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In Ñspel: The Observer view on Boris Johnson hurting the country and shaming his party

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on 15 January 2022)

Wɖ hiz lîz n hipocṛsi, ɖ prim̦inistr hz c’ruptd n dgredd ɖ Tori parti fṛm ɖ hîist ofis

Saṭde, 15 Jańri 2022

A  litl ovr a munʈ ago, ɖ prim̦inistr tld ɖ Hǎs v Comnz ɖt h śerd ɖ angr v a neśn at siyñ a vidio v hiz Numbr 10 staf mcñ lît v locdǎn meźrz n jocñ abt Crisṃs partiz. W wr s’pozd t b’liv ɖt a culćr v impyṇti n disrigard fr rūlz at ɖ hart v guvnmnt hd abṣlutli nʈñ t d wɖ Boris Jonsn; ɖt h wz az śoct bî ɖ hipocṛsi az ɖ rest v s. It wz olwz a lūdicṛs cntnśn ɖt ɖ prim̦inistr hd no îdīa ẃt wz gwñ on in hiz ǒn ofis, part v ɖ sem complex az hiz ǒn rezidns. N in ɖ last wīc ɖ fl xtnt v ɖ śir gōl v a līdr priperd t ʈro hiz staf undr a bus t ived acǎntbiḷti fr ɖ wrst sort v p’liticl hipocṛsi hz bn xpozd.

Reṿleśn aftr reṿleśn hz imrjd sins ɖ start v ɖ yir – az Jonsn mst hv noun ɖe inevitbli wd – ɖt ruḅśz ɖt stetmnt h md t MPz last munʈ. W nǎ nǒ ɖt in Me 2020, Jonsn wz gvñ a spīć at a sośl gaɖ̇rñ, wɖ drinc n fūd, in ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt gardn ɖ vri sem īvnñ ministrz wr wornñ ɖ public at a presconfṛns ɖt ɖe cd onli mīt wn uɖr prsn ǎtsd. Ɖt hiz staf wr ʈrowñ nt wn, bt tū, rōc̣s partiz ɖt rportidli left îtmz in ɖ gardn damijd ɖ nît bfr Prins Filip’s fynṛl. N ɖt Dǎnñ Strīt staf reğlrli hld drincspartiz on Frîdez ɖt Jonsn wd ofn drop intu, gvñ ɖm ɖ prim̦iṇstirịl sìl v apruvl.

Cntmt fr parḷmnt n public

Ɖ Obzrvr hz loñ b’livd Jonsn t b a man v litl integṛti, bt īvn so, it z hard nt t b śoct at ɖ levl v cntmt in ẃć h so clirli holdz parḷmnt n ɖ public. Imajin ɖ consiqnsz f h hd msléd a cort undr oʈ in ɖs we. Bt t him, it z jst ɖ Comnz, jst ɖ we h aproćz poḷtics n evri uɖr aspect v hiz pṛfeśnl lîf.

It z clir ɖt ɖ vy v ɖ Covid rūlz az opśnl rɖr ɖn mandetri, az ɖe wr fr evrwn els in ɖ cuntri, dd nt stop at ɖ dorz v Nu 10. Ɖr wr partiz n līvñdrincs at uɖr guvnmnt dpartmnts. Bt ɖr z no dǎt ẃr ɖs culćr eṃnetd fṛm: it startd fṛm ɖ vri top, wɖ ɖ prim̦inistr. It z xtrordnri ɖt ɖoz hu rout ɖ lw n ɖ gîdns flǎtd it, az olmst evrwn els, includñ ɖ Qīn, obzrvd it fr ɖ sec v public hlʈ, īvn ẃl mōrnñ. Fr ɖoz hu dd nt, ɖr wr hefti fainz, īvn fr ppl wɖ far mor simṗʈetic storiz ɖn ɖoz wrcñ in Nu 10. Wn tīnejr wz faind hundṛdz v pǎndz fr orġnîzñ an ǎtdor b’lūn rlis fr hiz frend hu hd daid n hd t g t cort t contest a frɖr £10,000 fîn iśùd in err bî Duṛm cnstabyḷri.

Tū wīcs intu ɖ ny yir, Jonsn’z oʈoṛti hz bn comprihnsivli średd. H canot ste in post. Bt ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti canot wîp ɖ slet clīn bî ilectñ a ny līdr. Evrʈñ abt Jonsn’z dredfl premịrśp hz bn intîrli pridictbl, a rflex́n v ɖ man h so clirli wz loñ bfr h bcem prim̦inistr. H wz sact fṛm a job in jrṇlizm in ɖ 1980z fr fabṛcetñ qots fr a nyzpepr stori n fṛm ɖ Cnsrṿtiv śado frontbench in ɖ rli 2000z fr layñ abt an afer. Az ćer v ɖ Līv campen, h wz cmplisit in its fōls clemz ɖt līvñ ɖ YY wd fri p £350m a wīc fr ɖ NHS – lêtr rūld a msys v ofiśl sttistics bî ɖ YC Sttisticsoʈoṛti – n ɖt a vot t rmen in ɖ YY wz a vot t śer a bordr wɖ Irac n Siria. Az mẹr v Lundn, h feld t dcler hiz prsnl inṭrests, includñ hiz rleśnśp wɖ Jenifr Arcuri, huz cumṗni rsivd ʈǎzndz v pǎndz v public muni.

It wz petntli obvịs ẃt sort v prim̦inistr h wd b; nwn cd creḍbli argy ɖt ɖr wz a sīńr Tori les wel sūtd t guvn Britn. Yt Cnsrṿtiv MPz stl crǎnd him līdr in 2019. Inuf v ɖm ʈt h cerd tù litl abt ɖ yńn, alawñ him t ruʈlisli psy a hard Brexit n ɖt hiz lūs-wɖ-ɖ-truʈ stîl v campenñ cd win ɖm a jenṛl ilex́n in ɖ sem we it dd ɖ YY reḟrendm. An incompitnt, c’rupt n rotn prim̦inistr wz ɖ bargin ɖe wr priperd t mc, ɖ cost ɖe wr ol tù wilñ t impoz on ɖ hol cuntri.

Ʈǎzndz v avôḍbl deʈs

Ẃt a hevi prîs Britn hz peid. On Covid, ɖ guvnmnt z trayñ t yz ɖ s’xes v ɖ vaxīnprogram t dtract fṛm ɖ growñ p’liticl crîsis in ẃć it fîndz itslf. It z tru ɖt ɖ YC hz hd a mor s’xesfl vaxīn rolǎt ɖn mni uɖr cuntriz, n ɖt ɖ guvnmnt, ptiklrli Cet Bñm, hu ćerd ɖ tascfors, dzrvz credit fr ɖ rli invstmnt in vaxīntecnoḷji. Bt ɖ guvnmnt’s oṿol record on Covid z grim: tîm n agn, jrñ ɖ frst 15 munʈs v ɖ pandemic, Jonsn feld t lrn fṛm prīvịs mstecs n actd t intṛdys rstrix́nz tù slǒli, undǎtidli rzultñ in ʈǎzndz v avôḍbl deʈs n mor ic̣nomic pen.

Frst, ɖ guvnmnt’s haplis aproć t edyceśn jrñ a pandemic mīnz ɖt far tù litl hz bn dn t miṭget its impact on ćildṛn. Ɖ ifcts v ɖs wl b flt loñ intu ɖ fyćr. Secnd, on Brexit, Jonsn aćivd ɖ hard Brexit ɖ îdịlojicl crūsedrz fṛm hiz parti’z rît flanc wontd. Bt it hz cm at a hyj cost: a loñ-trm ic̣nomic cost, ẃć wl dpres Britn’z groʈprospects fr mni yirz t cm, bt olso a periḷs risc t ɖ integṛti v ɖ yńn ɖt canot b meźrd in pǎndz n pns n ẃć me mīn ɖt wɖn a cupl v decedz ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm me no longr īvn xist. Hu cerz f ɖ hardist v Brexits ofrz sucr t ɖ cōz v Scotiś indipndns?

N fest wɖ ɖ irizolṿbl cnundṛm v Brexit – ɖt ɖr cn b no clīn brec fṛm ɖ YY ẃl avôdñ ɖ nīd fr a custmzbordr îɖr on ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd or dǎn ɖ Îriś Sì – Jonsn hz ćozn simpli t pritnd ɖs probḷm dz nt xist, rɖr ɖn cnfrunt ɖ fact ɖt h or hiz s’xesr wl hv t ćūz btwn rjctñ reğletri alînmnt btwn ɖ YY n parts v ɖ YC or stbiḷti in Norɖn Îrḷnd. Ɖ disrigard fr ɖ yńn prmiets evrʈñ ɖs guvnmnt dz, xtndñ t ministrz sć az Jecb Rīz-Móg insultñ Scotiś Cnsrṿtivz in a we ɖt onli plez intu ɖ indipndns campen’z handz.

Ʈrd, ol ovr Britn, faṃliz r suḟrñ az a rzult v ɖs guvnmnt’s poḷsiz. Jonsn wún hiz mjoṛti bî proṃsñ nt onli t gt Brexit dn, bt t “levl p” ɖ cuntri. Ɖt wz jst emti reṭric: hiz ćanslr, Riśi Sŭnac, hz cntinyd ɖ aproć v hiz prīdisesrz sins 2010, intṛdysñ ɖ bigist evr wn-of beṇfitcut, on top v ɖ last deced’z tax-credit cuts ɖt hv sìn sm lo-incm peṛnts lūz ʈǎzndz v pǎndz a yir īvn az mor aflụnt faṃliz hv hd ɖer taxbílz rdyst. Refyjīz fliyñ wor zonz n hymn-rîts abysz hv faund ɖmslvz at ɖ śarp end v a culćrwor wɖ Priti Ptel’z Homofis.

Fîṇli, ɖ last fy wīcs v reṿleśnz abt Jonsn’z hipocṛsi on Covid d nt jst damij ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti. Lîc ɖ xpnsz scandl mor ɖn a deced ago, it unḍmainz public trust in ol poḷtiśnz n ɖ l’jitiṃsi v ǎr deṃcratic insttyśnz. It mcs a moc̣ri v ɖ rūl v lw ẃn ordnri sitiznz r puniśt fr brecñ ɖ lw, bt sīńr poḷtiśnz, p’liticl eidz n sivl srvnts apir t nītli sîdstep ɖ consiqnsz.

Fṛm ilectṛl aset t lạbiḷti

Evri de Jonsn cntinyz az prim̦inistr, ɖ damij h dz groz. Az hiz īvluśn fṛm ilectṛl aset t ilectṛl lạbiḷti dōnz on hiz parti, it z lcñ incrisñli lîcli ɖt ɖe wl nt alǎ him t cntiny in ofis fr mć longr. Bt Britn’z p’liticl crîsis wl nt b ovr. Ɖ ćôs v ɖ nxt prim̦inistr wd fōl t Cnsrṿtiv MPz n partimembrz. Jonsn’z lîcli s’xesrz r ol cmplisit in ɖ guvnmnt’s dredfl tracrecord.

Ɖ onli hop lîz in a rnyd Lebr parti winñ ɖ nxt jenṛl ilex́n. Cir Starmr hz imrjd fṛm rīsnt wīcs az a man v compitns, integṛti n valyz. Lebr stl hz a loñ we t g in adresñ ɖ rīznz ẃ it lost votrz in 2019 n cḿṇcetñ ẃt a Starmr premịrśp wd aćiv fr Britn, bt ɖe r advansñ fṛm ɖ teṛbl dfit Jeṛmi Corbin léd ɖm t ɖen.

Prim̦inistr Boris Jonsn z a crieśn v ɖ modn Cnsrṿtiv parti. Tori MPz pṛpeld ɖs śarḷtn t Nu 10 intîrli bcz it sūtd ɖer naro inṭrests, wɖ no rgard fr ɖ consiqnsz fr ɖ cuntri. It z xtrordnri hǎ litl cntriśn mni v ɖoz hu bact him hv śoun. Jonsn’z reẓgneśn z nt inuf: ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti itslf mst b hld acǎntbl fr hiz dzastṛs premịrśp.

Instroduction to Ñspel

Clasics in Ñspel: THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN, by William Cowper

Portrait of William Cowper, engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi 1799 Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830 Purchased 1991 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T06463

Ɖ DVRTÑ HISṬRI OV JON GILPIN

Wiłm Cūpr

Jon Gilpin wz a sitizn
V credit n rnǎn,

A tren-band captin īc wz h
V feṃs Lundn tǎn.

Jon Gilpin’z spǎs sd t hr dir,
“Ɖo wedd w hv bn
Ɖz twîs ten tīdịs yirz, yt w
No hoḷde hv sìn.

“Tmoro z ǎr wedñde,
N w wl ɖen rper
Untu ‘Ɖ Bel’ at Edmntn,
Ol in a śêz n per.

“Mî sistr n mî sistr’z ćîld,
Mslf n ćildṛn ʈri,
Wl fil ɖ śêz; so y mst rîd
On horsbac aftr w.”

H sn rplaid, “I d admîr
V wmncînd bt wn,
N y r ś, mî dirist dir,
Ɖrfr it śl b dn.

“I am a linndrepr bold,
Az ol ɖ wrld dʈ nǒ,
N mî gd frend ɖ Cálndr
Wl lend hiz hors t g.”

Qoʈ Mistris Gilpin,

“Ɖt’s wel sd;

N, fr ɖt wîn z dir,
W wl b frniśt wɖ ǎr ǒn,
Ẃć z bʈ brît n clir.”

Jon Gilpin cist hiz luvñ wîf;
O’joid wz h t fînd
Ɖt ɖo on pleźr ś wz bnt,
Ś hd a frūgl mînd.

Ɖ mornñ cem, ɖ śêz wz bròt,
Bt yt wz nt alaud
T drîv p t ɖ dor, lest ol
Śd se ɖt ś wz prǎd.

So ʈri dorz of ɖ śêz wz steid,
Ẃr ɖe dd ol gt in;
Six preśs soulz, n ol agog
T daś ʈru ʈic n ʈin.

Smac wnt ɖ ẃip,

rnd wnt ɖ ẃīlz,

Wr nvr foc so glad;
Ɖ stonz dd ratl undnʈ
Az f Ćīpsîd wr mad.

Jon Gilpin at hiz hors’z sîd
Sizd fast ɖ flowñ mein,
N p h got, in hest t rîd,
Bt sn cem dǎn agn;

Fr sadltrī scers rīćt hd h,
Hiz jrni t bgin,
Ẃn, trnñ rnd hiz hed, h sw
Ʈri custmrz cm in.

So dǎn h cem; fr los v tîm,
Olɖo it grīvd him sor,
Yt los v pns, fl wel h ń,
Wd trubl him mć mor.

Tẉz loñ bfr ɖ custmrz
Wr sūtd t ɖer mînd.
Ẃn Béti, scrīmñ,

cem dǎnsterz,

“Ɖ wîn z left bhnd!”

