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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on Cummings’ testimony: a vivid portrait of failure

‘Mr Cummings reports that the prime minister likes “chaos” as a mode of government’. Photograph: Reuters Tv/Reuters
‘Mr. Cumñz rports ɖt ɖ prim̦inistr lîcs “ceos” az a mod v guvnmnt’. Foṭgraf: Rôtrz Tv/Rôtrz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Cumñz’ tstiṃni: a vivid portret v fełr

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 26 May 2021)

Boris Jonsn’z formr advîzr z nt ɖ most rlaybl nretr, bt hiz dámñ acǎnt v ɖ prim̦inistr’z flwz z s’portd bî ol ɖ evidns

26 May 2021

A  yir ago, Doṃnic Cumñz gev a presconfṛns fṛm ɖ gardn v 10 Dǎnñ Strīt t xplen ẃ h, az ɖ prim̦inistr’z most pǎrfl advîzr, śd b alaud t brīć locdǎn rūlz ẃn ordnri sitiznz wr cnfînd t ɖer homz. Hiz xpḷneśn, involvñ ɖ clem t hv tstd hiz îsît bî drîvñ wɖ hiz faṃli in ɖ car, wz feṃsli improbbl.

Ɖt episod daṃjz Mr. Cumñz’ creḍbiḷti az a witnis bfr a cmiti v MPz sīcñ t lrn lésnz fṛm ɖ guvnmnt’s hanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic. Nwn hu woćt Wenzde’z tstiṃni wz left dǎtñ ɖt h intndd t setl scorz n dvrt blem awe fṛm himslf. H apoḷjîzd fr mstecs ɖt wr md, bt az a prelyd t slfxclpeśn, īvn ovr ɖt faṃlitrip t Cǎnti Duṛm. Hiz rgret wz nt hvñ actd snr t contṛdict a privelñ guvnmnt vy last Marć ɖt ɖ vîṛs śd b alaud t run ʈru ɖ popyleśn, jeṇretñ naćṛl iḿṇti. H hd bn rît ol alñ, n śd hv forst ɖ prim̦inistr t act, h sd. Wel h wd, wd’nt h, az Mandi Rîs-Deviz mt hv obzrvd.

A slfsrvñ motiv dz nt rendr ɖ hol acǎnt inṿlid. Mć v it z c’roḅretd bî uɖr sorsz n ɖ evidns v ẃt hapnd t ɖ cuntri. Īvn ẃn it wz clir ɖt Britn wz hedñ qcli twdz ctastṛfi, ɖ prim̦inistr wz îɖr unwilñ or sîc̣lojicli unebl t tec ɖ nesṣri ax́n.

Az ɖ crîsis unfoldd, ɖs funḍmntl flw in Boris Jonsn’z caṛctr rīsrfist az ɖ cōz v cnfyźn, dle n, bî xtnśn, uņesṣri deʈ. Mr. Cumñz rports ɖt ɖ prim̦inistr lîcs “ceos” az a mod v guvnmnt bcz it forsz uɖrz t awêt hiz arbtreśn, ɖr-bî bolsṭrñ hiz pǎr. Ɖt z cnsistnt wɖ uɖr acǎnts v Mr. Jonsn’z modus operandi: mntenñ a dlibṛtli wìc cabiṇt, contṛdictñ himslf, mcñ fōls public stetmnts, mcñ poḷsi cmitmnts wn de n U-trnñ ɖ nxt, pṛcrasṭnetñ ẃl ɖ opśnz naro. Ɖt tmpṛmntl inadiqsi wd b probḷmatic undr norml srcmstansz. Jrñ a pandemic, it hz pruvd līʈl.

Sm v ɖ wrst felñz v guvnmnt wr, no dǎt, cmpǎndd bî mīdiocṛti n a lac v ajiḷti ʈrt Ẃîthōl. Mr. Cumñz z rît t rêz ɖ alarm abt a sivl cntinjnsiz aṗreṭs ɖt xistd t cǒp wɖ rer imrjnsiz n feld t pform ɖt wn besic fuñśn ẃn rqîrd. Ɖ ʈret v a pandemic hd bn noun fr yirz, yt ɖ guvnmnt faund itslf mcñ p ɖ plan az it wnt alñ.

Fr ol ɖ sstemic unredinis n alejd dsoṇsti v cabiṇtministrz, ɖ sntṛl probḷm – ɖ brocn pìs in ɖ mśīn ɖt esc̣letd evri haẓd intu a dzastr – wz ɖ man huz job it wz t līd. No cuntri wnt intu ɖ pandemic fŭli priperd. Ol hd t impṛvîz rsponsz n lrn fṛm evidns az it imrjd. Mr. Jonsn feld t d ɖt, nt jst at ɖ start, bt ʈrt last yir.

