I can remember with shuddering horror the days when the telephone service in this country was still nationalised, a vast, inefficient state monopoly which could keep you waiting 18 months for a new telephone line, never seemed to keep its public call boxes working and took weeks to respond to a complaint. Then along came Mrs Thatcher and privatisation.
The PM has picked ministers who owe him everything and do his bidding. They have a duty to the country but are shirking it
This ought to be the cabinet’s moment. A prime minister who exults in his own uniqueness is dragging his party down in the polls. Byelection reverses loom, and perhaps even a general election defeat. An unexpectedly large number of MPs have just voted no confidence. If ever there was a moment for his most senior colleagues to speak and act on behalf of the Tory party, this is it.
Instead, what do we get from Boris Johnson’s cabinet team? We get parroted rhetoric about massive agendas, his capacity to “deliver”, lines in the sand, and moving on. We get a video of the cabinet compliantly listening as Johnson delivers a five-minute Putin-style ramble in which he pointedly ignores Monday’s revolt entirely. And now we get windy, wishful waffle about how it will all be solved by tax cuts.
THE ONLY beneficiary of the mess in the Tory Party is Sir Keir Starmer. Labour barely even has to oppose at the moment: it is sufficient for it to just sit and laugh as a once great party becomes an undisciplined rabble. I remember the last time that happened and the result was a record Labour landslide. Is that what the idiots want?
HAPPY Jubilee! As I write we are only halfway through the celebrations but I hope and trust everything will go to plan, Harry and Meghan won't rudely upstage Her Majesty and everyone, especially the Queen, will have a wonderful party. Because it's about bloody time!
Two cheers... make that three if he pulls this off - for Andy Cooke, our new chief inspector of constabulary. Mr Cooke, who used to run Merseyside Police, has issued explicit instructions to officers up and down this crime-benighted isle of ours.
THE HALF-TERM plot against Boris Johnson involving Tory MPs queuing to stick a knife in his back has run into trouble after one of its leading lights admitted he aims to drag Britain back into the EU's single market.
THE opening days of this unique Platinum Jubilee have produced two dramatically contrasting images. Yesterday, the moving service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral was made all the more poignant by the absence of the central, cherished figure to whom it was dedicated.
Service of thanksgiving raised the Genesis question – how many people can you swap out of this lineup before it ceases to be Genesis?
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, couldn’t attend the service of thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral, having tested positive for Covid a few days before, which was not a problem, since it was for this very purpose that the centuries-long enmity with York was cultivated – so there would be a Stephen Cottrell waiting in the wings, with a sermon ready to go.
Then Prince Andrew also got Covid; it is unclear who could understudy his role in the proceedings, let’s hope nobody. By the morning of the event, the first platinum jubilee in the nation’s history, the Queen wasn’t feeling very well, either, and would not be attending. By 2022 protocol, they should have got Prince Charles to speak on behalf of everybody, surrounded by their hats.
George Monbiot on the growing global food crisis and the degradation of our soils. Can the solution be found in the lab?
When farming is degrading our soils and people are still going hungry, is it time to change how we get our food?
“Ninety-nine percent of our calories come from soil. Everything we are, everything we have built, everything in our lives comes from the soil. Without it, we’re finished,” says the author and environmentalist George Monbiot. “And yet, we treat it with extreme disrespect and disregard.”
Whatever our vision of the future, there is no doubting public admiration and affection for the Queen herself
As the Sex Pistols said back in 1977, the year of the silver jubilee, never mind the bollocks. It really doesn’t matter what it’s for – just seize the moment: an extra bank holiday for this miserable country, which has the fewest national holidays in Europe and the second fewest in the world. England and Wales have just eight, Northern Ireland 10, Scotland 11; by contrast Europe averages 12.8, and Japan has 17.
Enjoy a release from England’s grindstone working culture, whipped on by cabinet luminaries Liz Truss, Priti Patel, Kwasi Kwarteng and Dominic Raab, who in 2012 damned British workers as “the worst idlers in the world” in their obnoxious book Britannia Unchained.
THE height of the Blitz in 1940, Lord Beaverbrook, the mercurial owner of the Daily Express, turned to his legendary editor Arthur Christiansen and extolled the British public's resilience in the face of Nazi Germany's bombing campaign: "Did you ever know such a magnificent people?
IT MUST surely be a principle of a free society that no citizen has any form of criminal record which does not result either from a conviction in a court of law or from the acceptance of an automatic fixed penalty.
THE sense of excitement is mounting. As the Platinum Jubilee comes near, a mood of joyous patriotism is sweeping our land. The unique nature of this milestone means the celebrations to mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne will create a magnificent spirit of unity throughout Britain.
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McCraw, using a map of the school as a prop, says the back door at Robb elementary school was left propped open by a teacher.
Salvador Ramos, the shooter, crashed his car outside the school and began firing at two men outside, who were not hurt.
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