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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Why sleaze investigations are becoming more menacing for Boris Johnson

‘The worse the misconduct he is trying to conceal, the rantier he tends to get. He was very ranty indeed at prime minister’s questions.’ Photograph: Jessica Taylor/Reuters
‘Ɖ wrs ɖ msconduct h z trayñ t cnsil, ɖ rantịr h tndz t gt. H wz vri ranti indd at prim̦inistr’z qsćnz.’ Foṭgraf: Jesica Teilr/Rôtrz

Ẃ slīz invstgeśnz r bcmñ mor meṇsñ fr Boris Jonsn

(Transcription of an Observer article of 2 May 2021)

Numbr 10 z bginñ t panic nǎ ɖt indipndnt inteṛgetrz r in psyt v ɖ truʈ

Andrew Rawnsley

Andru Rōnzli, 2 May 2021

I  wl bet y ɖ prîs v a rol v gold wōlpepr ɖt y wl b ebl t se hu peid ẃn y last hd ɖ dec̣retrz in. F ɖr wz eni rīzn y hd t pruv ɖt it wz y, y’d pṛdys a banc or credit card stetmnt. Ɖ homlîf v Boris Jonsn z mć mor compḷcetd. Ɖr r nǎ no fywr ɖn ʈri inqîriz intu hǎ ɖ rīfrbiśmnt v ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt flat wz fundd. “Caś fr cŭśnz” n “wōlpepr get” r aḿzñ leblz fr ɖs scandl, bt I hv an iśu wɖ ɖm. Ɖe sort v srv Mr Jonsn bî ptñ a trivịlîzñ rápr on ɖ pṛfǎndli sirịs qsćnz rezd.

Wn v ɖz inqîriz z bî ɖ cabiṇtsecṛtri, Sîmn Ces, so grīn fr ɖ rǒl ɖt h hz’nt got ɖ custmri naithd yt. Anɖr z bî ɖ nyli apôntd “indipndnt” advîzr on miṇstirịl standdz, Lord Gît. Ɖ prim̦inistr cn fîr Mr Ces jst lîc h sact ɖ last cabiṇtsecṛtri. Ɖ prim̦inistr cn ignor Lord Gît. H dd ɖt t ɖ prīvịs eʈics inviɉletr, Sr Alix Aḷn, hu rzînd ẃn Mr Jonsn rfyzd t axpt hiz fîndñz abt bŭliyñ bî Priti Ptel. I am nt seyñ ɖ tū men w’nt trî t d a propr job, bt eni arenjmnt ɖt involvz an ofiśl inqîrñ intu hiz ǒn bos dz nt inspîr 100% confidns.

Ɖ invstgeśn ɖt Mr Jonsn hz mor t wuri abt z ɖt bî ɖ Ilectṛl Cmiśn. Ɖt bodi hz indipndnt, statytri pǎrz t inṭvy witṇsz undr cōśn n gaɖr evidns. F it cncludz ɖr wz roñduwñ, it wl impoz a fîn. F it dsîdz ɖt ɖr r rīzṇbl grǎndz t sspct ɖt a criminl ofns hz bn cmitd, ɖ cmiśn cn rfŕ ɖ ces t ɖ p’līs. Ɖs z ɖ prob cōzñ ɖ strongist riplz v firfl panic ʈru Numbr 10 n Tori parti HQ.

It z olso meṇsñ fr Mr Jonsn ɖt ɖr z a gd prospect v a forʈ invstgeśn, ɖs wn bî ɖ cmiśnr fr parḷmntri standdz, hu hz rbyct him in ɖ past fr rūlbrecñ. Ɖ prim̦inistr clemz t hv “cuvrd ɖ costs” v ɖ rīfrbiśmnt, bt h hz rpitidli feld t dnî ɖt a larj bil wz orijiṇli peid fr bî smwn els, îɖr ʈru a loun or a dneśn, nɖr v ẃć wz dclerd. H dsmisz ol ɖ qsćnz abt hiz bhevyr az a “hol f’rāgo v nonsns”. Ɖs z ẃt pǒcrpleyrz wd cōl a tel. Ɖoz fmiłr wɖ hiz pʈoḷji wl nǒ ɖt h ofn dîlz p ɖ blustr ẃn h hz smʈñ t hîd. Ɖ wrs ɖ msconduct h z trayñ t cnsil, ɖ rantịr h tndz t gt. H wz vri ranti indd at ɖ most rīsnt prim̦inistr’z qsćnz.

F ɖs z jenyinli a “f’rāgo v nonsns”, h cd clir it p tde n sev evrwn a lot v tîm bî śowñ ẃn h peid ɖ bil. Ɖr mst b a rīzn h w’nt d ɖs n ɖ rīzn mst b an xtrimli cmpelñ wn gvn ɖt h’d apaṛntli prifŕ t indyr dez v rotn hedlînz in ɖ run-up t ɖs Ʈrzde’z big set v ilex́nz rɖr ɖn gv s fl dscloźr. W nǒ ɖt h z a twîs-dvorst man wɖ abt six ćildṛn (estiṃts vẹri) hu constntli monz t frendz ɖt h z strapt fr caś. Hiz fiãsé z rportd t hv xpnsiv tests in homdécor, n frendz hu snir t Tatlr abt ɖ “nîtmer” frnićr aveḷbl fṛm Jon Luis, a stor most votrz ʈnc v az upmarcit. Ɖ nećr v hiz iveźnz fylz ɖ vri stroñ sspiśn ɖt h dd nt pe ɖ orijinl bil, bt onli b’letidli n rluctntli coft p t trî t cuvr hiz tracs. Ɖt sspiśn hz bn gretli hardnd bî līct īmeilz n Doṃnic Cumñz’z akześn ɖt Mr Jonsn haćt “an uneʈicl, fūliś n poṣbli ilīgl” scīm ɖt “olmst srtnli brouc ɖ rūlz” in hvñ donrz sīcṛtli fînans ɖ reṇveśn.

Ɖr z a śoldr-śrugñ vy ɖt nn v ɖs mć matrz. Wn sīńr Cnsrṿtiv MP tld m ɖt h wz sanḡn abt ɖ slīzstoriz swrlñ arnd Numbr 10 bcz “I hv oṇstli nt hd a sngl īmeil abt ɖ wōlpepr”. Uɖr Tori MPz cntnd: “Votrz w’nt cer hu peid t d p ɖ flat f it dd’nt cost ɖm eni muni.” Ɖ mantra paṛtd bî ɖ cabiṇt z ɖt ɖ public z’nt boɖrd bî a stori v inṭrest onli in ɖ “Wsminstr bubl”. Ɖs z ɖ sem lîn ɖe tec abt ɖ multipl-sorst aḷgeśnz ɖt Mr Jonsn dspleid gastli caḷsnis twdz ɖ victimz v Covid bî dclerñ ɖt h wd “let bodiz pîl hî in ɖer ʈǎzndz” rɖr ɖn hv anɖr locdǎn. Ɖ sinicl dsmisivnis v mni Tōriz z itslf a simtm v ɖ probḷm w hv wɖ integṛti in public lîf.

Ɖ riax́n v votrz hz olwz bn a factr in ɖ impact v slīzscandlz, bt t rgard opińnpoulz az ɖ onli metric ɖt matrz z t ʈro awe eni clem t a moṛl cumṗs. Trnspaṛnsi abt hu z s’playñ caś or uɖr beṇfits t ilectd repriznttivz z an abṣlutli funḍmntl prínsipl. It z ẃ ɖr z a rejistr v membrz’ inṭrests, a rejistr fṛm ẃć Mr Jonsn z nt xmt, olɖo h hz a hisṭri v bhevñ az f ɖ rūlz d’nt aplî t him, mcñ lêt reɉstreśnz v hiz fnanśl inṭrests on at līst nîn oceźnz. Fr rīznz ɖt śd b tù obvịs t spel ǎt, w nīd t nǒ hu ǎr lw mcrz n dsiźn mcrz r bholdn t n ẃ, ispeṣ́li ɖ prim̦inistr. W olso nīd t nǒ ẃɖr h hz sòt t cnsil hiz indétidnis t prîṿt inṭrests fṛm ɖ public. F a man c’nt b stret abt hǎ h peid fr hiz sofa, ẃt els mt h lî abt?

Ɖ Noḷn prínsiplz, ɖ eʈicl gîdlînz fr public-ofis holdrz drwn p aftr ɖ scandlz v ɖ 1990z, spīc v sevn vrćuz: slflisnis, integṛti, objctivti, acǎntbiḷti, opņis, oṇsti n līdrśp. Ɖt z a ytopịn maṇfsto fr pfx́n rɖr ɖn a rịlistic picćr v eni poḷtiśn y r lîcli t mīt. Ɖ îdiyl p’liticl animl dscrîbd bî Noḷn berz a vaṇśñli slît rzmbḷns t ɖ cuṛnt tennt v Numbr 10.

So ɖ sistm hz cm t dpnd on rūlz. Most v ɖz wr forḿletd in a haphaẓd faśn in riax́n t past ǎtrejz, sć az ɖt ovr parḷmntri xpnsz, ẃć rvild ɖt poḷtiśnz canot b trustd t inviɉlet ɖer ǒn conduct. Ɖt hz left s wɖ a paćwrc v rejistrz n reğleśnz, sm v ẃć r ridld wɖ lūphoulz. Wr it nt fr rzorsfl jrṇlizm, w wd nvr hv faund ǎt abt Devid Camṛn’z bhnd-ɖ-sīnz activtiz on bhaf v Grīnsil bcz hiz inflụnspéḍlñ wz xmt fṛm ɖ dscloźŗūlz on lobiyñ ɖt h inactd ẃn h wz at Numbr 10.

Ɖ p’līsñ v ɖ bhevyr v ministrz z ptiklrli wìc n crīcñ undr ɖ intns stres tst v trayñ t cīp a Jonsn guvnmnt onist n eʈicl. Adhiṛns t ɖ miṇstirịl cod stl gretli dpndz on ɖ dscredtd ʈiyri ɖt poḷtiśnz r “onṛbl feloz” hu cn b xpctd t bhev proprli. Ẃn ɖe d’nt, w r s’pozd t hv ɖ adiśnl ri’śuṛns ɖt sivl srvnts wl act az moṛl getcīprz bî “spīcñ truʈ t pǎr” n inṭvinñ t stop ministrz bhevñ badli.

I am śr ɖr r ofiślz hu stl trî t pform ɖt vîtl sefgardñrǒl, bt ɖer inʈyziazm fr dwñ so hz bn dlibṛtli cūld bî ɖ reźīm at Numbr 10. A lot v sīńr manḍrinz hv bn prjd fṛm Ẃîthōl sins Mr Jonsn bcem prim̦inistr. Ofiślz wd nt b hymn f ɖe dd nt hv ɖt at ɖ bac v ɖer mîndz ẃn dbetñ ẃɖr ɖe fīl brev inuf t cnfrunt msconduct bî a ministr, ispeṣ́li f it z ɖ wn hu livz at Numbr 10. Ɖ prîm minstr z ɖ sol arbtr v ẃɖr alejd ofnsz agnst ɖ cod r wrɖi v invstgeśn n ɖ ultiṃt dsîdr ẃɖr ɖr śd b eni puniśmnt fr trnzgreśn.

Ɖs z a r’dikḷs nst v conflicts v inṭrest. It bcmz an abṣlutli lūdicṛs wn ẃn ɖ prim̦inistr himslf z ɖ subjict v invstgeśn. Īvn f Lord Gît or Mr Ces cnclud ɖt ɖer bos hz brocn ɖ rūlz n īvn f ɖe r wilñ t se so, ɖr z nʈñ bt śem t privnt him fṛm tosñ asd ɖer vrdicts n dclerñ himslf nt gilti. N w nǒ śem z a snseśn ɖt ɖs prim̦inistr z imprvịs t.

Ɖs z ẃ it z so isnśl ɖt proprli indipndnt invstgetrz r on ɖ ces. Ɖt’s a cort in ẃć Boris Jonsn c’nt b hiz ǒn juj n jri.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Brexit’s Mr Pooter may not survive his dispute with Cummings

‘A litl misunḍstandñ’: Jonsn n Cumñz in Dǎnñ Strīt, 2019. Foṭgraf: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Brexit’s Mr Pūtr me nt svîv hiz dspyt wɖ Cumñz

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 2 May 2021)

Boris Jonsn n hiz formr eid r loct in a rleśnśp ɖt z stl hvñ daṃjñ consiqnsz fr ol v s

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 2 May 2021

Bfr h muvd on t lowr ʈñz, Boris Jonsn livd in ǎr nebrhd, jst of ɖ Hoḷwe Rod in Lundn’z Izlñtn. Anɖr feṃs Islñtońn hu livd of ɖ Hoḷwe Rod wz ɖ fix́nl Mr Pūtr, pṛtaġnist v ɖ Victorịn clasic Dayri v a Nbdi.

