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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The Covid contracts furore is no surprise – Britain has long been a chumocracy

‘Matt Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that he doesn’t even care that he broke the law over Covid contracts.’ Photograph: Tayfun Salcı/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock
‘Mát Hancoc tld ɖ BBC’s Andru Mar ɖt h dz’nt īvn cer ɖt h brouc ɖ lw ovr Covid contracts.’ Foṭgraf: Tayfun Salcı/Zuma Wire/Rex/Śuṭstoc

Croniizm in Britn z rampnt n gz unpuniśt. W’r trnñ intu a bnana rpublic

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 22 February 2021)

Qsćṇbl Covid contracts, doji apôntmnts, tuʈlis woćdogz. Fevrz t frendz z nǎ ɖ guvnmnt’s modus operandi

Poli Tônbi, 22 Febrri 2021

Ɖ  sumz r so vast, ɖ sīcṛsi so śocñ, ɖt “ćumocṛsi” dz’nt bgin t capćr ẃt Britn hz bcm – reḍḷnt az w r v bnana rpublics, ɖ Ruśn oḷgarci n feld stets. Lost z Britn’z slf-imij az ɖ bolr-hatd bīcn v sivic recttyd, az ǎr rstẃl Rolz-Rôs sivl srvis gz ɖ we v, wel, Rolz-Rôs, no longr a Britiś-ǒnd carcumṗni.

Ɖ Gd Lw Project, ɖ admṛbl nt-fr-profit public clenzr, last wīc pruvd in ɖ hî cort ɖt ɖ guvnmnt hd brīćt ẃt ɖ juj cōld ɖ “vîtl public fuñśn” v trnspaṛnsi ovr “vast qonttiz” v taxpeyrz’ muni. A VIP fast len fr pṛtctiv-iqipmnt contracts md ɖ contacts v ministrz, MPz, pirz n ofiślz 10 tîmz mor lîcli t win contracts. PPI prîsz scîrocitd: īvn bodibagz wr biyñ ćarjd at 14 tîmz ɖer prīvịs cost. Ɖ Gd Lw Project’s dmandz fr pubḷceśn v ɖoz fevrd s’playrz, ɖer VIP sponsrz n prîsz peid hv bn dnaid so far.

Ẃ ɖ sīcṛsi? Ɖ Gardịn hz olrdi rvild ɖt ɖ medicl reğletr z invstgetñ Alix Bōrn, hlʈ secṛtri Mát Hancoc’s xnebr, hu wún £30m v wrc pṛdysñ medicl vaylz, dspt hvñ no xpirịns in ɖ fīld.

In ɖ panic ovr emti PPI ślvz in hospitlz n cerhomz, ɖt daś t pṛkr mt b fgivn wr it nt ɖt fevrz t frendz z ɖ evride modus operandi fr Boris Jonsn. Bt bfr a liṭni v hiz sivic śem, pōz hir t injô ɖs, ɖ fōrwrd h rout t ɖ miṇstirịl cod: “Ɖr mst b no bŭliyñ n no haṛsmnt; no līcñ; no brīć v c’lectiv rsponsbiḷti. No msys v taxpeyr muni n no acćl or psivd conflicts v inṭrest. Ɖ preśs prínsiplz v public lîf inśrînd in ɖs dokmnt – integṛti, objctivti, acǎntbiḷti, trnspaṛnsi, oṇsti n līdrśp in ɖ public inṭrest – mst b onrd at ol tîmz; az mst ɖ p’liticl imparśiaḷti v ǎr mć admîrd sivl srvis.” Ha!

Alix Aḷn flt it imposbl t ste on az ɖ prim̦inistr’z ofiśl advîzr on ɖt cod, aftr hiz fîndñ agnst ɖ homsecṛtri, Priti Ptel, fr bŭliyñ wz rjctd. Nr cd Joṇʈn Jǒnz rmen az prṃnnt secṛtri t ɖ guvnmnt līgl dpartmnt ẃl Jonsn brouc inṭnaśnl lw wɖ ɖ intrnl-marcit bil. Oltgɖr, undr Jonsn six prṃnnt secṛtriz hv gn – nt so prṃnnt in ɖs reźīm.

Ɖ Gd Lw Project nǎ olso sīcs a jdiśl rvy intu ɖ Gardịn’z reṿleśn v a £564,000 contract fr opińnpoulñ, gvn wɖt tndr t Doṃnic Cumñz’ clos ćum Rećl Wlf, hu corout ɖ 2019 Tori parti maṇfsto. Ẃt an îṛni ɖt in hr Dǎnñ Strīt dez ś pland fr ol sivl srvnts t fes constnt xamz t gard agnst a culćr ẃr “evrwn rîzz t ɖer pziśn v incompitns”. Yt ś wz pt t no tst, nt īvn besic tnḍrñ fr a fat contract.

Ɖ Súnde Tîmz rvilz ɖt Lord Udni-Listr, az depyti mẹr v Lundn undr Jonsn, hlpt apruv £4bn v proṗtiscīmz fr dveḷprz – n wɖn munʈs v līvñ ofis wnt on t wrc fr ɖm. Az Dǎnñ Strīt stṛtījic advîzr last yir, h steid on ɖer pêrolz, ɖo ɖs wz in cmplayns wɖ codz v conduct.

In a blast at Tōriz “rîf wɖ conflicts v inṭrest”, Rećl Rīvz, ɖ śado cabiṇt-ofis ministr, md a “sác Srco” plej ɖt Lebr wd rtrn prîṿt contracts t ɖ public sectr. Yt it sīmz nʈñ śemz ɖs guvnmnt. Ɖ Naśnl Ōdit Ofis z a fîn insttyśn fr ćecñ on fnanśl integṛti n valy fr muni. Bt, ɖo it faund ɖt biznis ǒnrz wɖ p’liticl tîz t ɖ Tōriz wr gvn hî-prîoṛti steṭs ovr pandemic contracts, it hz no mśīṇri t fors a guvnmnt ɖt dz’nt gv a dám t act on ɖz fîndñz. Ẃć līvz ɖ public-spiṛtd crǎdfundrz v ɖ Gd Lw Project az a last stand agnst c’lapsñ sivic integṛti. Olɖo, az Hancoc tld ɖ BBC’z Andru Mar, h dz’nt īvn cer ɖt h’z brocn ɖ lw.

Ɖ cmiśnr fr public apôntmnts, Pītr Ridél, ol tù rerli mcs public protests, bt rīsntli h rouz p agnst “unreğletd apôntmnts”, sć az ɖt v Tori pir Dîdo Hardñ t hed ɖ ceotic tst-n-tres program. Last wīc ɖ hlʈ dpartmnt’s ǒn evidns śoud ɖ £22bn ś hz spent hd hd a “reḷtivli smōl” ifct. Ridél olso pṛtstd agnst stact inṭvy panlz: utrli unqoḷfaid xTori MP Jemz Ẃartn wz apôntd hed v ɖ Ofis fr Stydnts bî a s’lex́npanl dvôd v hayr-edyceśn xprts.

For nonixektiv d’rectrz apôntd az “indpndnts” t oṿsi Mîcl Gov’z Cabiṇt Ofis r ol Gov alîz, includñ Gīẓla Stywt v hiz Vot Līv clan. Acordñ t a rīsnt srve, mor ɖn haf v ol dīpartmntl-bōrd apôntmnts, far fṛm biyñ indipndnt ǎtsîdrz, r speśl advîzrz n clos p’liticl alîz.

Ridél lobd a wornñ at brīfñz ɖt ɖ Ofcom ćer wl g t ɖ formr Meil editr-in-ćīf Pōl Dêcr, a man rebidli bayst agnst ɖ BBC, jujz, Yṛp n mîgṛnts, t nem jst a fy. Ćanslr Riśi Sŭnac’s gd ćum, ɖ Tori donr Rićd Śarp, wz md BBC ćer. Ẃ no invstgeśn intu cḿṇtizsecṛtri Roḅt Jenric’s impropr iniśl inṭvnśn t hlp Tori donr Rićd Dezmnd avôd tax ovr a £1bn planñbid? Nt onli ɖs, bt pacñ ɖ Lordz wɖ donrz z ɖ Putinesc ny norml.

Nt sins ɖ 1853 Norʈcot-Tṛvełn sivl srvis rformz hz a guvnmnt so impydntli n dfayntli ignord apôntmntsprínsiplz. Hd Lebr cmitd eni v ɖz ǎtrejz, ɖ Tori pres wd hv hǎndd it t deʈ. Rmembr Jenifr Arcuri, Jonsn’z “clos frend”, gvn £100,000 fṛm hiz Lundn meṛl fund n invîtd on ptnṣ́li lūcṛtiv tredmiśnz? Ɖ Indipndnt Ofis fr P’līs Conduct faund ɖt ɖ ofisrz mcñ dsiźnz on sponsrśp n tred miśnz ń v ɖs rleśnśp, “n ɖs inflụnst ɖer dsiźn-mcñ”. Imajin f ɖt wr Cir Starmr.

Clīn dmocṛsiz r dfînd bî hǎ wel ɖe gard agnst ɖer līdrz feṿrñ faṃli n frendz. Bt ɖ esns v ćumocṛsi runz far dīpr. Ppl instñtivli apônt ɖer ǒn cnd: “merit” tndz t b spotd onli in ɖoz hu tōc, ʈnc n b’liv lîc ɖoz dwñ ɖ ćuzñ. In a wîld blog, Doṃnic Cumñz pritndd t brec ǎt v ɖs stretjacit, cōlñ fr “sūpr-talntd wirdoz” wɖ “jenyin cogṇtiv dvrṣti”. Bt no, hiz ramḅlñ job ad rqîrd īc̣nomics grajụts wɖ “an ǎtstandñ record at a gret yṇvrṣti”: h wz a prins amñ trîbl ćum’pôntrz.

Brecñ ɖ spirit v fevṛtizm z f’rośsli hard: ẃn I wz at ɖ BBC, a vałnt atmt wz md t rcrūt rw taḷnt ǎtsd top grajụts wɖ maṇkrd hinṭlandz. Adz, līflits n noṭsz wr postd in herdresrz, pubz, McDoṇld’z, moscs, tmplz n on busz: no nem, edyceśn or xpirịns, jst rait t s wɖ yr program îdīaz. Ʈǎzndz aplaid.

