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‘Mr Jonsn fīlz nɖr jenyin śem nr snsir rmors fr ɖ rampnt locdǎnbustñ in Dǎnñ Strīt.’ Foṭgraf: Tayfun Salcı/ZUMA Preswîr/REX/Śuṭstoc

Boris Jonsn me ʈnc ɖt partiget z a lafñmatr. Ǎtrejd votrz d’nt

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on 3 April 2022)

It z apōlñ inuf ɖt ɖ p’līs hv faund a patn v criṃnaḷti at ɖ vri hart v guvnmnt. It z wrs ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr trīts ɖs scandl az a joc

Andrew Rawnsley

Andru Rōnzli, Súnde 3 Epril 2022

H  ʈncs h z gwñ t gt awe wɖ it. Ẃn Boris Jonsn adrest a rīsnt dinr wɖ hiz parḷmntri parti, h pǒct fun at ɖoz Tori MPz hu wr so dsgustd bî partiget ɖt ɖe traid t rmuv him. Ɖ cñ v cras coṃdi qipt ɖt ɖe śd b gretfl ɖt ɖe dd nt liv in Ruśa ẃr Vḷdīmir Pūtin hz “nbdi t rait 54 letrz t Sr Greymski Bredīski”. H wz ispeṣ́li mocñ v ɖoz Cnsrṿtiv MPz hu rout t dmand a confidnsvot n ɖen wɖdru ɖer letrz aftr ɖ inveźn v Ycren. Ɖz misvz wr “ilastic – ɖe g in n y cn pl ǎt”.

Jst a fy wīcs ago, h std on ɖ preṣpis v luzñ ɖ premịrśp. Smwn hu òt t nǒ tlz m ɖt ɖ numbr v letrz sbmitd t Sr Greym got clos t ɖ ʈreśhold ɖt wd hv trigrd a confidnsvot. Nǎ ɖ prîm̦inistr fīlz ebl t wîn, dîn n crac wîz wɖ hiz MPz. N t d so in ɖ vri sem wīc ɖt ɖ Metṛpolitn p’līs startd iśuwñ penltiz fr lwbrecñ at Numbr 10, impozñ 20 fainz in ɖ frst wev n wɖ mor xpctd t folo. It z apōlñ inuf ɖt ɖ Mét hz faund a patn v criṃnaḷti at ɖ vri hart v guvnmnt. It z wrs ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr trīts ɖs az a lafñmatr. Wn sīńr Tori preznt at ɖ dinr sz: “Ɖ numbr v jocs Boris dvotd t partiget śoud ɖt h z îɖr mońmnṭli insnṣtiv or mońmnṭli slf-confidnt.” Or bʈ.

Ɖs cnfrmz ɖt Mr Jonsn fīlz nɖr jenyin śem nr snsir rmors fr ɖ rampnt locdǎnbustñ in Dǎnñ Strīt jrñ ɖ pandemic. It olso tlz s ɖt ɖs scandl hz nt ćenjd hiz isnśl caṛctr wn jot. Ɖt òt t alarm evrwn, includñ ɖ Tori MPz hu laft alñ wɖ hiz jocs.

Ɖe me hv faund ɖ prîm̦inistr funi, bt ɖr z no rīzn t s’poz ɖt ɖ cuntri fīlz enttend. On ɖer we t ɖ revlriz at ɖ Parc Plāza hotel nir Wsminstr Brij, Cnsrṿtiv MPz hd t pas a pṛtstñ grūp v b’rivd faṃliz v Covid caźltiz hu śǎtd “śem on y” n “of t anɖr parti, r w?” Ɖoz hu lost luvd wnz, ofn biyñ dnaid ɖ oṗtyṇti t hold ɖ hand v a dayñ reḷtiv fr wn last tîm or īvn t atnd ɖ fynṛl, hv nt fgotn or fgivn. Partiget cut ʈru t ɖ public mć mor wîdli n mć mor dīpli ɖn ɖ tipicl p’liticl scandl. Evrwn cn grasp ɖ starc hipocṛsi v ɖ deṇznz v Dǎnñ Strīt flǎtñ ɖ rstrix́nz ɖt ɖe impozd on evrwn els. Nr cn it b dspytd ɖt Mr Jonsn iśùd rpitd fōls dnaylz abt it t bʈ parḷmnt n ɖ public. H rmenz undr invstgeśn himslf, ɖ ivnts h atndd includñ ɖ ntorịs “brñ-yr-ǒn-būz” parti orġnîzd bî hiz prîṿt secṛtri. Ɖ prîm̦inistr’z xks, ɖt h mstŭc a gardn páct wɖ ppl ćugñ wîn fr “a wrc ivnt”, z no les riẓbl nǎ ɖn it wz ẃn h frst cncoctd ɖt aḷbî.