Mr. Pūtr’z wîf wz cōld Cári, n hiz clos nebr wnt bî ɖ nem v Cumñz, v hūm on wn oceźn Pūtr raits: “Cumñz n I hv a litl misunḍstandñ.”

Wel, in ɖ gret bc – ẃć I rec̣mnd t enwn hu z tîrd v “strīmñ” n, indd, v ɖs guvnmnt – Cári’z huzbnd n hiz frend Cumñz manij t gt ovr ɖer misunḍstandñ. Hvr, f ɖr z wn ʈñ srtn abt ɖ fōlǎt btwn ɖ Brexitrz v Dǎnñ Strīt, it z ɖt hel hʈ no fyri lîc a Cumñz scornd. It z obvịs ɖt ɖs episod z gwñ t end in tirz; n, az a betñman, I wd nt pt muni on Jonsn’z loñ-trm svîvl – nt līst on acǎnt v ɖ we ɖ f’renzic scilz v ǎr unḍesṭmetd līdr v ɖ opziśn, Cir Starmr, sīm t b cmñ intu ɖer ǒn.

Hvr, ɖr z inuf elsẃr on ɖ subjict v slīz inqîriz n ɖ stnc v c’rupśn ɖt prmiets ɖs guvnmnt. Jonsn n Cumñz me hv fōḷn ǎt, n Devid Camṛn me b p t hiz nec in hiz ǒn slīz inqîriz, bt ɖ foc̣s śd nt b tecn of ɖ imns damij ɖ ʈri v ɖm hv dn t ɖ Britiś icoṇmi, n t ɖ vạbiḷti v ẃt z stl cōld ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm v Gret Britn n Norɖn Îrḷnd.

Camṛn startd ɖ rot, nt jst bî bawñ t ɖ rzisṭbl preśr fr a reḟrendm fṛm ẃt Edẉd Hīʈ yst t cōl, in a dlîtḟli veṇṃs ton, Yroseptics; Camṛn olso wǒḟli mshandld ɖ reḟrendmcampen. Ɖ formr prezidnt v ɖ Yṛpiyn cmiśn, Jean-Claude Juncker, rīsntli rvild in an inṭvy ɖt, nwñ hǎ dstortd ɖ Britiś vy v “Yṛp” hd bcm az a rzult v a larjli Yroscepticl pres, h hd ofrd t xplen t ɖ public ɖ advantjz v ɖ YY n hǎ it riyli wrct.

It me sīm lîc poetic justis ɖt Jonsn n Cumñz hv fōḷn ǎt, bt ɖ ōfl truʈ z ɖt ɖe wún ɖ batl t dminiś ɖs cuntri

Camṛn evidntli trnd ɖs ofr dǎn flat, seyñ h himslf cd handl evrʈñ t pṛdys a sef rzult, wɖ ɖ rzult ɖt, in Juncker’z wrdz, “nwn tld ɖ Britiś public ẃt w agrìd on, se, ɖ fri muvmnt v wrcrz” in Camṛn’z prīreḟrendm ngośieśnz. I agri wɖ Juncker ɖt tù mni membrz v ɖ Britiś public wr “brenwośt” intu votñ Līv – nt v cors bî Camṛn, bt bî ɖ unholi alayns v ɖoz tū formr frendz, Jonsn n Cumñz.

W nǒ ẃt ɖt rzult wz, n w r trayñ t liv wɖ it. A wns gret neśn, huz foṛn poḷsi wz gird t impruvñ ǎr oṿsìz tred, voḷntṛli sînd p fr a hard Brexit, ẃć z hvñ ɖ rvrs ifct n hitñ xports badli. Fṛm ɖ reḟrendm rzult onẉdz, ɖ Britiś icoṇmi’z pformns wz infirịr t ɖt v ɖ rest v ɖ YY, n, nǎ ɖt w hv left, ʈñz r gwñ fṛm bad t wrs, az ol repytbl srvez śo.

Obvịsli ɖr z an ic̣nomic rcuṿri fṛm ɖ impact v s’xesiv locdǎnz on ǎtpt, n ɖ guvnmnt z mcñ ɖ most v ɖt fact. Bt biznis invstmnt hz bn fībl n ɖ ʈnctanc YC in a Ćenjñ Yṛp xpcts Brexit wl in tîm ǎtwei ɖ pandemic in its inhibtñ impact on groʈ.

Fr ɖ momnt ɖ obvịs caźlti z Norɖn Îrḷnd, huz guvnmnt, léd bî ɖ Deṃcratic Yńnist parti (DYP), wz – sori, I canot rzist ɖs – DYPt bî Jonsn.

Az ɖ YY’z ambasdr t ɖ YC sd in an inṭvy wɖ ɖ Insttyt v Guvnmnt last wīc, ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z nt ɖ probḷm; “ɖ probḷm z Brexit”.

Bt it wz nt jst ɖ DYP hu wr dypt. Tù mni Ñgliś ppl wr dypt tù. It me sīm lîc poetic justis ɖt Jonsn n Cumñz hv fōḷn ǎt, bt ɖ ōfl truʈ z ɖt ɖe acć̣li wún ɖ batl t dminiś ɖs cuntri – wɖ noc-on ifcts fr ɖ YY itslf, huz līdrz nǒ ɖe beṇfitd fṛm ǎr membrśp.

Fir nt: w r tld ɖt ɖs z ɖ most dṛmatic rcuṿri sins 1948 – or z it 1066? Nt dificlt aftr ɖ bigist c’laps fr 200 yirz. Morovr, az Roḅt Ćǒt, formr d’rectr v ɖ Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti, pônts ǎt, olɖo ɖr z a fīlñ ɖt ɖ guvnmnt śd b dvotñ a gretr śer v spendñ t public srṿsz, noṭbli hlʈ n sośl cer, “ɖ guvnmnt z cuṛntli pnṣlñ in lowr dīpartmntl spendñ ɖn it dd prīcrîsis”.

Leṿlñ p? Pl ɖ uɖr wn …

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Country diary: all of life lies in the planted seed

Cornflower seeds. ‘Seeds like stories. Seeds like dust. It takes me forever to sow them because I can’t help but pore over them.’ Photograph: Josie George
Cornflǎr sīdz. ‘Sīdz lîc storiz. Sīdz lîc dust. It tecs m fr evr t sǒ ɖm bcz I c’nt hlp bt pōr ovr ɖm.’ Foṭgraf: Josi Jorj

Cuntridayri: ol v lîf lîz in ɖ plantd sīd

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 29 April 2021)

Stǒc-on-Trent, Wst Midḷndz: I plant Frenć maṛgold, c’lenɉla n nstrśm. Ɖs z ɖ frst hopfl step t trnñ mî yard intu a smōl wilḍnis

Josi Jorj, 29 Epril 2021

Mî cuntrisîd z a smōl terist yard, brict in bî pīlñ hǎzz n crumḅlñ wōlz. It z ɖ onli cuntrisîd I’v hd axes t fr a loñ tîm, bt it hz ol ɖ importnt parts: gd rʈ, ʈñz ɖt gro, ʈñz ɖt sñ, crōl n búz. Mî fizicl dis’biḷti cīps m cntend hir, bt dspt m, it z a ples v endlis lîf n muvmnt.

Evri yir, sīdz bcm gd cmpańnz in cnstrent, tīćñ m ẃt rstrix́n z n ẃt it z’nt, śowñ m ẃn t wêt n ẃn t muv. Hvr loñ n cold ɖ wintr, ivnć̣li I gt t tec mî frst unstedi steps dǎn ɖ paʈ t ɖ potñśed – ɖ old ǎthǎs in fact, pîld hî wɖ sīd trez n flǎrpots – t bgin any. No matr ẃt grù or feld last yir, I gt t fil ɖ trez, start agn. I spend ol v Marć smîlñ. Hǎ cn y nt?

Ɖ wundr v it. Frenć maṛgoldsīdz lîc fẹri aroz, ɖ draid-up caṭpilrz v c’lenɉla, śrivld brenz v nstrśm. Sīdz lîc storiz. Sīdz lîc dust. It tecs m fr evr t sǒ ɖm bcz I c’nt hlp bt pōr ovr ɖm. Ɖe r yuñ lîc m, bt lc tîrd, drî n yslis, mć lîc m tù, n yt, n yt. I hold ɖz tîni, stil specs in mî handz n I nǒ ɖt wɖ inuf v ɖm, I cd līv ɖs ples n trn ɖ hol śabi tǎn I liv in intu a hol ny sort v cuntrisîd.

Smtmz I imajin ʈrowñ ɖm in fistḟlz fṛm mî mbiḷtiscūtr, slǒli woćñ flǎrz tec ovr evri oṿlct crac. Fr nǎ, I scatr mî sīdz nītli, rstrend, intu mî wêtñ trez, saṭsfaid ɖt ɖ smōl wilḍnis I cn mc in mî yard z inuf, bt I lîc nwñ ɖt I cd. I ges ol sīdz drīm v spredñ.

Az I sǒ, I ẃispr ɖ gretist prer v hop n trust I nǒ: “Bt wl y gro? Wl y b wɖ m hir?” N ɖen Epril cmz n ɖ qsćn z ansrd. “Yes,” se ɖ ny śūts. “Yes”.

Cuntridayri z on Twitr

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Forget curtains and cash – Johnson’s legacy will be the bitter taste of Brexit

An anti-Brexit protester holds a placard after Boris Johnson drove past to attend prime minister’s questions on Wednesday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
An anti-Brexit pṛtstr holdz a placard aftr Boris Jonsn drouv past t atnd prim̦inistr’z qsćnz on Wenzde. Foṭgraf: Mát Dunm/AP

Fget crtnz n caś – Jonsn’z leġsi wl b ɖ bitr test v Brexit

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 30 April 2021)

Ɖ prim̦inistr hz impeṛld pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, n evri de ɖ ic̣nomic fōlǎt wrsnz

Poli Tônbi, 30 Epril 2021

Amd sliṗjz, losz, vaṇśñ invstmnts n xportdrops, ɖ drip, drip v Brexit damij nvr stops. I c’lect xamplz evri wīc, az f picñ p spent mortŗǎndz fṛm a batlfīld. On Wenzde, it wz 450 jobz lost az carparts mańfacćrr Tôoda Gosei priperz t śut facṭriz in Roɖṛm n Swonzi, n rīḷcet t ɖ Ćeh Rpublic.

A breʈtecñ £800 rol v gold wōlpepr dstracts ǎr î. A prim̦inistr hu cōzd tnz v ʈǎzndz v bodiz t pîl hî, ẃl apaṛntli fixñ taxz fr palz n contracts fr croniz, hz ǎr îz ǎt on stōcs. Nwn nz hǎ dīp in sluri Boris Jonsn cn snc n stl swim ǎt.

Bt hisṭri wl record wn gret p’liticl crîm abv ol ɖ uɖrz, hiz tōdri dsoṇstiz mir iluṃneśnz rnd its éjz. Ɖ dlinqnt hu mișold Brexit t haf ɖ neśn wɖ a stardust v fōls proṃsz t s’kr himslf ɖ ʈron wl līv bhnd ɖ Brexit brec̣jz loñ aftr h hz gn.

Ɖ most sirịs so far z impeṛlñ pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, az Arlīn Fostr z bròt dǎn bî Brexit’s imposbl contṛdix́nz. Ɖr wr wornñz: tū formr prim̦inistrz spouc in Deri jst bfr ɖ reḟrendm, ẃn Toni Bler sd ɖr “wd hv t b ćecs btwn Norɖn Îrḷnd n ɖ rest v ɖ YC, ẃć wd b plenli un’xptbl”, ẃl Jon Mejr wornd v a “historic mstec” ɖt wd dīsteḅlîz ɖ Gd Frîde agrīmnt. Bt Fostr, an ardnt Brexitr, dsmist ɖs az a “dīpli ofnsiv” rmen scer stori.

Ɖ DYP’s imposbl Brexit stans wl b inheṛtd bî ẃćvr unluci canddet s’xidz hr. Ẃ bac Brexit ẃn Norɖn Îrḷnd wz agnst it n ɖ bordr dlema flaśt a red wornñ? Ẃ bac Boris Jonsn ẃn, v cors, h wd rat on hr wɖ hiz YC-splitñ proṭcol? Ẃ dd’nt ɖ DYP dmand ɖ hol YC ste in ɖ sngl marcit?

