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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Any correlation between the truth and what Liz Truss said was entirely coincidental

Truss was in a full-on state of denial. If she had accidentally mouthed the odd truth she would definitely make sure that she never made that mistake again. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Trus wz in a fl-on stet v dnayl. F ś hd axdnṭli mǎɖd ɖ od truʈ ś wd defiṇtli mc śr ɖt ś nvr md ɖt mstec agn. Foṭgraf: Hnri Niclz/Rôtrz

Eni coṛleśn btwn ɖ truʈ n ẃt Liz Trus sd wz intîrli cǒinsdntl

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Tuesday 17 May 2022)

Tōriz’ Brexit-d’renjmnt sindrom wz in fl swñ az Trus gev stetmnt on plan t dis’plî Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol

John Crace

Jon Crês, Tyzde 17 Me 2022

Ɖr wz gwñ t b hel t pe ẃn Liz Trus faund ǎt hu hd ngośietd, agrìd n sînd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol. Ẃt’s mor, nwn hd evr sd ɖr wz an ilex́n-winñ, uvn-redi Brexit dīl on ɖ tebl bac in 2019. Ɖt wz ɖ cnd v śemlis lî onli opziśnpartiz cd tel …

Boris Jonsn hz ɖ nac v brññ evrwn dǎn t hiz levl in ɖ end. C’rupt, narssistic, incompitnt. Ɖ foṛn secṛtri z jst ɖ lêtist – f intîrli cmplisit – victim in ɖs. So ẃn ś cem t ɖ Comnz t gv hr stetmnt on guvnmntplanz t dis’plî ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol, Trus wz in a fl-on stet v dnayl. Eni coṛleśn btwn ẃt ś sd n ɖ truʈ wz intîrli cǒinsdntl. N f ś hd axdnṭli mǎɖd ɖ od truʈ ś wd defiṇtli mc śr ɖt ś nvr md ɖt mstec agn.

Ẃt w got wz slrd ramḅlñz reṃnisnt v smwn struñ ǎt on fnṭnil. Ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol hd nvr bn intndd t b set in ston. It hd olwz bn jst a tmprri fix untl ɖ YC guvnmnt cem p wɖ smʈñ it lîct betr. Riyli? Trus clirli hd’nt bn folowñ hǎ ɖ Convict hd sold it t ɖ cuntri bac in 2019. Ɖen it hd bn ɖ ansr – ɖ Majic Bŭlit – t evri Brexitr’z drīmz.

Ɖr wz clirli a part v Trus ɖt ń ś wz spywñ a wrdsaḷd v boḷcs bcz ś stumbld ovr sntnsz n spouc in a r’botic moṇton. Az f struġlñ t disingej fṛm ẃt’s left v hr conśns. Telñ lîz on ɖs scel mst b so c’rosiv t eni sns v prsnl integṛti n slf-wrʈ. Ɖr me stl b a smōl part v hr ɖt nz ś z a frōd. Bt it mst b sîḷnst. Ś hz sold hr soul in ɖ b’lif ɖt hr ambiśn cn onli b riylîzd bî ǎt-Cnvictñ ɖ Convict. It w’nt end wel. Slīpwōcñ n wośñ hr handz.

Yt on ś wnt. Ɖ proṭcol hd hd unintndd consiqnsz. Consiqnsz, sć az a bordr in ɖ Îriś Sì, ɖt hd bn wîdli pridictd loñ bfr ɖ Brexit dīl hd bn agrìd. Bt Trus wz at penz t pônt ǎt ɖt ś wz’nt planñ t scrap ɖ proṭcol. Jst rendr it toṭli unrecgnîẓbl unls ɖ YY hapnd t agri t evrʈñ ɖ YC guvnmnt asct.