At Wsminstr, partiget z larjli trītd az yesṭde’z nyz. Jecb Rīs-Mog, ɖ cabiṇt’s speṣ́list at dfndñ ɖ indfnsbl, hz traid t xplôt ɖ wor t dsmis ɖ scandl az “dispṛporśṇt fluf”. Bt votrz d’nt ʈnc in ɖ sem we az poḷtiśnz n telñ ɖm ɖt ɖe wr sili t b afruntd bî partiget onli mcs ɖm crosr. Ɖ public z ceṗbl v holdñ tū ʈts in its hed at wn tîm: ɖ wor in Ycren z a grev inṭnaśnl crîsis n lwbrecñ at Numbr 10 z a grev iśu fr Britn’z dmocṛsi.

Ɖ poulñcumṗniz agri ɖt ɖ public hv setld on a vrdict ɖt z unlîcli t ćenj, ẃtvr hapnz nxt. Ɖe hv md p ɖer mîndz abt ɖ prîm̦inistr. Jemz Jonsn, a poulstr hu sampld opińn fr ɖ Tōriz ẃn T’rīza Me wz at Numbr 10, rports ɖt ɖr hz bn a “cnsistnt picćr in ol ǎr foc̣sgrūps sins ɖ start v Jańri”. H qots wn votr dscrîbñ ɖ Tori līdr az “a bfūn, a joc, an idịt n, wrst v ol, a layr. Y c’nt hv a layr.” Anɖr cōlz him “a hiṗcriticl clǎn”. A ʈrd setlz fr ɖ simpl bt sirñ “pʈetic”.

Ẃn ɖ reṿleśnz abt partiget wr at ɖer most intns, Mr Jonsn’z apruvl retñz plunjd t depʈs nt viẓtd bî eni prîm̦inistr in mor ɖn 25 yirz. Ɖe hv rcuvrd onli a litl sins ɖ bginñ v ɖ wor. H rmenz dīpli unpopylr. Ɖr’z bn scant sîn v ɖ “rali t ɖ flag” beṇfit ɖt Numbr 10 hopt wd rzult fṛm ɖ ǎtbrec v ɖ most sirịs conflict in Yṛp sins 1945. Jonsn loylists hu tōct dlirịsli abt ɖ wor pṛvîdñ him wɖ a “Fōcḷndz momnt” hv śoun ɖmslvz in nīd v a lésn in gd test, a hisṭri tytorịl n ɖ atnśn v a cḷniśn.

Tōriz r nǎ bginñ t twić abt ɖ locl ilex́nz in rli Me. “I ʈnc ɖe r gwñ t b bad, poṣbli vri bad, ispeṣ́li in Lundn,” sz wn Cnsrṿtiv MP. Ɖz tsts v public opińn wl b imīɉtli prisidd bî ɖ hîc in ɖ ret v naśnl inśuṛns bîtñ intu pêpacits fr ɖ frst tîm, a hyj jump in eṇjibilz n srjñ prîsz fr mni uɖr isnślz. Leñʈ̇nñ wêtñtîmz n stafśorṭjz hv cntribytd t an unpresdntidli śarp fōl in public saṭsfax́n wɖ ɖ Naśnl Hlʈsrvis. F ɖ Tōriz r ʈumt at ɖ baḷtbox ɖs sprñ, it wl b hard t se dfiṇtivli hǎ mć v it z dǎn t partiget n hǎ mć v it z abt ɖ stet v public srṿsz n ɖ sqīz on hǎshold bujits. Ẃt w d nǒ, fṛm past xpirịns, z ɖt votrz gt angrịr abt p’liticl scandlz ẃn ɖe r fīlñ mizṛbl abt ɖer ǒn srcmstansz. Sm Tōriz si denjr fr ɖer līdr in siɖñ fyri abt partiget cmbînñ wɖ discntnt abt ɖ cost-v-livñ crunć. Sz wn: “It wl mc sm v mî colīgz mor ssptbl t ɖ arğmnt ɖt w w’nt win ɖ nxt ilex́n f w d’nt ćenj līdr.”