Yńnists, lîc tù mni Brítnz, wr bgîld bî ɖt majic wrd sovṛnti: ẃt îṛni ɖt it me nǎ brec ɖ yńn. V ɖs, Jonsn n hiz recñcru ń nʈñ n cerd les. Ɖr wz olwz Cet Hǒi, dǎti yńnist, t cīp proṃsñ: “Brexit w’nt hrt Norɖn Îrḷnd at ol – instd it wl brîtn its fyćr.” Nǎ, in rpost, pṛtstñ agnst ɖ proṭcol, ś clemz ɖt “Norɖn Îrḷnd hz nt got Brexit”.

Jst so. Nwn hz got ẃtvr Brexit ɖe imajind bcz nn wz evr paḷtbl or vaybl. Ɖt wz ɖ craftinis v ɖ līvrz: ɖe nvr sd ẃt cnd v Brexit, bcz eni vrśn wz a cilr. So hir w r wɖ ɖ wrst v ol Brexit dīlz. Nxt wīc’s ilex́nz in Scotḷnd lc srtn t dlivr a naśṇlist mjoṛti: ɖ mor rpeḷnt ɖ Wsminstr Cnsrṿtivz, ɖ mor apilñ Holirūd indipndns. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn parḷmnt indorst Brexit ɖs wīc, Scotiś culćṛl līdrz begd MYPz t welcm Scotḷnd bac intu ɖ YY.

Ɖs wīc līdñ YC arts orġnîześnz rout t Jonsn cōlñ on him t fix ɖ vīza, custmz n wrc-prmit crîsis ɖt privnts ɖm turñ in ɖ YY, pṛvîdñ rnñz ɖe nīd t svîv. Jonsn promist ɖm last munʈ ɖt h wd “fix ɖs”, bt h c’nt “fix” ʈñz, az evri sectr fṛm fiś n fnans t bale begz fr sm “speśl dīl”. Ɖr z no fineġlñ hiz hard Brexit: it’s ɖ sem dīl evri ʈrd cuntri gts. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn cmiśn’z prezidnt, Ursula von der Leyen, strest: “Feʈfl implimnteśn z isnśl.” No wundr ɖ YY parḷmnt add a reẓluśn ɖs wīc rcordñ Brexit az a “historic mstec”.

No big bañz so far, bt Brexit sîḷntli heṃrijz pǎr n muni: far mor ɖn ɖ £350m a wīc on ɖ infṃs bus z lost olrdi, Prof Nîjl Drifīld v Woric Biznișcūl tlz m: £1.3tn olrdi fled fṛm ɖ Siti, ẃl “ɖ dscǎntñ v gílts sins ɖ reḟrendm z wrʈ a hol bus”. JP Morgn’z ĆXO tlz śerholdrz ɖt YY sitiz r tecñ ovr Lundn biznis, n ɖt “Yṛp hz ɖ upr hand”.

Vast lost inwd invstmnt gz unricordd: Prnil Rudlin, a līdñ cnsultnt on Jaṗnīz biznis, tlz m: “Ɖ YC z atractñ fywr ny cumṗniz fṛm Jpan ɖn uɖr cuntriz in Yṛp sins Brexit. Bfr 2016, ɖ YC wz ɖ numbr wn desṭneśn fr Jaṗnīz invstmnt in Yṛp.”

Yesṭde, ɖ Comnz invîrnmnt, fūd n rṛl aferz cmiti cnfrmd ɖ woz v fiśñ n farmñ, az YY imports flud in ẃl YC xports r stuc, wornñ ɖt “bizṇsz wl rīḷcet activti t ɖ YY or stop xportñ t Yṛp”.

Ɖs wīc, tù, Mc YC, reprizntñ mańfacćrrz, rspondd t ofiśl figrz śowñ profits at ɖer lǒist fr mor ɖn a deced, blemñ a “ynīc coctel v srcmstansz” mldñ Covid wɖ Brexit. T tec jst wn xampl, Jemz Grīnm, maṇjñd’rectr v medicl-iqipmnt mcr EMS Fizio, sz h z peyñ a fortyn in ny xportñcosts, n luzñ custmrz: a Swīdiś cumṗni, fîndñ ʈri-de dlivriz arîvñ for wīcs lêt, hz trnd t anɖr s’playr in ɖ Neɖrḷndz. H grits hiz tīʈ in iṛteśn at guvnmnt adz telñ him t tred wɖ Mx̣co instd – ẃr, h sz, ɖr r hyj reğletri hrdlz. “W wr sold a lî.” Evri wīc I c’lect rīmz v ɖz têlz.

Wōlpepr n lîz me brñ Jonsn dǎn, bt Brexit z ɖ crîm agnst ɖ cuntri fr ẃć h wl b fr evr dámd. Rayts n ɖ fōl v Arlīn Fostr impeṛl ɖ pīs agrīmnt in Îrḷnd, n ɖ YC’z brecup z on a nîf éj. A nesṣri trigr wl cm t hand sn fr Lebr t līd ɖ ćarj agnst ɖ bad Brexit dīl. In hiz wîld rant at prim̦inistr’z qsćnz, Jonsn akzd Lebr v votñ agnst it, n mni wś it hd – ɖo btwn a roc n a hard ples, no dīl wz’nt an opśn. Wel bfr ɖ nxt ilex́n, Lebr wl līd ɖ cōz v gîdñ Britn twdz a rtrn t ɖ sngl marcit, n ɖ sefr hêvn v a Norwe s’lūśn.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Joe Biden’s billions won’t stop Bolsonaro destroying the Amazon rainforest

‘Jair Bolsonaro’s government has transformed Brazil into an environmental pariah, the world’s greatest destroyer of tropical forests.’ Photograph: Brasil2/Getty Images
‘Jair Bolsonaro’z guvnmnt hz trnsformd Bṛzil intu an invîrnmntl p’raia, ɖ wrld’z gretist dstroyr v tropicl forists.’ Foṭgraf: Brasil2/Geti Iṃjz

Jo Bîdn’z biłnz w’nt stop Bolsonaro dstroyñ ɖ Aṃzn renforist

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 22 April 2021)

Fundz ofrd t pswed Brazil’z ruiṇs guvnmnt t stop dīfoṛsteśn r mnt wel, bt badli msjujd

Marina Silva n Rubens Ricupero, formr Bṛziłn invîrnmntministrz, 22 Epril 2021

Az a canddet, Jo Bîdn bilt p ɖ wrld’z hops ẃn h cmitd ɖ YS t rījônñ ɖ Paris agrīmnt, cnfruntñ ɖ clîṃt dnaylizm v hiz oponnt n sigṇlñ ɖt h wz redi t trīt ɖ clîṃtcrîsis az a stṛtījic prîoṛti. So far, ɖt hop hz bcm srtnti – n rlif fr ɖoz v s hu r strîvñ t fînd strucćṛl n globl s’luśnz t ɖ crîsis.

Fr ɖ Bṛziłn guvnmnt, prizîdd ovr bî ɖ clîṃtćenj sceptic Jair Bolsonaro, ɖ promis t rījôn ɖ Paris acordz sǎndd lîc a ʈret, īvn mor so bcz it wz foloud bî a promis md jrñ wn v ɖ dbets t moḅlîz $20bn (£14bn) in inṭnaśnl fundz fr tropicl renforists – includñ fr Bṛzil – t stop ɖ dstrux́n v ɖ Aṃzn. Bolsonaro riactd bî cōlñ ɖ planz “cawd ʈrets”.

Last yir, Bîdn me nt hv bn fŭli awer v ɖ xtnt t ẃć ɖ cuṛnt Bṛziłn guvnmnt hz trnsformd Bṛzil intu an invîrnmntl p’raia, ɖ wrld’z gretist dstroyr v tropicl forists n ɖ fōrmost ʈret t ɖ planit’s olrdi pricerịs clîṃt eqlibrịm. Bî nǎ, az Bîdn’z clîṃt sumit gts undr we, h wl hv bn fŭli informd n rpitidli wornd v ɖ risc v mcñ dīlz ɖt cd streñʈn Bolsonaro’z guvnmnt n alǎ it t frɖr advans its dstructiv poḷsiz.

Stl, ɖ Bîdn admiṇstreśn, alñ wɖ ministrz fṛm Britn n Yṛp, hz in rīsnt wīcs bn ngośietñ a dīl wɖ ɖ Bṛziłn guvnmnt. Fr ol ɖ tōc v cawdli ʈrets, Bolsonaro’z invîrnmntministr, Ricardo Salles, z ascñ fr a yirli instōlmnt v $1bn – in rtrn fr ẃć, h sz, Bṛzil’z foristcliṛns wd b rdyst bî btwn 30% n 40%. Ɖr r cnsrnz ɖt sm v ɖz fundz cd b ćanld t ɖ vri landgrabrz hu r bhnd ɖ dstrux́n v ɖ Aṃzn.

Ǎr wornñ z best on ɖ folowñ fact: dīfoṛsteśn in ɖ Bṛziłn Aṃzn z nt ɖ rzult v a lac v muni, bt a consiqns v ɖ guvnmnt’s dlibṛt fełr v cer.

Rsivñ inṭnaśnl fundz t implimnt pṛtctiv meźrz n ɖ ssteṇbl ys v ɖ forist z a norml n nesṣri trnzax́n. Ɖ Aṃzn Fund z ɖ most seḷbretd xampl: it oṗretd wɖ Jrmn n Norwījn rzorsz untl rīsntli ẃn, t ɖ horr v ɖ wrld, it wz diactvetd bî ɖ Bṛziłn invîrnmntmiṇstri. Ɖ guvnmnt md ɖ dsiźn t discntiny ɖ fund, ẃć stl hd abt $500m in fyćr dneśnz, bcz it wontd t rstrict hǎ ɖ muni wz yzd.

Rdysñ grīnhǎs-gas imiśnz hz nvr bn a prîoṛti fr ɖ Bṛziłn guvnmnt. Tec its ǒn clîṃtfund, fṛm ẃć abt $100,000 wz ćanld intu saṇteśnmeźrz rɖr ɖn ɖ mitgeśn v naśnl carbn imiśnz. V cors, saṇteśn z isnśl t hlʈ n welbiyñ in ǎr sitiz, bt it z far fṛm a sgnificnt sors v imiśnz. Ɖ guvnmnt olso slaśt ɖ bujit v ɖ Insttyt v ɖ Invîrnmnt n Rnywbl Naćṛl Rzorsz (Ibama), ɖ dpartmnt wɖn ɖ invîrnmntmiṇstri rsponsbl fr moniṭrñ dīfoṛsteśn. In ɖ frst haf v 2019, £2.2m wz aḷcetd fr inspx́nz; last yir, ɖ figr wz £700,000.

Ẃt ɖ guvnmnt z misñ z nt caś, bt a cmitmnt t ɖ truʈ. It dnaid ɖ xistns v fîrz in ɖ Aṃzn az ɖ flemz wr brnñ. Bṛziłn nyz z sać̣retd wɖ scandlz ɖt śo psistnt guvnmnt ax́n t wìcn invîrnmntl bodiz, rol bac lejsleśn, n ignor inṭnaśnl agrīmnts. Tū yirz ago, it dsmist ɖ hed v ɖ INPE – ɖ Naśnl Insttyt v Spes Rsrć – fr ɖ simpl fact ɖt ɖ insttyśn hd cmpîld deta on ɖ rîz v dīfoṛsteśn. Last wīc, it dsmist ɖ hed v ɖ ofis v ɖ fedṛl p’līs, hu hd léd ɖ larjist invstgeśn intu ɖ ilīgl xtrax́n v wŭd in ɖ hisṭri v ɖ Aṃzn. It hz rplest xpirịnst sivl srvnts wɖ indivijlz wɖt eni foṛstri xṗtīz in sevṛl dpartmnts, n it intndz t ifctivli śut dǎn ICMBio, Bṛzil’z fōrmost insttyśn dedcetd t ɖ pṛtx́n v naćṛl rzrvz.

T rīć a biłn-dolr agrīmnt wɖ Bolsonaro’z guvnmnt at ɖs crūśl momnt wl onli streñʈn its rzolv: it wl b a būn fr ɖ farmrz n landgrabrz hu hv ilīġli okpaid public forists n indijṇs land n snd ɖ prisîsli oṗzit mesij t ɖt ẃć z nīdd in ɖs crūśl yir fr ɖ clîṃt.

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• Marina Silva srvd az Bṛzil’z ministr fr ɖ invîrnmnt, 2003-8. Rubens Ricupero srvd az ministr fr ɖ invîrnmnt, 1993-4

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The ‘Tory sleaze’ of old is nothing compared to what the right gets away with today

David Cameron and Lex Greensill in Saudi Arabia, January 2020.
Devid Camṛn n Lex Grīnsil in Sǎdi Arebia, Jańri 2020.