Britn hz sufrd wn v ɖ hîist p’ capita deʈtolz in ɖ wrld nt onli bcz its orgnz v stet wr unredi, bt bcz its prim̦inistr wz unfit. Mr. Cumñz z nt ɖ most rlaybl nretr v ivnts in ẃć h pleid a crūśl rǒl. Yt ɖ picćr h pents v a prim̦inistr lacñ ɖ jujmnt n caṛctr t naṿget ɖ crîsis taliz wɖ a Dǎnñ Strīt specṭcl ɖt ɖ cuntri witnist last yir, lrćñ fṛm panic t cmplesnsi n bac agn – “a śopñtroli smaśñ btwn ailz.” Tstiṃni fṛm a man at ɖ vri hart v ɖt dzastr mt wel b skd bî vndeta, bt it olso cntenz frîtnñli plōẓbl insît intu ɖ we Britn z guvnd. Ɖ fl picćr wl imrj onli in tîm, bt sm jujmnts r olrdi aveḷbl best on noun facts. “Tnz v ʈǎzndz v ppl daid hu dd’nt nīd t dî,” Mr. Cumñz sd. Trajicli, it wz ɖ truʈ.

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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

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

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

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 2 May 2021)

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

William Keegan

Wiłm Cīgn, 2 May 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leṿlñ p? Pl ɖ uɖr wn …

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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

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

 

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

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 19 April 2021)

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

Zoe Williams

Zǒi Wiłmz, 19 Epril 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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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.

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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.

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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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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ If Boris Johnson cared about schools, he’d already have sacked Gavin Williamson

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.

Rafel Bẹr z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: forever behind the Covid curve

‘In Downing Street there is a persistent refusal to confront and act on the worst-case scenario before the worst has actually happened.’ Photograph: WPA/Getty Images
‘In Dǎnñ Strīt ɖr z a psistnt rfyzl t cnfrunt n act on ɖ wrst-ces s’nario bfr ɖ wrst hz acć̣li hapnd.’ Foṭgraf: WPA/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Boris Jonsn: fr evr bhnd ɖ Covid crv

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 4 January 2021)

Az in Marć, ɖ prim̦inistr hz bn culṗbli slo t rspond t a ny fêz v ɖ crîsis

4 Jańri 2021

Last Marć, az ɖ public clamr fr strictr meźrz t cmbat ɖ spred v Covid-19 bcem imposbl t ignor, ɖ guvnmnt fretd ovr ɖ cuntri’z wilñnis t sîn p t a naśnl locdǎn. Az it trnd ǎt, most ppl wr far mor hōciś ɖn ɖ guvnmnt in s’portñ dṛcońn rstrix́nz on evride lîf. Bî wêtñ untl lêt in ɖ munʈ, crūśl grǎnd wz lost n so, uņessṛli, wr ʈǎzndz v lîvz.

Az ɖ ny Covid verịnt streñʈnz its grip acrs ɖ cuntri, it hz bcm clir ɖt ɖ lésnz v Marć wr nt lrnt. In Scotḷnd, ẃr rets v infx́n r lowr ɖn in Ñgḷnd, Nic̣la Strjn hz anǎnst a naśnl locdǎn, bginñ at midnît. Bî contrast, amd totl cnfyźn ovr ɖ rioṗnñ v scūlz, Boris Jonsn hz prīvaṛcetd n pṛcrasṭnetd. Ɖ tufr rstrix́nz fr Ñgḷnd r fîṇli biyñ intṛdyst olmst a wīc aftr ɖs nyzpepr cōld fr a locdǎn. Az ɖ formr hlʈsecṛtri Jeṛmi Hunt hz pôntd ǎt, ć de v dle riscs avôḍbl deʈs.

Fr ovr a wīc, a host v sttistics hv deṃnstretd ɖ nīd fr swift ax́n. Ɖ spred v Covid z ǎt v cntrol n ɖ xistñ tírsistm v rstrix́nz z felñ t cǒp. Ɖr r growñ cnsrnz ovr a secnd Sǎʈ Africn verịnt. Hospitlz hv gretr cpaṣti t trīt Covid cesz, bt az ɖ YC’z ćīf medicl ofisrz stetd on Munde, ɖe r in clir denjr v biyñ oṿẃlmd. In ɖ sǎʈ-īst v Ñgḷnd, ɖr r nǎ an esṭmetd 50% mor Covid peśnts in hospitl ɖn jrñ ɖ Epril pīc. Acrs ɖ rest v ɖ cuntri, rets v hospiṭlîześn r spîṛlñ upwdz ć de. Ɖ dredfl mîlston v 100,000 Covid-rletd deʈs in Britn wl nt b avôdd wɖt a dṛmatic trn’rnd. Mnẃl, cansrpeśnts n ppl wɖ sgnificnt hlʈ iśuz r nt biyñ sìn bî oṿstrećt NHS staf.

