I took this anonymous post from Facebook (with permission from Terence Francis). It’s very long – the government’s mis-steps are legion, after all – but cumulatively devastating.
1. Theresa May couldn’t agree a Withdrawal Agreement (WA) because – in news that will shock the millions who warned about this – it’s impossible to do without accepting EU rules, or harming NI, or breaking up the UK, or crippling the economy, or all of the above.
2. Nevertheless, Boris Johnson agreed a WA with the EU.
3. Then Tories voted to accelerate the Withdrawal Agreement through parliament, specifically so it wouldn’t have to face scrutiny.
4. And Boris Johnson withdrew the whip – sacked – 21 Tories who didn’t support the delay.
5. Then he won an election by promising the WA was “oven-ready” and “brilliant”.
6. Later, in a massive shock, it was discovered the WA contains all the problems that prevented May from agreeing it.
7. So the govt announced it would just break the law and ignore its own treaty.
8. Each MP’s Oath of Allegiance includes “I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom… uphold its democratic values… and observe laws faithfully”.
9. All 5 living ex-PM’s oppose this plan.
10. Every living ex-Tory leader opposes it (except IDS, but c’mon, it’s IDS).
11. So now the govt which sacked 21 MPs for opposing the WA is threatening to sack any MPs who support the same WA.
12. The actual Police Minister said it’s OK to break the law.
13. The Lord Chancellor, Britain’s highest law officer, said it’s OK to break the law.
14. The Attorney General, responsible for advising the govt on legal matters, said it’s OK to break the law.
15. The Lord Chancellor and Attorney General are barristers, and the Bar Council guidelines say you will be struck-off if you “knowingly advise a client to break the law”.
16. Same day, Foreign Secretary and irony no-fly-zone Dominic Raab said Iran “must comply with its legal commitments and treaties”.
17. Gavin Williamson and Mark Francois were nominated for the MP Of The Year Award.
18. This was the last known sighting of Mark Francois.
19. Michael Gove said in a July speech “failures of policy and judgement” are generating a “crisis of authority,” and “Politicians like me must take responsibility for the effects of their actions”.
20. Gavin Williamson is still in his job.
21. But the head of Ofqual was sacked.
22. And the most senior education civil servant had to stand down.
23. In fact, resignations by senior civil servants are up 14% in a year.
24. But 44% of new senior appointments are personal friends of Michael Gove, in one of those amazing coincidence things.
25. Other amazing coincidences, a sub-thread:
a. Public First, a company led by Govt and Cummings associates, was handed a contract to help Ofqual with the exams fiasco. The contract wasn’t put out to tender.
b. Gove appointed ex-girlfriend Simone Finn as adviser to Cabinet Office. Finn immediately paid her own company to “shake up the Cabinet Office”.
c. Gove handed a contract (without tender) to PWC, a company that pays him £5000 per hour to give speeches.
d. Gove gave £21k to Signal AI, a company associated with Gove and Cummings, to ask Tunisians what they think about Covid.
e. Faculty AI, associated with Gove and Cummings, got £400k to analyse tweets by UK citizens. So if I vanish one dark night, tell my family I tolerated them.
f. And another contract went to the cousin of Tory MP Tom Tugendhat to “analyse the awarding of govt contracts”, which is like a spiral, wrapped inside a Möbius strip, encased in a corkscrew, and tethered to a wanker.
26. Anyway, back to the fun: Home Secretary and Nurse Ratched cosplayer Priti Patel authorised “more painful” Taser guns, clearly anticipating more determined rioters.
27. She then abandoned a deportation flight after it was found every passenger had leave to stay in the UK.
28. Matt Hancock said we should get back to work as there is “little evidence” coronavirus is passed on in offices, having seen Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings catch coronavirus in their offices.
29. He then voted for himself to continue to work remotely for 11 more weeks.
30. Tories told us to lose weight.
31. Then they paid us to go and eat out.
32. Then they told us face-masks were essential.
33. But not in schools.
34. Then they were essential in schools.
35. Then they told us to keep social distancing.
36. Then they held a meeting of 50 PMs in a room with a capacity for 29.
37. Then, just 8 minutes later, they tweeted that the were updating advice — to ban meeting in groups of 30.
38. Then they banned you from meeting more than 6 people.
39. But you can still go to the pub, 30 of you can attend a wedding or (more likely) a funeral, 30 of you can join in a rugby scrum, and you can sit on a packed train carriage with 80 other people.
