Watch in Full: Boris’s Statement on #BlackLivesMatter
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Boris & Rishi Focusing on Jobs Package

As the world is getting back to business where it can and the furlough measures recede, the jobs that are lost will become apparent. UK youth unemployment will likely be in the region of 30% if the hospitality sector stays closed. Which is why at PMQs when Boris was asked by Bolsover MP Mark Fletcher about a green jobs package he replied saying there were going to be multiple packages. Guido understands there will be a set-piece jobs speech from Boris before the fiscal statement expected in July…

There has been some speculation about increased sugar taxes to fund a Covid-inspired anti-obesity drive. Which would be an about turn by Boris on sin taxes, from a man who famously likes to have his cake. With government borrowing almost interest free, the case for infrastructure spending is more arguable, taxpayers funding the retraining of workers laid off when the furlough scheme ends, to work on the huge extra infrastructure spending planned makes sense. We have had a big state response to the pandemic – wags joking that we are having a taste of communism, with everyone paid by the state and queues for food, are only half joking – Guido suspects we are going to see a big state, post-pandemic government agenda. Boris fancies himself as a builder; HS2, “Boris Island”, bridges across the Thames and the Irish Sea.

What makes no sense is Cummings’ obsession with government funding for British-based technology firms. This will prove a waste of taxpayers’ money which should be left to the venture capital’s risk takers and tech entrepreneurs. The same entrepreneurs incidentally that Rishi whacked in the last budget. The Government would do better by not picking winners, and instead ushering in startup investment from the private sector. They could start by lifting the pension fee cap for investments, injecting more money into start ups as well as bringing bigger potential returns to pensioners…

mdi-timer 3 June 2020 @ 16:50 3 Jun 2020 @ 16:50 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Boris Slams Starmer’s Approach of “Agree, U-Turn, Criticise”

Responding to Starmer’s final PMQs question today, Boris indicated a climb down by the government on self-isolating MPs being able to proxy vote to avoid having to join the kilometre-long Westminster voting queue (as Guido reported yesterday). The PM did, however, defend the new system, saying many up and down the country are also getting used to long queues when shopping. Not a good look for MPs to complain about something that is part of most people’s everyday life these days…

Boris was, as expected, clearly bolstered by the presence of more MPs behind him, ramping up for a final attack on Labour’s approach under Starmer: “Our policy is test, trace and isolate; his policy is ‘agree, u-turn and then criticise, Mr Speaker!” It’s admittedly bold to accuse your opposition of u-turning moments after announcing one yourself…

mdi-timer 3 June 2020 @ 12:40 3 Jun 2020 @ 12:40 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Boris Doubles Down on Hong Kong

Boris Johnson used a Times op-ed this morning to come out swinging in response to growing pressure over developments in Hong Kong; writing that if China presses ahead with imposing their proposed “national security law” – eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy – Britain will have “no choice but to uphold our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong.” In this case, that means offering three million people a route to U.K. citizenship…

Boris describes this policy change as providing “an alternative” to the fear Hongkongers currently feel from China; warning China that, as they play a greater role on the world stage, its authority will rest not simply on its global weight but on its reputation for fair dealing and magnanimity.” Hinting at broader diplomatic concerns beyond the Hong Kong issue?

A separate Times article attributes the bold, welcoming offer of a path to British citizenship to Hongkongers to Priti Patel and Dominic Raab, both of whose families came to Britain as refugees in the 20th Century. Not living up to the caricatures the left have painted of them…

mdi-timer 3 June 2020 @ 11:40 3 Jun 2020 @ 11:40 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Boris Approval Ratings Back in the Black

Sentiment towards Boris has bounced back from the negative since yesterday’s stark figures from Savanta, which showed the PM’s net approval ratings falling from +19 points to -1 in just four days; today, the same pollster has Boris back up to +7. Weekend’s plunge looking more like a temporary blip..

mdi-timer 27 May 2020 @ 17:30 27 May 2020 @ 17:30 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Boris: I’ve Been Forbidden from Announcing Any More Targets

Hancock can breathe a sigh of relief…

mdi-timer 27 May 2020 @ 16:54 27 May 2020 @ 16:54 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
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