Sins bfr Crisṃs, ɖ guvnmnt hz treld alñ haplisli in ɖ wec v ivnts, az f constntli s’prîzd bî ɖm. Ɖ ceos ovr ɖs wīc’s rtrn t scūlz carid i’ri ecoz v ɖ rli sprñ. Ɖen, az nǎ, scūlz simpli bgan t clos ɖer gets. Wrcplesz emtid, az ɖ public graspt, mor qcli ɖn ɖ guvnmnt, ẃt hd t b dn. Ɖs tîm rnd, Mr Jonsn’s sạntific advîzrz wornd on 22 Dsmbr ɖt ɖ xṗnenśl spred v infx́nz mnt ɖt scūlz śd rmen clozd n a naśnl locdǎn cnsidrd. Ɖ bst form v crîsismanijmnt z t antiṣpet n priemt, īvn f ɖt mīnz mcñ unpopylr dsiźnz. Bt in Dǎnñ Strīt ɖr z a psistnt rfyzl t cnfrunt n act on ɖ wrst-ces s’nario bfr ɖ wrst hz acć̣li hapnd.

Ɖ ic̣nomic n sîc̣lojicl impact v ɖ grim midwintr t cm wl b inorṃs. Bhnd ɖ crv yt agn, ɖ guvnmnt’s emf̣sis mst nǎ b on inśurñ maximm cmplayns wɖ ɖ ny rstrix́nz. Ɖ vast mjoṛti v ɖ public s’port anɖr naśnl locdǎn. Bt inśurñ ɖt ɖ vax̣neśnprogram z sceld p rapidli n ifiśntli wl b vîtl t naśnl mral. Scūlz mst fîṇli b frniśt wɖ propr rzorsz t fsiḷtet onlîn lrnñ, n ɖr mst b swift claṛti ovr ɖ steṭs v sumr xamz. Crūṣ́li, aproprịt ic̣nomic s’port mst b ofrd t faṃliz n indivijlz, n ɖoz rqîrd t slf-îṣlet. Ɖ ćanslr, Riśi Sŭnac, mst mc it a prîoṛti t enśur ɖt ppl hv ɖ mīnz n fnanśl s’kṛti t d ɖ rît ʈñ.

Ɖ guvnmnt’s cpaṣti t endlisli rpit ɖ sem mstecs hardli inspîrz confidns. Bt fr a tîm-liṃtd pirịd, az ɖ popyleśn z vax̣netd, it z rît t batn dǎn ɖ haćz. Tuf az ɖ cmñ wīcs wl b, ɖs z nt ɖ opn-endd nîtmer ɖt bgan t unfold last Febrri n Marć. It z jst a piti ɖt ɖ guvnmnt dd nt recgnîz ɖt ćenjd contxt n act snr.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The UK government was ready for this pandemic. Until it sabotaged its own system

George Monbiot
Jorj Monbio

Ɖ YC guvnmnt wz redi fr ɖs pandemic. Untl it saḅtājd its ǒn sistm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 19 May 2020)

W wr secnd in ɖ wrld fr priperidnis. Ɖen Boris Jonsn et al dlibṛtli dīpriperd s

Jorj Monbio, Tyzde, 19 Me 2020

13 March 2020: day four of Cheltenham festival, 10 days before lockdown began in the UK. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA
13 Marć 2020: de for v Ćlṭnm fstivl, 10 dez bfr locdǎn bgan in ɖ UK. Foṭgraf: Andru Maʈyz/PA

W  r trapt in a loñ, darc tunl, ol v huz noun exits r bloct. Ɖr z no plōẓbl rùt ǎt v ɖ YC’z c’roṇvîṛs crîsis ɖt dz nt involv mas suf̣rñ n deʈ. F, az sm nyzpeprz n Cnsrvtiv MPz insist, ɖ guvnmnt īzz ɖ locdǎn ẃl ɖ pandemic z stl rejñ, ɖ ivnćl deʈtol cd b sevṛl tîmz gretr ɖn tde’z. F it dz’nt, n w spend ol ɖ worm munʈs v ɖ yir in cnfînmnt, ɖ impact on ǎr mntl n fizicl hlʈ, jobz n rleśnśps cd b caṭstrofic..