Ẃn ɖz hd bn ẃitld dǎn t 30, ɖ dis’pôntd s’lectrz faund ɖe hd mnli pict îdnticl top grajụt tîps. Bî instñt, unconśsli, ɖe ćouz ɖ cnd hu rout lîc ɖm, ʈt lîc ɖm. Unconśs-bays corsz hlp s unḍstand inbilt preɉdisz, bt iradcetñ it fṛm dīp wɖn z far hardr.

Dy proses in public apôntmnts matrz nt jst fr gd guvnmnt, bt bcz it sets a bnćmarc v fer implômnt. Neṗtizm stncs az badli az awordñ contracts t VIP palz: gloriyñ in bʈ, ɖ guvnmnt, rotñ fṛm ɖ hed, spredz ɖ stenć v c’rupśn ʈru evrʈñ it tućz.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The world faces a pandemic of human rights abuses in the wake of Covid-19

A pedestrian walks past a wall mural depicting a mother saving children from a sea of coronavirus, in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images
A pdestrịn wōcs past a wōlḿṛl dpictñ a muɖr sevñ ćildṛn fṛm a sì v c’roṇvîṛs, in Mŭmbai, India. Foṭgraf: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ wrld fesz a pandemic v hymn-rîts abysz in ɖ wec v Covid-19

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 22 February 2021)

Ɖ vîṛs hz bn yzd az a prītxt in mni cuntriz t cruś dsnt, crimiṇlîz frīdmz n sîḷns rportñ

António Guterres, 22 Febrri 2021

Fṛm ɖ onset v ɖ Covid-19 pandemic olmst wn yir ago, it wz clir ɖt ǎr wrld fest far mor ɖn a public-hlʈ imrjnsi. Ɖ bigist inṭnaśnl crîsis in jeṇreśnz qcli morft intu an ic̣nomic n sośl crîsis. Wn yir on, anɖr starc fact z trajicli evidnt: ǎr wrld z fesñ a pandemic v hymn-rîts abysz.

Covid-19 hz dīpnd priixistñ dvîdz, vulnṛbiḷtiz n iniqoḷtiz, n opnd p ny fracćrz, includñ fōltlînz in hymn rîts. Ɖ pandemic hz rvild ɖ inṭcnctidnis v ǎr hymn faṃli – n v ɖ fl spectṛm v hymn rîts: sivl, culćṛl, ic̣nomic, p’liticl n sośl. Ẃn enwn v ɖz rîts z undr atac, uɖrz r at risc.

Ɖ vîṛs hz ʈrîvd bcz poṿti, dscriṃneśn, ɖ dstrux́n v ǎr naćṛl invîrnmnt n uɖr hymn rîts fełrz hv crietd inorṃs fṛjiḷtiz in ǎr ssaytiz. Ɖ lîvz v hundṛdz v miłnz v faṃliz hv bn trnd upsîd-dǎn – wɖ lost jobz, cruśñ dét n stīp fōlz in incm.

Frunt-lîn wrcrz, ppl wɖ dis’biḷtiz, oldr ppl, wimin, grlz n mnoṛtiz hv bn ispeṣ́li hard hit. In a matr v munʈs, progres on jndr iqoḷti hz bn set bac decedz. Most isnśl frunt-lîn wrcrz r wimin, n in mni cuntriz r ofn fṛm reṣ́li n eʈnicli marjṇlîzd grūps.

Most v ɖ incrist brdn v cer in ɖ hom z tecn on bî wimin. Vayḷns agnst wimin n grlz in ol formz hz roc̣td, fṛm onlîn abys t dmestic vayḷns, traf̣cñ, sx́l xplôteśn n ćîldmarij.

Xtrim poṿti z rîzñ fr ɖ frst tîm in decedz. Yuñ ppl r struġlñ, ǎt v scūl n ofn wɖ liṃtd axes t tecnoḷji.

Ɖ lêtist moṛl ǎtrej z ɖ fełr t enśur eqti in vax̣neśn ef̣ts. Jst 10 cuntriz hv administrd mor ɖn 75% v ol Covid-19 vaxīnz. Mnẃl, mor ɖn 130 cuntriz hv nt rsivd a sngl dos.

F ɖ vîṛs z alaud t spred lîc wîldfîr in parts v ɖ globl sǎʈ, it wl ḿtet agn n agn. Ny verịnts cd bcm mor trnzmisbl, mor dedli n ptnṣ́li ʈretn ɖ ifctivnis v cuṛnt vaxīnz n dạgnostics. Ɖs cd pṛloñ ɖ pandemic sgnificntli, ineḅlñ ɖ vîṛs t cm bac t pleg ɖ globl norʈ – n dle ɖ wrld’z ic̣nomic rcuṿri.

Ɖ vîṛs z olso infctñ p’liticl n sivl rîts, n frɖr śrincñ sivic spes. Yzñ ɖ pandemic az a prītxt, oʈoṛtiz in sm cuntriz hv dploid hevi-handd s’kṛti-rsponsz n imrjnsimeźrz t cruś dsnt, crimiṇlîz besic frīdmz, sîḷns indipndnt rportñ n rstrict ɖ activtiz v nongovnmntl orġnîześnz.

Hymn-rîts dfndrz, jrṇlists, loyrz, p’liticl acṭvists – īvn medicl pṛfeśnlz – hv bn dtend, proṣktd n sbjctd t intiṃdeśn n sveḷns fr criṭsîzñ guvnmnt-rsponsz t ɖ pandemic. Pandemic-rletd rstrix́nz hv bn yzd t sbvrt ilectṛl prosesz n wìcn opziśnvôsz.

At tîmz, axes t lîf-sevñ Covid-19 inf̣meśn hz bn cnsild ẃl dedli misinf̣meśn hz bn ampḷfaid – īvn bî ɖoz in pǎr.

Xtrimists – includñ ẃît sūpreṃsists n nioNatsiz – hv xplôtd ɖ pandemic t būst ɖer rancs ʈru sośl poḷrîześn n p’liticl n culćṛl mnipyleśn.

Ɖ pandemic hz olso md pīs ef̣ts mor dificlt, cnstrenñ ɖ abiḷti t conduct ngośieśnz, xaṣbetñ hymaṇterịn nīdz n unḍmainñ progres on uɖr conflict-rletd hymn-rîts ćaḷnjz.

Covid-19 hz riinforst tū funḍmntl truɖz abt hymn rîts. Frst, hymn-rîts vạleśnz harm s ol. Secnd, hymn rîts r yṇvrsl n pṛtct s ol.

An ifctiv rspons t ɖ pandemic mst b best on soḷdaṛti n cooṗreśn. Dvîsiv aproćz, oʈoṛterịnizm n naśṇlizm mc no sns agnst a globl ʈret. Wɖ ɖ pandemic śînñ a spotlît on hymn rîts, rcuṿri pṛvîdz an oṗtyṇti t jeṇret m’mntm fr transfmeśn. T s’xid, ǎr aproćz mst hv a hymn-rîts lénz.

Ɖ ssteṇbl-dveḷpmnt golz – ẃć r unḍpind bî hymn rîts – pṛvîd ɖ fremwrc fr mor inclūsiv n ssteṇbl icoṇmiz n ssaytiz, includñ ɖ impeṛtiv v hlʈcer fr evrwn.

Ɖ rcuṿri mst olso rspct ɖ rîts v fyćr jeṇreśnz, inhansñ clîṃt ax́n t aćiv carbnńtraḷti bî 2050 n pṛtctñ bîoḍvrṣti. Mî Cōl t Ax́n fr Hymn Rîts spelz ǎt ɖ sntṛl rǒl v hymn rîts in crîsis-rspons, jndr iqoḷti, public ptiṣpeśn, clîṃtjustis n ssteṇbl dveḷpmnt.

Ɖs z nt a tîm t nglect hymn rîts; it z a tîm ẃn, mor ɖn evr, hymn rîts r nīdd t naṿget ɖs crîsis in a we ɖt wl alǎ s t ziro in on aćivñ inclūsiv n ssteṇbl dveḷpmnt n lastñ pīs.

W r ol in ɖs tgɖr. Ɖ vîṛs ʈretnz evrwn. Hymn rîts uplift evrwn. Bî rspctñ hymn rîts in ɖs tîm v crîsis, w wl bild mor ifctiv n eqtbl s’luśnz fr ɖ imrjnsi v tde n ɖ rcuṿri fr tmoro.

I am cnvinst it z poṣbl – f w r dtrmind n wrc tgɖr.

António Guterres z secṛtri jenṛl v ɖ Ynîtd Neśnz

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ As events in the US have shown, two-party politics is no longer fit for purpose

Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
Doṇld Trump n Jo Bîdn. Foṭgraf: Jim Wotsn/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Az ivnts in ɖ YS hv śoun, tū-parti poḷtics z no longr fit fr prṗs

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 16 February 2021)

Lrćñ fṛm Obama t Trump t Bîdn, ɖ sistm dnîz cọliśnz v compṛmîz. N in ɖ YC, ć parti z rivn wɖ conflict

Poli Tônbi, 16 Febrri 2021

Ɖ  wn ivnt mor ǎtrejs ɖn a mob stormñ ɖ Cápitl wz ɖ specṭcl v 43 Rpublicn seṇtrz indorsñ ɖ atmtd cù n its insṭgetr. Bî rfyzñ t impīć Doṇld Trump, ɖe left ol uɖr dmocṛsiz agast, dlîtñ ōṭcrats evrẃr.

“Ɖs sad ćaptr in ǎr hisṭri hz rmîndd s ɖt dmocṛsi z frajîl,” sd Jo Bîdn. Frajîl indd, ẃn ɖ rstẃl līdrz v ɖ deṃcratic wrld rfyz t dfnd dmocṛsi’z frst prínsipl, ɖ trnziśn v pǎr bî luzr’z cnsnt. Ẃ boɖr lowrñ America’z fǎndeśn dokmnts nîtli intu a ńclir bomprūf śltr bnʈ ɖ Naśnl Arcîvz, ẃn ɖe r ript p bî Congres in brōd dêlît?

