- Feb 3, 2004
Everybody understands, on all sides of the house, that people were obeying the rules and that these rules were very hard for people to obey. I received a message last night was from a friend of mine who was unable to go to the funeral of his two-year-old granddaughter. One cannot hear these stories without grieving for people who suffered. Decisions were taken at the beginning of the pandemic that affected people up and down the country and they were very hard.
And we must consider, as this goes to an inquiry and we look into what happened with Covid, whether all those regulations were proportionate, or whether it was too hard on people.
So he’s prepared to retrospectively criticise the rules to get Johnson off the hook? He thinks telling people ‘we made you suffer needlessly which is why it’s only fair Johnson broke the rules’ is actually going to fucking help?This from Rees-Mogg today, hours after Jonathan Van Tam quit. So the strategy from here, it appears, is to claim lockdown rules were in fact *too* restrictive all along and blame the medical experts for misleading the Tory party, who of course were only acting in good faith the whole time.
They're probably sending JRM out there as a trial balloon to see what the reaction's like.
And swathes of the South West, outside our Fine Red CitiesYes, she should have joined the Lib Dems (the LDs are clearly better off, electorally at least, on the centre / v soft centre right), which is clearly where she also is. There is a huge number of votes up for grabs on that part of the spectrum (particularly in the remain voting South East and some other traditional Tory seats) and she would have been an asset. Good luck to her either way.
I was just about to post that.What a coincidence that Ian Duncan Smith revealed a MI5 alert was issued about a Chinese agent infiltrating Parliament. And who just happens to have been a big donor to Labour’s Barry Gardiner.
Nothing like trying to divert attention.