W hv bn tld rpitidli ɖt ɖ YC wz unpriperd fr ɖs pandemic. Ɖs z untru. Ɖ YC wz priperd, bt ɖen it dīpriperd. Last yir, ɖ Globl Hlʈs’kṛti Indx ranct ɖs neśn secnd in ɖ wrld fr pandemicredinis, ẃl ɖ YS wz frst. Brōdli spīcñ, in bʈ neśnz ɖ nesṣri sistmz wr in ples. Ǎr guvnmnts ćouz nt t yz ɖm.

Ɖ clîṃt moḍlr Jemz Ann hz yzd hiz aṇliticl meʈ̇dz t śo ẃt wd hv hapnd f ɖ YC guvnmnt hd impozd its locdǎn a wīc rlịr. Startñ it on 16 Marć, rɖr ɖn 23 Marć, hiz moḍlñ sjsts, wd bî nǎ hv sevd arnd 30,000 lîvz, rdysñ ɖ ret v ilnis n deʈ fṛm c’roṇvîṛs rufli bî a factr v fîv.

Bt īvn 16 Marć wd hv bn xtrordnṛli lêt. W nǎ nǒ ɖt guvnmntministrz wr tld on 11 Febrri ɖt ɖ vîṛs cd b caṭstrofic, n dsîsiv ax́n wz rjntli rqîrd. Instd, Boris Jonsn tld s t woś ǎr handz n “g abt ǎr norml dêli lîvz”.

Hd ɖ guvnmnt actd in Febrri, w cn haẓd a ges abt ẃt ɖ rzult wd hv bn, az ɖ wrld hz cnductd a clir cntrold xperimnt: weyñ Sǎʈ C’rīa, Tîwan n Ny Zīḷnd agnst ɖ YC, ɖ YS n Bṛzil. Sǎʈ C’rīa dd evrʈñ ɖ YC guvnmnt cd hv dn, bt rfyzd t implimnt. Its deʈ tol so far: 263. It stl hz an oceźnl clustr v infx́n, ẃć it promtli cntenz. Bî contrast, ɖ intîr YC z nǎ a clustr v infx́n.

Ẃl uɖr cuntriz îɖr clozd ɖer bordrz or qoṛntīnd ol arîvlz, in ɖ ʈri munʈs btwn ɖ imrjns v ɖ vîṛs n ɖ YC’z locdǎn, 18 miłn ppl arîvd on ɖz śorz, v hūm onli 273 wr qoṛntīnd. Īvn aftr ɖ locdǎn wz anǎnst, 95,000 ppl entrd ɖ YC wɖt adiśnl rstrix́nz. In fact, on 13 Marć, ɖ YC std dǎn īvn its ǒn gîdns, ẃć hd jntli rqstd travlrz fṛm Iṭli n Ćîna t slf-îṣlet. Ɖs dsiźn, tecn az uɖr neśnz wr stepñ p ɖer cntrolz, sīmz baf̣lñ.

Similrli, on 12 Marć, Jonsn abandnd bʈ cntenmnt n neśnwîd tstñ n tracñ. A wīc lêtr, ɖ steṭs v ɖ pandemic wz lowrd, ẃć mnt ɖt ɖ guvnmnt cd rdys ɖ standd v prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt rqîrd in hospitlz, n cd śift infx́s peśnts intu non-speṣ́list cer. Agn, ɖr wz no medicl or sạntific justif̣ceśn fr ɖs dsiźn.

X’sîz Sigṇs, a pandemicsiḿleśn cnductd in 2016, faund ɖt ɖ impact in cerhomz wd b caṭstrofic unls ny meźrz wr pt in ples. Ɖ guvnmnt insists ɖt it hīdd ɖ fîndñz v ɖs x’sîz n ćenjd its aproć acordñli. F ɖs z c’rect, bî alawñ untstd peśnts t b śiftd fṛm hospitlz t cerhomz, ẃl felñ t pṛvîd ɖ xtra s’port n iqipmnt ɖ homz nīdd n alawñ ejnsiwrcrz t muv frīli wɖn n btwn ɖm, it nwñli brīćt its ǒn proṭcolz. Tnz v ʈǎzndz v hîli vulnṛbl ppl wr xpozd t infx́n.

In uɖr wrdz, nn v ɖz r fełrz v nolij or cpaṣti. Ɖe r dīpreṗreśnz, conśs dsiźnz nt t act. Ɖe start t bcm xplicbl onli ẃn w rec̣gnîz ẃt ɖe hv in comn: a rfyzl t fruntlod ɖ costs. Ɖs rfyzl z comn in cuntriz huz guvnmnts feṭśîz ẃt w cōl “ɖ marcit”: ɖ yf̣mizm w yz fr ɖ pǎr v muni.