Ɖ riyl cù hapnd ẃn ɖ Rpublicn parti wz capćrd bî Trump, ʈrowñ moḍrets undr hiz ćarịtẃīlz. Ẃt sevd him fṛm impićmnt wz hiz yeld-ǎt wornñ t Rpublicnz at hiz “Sev America” rali: “F ɖe d’nt fît, w hv t prîṃri ɖ hel ǎt v [ɖm],” h sd. “W’r gwñ t let y nǒ hu ɖe r.” H tld hiz mob: “Y’r gwñ t start wrcñ on Congres n w got t gt rid v ɖ wìc congres-ppl, ɖ wnz ɖt r’nt eni gd, ɖ Liz Ćeniz v ɖ wrld. W got t gt rid v ɖm.”

Ɖ sevn Rpublicn seṇtrz hu derd t vot t impīć hv cm undr atac fṛm ɖer locl partiz, tū v ɖm anǎnsñ ɖe r standñ dǎn, n ɖ 10 Hǎs Rpublicnz hu std agnst him olrdi fes Trumpîts trayñ t unsīt ɖm. Doṇld Trump Jr. hz twītd: “Let’s impīć RINOz [Rpublicnz In Nem Onli] fṛm ɖ Rpublicn parti!!!”

Fir v dīṣlx́n z a dspicbl rīzn fr felñ t puniś a cù. Sm r jenyin Trump fnatics bt mni r jst sevñ ɖer jobz.

Wsminstr, lîc Wośñtn, sufrz wîdspred “dren ɖ swomp” votrsiṇsizm abt ilectd repriznttivz; on dorsteps y hír it ol ɖ tîm: “Ɖ’r ol ɖ sem, onli in it fr ɖmslvz.”

Rpublicnz r left t fît ǎt ɖer fyćr lîc rats trapt in a sác. Bt wns a parti z capćrd bî xtrimists, it’s hard t pl it bac t ilectbiḷti: Trump hz nvr wún ɖ popylr vot, h wz nirli 3m vots bhnd Hiḷri Clintn in 2016. In a tū-parti frst-past-ɖ-post ilectṛl sistm (FPĐP), capćrñ a parti z ɖ onli we t ćenj poḷtics: FPĐP’z ayn ilectṛl lw barz ny partiz imrjñ t riact t ny srcmstansz. Ɖ wòrn-ǎt dfns v FPĐP z ɖt it criets “stbiḷti”: ɖt’s nt hǎ ɖ YS fīlz, lrćñ fṛm Baṛc Obama t Trump t Bîdn, ɖ sistm dnayñ cọliśnz v compṛmîz. Bʈ cuntriz’ dmocṛsiz r feld bî ɖer arcêic votñsistmz.

In ɖ YC, loñ ago, ɖ Tori parti wz capćrd bî Brextrīmists, az fr yirz tîni locl partiz v mostli old ẃît men s’lectd onli Yrofobz. Cén Clārc n Mîcl Hesltîn wr prjd, alñ wɖ uɖr prominnt anti-Brexitrz. Eni “moḍrets” ɖt rmend cevd t Boris Jonsn’z stoncñ 80-sīt mjoṛti, wún partli bcz ǎr dyoṗli ofrd onli Jeṛmi Corbin az oltrṇtiv prîm̦inistr. Ɖo I n ɖ Gardịn bact Corbin az betr ɖn ɖ rog Jonsn, ɖ ćôs wz a deṃcratic ǎtrej. Aftr a craśñ dfit, Lebr trnd pragmatic, ćuzñ an ilectbl līdr, bt it z stl rivn btwn leftists hu jônd fr Corbin n ɖoz hu rjônd fr Cir Starmr, mcñ s’lex́nz fr locl ofis or MP a fmiłr tug v wor.

Ć parti’s frajîl cọliśn z destind t stradl a cuntri dvîdd acrs ńmṛs p’liticl fōltlînz. Jonsn’z ny red-wōl sīts dmand hî norɖn spendñ, opozd bî tṛdiśnl smōl-stet lo-taxrz v hiz suɖn śîrz n subrbz. Jonsn swivlz btwn rbełs anti-locdǎn libterịnz n mor cōśs red wōlrz n old focs: woć ɖ ōtm spendñ rvy fors dfînñ ćôsz. Lebr z struc dum on Brexit’s mni c’lamiṭs rzults, bcz its ŕbn, ynvrṣtitǎn, eʈnic mnoṛti n yuñ bes z irecnsîḷbl wɖ ɖoz norɖn Brexit sīts Lebr imajinz it cn rgen. Nvr hz ǎr ilectṛl sistm lct les ebl t rflect votrz’ vyz.

Starmr z suṃnñ a consttyśnl rvy, so far foc̣st on dīṿluśn n fedṛlizm, in ɖ ven hop v spîcñ ɖ Scotiś Naśnl parti (SNP). It nīdz t pt ilectṛl rform at ɖ fōrfrunt. A yir ago, Starmr sd: “W’v got t adres ɖ fact ɖt miłnz v ppl vot in sef sīts n ɖe fīl ɖer vot dz’nt cǎnt. Ɖt’s got t b adrest. W wl nvr gt fl ptiṣpeśn in ǎr ilectṛl sistm untl w d ɖt at evri levl.” Indd, siṇsizm z bréd fṛm ppl fīlñ ɖer vot w’nt afct an ilex́n’z ǎtcm.

Fy xpct Lebr t win ɖ nesṣri 124 sīts nxt tîm, plus bǎnḍrićenjz wl gift ɖ Tōriz 10 mor. An alayns z ɖ onli rùt, so forj a páct nǎ, az advcetd bî Cumṗs, wɖ Libṛl Deṃcrats, Grīnz n, yes, ɖ SNP, sìld bî a plej on ilectṛl rform. In 2019, mor ppl votd left v sntr ɖn Tori.

A pṛporśnl sistm wd alǎ bʈ mizṛbl old partiz t dvors. Instd v holdñ nozz t vot fr ɖ līst wrst, votrz on ɖ rît cd ćūz btwn pro-Yṛpiyn Mcmiḷnîts or ɖ Boris-Gov wrld v Brexit dīreğleśnfanṭsi. It’s hî tîm votrz on ɖ left wr rlist fṛm Lebr’z dsfuñśnl forst marij, fri t ćūz btwn an oʈntic soṣ́list parti n a sośl deṃcratic parti (ɖo ɖe wd stl hv t wrc tgɖr).

No ilectṛl sistm dvîzd bî ɖ crŭcid timbr v hymaṇti solvz ol probḷmz. Bt a fyćr v cọliśnz wd si ɖ pǎr v fax́nz wɖn a rūlñguvnmnt dfînd trnspaṛntli bî ilectṛl vots. It wd mīn no mor xtrim fax́nz amḅśñ s’lex́nprosesz wɖn partiz, v ɖ cnd ɖt caud Rpublicnz ovr impićmnt. Brecñ ɖ tū-parti stretjacit opnz p ɖ plŭṛlizm ɖt z wn v mni tsts in ɖ Icoṇmist Intelijns Ynit’s globl dmocṛsi indx. In 2020, it rports, onli 8.4% v ɖ wrld’z ppl livd undr a fŭli-fuñṣ́nñ dmocṛsi – frajîl indd.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on two-tone nostalgia: the pride of Coventry

A 2009 photograph of Ska band the Specials, (from left) Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and John Bradbury. “We were doing something that wasn’t in London. It was a sense of pride in where we were.’ Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian
A 2009 foṭgraf v Sca band Đ Speślz, (fṛm left) Linval Goldñ, Teri Hōl n Jon Bradḅri. “W wr dwñ smʈñ ɖt wz’nt in Lundn. It wz a sns v prîd in ẃr w wr.’ Foṭgraf: Martin Godwin/Ɖ Gardịn

Ɖ Gardịn vy on tū-ton nstalja: ɖ prîd v Covntri

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 11 February 2021)

Britn’z siti v culćr fr 2021 z rîtli seḷbretñ a ḿzicl muvmnt ɖt stl cariz a potnt mesij

11 Febrri 2021

Inṭvyd a cupl v yirz ago, ɖ līdsñr v ɖ Speślz, Teri Hōl, wz asct ẃt h rmembrd most fondli abt ɖ tū-ton ira, ẃn ɖ band’z homsiti v Covntri hostd ɖ most iṇvtiv ḿzicsīn in Britn. “W wr dwñ smʈñ ɖt wz’nt in Lundn,” rspondd Mr. Hōl hu, rɖr śocñli, z nǎ in hiz 60z. “It wz a sns v prîd in ẃr w wr.”

Fitñli ɖen, wn v ɖ most inspîrñ pirịdz in postwar yʈculćr z t b gvn prîd v ples jrñ Covntri’s fʈcmñ siti v culćr 2021 seḷbreśnz. Covid hz dleid fstivtiz untl Me. Bt ẃn ɖe d bgin, it wz rvild ɖs munʈ ɖt ɖ program v ivnts wl includ ɖ frst mejr xbiśn on ɖ lîvz n leġsiz v ɖ tū-ton ira. Ɖr wl olso b a ʈri-de ḿzic ivnt kretd bî Mr. Hōl.

An injoybl nstalɉfest z ɖus in prospect fr ḿzicluvrz v a srtn ej. Soñz lîc Gosțǎn cn stl sumn p ɖ mūd n fīl v Marġrit Ʈaćr’z Britn. Bt ɖs brīf rvîvl olso sīmz pkłrli wel-tîmd. Forti yirz aftr mixt-rês Covntri bandz sć az ɖ Speślz n ɖ S’lectr blezd a payniyrñ trel, iśuz v rês, culćr n naśnl îdntti r wns agn poḷrîzñ poḷtics. Nemd aftr ɖ recordlebl t ẃć ɖ grūps b’loñd, ɖ tū-ton muvmnt tc on similr qsćnz in its ǒn ynīc stîl. Agnst ɖ grim bacdrop v Naśnl Frunt marćz n mas unimplômnt, it imbodid a viźn ɖt wz qinṭsnṣ́li Britiś, prǎdli multiculćṛl n wîd opn t ɖ wrld.

