Taoiseach Michael Martin and British prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Saturday
Via The Times:
Boris Johnson must go to Saudi Arabia for talks because Britain needs cheaper oil urgently after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a senior minister has acknowledged.
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said that despite “very frank” human rights concerns, Britain had to speak to the oil superpower “at a time of a major global energy crisis”.
The prime minister is expected to travel to Saudi Arabia this week for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been shunned by the West since he allegedly ordered the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
The huge political danger today is not that 80 Tory MPs stop the new Covid measures – it’s that they legitimise mass defiance by their far right/self-centred/conspiracy nut voting base – that’s why it’s vital Labour stood firm on the measures… 1/
3/ .. Labour MUST today demand increased sick pay. A big reservoir of vaccine hesitancy is ultra-low paid (eg food, packing and assembly) workplaces where nobody has any rights. The economics are vital for boosting uptake
Tonight I will oppose both compulsory vaccines for NHS staff, and the introduction of vaccine passports. Both measures are counterproductive and will create division when we need cooperation and unity.
Allegra Stratton, adviser to embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, resigns after a video (below) emerged of her laughing about a covid rule-busting Downing Street Christmas party that may or may not have happened…
That should learn her.
Work-from-home guidance will return, vaccine passports will become mandatory in nightclubs and large venues and mask rules will be extended to combat the Omicron variant as Boris Johnson announced a move to “Plan B” to tackle coronavirus.
The British Prime Minister warned it is clear the new strain is “growing much faster” than Delta and cases of Omicron could be doubling every two or three days as he strengthened England’s rules to slow the spread of Covid-19.
The UK government has announced plans to launch a £400m package of investment alongside the US billionaire Bill Gates to boost the development of new green technologies.
Boris Johnson said the deal would help power a “green industrial revolution” and develop emerging technologies that were currently too expensive to be commercially successful but were essential to hitting the government’s climate goals.
Shd we generally stick to deals? Of course. Sometimes break them? Of course. Just like the EU, US, China and every other state does. International diplomacy cannot be judged by the standards of a student duel, and lawyers are hired help not the masters
From top: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland on January 13, 2020; Texts last night from former Johnson aide Dominic Cummings
Leo Varadkar has warned countries around the world that they ‘shouldn’t make any agreements’ with the UK https://t.co/2Sh7Dtau1U
Ireland has warned countries around the world not to trust the UK because it is run by a “British government that doesn’t necessarily keep its word”.
Irish deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar urged countries to be careful when dealing with the UK because of the “bad faith” demonstrated in the government’s plans to overhaul a key agreement signed as part of the Brexit deal.
After agreeing to the Northern Ireland Protocol – part of the Brexit arrangement that means checks on some goods and services flowing between Great Britain and NI – the UK has continually sought to change aspects of it.
The EU, and swathes of British MPs, have been unhappy about the UK’s attempts to renege on the agreement, but comments by Boris Johnson’s former top aide Dominic Cummings appear to have caused anger.