Jonsn’z guvnmnt, lîc ɖt v Doṇld Trump n Jair Bolsonaro, repriznts a ptiklr cnd v ic̣nomic inṭrest. Fr yirz poḷtiśnz v ɖer strîp hv bn in conflict wɖ ppl hu pform ysfl srṿsz: nrsz, tīćrz, cerwrcrz n ɖ uɖr lo-peid ppl hu cīp ǎr lîvz ticñ, huz atmts t orġnîz n s’kr betr pe n cndiśnz r dīṃnîzd bî ministrz n in ɖ mīdia.

Ɖs p’liticl conflict z olwz fòt on bhaf v ɖ sem grūp: ɖoz hu xtract wlʈ. Ɖ wor agnst ytiḷti z nesṣri f y wont t prîṿtîz public srṿsz, grantñ lūcṛtiv mnoṗliz or fîrseilz v public asets t frendz in ɖ prîṿt sectr. It’s nesṣri f y wont t hold dǎn public-sectr pe n ɖ minimm wej, cutñ taxz n bílz fr ɖ sem fundrz n lobiists. It z nesṣri f corṗreśnz r t b alaud t ǎtsors n ofśor ɖer wrcforsz, n wlʈi ppl cn ofśor ɖer incm n asets.

Ɖ inṭrests v wlʈxtractrz r, bî def̣niśn, śort trm. Ɖe dvrt muni ɖt mt uɖ̇wz hv bn yzd fr invstmnt intu diṿdendz n śer bîbacs. Ɖe dump costs ɖt corṗreśnz śd ljitṃtli ber on t ssayti in jenṛl, in ɖ form v p’luśn (ɖ car n rod lobiz) or public-hlʈ dzastrz (soft drincs n juncfūd pṛdysrz). Ɖe sîfn muni ǎt v an enṭprîz or a neśn az qcli az poṣbl, bfr ɖ tax oʈoṛtiz, reğletrz or lejsletrz cać p.

Yirz v xpirịns hv śoun ɖt it z mć ćīpr t mc p’liticl dneśnz, implô lobiists n invst in public rleśnz ɖn t ćenj lūcṛtiv bt harmfl cmrśl poḷsiz. Wrcñ ʈru ɖ biłnerpres n p’liticl sistmz ɖt r hîli vulnṛbl t capćr bî muni, in ɖ YC, YS n Bṛzil ɖe hv hlpt enśur ɖt caṿlir n reclis ppl r ilectd. Ɖer ćozn repriznttivz hv an olmst instñtiv avrśn t invstmnt, t cariyñ a cost tde ɖt cd b dfŕd, dleid or dumt on smwn els.

It’s nt ɖt eni v ɖz inṭrests – ẃɖr ɖ Dêli Meil or ɖ YS ôlcumṗniz – wont c’roṇvîṛs t spred. It’s ɖt ɖ aproć ɖt hz pruvd so dzastṛs in adresñ ɖ pandemic hz bn hîli ifctiv, fṛm ɖ lobiists’ pônt v vy, ẃn aplaid t uɖr iśuz: dleyñ n fṛstretñ ax́n t privnt clîṃt brecdǎn; p’luśn; ɖ obiṣticrîsis; iniqoḷti; un’forḍbl rent; n ɖ mni uɖr plegz spred bî corpṛt n biłner pǎr.

Ʈancs in larj part t ɖer inflụns, w hv guvnmnts ɖt fel t pṛtct ɖ public inṭrest, bî dzîn. Ɖs z ɖ tunl. Ɖs z ẃ ɖ exits r clozd. Ɖs z ẃ w wl strugl t imrj.

Jorj Monbio z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The Observer view on care home deaths being an indictment of our society

Nurses wearing protective gear rush out of a care home’s “red zone” for people sick with coronavirus. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP
Nrsz wẹrñ pṛtctiv gir ruś ǎt v a cerhom’z “red zon” fr ppl sic wɖ c’roṇvîṛs. Foṭgraf: Franc Ōgstīn/AP

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on cerhom deʈs biyñ an indîtmnt v ǎr ssayti

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 3 May 2020)

Unls w proprli fund ǎr cerhomz n ɖer invałbl wrcrz, ɖ śemñ deʈtol wl cntiny t rîz

Súnde, 3 Me 2020

“I  hv nvr ritn so mni deʈnoṭficeśnz in sć a śort tîm,” a cerhom manijr hu lost 23 rezidnts t c’roṇvîṛs in jst tū wīcs tld ɖ Gardịn last munʈ. “Evri membr v staf z lost. Wn de, a rezidnt wz wōcñ arnd wɖ a mîld tmpṛćr. I wnt hom, n ɖ nxt mornñ ɖe wr ded.”