Sca riɖmz on Speślz tracs sć az Gañstrz n Tù Mć Tù Yuñ hd frst bn popyḷrîzd in Britn bî ɖ ḿziśnz hu arîvd on ɖ Empîr Windruś in 1948. Ɖ “rūd bô” lc – śarp sūts, trilbi or porc-pî hats n a blac n ẃît culrscīm – wz part-Jmecn n part-Ñgliś mód. Ć wīc, ɖs multireśl melãź v stîlz n sǎndz wz ćanld stret intu ɖ culćṛl bludstrīm via Top v ɖ Pops. In 1979, ʈri tū-ton bandz fīćrd in a sngl idiśn v ɖ program. At a tîm ẃn caźl resizm wz stl pvesiv in ɖ popylr culćr n evr-preznt in sitcomz sć az Mînd Yr Lanḡj n It E’nt Haf Hot Mum, tū-ton wz oṗnñ p ny posbiḷtiz v a difṛnt cnd v Britn t a ny jeṇreśn.

Az Britn atmts t “bǎns bac betr” aftr a yir-loñ śutdǎn in trōmatic srcmstansz, Covntri’z prǎd siti-v-culćr steṭs sīmz seṛndipiṭs. Fy plesz hv riinvntd ɖmslvz az dẹrñli in ɖ fes v advrṣti. Luftwaffe bomz in ɖ secnd wrldwor n diindustrịlîześn xactd a hevi tol. Bt, fṛm ɖ snṣtiv rīcnstrux́n v ɖ siti’s cʈīdṛl, ẃć prizrvz ɖ ruinz v ɖ old ćrć dstroid in ɖ blits, t ɖ moḍnist arc̣tecćr ɖt heṛtijcampenrz r baṭlñ t prizrv, Covntri hz śoun an abiḷti t adapt t dificlt tîmz wɖ imaɉneśn n an impresiv dgri v rziłns. In ɖ depʈs v ɖ ic̣nomic rseśn in ɖ 1980z, ɖ siti’z fînist ḿzicl aur xmpḷfaid ɖ sem qoḷtiz v dfayns n crịtivti. Prīfiġrñ a jenyinli dvrs, multiculćṛl viźn v Britn, tū-ton wz we ahd v its tîm. Ol ɖ mor rīzn ɖen t sīz ɖ momnt, dust of old rec̣dz n start liṣnñ agn.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ A year after Johnson’s swaggering Greenwich speech, 100,000 dead

Head bowed, Boris Johnson leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday 26 January. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AP
Hed baud, Boris Jonsn līdz a vrćl presconfṛns on ɖ Covid-19 pandemic on Tyzde 26 Jańri. Foṭgraf: Justin Talis/AP

A yir aftr Jonsn’z swaġrñ Grenij spīć, 100,000 ded

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 31 January 2021)

Ɖ guvnmnt sz nbdi cd hv dn mor, bt it’s clir pur līdrśp on Covid hz bròt ɖ YC t ɖs pas

Tim Admz, 31 Jańri 2021

It wz anǎnst last wīc, t nbdi’s xîtmnt, ɖt Sr Ceniʈ Brana wl tec ɖ rǒl v Boris Jonsn in a Scî TV drama abt ɖ frst wīcs v ɖ pandemic. F Brana’z castñ inḍcets ɖt ɖs z t b cnsivd az a Śecspirịn traɉdi, wɖ Jonsn in ɖ līd, ɖen it wd sīm dūmd fṛm ɖ start. Ɖ clasic trajic hiro hz jst a sngl fetl caṛctr flw ɖt pruvz hiz unduwñ. Wɖ Jonsn, ẃr d y start?

Az an oṗnñsīn in ɖt drama, it wl, enhǎ, b hard t bìt ɖ spīć ɖt ɖ prim̦inistr gev olmst xacli a yir ago – phps ɖ last momnt in ẃć h fondli imajind ɖt ol ɖ wrld le bfr him. Ɖ spīć, dlivrd in ɖ grand srǎndñz v Crisṭfr Rén’z Old Royl Nevl Colij at Grenij on 3 Febrri 2020, set ǎt hiz viźn fr a buc̣nirñ globl Britn, hî on yńnflagz n fri tred. Jonsn hd nt loñ rtrnd fṛm hiz post-ilex́n bīćfrolics in Mstīc wɖ Cári Simndz. Brexit hd fîṇli bn “dn” in Parḷmnt Sqer ʈri nîts rlịr. No opziśn trubld hiz hrîzn. Lebr wz līdrlis; Farāź pôntlis. Īvn Mîcl Gove, hiz limp-dagrd Brūṭs, hd bn cooptd t ɖ cōz.

Az h baṛld on t ɖ stej at Grenij ɖrfr, ruf̣lñ hiz her, śuf̣lñ hiz nots, hiz frst act wz t asc hiz cerf̣li s’lectd biznis ōdịns – stricli no Rmenr “glūmstrz n dūmstrz” alaud – t rêz ɖer îz t ɖ vōltd sīlñ n srve ɖ ḿṛl abv ɖer hedz. Sr Jemz Ʈornhil’z b’roc mastrpìs, Ɖ Trîumf v Liḅti n Pīs ovr Tiṛni, dpictd Wiłm III n Mẹri II inʈrond aftr ɖer ǒn “Glorịs Reṿluśn” n srǎndd, in Jonsn’z îz, bî “wel-féd nimfs n kpidz n ẃt hv y”. Ɖs, sd Jonsn, slejhaṃrñ ɖ simḅlizm, marct “ɖ setlmnt v a loñ n dvîsiv p’liticl qsćn abt hu gts t sit on ɖ ʈron”. It wz a momnt v “s’prīm naśnl slf-confidns”, h sjstd, wɖ ɖ YC “on ɖ slipwe” v globl ic̣nomic dominns. “Tde, f w gt it rît, ɖs cn b anɖr sć momnt.”

Hybris wrcs in mstirịs wez. Ɖt spīć wl b rmembrd nt, az Jonsn hopt, fr its reṭric abt unlīśt Britiś swagr, bt fr ɖ fact ɖt in ɖ mdst v it, in a ʈro’we frêz, ɖr lrct ɖ sīd v ol v hiz – n ǎr – loct-dǎn nîtmerz v ɖ past yir.

In ɖ dez līdñ p t ɖ Grenij spīć, Jonsn hd bn pôntidli sîḷnt on ɖ vîṛs ɖt hd bî ɖen iscept fṛm Wūhan. A fl munʈ aftr it hd bn îdnṭfaid bî ɖ Ćînīz oʈoṛtiz, ɖ Grenij spīć marct ɖ frst tîm ɖ nem v ɖ dziz ofiṣ́li pást hiz lips.

Inevitbli, it wz imploid nt az a cōśnri not, bt az an iṛtetñ nigl t hiz viźn v swoś n bucl: “Globl groʈ z itslf anīmic n ɖ dclîn in globl poṿti z bginñ t slo,” Jonsn sd. “Ẃn [tred]barịrz r gwñ p, n ẃn ɖr z a risc ɖt ny dzizz sć az c’roṇvîṛs wl trigr a panic n a dzîr fr marcitsegṛgeśn ɖt g bynd ẃt z medicli raṣ́nl, t ɖ pônt v dwñ riyl n uņesṣri ic̣nomic damij, ɖen at ɖt momnt hymaṇti nīdz sm guvnmnt, smẃr, ɖt z wilñ at līst t mc ɖ ces pǎrf̣li fr frīdm v xćenj.”

Ɖr wz t b no dǎt ẃć guvnmnt wd stand stubnli oblivịs t ɖ riscs v ɖ vîṛs, ignor ɖ panic, n cīp ɖ marcit icoṇmi opn at ol costs. Britn, ɖ prim̦inistr craid, wz “redi t tec of its Clarc Cnt specṭclz, līp intu ɖ fonbuɖ n imrj wɖ its clǒc flowñ az ɖ sūṗćarjd ćampịn” v ic̣nomic frīdm in eni stand-of wɖ public-hlʈ rstrix́n.

Boris Johnson gives his key speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich, London, on 3 February 2020. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP
Boris Jonsn gvz hiz ci spīć at ɖ Old Nevl Colij in Grenij, Lundn, on 3 Febrri 2020. Foṭgraf: Franc Augstein/AP

W hv hŕd fṛm ɖ inṭćenɉbl cast v fōnñ ministrz in ɖ past wīc ɖt “nbdi cd hv wrct hardr” ɖn Jonsn in tac̣lñ ɖ pandemic. Bt ẃn historịnz – ɖoz pesci pṛfeśnl Captin Hîndsîts – cm t le ǎt ɖ evidns, ɖe wl fînd plenti ɖt dis’griz wɖ ɖt fanṭsi, startñ wɖ ɖ Grenij spīć.

