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(en) Britain, Class War Daily MaY 25 - Cummings and Goings

Date Fri, 29 May 2020 08:35:52 +0300

Today in Class War Daily: https://classwar.world/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CW-Daily-34-200525.pdf ---- Free mask for those wanting to visit their family during lockdown! ---- Cummings and Goings ---- Letter to the Editor
Letter to the editor... ---- Dear members of the Public, let's be clear, this is how Power works. Not only in this lockdown situation -but in any situation at any time. The laws and rules the Elite make are only applicable to the mugs at the bottom of society, -Us. This issue isn't about a scummy pal of Johnson's breaking a "rule", it's an illustration of how the elites who run the Capitalist system operate on a daily basis. In other words, they treat us with the utmost contempt, and it's time we returned the favour. And please don't be mislead into "demanding an inquiry" as a Labour MP said tonight, instead let's demand their heads on pikestaffs. Signed, A well wisher.



Class War Daily's political
sketch writer stays awake
all day to assess the Sunday
politics programmes and
THAT car crash briefing by
Boris Johnson.

On Saturday night it became
apparent that the Sunday
politics shows would be full of
questions regarding the Goblin
of Downing Street, Dominic
Cummings, and his lockdown
breakout farewell tour to
Durham. Some poor minister
would have to do the TV circuit
defending the indefensible.
Some poor minister would
have to do the press briefing in
the evening.
In case you haven't kept up
to date the basic story is that
while we were all in lockdown
and keeping ourselves to
ourselves, Cummings decided
to shoot up to Durham (perhaps
more than once) to sped time
at a second home. Other
prominent government people
have resigned for the same
reason so the simple questions
started with the assumption
that Cummings might have to
abode by the same rules as
those people. It turned out that
No10 didn't think he should
abide by the same rules as any
of us.
The morning's sacrificial
turd was transport minister,
Grant Shapps, who spent most
of the morning appealing
with interviewers to ask him
questions about the A66,
which ironically happens to
go through County Durham.
All he wanted to do was spend
his Sunday talking about his
favourite roads and playing
with his Tonka Toy buses and
trains and yet here he was
having to lie on telly.

Sophie Ridge on Sky managed
to say sarcastically but with
a straight face "I'm sure
you're disappointed not to be
talking about the A66" before
launching into an attack around
Shapp's total lack of briefing
on the Cummings and goings.
It quickly became apparent
that either Shapps hadn't been
briefed by No10 at all or else
he'd been briefed to just say
that Cummings had done the
right thing.
Which was odd because by
the time we got the briefing
at 5pm we learned that the
prime minister had concluded
that Cummings had behaved
correctly after many hours of
discussion with him, discussion
which could only have taken
place after Shapps had been
on TV. So, if the PM was
telling the truth then Shapps
must have been toadying by
pure instinct alone (probably
not too difficult after years in
the Tory Party).

Shapps tried to do the same
performance on Marr an
hour later but this time was
confronted by what the actual
government guidance said
about staying at home, which
was basically "stay the fuck
at home". There was also the
uncomfortable moment where
Shapps said that the police
had not spoken to Cummings
or family about him being
there but Marr had a police
statement where the cops
claimed they had. Nowhere
could anyone find a clause in
the guidance saying travel 260
miles and then self-isolate if
you have symptoms.

In the afternoon, it was
announced that Boris Johnson
would head the press briefing
and this was pushed back
from 4 to 5pm. The minister
scheduled to take part, the
walking Tory haircut Robert
Jenrick, must have been so
relieved, if he hadn't already
rung in sick.

Johnson emerged and walked
to the lectern, a man hell bent
on saying fuck all that would
answer any of the questions
that had built up during the day.
Cummings had done the right
thing by traveling around the
country potentially spreading
the virus. Meanwhile the
British public must have
misunderstood the rules totally
by staying home, protecting
the NHS and saving lives.
Where on earth could we have
got that from? The PM didn't
explicitly say that he thinks
we're all fucking idiots but
only because that was obvious.
The journalists didn't get any
answers. Shortly after the
briefing the person in charge
of the civil service twitter
account wrote "arrogant and
offensive. Can you imagine
having to work with these
truth twisters?" And that little
bit of honesty from the heart
of government summed up
a rather surreal day in which
Grant Shapps just wanted to
talk about transport in general
and instead the whole political
scene discussed the transport
of one man and his family.

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