The government’s obesity strategy is rooted in a culture of ‘fatphobia’, of which the prime minister is as much a victim as anyone.
Today marks the second anniversary of Boris Johnson’s premiership. Let’s review the promises he made in July 2019.
As Johnson marks the first two years of his chaotic and increasingly scary premiership, many Conservatives may be regretting their choice
What will the Johnson government will stand for? What is ‘Johnsonism’ and is it more than just a vacuous slogan?
As both Johnson and Sunak attempt to avoid self-isolation caused by contact with Sajid Javid, what message does it send to the country?
A number of rebellions threaten to disrupt Boris Johnsons’ legislative agenda, and show the deep divisions still in his party.
As Jonathan Bartley steps down from the Green party leadership, what should leadership mean in politics, and who we should look to.
As Batley and Spen goes to the polls, with the Conservatives and Labour both looking to secure over 40 percent of the vote share, John Elsom provides a Liberal Democrat reflection on the country’s last by-election – 180 miles away in Amersham.
Johnson always writes two versions of every speech, here is the unused version of his covid address to the nation about further restrictions.
Juliet Lodge writes about the political corruption during the pandemic; PPE contracts for friends, mismanagement of the virus, and going against the Northern Irish Protocol. The EU have lost faith in the UK and are preparing a code of practice for all member governments.
Roger Winterbottom examines the implications of Dominic Cummings’ evidence, the bizarre switch of Cummings’ former accusers and supporters, and the convenient timing of Johnson’s marriage.
Some people constantly cause chaos because they repeat the same basic mistakes and never learn. Does this include Prime Minister Johnson?
In the run up to Cummings giving evidence today, the government seems to have been trying to limit the damage of his testimony. The question is, why was it so important to listen to him a year ago, but so wrong to listen to him now?
The PM’s former senior adviser will be giving evidence in the Wilson Room at Portcullis House tomorrow but his sights are firmly locked on Downing Street, just across the road, where he is headed like a heat seeking missile.
The Queen’s speech yesterday continues the nation’s strange slide into authoritarian rule under a prime minister wearing the reassuringly crumpled outfit of a libertarian while ruthlessly tightening his grip on power.
Alex Toal reviews proposed plans in the Queen’s speech to undermine democracy by extending first past the post to mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections and introduce voter ID legislation.
The nation remains divided over Brexit. Re-joining the EU is out of the question unless there is a significant majority in favour. But Brexit cannot be said to be ‘done’ until accepted by a significant majority. And how likely is that?
Helen Davidson reviews the results in the Hartlepool by-election. Turnout was 42.3% and Conservative gains were obtained from mostly Brexit voters. Why people stayed at home and didn’t come out to vote, is unknown; but what is known is that the winner of the election was indifference.
Johnson’s trademark smirk is apparently known to psychologists as “duping delight” – the sheer joy of duping people, or in the prime minister’s case, entire nations, given away by an involuntary smirk, a “leaked expression of pleasure.”
In which the reader is invited to consider the A-Z of charges laid at the door of Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
Cummings is preparing an onslaught to bring down Boris Johnson. If anyone can do it, it’s Cummings. Downing Street is “terrified” that he has a ‘treasure trove’ of internal memos and emails in a damaging dossier.
Andy Brown points out that Boris Johnson is a good liar; he has lied about Northern Ireland, Brexit, and now his private life, and it has come to the point where his inability to tell the truth renders him incapable of running the country.
Alex Toal links past with present as Eric Pickles is brought back into the public spotlight over the Greensill scandal.
Alex Toal breaks down the Greensill scandal, and the broader problem of the revolving door which Cameron’s actions have highlighted. Politicians have had an uncomfortable level of closeness with the private sector for years, and the scandal is nothing new. But we need to change our incentive structures to improve practices.
Boris Johnson has rendered the phrase “they’re all the same” totally redundant. He is in class of his own, impropriety personified
Aidan Enright, in his first article for Yorkshire Bylines, explains the relationship between Starmer, Labour and Ireland. He asks what consequence a border poll would have for Labour and Conservatives, and whether Starmer can reassure unionists he understands their concerns.
Senior Conservatives may have been calling for Nicola Sturgeon’s head over a potential breach of the ministerial code, but, they have ignored such breaches in their own party. Alex Toal identifies eleven ministers in the Johnson government who have breached the code, there may be even more…
Alex Toal examines the known unknowns that may well define the Johnson premiership: the NHS pay dispute and the return to schools. Should they fail to go to plan, knock-on effects may disrupt the local elections and hamper either his or Keir Starmer’s leadership.
Alexander de Pfeffel seeks advice from the Gardeners’ Question Time panel and audience on his tunnel plans. “Visionary British infrastructure gardens have a great future, if only the woke gardeners, with the greatest respect to our friends and partners on the panel, weren’t so obsessed with making their doom-laden predictions that plants need to be cared for, fed, watered, protected from harsh conditions and warmly held in a loving lefty embrace if they are to survive.”
I look forward, with interest, to see what japes you might come up with next. Having a jester for a prime minister doesn’t always look wise, but it sure can be a lot of fun in these depressing times, so keep up the good work!