Ɖ secnd xks ɖt Jonsn’z cortịrz hv bn tld t pédl z ɖt nwn cd hv pridictd eni v ẃt wz t cm. Ɖt z olso nt xacli tru. Ɖ wīc bfr Jonsn’z fri-tred spīć a rport in Ɖ Lansit hd asest ɖ līʈl ptnśl v ɖ vîṛs, n sjstd it wz cmpaṛbl t ɖ 1918 Spaniś flūpandemic, ẃć cild 50 miłn ppl.
Ɖ cnsrn wz nt cnfînd t ɖ xprts. It z noṭbl ɖt on ɖ Saṭde bfr Jonsn’z spīć, ɖ Dêli Meil hd dvotd its frunt pej nt t ɖ trîumf̣lizm v ɖ prīvịs nît’s Brexit seḷbreśnz, fr ẃć it hd so strîdntli campend, bt t ɖ ʈret t ɖ YC pozd bî Covid-19: “Hǎ mni mor YC victimz v vîṛs?” Jonsn’z ǒn formr imployr, ɖ Dêli Teḷgraf, cǎnsld on 1 Febrri ɖt Britn mst b priperd fr ɖ wrst. “Peṣmists mt pônt ǎt ɖt ɖ mortaḷti fr ɖ ny vîṛs z cnsidṛbli hayr ɖn fr swînflu. Ẃn swînflu brouc ǎt in 2009, ɖ NHS olso hd sper cpaṣti, hvñ injoid a deced v riyl-trmz invstmnt incrisz. Tde, ɖr z olrdi a śortij v bedz…”
On ɖ Ʈrzde bfr Jonsn’z setpìs in Grenij, ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn hd informd evri neśn ɖt ɖ vîṛs hd its hîist riscretñ – iqivḷnt t ɖt v Ibola n Sars – wɖ 7,818 cesz cnfrmd gloḅli, in 19 cuntriz. In rspons, on 31 Jańri, īvn Doṇld Trump hd rstrictd incumñflîts fṛm Ćîna. Jonsn nt onli vyd ɖ vîṛs az a lîn in a Sūṗman gag, bt az an oṗtyṇti t pruv ɖt h wz priperd fr Britn t g it alon agnst ɖ po-fest xprts, cīp ɖ erports opn wɖ miniml scrīnñ n qoṛntīn, nt ple bî ɖer rūlz.
T pruv ɖ pônt, bî ɖ tîm v ɖ Grenij spīć, h hd olrdi scipt ɖ tū Cobra mītñz dvotd t planñ fr eni ptnśl pandemic, līvñ ɖm t b ćerd bî ɖ olrdi haplis Mát Hancoc. Ovr ɖ cors v ɖ folowñ wīcs, h nglectd t atnd ʈri mor. Ten dez aftr ɖ Grenij spīć, h rtritd t hiz gres-n-fevr cuntri rtrit at Ćīvnñ fr a fortnît, partli t fîṇlîz ɖ trmz v hiz dvors fṛm Mrīna Ẃīlr, nt loñ rcuvrd fṛm cansr, n t let hiz groun-up ćildṛn in on ɖ fact ɖt h n Simndz wr xpctñ a bebi n hd bn sīcṛtli ingejd. Hiz eidz wr rportidli tld t “cīp brīfñpeprz śort” f ɖe xpctd ɖm t b réd. It wz olmst Marć bî ɖ tîm Jonsn riimrjd t stej-manij nyz v ɖ pregnnsi fr ɖ pres.
It wz in ɖs contxt ɖt h sat on brecfsṭîm sofaz n vegli flotd ɖ nośn v hrd iḿṇti, bfr dsmisñ ɖ tmtñ îdīa v “tecñ ɖ vîṛs on ɖ ćin”. On 3 Marć, ɖ clir advîs fṛm Sagi wz ɖt ɖ guvnmnt śd “worn agnst grītñz sć az śecñ handz n hugñ”. Jonsn, infṃsli, wnt ǎt ɖt de n tld rportrz: “I wz at a hospitl ɖ uɖr nît ẃr I ʈnc ɖr wr a fy c’roṇvîṛs peśnts n I śc handz wɖ evrbdi, y wl b plizd t nǒ, n I cntiny t śec handz.” Jonsn spent lêt Marć in îṣleśn, alñ wɖ most v hiz cabiṇt, n rli Epril in intnsiv cer.
It hz bn clemd ɖt ɖoz dez in hospitl ćenjd Jonsn fṛm ɖ Jon Bl-iś caṛctr h hd prizntd at Grenij intu a mor ćeisnd figr; ɖr z nt mć in hiz subsiqnt reṭric – v wrld-bìtñ ɖs n mūnśot ɖt, n brīfñz ɖt h wz “baṭlñ ɖ xprts t sev Crisṃs” – t s’port ɖt îdīa. Az h hz turd ɖ cuntri fr foto oṗtyṇtiz in hard hats n labcots, it z hard t śec ɖ b’lif ɖt h stl siz līdrśp az h sw it ẃn h stérd p at Ʈornhil’z sīlñ – az a cnd v costymdrama in ẃć h gts t star, a prepscūl pformns v 1066 n ol ɖt. H mt hv bn advîzd t pe closr atnśn t ɖ “wel-féd nimfs” ɖt h wevd a hand at in Grenij. Ɖe wr nt, az h sīmd t inviźn ɖm, decṛtiv elimnts v clasicl toti, bt dpix́nz v ɖ for vrćuz ɖt inebld gd guvnns: prūdns, justis, tmpṛns n forttyd.
Az ɖ deʈ tol last wīc pást ɖ 100,000 pridictd a yir ago, w wr invîtd bî ɖ guvnmnt’s fevrd nyzpeprz t si Jonsn az a “dīpli sori” hed-baud figr, in scrīn grabz v him rīdñ fṛm hiz nots.
Bt ẃtvr ɖoz hedlînz or Ceniʈ Brana’z fʈcmñ dpix́n imajin, w śd olwz cīp in mînd ɖt ɖs z nt ɖ prim̦inistr’z traɉdi, it’s ɖ traɉdi v ɖ faṃliz v ɖ 105,000 hu hv daid, v ɖ ci wrcrz hu hv risct ɖer livz de aftr de, ɖ miłnz hu hv sìn jobz n planz n bizṇsz capsîzd. W hv ol bn cast az wōc-onz in a drama ẃć, fṛm ɖ vri bginñ, wz partli, bt funḍmnṭli, v Jonsn’z mcñ – n wn ẃć wl onli proprli end ẃn h n hiz hami trùp v ćansrz fîṇli xit, stej rît, no dǎt stl lǎdli pṛnǎnsñ ɖt nbdi cd hv dn mor t cīp s sef.

Sevn lésnz lrnt

Ranḍmîzd trîlz r lîfsevrz

Dx̣meʈ̇son z a ćīp sterôd drug ɖt hz sevd ɖ livz v 650,000 svirli il Covid peśnts. Its ifctivnis wz rvild ʈru ɖ YC Rcuṿri studi, ẃć cmperd trītmnts wɖ yźl NHS cer alon in ranḍmîzd trîlz. “Cliniśnz cm p wɖ ol sorts v hîpoʈ̇sīz abt drugz,” sz Martin Landre, jônt fǎndr v Rcuṿri. “Bt y’v got t tst ɖz hîpoʈ̇sīz. Fr ɖt y nīd larj, ranḍmîzd trîlz.”

Ny dzizz r a constnt ʈret

Covid-19 hz agn demnstretd ɖt wîld-animl tredñ, ẃr spīśīz r mixt tgɖr in apōlñ, stresfl srcmstansz, pṛmots dziz trnzmiśn btwn spīśīz – n on t hymnz. “Unls w cntrol loñ-distns tredñ in lîv animlz, ny dzizz wl apir agn n agn. Ɖt z a ci lésn fṛm ɖs pandemic,” sz Jemz Wŭd, pṛfesr v veṭrinri meḍsin at Cembrij Yṇvrṣti.

Jnomic srvez r crūśl

Britn hz pleid a ci rǒl in tracñ ɖ progres v Covid-19 acrs ɖ glob, ʈancs t its prǎis in jīnsīqnsñ. “YC l’boṛtriz hv carid ǎt 48% v ol ɖ wrld’z jīnomsīqnsñ v Covid-19,” sz Pṛfesr Sr Marc Cōlfīld, v Jnomics Ñgḷnd. “Ɖt hz bn invałbl in pinpôntñ ny strenz n unḍlînz ɖ nīd fr a globl jnomicsnetwrc t trac n bìt ɖs dziz. Ɖt wd b a lîflîn.”

Ppl wl axpt incnvińns

“Ste at hom n pṛtct ɖ NHS” wz a stroñ guvnmntmesij ɖt ɖ public axptd. Śops clozd, cartravl dropt bî tū ʈrdz, ẃl ppl pṛvîdd fūd fr ɖ hungri n clapt fr cerrz. “Ɖt trust wz unḍmaind bî Doṃnic Cumñz’z trip t Duṛm,” sz sîcoḷjist Pṛfesr Dem Til Wîcs, v Cñ’z Colij Lundn. “Yt most ppl stl foloud ɖ rūlz bcz ɖe ń ɖe wr fr a gd cōz.”

A fast rspons z criticl

A yir ago ɖ WHO wornd ɖ ny dziz reprizntd a public hlʈ imrjnsi. Ostreła wz wn v ɖ fy cuntriz t riact qcli. “Crūṣ́li, ɖoz wɖ past xpirịns v c’roṇvîṛsz lîc Sars dd riact n nǎ lc t b in a strongr pziśn,” sz Martin Hiḅd v ɖ Lundn Scūl v Hîjīn n Tropicl Meḍsin. “Dscuṿrñ a ny vîṛs’z caṛcṭristics n hvñ a clir straṭji wl b crūśl in avôdñ anɖr pandemic.”

Ɖ NHS mst b proprli fundd

Yirz v cuts t public hlʈsrṿsz left Britn il-priperd fr Covid-19 n wr criticl in alawñ deʈrets t sōr. “Az ɖ YC imrjz fṛm ɖ pandemic it wd b a trajic mstec t atmt t riistabliś a status quo ɖt wz marct in Ñgḷnd bî a stagneśn v hlʈ impruvmnt ɖt wz ɖ secnd-wrst in Yṛp,” stets a rvy léd bî Sr Mîcl Marṃt v Yṇvrṣti Colij Lundn.

mRNA tecnoḷji z hir t ste

Mesinjr RNA z yzd bî ǎr sélz t d’rect protīnmańfacćr. Bî lrnñ hǎ t haijac ɖt proses, Fîzr n Mderna md vaxīnz in record tîm. “W hd bn hírñ abt mRNA’z promis fr yirz n sudnli it arîvd,” sz Pṛfesr Adm Fín v Bristl Yṇvrṣti. “Ɖs cd b a gemćenjr nt jst fr vaxīnz bt cansrcer.” Robin MCi

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Clasics in Ñspel: THE HILL WE CLIMB, by Amanda Gorman

BBC, 20 January 2021: "Amanda Gorman: Inauguration poet calls for 'unity and togetherness'."