“Gd lac!” qoʈ h; “yt brñ it m,
Mî leɖn blt lîcwz,
In ẃć I ber mî trusti sord,
Ẃn I d x’sîz.”

Nǎ Mistris Gilpin (cerfl soul!)
Hd tū ston botlz faund,
T hold ɖ lícr ɖt ś luvd,
N cīp it sef n sǎnd.

Ć botl hd a crlñ ir,
Ʈru ẃć ɖ blt h drù,
N huñ a botl on ć sîd,
T mc hiz baḷns tru.

Ɖen ovr ol, ɖt h mt b
Iqipt fṛm top t to,
Hiz loñ red clǒc,

wel bruśt n nīt,

H manḟli dd ʈro.

Nǎ si him mǎntd wns agn
Upn hiz nimbl stīd,
Fl slǒli pesñ ’r ɖ stonz
Wɖ cōśn n gd hīd!

Bt, fîndñ sn a smūɖr rod
Bnʈ hiz wel-śod fīt,
Ɖ snortñ bīst bgan t trot,
Ẃć gōld him in hiz sīt.

So, “Fer n softli,” Jon h craid,
Bt Jon h craid in ven;
Ɖt trot bcem a gaḷp sn,
In spît v crb n rein.

So stūpñ dǎn, az nīdz h mst
Hu canot sit uprît,
H graspt ɖ mein wɖ bʈ hiz handz,
N īc wɖ ol hiz mît.

Hiz hors, hu nvr in ɖt sort
Hd handld bn bfr,
Ẃt ʈñ upn hiz bac hd got
Dd wundr mor n mor.

Awe wnt Gilpin, nec or nōt;
Awe wnt hat n wig;
H litl dremt, ẃn h set ǎt,
V runñ sć a rig.

Ɖ wind dd blo, ɖ clǒc dd flî,
Lîc strīmr loñ n ge,
Tl, lūp n butn felñ bʈ,
At last it flù awe.

Ɖen mt ol ppl wel dsrn
Ɖ botlz h hd sluñ;
A botl swññ at ć sîd,
Az hʈ bn sd or suñ.

Ɖ dogz dd barc,

ɖ ćildṛn scrīmd,

P flù ɖ windoz ol;
N evri soul craid ǎt, “Wel dn!”
Az lǎd az h cd bȍl.

Awe wnt Gilpin – hu bt h?
Hiz fem sn spred arnd –
H cariz weit! h rîdz a rês!
Tiz fr a ʈǎznd pǎnd!

N stl, az fast az h drù nir,
Tẉz wundrfl t vy
Hǎ in a trîs ɖ trnpîc men
Ɖer gets wîd opn ʈrù.

N nǎ, az h wnt bawñ dǎn
Hiz rìcñ hed fl lo,
Ɖ botlz twen bhnd hiz bac
Wr śatrd at a blo.

Dǎn ran ɖ wîn intu ɖ rod,
Most pitịs t b sìn,
Ẃć md hiz hors’z flancs t smoc
Az ɖe hd bêstd bn.

Bt stl h sīmd t cari weit,
Wɖ leɖn grdl brêst;
Fr ol mt si ɖ botlnecs
Stl danġlñ at hiz weist.

Ɖus ol ʈru meri Izliñtn
Ɖz gámblz h dd ple,
N tl h cem untu ɖ Woś
V Edmntn so ge.

N ɖr h ʈrù ɖ woś abt
On bʈ sîdz v ɖ we,
Jst lîc untu a trundlñ mop,
Or a wîld gūs at ple.

At Edmntn, hiz luvñ wîf
Fṛm ɖ balc̣ni spaid
Hr tndr huzbnd, wunḍrñ mć
T si hǎ h dd rîd.

“Stop, stop, Jon Gilpin! –

hir’z ɖ hǎs!”

Ɖe ol at wns dd crî;
“Ɖ dinr wêts, n w r tîrd.”
Sd Gilpin, “So am I!”

Bt yt hiz hors wz nt a ẃit
Inclînd t tari ɖr;
Fr ẃ? – hiz ǒnr hd a hǎs
Fl ten mîlz of, at Wér.

So lîc an aro swift h flù,
Śot bî an arćr stroñ;
So dd h flî – ẃć brñz m t
Ɖ midl v mî soñ.

Awe wnt Gilpin, ǎt v breʈ,
N sor agnst hiz wl,
Tl at hiz frend ɖ Cálndr’z
Hiz hors at last std stl.

Ɖ Cálndr, amezd t si
Hiz nebr in sć trim,
Leid dǎn hiz pîp, flù t ɖ get,
N ɖus acostd him:

“Ẃt nyz? ẃt nyz? yr tîdñz tel:
Tel m y mst n śl –
Se ẃ bér-hedd y r cm,
Or ẃ y cm at ol.”

Nǎ Gilpin hd a pleznt wit,
N luvd a tîmli joc;
N ɖus untu ɖ Cálndr
In meri gîz h spouc:

“I cem bcz yr hors wd cm;
N f I wel fōrbod,
Mî hat n wig wl sn b hir;
Ɖe r upn ɖ rod.”

Ɖ Cálndr, rît glad t fînd
Hiz frend in meri pin,
Rtrnd him nt a sngl wrd,
Bt t ɖ hǎs wnt in;

Ẃns stret h cem wɖ hat n wig,
A wig ɖt floud bhnd,
A hat nt mć ɖ wrs fr wer,
Ć comli in its cnd.

H hld ɖm p, n, in hiz trn,
Ɖus śoud hiz redi wit,
“Mî hed z twîs az big az yrz;
Ɖe ɖrfr nīdz mst fit.

“Bt let m screp ɖ drt awe
Ɖt hañz upn yr fes;
N stop n īt, fr wel y me
B in a hungri ces.”

Sz Jon, “It z mî wedñde,
N ol ɖ wrld wd stér,
F wîf śd dîn at Edmntn,
N I śd dîn at Wér.”

So trnñ t hiz hors, h sd,
“I am in hest t dîn;
Tẉz fr yr pleźr y cem hir,
Y śl g bac fr mîn.”

Ā, luclis spīć, n būtlis bost!
Fr ẃć h peid fl dir;
Fr ẃl h speic, a breyñ as
Dd sñ most lǎd n clir;

Ẃr-at hiz hors dd snort az h
Hd hŕd a layn ror,
N gaḷpt of wɖ ol hiz mt,
Az h hd dn bfr.

Awe wnt Gilpin, n awe
Wnt Gilpin’z hat n wig;
H lost ɖm snr ɖn at frst,
Fr ẃ? – ɖe wr tù big.

Nǎ Mistris Gilpin, ẃn ś sw
Hr huzbnd postñ dǎn
Intu ɖ cuntri far awe,
Ś pld ǎt haf-a-crǎn.

N ɖus untu ɖ yʈ ś sd,
Ɖt drouv ɖm t “Ɖ Bel,”
“Ɖs śl b yrz ẃn y brñ bac
Mî huzbnd sef n wel.”

Ɖ yʈ dd rîd, n sn dd mīt
Jon cmñ bac amen,
Hūm in a trîs h traid t stop
Bî caćñ at hiz rein;

Bt nt pformñ ẃt h mnt,
N gladli wd hv dn,
Ɖ frighted stīd h frighted mor,
N md him fastr run.

Awe wnt Gilpin, n awe
Wnt postbô at hiz hìlz,
Ɖ postbô’z hors rît glad t mis
Ɖ lumḅrñ v ɖ ẃīlz.

Six jntlṃn upn ɖ rod
Ɖus siyñ Gilpin flî,
Wɖ postbô scamṗrñ

in ɖ rir,

Ɖe rezd ɖ hy n crî:

“Stop ʈīf! stop ʈīf! –

a hîwemn!”

Nt wn v ɖm wz ḿt;
N ol n ć ɖt pást ɖt we
Dd jôn in ɖ psyt.

N nǎ ɖ trnpîc gets agn
Flù opn in śort spes,
Ɖ tolmn ʈncñ, az bfr,
Ɖt Gilpin roud a rês.

N so h dd, n wún it tù,
Fr h got frst t tǎn;
Nr stopt tl ẃr h hd got p
H dd agn gt dǎn.

Nǎ let s sñ, “Loñ liv ɖ cñ,
N Gilpin, loñ liv h;
N ẃn h nxt dʈ rîd abrōd,
Me I b ɖr t si!”

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A train on a line constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation and financed by Chinese government in Kimuka, Kenya. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
A tren on a lîn cnstructd bî ɖ Ćîna Rod n Brij Corṗreśn n fnanst bî Ćînīz guvnmnt in Kimuka, Ceńa. Foṭgraf: Toṃs Mukoya/Rôtrz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Africa rîzñ: ɖ continnt mst dveḷp in its ǒn we

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 28 December 2021)

Africn neśnz hv hudld tgɖr in fes v clîṃt n Covid stormz. Ɖe mst mc ɖt yṇti pe of fr ɖer sitiznz

Tyzde, 28 Dsmbr 2021

“It wz ɖ bst v tîmz, it wz ɖ wrst v tîmz.” So opnz Ćarlz Dicinz’ A Têl v Tū Sitiz. Set in Lundn n Paris jrñ ɖ lêt 1700z n ɖ līd-up t ɖ Frenć Reṿluśn, ɖ novl wz a wornñ abt ẃt hapnz ẃn wlʈ funlz upwdz ẃl ɖ masz stagnet. Nẃr d ɖ bst n wrst v tîmz c’lîd wɖ mor jioṗliticl fors ɖn in Africa.

Africn raitrz swept ɖ bōrd fr litṛćr‘wordz fṛm ɖ Nobel t ɖ Bcr, ẃl sevn ǎt v et ćildṛn in ɖ continnt’s sub-Shaṛn rījn r unebl t rīd bî ɖ ej v 10. Ɖs yir ɖ continnt wz hom t ɖ slǒist inṭnetspīdz on ɖ planit, az Africn jujz grantd ɖ wrld’z frst petnt gvn t a robót invntr. Abt 50 miłn Africnz r xpctd t fōl intu xtrim poṿti in 2021, ẃn ɖ continnt’s rićist biłnerz hv sìn ɖer wlʈ incris bî a fifʈ.

Gloḅlîześn hz poḷrîzd ssaytiz, an ifct ɖt hz bn sūṗćarjd jrñ ɖ pandemic. Ɖs patn z nt unyźl in uɖr neśnz, bt t aplî it t Africa sjsts ɖt it pzesz a yṇti bynd ɖ mir jịgrafic. Africn neśnz hv hudld tgɖr in ɖ fes v clîṃt n Covid stormz – wɖ gd rīzn. Instd v rwordñ Africn sayntists fr îdnṭfayñ ɖ ʈret v Omicron, ɖ wst impozd travlbanz on ɖ continnt. Ɖ sspiśn z ɖt hd ɖ Sars-CoV-2 vîṛs bn faund in Africa, it wd hv bn cut of.

Ɖ pandemic hz md viẓbl a wrld biyñ śept t Africa’z dis’dvantij. Lo vax̣neśnrets r a rīzn fr ɖ imrjns v denjṛs c’roṇvîṛs verịnts, so ẃ let jst 8% v 1.3 biłn Africnz b fŭli vax̣netd? Ɖ industrịlîzd wrld w’nt iśu Africa a vaxīn-petnt weivr, n foṛn ed z jst 2% v ɖ continnt’s GDP. So Africn neśnz c’nt mańfacćr ɖer ǒn ćīp meḍsinz n lac ɖ foṛn xćenj t cŭśn distṛbyśncosts.

Clîṃtcost

Dspt hvñ pleid a negliɉbl rǒl in crietñ ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, Africn cuntriz olrdi fînd ɖmslvz peyñ a hevi prîs fr it. Ɖ YY planz t intṛdys grīnhǎs-gas taxz on imports ɖt wl pl a carbn crtn acrs ɖ Mediṭreńn. Carlos Lopes v ɖ Yṇvrṣti v Ceptǎn sz Africn trenprojects bilt bî Ćînīz cumṗniz r nt yzñ ɖ lo-carbn tecnoḷji rold ǎt at hom.

Ɖ pformns v Africa hz bn dscrîbd az ɖ wrst ic̣nomic traɉdi v ɖ 20ʈ snć̣ri. Comnples xpḷneśnz d’nt ber mć scrūṭni. Sttistics cn śo ɖt ɖ closr a cuntri z t ɖ iqetr, ɖ purr it z. Yt nwn wd argy ɖt slo groʈ cōzd a cuntri t gt closr t ɖ iqetr. Africa hz bn dīsteḅlîzd bî conflict, bt ɖt hz, sz Prof Lopes, nt stopt Tîland dveḷpñ an xportbes. Wn contṛvrśl arğmnt z ɖt tù fy, nt tù mni, coḷnîzrz wr ɖ probḷm. Ɖ ʈiyri gz ɖt hayr levlz v Yṛpiyn setlmnt léd t mor pṛductiv insttyśnz. Hvr, ɖ historịn Morten Jerven, in hiz bc Ɖ Wlʈ n Poṿti v Africn Stets, sz ɖt riyl wejz stagnetd in ɖ setlr icoṇmiz v Sǎʈ Africa, Zimbabwe n Ceńa, ẃr-az in ɖ peznt icoṇmiz v Yganda n Gāna, riyl wejz rouz.

Africa wz nt coḷnîzd bcz it wz pur. Yṛpiyn pǎrz okpaid n dvîdd p ɖ continnt in ɖ 19ʈ snć̣ri bcz it wz rić. Africa wz wns a bredbascit; hǎ dd it rn a repyteśn fr biyñ a bascitces? Wn rīzn z an xtractiv ic̣nomic modl ɖt pṛmots Africn dveḷpmnt via foṛn d’rect invstmnt, xport-léd groʈ n fnanśl libṛlîześn. Ɖs web, acordñ t Tynizịn icoṇmist Fadhel Kaboub, drenz nirli $2tn ańli fṛm ɖ dveḷpñ wrld.

Tde, Africn icoṇmiz xport lo-valy-add gdz reḷtiv t ɖer imports. Instd v growñ ɖer ǒn fūd t fīd ɖer ppl, cuntriz import fūdstufs. Ẃl sm neśnz xport crūd hîdrocarbnz, mni mor import rfînd petṛcemiclz sć az gaṣlīn. Ɖ rît t brñ in ɖz isnślz z handd ovr t a p’liticli cnctd biznis “rentịr” clas ɖt hz a vstd inṭrest in ɖ steṭs qo. Ɖr z a dmand fr jobz, a hungr fr edyceśn n a despṛt nīd fr hlʈ in Africa. Yt līdrz r còt in a dlema: f ɖe criet muni t spend on sośl chīźn, ɖe risc incrisñ fūd, eṇji n capitl-gdz imports, n incrisñ ɖer treḑeḟsit. Ɖt pts dǎnẉd preśr on ɖ naśnl cuṛnsi. A wìc xćenjret mīnz ɖt imports v besic nseṣtiz wl b mor xpnsiv. Hisṭri z litrd wɖ xamplz v vayḷnt reṿluśnz prisidd bî prîșpîcs.

