Tag Archives: Boris Johnson

This afternoon.

Hillsborough, county Down.

Via Sky News:

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill did not mince their words, and made clear Boris Johnson’s series of meetings with political leaders had got off to a “rocky start”.

They accused the prime minister of attempting to placate the DUP by bringing forward legislation to override the very treaty Mr Johnson himself signed with the EU – describing it as “scandalous”.



Taoiseach Michael Martin and British prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Saturday

This afternoon.

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.

Boris Johnson will go ahead with Saudi Arabia visit ‘because we need the oil’ (The Times)


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his birthday in Downing Street on June 19, 2020; the late BBC Radio presenter Lisa Shaw

This morning/afternoon.

Boris Johnson had birthday bash during lockdown, ITV News understands (ITV)

Previously: Lisa Shaw: Presenter’s death due to complications of Covid vaccine


This afternoon.

House of Commons, London, England, UK.

Via BBC:

Covid restrictions in England will be eased from next Thursday, UK prime Minister Boris Johnson announced

Working from home guidance will end and people will no longer be asked to wear masks anywhere.

The compulsory use of Covid passes at certain events will also end even though venues can still use them if they wish

From 20 January, face masks will no longer be required in any classrooms…

Well now.

That appears to be that.

So it does.

That was mad, wasn’t it?

Covid restrictions to be relaxed next week, PM says (BBC)

Earlier: Bar The Shouting


This afternoon.

Third degree burn.

Covid: PM faces big rebellion as MPs vote on new restrictions (BBC)

Paul Mason?



This evening.

London, England.

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…

…to wit:

That should learn her.


….this evening:

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.

1m Omicron cases warning as England Covid rules toughen (RTÉ)

This afternoon.

The Science Museum, London, England, UK.

Via The Guardian:

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.

Boris Johnson strikes £400m deal with Bill Gates to boost green technology (The Guardian)




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

This afternoon.

Via ITV News:

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.

‘They don’t keep their word’: Ireland warns world against signing deals with UK after Brexit (ITV)


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with US president Joe Biden in The White House last night

“We’re going to talk a little bit about trade today and we’re going to have to work that through.

But on the (Northern Ireland) protocols I feel very strongly on those.

“We spent an enormous amount of time and effort, the United States, it was a major bipartisan effort made.

And I would not at all like to see, nor I might add would many of my Republican colleagues like to see, a change in the Irish accords, the end result having a closed border in Ireland.”

US President Joe Biden

Biden: No change to ‘Irish accords’ that results in ‘closed border’ (RTÉ)