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I wrote this yesterday, the day of Sunak's special measure and the day after the Sue Gray disclosures but didn't get chance to post it until today.


And when I see the news he points one way

“Don’t look over there to yesterday.

Just look away today

From all that stuff about Party Gate.

It’s cost me billions to brush over all my tracks

With Windfall Tax”.


For several months now, “We must wait” he would say

“Let’s see what the police say” he said and then “Let’s wait for Sue Gray.

Just look away today.

Move on from my lies about Party Gate.

Unwrap your presents.  Don’t look back.  Discussions gone.

So let’s move on”.




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John Coopey

Mon 30th May 2022 10:27

IndeedStephen. There is a James O’Brien clip on YouTube where he identifies Johnson’s strategy as “It’s too early to talk about it until the Met reports”. Then “it’s too early until the Gray report”.Then “ it’s too late now we’ve got the Gray report. It’s time to move on”

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 30th May 2022 08:28

Very good, John. The 'move on' mantra is becoming an all-purpose method of washing away the past. And if you pretend something didn't really happen, then you didn't really lie, I suppose.

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John Coopey

Sun 29th May 2022 12:45

Thankyou Bethany. You’d have to go a long way back to my early school reports to find anyone calling me “clever”. “Too clever by half” was what I think they wrote.
I agree with you, MC, about being “economical with the truth”. The point though is that he may have gone beyond that by actually lying. There is a difference!
And as for getting the broad brush strokes right and painting over his ethics, it’s up to us to care. If we don’t it shows what sort of society we are becoming. A sad departure from those standards our predecessors set.
And thanks for the Likes, Frederick, Stephen and Holden.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 29th May 2022 11:27

I have long suspected that those entering politics approach the
job with built-in personality adjustments that adapt to suit the
situation and that today's variety merely reflect the fluid
morality that pervades public life today. Behind Bojo there's
someone else just as "flexible" - or as a certain senior civil
servant once observed in a famous case involving the government and its ministers - a readiness to be "economical
with the truth"! I think that as long as Bojo is successful with
the "broad strokes" of his office, he'll survive in a society that
itself has become very forgiving of all manner of social
solecisms and a marked decline of standards that used to be
taken for granted.

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Bethany Sallis

Sun 29th May 2022 10:52

yet another of Mr Coopey's constant clevernesses! 👍

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