 

Ɖ ‘Tori slīz’ v old z nʈñ cmperd t ẃt ɖ rît gts awe wɖ tde

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 19 April 2021)

Ɖ scandlz undr Jonsn r a far gretr ʈret ɖn ɖ akześnz v hipocṛsi ɖt fld Jon Mejr’z guvnmnt

Zoe Williams

Zǒi Wiłmz, 19 Epril 2021

T  rīprṗs ɖ old sō abt ɖ 60z, f y ʈnc y cn rmembr 90z poḷtics, ptiklrli f y plan t trn ɖm intu a paṛbl fr tde, y’r rmemḅrñ ɖ roñ ʈñ. Rlax, I’m lecćrñ mslf mor ɖn enwn els: az ɖ wevz v Mát Hancoc’s śer ǒnrśp craśt ovr ɖ fetid wōtrz v Devid Camṛn’z Grīnsil involvmnt, wɖ ɖ Arcŕi afer standñ unrizolvd n Roḅt Jenric wōcñ rnd lîc a hymn hîprlinc (f onli y cd clic on him, t fînd ǎt mor), mî frst ʈt wz “hir w g agn”. Mor Tori slīz, bcz lepdz, spots ets.

In fact, Jon Mejr’z guvnmnt n ɖ scandlz it pṛdyst cd nt hv bn mor difṛnt t ɖoz v Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt. It wz bac-bnćrz hu wr tecñ ɖ bachandrz – MPz Greym Ridic n Devid Treḍnic, hu dd ɖ wrld’z meṃri ɖt tṛmnḍs fevr v rîmñ lîc a ridl, wr còt ǎt in a nyzpepr stñ in ẃć ɖe agrìd t asc a parḷmntri qsćn fr £1,000. No nīd t trnzlet ɖt intu tde’z muni; it s’fîsz t se ɖt f a nyzpepr, a brōdśīt at ɖt, cn aford t flot it fr a stori, it z nt hyj bīnz.

MPz Nìl Hamiltn n Tim Smiʈ wr akzd v poc̣tñ mor sgnificnt amǎnts fṛm Mhamid Al Fîed, bt it wz stl notd at ɖ tîm ɖt ɖ rīzn ɖ YC olwz scord so wel on inṭnaśnl c’rupśn indxz wz nt bcz its poḷtiśnz wr’nt bnt, bt bcz ɖe cd b bòt fr so litl. Joṇʈn Êtcn lost evrʈñ ovr a tū-nît ste at ɖ Paris Ritz.

Miṇstirịl scandlz, mnẃl, tndd t b abt sx: Devid Melr n Stìvn Milign, fr xampl. Ɖe wr scandḷs fr ɖ lŭrid dītelz, bt ɖer p’liticl bît cem fṛm ɖ discnct btwn hu ɖ parti sd it wz n hu it acć̣li wz. A MP hvñ a ge afer wz hyjli sgnificnt fṛm ɖ parti v Sx́n 28. Ol sx́l impṛprayti md a prim̦inistr huz moto wz “bac t besics” lc r’dikḷs – nt līst hiz ǒn, olɖo it wd b sm yirz bfr w’d fînd ǎt abt ɖt.

Contrast ɖs wɖ 21st-snć̣ri Cnsrṿtivz n ɖ amǎnts nǎ involvd r astṛnomicl. Devid Camṛn std t mc nirli £22m hd Grīnsil nt c’lapst. Ɖr z olso an inṭcnctidnis, nǎ, at ɖ hîist levlz v guvnmnt – croni apôntmnts, contracts sweld t hyj pṛporśnz bî ɖ xijnsiz v ɖ c’roṇvîṛs n handd t cumṗniz cnctd t ɖ Tori parti, ɖ norml ćecs n baḷnsz dzolvd az sivl srvnts wr ovŗūld bî ministrz. Ʈñz wr marcidli difṛnt in ɖ 90z, ẃć wr dfînd bî indivijlz plawñ ɖer ǒn mudi furoz.

Yt ol ɖ storiz v ɖ Mejr yirz wr cnctd, n ɖ hol enṭprîz wz ultiṃtli bròt dǎn bî hipocṛsi. Ẃtvr y se abt tde’z Cnsrṿtivz, ɖ culćr z set at ɖ top, n Boris Jonsn hz nvr md eni pritns v valyz, besic or uɖ̇wz: h’z nvr bn enʈñ bt plêḟli dlîtd bî hiz ǒn dsoṇsti. Īvn wr h t lōnć a moṛl crūsed tde, it wd b vyd agnst ɖ bacdrop v hiz advtîzd slf, ɖ jośñ ćansrz ppl votd fr. N f ɖ dītelz v 90z scandlz – ɖ to-sucñ n so on – ignîtd ɖ neśn’z imaɉneśn, ɖt wz onli evr bcz ɖe fitd a naṛtiv v moṛlîzñ blôhardz undun bî ɖer ǒn instñts. Tde’z Cnsrṿtivz, dfînd bî impyṇti, r imposbl t imbaṛs.

Ɖt dz’nt mīn ɖ’r untuć̣bl. It jst mīnz w nīd a mor akṛt n teilrd acǎnt v ẃt w’r dīlñ wɖ. Ɖ guvnmnt, unlīśt bî ɖ rjnsi v ɖ pandemic, z eseyñ a stetcapiṭlizm in ẃć ɖ we t mc riyl muni z via prîṿt inflụns ovr guvnmntministrz. It’s a vrśn v ɖ Ćînīz consept v ḡañśi, a feṃs drîvr v c’rupśn, cnstructd at spīd. Eni insttyśn ɖt mt ʈretn a c’rectiv – ẃɖr ɖ sivl srvis or ɖ CBI – z sîdlînd in fevr v hesti dīlz wɖ hucstrz ovr ẂtsAp.

Ɖs hlps mc sns v ɖ uɖr gret cnundṛm v ɖ Jonsn guvnmnt: ẃt dz it acć̣li stand fr? F ɖ pforṃtiv petrịtizm z a dvrśn, ẃt’s it dvrtñ fṛm? Ẃt’s ɖ acćl ajnda? Wn minit ministrz r advcetñ osteṛti, ɖ nxt ɖ’r leṿlñ p; ɖ’r fîtñ clîṃtćenj on Munde n rioṗnñ colmînz on Tyzde. Ɖ’r radicl fri marc̣tirz, dstroyñ ɖer ǒn marcits; ɖ’r fiscl cnsrṿtivz, t hūm muni z no objict. Ɖ most plōẓbl anaḷsis z wn bî ɖ jrṇlist Pōl Mesn, hu ʈncs ɖ Cnsrṿtivz hv bcm a mśīn huz onli prṗs z t cīp ɖmslvz in pǎr.

Ɖt rezz anɖr qsćn – ẃt’s ɖ pônt v pǎr, wɖ no hayr prṗs? Ɖr śrli hz t b an elimnt v prsnl gen t gt y ǎt v bed in ɖ mornñ, n bî “elimnt”, v cors I mīn “śitlod”.

Ɖs modl v guvnmnt pozz a ʈret t ɖ neśn’z welbiyñ ɖt z far mor pṛfǎnd ɖn smōl-tîm crŭcs n sx́l moṛlîzrz. It rqîrz ɖ sisṭmatic degṛdeśn v ɖ srǎndñ insttyśnz n habits v dmocṛsi. Ɖ 90z anti-slīz ple-bc w’nt wrc in ɖs sićueśn. Ɖ poḷtics w’r witṇsñ nǎ r riyli qt novl, n mst b rec̣gnîzd n dscrîbd az sć. Nstalja c’nt rîz t ɖs ćalinj.

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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ Dominic Cummings, the last thing the troubled civil service needs is your advice

Dominic Cummings had said on entering Downing Street that he wanted a new breed of civil servant to shake up the way Britain is run. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Doṃnic Cumñz, ɖ last ʈñ ɖ trubld sivl srvis nīdz z yr advîs

(Transcription of an Observer article of 18 April 2021)

Ɖ Grīnsil scandl śoz ɖt public srvnts hv bn feṭli compṛmîzd

Nick Cohen

Nic Cown, 18 Epril 2021

Ɖ  rît z mcñ Britn a norml cuntri. I d’nt mīn ɖt az a complimnt, jst az a stetmnt v ɖ dizṃl fact ɖt in most cuntriz it’s norml fr ɖ rūlñ clīc t sīc t limit ɖ indipndns v ɖ jūdiśri, cntrol stețeḷviźn n fil ɖ taxpeyr-fundd sivl srvis wɖ cranci îdịlogz, hu wl scrīć ǎt its mesij, n dronz hu obe its ordrz.

Lîc oʈoṛterịn guvnmnts evrẃr, ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn wonts t rig ɖ sistm. F y ʈnc “ɖt cnd v ʈñ dz’nt hapn hir”, y r suḟrñ fṛm a snṭmntl vrśn v Britiś xpśṇlizm. F y se: “Cm on, it’s histericl t cmper Jonsn t oʈoṛterịn līdrz”, I’m afreid y hv’nt bn peyñ atnśn.

Bcz it involvz ɖ degṛdeśn v ɖ sivl srvis, ɖ Grīnsil scandl z az mć an oṗtyṇti fr Jonsn az a crîsis. Ɖ rît cn yz ɖ fełr v ɖ wrst elimnts in ɖ sivl srvis t īvn acnolij ɖ xistns v besic eʈicl standdz t jusṭfî stufñ public lîf wɖ Tori crancs n dronz.

At līst sm on ɖ rît nǒ it. Lebr cntrasts ɖ īgrnis v ministrz t invstget ɖ sivl srvis wɖ ɖer rluctns t let ɖ rest v ssayti invstget ɖm. Ɖ guvnmnt hz nt publiśt a rejistr v miṇstirịl inṭrests sins last Jlî, phps bcz ɖ fet v ɖ Covid contracts wd mc sć inṭrestñ rīdñ. Ɖ admiṇstreśn cn muv qcli ẃn it wonts t, hvr. Ɖ cabiṇtsecṛtri gev sivl srvnts jst for dez last wīc t rport eni ǎtsd inṭrests ɖt “mt conflict” wɖ sivl-srvis rūlz.

A wel-cnctd Cnsrṿtiv jrṇlist rports in Ɖ Tîmz ɖt “frendz v Doṃnic Cumñz”, hu apir t b so clos t Doṃnic Cumñz y cd olmst mstec ɖm fr Doṃnic Cumñz, wont Jonsn t foc̣s on rformñ ɖ sivl srvis. I bet “hiz frendz” d. Ɖ justiḟceśn fr seṗretñ ɖ byrocṛsi fṛm ɖ guṿnñ parti z ɖt it’s ɖ bst we fr a stet t avôd croniizm n c’rupśn. Ʈnc v ɖ patṛnij poḷtiśnz cd laviś on ɖ feʈfl f ɖs wīc’s reṿleśnz abt ɖ conflicts v inṭrest v s’pozidli ńtṛl ofiślz alǎ ɖm t gt ɖer handz on īvn a part v ɖ sivl-srvis bujit.

“Rform” śd mīn clīnñ p a sistm ẃr sivl srvnts cn b on a bancr’z pêrol n nwn in a pziśn v oʈoṛti ovr ɖm mcs a sqīc v protest. Ɖer ǒn cod, nt ɖt ɖe apir t hv réd it, stets ɖt a sivl srvnt mst “pt ɖ obḷgeśnz v public srvis abv yr ǒn prsnl inṭrests”, an îdiyl ɖt cn b trest bac t 1853 ẃn Wiłm Gladstn ordrd a rvy v ɖ c’rupśn wɖn poḷtics.

Ɖ vīnaḷti ɖt wns wurid Victorịn libṛlz z ecoud in 2021. Ɖ s’qrmnt v plesz in ɖ byrocṛsi fr ɖ p’liticli wel cnctd boɖrd ɖm az mć az stretfwd brîḅri. “Ɖ old istabliśt p’liticl faṃliz hbić̣li batn on ɖ public patṛnij,” wn v Gladstn’z advîzrz cmplend. “Ɖer sunz, l’jitiṃt n iḷjitiṃt, ɖer reḷtivz n dpndnts v evri dgri, r pṛvîdd fr bî ɖ scor.” A pṛfeśnl, imparśl sivl srvis ẃr jobz dpndd on s’xes in opn xaṃneśnz rɖr ɖn neṗtizm n p’liticl prifŕmnt wz Gladstn’z s’lūśn.