Sm v ɖ hardist-t-hír storiz v ɖs pandemic hv cm fṛm Britn’z cerhomz; v sunz n dōtrz hu hv bn seṗretd fṛm ɖer peṛnts fr wīcs unebl t si ɖm bfr ɖe dî; v staf hu r peid a piṭns fr invałbl, n nǎ lîf-indenjrñ, wrc, struġlñ t cǒp wɖ ɖ scel v ɖ los.

At hiz frst presconfṛns sins hiz rtrn t wrc, Boris Jonsn seḷbretd ɖ fact ɖt Britn z “past ɖ pīc”. Bt ɖr wz litl mnśn v cerhomz, ẃr ɖ picćr z oltgɖr difṛnt. In Ñgḷnd, olmst a ʈrd hv rportd c’roṇvîṛs ǎtbrecs, n yesṭde ɖ prezidnt v ɖ Asośieśn v D’rectrz v Adult Sośl Srṿsz, Jemz Bŭłn, wornd ɖt ɖ sićueśn in cersrṿsz z gtñ wrs. Untl last wīc, cerhom deʈs wr nt īvn includd in ɖ ofiśl deʈtol, bt w lrnt on Tyzde ɖt in Ñgḷnd n Wêlz ɖr hd bn mor ɖn 4,300 deʈs in jst a fortnît, sjstñ ɖt īvn az ɖ hospitl deʈtol hz bn cnsistntli fōlñ, ɖ deʈret in cerhomz cntinyz t axeḷret.

Ɖ hlʈsecṛtri, Mát Hancoc, hz clemd ɖt cerhomz “hv bn a top prîoṛti rît fṛm ɖ start”. Bt ɖ guvnmnt actd far tù lêt t privnt a dîr sićueśn. An importnt part v its pandemic straṭji hz rîtli bn t “śīld” ɖoz most at risc fṛm ɖ vîṛs fṛm xpoźr t it. Bt ɖ big flw in ɖs plan z ɖt sm v ɖ most vulnṛbl r ɖoz oldr ppl n ppl wɖ a dis’biḷti hu rlî on pṛfeśnl cerrz fr intiṃt s’port wɖ evride tascs, in ɖer ǒn homz or in cerhomz. Ɖe simpli canot b śīldd fṛm ɖ ǎtsd wrld. N so it bcmz abṣlutli criticl ɖt ɖoz hu cer fr ɖm r ebl t axes ampl stocs v prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt n r reğlrli tstd. Uɖ̇wz, ɖ most vulnṛbl wl b amñ ɖoz pt most at risc v cntractñ ɖ vîṛs.

Proprli pṛtctñ ɖoz livñ in cerhomz n hu yz cersrṿsz in ɖer ǒn homz wd b a l’jisticl ćalinj fr eni guvnmnt. It wd hv rqîrd an imns amǎnt v fōrʈōt n planñ. Nyz ɖt nrsñhomz in ɖ YS n Ostreła r olso fesñ teṛbl deʈtolz śoz ɖt it z nt jst ɖ Britiś guvnmnt ɖt hz md mstecs. Bt ɖ xtrordnri ef̣ts ɖt wnt intu bildñ ɖ Nîtngel hospitlz r a tsṭmnt t ẃt cn b aćivd ẃn smʈñ z md a p’liticl prîoṛti. Ɖt levl v eṇji hz nt bn invstd in pṛtctñ oldr n dsebld ppl hu rlî on pṛfeśnl cersrṿsz.

Īvn az sm cerwrcrz hv md hyj sacṛfîsz t cīp ɖ ppl ɖe lc aftr sef, includñ muvñ intu cerhomz t pṛtct oldr rezidnts n ɖer ǒn ćildṛn, ɖe hv hd t strugl wɖ cmplitli inadiqt levlz v pṛtctiv iqipmnt. Fr wīcs, cerhomz hv strugld t axes tstñ, n ppl hv bn dsćarjd fṛm hospitlz intu cerhomz wɖt biyñ tstd frst. Manijrz rport graṗlñ wɖ dificlt dsiźnz, wɖ litl gîdns fṛm ɖ guvnmnt: d ɖe axpt ny rezidnts hu hv bn in hospitl ẃn ɖe hv nt bn tstd, ptnṣ́li ptñ uɖr rezidnts at risc; d ɖe let reḷtivz in t se gdbî t ɖer luvd wnz; hǎ d ɖe privnt wrcrz mcñ a duzn homvizits a de, hu me b esimṭmatic, spredñ ɖ vîṛs t ɖoz hu r most in denjr fṛm it, ẃn ɖr z’nt inuf pṛtctiv iqipmnt or tsts? N it cn b olmst imposbl fr cerwrcrz, hu r inverịbli lo peid n smtmz on inṣkr contracts, t spīc ǎt abt unsef cndiśnz: fîv cerrz hv rportidli lost ɖer jobz in ɖ past fortnît aftr spīcñ ǎt abt ɖer cnsrnz.

