Hope In Horrific War

These two front pages of newspapers allowed me a bit of an uplift in an otherwise harsh day of war headlines from Eastern Europe. I know there are truly kind and warm-hearted people in the world, but over the past three weeks the horrors of war does make it seem the better angels of our nature are so far removed. So these front pages made me most glad.

Boris Johnson Has Muslim Racial Problem Added To Mountain Of Self-Created Mess


If the issues inflicting damage were small they could be termed death by a thousand cuts. But when Prime Minister Boris Johnson creates a fiasco he goes all out. Each of the gigantic and seemingly never-ending creations is mounting so to further force the door for his exit from 10 Downing Street.

This weekend a Conservative Cabinet minister called for an investigation into allegations that a Muslim Conservative MP was told she had lost her job because of her faith.

Nusrat Ghani, who was sacked as a transport minister in early 2020, claimed in the Sunday Times that a party whip, appointed by Johnson to organize MPs and keep discipline in parliament, told her that her “Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable.”

She said she was told “there were concerns ‘that I wasn’t loyal to the party as I didn’t do enough to defend the party against Islamophobia allegations.’ 

“It was very clear to me that the whips and No. 10 (Downing St.) were holding me to a higher threshold of loyalty than others because of my background and faith,” Ghani said.

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi called for the allegations to be “investigated properly” and “racism routed [sic] out”. He wrote on Twitter with a hashtag #standwithNus, “there is no place for Islamophobia or any form of racism in our Conservatives party”.

Oh, but there is and long has been a stain of racism with Britain’s Conservative Party. One can not just hashtag their way from their own story. The gravity of this latest episode, timed as it is with the drinking party during the pandemic at the PM’s residence, does now make it a political necessity for Conservatives to act. And act publically.

It was less than a year ago Johnson was roundly condemned, and correctly so, for his refusal to speak out concerning the crowds who booed England’s national soccer team for kneeling to protest racial injustice. Then when several of the teams Black players were targets of racist language following a team defeat Johnson could not find his tongue. Nor could he find that allusive barber and comb. Some of the Conservative MPs also provided racist remarks at that time, also not worthy of Johnson’s rebuke.

Johnson has long been aligned with racism. As has the Conservative Party.

Let us not forget Winston Churchill stated his support for the slogan “Keep England White” with regard to immigration from the West Indies.

Writing in the Telegraph in 2002, Johnson referred to a visit to Africa by the then prime minister Tony Blair.

“What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies,” he wrote, referring to African people as having “watermelon smiles.”

The issue now for the Conservative Party is how to pull away from Johnson and not have his toxic mess further damage their national aims.

The door at 10 Downing is going to open and Boris Johnson will leave permanently. Days or weeks?

But the hour is nearing.

And so it goes.

Fat Lady About To Sing For Boris Johnson?

If you only pay attention to the network evening news when it comes to your information you are probably all too aware that it does snow in winter. But for the rest of the news, you need to read a newspaper while listening to NPR and the BBC.

Here then, it is what one did not find on the networks in the United States Wednesday evening.

Pithy Take On Boris Johnson

This is written so deliciously it would be a shame not to post it. Kudoes to Terry Barnes! His Morning Double Shot can be found each morning in your email when you sign up for his newsletter.

Boris Johnson was an excellent editor of our UK parent, but as a PM he’s proved disappointing in the extreme.  ‘Partygate’ keeps escalating, and yesterday Johnson was interviewed by his own appointed investigator, senior Whitehall type Susan Gray. Now photos have been published of Carrie Symonds, his now child bride and, some would say, his Lady Macbeth, hypocritically hugging friends when hugging was banned back in 2020. Have a look at Tom Bower’s take in today’s World selection – my London sources says pretty well the same thing about Boris’s impending fall: his infatuation with the now Mrs Johnson started the rot. If only he could tell Cliff Richard that Carrie doesn’t live here anymore…

What a Difference Between British and American Conservatives

Notice the stark difference between Tories owning up to Boris Johnson and the GOP still fawning over Donald Trump?