Amanda Gormn

Ɖ HIL W CLÎM

Ẃn de cmz w asc ǎrslvz,
ẃr cn w fînd lît in ɖs nvr-endñ śêd?
Ɖ los w cari,
a sì w mst wêd
W’v brevd ɖ beli v ɖ bīst
W’v lrnd ɖt qayt z’nt olwz pīs
N ɖ normz n nośnz
v ẃt jst z
z’nt olwz just-is
N yt ɖ dōn z ǎrz
bfr w ń it
Smhǎ w d it
Smhǎ w’v weɖrd n witnist
a neśn ɖt z’nt brocn
bt simpli unfiniśt
W ɖ s’xesrz v a cuntri n a tîm
ẃr a scini Blac grl
dsndd fṛm slevz n rezd bî a sngl muɖr
cn drīm v bcmñ prezidnt
onli t fînd hrslf rsîtñ fr wn
N yes w r far fṛm poliśt
far fṛm pristīn
bt ɖt dz’nt mīn w r
strîvñ t form a yńn ɖt z prfict
W r strîvñ t forj a yńn wɖ prṗs
T cmpoz a cuntri cmitd t ol culćrz,

culrz, caṛctrz n

cndiśnz v man

N so w lift ǎr gezz

nt t ẃt standz btwn s

bt ẃt standz bfr s
W cloz ɖ dvîd bcz w nǒ, t pt ǎr fyćr frst,
w mst frst pt ǎr difṛnsz asd
W le dǎn ǎr armz
so w cn rīć ǎt ǎr armz
t wn anɖr
W sīc harm t nn n harṃni fr ol
Let ɖ glob, f nʈñ els, se ɖs z tru:
Ɖt īvn az w grīvd, w grù
Ɖt īvn az w hrt, w hopt
Ɖt īvn az w tîrd, w traid
Ɖt w’l fr evr b taid tgɖr, victorịs
Nt bcz w wl nvr agn nǒ dfit
bt bcz w wl nvr agn sǒ dviźn
Scripćr tlz s t inviźn
ɖt evrwn śl sit undr ɖer ǒn vîn n figtrī
N nwn śl mc ɖm afreid
F w’r t liv p t ǎr ǒn tîm
ɖen vicṭri w’nt lî in ɖ bled
bt in ol v ɖ brijz w’v md
Ɖt z ɖ promis t gled
ɖ hil w clîm
f onli w der it
Bcz biyñ Americn

z mor ɖn a prîd w inherit,

it’s ɖ past w step intu
n hǎ w rper it
W’v sìn a fors ɖt wd śatr ǎr neśn
rɖr ɖn śer it
Wd dstrô ǎr cuntri

f it mnt dleyñ dmocṛsi

N ɖs ef̣t vri nirli s’xidd
Bt ẃl dmocṛsi cn b piriodicli dleid
it cn nvr b prṃnntli dfitd
In ɖs truʈ
in ɖs feʈ w trust
Fr ẃl w hv ǎr îz on ɖ fyćr
hisṭri hz its îz on s
Ɖs z ɖ ira v just rdmśn
W fird in its inspśn
W dd nt fīl priperd t b ɖ érz
v sć a teṛfayñ aur
bt wɖn it w faund ɖ pǎr
t oʈr a ny ćaptr
T ofr hop n laftr t ǎrslvz
So ẃl wns w asct,
hǎ cd w poṣbli privel ovr ctastṛfi?
Nǎ w asrt
Hǎ cd ctastṛfi poṣbli privel ovr s?
W wl nt marć bac t ẃt wz
bt muv t ẃt śl b
A cuntri ɖt z bruzd bt hol,
bnevlnt bt bold,
firs n fri
W wl nt b trnd arnd
or inṭruptd bî intiṃdeśn
bcz w nǒ ǎr inax́n n inrśa
wl b ɖ inheritns v ɖ nxt jeṇreśn
Ǎr blundrz bcm ɖer brdnz
Bt wn ʈñ z srtn:
F w mrj mrsi wɖ mît,
n mît wɖ rît,
ɖen luv bcmz ǎr leġsi
n ćenj ǎr ćildṛn’z brʈrît
So let s līv bhnd a cuntri
betr ɖn ɖ wn w wr left wɖ
Evri breʈ fṛm mî bronz-pǎndd ćst,
w wl rêz ɖs wūndd wrld

intu a wundṛs wn

W wl rîz fṛm ɖ gold-limd hilz v ɖ wst,
w wl rîz fṛm ɖ windswept norʈīst
ẃr ǎr fōrfaɖrz frst riylîzd reṿluśn
W wl rîz fṛm ɖ lec-rimd sitiz

v ɖ midwsṭn stets,

w wl rîz fṛm ɖ súnbect sǎʈ
W wl rībild, recnsîl, n rcuvr
n evri noun nc v ǎr neśn n
evri cornr cōld ǎr cuntri,
ǎr ppl dvrs n bytifl wl imrj,
batrd n bytifl
Ẃn de cmz w step ǎt v ɖ śêd,
aflem n un’fred
Đ ny dōn blūmz az w fri it
Fr ɖr z olwz lît,
f onli w’r brev inuf t si it
F onli w’r brev inuf t b it

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Clasics in Ñspel: “Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canal, Dublin,” by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

Lînz Ritn on a Sīt on ɖ Grand Cnal, Dublin
‘Irectd t ɖ Meṃri v Msz Drṃt OBrayn’

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Ǒ cmeṃret m ẃr ɖr z wōtr,
Cnalwōtr, prefṛbli, so stili
Grīni at ɖ hart v sumr. Bruɖr
Cmeṃret m ɖus bytifli
Ẃr bî a loc nîaġṛsli rorz
Ɖ fōlz fr ɖoz hu sit in ɖ tṛmnḍs sîḷns
V mid-Jlî. Nwn wl spīc in prǒz
Hu fîndz hiz we t ɖz Parnasịn îḷndz.
A swon gz bî hed lo wɖ mni apoḷjiz,
Fntastic lît lcs ʈru ɖ îz v brijz –
N lc! a barj cmz brññ fṛm Aʈî
N uɖr far-fluñ tǎnz miʈoḷjiz.
Ǒ cmeṃret m wɖ no hiro-c’rejs
Tūm – jst a cnalbanc sīt fr ɖ pasrbî.

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Clasics in Ñspel: EPIC, by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

I hv livd in importnt plesz, tîmz
Ẃn gret ivnts wr dsîdd; hu ǒnd
Ɖt haf a rȕd v roc, a no-man’z land
Srǎndd bî ǎr pićforc-armd clemz.
I hŕd ɖ Dufiz śǎtñ ‘Dám yr soul!’
N old MCeb stript t ɖ weist, sìn
Step ɖ plot dfayñ blu cast-stīl –
‘Hir z ɖ marć alñ ɖz ayn stonz’
Ɖt wz ɖ yir v ɖ Ḿnic boɖr. Ẃć
Wz mor importnt? I inclînd
T lūz mî fe ʈ in Baliruś n Gortin
Tl Homr’z gost cem ẃisṗrñ

t mî mînd.

H sd: I md ɖ Iliad fṛm sć
A locl rǎ.

Godz mc ɖer ǒn importns.

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Clasics in Ñspel: KERR’S ASS, by Patrick Kavanagh

Statue of Patrick Kavanagh by the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Patric Caṿna

CR’Z AS

W boroud ɖ loun v Cr’z big as
T g t Dundōc wɖ butr,
Bròt him hom ɖ īvnñ bfr ɖ marcit
N xîl ɖt nît in Mucr.

W hìld p ɖ cart bfr ɖ dor,
W tc ɖ harnis insd —
Ɖ strw-stuft stradl, ɖ brocn brićñ
Wɖ bits v bl-wîr taid;

Ɖ wncrz ɖt hd no ćocband,
Ɖ colr n ɖ reinz…
In Īlñ Brōdwe, Lundn Tǎn
I nem ɖer sevṛl nemz

Untl a wrld cmz t lîf —
Mornñ, ɖ sîḷnt bog,
N ɖ God v imaɉneśn wecñ
In a Mucr fog.

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In Ñspel │ The Observer view on Donald Trump’s assault on US democracy

President Donald Trump is seen on a screen speaking to supporters during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results in Washington on 6 January. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Prezidnt Doṇld Trump z sìn on a scrīn spīcñ t s’portrz jrñ a rali t cntst ɖ srtif̣ceśn v ɖ 2020 YS preẓdnśl ilex́n rzults in Wośñtn on 6 Jańri. Foṭgraf: Śann Stepltn / Rôtrz

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on Doṇld Trump’s asōlt on YS dmocṛsi

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 10 January 2021)

Ɖ prezidnt mst b rmuvd fr insaitñ vayḷns on ɖ Cápitl, bt Rpublicnz olso śer blem fr hiz toxic leġsi

10 Jańri 2021

It’s īzịr t unḍstand last wīc’s trmôl in Wośñtn f it z vyd az ɖ dzastṛs culmneśn v a fîv-yir proses v degṛdeśn ɖt bgan ẃn Doṇld Trump lōnćt hiz bid fr ɖ prezidnsi. Ɖ unrīznñ mehem, ɖ dvîsiv reṭric, ɖ dstructiv, dluźnl bhevyr n ɖ vayḷns ɖt ingulft Cápitl Hil on Wenzde r hōlmarcs v ɖ bnîtd Trump ira. It wz obvịs ɖt America’z loñ slîd intu igṇmini mst ivnć̣li end in tirz. N so it hz.

Ɖs dṛmatic imploźn śemd ɖ wrld’z līdñ dmocṛsi, śoct its frendz n dlîtd its eṇmiz. Phps it cd hv bn avôdd wɖ betr s’kṛti. Yt in mni wez, a fînl, hîli simbolic c’liźn btwn Trump’s ugli brand v popylizm n istabliśt pǎr, imbodid bî Congres, wz un’vôḍbl. Trump lacs bǎnḍriz. H olwz gz tù far – in hiz confṛnteśnl poḷsiz, hiz vilif̣ceśn v oponnts n hiz dsfuñśnl rleśnśps. Hiz post-ilex́n brecdǎn, rūtd in bruzd īgo n dnayl, léd inevitbli t meltdǎn.

Trump’s atac on Congres wz an atac on America n ol hu hold its valyz dir. It wz a despṛt bid t clñ t pǎr bî a wìc, ignṛnt n slfiś deṃgog hu hz śoun himslf an eṇmi v dmocṛsi, a frend t tîṛnts n unfit t b prezidnt. Ẃn h b’letidli riylîzd, amd nir-yṇvrsl condmneśn, ɖt h hd crost a lîn, h cevd n crevnli dsond hiz ǒn s’portrz. Aftr ɖ meltdǎn, ɖ clîmdǎn. It wz Trump’s last stand – n it feld mizṛbli.