Rformrz arnd ɖ wrld rīć ɖ sem cncluźn tde. Suɖn Yṛpiynz yz ɖ absns v a prṃnnt sivl srvis t xplen ẃ c’rupśn z so prevḷnt in Spen n Iṭli. Ɖr z an old, ẃît, Anglo-Saxn protistnt preɉdis ɖt siestaz or Cʈoḷsizm md ɖoz cuntriz slīzi, an attyd y cd olso fînd in Jrṃni n ɖ Neɖrḷndz jrñ ɖ fnanśl crîsis. Suɖn Yṛpiyn p’liticl sayntists unḍstanḍbli prifŕ facts abt hǎ ɖer cuntriz wrc t Wosp condisnśn. Az wn xplend, ẃn a parti winz cntrol v a tipicl Spaniś siti, it handz ǎt jobz t hundṛdz v s’portrz. Mni v ɖm wl fīl ɖ nīd t gt rić qc bî evri aveḷbl mīnz, in ces ɖer parti luzz ɖ nxt ilex́n. Ɖer mastrz, mnẃl, r fri t inrić ɖmslvz wɖt ɖ fir ɖt indipndnt sivl srvnts wl dnǎns ɖm.

Jonsn z rvîvñ ɖ old c’rupśn v ɖ 19ʈ snć̣ri n iṃtetñ ɖ c’rupśn ɖt aflicts mć v ɖ wrld tde. Ẃn h hd pǎr, Cumñz pritndd h wontd t hîr gīci jīńsz t śec p ɖ cuntri. On closr inspx́n, hiz gīcs dd nt trn ǎt t b ɖ starz v Silicn Vali or Jef Goldblūm caṛctrz hu cd sev ɖ wrld fṛm ełn atacs. Ɖe wr crīpi, rîtwñ crancs y wd muv dǎn a tren carij t avôd. Wn obskr figr cōld Andru Sbisci hd t rzîn aftr h wz faund cmndñ yjenics. Jonsn pśt fwd ɖ betr noun bt no les pkłr Ćarlz Mōr n Pōl Decr t tec ovr ɖ reğleśn v public-srvis brōdcastñ bcz h ń h cd rlî on ɖm t flfil ɖ rît’s drīm v mcñ Britn a land ɖt cd host its ǒn vrśn v Fox Nyz.

In Ćîna, Ruśa, n evri wn-parti stet, n in Hunġri, Trci, Bṛzil, ɖ Fiḷpīnz, Poḷnd n ɖ Ynîtd Stets, an īqli importnt fuñśn v stet patṛnij z t mc it clir ɖt loylti t ɖ parti z ɖ bst we t s’kr advansmnt. Y d’nt hv t pṛclem yr s’port fr it, y jst hv t mc śr y ste on its rît sîd.

Lebr publiśt a studi yesṭde ɖt śoud Jonsn hd gvn jobz, advîzñ ɖ guvnmnt or runñ guvnmntprogramz, t 25 v ɖ 94 Cnsrṿtivz MPz hu lost ɖer sīt or std dǎn in ɖ past tū jenṛl ilex́nz. Y wd nǒ sm v ɖer nemz bt most r dronz hu wr rwordd fr gwñ alñ wɖ ɖ līdrśp.

Lebr’z Rećl Rīvz tld m an aṇcdot ẃć I faund mor rvilñ. Tù mni v hr particolīgz r rportñ ɖt biznislīdrz, acdemics n sayntists, hu r trayñ t inflụns guvnmntpoḷsi, hv wōct awe fṛm ɖm, seyñ ɖt ɖ guvnmnt wl śut ɖm ǎt v its dbets f it sspcts ɖm v tōcñ t ɖ opziśn. I’m nt seyñ Tori Ñgḷnd z a wn-parti stet. It’s a softr n mor cloyñ vrśn v oʈoṛterịnizm ɖt aflicts s: a stet ẃr ɖr z no limit on hǎ far yr stypidti cn tec y, az loñ az it sūts ɖ inṭrest v ɖ rūlñ parti, n ẃr y śd cīp on ɖ rît sîd v pǎr or lrn t liv wɖ ɖ consiqnsz.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Rachel Whiteread: ‘I have a clarity I never had before’

Rachel Whiteread with Doppelgänger. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian
Rećl Ẃîtrīd wɖ Doplgañr. Foṭgraf: Jil Mīd/Ɖ Gardịn

Rećl Ẃîtrīd: ‘I hv a claṛti I nvr hd bfr’

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 11 April 2021)

Ɖ artist hz tecn a radicl ny d’rex́n, trnñ hr bac on casts n crietñ sculpćrz fṛm scavinjd mtirịl. Ś xplenz hǎ a bîpolr dạgnosis hz ćenjd hr wrc

Charlotte Higgins

Śarlót Higinz, 11 Epril 2021

Ẃn I last spouc t Rećl Ẃîtrīd, I dclerd loftily ɖt ś wd olwz mc casts, ɖt ś’d nvr d enʈñ els. Bcz ɖt’s ẃt ś’d bn dwñ fr mor ɖn 30 yirz; ɖt wz hr lanḡj. Ś bgan bî castñ ɖ vôd undr a ćer, ɖen ś cast ɖ gap undr a bed. Ś cast tîni, humbl ʈñz – ɖ intirịr v hot-wōtrbotls, rzmḅlñ litl hymn torsoz. Ś went hyj, castñ an intîr rūm, ɖen a hǎs in Bo, īst Lundn. Ɖt wún hr ɖ 1993 Trnr prîz: ś wz ɖ frst wmn n ɖ yungist artist evr t d so, ejd jst 30. Ś went on t cast roz v bc-ślvz, n faśnd ɖm intu ɖ grev, buncrlîc Hoḷcōst mmorịl in Viena. Ś wún Lundn’z Forʈ Plinʈ project, n eligntli skwrd ɖ intîr mońmntl enṭprîz bî castñ ɖ plinʈ itslf in îsi, trnzlūsnt rezin n invrtñ it.

Nn v ɖs hz bn ptiklrli pīsfl. Hǎs bcem a lîtnñ ród fr angri dbets, nt jst abt cntmprri art, bt hǎzñpoḷsi, cḿṇtiz n rjeṇreśn. It tc hr tū yirz t gt it dn n, dspt campenz fr a ste v x’kśn, ɖ wrc std fr a mir six wīcs. Bset bî poḷtics n harṭli opozd in sm qortrz, ɖ Hoḷcōst mmorịl tc fîv yirz. “I’m vri glad I md it,” ś sz, “bt I wd’nt wont t g ʈru enʈñ lîc ɖt agn.” It z hardli s’prîzñ ɖt, in rīsnt yirz, ś’z md ẃt ś cōlz “śî sculpćrz” – a vrśn v a Nisn hut in a forist in Yorx́r, cabinz in ɖ Mhāvi deẓt, a bothǎs on a Norwījn fyord, a śed on Guvnrz Îḷnd in Ny Yorc. Ɖz r rclūsiv ʈñz; xpirịnsñ ɖm rqîrz a qst. N ɖe r ol, wn we or anɖr, casts.

Poltergeist … ‘looks as if it’s been pulled up by something’. Photograph: Prudence Cuming Associates Courtesy Gagosian
Polṭgîst… ‘lcs az f it’s bn pld p bî smʈñ’. Foṭgraf: Prūdns Cumñ Asośịts, crṭsi Ggozịn

Wel, ɖt hz ćenjd. Ẃîtrīd hz md tū mejr ny wrcs, nǎ on vy in Lundn. N ɖe r’nt casts. Aftr 35 yirz, ś hz cmplitli ćenjd hr lanḡj, or rɖr “xpandd mî vcabyḷri”. Ś’z bilt tū huts – yes, ɖr’z a conṭnywti – fṛm rclemd wŭd, bits v trelis n metl, old plancs n twistd bauz. Pentd ẃît, so ɖ lît bǎnsz of ɖm, ɖe r olmst gostli. Ɖe sīm lîc bildñz sm dzastr hz ript ʈru – a huṛcen, or a flud.

Lcñ at ɖ ny wrcs, I ʈt v ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, v unpridictbl weɖr, v refyjīcamps, v pandemics – ɖ fragility v ʈñz in jenṛl. “W’v ol flt it,” ś agriz. “Ɖ s’kṛti v ɖ wrld az w ń it hz bn ʈroun on its hed.” Mcñ ɖ ny wrc ecoud ɖt state v dīp unsrtnti. Ẃn castñ, ś sz, “y hv t nǒ xacli ẃt y r dwñ in advans. I am so yst t imaɉnñ spes bî lcñ at smʈñ n imaɉnñ ẃt it’s gwñ t lc lîc bac t frunt. Ɖt’s hǎ I ʈnc. T d ɖs wz olmst ɖ oṗzit.” Ś wz mcñ it p az ś went alñ, invntñ, impṛvîzñ, bactracñ, buscñ.

Ẃn I sw Ẃîtrīd on ɖt prīvịs oceźn in hr stydio, in 2019, ẃl hr mid-c’rir retṛspctiv wz turñ ɖ wrld, ś śoud m iṃjz v bildñz torn dǎn bî Huṛcen Ctrīna, ẃć devstetd Ny Orliynz in 2005. “At ɖ tîm I hd ɖs mantra in mî hed v wontñ t mc ɖ oṗzit v ẃt I hd olwz bn mcñ,” ś sz, Covid-jabd n distnt, acrs an antiseptic ẃît ofis in Lundn’z Ggozịn gaḷri. “At ɖ tîm, I cd’nt wrc ǎt ẃt it wz, bt I cept c’lectñ ol ɖs mtirịl.”

Bīćcomñ, picñ p dscardd ʈñz, z a habit fṛm ćîldhd, pást dǎn bî hr artistmuɖr n jiogṛfrfaɖr. “Ɖr’z olwz smʈñ in ɖ bac v ɖ car. Ɖ cidz r lîc, ‘Ǒ, riyli? Plīz d’nt pic ɖt p, Mum, it’s imbaṛsñ.’” (Ś n hr huzbnd, Marc̦s Teilr, hv tū sunz.) Ẃîtrīd traid castñ sm v ɖz fîndz – fnsñ, coṛgetd ayn – bt it wz’nt wrcñ. “So I startd nêlñ ʈñz tgɖr n pentñ ɖm.” Ś’z olwz dn a lot v drw̃, n ś riylîzd ɖt ś cd yz stuf ś’d faund t drw – bt in ʈri dmnśnz. Ś cd mc “big drw̃z v ɖ scin n bonz v bildñz; v fleid bildñz; v ʈñz aftr dzastrz”.

Untitled (Crinkle-Crankle), 2018 … resin, aluminium spray and steel, in 3 parts. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian
Untîtld (Crincl-Crancl), 2018… rezin, aḷmińm spre n stīl, in 3 parts. Foṭgraf: Jil Mīd/Ɖ Gardịn

Ẃîtrīd, hu trnz 58 lêtr ɖs munʈ, z a qayt, cntend prezns. Oceźṇli, ɖo, in ɖ mdst v biyñ stretfwd n practicl, ś’l se smʈñ qt wundrfl. On a rīsnt podcast, ś dscrîbd powtri az “ɖ sǎnd v wrdz tućñ ć uɖr”. Ś lafs ẃn I rmînd hr. “Ɖt’s qt gd, z’nt it?” Ś dscrîbz ɖ ny wrc az “ɖ tuć v mtirịl agnst er. Ɖ ʈñ ɖt’s difṛnt abt ɖm z ɖ eyrinis, I ʈnc.” Unlîc ɖ dns prezns v ɖ casts: “meṃri md solid”, az ś wns dscrîbd ɖm.

Cōld Polṭgîst n Doplgañr, ɖ tū ruind huts form a contrast. “Polṭgîst lcs az f it’s bn pld p bî smʈñ,” ś sz. “Doplgañr lcs lîc it’s bn stamt on.” Wn v hr vri rliist sculpćrz wz cōld Gost. It wz a cast v ɖ intirịr v a wordrob, md in 1990 ẃn ś wz 27. Ś hz olwz bn a vri cerfl nemr v hr wrcs, so I réd Polṭgîst az a dlibṛt eco. Jst az Gost wz a stetmnt v intnt, ɖ leyñ dǎn v a lanḡj, so tù z Polṭgîst. Ɖ contrast btwn ɖ tū, ɖo, z stroñ. A polṭgîst z difṛnt fṛm a gost: misćiṿs, mlîn. “Nôzi,” sz Ẃîtrīd, wɖ a smîl. In Jrmn foclor, a doplgañr z olso an uncani ʈñ: ɖ reʈ or aṗriśn v a livñ prsn. Dspt ɖ evidnt forml cntrol, ɖr z smʈñ wîld n unseṭlñ in ɖ ny wrc I hv’nt sìn in hr bfr. Ɖe rmînd m v Luīz Borźwā wrcs, ẃr ś sumnz p ɖ îdīa v a hom bt infyzz it wɖ smʈñ darc n unrūli.