An oltrṇtiv straṭji

Ic̣nomic orʈ̇doxi hz no ansr. Its txt-bcs wd hv Africn guvnmnts instructñ sntṛl bancs t boro YS dolrz t prop p ɖ locl cuṛnsi n prîoṛtîzñ foṛn creditrz wɖ osteṛti. Africa’z stuntd dveḷpmnt demnstrets ɖt pur stets cntiny t b impoṿriśt bî biyñ intgretd intu ɖ wrldsistm ʈru a rleśnśp v unīql ic̣nomic xćenj wɖ wlʈi stets. An oltrṇtiv Africn straṭji wd si guvnmnts spendñ on public srṿsz n on incrisñ fūd n rnywbl eṇji sovṛnti, ẃl cracñ dǎn on c’rupśn.

Ɖs pṛvîdz a we ǎt v ɖ cuṛnt dveḷpmnțrap. In ɖer bc Africa’z Last C’lońl Cuṛnsi, Fani Pigeaud n Ndongo Samba Sylla sjst ɖt, instd v importñ fūd n brnñ ʈru foṛn rzrvz, Africn stets śd pṛdys fūd at hom, az land, wrc n nǒhǎ r abundnt. “F ɖe fnanst ɖ dveḷpmnt v ɖer agriculćr, ɖe wd’nt rdys ɖer foṛn xćenj rzrvz; on ɖ contrri, ɖe wd sev muni.”

Stet-ǒnd enṭprîzz n a cmpettiv dmestic prîṿt sectr wd hlp Africa ived activtiz dmandd bî ɖ globl norʈ. Az Africn cuntriz bcm incrisñli dijitl, deta wl b pǎr in ic̣nomic guvnns – n locl enttiz mst b its custodịn, nt trnznaśnl corṗreśnz. Tred’grīmnts btwn cuntriz v similr incmlevlz r mor beṇfiśl fr ɖm cmperd wɖ ɖ Wrld Tred Orġnîześn’z fremwrc. Ɖ Africn Conṭnntl Fri Tred Eria, crietd bî 54 v ɖ 55 AY neśnz, z a gd start. Africn icoṇmiz wd beṇfit bî pṛdysñ grīn industrịl gdz ɖt rić cuntriz tec fr grantd, bt huz mas pṛdux́n hz nt rīćt ɖ continnt. It wd b in Yṛp’s inṭrest t hlp – az mor Africnz wd b ebl t fînd jobz at hom, preśr t mîgret wd īz. Africa z còt btwn hisṭri n jiogṛfi. Unḍstandñ hǎ n ẃ it got t ẃr it z tde wl hlp ɖ continnt muv fwd in ɖ fyćr.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Our song was Christmas No 1 and we wanted to watch it on TV. So we knocked on a stranger’s door

The Scaffold singing Lily the Pink on Top of the Pops, New Year’s Day, 1968. From left, John Gorman, Mike McGear and Roger McGough, sporting white suits. Photograph: Ivan Keeman/Redferns
Ɖ Scafld sññ Lili ɖ Pnc on Top v ɖ Pops, Ny Yir’z De, 1968. Fṛm left, Jon Gormn, Mîc MGir n Rojr MGof, sportñ ẃît sūts. Foṭgraf: Îvn Cīmn/Redfrnz

Ǎr soñ wz Crisṃs No 1 n w wontd t woć it on TV. So w noct on a strenjr’z dor

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 24 December 2021)

It wz Crisṃs Īv 1968 n Lili ɖ Pnc bî ɖ Scafld wz top v ɖ ćarts. W wr a loñ we fṛm hom – n despṛt t si ǎr pformns

Rojr MGof, Frîde 24 Dsmbr 2021

Sm rīdrz me rmembr, phps wɖ a srtn fondnis, a soñ cōld Lili ɖ Pnc bî ɖ Scafld (ełs Jon Gormn, Mîc MGir n mslf) ɖt wz No 1 in ɖ ćarts in 1968. Ɖ soñ wz best on an old Americn focsoñ, n seḷbretd eḟceśs krz fr mîld eilmnts. Bacñ voc̣lists includd sm lesr-noun figrz fṛm ɖ wrld v ḿzic: Greym Naś (v ɖ Holiz), Eltn Jon (ɖen Rej Dwît) n Tim Rîs. Jac Brūs (v Crīm) pleid beisgitar. It wz ɖ nît bfr Crisṃs Īv, ɖ yir ɖ soñ hit its pīc. W wr drîvñ t Liṿpul fṛm Lundn aftr rcordñ it fr an Emn Andruz śo rlịr ɖt afṭnun.

Ɖ śo wz t b brōdcast ɖt nît on ɖ BBC. Tîm wz vri tît.

In ɖoz dez, v cors, y cd’nt pres rcord or sev on ɖ rmot, y cd’nt “woć agn.” Wns ɖ program wz trnzmitd, ɖt wz it. F y míst it, y míst it fr evr. N w wr runñ lêt.

Wd w gt hom in tîm t woć ǎrslvz on teḷviźn? Unlîcli, az w wr stl on ɖ fogi ǎtscrts v Nantwić. Sudnli, siyñ a lît on in wn v ɖ hǎzz, w parct ǎtsd, ruśt t ɖ dor n rañ ɖ bel.

A man in hiz lêt 20z opnd it. “Xkz m, d y hv a teli?” asct Jon, p’lîtli elbowñ hiz we intu ɖ livñrūm.

“Blîmi!” ɖ man sd, “It’s ɖ Scafld! Bt y c’nt b hir – y’r ɖr on ɖ TV scrīn!”

Śr inuf, ɖr w wr, bǎndñ on t ɖ set at Lîm Grov in ǎr ẃît sūts.

Ɖ man ran t ɖ ft v ɖ sterz. “Janit,” h cōld. “Ges hu’z dǎn hir? Ɖ Scafld!” Fṛm upsterz cem a mufld scrīm.

“Janit z yr bigist fan – ś’l b dǎn az sn az ś’z ćenjd n pt on hr mc-up. I’m Dev bî ɖ we.”

Ẃn ɖ soñ endd, w tc a bǎ in ɖ livñrūm, ʈanct Dev fr hiz cîndnis, śǎtd ǎr gdbîz upsterz n drouv bac hom t Liṿpul.

Mni yirz lêtr, ɖ ẃît sūts loñ sins huñ ǎt t drî, I wz aproćt aftr a powtrirīdñ at a hedtīćrz’ confṛns in Covntri bî a ledi hu intṛdyst hrslf az Janit. Ś tld m ɖt ś hd nvr b’livd hr huzbnd ẃn h tld hr abt ǎr flayñ vizit. “Wz it tru?” ś asct.

“Ǒ, yes,” I sd. Janit rezd an îbrǎ n cem ovr ol hedmistṛsi.

“Ɖen ẃ dd’nt y wêt a fy minits, nwñ ɖt I wontd t mīt y?”

“W wontd t, bt w hd t b bac in Liṿpul bfr it clozd fr ɖ nît.”

“It dz’nt matr,” ś sd. “At frst I wz tmtd t bin ol yr recordz. Ɖen, rmemḅrñ it wz Crisṃs – a tîm fr gvñ n fgivñ – I fgev y.”

Az I wōct awe, sūṭbli reprimandd, I rmembrd mor clirli hǎ Jon, Mîc n I flt az w drouv hom ɖt nît. Ʈrild at siyñ ǎrslvz on teli, v cors, bt olso gilti abt nt seyñ hlo t ǎr bigist fan. W olso vaud ɖt nxt tîm, w wd asc ɖ BBC t bc s intu a dīsnt hotel fr ɖ nît.

Sefti in Numbrz bî Rojr MGof z publiśt bî Penḡn, £9.99

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ The Tories said we could have our cake and eat it – now they are stuffed and voters are hungry

‘Cakeism is not a formula that works in government because, in reality, the cake has to be rationed and people notice.’ Photograph: WPA/Getty Images
‘Cecizm z nt a forḿla ɖt wrcs in guvnmnt bcz, in riaḷti, ɖ cec hz t b raśnd n ppl notis.’ Foṭgraf: WPA/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Tōriz sd w cd hv ǎr cec n īt it – nǎ ɖe r stuft n votrz r hungri

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 22 December 2021)

Ɖ PM’z ven hop ɖt w cn limit ɖ spred v Covid wɖt rstrix́nz on frīdm z yt anɖr aṛgnt fōlshd

Raphael Behr

Rafel Behr, Wnzde 22 Dsmbr 2021

Boris Jonsn rouz t ɖ top bî gtñ ppl t lîc him. Hiz probḷmz r ɖ rzult v ɖm subsiqntli gtñ t nǒ him. Ɖr z no masc ɖt hz slipt, jst a ćenj in ɖ lît ɖt gvz a darc éj t ɖ sem fīćrz.

It z ofn ɖs we wɖ līdrz on ɖ we dǎn. Ɖ tret ppl dslîc z ɖ oṛjin v prīvịs apil invrtd. Ɖ sṭliḍti ɖt wns rec̣mndd T’rīza Me n Gordn Brǎn trnd r’botic. Ɖ ćarm v Toni Bler n Devid Camṛn wnt fṛm smuɖ t sliṗri.

Wɖ ɖ cuṛnt prim̦inistr ɖt tret z indifṛns t dificlti – mītñ advrṣti wɖ gd ćir; solvñ probḷmz bî dclerñ ɖm nonixistnt; clirñ practicl obsṭclz bî līps v ɖ imaɉneśn. Ɖ īʈos z xprest in Jonsn’z sbvrśn v a feṃs provrb: “Mî poḷsi on cec z pro hvñ it n pro ītñ it.”

It hz bn a caćfrez v hiz fr yirz, bt it wz ɖ dlemaz pozd bî Brexit ɖt trnd it intu a doctrin – cecizm. In ɖ cecist vy, Britn cd rten ɖ beṇfits v YY membrśp wɖt eni obḷgeśn t Yṛpiyn lw. It mnt līvñ a tredñblóc wɖt los v tred. It mnt hvñ difṛnt custmzreźīmz fr Gret Britn n Norɖn Îrḷnd wɖt irectñ a p’liticli toxic custmzbordr btwn ɖm.

“I wont y t si ɖs az a cecist trīti,” Jonsn sd v ɖ post-Brexit treḑīl h sînd in Dsmbr 2020. A yir lêtr: ɖr z no cec, Cnsrṿtiv MPz r hungri, n votrz r abandnñ ɖ bec̣ri. Yṛp z nt ɖ proxiṃt cōz v ɖt discntnt, bt cecizm hz ivolvd intu a crīd fr ɖ dnayl v ol ɖ ćôsz ɖt mc guṿnñ dificlt. It xplenz a “leṿlñ-up” ajnda n a “grīn industrịl reṿluśn” ɖt prīṣpoz masiv incrisz in public invstmnt wɖt ofndñ Tori ambiśnz fr a smōlr stet.

It z ɖ ven hop v liṃtñ ɖ spred v Covid infx́nz wɖt impozñ rstrents on indivijl frīdmz. A cecist pandemic straṭji rjz ppl t avôd mixñ in crǎdz, wɖt instructñ ɖm t ste awe fṛm śops n barz. It rzults in a cabiṇtmītñ t dbet ny rstrix́nz ɖt cncludz, aftr tū aurz, wɖ a dsiźn nt t dsîd. It z ɖ prim̦inistr seyñ h “wl nt heẓtet t act” az loñ az ɖt ax́n cn wêt untl aftr Crisṃs.

Ẃn Jonsn wz at ɖ hît v hiz pǎrz h wd privaṛcet at leźr, cumftbl in tū mîndz or mor, hapi t mc īgr cortịrz cmpit fr hiz ir n hañ on hiz dsiźn. Ẃn ɖ Covid crîsis frst struc, h yzd dle az a manijmnțecnīc, letñ tîm n ivnts wino ɖ opśnz ẃl rampñ ɖ rjnsi, untl ɖ locdǎn dsiźnz md ɖmslvz. Nǎ, bròt lo bî scandl n bsijd bî aspîrñ s’xesrz, inax́n z ɖ cors impozd bî an absns v oʈoṛti ovr hiz parti.

Ɖoz r ɖ difṛnt stejz v cecizm, fṛm insūsịns t p’raḷsis, via dnayl. At its cor sits mońmntl aṛgns – a fīlñ v s’pirioṛti t forsz ɖt cnstren ɖ infirịr clas v poḷtiśn hu sbmits t hisṭri instd v masṭrñ it. Fṛm ɖt vaṇti it foloz ɖt rūlz r fr ɖ litl ppl. Hlmzṃn v hisṭri r alaud t unwînd ovr ćīz n wîn on ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt teris, īvn ẃl ɖ faṃliz v Covid victimz hold fynṛlz bî Zūm.

Ɖ prim̦inistr mt nt hv iśùd an xplisit lîsns t flǎt locdǎnrūlz in guvnmnt, bt nn wz nīdd. H rediets ɖ intîtlmnt t slf-gratiḟceśn n ɖ pmpoṣti ɖt jusṭfîz it az fer recmpns fr a hard de’z srvis t ɖ neśn. It z a ptiklr tîp v c’rupśn, comn t reṿluśnri reźīmz ɖt hv lost îdịlojicl m’mntm. It z ɖ dec̣dnt stej ɖt cmz ẃn ɖ parti ilit hz unḍstd ɖt ɖ ytopia ɖe promist z un’teṇbl, bt z injoyñ ɖ trapñz v pǎr tù mć t brec ɖ bad nyz t ɖ ppl in huz nem ɖe sizd pǎr.

Ɖ pandemic hz doṃnetd Jonsn’z tîm in ofis, bt Brexit gev him hiz mandet. It wz ɖ cōz ɖt wún him an ilex́n bt, mor importnt fr hiz stîl v guvnmnt, ɖt vicṭri wz unḍstd bî Yṛsceptic hardlînrz az an xpreśn v ɖ tru wil v ɖ ppl. It wz ɖ refyteśn v ɖ neseyñ, cozṃpoḷtn rmenr ilits, fusi sivl srvnts, bizibodi byṛcrats, bīn-cǎntñ tred xprts n meḍlñ jujz hu clemd ɖt Jonsn cd nt hv hiz cec n īt it.

T ɖt rostr v śem cn nǎ b add “unilectd public hlʈspocsprsn”, ẃć z ɖ trm wn Tori MP yzd t dnǎns Cris Ẃiti, ɖ ćīf medicl ofisr fr Ñgḷnd, fr dẹrñ t sǎnd dǎnbìt abt ɖ spred v Omicron in ɖ runup t Crisṃs.

Ɖt z ẃr cecizm tndz – ɖ sspiśn ɖt sayns itslf z part v an ilit cnspiṛsi agnst liḅti. Ɖt z nt Jonsn’z vy, bt h hz lost cntrol v ɖ doctrin h paynird. Hvñ aqîrd ɖ test fr unliṃtd cec, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti wl nt īẓli b pt bac on a caḷri-cntrold poḷsidayt.

