Boris’s £535 Court Claim Brought Forward by Covid Conspiracy Theorist

Following yesterday’s news of Boris being hit with a County Court Judgement for £535 of unpaid debt, it’s now emerged the claimant is actually a Covid conspiracy theorist called Yvonne Hobbs, who’s used the Online Civil Money Claims service to accuse the PM of “repeated defamation”. She has also previously made legal claims against Rishi Sunak, Marks and Spencer, and Royal Mail. “I’m taking on the government”, she boasts on social media…

Clearly the claims are invalid, and No. 10 reckons they will be able to strike the defamation claim out given they’re not normally heard in a county court. 

Anyone can make an online court claim for as little as £25, so there’s not much stopping someone else pulling the same stunt again. The main question is how events got to this stage in the first place – why were the court letters, posted to No. 10, missed or ignored for so long? Classic civil service…

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Boris Announces Full, Independent, Public Covid Inquiry with Legal Powers

Boris has confirmed to the Commons that a full, independent, public Covid inquiry – with Legal Powers – will be established. The remaining question the press were wondering – the start date – has also been set out by the PM, with the inquiry set to begin in Spring 2022. This means there will be almost no chance of the potentially politically damaging inquiry concluding before the next election…

Boris also announced he will support plans for a Covid memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral which will be a “fitting place of reflection in the heart of the Capital.”

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Boris Has Court Judgement Against Him for Unpaid Debt

Looks like the reports that Boris is hard-up are true. Someone – unidentifiable from a search of the register of County Court Judgements – has taken Boris to court and won a judgement against him for £535. As of this morning, six months later, he still hasn’t settled the debt from October last year. Normally he will have been sent multiple letters from the County Court before the judgement was made. Embarrassing, chaotic financial mismanagement. Awkward.

Hat-tip: Private Eye

UPDATE: Angela Rayner delivers a kicking, “The issue of debt when it comes to the Prime Minister is whatever debt of gratitude Boris Johnson owes to the Tory donor who paid to renovate his flat, and what this donor or donors were promised or expected in return for their generosity.”

UPDATE II: No 10. spokesperson: “An application will be made for an order to set aside the default judgment, to strike out the claim and for a declaration that the claim is totally without merit.” 

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Boris’s Hilarious Rayner Lioness Joke

An almost Hague-esque moment from Boris during the Queen’s Speech debate…

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Boris’s Hugging Promise

Boris on people being allowed to hug again from Monday:

“Whoever I hug I can assure you it will be done with caution and restraint”

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Profundity of the Punditry: Boris Will Quit Edition

Having spent most of 2020 insisting Boris would tap out at some point within the next year, either after the Brexit deal or after the pandemic, depending on who you read, it looks like half of the commentariat has made an about turn after realising how popular the Prime Minister still is in the wake of the local elections. Don’t expect to see as many commentators forecasting Boris’s imminent political demise from now on…

In academia the political scientists have been confounded. Writing on the LSE’s Policy and Politics blog, Robin Pettitt, who tells us “I am an expert in the internal life of political parties”, confidently predicted that the demise of Boris would be triggered this week and his replacement as Tory leader would be in place by the autumn party conference. This may need revising… 

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