I admit that if I had been on the mainland and eligible to vote, Boris Johnsons conservation government wouldn't have been my choice. But I did defend him over his handling of the pandemic, largely because, working for a much smaller government I had some inkling of how difficult it is. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
We had it all, here. Travel restrictions upset some. Lifting travel restrictions upset others. Our own comparatively short lockdowns drew criticism. Coming out of lockdown drew more criticism. Following Guernsey's plan was wrong. Not following Guernsey's plan was wrong. It's been just about the worst time to be in government.
But I can't defend the Tory party parties. At a time when strict measures were in place on the mainland, when even funerals were restricted attendance, members of the Tory party...partied. Jacob Rees-Mogg was filmed singing about how to justify this party to the locked down public. And it wasn't just THAT Christmas party, which Bojo did not attend. There were others.
Mainland restrictions meant that we couldn't visit my mother in law, who was going downhill rapidly. We could have travelled to the UK on compassionate grounds, but there would have been no point since we couldn't visit anyone when we got there. But the Tories could have maskless booze-ups.
My grandmother died Christmas 2020. I watched her funeral by remote feed on Facebook. Members of the family who went had to socially distance, couldn't hold a wake or hug or anything. But the Tories had parties.
My mother in law sadly died in May last year. We hadn't seen her for 2 years. But the Tories had parties.
I didn't disagree with the restrictions. I understood the reasons. But I can't forgive the blatant flouting of the rules everyone else had to follow. Rules THEY made.
As more and more evidence of lockdown partying, including events attended by the PM come out, the more pissed off everyone is. Bojo's chances of remaining in post are getting slimmer every day.
The lifting of restrictions continues, but the darkest days of the pandemic have had lasting consequences.
This post is not about what I think about COVID. It's about those who make the laws deciding those laws don't apply to them.
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I have read a few posts on site, from Englanders upset with good reason for what BJ did. So while citizens weren't allowed to attend personally important and sad events like funerals, the Prime Minister was out partying. You really have to shake your head wondering what was he thinking. His actions definitely show remarkably poor judgement.
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Those involved must have known it would get out. We all know Jacob Rees Mogg is the stereotypical English Tory MP with Victorian attitudes about the lower classes. I think many, though, despite prior evidence to the contrary, didn't see Bojo in quite the same light.
The literal meaning of 'privilege' is 'private law'. What we see here is an appalling display of the exercise of privilege. People who make the laws, make them for others, but consider themselves above those laws.
Those involved must have known it would come out. Did they have such little respect that they just didn't care?
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Emma, I'm terribly sorry for the sadness and loss your family has suffered over the past year and a bit. One of the sucky things I've noticed about getting on in years myself is that such things happen far more frequently, as those we love age as well.
We have had similar things here over the past couple of years. Not sure if you heard of it, but right before the Covid outbreak we had just come out of the worst bushfire season on record -- it was horrendous, and given our history of fires, that's saying a bit. Where was our illustrious PM while towns were burning, people dying and millions if not billions of animals were being cooked alive? He took off for Hawaii with his family. The excuses and justifications came thick and fast, but it was a very bad look.
Also, there have been many, many reports of people who were prevented from visiting dying relatives interstate, or in Covid "hotspots", while politicians and "celebrities" seemed to be able to travel at will.
Particularly in relation to Boris, but to some extent in these examples, it's not just the impression of one rule for the elite few and one for everyone else, it comes across very much like Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
After a great deal of coverage here, there's been very little about the BJ saga here of late. Possibly it's been overshadowed by all the kerfuffle with Andrew. Has it blown over, or is it still ongoing? Does it look like he'll survive it? It was looking pretty unlikely at one stage.
[P.S. Sorry, I somehow scrolled right past the end bit of your post. Ongoing, and not looking good, I see.]
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I had heard about the terrible fires, not so much about your PM legging it to Hawaii. Definitely fiddling while Rome burns.
It's gone a bit quiet over here. I expected a vote of no confidence or resignation but it hasn't happened...yet.
The trials of the past year for us have led to the decision to move back to the mainland this year. Sad to leave our island home, but my parents aren't getting any younger and whilst my sister lives close to my father, my mother has no relatives nearby, so we are moving to be closer to her. My mother in law had family with her, at least.
We have had it brought home to us that even in the best of times, it isn't easy to get off this rock in an emergency, especially in winter. We were due to visit in early 2020, but the airline we were going with collapsed days before. We didn't join the bunfight to go over with the one remaining airline, or get the ferry all the way, because we thought we'd book for another time. Then COVID hit and that was that.
Of course, we have to keep our plans under our hats until we are in a position to give our landlady notice. Can't risk her finding out through island gossip, but it's difficult as we've both had to decline invitations to participate in events later in the year with vague reasons of other commitments.
One thing I am looking forward to is anonymity!
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You'll also need a new FS nickname!
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True. Scarboroughems doesn't quite have the same ring to it, though.
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You could choose your new location based solely around that consideration. How does Bathems sound or Stokems or the very literary Stratford Upon Avonems?
BoJo Must Go - there's a nice slogan for you - I tender it for free, although I suspect it's already in use and I hear 'For God's sake, go' being bandied around as well.
I think the killer blow was the photo of the Queen mourning Prince Phillip all alone at the same time as one of the parties. And the reason things have gone quiet, I thought, was that he has managed to stall with 'Let's wait for the result of the Inquiry.'
You'd think the widespread seething discontent would push him over the edge soon enough.
Even our own sweetheart PM is dropping in the polls although the main opposition part have had their own travails. They have yet another new leader and he's still in the honeymoon phase, but it's easy to throw brickbats when you're in opposition.
Omicron has only just arrived here and how we pull through that may make all the difference one way or another.
Anyway thanks for the new topic and stay safe everyone.