Cecizm z nt a forḿla ɖt wrcs in guvnmnt bcz, in riaḷti, ɖ cec hz t b raśnd n ppl notis. Ɖe notis, tù, ẃn ɖ prim̦inistr n hiz frendz hlp ɖmslvz t ɖ fatist slîs, ẃl rjñ ɖ public t absten ǎt v sivic dyti. Ɖe si hǎ ɖ man hu trīts evrʈñ az a joc z olso lafñ at ɖ ppl hu ilectd him. Ɖt z ẃn ɖ lît ćenjz, ɖ smîl darcnz intu a snir, ɖ popylist luzz hiz ppl, ɖ p’laṛtiz v hiz magṇtizm r flipt, n ɖ fors ɖt wz wns atrax́n trnz rpulsiv.

• Rafel Behr z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr: Rose Ayling-Ellis’s Strictly victory shows deaf people can do anything

‘Rose Ayling-Ellis has been instrumental in creating a powerful change in attitudes through the beauty of her dancing.’ Ayling-Ellis and her partner, Giovanni Pernice, on Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: Guy Levy/PA.
‘Rôz Êlñ-Élis hz bn instṛmntl in crietñ a pǎrfl ćenj in attydz ʈru ɖ byti v hr dansñ.’ Êlñ-Élis n hr partnr, Giovanni Pernice, on Stricli Cm Dansñ. Foṭgraf: Gai Levi/PA.

Rôz Êlñ-Élis’z Stricli vicṭri śoz def ppl cn d enʈñ

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on 19 December 2021)

I’m pṛfǎndli def, n ovr ɖ past 13 wīcs I’v bn bloun awe – bʈ az a dansr n an advc̣t fr defrîts

Ani Haris, Súnde 19 Dsmbr 2021

I’m abṣlutli ʈrild ɖt Rôz Êlñ-Élis hz wún Stricli Cm Dansñ – it’s a landmarc momnt fr ɖ defcḿṇti. I am so prǎd v hr.

Ẃn I frst hŕd abt hr apirñ on ɖ BBC’z Saṭde nît danscontest, I wz unpriperd fr ẃt an impact ś wd hv – on m n ɖ jenṛl popyleśn, bʈ az a dansr n az an advc̣t fr defrîts. It’s amezñ t si smbdi lîc m dansñ on naśnl TV.

I’v bn abṣlutli bloun awe woćñ hr ovr ɖ past 13 wīcs. I wz born pṛfǎndli def, ẃć mīnz I c’nt hír enʈñ ǎt v îɖr ir. Mî peṛnts notist ẃn I wz tū n a haf ɖt I wz’nt rspondñ t sǎnd, bt bcz I hd spina bifida ɖ doctrz asymd I hd a lrnñdis’biḷti. Ɖe wr rluctnt t gv m a hírñ tst. Mî peṛnts fòt ɖm, n I wz ivnć̣li dạgnozd n gvn hírñedz.

Êlñ-Élis hz bn instṛmntl in crietñ a pǎrfl poẓtiv ćenj in public attydz ʈru ɖ byti v hr dansñ. I grù p in a hírñwrld wɖ a hírñfaṃli, ẃć wz îṣletñ at tîmz. Bt I luvd danslésnz n comṗtiśnz. Sadli, I hd t stop aftr I hd an oṗreśn. Ẃn I frst wnt t yṇvrṣti, I wz’nt pṛvîdd wɖ qoḷfaid intrpritrz or eni cḿṇceśn s’port in mî xamz. I cd’nt hír n I feld ɖm. Ɖ yṇvrṣti apoḷjîzd, bt it wz tù lêt. I startd at ɖ Yṇvrṣti v Redñ in 2017 aftr līvñ ɖt frst cors n I atend a frst in edyceśnstudiz, in part ʈancs t ɖ s’port ɖ yṇvrṣti pṛvîdd m wɖ. I hv sins got a job az ɖ advc̣si ofisr at RNID, campenñ t rmuv barịrz fr ɖ defcḿṇti. I hop I’v hd an impact wɖ ɖ wrc I d.

Ppl ofn se t m: “Ǒ, y c’nt d ɖt – bcz y’r def.” Êlñ-Élis hz śoun ɖt def ppl cn d enʈñ – dansñ, actñ n plenti mor. Ẃ śd’nt w? I agri ẃn Êlñ-Élis sz “it’s a jô t b def”. It’s sć a jô t b part v ɖs wundrfl cḿṇti n t yz BSL – bʈ t cḿṇcet wɖ uɖr def ppl bt olso, az Êlñ-Élis’z danspartnr, Giovanni Pernice, hz śoun bî imbresñ BSL, az a we fr def n hírñ ppl t wrc tgɖr. I hop t si mor v ɖt in ɖ mīdia in fyćr.

Ɖ defcḿṇti’z îdiyl viźn v a prfict wrld z hírñ ppl cḿṇcetñ wɖ s yzñ sînlanḡj, ẃl imployñ ol aspects v def’wernis: îcontact n clir lip̓atnz, tù. BSL tytrz, includñ mslf, hv witnist a srj in inṭrest in lrnñ sînlanḡj sins Êlñ-Élis apird on Stricli. It’s amezñ, n I hop ɖt inṭrest rmenz nǎ ɖ śo hz endd.

Īvn lrnñ a litl bit v sîn lanḡj cn alǎ a hírñprsn t mc a difṛns t ɖ defcḿṇti. Enwn wontñ t lrn BSL śd yz an acredtd pṛvîdr t enśur ɖe hv a qoḷfaid tīćr hu wl tīć ɖm abt defculćr az wel az BSL. Ɖr r ćaḷnjz t biyñ def – bt it’s ssayti ɖt criets ɖoz barịrz, nt biyñ def. I hv evri b’lif Êlñ-Élis wl cntiny t inspîr ćenj, īvn nǎ ś hz huñ p hr dansñśuz.

• Ani Haris z an advc̣si ofisr fr RNID n tīćz BSL

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Don’t call it sleaze, call it corruption – why scandal haunts Boris Johnson’s government

The behaviour of Boris Johnson’s government does not bear comparison with the scandals that felled the Major administration – it is much, much worse. Composite: Guardian/Getty Images
Ɖ bhevyr v Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt dz nt ber cmparisn wɖ ɖ scandlz ɖt fld ɖ Mejr admiṇstreśn – it z mć, mć wrs. Comṗ̣zit: Gardịn/Geti Iṃjz

D’nt cōl it slīz, cōl it c’rupśn – ẃ scandl hōnts Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 16 December 2021)

Fṛm contracts fr mêts t flat mc-ovrz n ilisit partiz, bérli a de pasz wɖt a crîsis at Nu 10. Bt yzñ ɖ tablôd lanḡj v ɖ 90z dz’nt scrać ɖ srfis v ɖs guvnmnt’s sinz

Jonathan Freedland

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd, Ʈrzde 16 Dsmbr 2021

Ʈnc v boncñ. Nt ɖ activti, bt ɖ wrd. Az a śorthand fr sx, it wz popyḷrîzd, f nt invntd, bî ɖ tablôd pres in ɖ 90z – bac ɖen, “Boncñ Boris” rfŕd t a formr Wimbldn ćampịn rɖr ɖn a fyćr prim̦inistr. Y cn si ẃ it apild. “Boncñ” slipt īẓli undr ɖ bar pṛhibtñ xplītivz in faṃli nyzpeprz; it sǎndd fun rɖr ɖn porṇgrafic. It wz clir n d’rect, yt hd ol ɖ advantjz v yḟmizm.

Nǎ ʈnc v slīz. Az it hapnz, ɖt wrd pformd a similr rǒl in ɖ sem pirịd. It cd b hrld at poḷtiśnz – sṗsificli ɖ Cnsrṿtiv guvnmnt v Jon Mejr – reḷtivli fri v līgl risc. Y cd se a MP or ministr wz “mîrd in slīz” wɖt hvñ t pruv ɖt ɖe hd brocn a sṗsific lw. It wz handi.

N it dd gret srvis in ɖ 1990z. It bcem a cać-ol fr evrʈñ fṛm criminl roñduwñ t an xtṛmaṛtl “ʈri-in-a-bed romp” – t dplô anɖr tablôd frêz v ɖ ej – n sjstd moṛl dce in a Tori parti ɖt hd bn in pǎr fr ɖ bst part v tū decedz. It leid ɖ grǎnd fr ɖ landslîd Lebr vicṭri v 1997, in part bî sjstñ ɖt it wz nt onli tîm fr a ćenj v guvnmnt, bt tîm fr a clir-ǎt, īvn a clenzñ v ǎr public lîf.

Nǎ “slīz” z bac. “ŚEMLIS MPz SNC BAC INTU SLĪZ,” rord ɖ Dêli Meil in rli Nvmbr (ɖo tecñ cer nt t mnśn ɖ MPz’ parti afilieśn: ɖ pepr wz nt yt redi t spīc v “Tori slīz”). Wns agn, az it wz a qortr-snć̣ri ago, slīz z an umbreḷwrd, undr ẃć cn śltr a fl renj v sinz. It xtndz fṛm Boris Jonsn’z wōlpepr t ɖ multibiłn-pǎnd PPI contracts handd ǎt t poḷtiśnz’ mêts, fṛm a prim̦iṇstirịl hoḷde in Marbella t ɖ insṭleśn v Tori alîz in ci public jobz.

Bt it’s ɖ roñ wrd.

Ɖ xpḷneśn fr ẃ it’s roñ, n ẃ ɖt roñnis matrz, z a têl v modn Britn, fl v leyrz n loyrz, v ćīts n ćansrz, v poḷtiśnz on ɖ mc n on ɖ tec, v sīcrit luv’ferz, mstirịs midlmen n ɖ p’reńl tmteśnz v pǎr, muni n sx. It’s a stori ɖt rvilz hǎ mć ɖ poḷtics v ɖs cuntri n its dominnt parti hv ćenjd – n hǎ ɖ crîmz v ɖ past hv cm t lc olmst qent nxt t ɖ mć gretr crîmz cmitd in ɖ hir n nǎ.

It starts in 1993 wɖ Mejr’z clozñ’dres t ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti confṛns in Blacpūl. Ɖ parti hd bn roct bî Blac Wnzde a yir rlịr, a cuṛnsicrîsis ɖt śc ɖ public’s feʈ in ẃt hd bn ɖ Tōriz’ strongist sūt: ɖer repyteśn fr ic̣nomic compitns. “Ɖ cabiṇt wr ʈncñ, ‘Ẃt cn w d t bolstr ǎr cṛdnślz, ptiklrli wɖ ǎr ǒn ppl?’” Edwīna Cúri, a formr ministr, ɖen on ɖ bac-bnćz, tlz m. Ɖ ansr wz a rtrn t Cnsrṿtiv frst prínsiplz.

From left: Matt Hancock, Neil Hamilton and Jonathan Aitken. Composite: Guardian/PA/Getty Images
Fṛm left: Mát Hancoc, Nìl Hamiltn n Joṇʈn Etcn. Comṗ̣zit: Gardịn/PA/Geti Iṃjz

“Ɖ old valyz – nebrlinis, dīsnsi, crṭsi – ɖ’r stl alîv, ɖ’r stl ɖ bst v Britn,” Mejr tld hiz ōdịns. “Ɖe hv’nt ćenjd, n yt smhǎ ppl fīl imbaṛst bî ɖm. W śd’nt b. It z tîm t rtrn t ɖoz old cor valyz, tîm t gt bac t besics, t slf-diṣplin n rspct fr ɖ lw, t cnsiḍreśn fr uɖrz, t axptñ a rsponsbiḷti fr yrslf n yr faṃli n nt śuḟlñ of on uɖr ppl n ɖ stet.”

Ɖr wz no mnśn v sx or sngl-peṛnt faṃliz, bt ɖ tōc v “rsponsbiḷti” n “faṃli” wz inuf t enśur ɖ frêz “bac t besics” wz hŕd az a cōl fr a rtrn t Victorịn standdz v prsnl mraḷti. It mnt eni dīvieśn fṛm ɖt standd wz evidns v hipocṛsi, n ɖrfr ɖ l’jitiṃt subjict v jrṇlistic inqîri. Ɖ prim̦inistr mt az wel hv snt ǎt stif, imbost cardz t Flīt Strīt’s tablôd editrz, invîtñ ɖm t rumij in ɖ prîṿt lîvz v hiz MPz.

Cúri smîlz at ɖ meṃri v it. Ś sz ɖt ẃn “bac t besics” wz bròt t ɖ cabiṇt – ś sspcts it wz ɖ invnśn v Jon Redwŭd – ɖ PM’z rspons śd hv bn imīɉt. “Ẃt Jon Mejr śd hv dn wz lc arnd ɖ tebl wɖ a slîtli rezd îbrǎ n se, ‘Wel, handz p evrbdi hir hu’z prfict, huz prsnl lîf z prfict.’” H wd nt hv bn ebl t rêz hiz ǒn hand: in ɖ lêt 80z, h hd hd a for-yir xtṛmaṛtl afer v hiz ǒn wɖ, az it hapnd, Edwīna Cúri. “Ɖt’s ẃt’s cōld slf-dspśn,” ś sz nǎ.

A fy munʈs lêtr, Mejr wz despṛtli insistñ ɖt “bac t besics” wz nt “a crūsed abt prsnl mraḷti”, bt bî ɖen it wz tù lêt. Fṛm ɖ momnt h hd got t hiz fīt in Blacpūl, rît untl ɖ ilex́n v 1997, it wz opn sīzn. Ć wīc sīmd t brñ anɖr reṿleśn v ɖ gap btwn ɖ Cnsrṿtivz’ public reṭric n ɖ prîṿt riaḷti.

It mt b ɖ nyz ɖt jūńr trnsportministr Stīv Noris hd bn hvñ simlteńs aferz wɖ ʈri difṛnt wimin, in adiśn t ɖ tū loñ-trm “mistṛsz” at hiz sîd bfr ɖt, a sićueśn capćrd bî ɖ red-top hedlîn: YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, MINISTR!!! Or it cd b ɖ reṿleśn ɖt invîrnmntministr Tim Yo hd faɖrd a ćîld ǎtsd marij, īvn az h hd spocn pubḷcli v ɖ nīd t rdys ɖ numbr v sngl peṛnts.

Hipocṛsi wz ɖ ʈred ɖt ran ʈru n cnctd evrwn v ɖz eṗsodz. Ɖ Tōriz wr ɖ parti v Sx́n 28, pṛhibtñ ɖ “pṛmośn v hoṃsx́uaḷti” in scūlz. Yt ɖ tablôdz faund ɖt Devid Aśbi MP hd śerd a hotel bed wɖ a man on a rugbitur, Jeri Héiz MP hd hd a rleśnśp wɖ a mć yungr man n Rićd Sprñ MP hd bn còt in bed wɖ bʈ a man n ɖt man’z grlfrend. Fr a ẃl in ɖ mid-1990z, it bcem a Súnde rićl: opn p ɖ Nyz v ɖ Wrld n si ẃć Tori hd bn xpozd az a rejñ hiṗcrit.