Ẃn Ẃîtrīd śoud ɖ sculpćrz t a frend, an old rezin cast v hrz wz standñ nirbî. “H sd, pôntñ at ɖ cast, ‘Ɖt’s yr cām poetic sîd.’ N h pôntd at Polṭgîst n sd, ‘Ɖt’s yr nuts sîd.’ N ɖt’s xacli rît. Ɖr’z an esns v m in ɖr ɖt I’v nt riyli xplord bfr.” Ś pōzz. Ɖr’z smʈñ els, ś sz.

“I wz dạgnozd az bîpolr et yirz ago. It z inṭrestñ t se ɖt ǎt lǎd. It’s nt smʈñ I’v tōct abt pubḷcli. T gt ɖt dạgnosis at 50 – n I’v bn hospiṭlîzd a fy tîmz – it bròt a sort v claṛti t ʈñz I hd nvr hd bfr.” Ś hz olwz bn an “imośnl spunj”, ś sz. “A ʈñ cn hapn n y sort v unravl.” In ɖ past, ś sz, ś wd’nt hv flt cumftbl tōcñ abt ɖ cndiśn. Bt, ś adz, “It’s a gd ʈñ fr ppl t nǒ ɖt ppl lîc m – s’xesfl ppl – cn b vri il.” Ɖz ny wrcs r part v hr rīćñ an acoṃdeśn wɖ ɖ dạgnosis, īvn harṇsñ it. “I’m nǎ ebl t tec a step bac n se, ‘I nǒ ẃt’s gwñ on.’ N nt compartmnṭlîz it, bt t unḍstand n yz it in sm we. It’s féd intu mî crịtivti in a we ẃć I ʈnc z clir.”

It only stood for six weeks … Whiteread on the steps of House in 1993. Photograph: Richard Baker/Alamy
It onli std fr six wīcs … Ẃîtrīd on ɖ steps v Hǎs in 1993. Foṭgraf: Rićd Becr/Aḷmi

W tōc v uɖr ʈñz. I’m krịs t nǒ hr ʈts abt ɖ cōlz t bild a mońmnt cmeṃretñ Covid-19. In Lundn, on ɖ Tmz imbancmnt oṗzit ɖ Palis v Wsminstr, ɖ Naśnl Covid Mmorịl Wōl hz spruñ p – an ofiśl-sǎndñ nem fr smʈñ ɖt z in fact informl, ɖ brenćîld v a campengrūp, ɖ Covid-19 B’rivd Faṃliz fr Justis. It cnsists v harts drwn on t ɖ wōl bî voḷntirz, ć reprizntñ smwn lost. It’s cḿṇterịn, modist n vri muvñ. I’d sìn it ɖ īvnñ bfr, so śo Ẃîtrīd sm picćrz. “Ɖt’s bytifl,” ś sz, swîpñ ʈru. “D I ʈnc it śd b fixt in tîm, md prṃnnt? I ʈnc it śd b left jst t b n ɖen graɉli dis’pir. T hv its qaytnis.”

Ẃt abt sm mor lastñ marcr? “Y c’nt mmorịlîz smʈñ ɖt’s stl gwñ on,” ś sz. “Y nīd t hv sm tîm n distns t ʈnc abt ẃt it wz.” Ś sz ś hz trnd dǎn ol cndz v aproćz t mc mmorịlz. Ś wz īvn aproćt t sbmit îdīaz fr Grǎnd Ziro in Ny Yorc. Ś jst cd’nt cnsidr it: tù sn. Instd, 15 yirz aftr 9/11, ś md ɖ meḷnc̦li, qayt wrc Cabin on Guvnrz Îḷnd, ẃć lcs d’recli ǎt t ɖ twin tǎrz sait. It’s mć mor oblic n opn-endd ɖn a stretfwd mmorịl.Ś hz form, v cors, wɖ ɖ ofiśl ŕbn mońmnt, n z prǎd v ɖ Viena Hoḷcōst Mmorịl. “It’s riyli dwñ its job,” ś sz. Ẃć z ẃt? “Wel, in Viena it’s job z t b clir abt ẃt hapnd. Ɖr wz an ōfl lot v fuzinis arnd verịs iśuz. Cidz dd’nt riyli nǒ ẃt hd hapnd.” Ś’d nvr hv dn it, ɖo, wɖt hvñ spent yirz ʈncñ abt ɖ wor n ɖ Hoḷcōst. A frend v hr peṛnts’, ẃn ś wz growñ p in Esix n Lundn, wz a svîvr v ɖ consntreśncamp Belsen, n h tld hiz storiz. Ɖen, in ɖ aftrmaʈ v ɖ Trnr prîz, ś went t liv in Brlin fr a ẃl, n ʈt dīpli abt ɖ leġsi v ɖ Hoḷcōst, rīdñ wîdli n viẓtñ camps. “F I hd’nt hv dn ɖt, I wd nvr hv atmtd t mc a mmorịl, or coment on it.”

‘It’s really doing its job’ … Whiteread’s Vienna Holocaust Memorial. Photograph: Michael Brooks/Alamy
‘It’s riyli dwñ its job’ … Ẃîtrīd’z Viena Hoḷcōst Mmorịl. Foṭgraf: Mîcl Brŭcs/ Aḷmi

I wundr tù abt hr tec on ɖ cuṛnt culćrwor ovr staćuz, stǒct in Ñgḷnd bî Tori ministrz. Ẃt dz ś ʈnc śd hapn t mmorịlz t slevtredrz n impirịlists? Ś hz no majic ansr. “I’m nt śr ẃt wn dz wɖ ɖm. I d’nt ʈnc ɖe śd b mltd dǎn. I ʈnc ɖe nīd t b comntd on. Mbi ɖt mīnz tecñ ɖm ǎt v ɖer spot n ptñ ɖm in a ḿziym. I’m nt śr ɖt’s a gd ʈñ – bt it’s a mor īẓli djstbl we v dīlñ wɖ it.” Bt, az ś pônts ǎt, it’s a priti rer probḷm. “Let’s fes it, most v ɖz bronz sculpćrz, nwn’z got a fucñ clu hu ɖe r, ẃt ɖe dd or ẃ ɖe dd it.”

Ś srtnli dz’nt ʈnc ɖ ansr z t pt p a hol lod mor staćuz, t “baḷns ǎt” repriznteśn. “Z’nt ɖr a mor inṭrestñ we v lcñ at smwn ɖn a bust, or a fiğṛtiv vrśn v ɖm ɖt francli ofn z’nt vri wel drwn or sculptd?” Ɖt cnd v staću b’loñz t ɖ past, ś ʈncs, t ɖ prīfotgrafic ej. “Ɖ wrld hz muvd on n I ʈnc w nīd t cntiny muvñ on.”
W trn ǎr atnśn bac t hr sculpćrz. Ś’z ićñ t d mor. “It’s jst ɖ bginñ v ɖ advnćr,” ś sz. It hz bn liḅretñ: les v an inṭlecćl jrni ɖn ɖ casts, mor intywtiv – a ces v dscuṿrñ unćartd teritri. Ɖ nōticl frêz mcs m rmembr ɖt I wns sw on hr stydio wōl a postcard v Ɖ Raft v ɖ Mdysa bî Géricault. It’s stl ɖr, ś sz. F hr casts r pôzd, forml n cntrold, ecowñ ɖ riɖmic rūmz n dīp pspctiv v hr feṿrit Rnesns pentr, Piero della Francesca, ɖen ɖ ny sculpćrz hv mor v ɖ spirit v Géricault’z śiprec mastrpìs – n v ǎr unsrtn, teṛfayñ tîmz. Lîc ɖoz stricn sêlrz, ɖ wrcs sīm t se, w r ol jst clññ on, trayñ t svîv.

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• Rećl Ẃîtrīd’z ny xbiśn, Intrnl Objicts, runz at Ggozịn, Lundn, fṛm 12 Epril t 6 Jūn 2021.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Bolsonaro’s ‘genocidal’ Covid response has led to Brazilian catastrophe, Dilma Rousseff says

Dilma Roussefff told the Guardian: ‘We are adrift on an ocean of hunger and disease … It truly is an utterly extreme situation that we’re witnessing in Brazil.’ Photograph: Ricardo Maldonado Rozo/EPA

Bolsonaro’z ‘jeṇsîdl’ Covid rspons hz léd t Bṛziłn ctastṛfi, Dilma Rousseff sz

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 10 April 2021)

Formr prezidnt tlz Gardịn Bṛzil fesz phps grevist momnt in its hisṭri n z ‘adrift on an ośn v hungr n dziz’

Tom Phillips is the Guardian's Latin America correspondent

Tom Filips in Rio de Janeiro, 10 Epril 2021

Jair Bolsonaro’z pvrs n “jeṇsîdl” rspons t wn v ɖ wrld’z dedliist Covid ǎtbrecs hz left Bṛzil “adrift on an ośn v hungr n dziz”, ɖ cuntri’s formr prezidnt Dilma Rousseff hz clemd.

Spīcñ t ɖ Gardịn ɖs wīc – az Bṛzil’z c’roṇvîṛs deʈtol hit devstetñ ny hîts, wɖ mor ɖn 12,000 deʈs in ɖ last ʈri dez – Rousseff sd hr cuntri fest phps ɖ grevist momnt in its hisṭri.

“W r livñ ʈru an xtrimli dṛmatic sićueśn in Bṛzil bcz w hv no guvnmnt, no stywdśp v ɖ crîsis,” sd Rousseff, a formr leftist g’ríla hu wz prezidnt fr jst ovr fîv yirz untl hr contṛvrśl 2016 impićmnt.

“W r siyñ 4,200 deʈs p’ de nǎ n evrʈñ sjsts ɖt f nʈñ ćenjz w’l rīć 5,000… Yt ɖr z an abṣlutli rpulsiv norṃlîześn v ɖs riaḷti undr we. Hǎ cn y norṃlîz ɖ 4,211 deʈs rejistrd [on Tyzde]?” Rousseff asct az Bṛzil’z ofiśl deʈtol rouz t ovr 345,000, secnd onli t ɖ YS.

Bṛzil’z frst fīmel prezidnt, lîc a growñ numbr v sitiznz, b’livz mć v ɖ blem le wɖ Bolsonaro, a far-rît popylist huz antisạntific rspons t ẃt h cōlz a “litl flu” hz md him an inṭnaśnl bôgiman. Opińnpoulz n potbaññ protests sjst growñ public angr at ɖ Trump-admîrñ poḷtiśn hu wz ilectd in 2018 aftr Rousseff’z mntr, formr prezidnt Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, wz jeld n privntd fṛm runñ bî a juj hu lêtr jônd Bolsonaro’z cabiṇt.

Rousseff clemd Bolsonaro’z saḅtājñ v cntenmnt n vax̣neśn eḟts, rfyzl t ordr a locdǎn n fełr t ofr adiqt ic̣nomic s’port t ɖ pur hd cntribytd t a traɉdi v “caṭstrofic pṛporśnz”.

“I’m nt seyñ Bṛzil wd’nt hv sufrd deʈs [wɖ a difṛnt rspons] – ol cuntriz dd,” ś sd. “I’m seyñ ɖt part v ɖ levl v deʈs hir z funḍmnṭli dǎn t inc̣rect p’liticl dsiźnz, ẃć r stl biyñ tecn.”

Bṛzil’z brecdǎn wz olso an inṭnaśnl ʈret. “Ɖ absns v an ifctiv fît agnst ɖ pandemic [in Bṛzil] līdz t smʈñ xtrimli sirịs: ɖ imrjns v ɖ so-cōld ny verịnts, ẃć r hîli infx́s n hv incrist ɖ numbr v deʈs in neḅrñ cuntriz,” Rousseff sd, pôntñ t hǎ Sǎʈ Americn nebrz wr clozñ ɖer bordrz fr fir v ɖ mor cntejs P1 verịnt linct t Bṛzil’z Aṃzn.

Mni critics nǎ argy Bolsonaro’z ax́nz amǎnt t “jeṇsîd” – n Rousseff sd ś wz amñ ɖm.

“I yz ɖt wrd. Ẃt caṛcṭrîzz ɖ act v jeṇsîd z ẃn y ple a dlibṛt rǒl in ɖ deʈ v a popyleśn on a masiv scel,” ɖ 73-yir-old sd fṛm hr hom in Porto Alegre, wn v mni sitiz ẃr hospitlz hv bn oṿẃlmd n doctrz forst t ple God.

“It’s nt ɖ wrd [jeṇsîd] ɖt inṭrests m – it’s ɖ consept. N ɖ consept z ɖs: rsponsbiḷti fr deʈs ɖt cd hv bn avôdd.”

