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Mr Johnson brushed aside objections from the House of Lords Appointments Commission to elevate Tory former treasurer Peter Cruddas to the upper house.
Mr Johnson defended his nomination of Mr Cruddas in a letter to Appointments Commission chairman Lord Bew.
The Prime Minister rejected "historic concerns" raised about Mr Cruddas, relating to allegations that he offered access to then-prime minister David Cameron in exchange for donations.
Mr Johnson said: "The most serious accusations levelled at the time were found to be untrue and libellous," and an internal Conservative Party investigation "found there had been no intentional wrongdoing".
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"He had delusions of adequacy "
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
- Winston Churchill
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
-Winston Churchill, in response
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
- Paul Keating
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-Charles, Count Talleyrand
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
-Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." -Billy Wilder
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it."
I hear SO many people constantly moaning so here's my thoughts. And just to be clear I didn't actually vote for Boris Johnson.
I feel like if he'd have locked down sooner people would have moaned saying he panicked and caused a longer lockdown than was necessary.
I feel like if he'd locked down later people would have moaned saying he should have locked down sooner.
If he ends the lockdown soon people will moan saying he's putting people's lives at risk.
If he keeps the lockdown going people will moan saying he's wrecking the economy, the long term results of which will be worse than that of the virus (for example the vast number of lives lost during the Great Depression).
If he keeps the schools closed people will moan saying children are being denied their right to education and people can't go back to work until the schools open.
If he opens the schools people will moan saying it's not safe for children and teachers to go back.
They managed to get a furlough scheme going in next to no time - 80% of your wages covered for sitting at home, so that companies didn't have to get rid of staff. People moan that it's not enough. Then you get rich companies / people around the world using it as a money saving exercise rather than a last resort to making someone redundant.
People say our lockdown was too draconian and a waste of time and to look at Sweden who didn't implement a lockdown. Yet people also say our lockdown was too weak and to look at China who were literally spraying the streets with disinfectant and no-one could leave their house.
People demanded an exit plan, so he gives an exit plan. So people moan and say it's mixed messages and should have been released before the bank holiday.
He says he's following scientific advice, people dismiss the scientific advice saying it's rubbish.
He says you can now have unlimited exercise as he appreciates how important it is for mental and physical well being, yet people moan saying they can now exercise but can't see their family.
He's encouraged outdoor workers (construction, labouring etc) to go back to work as it's a lot easier to maintain social distancing outside of an office. People moan saying that's unfair. He's encouraged people to not use public transport unless they need to. People moan saying that's unfair.
I feel like if he'd quarantined everyone coming into the country people would have moaned saying it was against their basic human rights. Yet now he's saying all new arrivals will be made to quarantine, the airlines are moaning saying it will destroy their industry.
I feel like one minute an 'expert' is coming out saying the lockdown is a complete waste of time and the next minute another 'expert' is coming out saying without a lockdown it would have resulted in five hundred thousand deaths.
I feel like people talk about setting up and supplying PPE, Track & Trace and swab tests for millions, like it's as quick and easy as a stroll down the shops, without appreciating what a logistical nightmare it must actually be.
I feel like the unions and people will demand a safer environment (and so they should) and refuse to go back to work, but will also moan and cry about taxes going up as a result of the government having had to foot the bill for them being out of work for months.
I feel like people will happily point out we have one of the worst death counts in Europe but will fail to mention we are also one of the most densely populated. That people will happily pin every single death here on the government, as if this new horrific virus hasn't caused hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide.
I feel like people in this country JUST LOVE TO MOAN. And if Boris Johnson magicked a vaccine out of thin air tonight, people would start moaning about the weather saying that was his fault instead.
I feel like people forget the government are human beings. They are doing the best they can guided by the best scientific advice in this country. Better advice than Piers Morgan or some cheap journalist.
I feel like the real villains are the immoral media who are full of lies, deceit and hidden agendas. The multi millionaires and rich companies who use the furlough scheme as a money saving exercise rather than leaving it for the companies that actually NEED IT. The people that never pay a penny of tax or national insurance yet rinse the state for all it's worth. Not forgetting the persons responsible for this deadly virus actually getting unleashed on mankind. They are the true villains, yet it's all too easy to blame the government.
I feel like whatever he does he CANNOT WIN.
Before people start replying with stats and 'how much worse it's been handled over here' - let me show you how easy it is to present stats to fit a certain narrative:
USA - tens of millions of people unemployed, no free healthcare, high number of deaths.
Italy - healthcare system completely overwhelmed, doctors forced to choose between who lives and dies. Similar number of deaths to the UK.