In amñ ol ɖt wr reṿleśnz v roñduwñ v a qt difṛnt nećr. Ɖ Gardịn dscuvrd ɖt Nìl Hamiltn MP wz biyñ sīcṛtli peid bî a lobiist, n ɖt h hd rsivd ʈǎznd v pǎndz – in caś, stuft intu enṿlops – fṛm Haṛdz ǒnr Mhamid Al Fîed, in rtrn fr ascñ qsćnz fevṛbl t Haṛdz on ɖ flor v ɖ Hǎs v Comnz. Uɖr MPz wr in ɖ caś-fr-qsćnz biznis, tù, bt Hamiltn sn bcem ɖ fes v ɖ scandl, nt līst bcz h traid t dnî it.

Lêtr Hamiltn wz jônd in noṭrayti bî Joṇʈn Etcn, hu hd alaud eidz v ɖ Sǎdi royl faṃli t pe hiz £1,000 bil fr a ste at ɖ Paris Ríts in Sptmbr 1993 – a gift ɖt wz fbidn, gvn ɖt h wz ɖ ministr in ćarj v dfnspṛkrmnt at ɖ tîm, n wz ɖrfr bánd fṛm rsivñ fevrz ɖt mt ples him undr an obḷgeśn. Lîc Hamiltn, h dnaid ɖ Gardịn’z acǎnt v ivnts, n wz ivnć̣li jeld fr prɉri.

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Ol v ɖz storiz wr capćrd bî ɖ sngl wrd “slīz”, n ɖe set ɖ tyn fr ɖ 1997 campen ɖt swept Toni Bler t pǎr. N yt tōc nǎ t Aḷster Cambl, hu srvd ɖen az Bler’z preșecṛtri, n y’l hír him se tū arestñ ʈñz abt ɖ hol biznis.

Ɖ frst z ɖt Bler wz a rluctnt worịr agnst slīz. “Toni wz olwz wurid abt gwñ on ɖs,” h sz. Nt jst ɖ sx́l stuf, bt īvn ɖ fnanśl roñduwñ. “F ol y g on z slīz, ɖ public wl ʈnc ɖt’s ol y cer abt.” Cambl b’livz, inṣdnṭli, ɖt ɖr’z a lésn hir fr Cir Starmr: Bler cept himslf slîtli abv ɖ fre, līvñ ɖ slīztōc t uɖrz, alawñ ɖ līdr t foc̣s on Lebr’z cor meṣjz on crîm, jobz n edyceśn.

Bt hiz secnd obẓveśn z ɖ importnt wn. “Ẃt ɖs lot r dwñ z in a difṛnt līg fṛm Jon Mejr n hiz lot.”

H’z rît. “Slīz” z nt ɖ rît lebl fr ɖ bhevyr v Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt, ćīfli bcz ɖt bhevyr dz nt ber cmparisn wɖ ɖ scandlz ɖt fld ɖ Mejr admiṇstreśn. Nt bcz, az ɖ Tori ćirlīdrz at ɖ Teḷgraf or Xpres wd hv y b’liv, tde’z msconduct z nt az bad bt, on ɖ contrri, bcz it z mć, mć wrs. Yes, ɖ sx́l reṿleśnz v ɖ 1990z xpozd a florid hipocṛsi, ẃl ɖ Hamiltn n Etcn aferz involvd a sirịs btreyl v ɖ public trust. Bt ɖ ćarjśīt agnst Jonsn z on a difṛnt scel. Hipocṛsi z a ʈīm wns agn, v cors, tiṗfaid bî ɖ Barnard Casl n Dǎnñ Strīt Crisṃs parti rǎz – ɖ guvnmnt brecñ ɖ rūlz it hd impozd on evrwn els, in ɖ latr ces nocñ bac ɖ būz n pleyñ gemz ẃl ɖ rest v ɖ cuntri wz loct dǎn n, ofn, alon. Bt bgin wɖ ɖ mîldist akześnz agnst ɖ prim̦inistr – ẃć, paṛdoxicli, r olso ɖ wnz ɖt hv cut ʈru most śarpli t ɖ public. Ẃt’s sgnificnt z ɖt ɖe rlet nt t no-marc bac-bnćrz or prīvịsli uņoun jūńr ministrz, az most v ɖ 90z storiz dd, bt t ɖ man at ɖ top.

Ɖ matr v hu peid fr Jonsn’z £840-a-rol dzînrwōlpepr fr hiz apartmnt in Dǎnñ Strīt, or fr hiz hoḷdez in Mustique or Marbella, me sīm trivịl, bt it gz t an importnt qsćn, ɖ sem wn ɖt pruvd Etcn’z unduwñ. F eni ministr, includñ ɖ prim̦inistr, rsivz smʈñ v valy, ɖen w’nt ɖe fīl bholdn t ɖer beṇfactr? N f ɖe d, ɖen hu, ultiṃtli, wl ɖe b srvñ – ɖ public inṭrest or ɖ prsn ɖe o?

Jonsn’z loñ rfyzl t dscloz ɖ îdntti v hiz jenṛs frendz – onli rvilñ undr intns preśr ɖt ɖ Nu 10 refurb hd bn fundd bî Tori donr Lord Brǎnlo or ɖt ɖ pṛvîdr v hiz lux̣́ri Spaniś vila wz ɖ faṃli v Tori pir Zac Goldsmiʈ – adz t ɖ cnsrn. Ẃ ɖ rluctns t cm clīn f ɖr’z nʈñ t hîd?

Bac in ɖ 1990z, ɖr wr no sć qsćnz asct abt ɖ PM himslf: it wz ol abt hiz sborḍnets. Indd – n ɖs z ɖ secnd ci difṛns btwn nǎ n ɖen – ẃn hiz ministrz wr faund t hv brocn ɖ rūlz, Mejr ʈrù ɖ bc at ɖm, ivnć̣li setñ p a ny standdzproses ɖt hz indyrd t ɖs de. Bt ẃn ɖ ardnt Brexitr n formr cabiṇtministr Own Paṭsn wz faund t hv ingejd in ẃt wz a fbidn, rićli rwordd n “igrījs ces v peid advc̣si”, t qot ɖ Comnz invstgeśn intu hiz lobiyñ, Jonsn’z rspons wz ɖ vri oṗzit: h dd’nt ʈro ɖ rūl-bc at Paṭsn bt dmandd hiz MPz vot t rip it p. H wontd t let Paṭsn of ɖ hc. Onli a naśnl ǎtcrî forst him t bac dǎn.

Mejr himslf drù ɖ contrast ẃn, in a rer inṭvnśn last munʈ, h spouc v ɖ “pen n anḡś” h hd indyrd ovr slīz mor ɖn 25 yirz ago. “Ɖ strîcñ difṛns z ɖs: in ɖ 1990z I set p a cmiti t tacl ɖs sort v bhevyr,” h tld ɖ Tde program. “Ovr ɖ last fy dez w hv sìn tde’z guvnmnt trayñ t dfnd ɖs sort v bhevyr … It nīdz t b stopt.”

Stl, ẃt pts ɖ conduct v ɖ cuṛnt admiṇstreśn intu an intîrli difṛnt caṭgri – wn il-sūtd t so jntl a trm az slīz – rlets nt t ɖ doji bhevyr v indivijlz, bt t ɖ conduct v ɖ guvnmnt itslf. Ẃn y lc at ɖt, y riylîz ɖ wrd “slīz” wl nt d – ɖt it miṇmîzz ɖ probḷm, ɖt it pts ẃt z haṗ̣nñ nǎ on a par wɖ a Tori ministr sucñ ɖ toz v hiz actris-luvr ẃl wẹrñ fl Ćlsi strip (t sáit tū dītelz v ɖ scandl ɖt hlpt dfeṇstret ɖen heṛtijsecṛtri, Devid Melr, bʈ dītelz invntd ǎt v hol cloʈ bî pubḷsist Max Cliḟd).

Y lc at ɖt n y ʈnc: d’nt cōl ɖs slīz, cōl it ẃt it z – c’rupśn.

From left: David Cameron, Geoffrey Cox and Owen Paterson. Composite: Guardian/Getty Images/Reuters/Sportsphoto/Allstar
Fṛm left: Devid Camṛn, Jefri Cox n Own Paṭsn. Comṗ̣zit: Gardịn/Geti Iṃjz/Rôtrz/Sportsfoto/Olstar

T si ɖ probḷm clirli, it pez t stér hard at ɖ guvnmnt’s rspons t ɖ globl pandemic ɖt struc wīcs aftr Jonsn’z big ilex́nwin in Dsmbr 2019. In ɖoz frst, panict dez v Covid, ministrz scrambld t gt hold v ɖ prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt (PPI) doctrz n nrsz nīdd t ste sef: gluvz, gǎnz, mascs. T ɖ public it lct lîc a wortîm reqziśndrîv, wɖ Ẃîthōl rîtli strećñ evri siny t enśur ɖ fruntlîn wz proprli pṛtctd.

Bt ẃt ɖ public dd’nt si wz ɖt, t ɖoz in ɖ nǒ, ɖt frst srj v ɖ vîṛs wz a goldruś. Ontṛpṛnŕz stampīdd t rīć ny t’ren ɖt hld apaṛntli unliṃtd rzrvz v taxpeyrz’ muni. Ẃt’s mor, axes t ɖoz rićz dd nt rqîr eni nǒhǎ or tracrecord in PPI mańfacćr, bt simpli cnx́nz t ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti.

Ɖ sṗsific cesz r î-popñ, bròt intu ɖ dêlît bî, amñ uɖrz, ɖ Gd Lw Project, an iniṣ́tiv fǎndd n run bî ɖ Twitr-frendli formr taxloyr Jolịn Mōm. Hvñ md a tîdi fortyn dfndñ ɖ ofn ilabṛt tax’renjmnts v ɖ wlʈi, Mōm nǎ tecs a saḷri ɖt h dscrîbz az a “sngl-dijit psntij” v hiz formr rnñz in rtrn fr xpozñ roñduwñ bî guvnmnt.

Graɉli, cretlodz v dokmnts hv cm hiz we. Ẃɖr ʈru līcs fṛm ẃislblowrz, fṛm wɖn Ẃîthōl or fṛm cumṗniz hu lost ǎt on contracts, or handd t him az part v ɖ līgl proses v suwñ ɖ guvnmnt, h hz, h sz, obtend inuf pìsz v ɖ jigsw “t mc a priti gd ges at ɖ picćr”. N ẃt a picćr.

Tec ɖ ces v publandlord Alix Bōrn, hu feṃsli wnt fṛm pŭlñ pînts at Mát Hancoc’s locl t landñ a slîs v a £40m contract t mc medicl iqipmnt, īvn ɖo h hd no xpirịns in ɖ fīld. Rlịr ɖs munʈ, Hancoc dsmist ɖ stori az a “fabṛceśn pśt bî ɖ Lebr parti”. Bt ɖen it imrjd ɖt Bōrn’z luci brec hd simpli bn wel hidn. Ɖ Dpartmnt v Hlʈ hd sînd a contract wɖ a difṛnt entti, Alfa L’boṛtriz. Bt in ɖ smōl print ɖr wz a stipyleśn ɖt ɖ mańfacćrñ v ɖ gdz hd t b dn bî Bōrn’z ǎtfit. Nîs wrc f y cn gt it.

Or ɖr wz ɖ dīl ɖt sw at līst £156m v taxpeyrz’ muni westd on 50m fesmascs ivnć̣li dīmd unsūṭbl fr ɖ NHS. Ɖe wr bòt fṛm a prîṿt-eqti frm ʈru a cumṗni ɖt hd nvr pṛdyst a sngl îtm v PPI – or indd enʈñ fr ɖt matr – n ɖt hd a śercapitl v jst £100. Bt ɖs cumṗni, Prosṗmil, hd a crūśl asit. It wz coǒnd bî wn Andru Milz, advîzr t ɖ guvnmnt, stōnć Brexitr n alî v ɖ cabiṇtministr Liz Trus.

Smhǎ Prosṗmil manijd t pswed ɖ guvnmnt t part wɖ £252m ovr-ol, bostñ ɖt it hd s’krd xclūsiv rîts ovr a PPI facṭri in Ćîna. Ɖr wz jst wn probḷm: ɖ mascs it pṛdyst yzd irlūps, ẃn onli mascs s’krd arnd ɖ hed wr dīmd sūṭbl fr NHS staf. In ɖ fît agnst Covid, ɖe wr yslis.

Ɖ guvnmnt’s ǒn figrz esṭmet ɖt sm £2.8bn wz westd ɖs we, splaśt ǎt on gdz n srṿsz ɖt dd’nt wrc. Ɖ guvnmnt’s dfns z, in ifct, ɖt ɖr wz a wor on – ɖt ẃn fest wɖ ɖ rjnt tasc v fîtñ a mstirịs pandemic, ɖr wz no tîm fr nîṣtiz. No tîm fr cmpettiv tnḍrñ or forml pṛkrmntprosesz: y nīdd t gt ɖ cit t ɖ fruntlîn n dám ɖ dītelz.

In Mōm’z vy, wns ɖt dsiźn hd bn tecn, wns ɖ yźl pṛkrmntrūlz – dmandñ ɖt rîvl s’playrz priznt cmpitñ bidz t b asest fr qoḷti n valy fr muni – wr sspndd, c’rupśn wz olwz bǎnd t folo. “F y dić proses, y’r gwñ t hv c’rupśn,” h sz. “Ɖt’s jst inevitbl.” Ẃt md ɖ Covid bnanza difṛnt wz ɖt ɖ guvnmnt dd nt onli mc c’rupśn inevitbl, it “insttyśṇlîzd ɖt c’rupśn”.

Ɖt’s nt reṭric, bt an akṛt dscripśn v ẃt hapnd. Ministrz crietd a VIP len fr ɖer “contacts”, grantñ frendz or partidonrz a fast trac intu ɖ pṛkrmntproses n a ples at ɖ hed v ɖ cȳ fr ɖoz jūsi contracts. Arnd 50 cumṗniz hv bn nemd az hvñ beṇfitd fṛm ɖ VIP len, wɖ Mîcl Gov, Grant Śaps, Hancoc n uɖrz amñ ɖ poḷtiśnz hu lent a hlpñ hand in ɖ form v an ol-importnt rfŕṛl. No les ɖn £1.6bn wrʈ v contracts wr awordd az a rzult v rfŕṛlz fṛm jst 10 Tori poḷtiśnz. Ɖoz rfŕṛlz wr goldn: f y got wn, n faund yrslf in ɖ ćumz’ club, y wr mor ɖn 10 tîmz mor lîcli t bag a contract ɖn ɖoz cumṗniz left ǎtsd.