40. Oh, and obviously, grouse-shooting is exempt. After all, what are we: French!?
41. And the new ban didn’t start for a week, and excluded the St Leger horse racing meet, where 3,640 people crowded together making money for The Jockey Club; and isn’t it amazing that Matt Hancock is MP for Newmarket, where his major donors The Jockey Club are based?
42. So now the R number (which Boris Johnson was “absolutely committed to keeping below 1”) is at 1.7.
43. Matt Hancock made a big deal of £60k compensation for families of NHS workers who died fighting Covid. The govt simultaneously stopped all their benefits.
44. Hancock then started a scheme to financially support those forced to self-isolate, paying them up to (that’s “UP TO”) £13 a day.
45. In preparation for the forthcoming homelessness epidemic, Tory councils voted to fine people £1,000 for being too poor have anywhere to sleep.
46. The govt said it was “ramping up to 150k tests a fortnight” 3 months after they claimed they were doing “over 100k tests a week”.
47. Matt Hancock said he was changing the law to allow nurses to give flu vaccinations, unaware nurses already give over 93% of flu vaccinations.
48. Then he launched a campaign to fight obesity, and immediately closed the agency responsible for delivering it.
49. And then he advertised for a person to replace the head of Public Health England. The advert said no experience in health is required. In a pandemic.
50. The govt announced Operation Moonshot!, an exciting-sounding £100bn plan to test 10m people a day using technology that doesn’t exist, delivered by the people behind the PPE crisis, Brexit, Gavin Williamson, and Chris Grayling literally failing his own intelligence test.
51. Meanwhile, we ran out of home testing kits.
52. Then more shortages led to us sending people on 500-mile round trips for a Covid test, in what experts have dubbed “the full Cummings Experience”.
53. Six months after the first case in the UK, despite having diligently spent over £1bn on contracts with sweet suppliers and dormant companies with no employees, the UK still is not capable of producing a single piece of hospital-standard PPE.
54. Researchers from King’s College London found Tories “employed overt disinformation” with “new levels of impunity” in the 2019 General Election.
55. The govt was “formally warned for threatening press freedom” (putting us in the same classification as Russia) by the Council of Europe, which the UK co-founded in 1949 to protect human rights.
56. It was then reported Boris Johnson plans to opt out of human rights laws.
57. Meanwhile, a cross-party group of MPs is threatening to sue Boris Johnson if he continues to ignore calls for an enquiry into Russian interference in UK politics. People connected to the Putin regime paid £160k to play tennis with Boris Johnson.
58. The leader of Scottish Tories tweeted “I would have no hesitation in voting against any legislation which would allow chlorinated chicken or hormone-injected beef. That’s a categorical assurance.”
59. He then voted to allow chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef.
60. The govt voted not to implement the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower enquiry.
61. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was quoted as saying “it is not my job to worry about people starving to death in the UK”.
62. The govt announced new Covid restrictions with a densely worded 10-page legal document, released at 11.38pm on Sunday night, just 22 minutes before police, hospitals, health officials, local councils, schools and businesses had to implement them.
63. The document ends: “no impact assessment has been done”, surprising nobody familiar with Brexit.
64. Environment news, and as a liveable world slips relentlessly from our grasp, the UK spent just £2000 – not a typo – tackling environmental damage to the British countryside.
65. They spent £46m (2,300 times as much) telling us to get ready for a Brexit that didn’t happen.
66. And the Tory-appointed head of the Environment Agency endorsed proposals to weaken laws on the cleanliness of rivers, lakes and coastlines.
67. Meanwhile the Fisheries Minister posed “catching mackerel” with a rod that had no line in a sea that has no mackerel, and I had to order a fresh barrel of satire.
68. Nine months into Boris Johnson’s “levelling up” agenda, the gap between rich and poor pupils has grown 46%.
69. And finally, because no list of abject failure is complete without him, Chris Grayling literally resigned from Intelligence.