On Ʈrzde, Bṛzil’z s’prīm cort ordrd a cngreśnl invstgeśn intu ɖ guvnmnt’s conduct – a śocmuv ɖt xprts cōld a mejr blo t Bolsonaro, hu stl injôz ɖ s’port v abt a ʈrd v votrz bt fesz record levlz v rjx́n.

Bolsonaro in March. Brazil’s official death toll is more than 345,000. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
Bolsonaro in Marć. Bṛzil’z ofiśl deʈtol z mor ɖn 345,000. Foṭgraf: Ueslei Marcelino/Rôtrz

Bṛzil’z dzastr – ẃć z biyñ trboćarjd bî ɖ P1 verịnt – z xpctd t dīpn frɖr in ɖ cmñ dez. Mor ɖn 66,000 Bṛziłn lîvz wr lost t Covid in Marć. Epril’z deʈtol z xpctd t xid 100,000. On Frîde ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn sīńr advîzr Brūs Êlẉd cōld ɖ ǎtbrec “a rejñ infrno”.

“It’s despṛt. T b onist, I c’nt slīp proprli. I g t bed wɖ ɖz numbrz n siḿleśnz in mî hed n I jst c’nt ʈnc stret,” sd Miguel Nicolelis, a prominnt sayntist huz grim pṛjx́nz abt ɖ ǎtbrec hv rpitidli bn cnfrmd.

“Ɖ YS hd wn de wɖ mor ɖn 5,000 deʈs n w’r gwñ t oṿtec ɖ YS – in ɖ numbr v dêli deʈs n probbli in ɖ totl numbr v ftaḷtiz tù,” Nicolelis pridictd.

“W’r gwñ t start siyñ bodiz pîlñ p in ǎr hlʈclinics n ppl dayñ in ɖ strīts sn in ɖ bigist siti in Bṛzil,” h sd v São Paulo, cōlñ fr a wn-munʈ neśnwîd locdǎn n ɖ cloźr v rodz, erports n rivrz.

Rousseff olso rjd an imīɉt śutdǎn, olɖo Bolsonaro hz rpitidli rjctd ɖt îdīa, apaṛntli firñ it wd cripl ɖ icoṇmi n hiz hops v riilex́n in 2022. “Ɖr wl b no neśnwîd locdǎn,” Bolsonaro insistd jrñ a trip t suɖn Bṛzil ɖs wīc.

Spīcñ ǎtsd hiz rezidns on Tyzde, Bolsonaro, 66, śrugd of criṭsizm. “[I’v bn cōld] hoṃfobic, resist, fasist, a torćrr … Nǎ I’m jeṇsîdl,” h smrct. “Z ɖr enʈñ I’m nt t blem fr in Bṛzil?”

Rousseff agrìd Bolsonaro wz nt ɖ onli culprit fr ɖ Covid c’laṃti śecñ hr cuntri, n ɖ wrld. Ś olso blemd ɖ ic̣nomic ilits, militri ćīfs, mīdịmǒglz n poḷtiśnz hu hlpt ɖ rîtwñ xtrimist win pǎr bî bacñ hr rmuvl fṛm ofis n ɖen ćirñ Lula’z dǎnfōl n Bolsonaro’z rîz. Wrldlīdrz includñ Doṇld Trump hd olso handld ɖ pandemic dzastṛsli.

“Ppl wl hv t b hld rsponsbl fr ɖ ctastṛfi ɖt hz bn enɉnird in Bṛzil,” Rousseff sd, ćartñ its cuṛnt tribyleśnz bac t hr sspnśn fṛm ofis xacli fîv yirz ago fr alejidli mnipyletñ ɖ bujit t masc ic̣nomic mleiz.

“Bolsonaro z a product v ɖs… orijinl sin: ɖ impićmnt,” ś sd v ẃt hr s’portrz cōl a p’liticli-drivn “cù”.

On Súnde 16 Epril 2016, Bolsonaro, ɖen an obskr congresmn, wz wn v 367 depytiz hu apruvd Rousseff’z impićmnt jrñ an unrūli seśn in ẃć h dedcetd hiz vot t a dictetrśp-ira torćrr hu oṿsw ɖ abys v leftist reblz sć az hr.

Bac ɖen, Rousseff sd ś hd nvr imajind Bolsonaro wd wn de bcm prezidnt. Nr cd ś invizij Bṛzil fesñ tde’z imrjnsi undr mor inadiqt līdrśp. “Ɖ riaḷti z wrs ɖn enʈñ I cd hv poṣbli imajind. It’s az f w’r adrift. W r adrift on an ośn v hungr n dziz… It trūli z an utrli xtrim sićueśn ɖt w’r witṇsñ in Bṛzil.”

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on dark skies: we need them

Walkers look up into the night sky above Twistleton Scar in the Yorkshire Dales national park - the largest dark sky reserve in the UK. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
Wōcrz lc p intu ɖ nîtscî abv Twisltn Scar in ɖ Yorx́r Dêlz naśnl parc – ɖ larjist darc-scî rzrv in ɖ YC. Foṭgraf: Dani Lwsn/PA

Đ Gardịn vy on darc scîz: w nīd ɖm

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 7 April 2021)

Lîtp’lūśn z cilñ insects n brdz – n an enćnt hymn cnx́n wɖ ɖ hevnli bodiz

7 Epril 2021

Svir lîtp’luśn in Britn apirz t hv fōḷn, acordñ t ɖ CPRÑ, ɖ cuntrisîd ćaṛti. Acrs a wīc in Febrri, ɖ ćaṛti asct voḷntirz t lc p n cǎnt ɖ starz ɖe cd si. Ɖ rzults sjst ɖt 51% v ptisipnts wr xpirịnsñ svir lîtp’luśn, cmperd t 61% ɖ prīvịs yir – an ifct, ɖ ćaṛti cncludd, v darcr tǎn n siti sntrz, dy t locdǎn. Sadli, ɖo, ɖ ovr-ol trend z wuriyñ: hymn iluṃneśn v ɖ planit z growñ bî 2% a yir. Ɖs hz sirịs consiqnsz: ɖr z mǎntñ evidns ɖt lîtp’luśn z a sirịs cntribytñfactr t ẃt hz bn cōld ɖ “insect apoc̣lips”. Disorịntd bî lît, brdz olso dî az ɖe mîgret ovr sitiz: a dstresñ 100,000 a yir s’cum ovr Ny Yorc Siti, cnfyzd bî ɖ iluṃneśn v ɖ scîscreprz. Ɖ s’lūśn z simpl n obvịs: t trn uņesṣri lîts of – olso sevñ eṇji – n t śêd ɖoz rqîrd at strīt levl.

Lîtp’luśn olso hz ɖ ifct v dīraṣnetñ hymnz in dnsli popyletd eriaz fṛm ẃt wz wns a vivid, intns, n ofn dīpli jenṛtiv rleśnśp wɖ ɖ nîtscî. In enćnt Baḅlońa, astroṇmi wz inxtricbli linct wɖ ɖ dveḷpmnt v branćz v maʈ̇matics, wɖ cozmoḷji n diṿneśn, n wɖ ɖ istabliśmnt v caḷndrz. Rli Grīc f’loṣfrz n maʈṃtiśnz wr olso cnsrnd wɖ ɖ arenjmnt v ɖ hevnli bodiz, borowñ heṿli fṛm ɖer īstn fōrberz t trî t unḍstand ɖ yṇvrs n ɖ hymn ples wɖn it. Starz, v cors, hv bn yzd sins tîm immorịl t hlp hymn biyñz muv arnd ɖ planit: Poḷnīźnz yzd a renj v meʈ̇dz, includñ starnaṿgeśn, t travl pṛdijs distnsz acrs ɖ Psific.

Ɖ starz olso bròt a wlʈ v storiz t mni culćrz in ɖer fîri wecs. Ɖ Gret Ber, or Ursa Mejr, wz wns ɖ Arcedịn prinsis C’listo, a seliḅt folowr v ɖ huntrgodes Arṭmis. Aftr ś wz rept bî ɖ god Ziys ś wz, in an rli xampl v victimblemñ, trnsformd intu a ber. Hr hymn bebi wz tecn awe fṛm hr n rezd at hiz granfaɖr’z cort; ẃn h grù p h wnt ǎt huntñ n, nt recgnîzñ hiz ŕsîn muɖr, wd hv cild hr, hd ɖe nt bʈ bn trnd intu consṭleśnz – h ɖ Litl Ber, Ursa Mînr. Or tec Casịpīa: ɖ consṭleśn z ofn rec̣gnîzd bcz it lcs lîc ɖ letr “W”, bt trn it on its sîd n y’l si an Īʈiopịn qīn on hr ʈron.

A woćr v ɖ scîz rīćz bynd ɖ evride intu ō – or cumḟt. CS Luis cmperd Dante’z cnspśn v ɖ cozmos, az h wz léd ʈru it on hiz jrni in ɖ Dvîn Coṃdi, t biyñ “cnductd ʈru an imns cʈīdṛl” az opozd t ɖ post-Inlîtnmnt viźn v ɖ nîtscî, in ẃć w fīl w r “lost in a śorlis sì”. Bt ẃtvr w fīl ẃn w lc p at nît, w instñtivli fīl ɖt w r in ɖ prezns v smʈñ mgnifisnt, smʈñ gretr ɖn ɖ mir humdrum. W, jst lîc uɖr animlz on Rʈ, despṛtli nīd ǎr darc scîz.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Under cover of Covid, Poland is stifling free media – and all Europe should be worried

Gazeta Wyborcza’s front page reads ‘Media without choice’ in February, protesting against the new media tax. Photograph: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Getty Images
Gazeta Wyborcza’z frunt pej rīdz ‘Mīdia wɖt ćôs’ in Febrri, pṛtstñ agnst ɖ ny mīdịtax. Foṭgraf: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Undr cuvr v Covid, Poḷnd z stîḟlñ fri mīdia – n ol Yṛp śd b wurid

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 8 April 2021)

A pland ‘c’roṇvîṛs tax’ on reṿnyz, tgɖr wɖ atacs on foṛn-ǒnd mīdia, ʈretnz t cut awe dmocṛsi pìs bî pìs

Tiṃʈi Gartn Aś, 8 Epril 2021

Dmocṛsi dîz in darcnis. Wn v ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn’z most frajîl dmocṛsiz, Poḷnd, nǎ fesz ɖ spectr v ɖ nît ɖt fōlz ẃn public-srvis mīdia hv bn trnd intu propganda orgnz fr a rūlñparti ẃl prîṿt, indipndnt mīdia r suḟcetd. In ɖ end, lît z cast no mor on ɖ felñz n abysz v ɖoz in pǎr, bcz ɖr r no mor torćz t śîn ɖt lît. Hunġri – ẃć z no longr a dmocṛsi – hz olmst rīćt ɖt twîlîtmomnt, wɖ ɖ xtñśn v its last mejr indipndnt rediosteśn.

Poḷnd z stl a loñ we fṛm dusc, bt ɖ ʈret z riyl. In ɖ Wrld Presfrīdm Indx, ɖ cuntri hz sunc fṛm 18ʈ in 2015, ahd v Britn n Frans, t 62nd last yir. (Hunġri z dǎn at 89ʈ.)

F y woćt onli Pǒliś stețeḷviźn nyz ovr ɖ last fortnît, y wd hv no îdīa ɖt Poḷnd z cuṛntli amñ ɖ cuntriz dwñ ɖ wrst jrñ ɖ pandemic. Acordñ t Blūmbrg’z Covid-rziłns rancñ, Poḷnd hz fōḷn t 50ʈ ples amñ ɖ wrld’z 53 larjist icoṇmiz, wɖ onli Bṛzil, ɖ Ćeh Rpublic n Mx̣co pformñ wrs. Bt swić on ɖ ofiśl nyz n, aftr brīf mnśn v ɖ lêtist Covid figrz, ɖr r loñ îtmz abt hǎ ɖ guvnmnt z spīdñ p ɖ vax̣neśncampen, wɖ ɖ hlp v ɖ wundrfl armi, n hǎ teṛbl ɖ opziśn’z record wz on public hlʈ ẃn it wz in pǎr. In uɖr “nyz”, y lrn hǎ briłnt Poḷnd’z rleśnz r wɖ ɖ YS, ispeṣ́li in dfns; hǎ mć muni ɖ guvnmnt z pumpñ intu ɖ relwez n locl guvnmnt; hǎ Crisćnz r biyñ prṣktd ol ovr ɖ wrld; n hǎ a grev wz rīsntli uncuvrd śowñ mor victimz v wortîm Jrmn okpeśn. Ɖ propganda z mor xtrim bt olso mor scilfl ɖn jrñ ɖ last deced v coḿnist rūl.

