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Old 13th January 2022, 03:23 PM   #2001
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Was there a day there wasn't a party an No 10? No wonder Boris can't remember which ones he was at and which he's wasn't.

Latest couple of shindigs

"Someone was sent to the Co-op on the Strand, a busy street nearby, with a suitcase which was then filled with bottles of wine and brought back to Downing Street,"

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Old 13th January 2022, 03:33 PM   #2002
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It looks like we might be moving from the Pandemic to Endemic phase of Downing St apologies, and will just have to learn to live with them on a daily basis.
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Old 13th January 2022, 03:59 PM   #2003
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More parties!

Number 10 held two boozy parties the night before the Queen mourned Prince Philip alone.

Staff drank and at points danced until the early hours of the night of April 16.

Hours later, the Queen went to a socially-distanced funeral for Philip.

We have spoken to eyewitnesses. At a leaving do for a No10 photographer it’s alleged:

Staff partied in the basement of No10, to music DJd by a special adviser.
One broke Wilf Johnson’s swing in the No10 garden.
Another was sent to the Co-op with a suitcase to buy booze.


Another event held to mark the departure of James Slack, Mr Johnson’s chief spinner, saw:

Staff gathered for a speech from Slack, with others dialling in via Zoom.
Drunk attendees spilling into the garden.
Chatting and drinking into the early hours.

At the time Britain was in Step 2 of lockdown easing - which banned indoor gatherings and imposed the rule of six outside.

https://telegraph.co.uk/politics/202...mourned-death/

It's the Telegraph breaking this, the Tories' house paper.
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Old 13th January 2022, 04:01 PM   #2004
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It's no wonder that the Sun has been so reluctant to put No10 parties on their front page when their Deputy Editor James Slack was involved himself.
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Old 13th January 2022, 04:23 PM   #2005
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It's going to be very hard to try and pretend you mistook a gathering with a DJ and suitcases full of booze for a work event.

Is this country run on Pinot Noir? Who are these drunken ******* and why are so many of them at the heart of government?

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Old 13th January 2022, 04:32 PM   #2006
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A suitcase of wine!
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Old 14th January 2022, 12:37 AM   #2007
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The Metropolitan Police say they will NOT investigate any of the Downing Street parties unless and until the Sue Gray inquiry finds evidence of criminality.

So the Met are relying on an internal inquiry at Downing Street to decide for them whether a crime was committed at Downing Street.

Link to full Met statement

https://twitter.com/PaulBrandITV/sta...892929/photo/1
This is quite frankly unbelievable, the Met will only investigate if the Downing Street fixer, who has a reputation for making sure that unfortunate evidence never sees the light of day, and has been brought in to ensure that the government is exonerated, finds evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

If ever I'm suspected of a crime, I'm going to insist on similar treatment with my defence barrister leading the investigation into the alleged crime.

Of course there are so many alleged parties to investigate that the investigation will take months, if not years. The heat will go out of public feeling about it and at some convenient point, sufficiently long before any general election, the results of the investigation will be released (if, as expected, they clear Boris Johnson and his chums) or the release will be delayed because it would be inappropriate to release the findings at such a politically sensitive time.
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Old 14th January 2022, 03:30 AM   #2009
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The statistics are looking uncomfortable again.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-5...ost_type=share

Confirmed cases are dropping rapidly - but then again so are the number of tests, people simply aren't bothering because there's a major disincentive to be tested (and isolate) unless you're very ill (or a Prime Minister wanting to avoid awkward questions for the next few days).

Hospital admissions are rising rapidly - as expected this mirrors the pre Christmas rise in cases. If cases are being under-counted then hospital admissions may continue to rise.

Deaths are also rising rapidly, currently running at close to 2,000 a week, the highest since vaccinations have been generally available.

The response from UK governments ? To announce victory over Covid and remove restrictions to protect the public.
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Old 14th January 2022, 05:06 AM   #2010
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Pressure is off Boris today, all the papers leading with Prince Andrew.
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Liz Truss says that because Boris “has apologised, I think we now need to move on”

She's backing Boris.
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Old 14th January 2022, 09:15 AM   #2012
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It gets more surreal by the minute -

"The leaving drinks for Josephs* in the Cabinet Office, took place on the same evening on 17 December, the same evening that the permanent secretary Simon Case, held a gathering in his private office.

When news of that gathering emerged Case had to recuse himself as head of the inquiry into the Christmas party allegations and hand it over to Sue Gray"

So, the man investigating parties had to quit that role because he'd had a party



Please tell me I've misunderstood the situation. That would be strangely preferable to understanding it.

*Kate Josephs, the former head of the Government unit responsible for drawing covid-19 restrictions.
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Old 14th January 2022, 09:31 AM   #2013
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And even more remarkably, Kate Josephs used to be head of the civil service Covid taskforce so she cannot claim ignorance IMO.