N it wz defiṇtli līgl t brec inṭnaśnl lwz. Ś ń ɖt bcz ɖ guvnmnt hd tecn advîs fṛm a top loyr, ɖo ś cd’nt se hu ɖt top loyr wz bcz it wz a sīcrit. Luc̣li ś dd’nt nīd t. Ɖ atrnijenṛl, Suela Braṿmn, wz sitñ rît bî hr sîd. Smʈñ ɖt śd hv gvn most Tōriz sm pōz fr ʈt, az Braṿmn z wn v ɖ dimist loyrz arnd. Ɖ cnd v loyr ɖt nn v hr pirz wd īvn trust t witnis a pasportfoto. Stl, ś z toṭli cmplaynt n wl se ẃtvr z rqîrd. Ẃć z ẃ Jonsn valyz hr.

Stìvn Dǎti, standñ in fr Devid Lami, hu wz slf-îṣletñ, traid t spel ǎt a fy homtruɖz. It hd bn Jonsn’z guvnmnt hu hd cm p wɖ ɖ proṭcol. Trus śc hr hed. It defiṇtli hd’nt bn. Dǎti prest on. Îɖr ɖ guvnmnt hd’nt unḍstd ẃt it wz sînñ p t, or it hd olwz intndd t rneg on ɖ dīl. H fūliśli míst ǎt an obvịs ʈrd opśn. Ɖt ɖ Convict n Trus hd’nt hd a clu ẃt ɖe wr dwñ n hd pland on tẹrñ p ɖ agrīmnt.

Lebr wz ol fr smōl amndmnts t ɖ proṭcol, sd Dǎti. Lîc endñ ćecs on sanẉjz ɖt hd no ćans v biyñ smugld ovr ɖ bordr t ɖ rpublic. Ɖz h wz śr ɖ YY cd agri t. Bt bigr ćenjz wr a fanṭsi. Smʈñ ɖt wd nt onli sparc a tred wor wɖ ɖ YY – Trus prct p at ɖs: ś’z olwz fansid hrslf az a latr-de Gloriana drept in a yńn jac – bt wd snd a mesij t ɖ rest v ɖ wrld ɖt ɖ YC cd nt b trustd t cīp eni v its inṭnaśnl obḷgeśnz.

Nǎ Trus fŭli lost ɖ plot. It wz lîc ɖs, ś sd. Ɖ YC hd onli agrìd t ɖ proṭcol bcz it hd nvr xpctd ɖ YY t acć̣li aplî it. Ś hd olwz ʈt ɖt ɖ YY hd bn ngośietñ in īqli az bad feʈ az ɖ Convict n it hd cm az a totl śoc ɖt ɖe hd riyli mnt ẃt ɖe sd. Ɖt wz’nt hǎ līgl agrīmnts norṃli wrct.

Ɖ guvnmnt’s prîoṛti wz t prizrv ɖ Gd Frîde agrīmnt, ẃć wz toṭli incmpatbl wɖ ɖ proṭcol – ś stl dd’nt nǒ hu hd bn mronic inuf t sîn ɖ agrīmnt – so it wz nǎ hr dyti t brec ɖ lw f ɖ YY dd’nt oblîj. Ẃć ś hopt ɖe wd’nt.

Sîmn Hòr, ɖ ćer v ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd s’lect cmiti, wz apōld Trus cd b cnsiḍrñ brecñ ɖ lw, bt olmst evri uɖr Tori MP wz xtatic. Bil Caś recnd w śd b startñ a landwor wɖ Jrṃni – h’l nvr b trūli hapi untl ɖ Hun hz bn tòt a lésn. T’rīza Viłrz ʈt w śd puniś ɖ YY fr nt tecñ ɖ Qīn’z platinmjūḅli sirịsli inuf.

Brexit-d’renjmnt sindrom wz in fl swñ. Ol ɖoz MPz hu hd loñd fr sm poẓtiv Brexit nyz wr on ɖer fīt. Stīv Becr rvild himslf t b a clozit Marxist. Ẃt wz nīdd wz daylectics. Ɖ YY wz suḟrñ fṛm fōls conśsnis bî aplayñ ɖ proṭcol so w wd b dwñ ɖm a fevr bî ignorñ it. Blesid r ɖ pīs-mcrz. Cris Grelñ ʈt it wz ɖ YY hu wz brecñ ɖ lw. Bles. Gv him a stic n h’l fînd ɖ roñ end v it. Pītr Bon sevd ɖ bst fr last. Brexit hd onli bn poṣbl bcz Boris hd bn priperd t lî. So ẃt wz rqîrd wz yt mor layñ.

