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UK government paying for favourable media coverage
at 08:19 28 May 2020

Wasn’t their a poll a month or so again which said the one thing people trusted less than politicians was the media?
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Fact-check please...
at 08:18 28 May 2020

Exactly. Trump is kicking off because the social media companies are being pressured to not let him run amok with his lies this time around.
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 08:15 28 May 2020

The difference is Laura Kuenssberg was tweeting a source in response, and in many ways was collaborating the original story by confirming Cummings did travel, rather than coming out with something which was a pure diatribe. Laura Kuenssberg and the BBC could hide behind a source whilst Emily Maitlis couldn’t.

That being said, both needed to perhaps be a little bit smarter about how this was presented to the public and the BBC should have highlighted this in Laura Kuenssberg’s case as well as Emily Maitlis’.
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If The Guardian or The Mirror has something up their sleeve now may be the time
at 08:02 28 May 2020

Not a single article relating to Cummings (other than his ‘rise’ to his role at Downing Street) on the BBC front page. I can’t believe it but I think they might actually manage to front this out. Some were hopeful the papers had something else, alluded to by Peston on Monday, and if so now might be the time to regenerate some momentum.
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It wasn't a party....
at 07:59 28 May 2020

It’s fine, she was just checking them out for childcare... and whether she could see properly.
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The BBC apologise for Emily Maitlis.
at 07:54 28 May 2020

Not wishing to derail the thread into another “let’s bash Laura Kuenssberg” one but the Newsnight presentation was very different to the Twitter posts - as the BBC says in that article, whilst I agree the wording and semantics could have been better, Kuenssberg was quoting a source and then responded with tweets from other sources who were asking for Cummings to quit.

I was astonished by the opening speech on Tuesday’s Newsnight. Delighted as well, and my blood was boiling by the time Andrew Bridgen slimed excuses across the airwaves, but the issue was whilst many - like myself - think he broke the rules the Protectorate Elite state he didn’t and I don’t think the BBC quite treaded the line well enough to get away with it. And perhaps they could have had more impact with members of the public who are backing Cummings with forensic dissection of his actions against the rules, or maybe speaking to those who have sacrificed so much for public wellbeing, than they did with the blunt instrument.

That being said did I enjoy it immensely and agree with it in full? Yes, yes I did.
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Who will be the first club
at 07:43 28 May 2020

A Bundesliga side, surely? Will be very interesting to see what happens over there if/when it does.
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The UK's Track and Trace Scheme
at 07:37 28 May 2020

Yes, it sounds like it’s been dragged forward in a hurry to try and deflect. Who cares whether it’s ready? The important thing is the Government, and in particular Mr Cummings, must survive.
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UK government paying for favourable media coverage
at 07:35 28 May 2020

Surely it’d be better to put the money into the furloughing pot for those in need? I’ve read the article in full and the plus side is it does promote the programme and ask other struggling businesses to apply.
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Oh dear, how sad, never mind
at 08:56 27 May 2020

There are remnants on the back benches though I’ve just seen all but one voted through the amended Food and Agriculture Bill. They’ll never get enough support to get close to power though.
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Peston, Robert. *Tin foil hat maybe required here.*
at 08:36 27 May 2020

I actually thought the opposite, that the approach from Laura K and Peston was a case of giving him enough rope to hang himself with, which he did so well. The issue is the way he speaks and the manner he asks questions - it can be so drawn out by the time he’s finished asking them the interviewee has had time to compose an answer.
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Oh dear, how sad, never mind
at 08:21 27 May 2020

The best anyone can hope for is this is a re-run of the 1992 ministry where they became such an infighting mess they could barely get anything through the House. The problem is the numbers are far more favourable towards them now than they were back then.

If Johnson steps down he won’t be replaced by a competent MP - the desperation to Get Brexit Done will see to that.
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So Cheltenham going ahead 'caused increased suffering and death'
at 08:09 27 May 2020

Wasn’t the first instruction “people should not gather in pubs” without actually ordering them to close, leaving them in limbo without custom but unable to claim anything on loss of earnings?
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Oh dear, how sad, never mind
at 08:07 27 May 2020

They’ll lose faith of some of the public, probably from those who had very little trust to begin with. The number of Twitter posts I’ve seen defending him and trying to tie this into a Remainer plot because Brexit must be done and anyone discrediting Cummings is a Remainer (including the Mail) is very concerning. Are they in the minority? I hope so. The polls suggest so but they have been wrong before.
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Oh dear, how sad, never mind
at 07:55 27 May 2020

The only thing is if they get away with it once, they’ll try it over and over again. See Trump. That’s why common decency has to win through now.
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Breaking news from The Daily Star
at 07:53 27 May 2020

https://www.thepaperboy.com/uk/daily-star/front-pages-today.cfm?frontpage=60162

I’m astounded personally; you can’t drive if you’re blind???

(Seriously, you know you’re in trouble when the Daily Star starts taking pot shots)
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If you voted Tory at last Election, what do you genuinely think of this govt?
at 18:30 26 May 2020

I think I got lucky with where I worked. Maybe I was a naive too. The 2017 and 2019 were both Brexit elections which added an extra dimension to them and wondering who would handle it best. Johnson was clearly not up to the job from the off (or even before then) yet here we are.
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No follow up questions allowed today
at 18:26 26 May 2020

Why should they concern themselves with guidelines when the chief advisor to the Prime Minister can’t be bothered to?
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If you voted Tory at last Election, what do you genuinely think of this govt?
at 16:00 26 May 2020

Maybe just the section I worked for - certainly things didn’t deteriorate and there were actually some good processes and procedures formed over that time which improved productivity and outcomes. Basic common sense was used over that period of time when it hadn’t been for a while. A lot of it was local decision making, yes, but things did improve across that period of time. Again I’ll just add that might just be the section I worked for and I was much wetter behind the ears then than I am now.
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Mike Ashley
at 15:56 26 May 2020

I guess he might spend the bare minimum to get to the Championship and let us rot there?
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