Spain - Population 30% smaller than the UK, with a death count 15% higher per million population, yet similar number of deaths.
France - Roughly same size population as the UK, on a landmass nearly 3 times bigger, yet similar number of deaths.
But, if you're still hell bent on making comparisons then surely it makes sense to make them against countries on a similar footing to our own, not countries on the other side of the world who are operating under completely different circumstances!
With regards the media - how many times has a government adviser announced a new bit of guidance, and how many times do one of the newspapers miraculously find a random 'expert' who just so happens to have the complete opposite opinion...
And the next time you watch one of the 5pm government briefings, listen closely to the questions the media ask and think to yourself how many of them are actually relevant / good solid questions and how many of them are designed with the sole purpose of tripping up those they are asking...
For me, I'm afraid large parts of the media have become glorified gossip outlets with a plethora of could, if's and maybe's, when what we as a nation need during this difficult time is factual real time information.
One final thought (if you've made it this far without falling asleep I salute you ):
Every single death is a huge tragedy, and I don't believe many people will be better off as a result of this virus. Our NHS, our care workers and our emergency services do an unbelievable job, they are hands down one of the best things about this country. Let's not forget though, that the world is battling to hold this virus at bay, and these problems we face aren't just happening in the UK, as our media will have you believe.
P.S No I am not a 'bot' (whatever that means), no I didn't steal this from elsewhere and no I definitely am not writing on behalf of the conservative government. I have a wife, a dog, a job, I love playing & watching numerous sports, I am just a normal working class 30 yr old man who decided to write down my views
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This Monday morning the rubbish picker [ £1 from Poundland ] harvested the three tins, and empty gin bottle on the pavement outside home.
Wouldn't it be good if the all-seeing CCTV systems could ID the culprits.
Then they are dressed in Day-Glo orange coveralls and be sentenced to a month's street-cleaning?
What do you really grit your teeth about?
As Judge, what Punishment would you give to fit the Crime!
Does your cat love you? (Edited)
PC Georgena Jennings, Kingston Upon Thames PolicePUBLIC SERVICE
Your Road, Our Beat
Part 5 - Kingston Town Centre and University
In the vicinity of Kingston University, we saw a disproportionate number of reports of Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) reported to both the police and Kingston Council.
Noting the significant detrimental impact, PC Matt Cefai set about addressing this. After 18 months of meetings, research, vetting and training, PC Matt Cefai succeeded in having Kingston University security accredited with legal powers to address ASB under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).
The implementation of the scheme has allowed security staff to patrol beyond the Halls of residence and has given them powers to:
1. Request name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner
2. Request name and address of offences that cause injury, alarm and distress
3. Require persons under 18 to surrender alcohol
4. Deal with begging
5. Stop cycles
Over the course of 2 years, security officers have made 365 interventions in this type of ASB and as a result, there has been a 95.5% reduction in ASB related calls linked to this location.
This has freed up police resource to deal with crime and most importantly, hopefully enhanced quality of life for those in the area.
After donating yesterday to a homeless charity, as I regularly do, I started thinking. A lot of the homeless have pets, understandably, as companions. Are there any charities that aim to help homeless people with animals with food, toys, beds etc., and do homeless shelters tend to allow pets to stay overnight too? I'd be interested in donating to charities that help the animals as well as the humans. Any advice or pointers would be appreciated, Google hasn't helped much. Thanks.
My car was broken in to last night on Elmsead Gardens, Worcester Park. Apparently the thieves gained entry using a device that bounces the signal from my keyless car key out to the car, and can unlock it from a distance. Luckily nothing of any value was taken, but the police said this crime is getting more and more common. The best way to prevent it is to put your keys into a Faraday case, or a metal tin when you're in the house. A bit of a pain but worth it I suppose to ensure your belongings are safe.
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HOUSE CLEANING IN YOU AREA (Edited)
I am looking, firstly, for a reputable music shop that sells violins, music books etc. who can offer sound advice to a complete beginner without trying to sell me everything I don't need. I am also looking for a patient violin teacher comfortable with teaching an adult beginner. If anyone knows either, let me know please.
Hi my name is Jenny Grant and I have lived in Worcester Park for the last 25 years. I worked in a local school and after 20 years working from them (office based), they changed to academy status and my job was no longer needed. So I decided to retrain in something I love and am passionate about. I attended St Mary's university in Twickenham and qualified with a level 3 diploma in body massage and anatomy and physiology. I have set up my own business part time My website address is www.mindandmassage.co.uk. Please take a look. I am happy to offer a 20% discount on your first full body massage if you mention scooploop. Thankyou for reading and your kind support.
Looking for handyman (Edited)
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