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Freedom Clash with Tory Backbenchers

by Oui Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 09:50:01 AM EST

Long Covid-19 Takes A Bit Longer

Boris Johnson told he's in 'some danger' after large rebellion by 101 Tory MPs over COVID passes in England

Boris Johnson has suffered the biggest Conservative rebellion since the 2019 general election as 101 Tory MPs opposed the introduction of COVID certificates for nightclubs and large events in England.

  • The extension of mandatory face mask-wearing to most public indoor venues in England
  • The mandatory use of the NHS COVID pass for entry into nightclubs and large events
  • The relaxation of self-isolation rules for those who are a contact of an Omicron case, with the use of daily testing instead
  • Compulsory COVID vaccinations for frontline NHS and social care staff

Libertarians and Social Responsibility Clash

At the start of the pandemic, Boris Johnson had the parliamentary majority and the personal authority to dictate a response. Now he has neither. Tuesday's huge backbench Tory rebellion demonstrated that a large section of the party has lost the will to impose the social restrictions that are necessary to curb the spread of Covid.

That insurrection was partly ideological, reflecting a paranoid libertarian view of public health measures as the gateway to tyranny. But partly it expressed a loss of patience with the whole manner of Mr Johnson's government - the dishonesty that draws MPs into complicity with venal practice, which in turn makes them unpopular with their constituents.

A vicious circle

The danger now is a vicious cycle: a disgruntled party makes life impossible for Downing Street, leading to ever more dysfunctional government, which feeds public discontent that is then fed back to MPs.

Unpopular Omicron Message Left to Chris Whitty

With Tories in revolt, Labour can push them to better protect the public from Covid

Downing Street and Tory leadership still send mixed message of festivities at Christmas ...

Boris Johnson brushes aside Tory calls for change after backbench revolt

Keir Starmer leads Boris Johnson on `most capable PM' by 13 points

Permanent state of Covid and permanent struggle with Brexit

A lot more data from the early beginnings of Omicron variant in Gauteng, South Africa …

Latest Data Omicron Variant


Denmark: Solidarity and Trust to Beat the Pandemic

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 09:51:35 AM EST

France has announced new entry rules for travellers from the UK including obligatory quarantine for all arrivals and a ban on all tourists whether vaccinated or not. It is calling on all travellers to delay travel plans where possible.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 09:52:34 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 09:53:39 AM EST
Ban the House of Orange as they are living in an alternate reality ...

Rutte has a chronic loss of memory to hide his lies and falsehoods ...

Alexander has a complacent view as ruler standing on his privileges no matter what which includes hunting, extracting subsidies, birthday parties, vacationing and limiting the Royal workload in discussion and negotiations for a new government.

The Dutch royals are botching covid-19 etiquette

After an ill-judged holiday, the House of Orange has lost a bit of juice

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 10:45:35 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 10:46:12 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 10:47:03 AM EST
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After numerous failures to beat the pandemic, saving the Dutch economy more important, kicking the debt can down the road ...

Dutch government plans to cut spending on healthcare by 4.5 billion euros

On green energy and sustainability ...

The Netherlands to build new nuclear plants under coalition deal

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 10:49:46 AM EST
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Coalition deal presented with €35B for climate, more nuclear power, €500M in tax cut

Additionally, they plan to raise the minimum hourly wage gradually by 7.5 percent 🤥

Yeah, over a 4 year period from €9.82 with a 20 cent increase per year ... cost of living due to inflation increased by 6% in the month of November ... idiots, VOC mentality doing mathematics to advance the government's treasury. On consumer price of gas, the tax is 50%. So far the energy costs have doubled, so Christian Democrat Wopke Hoekstra is counting his gold like a Scrooge McDuck.

'The Irish could do with being 30% more Dutch, the Dutch 20% more Irish'

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 10:50:57 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 07:22:29 AM EST
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (pix) said yesterday that his Social Democrats (SPD) were pushing ahead with their election promise to raise the national minimum wage to €12 an hour, as it was important to show respect for low-paid workers.

Social Democrat Labour Minister Hubertus Heil presented a draft law on Friday proposing to increase the wage floor from the current €9.82 from October onwards.

For me, raising the minimum wage to €12 is one of our most important legislative projects and it's a matter of showing respect for the achievements of employees. I'm glad it's on its way now!," Scholz said on Twitter.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 07:25:25 AM EST
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Caretaker PM Mark Rutte: Royal Family are humans, we all make mistakes!

