⚫️ Elle Gallica (@BaroqueChic)

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2009-10-21 19:55:42

Politics is a family business in Lebanon. And govt contracts are dispensed as political favours. This week, Johnson parachuted his brother into the Lords & millions of £ of Covid contracts is going to cronies with no oversight. This is neither trivial nor inconsequential

This isn’t a slow slide into cronyism. It’s a headlong fall. How else to explain gross spectacle of Johnson appointing Lord Lebedev days after parliament slammed his suppression of  #RussiaReport & called it a security risk? And then there’s this: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-independent-panel-to-look-at-judicial-review

It is incredibly overwhelmingly difficult to hold power to account. And one of the very few tools we have is the right to legally challenge the government. Boris Johnson’s government is now looking to deprive us of that right

It is incredibly overwhelmingly difficult to hold power to account. And one of the very few tools we have is the right to legally challenge the government. Boris Johnson’s government is now looking to deprive us of that right

The Lebanese have been robbed blind for years. At end of last year, they finally had enough. Nothing was working. Mass protests took to streets. But it was too late. And now a vast modern city is in ruins facing a perilous future. So..how late is too late?https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/beirut-explosion-news-lebanon-corruption-deaths-latest-a9655286...

11 yrs ago, I returned to Lebanon where I’d lived previously to write one of those ‘Beirut so hip’ articles. It *was* breathtakingly hip. Also: breathtakingly corrupt. Looking at the images of a city destroyed, I can’t help think: this is where it leads. This is the road we’re on

11 yrs ago, I returned to Lebanon where I’d lived previously to write one of those ‘Beirut so hip’ articles. It *was* breathtakingly hip. Also: breathtakingly corrupt. Looking at the images of a city destroyed, I can’t help think: this is where it leads. This is the road we’re on

We're in the middle of the Grenfell Inquiry and Boris Johnson wants to "cut the red tape”....... This is beyond irresponsible.

The current planning system wastes time and taxpayers’ money.

That’s why we’re going to cut the red tape, overhaul the planning process and build better, greener homes faster.

The current planning system wastes time and taxpayers’ money. That’s why we’re going to cut the red tape, overhaul the planning process and build better, greener homes faster. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-planning-for-the-future-consultation-to-reform-the-plan...

As Johnson blusters about red tape in  #planning, remember all the disastrous deregulation by successive Tory govts: removal of nutritional standards for school meals; deregulation of animal feed leading to BSE catastrophe; failure on building standards leading to Grenfell.

Beware of honest Bob Jenrick making a bonfire of planning regulation. Removing checks and regulations leads to disasters like Grenfell. The Tory govmt sat on reports into fire in high rise housing. When Gavin Barwell was a housing minister. This joker now sits in the HoL. Corrupt

As a builder I’m all for more building. But Bozo cutting back on regulation & planning law. Look what happened at Grenfell. This govmt can’t be trusted it’s not a govmt for the good of the people. It’s a crime syndicate for extremely rich people who want more cash. Be warned.

Did grenfell just not happen in tory minds or something

The current planning system wastes time and taxpayers’ money.

That’s why we’re going to cut the red tape, overhaul the planning process and build better, greener homes faster.

The current planning system wastes time and taxpayers’ money. That’s why we’re going to cut the red tape, overhaul the planning process and build better, greener homes faster. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-planning-for-the-future-consultation-to-reform-the-plan...

Cutting red tape and building regulations will lead to further tragedies like Grenfell. This is disgraceful.

The current planning system wastes time and taxpayers’ money.

That’s why we’re going to cut the red tape, overhaul the planning process and build better, greener homes faster.

The current planning system wastes time and taxpayers’ money. That’s why we’re going to cut the red tape, overhaul the planning process and build better, greener homes faster. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-planning-for-the-future-consultation-to-reform-the-plan...

Had enough of Govt mis-managing COVID-19, Dominic Cummings's contempt for all of us, a PM who has to be fact-checked every time he opens his mouth, taxpayer £millions being bunged to their mates, protecting alleged rapists?

#3Point5Percent #ToryCorruption #resist #revolt #remove

Had enough of Govt mis-managing COVID-19, Dominic Cummings's contempt for all of us, a PM who has to be fact-checked every time he opens his mouth, taxpayer £millions being bunged to their mates, protecting alleged rapists?  #3Point5Percent  #ToryCorruption  #resist  #revolt  #remove

For far too long, the  @NRA has held politicians hostage to put the profits of the gun industry before the safety of our kids. I’m glad the  @NY AG James is taking the steps needed to hold this corrupt & dangerous organization accountable.  #DissolveTheNRA https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/us/new-york-attorney-general-sues-nra.html

Coming up: the most extraordinary thread I’ve ever written. On how we blew over £150m and Andrew Mills (a Government adviser) seems to have made a fortune. But let’s start with introductions. THREAD /1