Wɖt rjnt ax́n bî ɖ guvnmnt, ɖr z a risc ɖt ɖ cerhom deʈtol cariz on growñ loñ aftr ɖ infx́nret hz dropt in ɖ cuntri at larj. Ɖ sem levl v imrjnsiplanñ ɖt wz dploid in rleśn t ɖ Nîtngel hospitlz nǎ nīdz t b invstd in avrtñ frɖr cerhom deʈs. Xtra imrjnsifundñ mst b imīɉtli d’rectd twdz ɖ sectr t hlp pṛvîdrz cǒp wɖ xtra costs, includñ ejnsistaf n ɖ cost v pṛtctiv iqipmnt.

Tù mni oldr ppl wl hv uņessṛli lost ɖer livz az a rzult v ɖs pandemic. It z a penfl rmîndr v ɖ ejizm ɖt runz ʈru ǎr ssayti, ɖ we in ẃć ɖ lîvz v ɖoz hu nīd s’port t b ebl t liv r asymd t cǎnt fr a lot les. Fundñ fr sośl cer hz dclînd in ɖ past 10 yirz, īvn az dmand fr cer hz rizn az a rzult v an ejñ popyleśn. Ɖ rzult z ɖt evri de an esṭmetd 1.5 miłn oldr ppl – wn in sevn ovr-65z – g wɖt ɖ hlp ɖe nīd wɖ tascs sć az wośñ, dresñ n ītñ. Mnẃl, tù mni cerwrcrz r nt īvn peid ɖ minimm wej fr scild wrc ɖt cn b imośṇli n fizicli tuf, bt ptnṣ́li so rwordñ, n prîṿt-eqti fînans hz fludd intu Britn’z larjist cerhom ćenz, lodñ ɖm p wɖ unsstenbl levlz v dét az prîṿt fnansịrz sīc t xtract sgnificnt rtrnz fṛm taxpeyr-fundd cer.

So it z śocñ, bt hardli s’prîzñ, ɖt ǎr oldr muɖrz n faɖrz, ānts n unclz, granpeṛnts n frendz hv bn left vulnṛbl t ɖ wrst ifcts v ɖs pandemic. It’s ɖ inevitbl product v livñ in a ssayti ɖt gts its aproć t ejñ so roñ, ẃr ɖoz hu rlî on pṛfeśnl cer r smhǎ sìn az hvñ a dminiśt rît t a fluṛśñ lîf. Ɖ traɉdi unfoldñ in ǎr cerhomz mst śrli b ɖ wec-p cōl ɖt w nīd t ćenj ɖt.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The Guardian view on Johnson’s Covid-19 plan: doubt, deny and dismiss

Boris Johnson addressing the media on Thursday evening. ‘The prime minister wants no narrative to take hold that could trigger a backlash on the home front that his administration cannot contain.’ Photograph: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright/PA
Boris Jonsn adresñ ɖ mīdia on Ʈrzde īvnñ. ‘Ɖ prîm̦inistr wonts no naṛtiv t tec hold ɖt cd trigr a baclaś on ɖ homfrunt ɖt hiz admiṇstreśn canot cnten.’ Foṭgraf: Andru Parsnz/10 Dǎnñ Strīt/Crǎn Copirît/PA

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Jonsn’z Covid-19 plan: dǎt, dnî n dsmis

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 30 April 2020)

Rɖr ɖn admit rsponsbiḷti fr biyñ bhnd ɖ crv, ministrz instd sīc t dīl’jiṭmîz ɖ mīdia fr ascñ qsćnz abt ẃ Britn feld

Ʈrzde, 30 Epril 2020

Ibsn’z 19ʈ-snćri ple An Eṇmi ov ɖ Ppl z a p’liticl drama abt a fziśn hu trîz t sev hiz tǎn fṛm wōtrp’luśn only t wînd p az a scepgot. Fr ɖ doctr ɖ iśu z hlʈ; aftr tstñ ɖ wōtrs’plî h rjz a śutdǎn n ny pîps t b leid t sev lîvz. Ɖ tǎn’z mẹr z cnsrnd abt ɖ ic̣nomic cost. Betr, ɖ poḷtiśn rīznz, t cīp ɖ tǎn opn n c’rect ɖ probḷm graɉli. In ɖ moṛl combat ɖt insyz it z ɖ doctr hu bcmz ełnetd fṛm ɖ tǎn h strugld t pṛtct. Ɖ ple’z mesij z a cǎnsl v deṃcratic dsper: ɖt mît z mor pǎrfl ɖn rît.