Trump śd rzîn. Felñ ɖt, h śd b rmuvd fṛm ofis bî consttyśnl mīnz. N felñ ɖt, h śd b impićt, az līdñ Deṃcrats pṛpoz. No matr ɖt h hz onli 10 dez left t srv. It’s vîtl ɖt ɖr b svir, swift n viẓbl consiqnsz fr hiz unpresdntd brīć v trust. Ɖ îdīa ɖt an Americn prezidnt, hvr dtaćt fṛm riaḷti, cd insait a vayḷnt rbełn agnst hiz ǒn cuntri’s guvnmnt n g unpuniśt z intolṛbl.

Trump z t blem n mst pe a prîs. Bt uɖrz mst olso tec rsponsbiḷti fr ɖ pôzṇs poḷtics ɖt léd t ɖ “Cápitl cù”. Rpublicn seṇtrz sć az Mić MConl, Linzi Greym, Tom Cotn n Ted Cruz śd b aśemd v ɖer rǒl in fasiḷtetñ Trump’s abysz, rpitñ hiz laiz n cnspîrñ wɖ him t dyp miłnz v Americnz. Fr fîv yirz, ɖe n ɖer alîz norṃlîzd hiz aḅrnt bhevyr n toḷretd hiz asōlts on deṃcratic insttyśnz. Ɖe, tù, crietd ɖ mob.

Īvn aftr Trump’s ragtag armi hd stormd ɖ dbetñćembr, brññ pṛsidñz t a tmprri hōlt, 139 Hǎs Rpublicnz n et seṇtrz stl stuc wɖ Trump’s mndeśs naṛtiv n votd t oṿtrn an ilex́n ɖt wz fri n fer. Ɖs dsoṇrñ v ɖer consttyśnl dyti, ɖs aṛgnt disrigard fr ɖ wśz v miłnz v votrz, wz olmst az śocñ az ɖ rayt itslf.

Ɖ fact ɖt sm Rpublicnz hv sins brocn wɖ Trump mīnz litl. Ɖ parti az a hol nǎ fesz a rec̣nñ. Fr yirz, it hz jerimandrd cngreśnl districts, inactd vots’preśn meźrz n bloct ilectṛl rformz. Rpublicnz beṇfit unferli fṛm historicl anacṛnizmz ɖt, fr xampl, aḷcet az mni seṇtrz t Wîomñ, popyleśn 578,000, az t Caḷforńa, popyleśn 39.5 miłn.

Ɖ GOP hz tecn ɖ prezidnsi twîs sins 2000 aftr luzñ ɖ popylr vot. F Rpublicnz trūli valy America’z dmocṛsi, az ɖe se, ɖe śd stop unḍmainñ it fr parṭzan advantij n hlp rforṭfî n rny it. Most rjntli, ɖe śd cooṗret wɖ prezidnt-ilect Jo Bîdn in fîtñ ɖ pandemic ɖt Trump so badli mshandld. On ɖ de ol îz wr on ɖ Cápitl, 3,963 Americnz daid v Covid.

Trump’s dsgres n insywñ Rpublicn dis’re mt b ʈt a gift t Bîdn. Bt Trump’s ovr-ol leġsi z dīpli toxic. Az ɖ wefr-ʈin marjinz in last wīc’s Jorja Senit run-ofs śoud wns agn, Bîdn inherits a cronicli dvîdd cuntri split bî rês, eʈniṣti, jndr, ej, incm n edyceśn.

Sć dviźnz hv olwz xistd, bt Trump dlibṛtli xasbetd ɖm. Bîdn’z prîṃri tasc z t bild bac trust, in insttyśnz, in poḷtics n in Americn dmocṛsi itslf – bʈ at hom n abrōd, ẃr confidns in YS līdrśp hz bn badli śecn. H mst śo guvnmnt cn wrc fr evrwn, ɖt nbdi nīd fīl disrispctd, dspîzd or left bhnd. Trump xplôtd, dsivd n ultiṃtli btreid sć ppl on Cápitl Hil. F ɖe r ignord agn, ɖr wl b mor mobz, mor crîsīz, mor hymilieśnz.

Ɖ imīɉt ćalinj z t privnt Trump dwñ mor damij in hiz fînl dez. Pnṭgn ćīfs śd hīd ɖ Hǎșpīcr Nansi Pelosi’s apil t yz ol “aveḷbl pricōśnz” t enśur a les ɖn stebl Trump dz nt d enʈñ raś. Ɖ oṿdy dsiźn bî Twitr n Fes-bc t sîḷns hiz laiz, cnspiṛsiz n pṛvoc̣tiv rants z hlpfl. Ɖs denjṛs man mst b cept frmli in hiz box untl inōğreśnde dōnz.

Loñ aftr h hz gn, Trump’s Cápitl ǎtrej wl b rmembrd wɖ a śudr n a śivr. Wɖ angr, pen n śem, ɖ rayt rflectd ol ɖt wnt roñ undr ɖs most dspicbl v Americn līdrz. Trump drouv hiz cuntri intu a dić. Ɖ cuntri wl rcuvr. Trump nvr wl.

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on the storming of the US Capitol: democracy in danger

A Trump flag flies over the grounds of the US Capitol after a mob stormed the building on Wednesday, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ stormñ v ɖ YS Cápitl: dmocṛsi in denjr

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 7 January 2021)

Ɖ YS prezidnt crietd ɖs inṣrex́n, bt uɖrz hv edd hiz asōlt on America’z insttyśnz

7 Jańri 2021

Ẃt tc so loñ? “Ẃn smwn śoz y hu ɖe r, b’liv ɖm ɖ frst tîm,” Maia Anɉlu cǎnsld. Doṇld Trump’s cīnist s’portrz b’livd him. Bt tù mni uɖrz, īvn amñ ɖoz hu rvîld him, nnɖles asymd ɖt ɖr wr limits. Ɖe cn no longr b cmplesnt. Ɖ Americn carnij v Wenzde nît – ɖ stormñ v ɖ Cápitl bî an armd n vayḷnt mob, insaitd bî ɖ prezidnt, in an atmt t terrîz Congres n stop ɖ pīsfl transfr v pǎr – marct an xtrordnri momnt in YS hisṭri. “F ɖ post-Americn ira hz a startdet, it z olmst srtnli tde,” rout Rićd Haass, prezidnt v ɖ Caunsl on Foṛn Rleśnz.

Yt ɖs wz mirli ɖ ultiṃt n undinaybl prūf v ẃt wz olwz evidnt: ɖt ɖs man z nt onli unfit fr hiz ofis, h z olso a denjr t dmocṛsi ẃl h rtenz it. H bilt hiz p’liticl s’xes on lîz, cntmt fr deṃcratic standdz, ɖ stǒcñ v dviźnz – most v ol reśl – n ɖ glaṃrîzñ v fors. Ɖe wr evidnt ẃn h campend fr ɖ prezidnsi, n mor bletnt ẃn h tōct v “vri fîn ppl” amñ ɖ ẃît sūpreṃsists v Śarlotsvil. Ẃn ɖ Hǎs impićt him fr abyzñ pǎr fr ilectṛl prṗsz. Ẃn h laid ɖt ɖ ilex́n wd b stoḷn, n ɖen laid ɖt it hd bn. Ẃn h cōld s’portrz t Wośñtn. Ẃn h tld ɖm ɖt ɖe wd “nvr tec bac ǎr cuntri wɖ wìcnis” n rjd ɖm on t ɖ Cápitl.

Ɖ Senit mjoṛtilīdr, Mić MConl, n uɖrz dzrv no credit fr b’letd paytiz abt ɖ stet v ɖ Rpublic. Ol ɖoz hu hlpt or “hymrd” Mr Trump’s ilex́n-stìlñ atmts r culṗbl. Olrdi xprt in mor jntīl indevrz, sć az votrs’preśn n jerimanḍrñ, ɖ Rpublicn ilits hv inebld n incurijd Trumpizm: standñ at hiz sîd, aqitñ him ẃn impićt, steyñ sîḷnt, or ampḷfayñ hiz lîz. Hvñ invîtd in an arṣnist n s’plaid him wɖ axelṛnt, ɖe ofr a cup v wōtr t dǎs ɖ infrno.

Ɖ rjnt iśu z hǎ t dīl wɖ Mr Trump. No feʈ cn b pt in hiz last-minit promis v an ordrli trnziśn ẃn h cntinyz t f’mnt rej. Ɖ Deṃcratic līdr in ɖ Senit, Ćuc Śūmr, hz cōld fr hiz imīɉt rmuvl. Cabiṇtmembrz r rportidli nǎ dscusñ ɖ ys v ɖ 25ʈ amndmnt, ẃć alǎz ɖ rplesmnt v an “unfit” prezidnt. Bt ɖs z nt abt mir felñz or inc̣paṣti: a betr ćôs wd b t bgin impićmntpṛsidñz. Ax́n mst b tecn agnst Mr Trump, az it mst agnst ɖoz h insaitd, t privnt him fṛm runñ agn n snd a clir mesij t enwn tmtd t folo.

Fr ɖ trūli importnt iśu z hǎ t salvij dmocṛsi in America. Ẃl Wenzde me pruv a wec-up cōl fr sm Trump votrz, mni r olrdi xplenñ awe ivnts, or xkzñ ɖm ʈru fōls iqivḷnsz wɖ ɖ Blac Lîvz Matr muvmnt. Dviźnz run dīp ʈru Americn ssayti n īvn its insttyśnz. A fl invstgeśn z nīdd v ɖ fełr t pṛtct ɖ Cápitl ẃn xtrimists hd opnli tōct v sć a plan – in starc contrast t ɖ intns s’kṛti n agresiv trītmnt ɖt grītd pīsfl BLM pṛtstrz. Tnz v miłnz v Americnz nǎ b’liv ɖt ɖ ilex́n wz stoḷn: wn rport sjsts ɖt onli a qortr v Rpublicnz trust ɖ rzult. Rîtwñ mīdia hv fostrd lîz, n sośl mīdia alaud ppl t dwel in oltrṇtiv p’liticl yṇvrsz. Ɖo Fes-bc hz fîṇli sspndd ɖ prezidnt’s acǎnt, ɖ stebldor z śutñ loñ aftr disinf̣meśn gaḷpt of intu ɖ distns. Nn v ɖs wl end ẃn Jo Bîdn z inōğretd on 20 Jańri.