70 years ago Bevan called out the Tories for what they are - spivs. The Johnson government are spivs on steroids. The speed and scale at which they are destroying any semblance of decency is alarming  #ToryCorruption Liz Truss #PPEcorruption

70 years ago Bevan called out the Tories for what they are - spivs. The Johnson government are spivs on steroids. The speed and scale at which they are destroying any semblance of decency is alarming  #ToryCorruption Liz Truss  #PPEcorruption

 #TheWeekInTory is a monster today because they’ve been, well, even busier than usual, the scamps 1. The dictionary definition of Honour is, “the quality of knowing and doing what is morally right”. Keep that in mind as we tackle the Honours system

“If I had an office job...” - now those six words really are doing a lot of heavy lifting, especially coming from Kirstie Allsopp, the multimillionaire daughter of millionaire Lord & Lady Hindlip of Lydden House. I doubt she’s done a full day of work in her entire entitled life.

No artist wants to be associated with this campaign of hate 👇 The legendary musician  @Neil Young filed a lawsuit against  @Donald J. Trump for copyright infringement after Rockin’ in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk were played at a rally.  #Resist https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/04/neil-young-sues-donald-trump-campaign-rockin-free-world

How's your 2020 going? I think #JonathanSwan is really capturing my vibe rn. 
#TrumpIsALaughingStock #2020Election 2

How's your 2020 going? I think  #JonathanSwan is really capturing my vibe rn.  #TrumpIsALaughingStock  #2020Election

Just resign and flee @realDonaldTrump. You have lost the plot and everyday you are just making the bad worse. Call daddy Putin and ask if you can come home. Prison is coming. #TrumpIsALaughingStock

Just resign and flee  @Donald J. Trump. You have lost the plot and everyday you are just making the bad worse. Call daddy Putin and ask if you can come home. Prison is coming.  #TrumpIsALaughingStock

I can't stop thinking about the stunning Dunning-Kruger fucking moron moment when Trump really thought he could hand over those 4th grade charts and say "Here! Take a look!" And Swan would just say "Oh, you're right. I see what you mean." It's just painful. #TrumpIsALaughingStock

I can't stop thinking about the stunning Dunning-Kruger fucking moron moment when Trump really thought he could hand over those 4th grade charts and say "Here! Take a look!" And Swan would just say "Oh, you're right. I see what you mean." It's just painful.  #TrumpIsALaughingStock

That feeling when you do an oral presentation in high school about a book you didn't read by describing the plot summary on the back and a straight A student starts grilling you about the plot in front of the whole class. #TrumpIsALaughingStock

That feeling when you do an oral presentation in high school about a book you didn't read by describing the plot summary on the back and a straight A student starts grilling you about the plot in front of the whole class.  #TrumpIsALaughingStock

Here it is, folks. “yo-SEMITE.”

Here it is, folks. “yo-SEMITE.”

A large explosion has been heard in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Security sources said a number of people were injured during the widespread destruction across the city, with residents reporting windows being blown out and ceilings collapsing

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A large explosion has been heard in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Security sources said a number of people were injured during the widespread destruction across the city, with residents reporting windows being blown out and ceilings collapsing Read more: https://trib.al/CH6AJWg

 @Iain Duncan Smith MP "Unnoticed by many" We told you before the vote that this would be the outcome - I believe you called it "Project Fear". You peddled this enormous catastrophe and you voted it through, so YOU OWN IT.

Project fear ? No, project fucking terrified. I am really worried that people will die and there will be real social disturbance. Food, fuel, medicines, jobs, all gone...for what, for what?

Govt writes to medicines  industry to tell them to rebuild 6 week no trade deal Brexit stockpiles even while “recognising global supply chains under significant pressure, exacerbated by COVID-19…"
@SueLamerton @csibike1 
A thread from @faisalislam

Govt writes to medicines industry to tell them to rebuild 6 week no trade deal Brexit stockpiles even while “recognising global supply chains under significant pressure, exacerbated by COVID-19…"  @Dame Sue 🐟⚫️3.5%  @M🕷FBPEGlobal #ForeverEuropean #BLM #NotMyPM 3.5% A thread from  @Faisal Islam https://threader.app/thread/1290305737697062912

Project Fear. All coming true. There will come a time when the liars and charlatans who delivered this in the the face of so much evidence will emigrate to escape the consequences of the damage they have done to their own country.

The implications of Johnson refusing to extend the Brexit transition despite the disruption caused by #Covid_19 could mean more deaths. As  indicated by the government, stockpiles of medical supplies have been "used up entirely" by the virus. #Brexit @BorisJohnson @Conservatives

The implications of Johnson refusing to extend the Brexit transition despite the disruption caused by  #Covid_19 could mean more deaths. As indicated by the government, stockpiles of medical supplies have been "used up entirely" by the virus.  #Brexit  @Boris Johnson  @Conservatives #StayAlert

9 months apart.... #BrexitReality 2

9 months apart....  #BrexitReality

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