has paid £1.7m to the Tory party
45. She paid £160,000 for game of tennis with Boris Johnson

46. She paid £30,000 for dinner with Gavin Williamson. I know, it’s baffling

47. The company she runs has assets of £23,000 and liabilities of £8.4m, so it’s a mystery where all that donated money is coming from.
48. And finally: it was reported that the UK doesn't even have enough palettes to transport goods after we leave the EU, cos we've been relying on theirs until now, and have neither the wood nor the treatment facilities required to build enough of our own.


Drum1234 Wed 22-Jul-20 20:25:08

Thanks, Maizie.

Whitewavemark2 Wed 22-Jul-20 20:55:18

This must not be allowed to slide away. It is just too awful to be ignored or buried.

paddyanne Wed 22-Jul-20 21:18:58

Well you can relax...Bojo is headed north..hes coming to talk to tories about the union stop the Independence numbers from rising in favour......What he thinks the tories can do is a mystery they have a small % of the Scottish vote and we've just watched their vote against the NHS .They always vote against anything that would benefit Scotland and in favour of the WM government do Labour it must be said.Isn't it time Bojo told the TRUTH about why he;s desperate to hang onto Scotland? The FACT is that without our revenue England is sunk ,get the lifeboats ready!!

MaizieD Wed 22-Jul-20 21:25:48

I hope he gets the reception he deserves, paddyanne

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 06:05:58

The Tories will have their job cut out.

I suppose that’s the next disaster we can add to the list.

The break up of the Union. I wonder how they will sell that one?

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 06:23:39

A shot over Cummings bow.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 06:28:50

Government warned against investing in a bankrupt satellite supplier, but ignored the warnings from the civil service

Davidhs Thu 23-Jul-20 07:28:53

How do you do it Mazie, wether it’s all accurate I’ve no idea but well done. It sums up my opinion of our government.

vegansrock Thu 23-Jul-20 07:37:03

In Today’s news - uk hopelessly prepared for economic impact of a pandemic - cross party committee of MPs. Giveaways made up on the hoof left whole sectors unsupported.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 07:43:38

Today’s news headline in Guardian.

Government’s track and trace system failing to alert thousands of people in the high infection areas

“It is an utter shambles”

MaizieD Thu 23-Jul-20 08:10:54

I didn't do it, David. I copied and pasted the tweets from the link that Drum posted because I know that some people don't like to follow links. Can't take any credit...

It is all accurate. It's a roundup of the news. Russ does one every week.

It's a bit shocking when seen like this, isn't it? 😀

MaizieD Thu 23-Jul-20 08:13:43

I think that #47 is a bit of an eye opener. Where did the money come from...?

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 08:31:52


I think that #47 is a bit of an eye opener. Where did the money come from...?

It has been reported that the oligarchs are totally dependent on Putin, as he holds all the purse strings.

So I suppose you could say that Putin is funding the Tory party.

Nortsat Thu 23-Jul-20 11:57:26

Thank you Drum and Maisie, I really appreciate the complication.
Well done Russ.

I am especially aggrieved at the lack of news coverage about the Govt’s failure to protect the NHS from being sold, the failure to protect food and agriculture standards post Brexit and for voting to exclude Parliamentary oversight of trade deals.

Then I find I am aggrieved about almost everything about this Government and the (very partial) news coverage of its activities.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 12:18:41

Everything is now up for sale

varian Thu 23-Jul-20 12:31:30

“Dido” Harding, Baroness Harding of Winscombe is an English businesswoman. She is chairwoman of NHS Improvement and former chief executive of the TalkTalk Group. She holds a board position at the Jockey Club (which is responsible for several major events including the Cheltenham Festival), and from May 2020 is in charge of the UK's Test and Trace programme. Harding

I don't suppose that her membership of the Board of the Jockey Club had anything to do with the disastrous decision not to cancel the 2020 Cheltenham Festival which opened on 10 March with at least 60,000 racegoers in attendance each afternoon, while 68,500 were at the track to see the Cheltenham Gold Cup on 13 March – four days before Boris Johnson announced extensive UK-wide lockdown measures.

Luckygirl Thu 23-Jul-20 13:15:49

I feel I need a lie down now. And nothing - just nothing - we can do.

I feel sickened every time I look at how our local MP has voted - he would not have been an MP if we did not have the first past the post voting system - more people voted against rather than for him. He is an arse-licker - Boris must have the cleanest arse in the whole world.

GillT57 Thu 23-Jul-20 17:51:07

I feel the same luckygirl, in my constituency we have a time serving Brexit supporter, and I fear that many here would vote for a goat wearing a blue rosette. It is beyond making me angry now, it makes me laugh, it is all so bloody ridiculous. There are not even attempts to cover up the corruption and money swishing into friendly bank accounts, it is evident that the government have decided that we, the electorate, are stupid, or don't care, or are not interested, and to be fair, going by the lack of ire on GN, or even worse, the pathetic attempts to defend the indefensible, they are probably right.

vegansrock Thu 23-Jul-20 18:07:11

Let’s face it, apologists for this government don’t care about lies and corruption because they won! Get over it! Makes me sick .

MaizieD Thu 23-Jul-20 18:10:41

Ladies, I agree with you!

Will these cheer us up a little bit? flowers flowers flowers

Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 19:21:28


Ladies, I agree with you!

Will these cheer us up a little bit? flowers flowers flowers


Whitewavemark2 Thu 23-Jul-20 19:35:37

Cummings still in pursuit of total domination

“Dominic Cummings has just taken charge of all government data. What could possibly go wrong?“

GillT57 Thu 23-Jul-20 19:45:47

Dominic Cummings has just taken charge of all government data. What could possibly go wrong?“ but but but but we will be getting rid of unelected bureaucrats when we leave the EU surely?