Ɖ DYP’z Jefri Donldsn olso hd s’lectiv amnīzia. H hd nvr s’portd ɖ proṭcol, h sd. Ɖo h defiṇtli hd. H wz left t a prîṿt grīf. Nwn rmîndd him ɖt ɖ DYP hd olso hd ɖer ćansz n blù it bî opozñ T’rīza Me’z Norɖn Îrḷnd bacstop. Ɖt wd hv iliṃnetd a bordr in ɖ Îriś Sì …

Bî nǎ Trus hd cmplitli tynd ǎt. Hr wrc wz dn. Ś hd lct tuf fr ɖ Brex̣ti bacbnćrz ẃl pisñ of ɖ Îriś n ɖ YY. Îdiyl fr hr līdrśp ćansz. Evri clǎd n ol ɖt.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: At ease, Martin Lewis – a queue of Tory MPs is here to solve the cost of living crisis

‘George Eustice recently let shoppers in on the little secret of supermarket value ranges.’ Photograph: Breakfast | Sky News
‘Jorj Ysṭs rīsntli let śoprz in on ɖ litl sīcrit v sūṗmarcit valyrenjz.’ Foṭgraf: Brecfst │ Scî Nyz

At īz, Martin Luis – a k v Tori MPz z hir t solv ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Tuesday 17 May 2020)

Hd y ʈt v biyñ peid mor, sjsts wn ministr. Hu derz clem ɖ guvnmnt hz no brît îdīaz‽

Marina Hyde

Mrīna Haid, Tyzde 17 Me 2022

Gvn ɖ implôī caliba n atriśnret v ɖs guvnmnt, it’s olwz a hart-in-mǎʈ momnt ẃn ɖe unlīś a prīvịsli unhŕd-ov ministr on ɖ erwevz. Mć lîc ɖ bit in ɖ Simpsnz ẃr Mr Brnz rlisz ɖ wñd munciz fṛm hiz windo wɖ a hopfl “Flî, mî pritiz – flî!”. Ẃn ʈudz n bludcrdlñ śrīcz folo, h trnz t hiz rtenr, Smiɖrz, wɖ ɖ crt instrux́n: “Cntiny ɖ rsrć.”

Phps Nu 10’z cómzjīńsz flt ɖs we ẃn ɖe debyd ɖ hiɖrtu dzrvidli obskr sefgardñministr, Rećl Mclīn, on t Munde’z brecfstśoz t dscus ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis. Hu nz ẃ ɖ randm nitwit-jeṇretr mśīn hd md it Rećl’z trn? Mbi Heḷn Wêtli wz rfyzñ t cm ǎt v hr trelr. In mni wez I rfyz t b’liv Rećl īvn z ɖ sefgardñministr – a hyj part v m asymz ś z jst a caṛctr hesṭli asmbld fṛm dscardd awede îdīaz n ɖen gvn a pritnd jobtîtl ɖt it wd fīl rūd t argy wɖ. “Jst se ś’z ɖ ‘sefgardñministr’. Sǎndz lîc a ʈñ.” Az fr Rećl’z ʈts on hǎ incrisñli añśs sitiznz cn rspond t multipl fînanśl preśrz, let’s si ɖm flî. “W nīd t hv a plan t gro ɖ icoṇmi,” ś haẓdd (no śit), “n t mc śr ɖt ppl r ebl t pṛtct ɖmslvz betr, ẃɖr ɖt z bî tecñ on mor aurz or muvñ t a betr peid job.”

Cntiny ɖ rsrć.