N ɖr wz sirịs muni t b md. Wn pandemic start-up, PPI Medpro, wún tū contracts wrʈ £200m a matr v wīcs aftr it wz born: its fǎndr wz a formr biznis’sośiet v Tori pir Báṛnes Mǒn. Melr Dzînz, ɖen ɖ frm v Tori donr Devid Melr, bagd ovr £160m in PPI dīlz, aftr a rfŕṛl intu ɖ VIP len fṛm Gov. Cabiṇt ofis ministr Lord Agny wz an ispeṣ́li ysfl frend t hv in hî plesz. Tū cumṗniz rfŕd bî him wún contracts ɖt wr, btwn ɖm, wrʈ mor ɖn £500m.

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Sm mt śrug at ol ɖs, wunḍrñ f it riyli matrz f poḷtiśnz’ palz dd wel ǎt v ɖ pandemic, so loñ az Britiś hospitlz got ɖ cit ɖe nīdd. Bt ɖr’z stroñ evidns ɖt Brítnz wr ript of – wɖ dokmnts sjstñ ɖt sm VIP bidz wr ćozn īvn ẃn ɖe wr ćarjñ we abv marcitrets, n ɖt guvnmnt bòt p iqipmnt in far gretr qonttiz ɖn wz nīdd, īvn ẃn ɖ panic v ɖ frst wev hd pást. Ɖt wz gret fr ɖ luci cumṗniz wɖ hî-pǎrd frendz, nt so gret fr ɖ taxpeyr. Indd, Mōm esṭmets ɖt ɖ guvnmnt spent £12.5bn on PPI ɖt it cd hv got fr £4.5bn. “W’r tōcñ vast amǎnts v west,” h sz. It dd’nt hv t b ɖs we. “It’s nt ɖ inevitbl c’rupśn ɖt cmz ẃn, at ɖ tîm v naśnl imrjnsi, y pt asd proses in ɖ inṭrest v spīd. It’s ɖ insttyśṇlîześn v c’rupśn t beṇfit yr frendz.”

H nots ɖt ɖ guvnmnt’s ǒn Cǎntrfrōd tīm hz asest ẃt it dscrîbz az a “hî risc v frōd in ɖ pṛkrmnt v PPI”, ẃć promts a qsćn: ẃ r ɖ p’līs nt invstgetñ?

Bt ɖ VIP len z nt ɖ onli xampl v public gdz biyñ handd ǎt t partifrendz. Not ɖ astoṇśñ run ɖt hz sìn nîn v ɖ parti’z formr treẓ́rrz gvn a sīt in ɖ Lordz sins 2010, wɖ ć v ɖoz apôntd sins 2014 hvñ dnetd at līst £3m t particofrz. In wn ces, ɖ ŕmin wz handd ǎt in dfayns v ɖ advîs v ɖ Lordz apôntmntsbodi, ẃć dīmd Tori donr Pītr Cruḍs unwrɖi v a sīt in ɖ upr hǎs – bt Jonsn inobld him enwe. Y cn fgiv Aḷster Cambl fr smartñ az h rmembrz ɖ caś-fr-onrz invstgeśn intu ɖ last Lebr guvnmnt – ẃć sw sevṛl līdñ Lebr figrz, includñ Bler, inṭvyd bî p’līs, bt no ćarjz bròt agnst eni v ɖm – n contmplets ɖ lac v ax́n, or īvn cuṿrij, tde. “F ɖs hd bn s, it wd hv bn on ɖ nyz de aftr de aftr de.”

Cambl mnśnz ɖ Brni Eclstn afer, ẃn it imrjd ɖt ɖ Forḿla Wn bos hd dnetd £1m t ɖ Lebr parti in 1997, nt loñ bfr ɖ Bler guvnmnt xmtd ɖ sport fṛm a ban on tbaco advtîzñ. Bler wz forst t g on teḷviźn t aśur vywrz ɖt ɖr hd bn no qid pro qo, no “caś fr poḷsi” dīl; ɖt h wz, instd, a “priti stret sort v gai”. Cambl insists ɖt ɖ Eclstn afer wz agṛvetd in part bî a Lebr dzîr nt t repḷcet Tori msconduct: Dǎnñ Strīt dlibṛtli avôdd telñ ɖen hlʈsecṛtri Franc Dobsn abt ɖ dneśn, “bcz w dd’nt wont ɖt afctñ hiz jujmnt” ẃn drw̃ p ɖ tbacoban. Ol ɖ sem, h admits Lebr got it roñ – n ɖt it śd hv bn “p frunt” abt ɖ muni fṛm ɖ start. In ɖ end, Lebr gev ɖ £1m bac t Eclstn, hvñ sòt ɖ advîs v ɖ standdz woćdog.

Ɖt hz nt qt bn ɖ aproć v ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn. On ɖ contrri, ẃt adz t ɖ graṿti v ɖ ćarjz agnst it z its atmt t pt itslf bynd ɖ rīć v acǎntbiḷti or īvn ɖ lw. It hz md rpitd eḟts t wìcn or cntrol ɖoz insttyśnz ɖt mt rstren its pǎr. Most d’rect r its sirịl ʈrets t crtel jdiśl rvy, liṃtñ ɖ corts’ abiḷti t ćec dsiźnz v guvnmnt. Rli Dsmbr bròt wrd, uncnvinsñli dnaid, v an iminnt drîv t gv ministrz ny pǎrz in sć cesz t ʈro ǎt jdiśl jujmnts ɖt ɖe dd’nt lîc. Ẃɖr or nt ɖs z born v Jonsn’z dzîr t gt īvn fr ɖ hymilieśn ɖ s’prīm cort inflictd on him in 2019 – ynaniṃsli dfitñ ɖ PM’z proṛgeśn v parḷmnt – it lcs lîc a clir eḟt t rmuv a crb on hiz mît.

Ɖ reğlr swîps at ɖ BBC, n ɖ apôntmnt v a loñtîm eṇmi v ɖ corṗreśn, Nedīn Dōriz, az culćrsecṛtri, śd b sìn ɖ sem we: az an eḟt t intiṃdet or cǎ a scrūṭnîzñ insttyśn ɖt wd orḍneṛli b ǎtsd guvnmntcntrol. Ɖ sem gz fr its pṛpozd “rformz” v ɖ Ilectṛl Cmiśn, plesñ a hand arnd ɖ ʈrot v dmocṛsi’z reḟrī. Atacs on ɖ rît t pṛtst, ćenjz t ɖ Ofiśl-Sīcrits Act tarġtñ jrṇlists n ẃislblowrz, ɖ unveild campen t ples îdịlojicli loyl Tori alîz intu ci public pziśnz – jst bcz ɖe dd nt s’xid in instōlñ formr Dêli Meil editr Pōl Dêcr az ɖ ćer v Ofcom śd nt obskr hǎ hard ɖe traid – r ol part v ɖ sem patn.

Ɖ em z t c’rod ɖ ćecs n baḷnsz ɖt mc dmocṛsi fuñśn, t alǎ ɖ guvnmnt t d ẃt it lîcs, fr itslf n fr its alîz, bî inśurñ ɖoz hu mt hold it t acǎnt – ẃɖr jujz, pres or pṛtstrz – r tù wìc t stop ɖm. It endz in a guvnmnt ɖt z, in ifct, bynd ɖ lw. Ɖs z ẃ Cambl sz, wɖ sm viymns, “It’s nt ‘croniizm’ or ‘ćumocṛsi’ or ‘slīz’. It’s c’rupśn.”

Ɖr’z so mć v it, ẃɖr it’s Jonsn yzñ hiz public ofis t advans ɖ biznis inṭrests v hiz ɖen luvr Jenifr Arcŭri, Own Paṭsn tecñ muni fṛm Randox – hu lêtr wún tū fat contracts fr Covid tstñ, wrʈ a cmbînd totl v olmst £480m, nɖr v ẃć wr advtîzd or opn t comṗtiśn – or ministrz’ fondnis fr yzñ ẂtsAp or prîṿt īmeilz, cnvińntli ivedñ scrūṭni.

Bt ɖr z a krịs paṛdox hir. Ol ɖs z so mć mor sirịs ɖn ɖ boncñstoriz v a jeṇreśn ago, mor sirịs ɖn Hamiltn n Etcn trǎẓrñ a fy grand or a nît in ɖ Rits n ɖen layñ abt it – Mōm sz 90z slīz z “qt swīt” bî cmparisn; “it’s Feṃs Fîv Dz C’rupśn” – n yt it struglz t brec ʈru. Phps mć v it z tù compḷcetd t folo, tù abstract. Phps, pvrsli, ɖ sumz v muni r tù larj: mbi it’s īzịr t grasp ɖ imij v a Haṛdz enṿlop buljñ wɖ caś ɖn it z t picćr biłnz sîfnd awe via ɖ VIP len. It’s notisbl ɖt it hz bn sm v Jonsn’z lesr, bt mor concrīt, ax́nz ɖt hv rīćt ɖ fruntpejz: ɖ wōlpepr n ɖ hoḷdez, rɖr ɖn ɖ insttyśṇlîzd c’rupśn n ɖ dsmantlñ v ǎr deṃcratic scafldñ.

Īvn last munʈ’z rǎ abt Jefri Cox, huz lūcṛtiv līgl practis sw him besñ himslf in ɖ Caṛbiyn, far awe fṛm hiz cnstitẏnts in Devn, z an xampl v a cnd v misdirex́n. Mōm sz ɖs wz a ces v “tecñ ɖ pis”, rɖr ɖn c’rupśn, n yt it atractd mor public ǎtrej ɖn Paṭsn’z wrc fr Randox – az f ɖ lceśn v MPz’ xtṛḿṛl wrc wz ɖ probḷm, rɖr ɖn ɖ sspiśn v inflụnspéḍlñ. Smhǎ w gt dstractd, ǎr gêz foc̣sñ on ɖ roñ ples.

Bt it’s nt jst a fełr v public atnśn. “Slīz” còt fîr in ɖ 1990z in part bcz it wz nt onli left t ɖ Mirr n ɖ Gardịn. Ɖ Tori peprz ran wɖ it tù, drwn t storiz ɖt wr jst tù jūsi t rzist, n cnvinst ɖt Mejr n ɖ Cnsrṿtivz wr wośt p enwe. Ɖe hv nt yt dfiṇtivli rīćt ɖt cncluźn abt ɖs guvnmnt: ɖ Tōriz hv bn in fr a deced rɖr ɖn a deced n a haf, n Jonsn hz onli bn in Dǎnñ Strīt fr tū yirz. Ɖe hv bn, mostli, wilñ t gv him a pas – olɖo ɖ līct vidio v eidz at Nu 10 giġlñ az ɖe apaṛntli rcōld partiyñ in dfayns v Covid rūlz, n rports ɖt sevṛl sć partiz hapnd in ɖ prim̦inistr’z rezidns, hv pśt ɖt peśns t its limits. Ɖt matrz bcz, in Britn’z mīdia īcosistm, f ɖ rîtwñ peprz d’nt cuvr a stori, ɖ brōdcastrz tnd t stir clir v it, tù.

Ɖr’z wn last factr: śem. Slīz bcem a subjict v naśnl cnsrn in ɖ 1990z in part bcz ɖ prim̦inistr rgardd it ɖt we. Atacs on ɖ integṛti v ɖ Tori parti got undr Jon Mejr’z scin bcz h xpirịnst ɖm az atacs on hiz ǒn integṛti, ẃć h valyd. Cúri rcōlz ɖt Marġ̣rit Ʈaćr wz so fstidịs ɖt ẃn ministrz met t tōc poḷtics, ɖ PM insistd ɖe ćip in a fy pǎndz fṛm ɖer ǒn pocits t pe fr ɖ sanẉjz. Boris Jonsn z md v difṛnt stuf. (So, olɖo h wz betr at dsgîzñ it, wz Devid Camṛn. Hvñ wornd in 2010 ɖt “ɖ far-tù-cozi rleśnśp btwn poḷtics, guvnmnt, biznis n muni” wz “ɖ nxt big scandl wêtñ t hapn”, ɖ formr PM tc ɖt cozinis t a ny levl: ćuṃli txtñ xcolīgz, includñ ćanslr Riśi Sŭnac, az h hōct ɖ srṿsz v Grīnsil Capitl, ɖ banc ɖt c’lapst intu admiṇstreśn rlịr ɖs yir, dprîvñ Camṛn v ɖ $70m pe-ǎt h hd rportidli hopt fr.) V Jonsn, Cúri sz h hz “no moṛl fîbr ẃtsvr”. Īvn ɖ Tōriz’ canddet in ɖ Norʈ Śropśr bîilex́n, hld t fînd a s’xesr fr Paṭsn, ẃn asct for tîmz ẃɖr h rgardd ɖ prim̦inistr az a man v “oṇsti n integṛti”, cd nt se yes.

So v cors ɖ ǎtrej wl nt cm fṛm Dǎnñ Strīt, bcz ɖ ʈret cmz fṛm Dǎnñ Strīt. Ɖ ǎtrej wl hv t cm fṛm ɖ public, ɖ votrz – n it bginz bî cōlñ ɖs menis t ǎr deṃcratic lîf bî its nem. D’nt cōl it slīz. Cōl it c’rupśn.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ ‘A rudderless outfit’: Conservative press turns on Boris Johnson

‘There may be no path back for Mr Johnson,’ wrote the Times in a leader column. Photograph: Reuters
‘Ɖr me b no paʈ bac fr Mr. Jonsn,’ rout ɖ Tîmz in a līdrcoḷm. Foṭgraf: Rôtrz

‘A rudrlis ǎtfit’: Cnsrṿtiv pres trnz on Boris Jonsn

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 15 December 2021)

Aftr Crisṃs parti reṿleśnz n poṣbl bîilex́n dfit lūmñ, loylti fr prîm̦inistr z wenñ

Arći Bland, Wnzde 15 Dsmbr 2021

Ɖ  bad hedlînz fr Boris Jonsn bgan wɖ an atmt t rīrait slīzrūlz t pṛtct ɖ bac-bnć MP Own Paṭsn, pṛgrest ʈru a siriz v reṿleśnz abt Crisṃs partiz, n r nǎ foc̣st on a masiv bac-bnć rbełn n qsćnz abt ɖ prim̦inistr’z prsnl oʈoṛti.

Wɖ a poṣbl bîilx́n dfit in Paṭsn’z prīvịsli sef sīt on ɖ cardz ɖs wīc, it z sef t cōl ɖs ɖ most dificlt pirịd v Boris Jonsn’z premịrśp – n ɖ Cnsrṿtiv pres, ẃć hz loñ bn loyl t him, z incrisñli xpresñ its unhapinis. Hir r xtracts fṛm cuṿrij v ɖ prim̦inistr in rît-v-sntr ǎtlets on Wenzde.