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The former head of the civil service Covid taskforce - the team responsible for drawing up Covid restrictions - says she's sorry for holding a leaving party during lockdown in 2020.

Kate Josephs, now chief executive of Sheffield City Council, has tweeted a statement in which she says she had drinks with colleagues on the evening of 17 December.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-5...ost_type=share

As Angela Eagle said, maybe it'd be easier to investigate the nights when there wasn't a party.
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If you are wondering why the Met have ignored the parties at Downing Street, could it be because the brother of Sajid David happens to be Bas Javid who is Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met?
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EXCLUSIVE: No 10 staff held ‘wine-time Fridays’ throughout pandemic with Boris Johnson regularly witnessing the gatherings.

Downing Street staff held 'wine-time Fridays' throughout the pandemic with Boris Johnson regularly witnessing the gatherings.
Sources told the Mirror that the Prime Minister encouraged aides to “let off steam” despite indoor socialising being banned under lockdown rules.
The regular event was so popular that staff even invested in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their bottles of white wine, Prosecco and beer cool.
Reports that staff took a suitcase to a supermarket to stock up on booze ahead of a party on the eve of Prince Philip ’s funeral were not a one-off.

Sources claimed that aides took turns on Fridays to visit the local Tesco Metro in Westminster with a wheely suitcase to fill up the 34-bottle capacity fridge.
An extraordinary picture has emerged of the chiller being delivered through the back door of Downing Street on December 11, 2020.

Wine-time Fridays’ were scheduled into the electronic calendars of around 50 No 10 staff between 4pm and 7pm every week.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...idays-25951853

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Old 14th January 2022, 02:56 PM   #2016
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You think the wine stories are bad? wait until cocaine stories start coming out.
There's no way the occupants of Number 10 were drinking that amount of booze during the day without a little something to "straighten them out". It would explain a lot of pandemic decisions!

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Old 14th January 2022, 03:22 PM   #2017
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EXCLUSIVE: No 10 staff held ‘wine-time Fridays’ throughout pandemic with Boris Johnson regularly witnessing the gatherings.

Downing Street staff held 'wine-time Fridays' throughout the pandemic with Boris Johnson regularly witnessing the gatherings.
Sources told the Mirror that the Prime Minister encouraged aides to “let off steam” despite indoor socialising being banned under lockdown rules.
The regular event was so popular that staff even invested in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their bottles of white wine, Prosecco and beer cool.
Reports that staff took a suitcase to a supermarket to stock up on booze ahead of a party on the eve of Prince Philip ’s funeral were not a one-off.

Sources claimed that aides took turns on Fridays to visit the local Tesco Metro in Westminster with a wheely suitcase to fill up the 34-bottle capacity fridge.
An extraordinary picture has emerged of the chiller being delivered through the back door of Downing Street on December 11, 2020.

Wine-time Fridays’ were scheduled into the electronic calendars of around 50 No 10 staff between 4pm and 7pm every week.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...idays-25951853
I thought that the excuse was that they were working hard and needed to decompress. Wish I could knock of at 4 on a Friday.

The old joke was that an alcoholic was someone who drank more than their doctor. Now it seems that it's someone who drinks more than their Prime Minister (or at least his senior staff)
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Nurses hit with fines and left with 'nowhere to park' as Nightingale Covid surge hub built in car park
Members of staff at a Leeds hospital say that they are being hit with fines because their usual car park has been closed to make way for a coronavirus “surge hub”.

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Kate Josephs, the former head of the Government unit responsible for drawing covid-19 restrictions, was given a leaving do in the Cabinet Office on December 17 2020 - the day before the Number 10 Xmas Party

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics...boozy-leaving/


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NEW: I’ve seen the email invite for this. Over 40 were invited- including No10 political aides and civil servants. Invitees include the PM’s Chief of Staff Dan Rosenfeld and Comms Chief Jack Doyle.
When asked to confirm or deny actual attendance Downing St didn’t reply tonight.

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Hearing there is a bit of a subdued atmosphere at tonight's Downing Street party.
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You think the wine stories are bad? wait until cocaine stories start coming out.
There's no way the occupants of Number 10 were drinking that amount of booze during the day without a little something to "straighten them out". It would explain a lot of pandemic decisions!
Didn't one of the tabloids do a "wipe-down" of the Houses of Parliament estates and find traces of cocaine all over the place? Mind you, Johnson has previously admitted to attending parties where cocaine was on offer...
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Anti-vax’ doctor who confronted Sajid Javid charges £500 an hour at private ‘breathlessness clinic’

The intensive care doctor who told Health Secretary Sajid Javid he refuses to have the Covid vaccine because he has acquired “natural immunity” through infection has been charging private patients £500 an hour at his “Breathlessness Clinic” on Harley Street.

Dr Steve James, a consultant anaesthetist at King’s College Hospital (KCH) in London, has been a director at the clinic for almost four years while working in the NHS. His personal website says he adopts a “health medicine” approach which “is research based and takes a deep dive into your physiology to create an individually tailored program that is complimentary to other practices of medicine”.

Dr James also offers a “sleep school” and a “human performance programme” for getting yourself on to a positive trajectory, more powerful, more centred, more connected, to help you achieve what you want, in the way that you want” , among other holistic approaches to health and wellbeing. Consultations costs between £300 and £500 each.

Dr James has worked at KCH for 10 years but has now hospital distanced itself from him. A spokesman told i: “We do not run or endorse the clinic in question, or the treatments on offer – so any and all questions about this service are for Dr James to answer.”

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Levelling up at its best…

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/h...-b1992621.html

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…. Long Covid: Poorest patients denied specialist NHS treatment

Exclusive: Fears that lack of NHS treatment will increase wider inequality….

Data shows that patients from the poorest areas account for just one in five patients at the clinics, though separate figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that those living in the most deprived areas are 40 per cent more likely to suffer from long Covid than those from the richest areas.
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Old 16th January 2022, 10:35 AM   #2025
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Anti-vaccine, sovereign citizen conspiracists enter a vaccination centre claiming they are "constables from the common law court" and telling members of the armed forces that they are "under arrest" for "high treason".

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https://twitter.com/Shayan86/status/1482412774542163972

As someone points out, the tactic seems to be to hassle vaccination centres shortly before they close for the day, in order to get footage of them packing up.
That's then sold to the gullible as "Victory! We shut them down!"

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Sovereign citizen, anti-vaccine activists serve conspiracy-laden notices to officers outside Watford police station, threatening to close all vaccination centres as "common law constables" and holding officers "liable for crimes against humanity".

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There are people who might be intimidated by these idiots but I don't think it is going to be either the Army or the Police.
Plus, telling Marines they are Army isn't going to go down well.

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Anti Vax gang reading the Magna Carta out in Chester and not knowing that Chester had its own specific Magna Carta due to it being an autonomous county palatine. Wrong document guys!

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The Gray Report will be handed to Johnson.
He will decide what to do with it.
It may never be published in full.

Anyone remember that Russia Report?
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Boris Johnson attended yet another No 10 leaving bash in run-up to Christmas 2020 - that of defence adviser Steve Higham, now captain of Britain’s biggest warship.

No10 insisted: “It is untrue that the Prime Minister was warned about the event in advance.
“As he said earlier this week he believed implicitly that this was a work event.”

We can reveal Mr Johnson gave a speech at an event to mark defence adviser Captain Steve Higham’s Downing Street departure before Christmas in 2020.
It is understood the PM was “there for a few minutes to thank him for his service” as a “small number of No10 staff briefly said goodbye”.

To add further pressure on Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie was photographed breaking Covid social distancing rules in September 2020.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...boris-25962670
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Tory chairman Oliver Dowden signalled civil servants would take the rap for the rule breaking parties.

He said: “The PM is *determined to make sure that this can’t be allowed to happen and that we address the underlying culture in Downing Street. There were failings, we should have done better.”

The Mirror told on Saturday how Mr Johnson attended some “wine time” Friday events at No10.
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Of course Boris Johnson is going to let civil servants take the rap for the parties, it's the cowardly thing to do.
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The chairman of global banking giant Credit Suisse, Antonio Horta-Osorio, has resigned with immediate effect after breaking Covid quarantine rules.

Mr Horta-Osorio, who was with the bank for just nine months, left following an internal investigation.
The former boss of Lloyds Banking Group joined Credit Suisse after a series of scandals at the Swiss bank.
But it has emerged he breached Covid rules last year, including by attending the Wimbledon tennis finals.

"I regret that a number of my personal actions have led to difficulties for the bank and compromised my ability to represent the bank internally and externally," Mr Horta-Osorio said in a statement issued by the bank.
"I therefore believe that my resignation is in the interest of the bank and its stakeholders at this crucial time," he added.

Mr Horta-Osorio has been replaced by board member Axel Lehmann.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60019735

Someone should show Boris this story.
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The chairman of global banking giant Credit Suisse, Antonio Horta-Osorio, has resigned with immediate effect after breaking Covid quarantine rules.

Mr Horta-Osorio, who was with the bank for just nine months, left following an internal investigation.
The former boss of Lloyds Banking Group joined Credit Suisse after a series of scandals at the Swiss bank.
But it has emerged he breached Covid rules last year, including by attending the Wimbledon tennis finals.

