NHS to suffer £2.7bn cuts ‘after government miscalculation of public sector pension costs’, research suggests
From The Independent: The NHS will suffer cuts worth £2.7bn after the Tory government miscalculated the pension costs of public sector workers, new analysis by the House of Commons library has shown.
From Daily Mirror: The Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been branded “out of his mind” after allegedly calling for guns on tractors, missile systems disguised as Coca Cola trucks and his own medal.
From Financial Times: A supermarket chief has said the Tory government’s position on food stockpiling was “ridiculous” and demonstrated “complete naivety” about the way the sector worked.
The Government’s Brexit white paper was translated into German so badly it barely makes sense in parts
From i News: The Government’s Brexit white paper was translated into 22 languages – only to receive a hail of criticism and confusion from native speakers who noticed strange, obsolete or even made-up words.
Tory Policing Minister doesn’t know how many police officers there are in painful car crash interview
Gaffe-prone David Davis furiously backtracks after saying Brexit deal on Irish border is not ‘legally enforceable’
From Daily Mirror: David Davis today claimed he was ‘misquoted’ in reports that he had suggested Theresa May’s Brexit deal on the Irish border was not ‘legally enforceable’, which he was not.
Sky News has learnt that Foreign Office officials told Ireland’s Government “not to listen to whatever he had to say” ahead of Mr Johnson’s visit to Dublin a few weeks ago.
Extraordinarily, officials in Whitehall were very open with their counterparts in the Irish capital to “ignore the public utterances” of Britain’s chief diplomat.
Ahead of the visit, Irish officials were told “not to mind a word of what he says” – implying the Foreign Secretary was not speaking on behalf of the UK Government.
From New Statesman: A former British ambassador, requesting anonymity, called Boris Johnson “the least deserving and least qualified foreign secretary of modern times, who has successfully lived down to all expectations”. A senior European diplomat based in London concurred, saying that Johnson was “not taken seriously as a foreign policy actor” and was damaging British interests. He reckoned that three-fifths of the 27 EU ambassadors in London quite like Johnson but consider him ill-suited to the job, while the remaining two-fifths “positively dislike him”.
From Pride’s Purge: “David Davis, the man who is supposed to be in charge of Britain’s disastrous Brexit negotiations, is so incompetent he hasn’t noticed Czechoslovakia has not existed since 1993: ‘We’ve got a pretty good idea of what the economic interests are of every single member state. Germany, Austria, Holland and Czechoslovakia are all without governments at the moment.’
“To make matters worse, the embarrassing error came while bungling Davis was boasting about how he and his team ‘have a good knowledge of what European countries want’ from Brexit.
“And yes – the Czechs, Slovaks and other European countries have noticed what a blundering idiot our chief negotiator is – and they are openly laughing at us.”
Sky News presented video evidence that a key line of Theresa May‘s comedy act – sorry, party conference speech – was nicked off TV show The West Wing.
#ToryPlagiarism #ToryCluelessness: Video evidence that a key line of #TheresaMay's comedy act – sorry, conference speech – was nicked off TV show The West Wing.
Rachel Sylvester, the Political Studies Association’s 2016 Journalist of the Year, writes in the Times: “According to diplomatic sources, even officials at the Trump White House ‘don’t want to go anywhere near Boris Johnson because they think he’s a joke’. If that seems ironic, one minister says: ‘It’s worse in Europe. There is not a single foreign minister there who takes him seriously. They think he’s a clown who can never resist a gag.’
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This video footage from a Theresa May press conference has been viewed over 3 million times on Facebook.
Theresa May destroyed over dementia tax
Posted by The Independent on Monday, May 22, 2017
From The Independent: The Conservative Party has reportedly admitted it has no idea how much money it will cost to provide free school breakfasts to every primary school pupil in England. In her manifesto last week, Theresa May announced plans to replace universal lunchtime meals for infants with free breakfasts for every pupil up to the age of 11.
From the Guardian: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson caused a “livid” reaction from a worshipper in a Sikh temple by discussing his enthusiasm for a boost in the whisky trade. Alcohol is forbidden under some Sikh teachings.
Boris said to the crowd in the temple: “I hope I’m not embarrassing anybody here by saying that when we go to India, we have to bring ‘clinky’ in our luggage. We have to bring Johnnie Walker.”
“There is a duty of 150% in India on imports of Scottish whisky. So we have to bring it in for our relatives duty free. Imagine what we could do with a trade deal with India, which there will be, because then the tariffs would go.”
If Theresa May is so proud of her record, why is she dodging head-to-head TV debates with me?
Posted by Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
From The Guardian: The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has been accused of showing “an astonishing lack of knowledge” of his brief after arguing in the House of Commons that cyclists do not count as road users.
Grayling, shown in a video last month knocking a rider off his bike by suddenly opening the door to his ministerial car outside Westminster, made the comment on Thursday morning.
Grayling was questioned by the Labour MP Daniel Zeichner about an interview he gave late last year warning that London’s new protected cycle lanes “perhaps cause too much of a problem for road users”. Were cyclists not also road users, Zeichner asked.
“What I would say to him, of course, is where you have cycle lanes, cyclists are the users of cycle lanes,” Grayling responded. “And there’s a road alongside – motorists are the road users, the users of the roads. It’s fairly straightforward, to be honest.”