Līdr coḷm, ɖ Tîmz

“Ɖr me b no paʈ bac fr Mr. Jonsn. Hiz travelz tc a dsîsiv trn in ɖ fiasco cnsrnñ Own Paṭsn, huz sspnśn fṛm parḷmnt Mr. Jonsn un’velñli sòt t bloc. Ɖ nośn ɖt rūlz v pṛprayti in public ofis d nt aplî t Mr. Jonsn n hiz frendz z nt b’livd bî public opińn, n hz pruvd dzastṛs t ɖ guvnmnt’s repyteśn.”

Līdr coḷm, ɖ Dêli Teḷgraf

“Ɖ ny rūlz pást wɖ opziśn s’port bt ɖ scel v ɖ rbełn z a frɖr sîn v ɖ prim̦inistr’z wenñ oʈoṛti n Tori MPz’ dwindlñ trust bʈ in hiz jujmnt n hiz intnśnz wns parḷmnt hz gn intu rses. Ɖe hv pt dǎn a marcr ɖt h wd b unwîz t ignor.”

Līdr coḷm, ɖ Dêli Meil

“Ɖ PM indyrd ɖ indigṇti v rlayñ on Lebr t win ɖ vot – anɖr daṃjñ blo t hiz frajîl oʈoṛti. N bî rlisñ a bliẓd v dybịs sttistics t s’port hiz ces ɖt Omicron z sć a dedli ʈret it rqîrz intrūsiv n drastic ax́n, h z tecñ s fr fūlz.”

Līdr coḷm, ɖ Dêli Xpres

“Last nît ɖ prim̦inistr wún hiz vots on ɖ ny reğleśnz biyñ bròt in t tacl ɖ Omicron verịnt v Covid. Bt Boris Jonsn wl in ɖ cmñ dez nīd t rflect on ẃ olmst 100 Cnsrṿtiv MPz rbeld agnst vaxīnpasz.

“Ɖ ivnts in ɖ Comnz rflect a wîdr mūd ɖt peśns z wẹrñ ʈin … Mr. Jonsn mst unḍstand ɖt mć v ɖ cuntri z rīćñ ɖ limit v tolṛns on Covid rstrix́nz in ɖ absns v a dveḷpmnt ɖt clirli pozz a sgnificnt risc.”

Dańl Finkelstein, ɖ Tîmz

Last nît’s vots śo ɖt Jonsn’z guvnmnt z nǎ dpndnt upn Sr Cir Starmr t pṛvîd a stebl mjoṛti fr its sntṛl poḷsi. Hǎ loñ cn sć a pziśn indyr? Hǎ rlaybl z it? N z’nt Starmr intîtld t insist ɖt f hiz parti z sstenñ Covid poḷsi, h òt t b cnsultd on ẃt it z?

Maḍlin Grant, ɖ Dêli Teḷgraf

No Tori līdr in rīsnt meṃri hz injoid sć a ynīc oṗtyṇti [az Jonsn] t implimnt vîtl rform or mc cnsrṿtizm paḷtbl t fyćr jeṇreśnz – n nn hz sqondrd it qt so qcli.”

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: pandemic authority draining away

‘The country has the worst possible prime minister, leading the worst possible party of the worst possible persuasion at the worst possible time.’ Photograph: Getty
‘Ɖ cuntri hz ɖ wrst poṣbl prîm̦inistr, līdñ ɖ wrst poṣbl parti v ɖ wrst poṣbl psweźn at ɖ wrst poṣbl tîm.’ Foṭgraf: Geti

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Boris Jonsn: pandemic oʈoṛti drenñ awe

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 13 December 2021)

Ɖ guvnmnt’s ǒn sayntists, ɖ Lebr parti n ɖ public fevr gretr cōśn. Bt it’s Tori MPz hu cōl ɖ śots.

Munde 13 Dsmbr 2021

Olɖo Britn’z Covid-19 deʈnumbrz r nẃr nir ɖer pīc, it z soḅrñ t not ɖt ɖ frst prsn hz daid wɖ ɖ ny Omicron verịnt. Dêli infx́nz hv rīćt ɖ hîist levl sins Jańri. Omicron z spredñ lîc wîldfîr. It olso sīmz t hv unyźl cpaṣti fr riinfx́n – līdñ sm t cnclud, in hest, ɖt its simtmz r mîldr. Vaxīnz sīm les ifctiv agnst ɖs ny verịnt. Ɖr wl olmst srtnli b nīdlis deʈs, poṣbli tnz v ʈǎzndz v livz lost in munʈs, f nʈñ z dn. Ɖt z ẃ ɖ guvnmnt nīdz t fes ɖ facts n tec sirịs ax́n.

It hz so far feld t d so. Hisṭri z nt md in a vakm. Ɖ cuntri hz ɖ wrst poṣbl prîm̦inistr, līdñ ɖ wrst poṣbl parti v ɖ wrst poṣbl psweźn at ɖ wrst poṣbl tîm. Boris Jonsn’z lac v moṛl proḅti, grasp v dītel n compitns hz còt p wɖ him in ɖ poulz – drenñ ɖ oʈoṛti h nīdz in a pandemic. Oṗtynists, miniml stetists n trubl-mcrz in ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti sns an oṗnñ t brñ Mr. Jonsn t hìl n rgard ɖ inadiqt rstrix́nz anǎnst az gwñ tù far t vot fr. In fevr v gretr cōśn r ɖ guvnmnt’s ǒn sayntists, ɖ Lebr parti n ɖ public, bt it’s Tori MPz hu incrisñli cōl ɖ śots.

Mr. Jonsn hancrz fr a “majic bŭlit”. Ɖ guvnmnt dz nt rec̣gnîz ɖt ɖ sośl factrz dtrṃnñ hlʈ r p’liticli dtrmind, n p’liticl ax́n me b nīdd t impruv ɖm. Ɖ prîm̦inistr w’nt acnolij ɖ rǒlz poṿti n iniqoḷti ple in ɖ risc v infx́n, ɖ cors v ɖ dziz n in ftaḷtirets. Instd h plesz hiz feʈ in vaxīnz n hom tstñ so Brítnz cn “liv wɖ ɖ vîṛs”. Īvn hir ɖ guvnmnt hz bn tù slo t act. Ćildṛn hv olrdi fest dsrupśn t ɖer scūlñ, yt in Ñgḷnd, ministrz hv bn tardi in vax̣netñ tīnejrz n hz yt t apruv a rolǎt fr yungr pyplz.

Būstrz wl hlp, bt ɖe w’nt baniś ɖ ʈret v ɖ Omicron paʈ̇jn. Ẃt z nīdd r inṭvnśnz t stop ɖ vîṛl spred. F Covid agn runz rayt ɖen ɖr wl b no oltrṇtiv t riimpozñ a strinjnt locdǎn wɖ fizicl distnsñ rūlz n rvîvd implômnt-s’port scīmz. Ɖ pṛtx́n v hosṗtaḷti wrcrz wɖ sm form v vaxīn îdntiḟceśn rezz ɖ haclz v Tori MPz hu hv no probḷm ɖt vizitrz t plesz ẃr yelo fīvr z endemic hv t pruv vax̣neśn wɖ a “yelo card”. Ministrz hv yt t apruv ɖ mandetri wẹrñ v ifctiv mascs, propr vnṭleśn v clasrūmz n oḟsz n sfiśnt sicpe. Ɖ śamblz z sć ɖt ẃn nyz līct ɖt ɖ prîṿtîzd n inifctiv tst n tres sistm wz biyñ wǎnd dǎn, locl public hlʈ d’rectrz wornd ɖt ɖe risct biyñ handd mor rsponsbiḷti fr Covid wɖt ny fundñ.

Omicron hz xpozd ɖ Litl Britn mntaḷti at ɖ hart v guvnmnt. Ɖ lo vax̣neśnrets in purr neśnz hv bn sáitd az a ci rīzn fr ɖ imrjns v mor denjṛs c’roṇvîṛsverịnts. Onli 6% v ppl in lo-incm cuntriz hv rsivd at līst wn dos. Bt ɖ YC hz rfyzd t bac a vaxīn-petnt weivr n hz cut foṛn ed. So dveḷpñ neśnz c’nt mańfacćr ɖer ǒn ćīp meḍsinz n w’nt hv ɖ rzorsz t dstribyt ɖm. Ɖ pandemic hz bn a pur advrt fr unristrend marcitforsz. Rūdolf Virchow, ɖ 19ʈ-snć̣ri Jrmn fziśn hu frst md ɖ linc btwn ɖ tîḟs eṗdemic n poṿti, wns sd ɖt “meḍsin z sośl sayns n poḷtics nʈñ bt meḍsin on a grand scel.” Ɖt vy hz std ɖ tst v tîm, az Britn – undr Mr. Jonsn – z fîndñ t its cost.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: a stranger to honesty

‘If Mr Johnson’s outrage were sincere, he would have demanded the inquiry when reports of the party first emerged.’ Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/EPA
‘F Mr. Jonsn’z ǎtrej wr snsir, h wd hv dmandd ɖ inqîri ẃn rports v ɖ parti frst imrjd.’ Foṭgraf: YC Parḷmnt/Jesica Teilr/YPA

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Boris Jonsn: a strenjr t oṇsti

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 8 December 2021)

Ɖ scandl v a Dǎnñ Strīt parti in locdǎn rvilz smʈñ rotn at ɖ vri hart v guvnmnt

Wenzde, 8 Dsmbr 2021

Boris Jonsn’z c’rirpaʈ z pevd wɖ fōlshd. H wz fîrd fṛm hiz frst jrṇlizmjob fr fabṛcetñ a qot. Az a corispondnt in Bruslz, h tredd in gṛtesc Yrosceptic miʈoḷji. In 2004, h wz sact fṛm ɖ Cnsrṿtiv fruntbenć fr lîz h hd tld t Mîcl Hawd, ɖen opziśnlīdr, abt an xtṛmaṛtl afer.

In ɖ 2016 reḟrendmcampen, h msléd ɖ public ovr ɖ cost v YY membrśp. In ɖ 2019 jenṛl ilex́n, h bostd abt ɖ qoḷtiz v a Brexit dīl h nǎ wonts t rīṇgośiet. Nwn hu hz foloud ɖ prim̦inistr’z dsfuñśnl rleśnśp wɖ ɖ truʈ nǎ b’livz him ẃn h dnîz nolij v a Crisṃs parti in Dǎnñ Strīt on 18 Dsmbr 2020, in contṛvnśn v pandemic rstrix́nz.
Ɖ prim̦inistr tld MPz on Wenzde ɖt h wz “sicnd” bî vidio evidns ɖt sć an igrījs brīć v ɖ rūlz ocŕd n bî ɖ sît v hiz staf mcñ lît v it. Alegra Stratn, ɖ spocsprsn còt on camra, hz rzînd. Ɖ cabiṇtsecṛtri z dy t invstget. Mr. Jonsn clemz t śer public fyri.
Ɖt z dǎtfl. Most ppl obeid ɖ rūlz, forgowñ tîm wɖ frendz n faṃli. Mni cd nt vizit sic reḷtivz. Sm wr dnaid ɖ ćans t se férwel t dayñ luvd wnz. T nǒ smʈñ v ɖer pen ɖen, n ɖer fīlñz v btreyl nǎ, Mr. Jonsn wd hv t nǒ olso ɖ pǎr v emṗʈi n ẃt it mīnz t x’sîz prsnl rsponsbiḷti. Bt h z a strenjr t ɖoz ʈñz. Ɖe canot b alaud t impid hiz ambiśn n vaṇti.
F Mr. Jonsn’z ǎtrej wr snsir, h wd hv dmandd ɖ inqîri ẃn rports v ɖ parti frst imrjd n nt wêtd untl ɖ evidns forst hiz hand. H wd nt hv tld MPz last wīc ɖt no rūlz hd bn brocn, nr snt hiz spocs-ppl ǎt t iśu stl mor brezn dnaylz in ɖ folowñ dez. Ɖoz ranc fōlshdz nǎ hañ ovr Dǎnñ Strīt, bfǎlñ ɖ p’liticl er.
Az a jrṇlist, Mr. Jonsn wz ebl t practis dsoṇsti alon. Bt a prim̦inistr nīdz a tīm. Eḷvetñ cntmt fr ɖ truʈ intu a guṿnñ īʈos z a corpṛt enṭprîz. MPz mst hold ɖ lîn. Cabiṇtministrz r xpctd t dfnd it on teḷviźn. Ofiślz mst implimnt poḷsiz cnsivd in dfayns v gd jujmnt. Eidz mst practis misdirex́n, az wz capćrd in ɖ vidioclip ɖt plunjd Nu 10 intu ceos. Loyl srvnts r nīdd t tec ɖ rap fr ɖer bos, az Mz Stratn hz dn.
Ɖ ifct, ovr tîm, z an evr-wîḍnñ srcl v siṇsizm ɖt infcts ɖ public, c’rodñ feʈ in ɖ p’liticl proses n dgredñ ɖ ofis v prim̦inistr. Ɖ specṭcl v Mr. Jonsn lrćñ btwn dnayl n afctd cntriśn wd b uneḍfayñ in eni srcmstansz. At ɖ cuṛnt juñćr, ẃn rstrix́nz r biyñ riimpozd in Ñgḷnd, it z pṛfǎndli daṃjñ. Ɖ prim̦inistr’z brezņis in rfyzñ t adres ɖ qsćn v trust ẃn anǎnsñ ɖ ny meźrz on Wenzde īvnñ wl nt mc ɖoz qsćnz g awe.
Pandemic reğleśnz wl b impozd bî lw, bt public cmplayns ʈru ɖ wintr rqîrz wilñ aqiesns n rspct fr ofiśl wornñz. Ɖt nīdz confidns in ɖ motiv n integṛti v poḷtiśnz hu mc ɖ rūlz, plus peśns n a spirit v c’lectiv sośl rsponsbiḷti. Ɖoz cndiśnz r hard t mīt wɖ a līdr hu hz no cnspśn v proḅti n cn onli siḿlet cmpaśn. It z hard ẃn ɖ prim̦inistr z a layr.
Ɖr z a grim absrdti in ɖ prospect v an inqîri, léd bî ɖ cabiṇtsecṛtri, intu an ivnt ɖ vri xistns v ẃć hz bn dnaid bî Dǎnñ Strīt. Ɖr z no nīd fr an inqîri t unḍstand ɖ oṛjin v ɖ p’liticl crîsis ɖt ɖs parti hz trigrd. It sprñz fṛm moṛl fełr at ɖ top. It z a sindrom ɖt rediets dsoṇsti ǎtwd fṛm ɖ vri hart v guvnmnt. Ɖt sindrom hz a nem. It z Boris Jonsn.

