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Ian Hislop, Private Eye
at 13:50 26 Jan 2022

A telling clip that goes some way to explaining the culture of sleaze

Private Eye journalists were invited to give evidence at a Parliamentary select committee, examining how MPs could be less corrupt (my words)

If ever there were weasel words defending that very sleaze then Bernard Jenkin MP does just that (3.50)

It appears, to him, that MPs are not warned about what they do might be corrupt so they 'unwittingly' get hired by unscrupulous lobbyists. Lambs to the slaughter, we are led to believe.

A good watch is to see how PE rips him and another MP apart

24 mins in total
whoops, there's another gone
at 15:59 24 Jan 2022

"The Conservative minister in charge of Whitehall efficiency has resigned over the government’s “lamentable track record” in tackling fraud in Covid loan scheme.

Senior Tory peer Lord Agnew – the minister for efficiency and transformation at the Treasury and Cabinet Office – quit with a shock announcement in the Lords on Monday."

I wonder if we will see any investigation into the corruption surrounding the supply of (often unusable ) PPE ?
Times up, Bozo
at 23:20 23 Jan 2022

Ir appears that Sue Gray has been interviewing police officers who guard Downing Street. Though not obliged to speak they have been more than willing.

"Amid reports that some Number 10 staffers have been “circling the wagons” by holding back information from the Gray inquiry, and even deleting incriminating photographs and WhatsApp messages, the police officers are likely to be seen as impartial observers."

She has also checked Bozos official diary,

"and has had access to the system that records when staff use their swipe cards to enter and exit Downing Street. A log of all visitors, and the names of those who sponsor their visit, are also retained on the same system. Alleged parties in the flat that Mr Johnson shares above No 11 Downing Street with his wife, Carrie, and their family are also covered by Ms Gray’s probe, it has emerged."

Asked how significant the material they had disclosed was, the source added:

“Put it this way, if Boris Johnson is still Prime Minister by the end of the week, I’d be very surprised.”

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Another one bites the dust
at 14:45 23 Jan 2022

One of the many noticeable actions of the bloated buffoons tenures in office is his inability to keep the election promises he made.

This time it is his nonsense about a supposed 'levelling up' - conveniently forgetting who had been in power the previous decade.

Under the garrulous gutbucket, there would not only be trains a plenty but buses to order. Only there won't. After a massive scaling back of HS2, we now learn the budget for improved bus services has been 50%

As with the claimed number of extra police and nurses, they go nowhere near restoring the numbers that have been cut. This has been his style during his whole adult life, promise the earth then fail to deliver. Previously these failings were not seen not on such a big stage so much was dismissed as 'that's just Boris'. Now the billsht cannot be ignored, or dismissed.

There will be an element of schadenfreude among a fair few millions of UK voters, though that will be mixed with the knowledge of the harm this self centred charlatan has caused/is causing to so many in the UK. Record levels of foodbanks give lie to the boast of levelling up.

Gives a new meaning to the words 'never has so much been owed by so many to so few'
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Who would have though it
at 15:00 21 Jan 2022

'Huge lorry queues building up at the Port of Dover have been blamed “entirely” on extra controls which have come into force from Brexit.'

'Lorry drivers have reported queueing for up to eight hours to get through controls, partly because UK firms have struggled with complex new customs declarations and rules-of-origin forms.'
PPE shortage
at 17:52 20 Jan 2022

The scandal of the millions made through the purchase of PPE is something that need never have happened - were it not for the Tories negligence in readiness.

"Exercise Cygnus was a report is based on the findings of a government simulation of an influenza pandemic, codenamed Exercise Cygnus. It concluded starkly that Britain was not adequately prepared for a flu-like pandemic’s “extreme demands”.

Operators have been beset by shortages of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect staff and limit the spread of the virus "

"There has been mounting criticism on everything from the speed at which lockdown was introduced to the levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing available."

In the name of God, go!
at 17:32 18 Jan 2022

There is a quote attributed to Oliver Cromwell that is suited for Weds PMQs

"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go "

However, I prefer his words on the dissolution of the Long Parliament 20th April 1653 - which aptly fits this government as well Johnson, himself

"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!”

