Happy Christmas

From Paul, Calgie and Adam to all of you…

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Boris’s 2021 Christmas Message

“After two years of this pandemic, I can’t say that we are through it.

How can I? When Omicron is surging, when we all know, we must together try to stop the spread of this new variant,

We must test ourselves and take extra care when meeting elderly or vulnerable relatives. We know that things remain difficult.

But for millions of families up and down the country, I hope and believe that this Christmas is, and will be, significantly better than the last, in this vital respect.

That we can celebrate together with those we love and raise our glasses to those who can’t be with us.

And if this year you need a bigger turkey and there are more sprouts to peel and more washing up to do, then that is all to the good, because these rituals matter so deeply.

And I hope that people will enjoy this Christmas this year all the more keenly because of what we had to miss last year.

And if the pile of scrumpled wrapping paper is bigger this year it is precisely because across the country, in the run up to Christmas, we have been giving each other an invisible and invaluable present.

We have been getting that vaccination that protects us and stops us infecting others.

And I hope I can be forgiven for taking pride in the immense spirit of neighbourliness that the people of this country have shown.

Getting jabbed not just for themselves, for ourselves, but for friends and family and everyone we meet.

And that, after all, is the teaching of Jesus Christ, whose birth is at the heart of this enormous festival – that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves.

And so let’s think of all those who are being good neighbours and thinking of others.

All those in the NHS working over Christmas, our care workers, everyone involved in the incredible vaccination campaign.

Those looking after people who have lost loved ones this year, and who would otherwise be on their own.

The many thousands of people who are selflessly self-isolating to keep others safe from Covid.

And though the time for buying presents is theoretically running out, there is still a wonderful thing you can give your family and the whole country…

…and that is to get that jab, whether it is your first or second, or your booster.

so that next year’s festivities are even better than this year’s.

And in the meantime, I thank you, and wish you all a very merry Christmas.”

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Starmer’s 2021 Christmas Message

“I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Christmas is a time for Christians across Britain and across the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

It’s a time to come together, to spend time with friends, with family and with loved ones.

Christmas is also a time of reflection.

This year, like last year, has been incredibly difficult for our country.

Too many families have experienced unimaginable loss.

For too many, there will be one less chair at the table for the Christmas meal.

But, in the darkest of times, Christian values of kindness, of compassion and hope have shone through.

Communities have come together to help one another.

Key workers have saved countless lives.

Armed service men and women both here and abroad have, as ever, played a huge part in protecting us all.

Our brilliant NHS, which has done so much good since Labour founded it almost 75 years ago now, has vaccinated the country.

You keep our country safe.

On behalf of all of us, I want to say a heartfelt thank you.

This year has been tough.

But I believe that if we stick together, support each other and work together, we can find a path through.

I know a better future is possible.

So from my family to yours, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.”

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Woke EU “Christmas” Ban Scuppered

December gets off to a bang this morning as the EU Commission has been forced to back down from plans to ban the word Christmas to avoid offence. The move had been spotted in an internal document, advising officials to use inclusive language like “holiday season”. The credit must go to Italian red top il Giornale, which accused the Commission of an attempt to “cancel Christmas”.

The memo also called on officials to avoid terms such as “man-made”, “chairman” and “ladies and gentlemen”, as well as suggesting officials ask people their pronouns.

The miserly move was launched by the commissioner for equality, Helena Dalli, who has since said she will withdraw the guidelines as it is not “a mature document and does not meet all commission quality standards”. While the politically correct Commission tries fiddling with language wording, Guido points out the executive still has no non-white Commissioners, surely a more substantive issue. It seems Brussels will have a very white Christmas this year…

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Starmer Snubs Rayner Again Over Lobby Christmas Drinks

Yesterday’s reshuffle was subject to additional drama thanks to Sir Keir’s decision to “blindside” Angela Rayner, withholding information of his specific intentions and launching the shake-up during her big anti-sleaze speech. It now appears Keir has snubbed poor Angie again…

Guido’s been passed the invite for this year’s LOTO Christmas Lobby drinks. According to the text, hacks have been asked to “save the date for Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves’ Christmas party”. It seems odd that Keir’s hosting his big festive shindig in conjunction with his Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, rather than the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner. At any rate, Jenny Harries may yet have the drinks party cancelled…

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Boris, Carrie & Nimco Did Not Break Christmas Covid Rules

The Daily Mail’s Deputy Political Editor John Stevens has clarified that Boris, Carrie and their close friend Nimco Ali formed a childcare bubble over Christmas last year – which means the trio did not break any of the Covid-19 rules, despite claims to this effect published in The Daily Mirror.

The row, which started following a profile about the Johnsons in Harper’s Magazine, accused Carrie’s best friend Nimco of illegally staying with the Johnsons over the holidays. A spokesperson for the PM initially told Harper’s Magazine that the “Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson follow coronavirus rules at all times” without denying claims that they hosted Nimco for Christmas. Given Downing Street’s relatively tight-lipped response, Nimco has been left to defend herself online the past three days…

At the time, rules allowed people to have both childcare bubbles and support bubbles, and also allowed bubbles to change if there was a 10 day gap between meet ups.

What a childcare bubble is

If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare. ‘Informal’ childcare means it is unregistered.

You can only form a childcare bubble if you meet certain eligibility rules. Not everyone can form a childcare bubble.

Childcare bubbles are different from support bubbles.

If providing informal childcare within a childcare bubble, you should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus, including washing your hands and opening windows to let in plenty of fresh air.

When providing childcare, it may not always be possible to maintain social distancing. You should still limit close contact as much as possible and take other precautions.

Boris’s spokesperson has therefore confirmed that Boris’s mother did not join Boris and Carrie for Christmas. After all that, it’s Johnson’s critics who’ve ended up looking like turkeys…

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