Dmocṛsi xists nt in ɖ pṛviźnz ritn dǎn on pepr, bt so loñ az it z practist, ẃć z t se, dfndd. Ɖ rmarcbl twin vicṭriz in ɖ Jorja run-ofs on Wenzde, gvñ ɖ Deṃcrats cntrol v ɖ Senit via ɖ vîsprezidnt’s castñvot, wr a welcm tstiṃni t ẃt z poṣbl. Bt ɖer importns z dworft bî ɖ ʈret lūmñ ovr ɖ sistm itslf. Ɖ strugl z onli jst bginñ. America hz śoun its ppl ẃt it z. Ɖe śd b’liv it – n act acordñli.

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Gavin Williamson. ‘Resources and goodwill have been squandered with a thoroughness that would make more sense as deliberate villainy.’ Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
Gavin Wiłmsn. ‘Rzorsz n gdwil hv bn sqondrd wɖ a ʈuṛnis ɖt wd mc mor sns az dlibṛt viḷni.’ Foṭgraf: Justin Talis/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

F Boris Jonsn cerd abt scūlz, h’d olrdi hv sact Gavin Wiłmsn

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 5 January 2021)

B it ɖ xamzfiasco or ɖ scūlz U-trnz, ɖ onli dǎt z ẃɖr ɖ damij h inflicts z bî neglijns or saḅtāj

Rafel Bẹr, 5 Jańri 2021

Nt mć z constnt abt Britn’z hanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic, bt wn rūl aplîz ʈrt: ɖr z no s’nario so bad ɖt it canot b md wrs wɖ Gavin Wiłmsn in ćarj v scūlz.

Clozñ clasrūmz z dmoṛlîzñ fr peṛnts, tīćrz n ćildṛn. Ɖ prospect v cansld xamz fr a secnd yir cmpǎndz ɖ stres. Munʈs v dsruptd edyceśn wl wūnd a jeṇreśn. Purr faṃliz wl ber ɖ dīpist scarz. Ɖr z no qc poḷsis’lūśn, bt it z poṣbl t imajin ɖt reṃdiz xist. Guvnmnt canot fix evrʈñ, bt it mst b ceṗbl v smʈñ.

It z nt ɖ tasc itslf ɖt indysz dsper, bt ɖ îdntti v ɖ man huz job it z t cmplit it. Wiłmsn’z record alǎz onli xpcteśn v fełr. Ɖ uņoun elimnt z ẃɖr h wl inflict ɖ damij bî neglijns or mor asrtiv saḅtāj.

Wl hiz nxt advnćr in mal’dmiṇstreśn lc lîc last sumr’z xamgredz fiasco, ẃn ɖ ejceśn dpartmnt hd munʈs t priper fr a pridictbl probḷm n wz stl ambśt? Or wl it b smʈñ mor proactivli mlevlnt, az ẃn h ʈretnd līgl ax́n agnst caunslz ɖt wontd t śut scūlz bfr Crisṃs, ɖus forsñ ɖm t ste opn fr a fy gṛćuiṭs dez v vîṛl pṛlif̣reśn?

An edyceśnsecṛtri pzesñ īvn flimzi scrūplz mt, in rīsnt wīcs, hv got t grips wɖ practicl ćaḷnjz: sorsñ laptops fr rmot lrnñ, iqipñ venyz t sefli tīć ćildṛn hu canot ste at hom. Instd Ñgliś scūlz wr śut wɖ les ɖn a de’z notis, aftr a Crisṃs hoḷde jrñ ẃć hedtīćrz hd bn tld ɖ prîoṛti wz arenjñ ɖ Covid tsts ɖt wd alǎ ɖm t ste opn. Ɖe dd opn, bt fr jst wn de: a boṇs rǎnd v infx́nz bfr ɖ U-trn.

Rzorsz n gdwil hv bn sqondrd wɖ a ʈuṛnis ɖt wd mc mor sns az dlibṛt viḷni – a plot t indys stafrūm stres – xpt Wiłmsn z nt ceṗbl v impḷmentñ a cnspiṛsi ɖt ifctiv.

Administṛtiv inadiqsi z agṛvetd bî ɖ absns v eni paśn fr ɖ portfolio. Ɖr z no evidns ɖt ɖ secṛtri v stet hz eni nośn v ẃt edyceśn z īvn fr, or hǎ it fits intu sm wîdr naśnl stori. Hiz onli noun xṗtīz in ɖ fīld z ɖ fact v hvñ wns bn t scūl himslf. N it z unclir hǎ mć atnśn h wz peyñ ɖen.

H z dspîzd bî tīćrz. H hz ełnetd īvn ɖ modṛt wñ v ɖ tredyńnz. It z nvr īzi fr Tori ministrz t win trust in ɖ stafrūm, bt Wiłmsn hz flfild ɖ caric̦ćr v îdịlojicl pṛvoc̣tŕ wɖ spîtfl reliś, castñ tīćrz az slacrz n saḅtŕz.

In a rīsnt srve ẃr frunt-lîn staf wr asct hūm ɖe wd trust wɖ ɖ dsiźn on ẃɖr it wz sef t g intu ɖ clasrūm, Wiłmsn cem a distnt last – mîlz bhnd sạntific advîzrz, locl oʈoṛtiz, Public Hlʈ Ñgḷnd, hedtīćrz n tredyńnz. Rspondnts wr alaud t tíc multipl boxz, n stl ɖ edyceśnsecṛtri got jst 1% v ɖ vot.

Ɖ rbarḅtiv sîd v hiz caṛctr z ntorịs in guvnmnt. It z nt unyźl fr advîzrz n MPz t ẃispr uncînd ʈñz t jrṇlists abt ministrz, bt ɖ acridti v ẃt z pord on Wiłmsn bî hiz ǒn parti z ynīc n mostli unprinṭbl. Ɖ cîndr acǎnts dwel onli on hiz abject inepttyd, bt most includ ćaptrz on dīvịsnis, dypliṣti n vindictivnis. It z sd ɖt h stîlz himslf az a Macịvelịn oṗretr wɖ an ostnteśs iṃtyṛti ɖt unḍmainz eni plot h mt unḍtec – a homij t Hǎs v Cardz in cruwl, hyṃrlis slapstic.

Ol v ẃć rezz ɖ qsćn v ẃ h z in ɖ cabiṇt. Wiłmsn’z incompitns wz nt a sīcrit. H feld at dfns bfr h got hiz handz on edyceśn. Hiz memṛbl contṛbyśnz in ɖ s’kṛti arīna wr ɖ plêgrǎnd xorteśn ɖt Ruśa śd “g awe n śut p”, n hiz dsmisl bî T’rīza Me aftr ɖ līcñ v sīcrit inf̣meśn. H dnaid ɖt wn, bt stīm wz stl rîzñ fṛm ɖ dsgres ẃn, jst ʈri munʈs lêtr, Jonsn tapt Wiłmsn fr ɖ edyceśnjob.

Ɖ onli cṛdnślz ɖt matrd t ɖ ny prim̦inistr wr loylti n redinis t dfnd ɖ most xtrim Brexit. Wiłmsn hd bn a rmenr fr Devid Camṛn, n a dfndr v Me’z dūmd dīl ẃn ś wz hiz beṇfactr. Ẃn Me rzînd, Wiłmsn adoptd a mor hardlîn pziśn instntli n wɖt qām, lîc a tru mrsnri. It dd nt tec Jonsn loñ t si ɖ ytiḷti v a man az lacñ in prínsipl az himslf. Ẃt mt hapn t scūlz wz nvr a cnsiḍreśn.

Yt, bî nǎ, Jonsn mst si ɖt rpettiv fełr in ɖt dpartmnt daṃjz hiz ǒn repyteśn. Ɖ pandemic hz jeṇretd cǎntlis penfl dlemaz fr Dǎnñ Strīt, bt ɖ ćôs btwn cīpñ ɖ cuṛnt edyceśnsecṛtri n ptñ olmst enwn els in ćarj z at ɖ īzịr end v ɖ spectṛm. Ɖ arğmnt ɖt a crîsis nīdz cnsistnsi v prṣnél dz nt aplî ẃn ɖ prsn in qsćn z a wōcñ enjin spywñ ǎt mor crîsis.

A popylr vy in Wsminstr last yir, ẃn Wiłmsn wz bérli flexñ ɖ fl xtnt v hiz yslisnis, wz ɖt Jonsn cept him on so az t sacṛfîs him at a lêtr det. Ɖ rvîld ministr mt sǒc p mor public oprobrịm bfr biyñ dscardd. Bt ɖ rag z nǎ sać̣retd n ranc. Anɖr ʈiyri z ɖt Wiłmsn hz sm sinistr līṿrij detñ bac t hiz tîm az ćīf ẃip: ɖt h nz ẃr bodiz r berid, hvñ srvd az x’kśnr n unḍtecr.

Phps Jonsn avôdz sacñ ppl fr incompitns ʈru fir v sigṇlñ ɖt compitns matrz, n ɖt s’xes in poḷtics śd b meźrd bî ceṗbl poḷsi dlivri. Ɖt z nt ɖ prim̦inistr’z feṿrit tst.

Wiłmsn wl g, ivnć̣li, wns ɖ stenć v hvñ him arnd xidz Jonsn’z rluctns t dīl wɖ fǎl mesz. It z hard t pridict ẃn ɖt pônt wl cm. Ɖ prim̦inistr’z nǒz z acustmd t ɖ smel v bad guvnmnt, bt h cn si uɖr ppl rcôl.

Sacñ ɖ edyceśnsecṛtri wd nt ōṭmaticli mc ʈñz betr. Bt it wd at līst iliṃnet wn cmpelñ rīzn t cīp xpctñ ɖ wrst.

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