Boris Johnson confirms he will post communications with James Dyson
Nicola Sturgeon said there was a “stench of sordid” around the government “which is getting quite overwhelming” as Boris Johnson faces new allegations of cronyism.
Dominic Cummings accused the PM of planning to fund the renovation of his Downing Street apartment through Tory donors, drawing accusations from Labor that Mr Johnson was acting as the leader of an ‘iron dictatorship -White”.
Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve said it was quite clear the PM had received “a significant gift” for the job and accused him of running No 10 as a “crony cabal”.
In an explosive blog post, Mr Cummings, the Prime Minister’s former senior aide, also claimed Mr Johnson was seeking to block an investigation into the leaked plans for a second coronavirus lockdown in England.
Downing Street has denied the move, which Mr Cummings says came after Mr Johnson was warned it could implicate a close friend of his fiancee Carrie Symonds.
Mr Cummings, whom the Prime Minister had accused a day earlier of “systematic leakage”, said Mr Johnson had fallen “far below the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves”.
Ms Sturgeon has called for an investigation into the numerous allegations of “harassment” that have plagued the government in recent weeks.
Starmer reiterates call for ‘sleaze’ investigation
Sir Keir Starmer called the government on BBC News, reiterating Labor’s call for an investigation into lobbying and cronyism.
“It matters. It’s a question of integrity, it’s taxpayers’ money. Every day there is more evidence of this sleaze. Frankly, it stinks,” said the Labor leader.
“If there is nothing to see here, whether it is the renovation of n Â° 10, whether it is questionable contracts, whether it is privileged access, if there is nothing to see, everything publish, do a full investigation.
“Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 2:01 PM
Sturgeon says ‘stench of sleaze’ is government ‘getting too powerful’
Nicola Sturgeon called on the government to be the subject of a “sleaze” investigation into allegations of “contracts for buddies, gifts for decoration and texting for tax breaks”.
Ms Sturgeon said in a statement on Saturday: “The stench of sleaze surrounding this British Conservative government is becoming quite overwhelming.
âVery serious allegations are made against Boris Johnson and his government, including by people who have worked closely within him.
âAs someone who has recently been the subject of extensive investigations and vetting, a full investigation is needed here given the scale and gravity of the allegations.
“The SNP has called for a full public inquiry and it must happen immediately.”
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 1:35 PM
Scenes from the local election campaign
Politicians of all stripes are campaigning in the sun today. Local elections are now less than two weeks away.
Steve Rotheram, the current mayor of the Liverpool city region who is standing again, visited Cressington.
David Mundell, former Scottish secretary to the Tories, is on the trail in Dumfrieshire.
And there’s the Scottish Labor leader, Anas Sarwar, with local candidates next to the Falkirk Wheel, which is inexplicably not the UK‘s most famous landmark.
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 1:08 PM
Do you remember to vote on leave?
Carole Cadwalladr from The observer taking the opportunity to recall the history of the pair at war with questionable money.
Vote Leave, the successful campaign to leave the European Union led by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, has been fined Â£ 61,000 for breaking the election spending limits law.
There was a Â£ 7million limit set for the referendum. But Vote Leave funneled Â£ 675,000 to a separate pro-departure group in the final days of the campaign to make sure they didn’t go over the official limit.
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 12:30 PM
Cummings active on Twitter
Dominic Cummings greeted the weekend with a Twitter activity. Several retweets on topics such as Covid vaccines, NASA and border closures. No mention of the elephant in everyone’s room.
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 12:02 PM
Grieve: Boris Johnson is an ‘integrity vacuum’ who turned No 10 into a ‘crony cabal’
For more on Dominic Grieve’s comments previously from political correspondent Jon Stone, click here:
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 11:50
Cummings ushered in secret ‘boys club’ style in Downing Street, former Whitehall insiders say
The claims of “government by WhatsApp” were fueled by former Whitehall insiders who said The Independent that the rise to power of Boris Johnson and Vote Leave leader Dominic Cummings brought a new, more secretive style to Downing Street.
Overnight, communications that had previously been put on paper or in emails moved to the encrypted WhatsApp messaging system, while some Brexit campaign veterans favored the high-security messaging app Signal or Proton email, a former insider said.
âThings were done in a much more cryptic way,â said a former insider speaking on condition of anonymity. âThere was an effort to make sure conversations weren’t traceable as much as possible, unless there was a deliberate reason for them. traceable. Where they were smart enough was that if there was anything they agreed to be disclosed, it would be emailed. “
Read political editor Andrew Woodcock’s full report here:
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 11:29 AM
Labor calls for full investigation into Downing Street overhaul
Labor Representative Rachel Reeves has written to Boris Johnson asking for an investigation into the renovation of the Downing Street apartment.
âSince we know that it only takes a text message from a friend to get all the attention at the top of your government, many people will wonder what personal goodwill could be generated by a secret gift for redecoration. of your living quarters, âsaid the shadow asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Ms Reeves includes 14 questions for the Prime Minister, asking for full details about the money spent and who provided it, and whether he broke the Ministerial Code.
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 11:09 AM
It doesn’t matter if the texts were leaked by Dominic Cummings | Sketch
In the following paragraphs, I would like you to try to repeat to yourself, over and over again, just in a little whispered voice in your head, the following words: “These are the people who run the country.”
… If you are able to add “during a pandemic in which 150,000 people died”, then do not hesitate, but I appreciate that it is really not easy.
Tom Peck’s take on the bitter feud that is, it’s true, engulfing the people who run the country, can be found here:
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 10:48 AM
PM ‘personally briefed’ newspapers on alleged Cummings leak
Sam Coates from SkyNews said Boris Johnson personally called the newspaper’s editors to report Dominic Cummings leaked his text exchange with James Dyson.
There have also been murmurs on Twitter about Michael Gove’s place in all of this given his close relationship with Mr. Cummings. Others wonder why the Prime Minister would stir up all this bitterness now by accusing Cummings, who, at the very least, can be used to respond in a prejudicial manner.
Liam jamesApril 24, 2021 10:24 AM