"I regret that a number of my personal actions have led to difficulties for the bank and compromised my ability to represent the bank internally and externally," Mr Horta-Osorio said in a statement issued by the bank.
"I therefore believe that my resignation is in the interest of the bank and its stakeholders at this crucial time," he added.

Mr Horta-Osorio has been replaced by board member Axel Lehmann.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60019735

Someone should show Boris this story.
If they did, he wouldn't join the dots.

Someone else broke the rules and (foolishly ?) chose to resign.

The rules don't apply to Boris Johnson and even if they did, only a loser would actually face any consequences if they broke them.
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A BBC article on the UK's anti-vax sovereign citizens. As you'd expect, they're a pretty rum bunch.

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But that has not deterred a newly-formed group calling itself Alpha Men Assemble, which combines anti-vaccine and sovereign citizen beliefs.

It has been holding training sessions in several UK locations where volunteers prepare for "direct action", such as breaking through police lines, marching formations and sparring.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/59870550

In the picture that accompanied the article, the black attired men seemed to be having a jolly good time in their ruck - maybe a little too much fun.
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According to Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson was aware that the drinks event on 20 May 2020 was a party and he had been warned not to attend.

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Boris Johnson was warned about No 10 holding a drinks party in the garden during lockdown, the prime minister's former top aide Dominic Cummings says.

Mr Cummings - who has been strongly critical of Mr Johnson since he left No 10 - says the PM "waved aside" concerns about the gathering.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60028895

Number 10 Downing Street denies this version and is sticking to its version of events that Boris Johnson didn't have a clue what was going on.

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No 10 said it was "untrue" to say Mr Johnson was "warned about the event".

A Downing Street spokesman added: "As he said earlier this week, he believed implicitly that this was a work event. He has apologised to the House and is committed to making a further statement once the investigation concludes."
We know for certain that Boris Johnson lies, and has lied, like a cheap rug but then again, Dominic Cummings has also lied about breaking Covid restrictions. Which of these practiced liars is telling the truth ? Boris Johnson ? Dominic Cummings ? is there an element of truth in both accounts or are both lying through their teeth ?
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Dominic Raab has said a prime minister found to have deliberately lied to Parliament would "normally" resign.

The comments come after the PM's former chief aide Dominic Cummings accused Boris Johnson of misleading MPs last week over a drinks party held in the Downing Street garden during lockdown.
But Mr Raab, the deputy PM, said his leader had "made clear" he had not known about the event in advance.
He added that he believed Mr Johnson would remain in power "for many years".

Mr Raab told BBC Breakfast that Mr Cummings's and Mr Johnson's accounts were "irreconcilable" but the prime minister and No 10 had "made clear" he thought the drinks to be a work event.
Asked whether any minister who lied to the House of Commons and failed to correct their remarks should resign, he replied: "Yes."

And asked later on BBC Radio 4's Today programme whether a prime minister who had been found to have lied to Parliament should quit, he said: "He would normally, if it's not corrected, if it's lying, and deliberate... if it's not corrected immediately, it would normally, under the ministerial code and the governance around Parliament, be a resigning matter.

"That is the principle. We uphold the highest standards of principles in public life. That is critically important."
"Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the prime minister."

Mr Raab said he did not want to pre-judge an inquiry being carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray into the drinks event and other gatherings on government premises under Covid restrictions, but added: "I think the ministerial code should be followed at all time."Asked about how safe Mr Johnson was as leader, Mr Raab replied: "I'm confident he will carry on for many years and into the next election."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60036435

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Mr Raab said he did not want to pre-judge an inquiry being carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray into the drinks event and other gatherings on government premises under Covid restrictions, but added: "I think the ministerial code should be followed at all time."Asked about how safe Mr Johnson was as leader, Mr Raab replied: "I'm confident he will carry on for many years and into the next election."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60036435
I'm pretty sure this means that Sue Gray has tipped him the wink that she'd found a way that Boris Johnson can be found not to have broken the ministerial code in this case.

It's hardly surprising that an investigation into the Prime Minister's behaviour ends up exonerating him when he appointed the person to lead the investigation, he set the terms of the investigation and the results of investigation have to be approved by him prior to being released.
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I'm pretty sure this means that Sue Gray has tipped him the wink that she'd found a way that Boris Johnson can be found not to have broken the ministerial code in this case.

It's hardly surprising that an investigation into the Prime Minister's behaviour ends up exonerating him when he appointed the person to lead the investigation, he set the terms of the investigation and the results of investigation have to be approved by him prior to being released.
Hang on, we wont know if she has successfully covered everything until she’s finished, so we have to wait!
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B&Q have released a new paint colour Sue Gray.
It's a very light shade and if spread too thin it looks like whitewash.
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