It was refreshing to hear the news throughout the day from the BBC as it reported on the much-anticipated downfall of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. What is making this more interesting from this side of ‘the pond’ is how remarkably different conservatives operate in the two nations.

In May 2020, the British folks were tightly drawn into their homes and ordered to conduct themselves in such a way as to minimize the spread of COVID 19. The pandemic was striking hard and causing death and economic casualties alike.

But at the same time, Downing Street officials were holding a drinking and jolly ole get-together in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s walled garden. The messed-haired leader attended for 25 minutes.

The Tories are rightly upset and some are now calling for the ouster of Johnson. His hold on power is slipping and no one will be surprised if he falls sooner than later.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump staged an insurrection and worked to undermine a smooth transition to the newly duly elected president and the Republican Party can not stoop any lower when licking the autocrat’s shoes.

Conservatives in the United States have proven they will go to great lengths to deny the undermining of democracy caused by Trump. They further erode confidence in our national institutions with their continued refusal to do anything that will not curry favor with the most outlandish and most base members of their party.

It is time for the Republican Party to turn its attention to their brethren in Britain for lessons on how to act in the face of a national crisis of confidence.

And so it goes.

Hypocrisy Boris Johnson Style May Prove Career-Ending–Let’s Add The Salt To Boiling Cauldron

How many posts have been presented on this blog where hypocrisy was front and center to the story. Since I do not have a category listed for the term there is no hard number I can supply to my readers. But since this is mainly a political site one can assume the number is higher than we would wish to be true.

But here we are again with the one thing that catches too many elected officials and politicians by the back end.

Hypocrisy.

This story is well known by now but let us assume a reader to CP has newly arrived from Mars. In May 2020 the British folks were tightly drawn into their homes and ordered to conduct themselves in such a way as to minimize the spread of COVID 19. The pandemic was striking hard and causing death and economic casualties alike.

But at the same time, Downing Street officials were holding a drinking and jolly ole get-together in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s walled garden. The messed-haired leader attended for 25 minutes.

And now the nation is at full outright rage as the story gains momentum. And it is not just the folks at the local pubs who are cranked about Boris.

Dominic Grieve, a barrister who served as David Cameron’s attorney general from 2010 to 2014, said that Tory MPs who are “very unhappy” with the current Prime Minister’s behavior should move to replace him.

Grieve said: “I think that ultimately you have to make a judgment about whether somebody is suitable to be a political leader and the prime minister in a democracy.

I don’t think the current Prime Minister passes that test”.

The talk among the Tory party is one of full understanding about the strength they would need to carry Johnson about, for he is a most absurd politician who has never played straight with anything. Including within his love life.

The newspapers in Britain, never shy of calling someone out for the needed lambasting they deserve, have been having a field day. Each morning it is a delight to see how the national roasting of Johnson is proceeding.

I think the water is about to the boiling point. It might only take a few more days–and if we add some salt….

After all, there is a price to be paid for Brexit. Here at the CP desk, we call it Karma.

Buckingham Palace Responded To Ten-Year-Old

James has about 40 clients in his guardianship business. Every now and then there is just a special story about one of the people he has come to know.

One of his clients, at age 10, wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth to express his sadness regarding the death of her father. George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952.

Buckingham Palace responded to the boy. He saved the note, and had it framed. What a great piece of history and a charming story!

Beats Like A Human Heart

I will be brief and to the point this morning.

I thrill to microhistory, and this book is one that well defines the term.

Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli (was not aware he swung both ways), George Eliot, Karl Marx, William Thackeray…all within the time frame of the dreadful heat and smelly stench of the Thames in the summer of 1858. I marvel at how one researches books of this kind, let alone writes the narrative that beats like a human heart. While I read a lot of books of the types I much enjoy, it is always a pleasure to be bowled over. This is a ten-strike.

As they negotiated their lives day by day, Darwin, Dickens, Disraeli, and their contemporaries had no certain sense of how their circumstances might change or their problems be resolved, while we can make use of the historian’s gift of hindsight to ‘trace the pattern’ of the ‘atoms’ as they fall on the protagonists in the hot months of 1858.

I made such a point yesterday with this post.