How good a job has Bojo and his team done so far

The Guardian/Observer reported today that a survey has shown that a majority think the UK Government has done a worse job than Spain, Italy or France. What do you think?

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Entirely agree! Totally appalling, and that is now being reflecting in the figures.

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Poor chap. He’s trying to emulate Churchill but keeps fucking it up.
He got (allegedly) Covid dix-neuf whilst he really wanted a stroke to keep on track with his former hero.

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I’ll be kinder and say pretty much without exception they’re all out of their depth and like Churchill come the next election BJ will be gone.

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By being late to the party Britain had the advantage of seeing how the actions taken by the other countries had panned out. As usual they seem to have chosen to ignore what’s in front of them and to make it up as they’ve gone along.

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This video seems to highlight it beautifully:

Unfortunately it was too predictable that BoJo would be hopeless when it mattered. Do bare in mind that the HoC hasn’t really sat since end of October and this when UK is approaching an absolutely critical year.

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Excellent video. It’s all so sad and disappointing. Bluster and hubris has cost thousands of lives.

Though weren’t Momentum the folk who gave us Jeremy Corbyn? A nice enough bloke I suppose but not the the man for the job IMO. Watching Keir Starmer fillet Johnson at PMQs made me wish he’d been leading the opposition for the last three years. I could see the fear in Bojo and Hancock’s eyes as they cowered behind the dispatch box.

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I think Kier Starmer is great for PMQs and things like that, and would certainly have done a better job at managing this crisis as he would have got the “team” behind him. But he does come across as as dull as ditch water, so I think many will remain faithful to Boris no matter what does and how many people he lets die.

The British aren’t known for their appreciation of subtlety :upside_down_face:
He slips the knife in without Doris even noticing it :grin:

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I think that’s what they said about Atlee after the second World War, but people were sick to death of bombastic toffs and wanted capable dry-breads who had shown they could be relied on.

It is now reliably reported that 75% of British people want to put safety before the economy, because they know that basically the Tories want a speedy return to casino-capitalism and loads-of-money crooks making whoopee in the murky world of bond markets and hedge funds.

Like Churchill wanted a return to top-hatted plutocratic oligarchy post-WW2, where the workers knew their place, obeyed their betters, or felt the lash of pauper-hood if they stepped out-of forelock-tugging line.

If people die it will be “desperately sad” and there will be a fly-over at Buck House and a Carer’s Covid-19 Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The tide is beginning to turn, I think, and fervently wish. Johnson looks a busted flush, his Stay Alert fiasco is one of the first cracks in his ghastly facade. I look forward to his further crazing and disintegration, and it will be surely events, and his own flailing panic that topple him. The Labour Party only has to watch it happen.

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I see them like boxers at the start of a fight, circling, probing, looking for a weakness and an opening.
I’m looking forward to some bruising rounds and a clean knockout!

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Oh Bojo knows it alright Graham, he looked like spooked gerbil during the PMQs I watched. He was playing to an audience that wasn’t there., no booing, no cheering. It was the most productive PMQs I think I’ever seen. He’s a bloody coward anyway, running away from difficult interviews etc. I hope PMQs to become the bain of his life.

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It’s an interesting analogy, but Johnson’s usual gambit is ridicule and bluster. If he tries to ridicule Starmer I think he’s “cruisin’ for a bruisin’” :joy:. If he tries bluster without his yah-hoo army behind him for moral support, he will “die the death” of all amateur thespian hams, or the Roman circus :-1:. Boooooo!

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I’ve just listened to BJ’s Sunday evening address to the British nation and think it’s probably the worst public pronouncement I’ve ever heard him make. My take on this, is that given his well-documented characteristic lack of attention to detail and unpreparedness, Johnson introduced the forthcoming announcement on the spur of the moment after being questioned by Starmer last week at PMQs. In the days since the government has been scrabbling for some meaningful changes to the lockdown. In the event little has changed apart from the slogan, and it seems pertinent that Arlene Foster and ‘wee Nicola’ (both of whom have law degrees) have rejected it.

I’m not a politician, nor have any background in politics for the last forty years, but I was able to predict to my OH many of the phrases BJ used in tonight’s speech, a minute or two before they appeared. Meanwhile his government’s graphic designers have been working (‘night and day’ like everyone else) to devise new slogans and choose the precise shade for the new pastel-coloured slogans. ‘The medium is the message’ was coined over half a century ago, but it seems as though this is the focus of the British government’s response to what is not a media crisis, but an epidemiological one. Control the message and its optics and the rest will take care of itself…

As you may have guessed, I’m really angry!

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Is it time for a new game - BoJo Bluster Booze Bingo? Whenever he spouts something predetermined or punches the air you have to drink a shot.

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Nice idea, but I might be under the table within minutes!

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I felt sorry for Evan Davies having to fill the rest of the PM programme with ‘trenchant analysis’ of a bag of hot air…

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Seems to have succeeded in offending the Scots and the Welsh. More ammunition for their independence campaigners.

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I did think that the part of the speech “shining the light of science on this invisible killer” was quite impressive as we all know shining light on something that he admits is invisible is a little pointless.

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That point is very pointed, Mat! :joy: