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  1. You’ll struggle to find many examples of anything but disdain for a Johnson in any of Massie’s regular columns for the Spectator. Being the token contrarian voice is literally his job.
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    None that I’ve seen. Been a global pandemic and it’s not like countries with warmer climates got it any easier.
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    No 10 statement “The police have made clear they are taking no action against Mr Cummings over his self-isolation and that going to Durham did not breach the regulations. "The Prime Minister has said he believes Mr Cummings behaved reasonably and legally given all the circumstances and he regards this issue as closed." Carefully worded but essentially admits the Barnard Castle trip was a breach of regulations
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    What the future’s going to look like for most countries for a while I expect. Also an indication of how tricky it will be to properly impose further lockdowns after an initial one has been lifted. Like, I suspect museums and art galleries aren’t the main cause and just shutting them won’t do much to help, but they don’t seem to think they can go further again.
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    Clear now that Johnson believes the hit to their trust and their polling is worth enduring for what he believes are the long term benefits only Cummings can bring him. Not going to lose a lot of sleep,about the Tories taking that hit, but impact it’s already having on increased non compliance with guidelines is shameful.
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    Durham Police investigation concludes that Cummings did breach lockdown rules with the trip to Barnard Castle.
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    The MPs that still back it would be the Tories, with their 80 seat majority. I think the public already knows the government thinks it should be the government. All it does is highlight the size of their majority and reinforce a message that the opposition can’t stop them doing what they want. Calling for votes you can’t win and losing them predictably badly just demonstrates the weakness of your position.
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    It would tell us that the Tories believe they should still be the government and that the opposition parties would rather that they weren’t. I’m not sure who that’s supposed to be news to.
  9. Gilps

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    We’re stuck with them because they gained an 80:seat majority 6 months ago. Given that majority, why do you expect the MPs motion you’re asking for to end in anything other than defeat? And given such a defeat, what do you expect it to actually achieve?
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    There is no mechanism for the public to this and if MPs tried it they’d be defeated, given that the Tories have an 80 seat majority. We are stuck with their incompetence for the duration.of this crisis and the aftermath. Just have to hope that the public memory is long enough that they pay a heavy price in 2024.
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    Yes, but as ever it’s possible to care about more than one thing. You can believe that Cummings being sacked or not has important implications for accountability in public life and believe that the overall mishandling that’s leading to this obscene number of deaths is a bigger issue.
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    T&Cs allow them to keep the data for 20 f***ing years.
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    We are now top of the world for excess deaths https://www.ft.com/content/6b4c784e-c259-4ca4-9a82-648ffde71bf0
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    A lot of complaints but no action from the BBC Yeah agree. It’s the lack of consistency in dealing with complaints of this nature and who they’re so quick to bow to.
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