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Labour now has 13 point lead
at 19:35 17 Jan 2022

Lab 43%
Con 30%
Libdems 9%

Which would see the Tories lose 161 seats, and Labour in government with a 54 seat majority,

Far from any bounce back, it has been a steady decline - long may it continue.
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Corners - a question
at 14:13 16 Jan 2022

Is there any meaning or even some unknown (by us) code to the taker raising one hand before the ball is kicked. I have seen both hands raised, and yet the ball lands the same, or not

No real connect

And is it not time to enlarge the distance or that arc ? Every player now places the ball as far out as possible.

When the laws of the game were drawn up there was nothing to stop a long run up - and, why are corner flags no longer removed ?
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Moving players on
at 13:50 16 Jan 2022

Inevitably there were some of the 19 summer signings who have just not worked,

Will we be able to shift them this month ? Maybe pay part of their wages while they are out on loan ? Pay up their contract, minus what they will receive in their new contract, as I doubt many will attract the wages we gave them.

Some might come good under new management, but I doubt that will be the case for Jackson, Nolan, Pigott
Coup attempt y the BBC
at 19:46 15 Jan 2022

Tory MP, Mr Dod G Sirrup, has claimed that, it was a coup by the BBC "after hearing a news bulletin featuring criticism of the prime minister over lockdown parties at Downing Street."

The Tory MP for Wigon, stated that BBC should report how the nation felt, not spout its own left wing, woke, liberal, intellectual, anti government rhetoric.

This follows shortly after another Tory MP, Des Swine, had claimed that the parties were in fact the work of Remainers who opposed Brexit. From organising the parties to buying the wine this was the work of Remainers.

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todays highlights
at 19:18 15 Jan 2022
Well that didn't last long
at 18:13 15 Jan 2022

What was missing under Cook was having players fully committed week in, week out, and for the full 90 mins.

There needs to be a willingness to grind out results - we were poor, so scraping a draw would have been acceptable. bit somehow that dogged spirit is all too often lacking.

And that's the difference between promotion and missing out. But still early days yet, though the season suggests we need to start winning more than those above us. Twenty games left, and those just above have games in hand, and could push it to us being 11 points of the playoffs.
Not big enough to hide in but
at 21:43 14 Jan 2022

"Downing Street held 'wine-time Fridays' every week throughout the pandemic with Boris Johnson watching on, with staff even investing in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their beer, prosecco and wine cold"

as my thoughts elsewhere, there is still more to come - and it would appear the right wing press are letting this out bit by bit, to cause maximum damage

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Ahmaud Arbery - sentence
at 20:38 7 Jan 2022

"Gregory and Travis McMichael, white father and son convicted of murdering Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 20 years.

A judge handed down the sentences in Glynn County, Georgia, on Friday afternoon. The McMichaels’ neighbour and co-defendant William “Roddie” Bryan Jr was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 30 years served"

Fantasy football - there lies the way to madness
at 21:56 6 Jan 2022

A new academic study has claimed that playing fantasy football can lead to a decline in mental health, that worsens significantly the more time you spend playing.
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And some believed them
at 19:40 2 Jan 2022

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Scum are still ar it
at 00:19 2 Jan 2022
It would be funny
at 23:19 30 Dec 2021

..........................if it wasn't so fcking tragic. Nutters attacking a track and trace centre

Apparently the vaccines contain a silicone chip that is programmed to control you, and the intent is to reduce the world's population by causing these injections to kill you.

The irony that the virus is actually doing a good job of reducing the worlds population does seem to have escaped these lunatics.

Part of me thinks they should be rounded up and stuck in some where far from harms way, where the dark side has a solution that involves machine guns.

Jokes aside, it is the price we pay for being tolerant. And is however a minor concern amidst all the benefits.

"Confused anti-vaccine protesters entered a test-and-trace centre in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, appearing to believe it was a coronavirus vaccine centre, where they were filmed shouting abuse at staff and appearing to steal equipment."
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