Īvn sm v ɖ Jonsn loylists b’liv ɖt “h z nt ǎt v ɖ wŭdz yt”. Ɖ p’līs invstgeśn intu a duzn ivnts in Dǎnñ Strīt jrñ ɖ pandemic, at līst ʈri v ẃć wr atndd bî ɖ prîm̦inistr, z far fṛm xōstd. No prīvịs Britiś prîm̦inistr hz bn faund t hv brocn ɖ criminl lw ẃl in ofis. F ɖ p’līs srv him wɖ a fain, h wl b in ɖ pziśn, olwz prīvịsli hld t b unteṇbl, v a lw-mcr biyñ xpozd az a lwbrecr. Cnsrṿtiv MPz wl ɖen hv t dsîd ẃɖr t rmuv him or mc ɖmslvz axeṣriz t ɖ crîm.

Contxt wl matr a lot t ɖer calkleśnz. “It z ol abt ɖ tîmñ,” sz wn formr Tori cabiṇt ministr. F h gts faind ẃn Ycren z stl ɖ sntr v atnśn, or f sm uɖr imrjnsi hz iruptd, ɖen ɖr wl b a rdyst ćans v Mr Jonsn biyñ dfeṇstretd bî hiz MPz. F nt, ɖen h wl b in gretr denjr v biyñ ijctd at ɖ handz v hiz ǒn parti.

Īvn f h isceps a p’līspenlti, mni v ɖ public hv olrdi cncludd ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr z an incoriɉbli mndeśs rūlbrecr. Ɖt z a probḷm nt jst fr ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, bt fr evrwn els tù. Wn v ɖ mni daṃjñ dmnśnz v ɖs scandl z ɖt it hz svirli compṛmîzd ɖ cpaṣti v ɖ guvnmnt t cari ppl wɖ it at a tîm ẃn ifctiv n pswesiv līdrśp z vîṭli nesṣri. In hard n periḷs tîmz, a līdr hz t b ebl t asc dificlt ʈñz v ɖ ppl in ɖ naśnl inṭrest. Ɖs z a pirịd ẃn Britn nīdz a prîm̦inistr hu cn cnvins ɖ cuntri ɖt sacṛfîsz nīd t b md fr ɖ sec v hlpñ ɖ Ycreńnz t rzist ɖ Ruśnz, in ordr t cǒp wɖ ɖ globl eṇji crîsis, or in ɖ ivnt ɖt Covid sprñz anɖr nasti s’prîz on s. Mr Jonsn canot b ɖt prîm̦inistr.

H hz lost ɖ trust v ɖ public n nt wún it bac amñ hiz ǒn MPz. Mni stl wont him gn, nt līst fr fir v ẃt mt hapn nxt f ɖ grīst piglit smhǎ maṇjz t sqrm hiz we ǎt v partiget. Wn sīńr Tori rmarcs: “F Boris gts awe wɖ ɖs, h wl ʈnc ɖt h cn gt awe wɖ enʈñ.” Ɖt’s a forḿla fr mor, n qt poṣbli wrs, ǎtrejz t cm.

Boris Jonsn me ʈnc h z dn wɖ partiget, bt ɖ angr abt it z nt dn wɖ him.

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Andru Rōnzli z Ćīf P’liticl Comntetr v ɖ Obzrvr

Instroduction to Ñspel

13/04/2022

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