Rutte about Amalia party: Oranges are also people who make mistakes

No pattern

Rutte denied that the Oranges feel elevated above the people by not adhering to the rules. It is not the first time that the king's family has violated the corona regulations. For example, they went on holiday to Greece last year, while the advice was not to travel. The family canceled the trip under pressure from the negative publicity.

Yet, according to Rutte, there is no pattern: "Those are way too heavy words."

The Royal Family did not "cancel the trip" as the family already arrived at their holiday home in Greece. Making it worse, Alex and Maxima stated they would return to the Netherlands.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 03:52:09 PM EST
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Dutch King Willem-Alexander Apologizes After Greek Vacation Scandal

However inadvertently, they did not mention the royal teenagers stayed to complete their vacation. NICE! It's a hard life ... 🤥

Princesses' longer stay in Greece a "private matter", Dutch PM says

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 03:53:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 04:09:33 PM EST
Brexit minister Lord Frost walks out on Boris - Panic in No10 as PM's key ally quits, saying he's 'disillusioned' with the Government's Covid Plan B restrictions, vaccine passports, tax hikes and the cost of Net Zero green agenda

Cabinet Minister Lord Frost has sensationally resigned from Boris Johnson's Government, The Mail on Sunday can exclusively reveal.

His dramatic move - triggered by his growing 'disillusionment' with the 'direction' of Tory policy - has sparked yet another crisis within a beleaguered Downing Street.

Brexit minister Lord Frost resigns over Covid plan B measures | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 09:52:08 PM EST
At a conference last month he said: "I am very happy that free Britain, or at least merry England, is probably now the freest country in the world as regards Covid restrictions. No mask rules, no vaccine passports, and long may it remain so."

However, Frost has also had to accept concessions over Brexit, with the British government dropping its demand to block the European court of justice from being the ultimate arbiter of trade rules in Northern Ireland.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 11:00:15 PM EST
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It is reported that Lord Frost handed his resignation in a week ago, but was persuaded by Mr Johnson to stay in his post until January.

However, the life peer was "disappointed" that this plan had "become public" on Saturday evening, and then wrote another letter to the Prime Minister on the same night, stating that he is to "step down with immediate effect".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 02:33:43 AM EST
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Resignation of Brexit minister, revealed on Saturday night, led to fevered online discussion

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 07:41:24 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 08:45:23 AM EST
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There will be more Tories who will take over the hardline approach ...

David Frost lecture: Reflections on the revolutions in Europe

Let us go back once again in history, though this time not quote so far as to Charles the Bold. Instead, to the title of my lecture reflections on the Revolutions in Europe.

So in 1790 Edmund Burke, one of my country's great political philosophers, wrote a pamphlet that is justly famous, in the UK in any case called Reflections on the Revolution in France. And my title echoes that tonight. It is not just history, that work is highly relevant today and indeed lots of modern British Conservatives politicians who would consider themselves to be intellectual heirs of Burke.

Tonight I want to give you some reflections on the revolutions, plural, in Europe - because I actually think we are looking at not one revolution but two revolutions, both in governments and simultaneous.

So, the first is the creation of the European Union itself - the greatest revolution in European governance since 1648. A new governmental system overlaid on an old one, purportedly a Europe of nation states, but in reality the paradigm of a new system of transnational collective governance.

The second revolution is of course the reaction to the first - the reappearance on the political scene not just of national feeling but also of the wish for national decision-making and the revival of the nation state. Brexit is the most obvious example for that, but who can deny that we see something a bit like it in different forms across the whole Continent of Europe?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 11:56:32 AM EST
She's no Margaret Thatcher ...

Liz Truss to hold Brexit talks with EU over NI protocol | The Guardian |

The minister co-authored a pamphlet with Labour's Ed Miliband, Lib Dem leader Ed Davey and Green MP Caroline Lucas. They warned: "If Britain leaves Europe, our environment ... will be starved of investment, bereft of protections and denied the leadership it needs." Brexiters criticised it as scaremongering.

Truss also agreed with Lord Frost, then president of the Scotch Whisky Association, in arguing that membership of the EU single market was critical to the successful exports of the spirit. "Europe has a taste for Scotch and the industry will do better if we remain in the EU."

Lifted by Biden ...

Scotch whisky caught up in airliners trade war | BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 21st, 2021 at 10:02:43 AM EST
I guess Truss needs someone needs to research how well the tank-riding thing worked for Mike Dukakis.
by rifek on Wed Dec 22nd, 2021 at 04:50:51 PM EST
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Scots urged not to travel to England for Hogmanay | BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 03:54:00 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 03:54:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 03:56:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 11:23:11 PM EST

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