Onli ẃn y trn t ɖ indipndnt TVN24 nyz d y si ftij v loñ cȳz v ambyḷnsz wêtñ ǎtsd hospitlz bcz ɖr r no mor intnsiv-cer bedz, n hír doctrz xplenñ hǎ teṛbl ɖ public-hlʈ sićueśn riyli z. TVN24 z nt BBC-imparśl, bt it dz sirịs jrṇlizm n gvz y ɖ uɖr sîd v ɖ stori. Ɖ sem “tū riaḷtiz” xpirịns cn b hd swićñ fṛm stet t prîṿt redio, or fṛm guvnmnt-s’portñ peprz t indipndnt n opziśn wnz.

Sć a hîpr-poḷrîzd public sfir z olrdi bad inuf, az w si in ɖ YS, bt nǎ ɖ rūlñ Lw n Justis parti hz lōnćt a sisṭmatic atac on indipndnt mīdia. Ɖ meʈ̇dz r stret ǎt v Viktor Orbán’z ple-bc in Hunġri. Public-sectr advtîzñ n sbscripśnz r wɖdrwn fṛm indipndnt mīdia. Ol sorts v reğletri śiceṇri z yzd agnst ɖm. Public muni z pumt intu stet teḷviźn n redio. A “pandemictax” z pṛpozd on mīdia advtîzñreṿny. A pṛjctd lw on ɖ “rīpǒḷnîześn” v mīdia wd targit foṛn ǒnrz v ɖ bigist indipndnt ǎtlets. A stet-ǒnd petṛlcumṗni, PKN Orlen, huz bos z a Lw n Justis parti croni, baiz bʈ a mejr presdstribytr, Ruch, n ɖ larjist netwrc v rījnl nyzpeprz, Polska Pres. Ɖ most criticl peprz r bombardd wɖ lwsūts. Gazeta Wyborcza cǎnts mor ɖn 60 lwsūts, includñ wn fṛm ɖ justisministr in prsn. N, az Yṛpiyn līgl oʈoṛtiz hv rpitidli dtrmind, ɖ indipndns v Pǒliś corts hz bn so far irodd ɖt y cn no longr rlî on a fer trîl.

Ɖs z ɖt old Hungerịn speśiaḷti, s’lāmitactics: iliṃnetñ frīdm slîs bî slîs.

Pǒliś mīdia n sivl ssayti r rzistñ stroñli, bt ɖe nīd a litl hlp fṛm ɖer frendz. Ɖ YS matrz inorṃsli hir. Ɖ Lw n Justis guvnmnt n prezidnt, Andrzej Duda, mc mć v ɖer speśl rleśnśp wɖ Wośñtn. Bt ɖe wr stroñ s’portrz v Doṇld Trump, hu in rtrn gev Duda ilectṛl asistns last sumr. Ɖ admiṇstreśn v Jo Bîdn oz ɖm no fevrz, n it hz an ajnda ɖt clemz t b stroñ on dmocṛsi n hymn rîts. Az wel az dfndñ TVN, ẃć z ǒnd bî ɖ YS cumṗni Dscuṿri, Wośñtn śd nǎ hîlît indipndnt mīdia az ɖ frunt-lîn v dfndñ dmocṛsi in Poḷnd.

Britn cǎnts fr les ɖn it wns dd in Worsw bcz v Brexit bt, alñ wɖ uɖr libṛl dmocṛsiz sć az Caṇda n Ostreła, it cn hlp trn ɖ spotlît on ɖs iśu. Jrṃni z v ɖ frst importns, n a Jrmn-Swis grūp, Ringier Axel Springer, ǒnz wn v ɖ most importnt Pǒliś onlîn platformz, Onet.pl, ɖ tablôd Fakt n a līdñ wīcli, Nyzwīc Polska. Ɖ Pǒliś guvnmnt trîz t sîḷns Brlin bî constntli brññ p ɖ secnd wrldwor, bt ɖ propr lésn fṛm ɖt hisṭri z nt ɖt Jrṃni mst b ptiklrli retisnt on ɖz iśuz. It z prisîsli bcz v ɖt teṛbl past ɖt Jrṃni śd b ɖ frst t spīc p fr frīdm n hymn rîts.

Most importnt, n most probḷmatic, z ɖ YY. Wn v ɖ most dpresñ dscuṿriz v ɖ last fy yirz z ɖt ɖ YY, ẃć spendz so mć tîm tōcñ abt dmocṛsi, z pʈeticli inifctiv ẃn it cmz t dfndñ dmocṛsi insd its ǒn membrstets. Nǎ it z gwñ t hand ǎt mni mor biłnz v yroz t ɖoz stets, bʈ fṛm ɖ YY-wîd post-Covid rcuṿrifund n fṛm ɖ blóc’s ny sevn-yir bujit. Hyj sumz wl g d’recli t ɖ popylist naśṇlist guvnmnts in Worsw n Byḍpest, wɖ onli miniml cndiśnz ataćt. Most v ɖoz gret invstmnts trumṗtd on Pǒliś stețeḷviźn nyz r dn wɖ ɖ hlp v YY muni. At ɖ vri līst, ɖ YY śd mc it cristl-clir ɖt, undr sngl-marcit rūlz, foṛn mīdia ǒnrz me on no acǎnt b dscriṃnetd agnst. It śd dstribyt a sgnificnt ćunc v ɖ ny muni d’recli ʈru locl guvnmnt – az sjstd bî ɖ mẹrz v Worsw n Byḍpest. N it śd criet a sbstanśl YY fund fr ɖ dfns v mīdịfrīdm acrs ɖ continnt.

Last wīc, ɖ līdrśp v Poḷnd’z Lw n Justis parti bgan tōcs wɖ Orbán n Matteo Salvini v Iṭli abt formñ a ny popylist naśṇlist grūpñ in ɖ YY. It z nt jst dmocṛsi in Poḷnd ɖt z at stec hir; it z dmocṛsi in Yṛp az a hol.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The Brexit elite cannot hope to fool us for much longer

Boris Johnson: vaulting ambition, but varying convictions. Photograph: Getty Images
Boris Jonsn: vōltñ ambiśn, bt vẹriyñ cnvix́nz. Foṭgraf: Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Brexit ilit canot hop t fūl s fr mć longr

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 4 April 2021)

Ex̣tñ ɖ YY wz nt gd fr Britn. Grīd dd nt brñ s ɖ vaxīn. Jonsn’z naṛtivz wl nt stand ɖ lît v de

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 4 Epril 2021

Ɖr cn b fy ppl hu hv nt at sm stej in ɖer lîvz felt ɖt ɖe hd bn “tecn fr a rîd” or cond. Yt ɖt, I ʈnc, wl b ɖ dōnñ rịlîześn v a fer pṛporśn v ɖ 37% v ɖ ilectṛt hu – wɖt, in most cesz, hvñ ɖ fentist îdīa v ɖ impḷceśnz – votd on 23 Jūn 2016 t līv ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn.

Nǎ, yẓ́li, f wn z cond, it z ovr sm reḷtivli mînr matr in ɖ gret scīm v ʈñz, n wn lrnz wn’z lésn. Bt ẃn a sgnificnt part v a cuntri z tecn fr a rîd, it canot b dsmist az a trivịl matr fṛm ẃć it cn īẓli rcuvr.

Sć, I b’liv, z ɖ cndiśn v ɖ YC at ɖ momnt. I rīd ol ɖs stuf abt “Teflon Jonsn” – a prim̦inistr upn hūm ɖ sún nvr sets n t hūm no akześn stics, hvr jusṭfaid. N I nǒ ɖt ɖ Brexitrz r hvñ a “cloʈ v gold” de, luvñ ɖ fact ɖt ɖ unḍstanḍbl obseśn wɖ ɖ Pleg z obskrñ ɖ damij biyñ cōzd bî Brexit – damij ẃć z nt obskr t ɖ ʈǎzndz v smōl n mīdịm-sîzd bizṇsz huz vri fyćr z at stec, mni v ẃć r hvñ t set p oṗreśnz wɖn – ges ẃt – ɖ YY’z sngl marcit.

Nɖr wl it b at ol obskr, ẃn ɖ Covid rstrix́nz r ivnć̣li īzd, t a hol jeṇreśn v yuñ ppl hu hv groun p injoyñ ɖ frīdm t travl, tec Irazṃs scoḷrśps n wrc enẃr in ɖ YY.

At tîmz v naśnl crîsis, it pez t lisn t ɖ gret plêraits. Raitñ in ɖ Ny Stetsmn, Devid Hér mcs ɖ pônt ɖt ɖ riyl culprits in ɖ Brexit fiasco r nt ɖ “red wōl” victimz v an osteṛti-indyst discntnt roñli atribytd t ǎr membrśp v ɖ YY. No: ɖe r cumftbli of membrz v an influenśl ilit. Hér raits: “Ɖ ppl hu wr despṛt t pl Britn awe fṛm its jịgraficl murñz wr az lîcli t b faund in Naitsbrij az in Hartḷpūl. Ɖ līdr v ɖ YC Indipndns Parti, Nîjl Farāj, hu pt ɖ fir v God intu ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, wz a stocbrocr. Hiz prinsipl ćirlīdrz wr pres ǒnrz, peid-up membrz v an ilit hu ol livd abrōd: Rūṗt Mrdoc, Lord Roɖ̇mir n ɖ Barcli bruɖrz.”

Ɖe srtnli pt ɖ fir v God intu Devid Camṛn, wɖ hiz il-jujd reḟrendm – n, v cors, vōltñ ambiśn pswedd influenśl poḷtiśnz sć az Jonsn n Gov t g alñ fr ɖ rîd. Ɖen ɖr wr ɖ dludd bt ol-tù-ifctiv odbōlz (hiz ǒn wrd) sć az “Î-Tst” Cumñz, hu argyd ɖt Brexit wd b gd fr ɖ YC’z saynsbes. Unforćṇtli, ɖ rvrs z pruvñ t b ɖ ces. Smwn fr hūm I hv rɖr mor rspct ɖn ɖ igrījs Cumñz z Sr Pōl Nrs, d’rectr v ɖ Fransis Cric Insttyt n a Nobél lorịt. H sz: “Sm v ɖ cuts w’v bn hírñ abt wd b caṭstrofic, īvn existnśl.”

Jst az hlʈ n uɖr isnśl wrcrz hv cm p trumps jrñ ɖ pleg, so Britn’z sayntists hv rizn t ɖ fōr in ɖ impresivli rapid dveḷpmnt v vaxīnz. It śd nvr b fgotn ɖt Jonsn rīsntli dclerd: “Ɖ rīzn w hv ɖ vaxīns’xes z bcz v capiṭlizm, bcz v grīd, mî frendz.” Luc̣li, Jonsn hz hiz eṇmiz wɖn ɖ preznt, larjli godḟsecn, Cnsrṿtiv-Brexit parti n ɖs rmarc wz imīɉtli līct. Ǒ, jst a joc, sd hiz frendz. No, yr onr: I sbmit ɖt ɖs wz ɖ tru Jonsn. At a tîm ẃn h pez lipsrvis t cerrz, ɖ man w hv t cōl prim̦inistr z a d’nt-cerr.

Wêt a minit: Jonsn’s preșecṛtri sz ɖ PM “dz b’liv in ɖ wîdr prínsiplz v integṛti n oṇsti”. V cors! Cocniz hv a trm fr hiz sort: h’z a wîd bô.

Evrwn nz ɖt it wz ɖ NHS n ǎr sayntists hu cem t ɖ resk, nt grīd or capiṭlizm. Morovr, ɖr z nʈñ Britn dd t dveḷp ɖ vaxīn ɖt w cd nt hv dn wɖn ɖ YY. Indd, nwñ az I d hǎ mć Britiś inflụns in Bruslz wz aprīśietd bî uɖr membrstets, I sspct ɖt f w hd rmend insd ɖ yńn w śd hv actd az a beṇfiśnt inflụns, privntñ ɖm fṛm gtñ intu sć a tangl ovr vaxīnz.

In hiz novl Ɖ Ʈri Clarcs, Ánṭni Troḷp rout v ɖ 19ʈ-snć̣ri prim̦inistr Sr Roḅt Pīl: “Psteṛti wl pônt at him az a poḷtiśn wɖt a poḷsi, az a stetsmn wɖt a prínsipl, az a wrśpr at ɖ ōltr v xpīdịnsi, t hūm nɖr vǎz sworn t frendz nr decḷreśnz md t hiz cuntri, wr in eni we bîndñ.’

Rmînd y v enwn? Bt Pīl cnductd sevṛl spectaklr U-trnz, nt līst on ɖ cornlwz n Caʈ̇lic imanṣpeśn. F onli Jonsn wr t d an U-trn on Brexit n, lîc Pīl, pt cuntri bfr parti.

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