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Fṛm ɖ Obzrvr │ Even Macron still hopes Brexit Britain will come to its senses

Keir Starmer in the Commons: Brexit is, or should be, an open goal for the opposition. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA
Cir Starmr in ɖ Comnz: Brexit z, or śd b, an opn gol fr ɖ opziśn. Foṭgraf: Jesica Teilr/PA

Īvn Macron stl hops Brexit Britn wl cm t its snsz

(Transcription of an Observer article of 28 November 2021)

Līvñ ɖ YY hz hd a teṛbl impact on ol partiz. W mst grasp ɖt it z a poḷsi ɖt canot b md t wrc

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, Súnde 28 Nvmbr 2021

“Xcz m, sr, bt ẃ r y wẹrñ a popi? Rmembṛns De wz on Ʈrzde.” Ɖ spīcr wz a Spaniś jntlṃn. Ɖ sīn: ɖ brecfstrūm v a hotel in Valladolid, an aur’z trenrîd norʈ-wst v Mdrid, on Saṭde, ɖ 13ʈ v ɖs munʈ. I wz struġlñ wɖ ɖ tostr. Y nǒ hǎ it z ẃn wn arîvz at a slfsrvis brecfstrūm.

I rplaid ɖt I olwz wòr a popi untl Rmembṛns Súnde, ẃn ɖr wz ɖ tṛdiśnl Seṇtaf p’red in Lundn. “Ā,” h sd. “Fgiv m, bt ẃ on rʈ dd yr cuntri vot ɖ we it dd?”

It trnd ǎt ɖt mî inṭloktr wz a hisṭripṛfesr at Mdrid Yṇvrṣti. H pṛsidd t por hiz hart ǎt abt ɖ traɉdi v Brexit, n ɖ apōlñ impact it z hvñ on Britn’z rleśnz wɖ ɖ cuntriz ɖt Boris Jonsn rfŕz t – aftr ol ɖ ićnomic n dipḷmatic carnij hiz Brexitrz r inflictñ – az “ǎr Yṛpiyn partnrz.”

Viẓtñ Spen aftr olmst tū yirz v absns fṛm ɖ continnt wz an olmst yforic xpirịns. Yṛp! A fîn historic Spaniś siti, nn ɖ wrs fr biyñ reḷtivli uņoun – xpt, phps, fr its ftbōltīm – t ɖ Brits hu fevr ɖ Costa del Brexit. Ẃt a trīt t b rīviẓtñ ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn w bcem part v undr mor inlîtnd Cnsrṿtiv līdrz ɖn ɖ preznt śǎr.

Tru, t vizit ǎr dōtr – hu tīćz Ñgliś in Valladolid – ɖr wz an ōfl lot v fṛstretñ Brexit byrocṛsi. Ɖs wz on top v ɖ tîrsm, f hoļi unḍstanḍbl, pepr, cmpytr n smartfon wrc nseṣtetd bî Covid pricōśnz. Bt ẃt a rlif it wz t si ɖt, unlîc in Jonsn’z Ñgḷnd, mascs wr biyñ wòrn evrẃr: sm cnx́n, śrli, wɖ ɖ lo Covid caźltiret in Spen.

I hd jst réd, in an inṭvy wɖ ɖ Ny Yṛpiyn, ɖt gret Yṛpiyn Ceniʈ Clārc obzrvñ ɖt undr Jonsn, huz Brexit-inflictd damij cn no longr b cnfyzd wɖ ɖ impact v Covid, “w r nǎ gtñ denjṛsli clos t ɖ ‘ilectd dictetrśp’ ɖt Lord Hêlśm, ɖ formr lord ćanslr, wornd s abt haf a snć̣ri ago”.

Bt ɖr z hop. Ɖ wd-bi dictetr z biyñ faund ǎt. I hv bn rīrīdñ Ánṭni Pǎl’z Dans t ɖ Ḿzic v Tîm. Ɖr z a gret pasij: “Hvr, lîc most untruswrɖi prsnz, Uncl Jîlz hd ɖ gift v inspîrñ confidns in a gret mni ppl wɖ hūm h cem in contact. Īvn ɖoz hu, t ɖer cost, hd noun him fr yirz, smtmz faund dificlti in esṭmetñ ɖ leñʈs t ẃć h cd cari hiz lac v rlạbiḷti – n indd śir inćpaṣti – in matrz v biznis.” Dz ɖs rmînd y v enwn?

Ɖ gd nyz z ɖt nt onli r hiz parḷmntri colīgz n ɖoz hŭdwnct “red wōl” votrz bginñ t rumbl Jonsn: it lcs az ɖo ɖ līdr v ɖ opziśn, Sr Cir Starmr, hz fîṇli dscuvrd, in ɖ spirit v hiz gret prīdisesr Haṛld Wilsn, ɖt riḍkl z a fîn dbetñtūl.

Amñ ɖ Jonsn apôntīz hu srtnli dzrv t b riḍkld z hiz so-cōld “ngośietr”, Devid Frost. Unforćṇtli, Starmr canot gt at him d’recli bcz Jonsn caṭpultd Frost intu ɖ Hǎs v Lordz. Bt I gaɖr Lord Adonis hz a gd g at him ɖr. Frost z on record bfr ɖ reḟrendm az pôntñ t ɖ cnsidṛbl advantjz v membrśp v ɖ custmzyńn n sngl marcit, ẃć h ɖen pt at p t 8% v GDP, or £1,500 a yir p’ prsn on aṿrij incm.

H śd hv stuc t hiz gunz n nt sold hiz soul t ɖ Brexit devl. Ẃć brñz s bac t Starmr, hu wz rît t opoz Brexit, n śd olso most srtnli hv stuc t hiz gunz. Ɖ dzastr v Brexit z an opn gol fr ɖ opziśn. It z no gd ispǎzñ a poḷsi v “mcñ Brexit wrc”. Ɖ fact v ɖ matr z ɖt Brexit z’nt wrcñ n canot wrc.

Dspt ol ɖ iṛteśn Brexit hz inflictd on ǎr partnrz in Yṛp, ɖe r awer ɖt ɖ snṣbl ʈñ fr s wd b t priper ɖ we bac, olbiit wɖ ǎr teil btwn ǎr legz. Ɖ cuntriz v Yṛp nǒ ɖt ɖe beṇfitd fṛm Britiś membrśp – nt līst fṛm ɖ sngl marcit ɖt ɖ YC ćampịnd bfr luzñ its snsz.

In hiz ny bc Yṛp Bynd ɖ Yro, Ćarlz Īnoc v St Anṭni’z Colij, Oxḟd, qots Imańl Macron az seyñ: “In a fy yirz’ tîm, ɖ YC wl b ebl t fînd its ples, f it wśz” in ɖ YY – a YY ɖt wd b “rīfoc̣st on uncompṛmîzñ valyz n an ifctiv marcit.”

Mnẃl, cn enwn tel m f ɖr z eni presidnt fr ɖs dgri v naśnl slfharm?

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ ICU is full of the unvaccinated – my patience with them is wearing thin

‘Covid-19 has largely become a disease of the unvaccinated in our hospitals.’ Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian
‘Covid-19 hz larjli bcm a dziz v ɖ unvax̣netd in ǎr hospitlz.’ Foṭgraf: Mrdo McLǎd/Ɖ Gardịn

ICU z fl v ɖ unvax̣netd – mî peśns wɖ ɖm z wẹrñ ʈin

(Transcription of an Observer article of 20 November 2021)

Most v ɖ rzorsz w r dvotñ t Covid in hospitl r biyñ spent on ppl hu hv nt hd ɖer jab

Anoniṃs, Súnde 21 Nvmbr 2021

In hospitl, Covid-19 hz larjli bcm a dziz v ɖ unvax̣netd. Ɖ man in hiz 20z hu hd olwz woćt ẃt h ét, wrct ǎt in ɖ jim, wz tù hlʈi t evr cać Covid badli. Ɖ 48-yir-old hu nvr got rnd t mcñ ɖ apôntmnt.

Ɖ prsn in ɖer 50z huz frend hd sîd-ifcts. Ɖ wmn hu wontd t wêt fr mor evidns. Ɖ yuñ pregnnt ledi wurid abt ɖ ifct on hr bebi.

Ɖ 60-yir-old, bròt t hospitl wɖ oxijnsać̣reśnz v 70% bî ɖ ambyḷns ɖt h iniṣ́li cōld fr hiz partnr, hu hd daid bî ɖ tîm it arîvd; bʈ b’livd ɖt ɖ drugcumṗniz brîbd ɖ guvnmnt t gt ɖ vaxīn apruvd.

Ol svirli il wɖ Covid. Ol unvax̣netd n prīvịsli hlʈi. Ol cmplitli avôḍbl.

V cors, ɖr r ppl hu hv ɖer vax̣neśnz bt stl gt sic. Ɖz ppl me b eldrli or frel, or hv unḍlayñ hlʈprobḷmz. Ɖoz wɖ ilṇsz afctñ ɖ iḿnsistm, ptiklrli peśnts hu hv hd cemoʈeṛpi fr bludcansrz, r ispeṣ́li vulnṛbl. Sm unluci hlʈi ppl wl olso end p on ǎr jenṛl wordz wɖ Covid aftr biyñ vax̣netd, yẓ́li nīdñ a modist amǎnt v oxijn fr a fy dez.

Bt ɖ stori z difṛnt on ǎr intnsiv-cer ynit. Hir, ɖ peśnt popyleśn cnsists v a fy vulnṛbl ppl wɖ svir unḍlayñ hlʈprobḷmz n a mjoṛti v fit, hlʈi, yungr ppl unvax̣netd bî ćôs. Woćñ ɖ mix v peśnts cmñ in wɖ Covid, it fīlz t m lîc hardli enbdi hz bn vax̣netd nawdez; v cors, ɖs z bcz ɖ ppl ɖt hv bn vax̣netd r gtñ on wɖ ɖer lîvz at hom. F evrwn got vax̣netd, hospitlz wd b undr mć les preśr; ɖs z bynd dbet. Yr wêt fr yr clinic apôntmnt/oṗreśn/dạgnostic tst/A&I dpartmnt wd b śortr. Yr ambyḷns wd arîv snr. Rports v ɖ preśr on ɖ NHS r nt xaɉretd, I promis y.

Frɖrmr, w hv rīsntli rold ǎt a ny meḍceśn fr peśnts wɖt antibodiz agnst Covid. It costs abt £2,000 a trītmnt n z subjict t a rigṛs n tîm-cnsymñ apruvlproses fr evri ces w trīt. Ges ẃć peśnts d’nt hv ɖz antibodiz (spôlr: it’s nt ɖ wnz hu hv bn vax̣netd).

Most v ɖ rzorsz ɖt w r dvotñ t Covid in hospitl r nǎ biyñ spent on ɖ unvax̣netd.

Yes, vax̣neśnz r unpleznt. Ɖe cōz sîdifcts. Ɖe hrt. Y me īvn stl cać Covid aftwdz. I hv mni colīgz hu hv flt ōfl aftr vax̣neśn n a fy hu hd t tec a de or tū of wrc. Hvr, I hv nt hŕd v eni hu hv bn hospiṭlîzd wɖ Covid aftwdz or hu hv hd svir sîdifcts. Ɖ apruvlzproses wz increḍbli strinjnt n w nǎ hv an unḅlivbl amǎnt v riyl-wrld deta ɖt ɖz vaxīnz wrc. Ɖ sayns ɖt hz bn aplaid hir z nʈñ śort v ō-inspîrñ t m. Hvr, I riylîz ɖt nn v ɖz raṣ́nl arğmnts wd ćenj ɖ mînd v smwn hu z rzolvd agnst hvñ it, olɖo I s’poz it me pś smwn hu rmenz undisîdd.

Az a rspiṛtridoctr, I hv spent mî hol c’rir trītñ ppl huz luñ dzizz hv bn cōzd bî smocñ, includñ loñ aftr ɖe ń ɖ riscs. I hv spent cǎntlis aurz wɖ ppl hu blem ɖmslvz fr ruinñ ɖer hlʈ; I hv ʈt a lot abt ǎr prsnl rsponsbiḷti fr ǎr hlʈ n t ẃt dgri w śd b hld acǎntbl fr ǎr ćôsz. I prsṇli – unlîc sm v mî colīgz – hv nvr flt eni ambivḷns abt trītñ smocrz wɖt jujmnt in xacli ɖ sem we az ppl wɖ dzizz ɖt r nt sìn az slf-inflictd.

Inśrînd in ɖ we w pṛtct peśnts’ ōtoṇmi z ɖ recgniśn ɖt uɖrz me rīzṇbli mc dsiźnz w me si az iraśnl or roñ. W r ol products v ǎr upbrññ, edyceśn n oṗtyṇtiz, n I hv bn hyjli forćṇt ɖt in mî ces ɖz hv léd m t mc dsiźnz I valy. Hu z t se I wd’nt hv md difṛnt ćôsz in smwn els’z śuz.

Trnzletñ ɖs t ɖ ćôs nt t tec ɖ vaxīn, hvr, I fînd mî peśns wẹrñ ʈin. I ʈnc ɖs z fr a numbr v rīznz. Īvn f y r nt wurid abt yr ǒn risc fṛm Covid, y canot nǒ ɖ risc v ɖ ppl intu huz fesz y me cof; ɖr z a denjṛs n slfiś elimnt t ɖs ɖt I fînd hard t stuṃc.

Sm v mî fṛstreśn z d’rectd upwdz, at ɖ flegṛnt misinḟmeśn fluṛśñ in srtn plesz n ɖ utrli wǒfl xampl ɖt ǎr līdrz cntiny t set. I hv nvr hŕd a rīzn nt t tec ɖ vaxīn ɖt I hv agrìd wɖ. Most v ol, hvr, I am nǎ bìtn bac, xōstd, wòrn dǎn bî ɖ cntinẏs strīm v ppl ɖt w batl t trīt ẃn ɖe hv conśsli pást p ɖ oṗtyṇti t sev ɖmslvz. It dz mc m angri.

Dspt ɖs, I fînd ɖ îdīa v NHS n cer staf biyñ forst t b vax̣netd vri dificlt. I nǒ ɖt it z ɖ rît ǎtcm, bt I dslîc ɖ mīnz v brññ it abt. It z increḍbl t m ɖt ɖr z so mć añzayti n fōlshd arnd ɖt ɖs cd poṣbli b nesṣri aftr ɖ yir w hv ol witnist. Hǎ stroñ z ɖ hold ɖt ɖs inḟmeśn hz on ppl ɖt it ǎtweiz raṣ́nl ʈt?

Mbi it’s jst ɖt uɖrz hv nt sìn ẃt I hv rīsntli, or d nt b’liv it, bt īvn nǎ w hv nrsz on ǎr Covid word hu hv nt bn vax̣netd. I jst hop ɖt w d’nt end p luzñ yt mor staf.

Funḍmnṭli ɖo, fr m, it cmz dǎn t ɖs. I c’nt ʈnc v a sngl ces ofhand v a prsn hu wz prīvịsli fit n hlʈi hu hz endd p nīdñ intnsiv cer aftr biyñ fŭli vax̣netd. It me nt stop y fṛm caćñ Covid. Bt it cn sev yr lîf ẃn y d.

• Ɖ raitr z an NHS rspiṛtricnsultnt hu wrcs acrs a numbr v hospitlz

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