Ɖs insît hz not bn lost on ɖ Britiś guvnmnt. Lîc Ibsn’z fix́nl poḷtiśn, ministrz rfyzd t si ɖ vîṛl ʈret. Boris Jonsn dd not wont t contmplet a dṛcońn rspons. Ẃn ɖe dd act, ministrz faund ɖe were bhnd in a globl rês fr criticl rzorsz sć az vnṭletrz, tstñ-cpaṣti n prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt. Ɖ fełr t muv dsîsivli t s’pres ɖ pandemic lîz at ɖ rūt v ɖ mes. Rɖr ɖn admit rsponsbiḷti fr biyñ bhnd ɖ crv, ministrz rfyz t apoḷjîz n instd sīc t dīl’jiṭmîz ɖ mīdia fr ascñ qsćnz abt ẃ Britn feld.

Dǎnñ Strīt clemz ɖt “mni ppl wl b lcñ at ǎr apaṛnt s’xes”. Hvñ lost mor ɖn 26,000 lîvz t ɖ c’roṇvîṛs pandemic, ɖ YC nǎ acǎnts fr an etʈ v ɖ wrld’z Covid-19 deʈs wɖ les ɖn a hundṛdʈ v its popyleśn. F ɖs cǎnts az s’xes, wn śudrz t ʈnc ẃt mt b cnsidrd fełr. Evri mstec invîts a rbutl. Ɖ guvnmnt dplôz a ʈri-proñd dnayl fmiłr t obzrvrz v ɖ Brexit culćrworz. Ɖ frst proñ z t dǎt ɖt ɖr z a sirịs probḷm; ɖ secnd z t qsćn ɖ vraṣti v unwelcm rportñ; last z t tar dsnt az trīzn.

Mr. Jonsn wonts t coopt ɖ popyleśn in a naśnl ef̣t undr hiz cmand. Bt Britn z set t lūz mor ppl in ɖ c’roṇvîṛs ǎtbrec ɖn in ɖ blits. H clemz ɖ fruntlîn v ɖ NHS hz hld, bt dz not wont t ǒn ɖ hevi losz on ɖ sośl-cer flanc. Ɖ prîm̦inistr wonts no naṛtiv t tec hold ɖt cd trigr a baclaś on ɖ homfrunt ɖt hiz admiṇstreśn canot cnten.

Instd ɖ guvnmnt z atmtñ t yz deta t criet ɖ sns ɖt ɖ pandemic cn b monitrd az it hapnz. Bt dêli numbrz tel a dstortd stori. Ɖ míst targit v 100,000 tsts a de z a ces in pônt. Ɖ volym v tstñ z not ɖ iśu; ɖ qsćn z ẃɖr it z xtnsiv inuf t map ɖ vîṛșpred so ɖt it cn b rold bac. Sǎʈ C’rīa hz a popyleśn v 52 miłn bt hz rcordd fywr ɖn 250 c’roṇvîṛs deʈs bî runñ 57 tsts fr evri cnfrmd Covid-19 ces. Ɖ numbr fr ɖ YC z les ɖn a tnʈ v ɖt. Britn hz bn tù lêt in incrisñ its tstñ-cpaṣti, n nr dz it hv a tresñsistm t trac dǎn ppl hu mt hv bn xpozd t ɖ vîṛs.

Dspt ɖ facts, Mr. Jonsn wl spend ɖ wīcs ahd clemñ h wl ǎt-C’rīa ɖ C’riynz bî hōltñ vîṛs-trnzmiśn n wl cīp it in ćec wɖ a “trac, tres n tst” aproć. Pformñ ɖs U-trn wl opn ɖ prîm̦inistr p t ɖ ćarj ɖt h actd tù lêt. Olrdi ɖ fngr v blem z biyñ pôntd at ɖ stet, nglectñ ɖt it hd bn śrunc bî a deced v Tori rūl. Instd v śẹrñ unsrṭntiz wɖ ɖ public, Mr. Jonsn cntinyz ɖ slf-dspśn. T ŕ z hymn. Rzolvñ ɖ tnśn btwn ɖ icoṇmi n hlʈ, az Ibsn’z ple ultiṃtli rvilz, canot b solvd bî ɖ god v public opińn.

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