In ɖ mntm, f y’r cīpñ a tali v guvnmnt sjsćnz fr hǎ t dīl wɖ akt riyl-wrld fînanśl dstres, plīz ad “Hd y ʈt v biyñ peid mor?” t ɖ pîl. Sd pîl olso fīćrz similr advîs fṛm T’rez Cófi t wrc mor aurz, ẃl Jorj Ysṭs rīsntli let śoprz in on ɖ litl sīcrit v sūṗmarcit valyrenjz. “Jenṛli spīcñ,” h jenṛlîzd unspīcbli, “ẃt ppl fînd z bî gwñ fr sm v ɖ valybrandz rɖr ɖn ǒn-brandd products, ɖe cn acć̣li cnten n manij ɖer hǎsholdbujit.” Amezñ, z’nt it, ɖt Jorj stl hz ol ɖs gd stuf in ɖ tanc, ẃn muni-sevñ xprt Martin Luis rīsntli admitd, “I am ǎt v tūlz t hlp ppl nǎ … I’v bn ʈru ɖ fînanśl craś, I’v bn ʈru Covid. Ɖs z ɖ wrst, ẃr w r rît nǎ … Ɖt z simpli nt teṇbl in ǎr ssayti. Ɖr z abṣlutli panic n it hz nt startd yt.” Hz Martin ʈt v pôntñ ǎt wez ppl cd rtren in invstmntbancñ?

In ɖ mntm, wɖ ɖ Banc v Ñgḷnd guvnr apirñ bfr ɖ Treẓ́ri s’lect cmiti on Munde t fōrcast “apoc̣liptic” fūdprîsz, d y gt ɖ sns ɖt ɖ guvnmnt hz enʈñ in ɖ sem poscod az a plan t mc ʈñz īvn mîldli betr? Hand on hart, no. Qt ɖ oṗzit. In fact, it hz tū planz t mc ɖm wrs. Ɖ frst z a poṣbl tredwor wɖ ɖ YY, ẃć smelt-it-dlt-it trīticritic Devid Frost sīmz t b sjstñ z wn v ɖ gd cndz v worz. N ɖ secnd z Boris Jonsn’z trîumfnt anǎnsmnt, via ɖ pejz v ɖ Dêli Meil az opozd t ɖer lînmanijrz, ɖt h z gwñ t le of 91,000 sivl srvnts.

Let’s parc ɖ fact ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr śrli arîvd at ɖs numbr bî ɖ enćnt clu-fri tecnīc fr mcñ cuts – ʈncñ v ɖ totl numbr, ɖen dvîdñ it bî fîv. Instd, w’l foc̣s on ɖ mn ivnt, ẃć z sjstñ ɖt ɖ bst îdīa fr hǎ t entr a rseśn z t mc cuts t fruntlîn srvispṛviźn. Ẃtvr it sz on ɖ bac v Jonsn’z napcin, ɖr simpli z’nt anɖr we t mc 91,000 cuts. V cors, Nu 10 dz’nt tel y abt ɖ fruntlîn srvispṛviźn, prifŕñ instd t inṭmet ɖt ɖs wl mirli b a just-deẓts rspons t sivl srvnts wrcñ fṛm hom. Ɖs z ɖ ćīf bugber v ɖt incoriɉbl dsc snifr Jecb Rīs-Mog, a man huz ǒn wrc dsc dz nt īvn fīćr a cmpytr, bt hu hz rīsntli bn sliɖ̇rñ rnd Ẃîthōl lîc ɖ Ćîld Caćr fṛm Ćiti-Ćiti Bañ-Bañ n līvñ sub-Yodl “sori I míst y” nots fr sivl srvnts. I’m tld ɖt Rūṗt Mrdoc z obsest wɖ ppl rtrnñ t ɖ ofis ẃrvr ɖe me wrc, so phps ɖt pts led in ɖ Rīs-Mog pnsl.

Īvn so, fr a guvnmnt ɖt hz aćivd abṣlutli nʈñ in ofis bar a Brexit dīl it z cuṛntli ʈreṭnñ t torć, it dz fīl jenyinli xtrordnri t woć ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn wrc so cmitidli agnst ɖs organic form v leṿlñ-up. Az hz bcm incrisñli clir evr sins ɖ frêz wz frst fartd ǎt, ɖe hv’nt ɖ frst clu hǎ t “levl p” enʈñ. Yt in wn swift n elignt we, rmot wrcñ z ɖ marcit acć̣li bginñ t dlivr ɖer poḷsi fr ɖm – bî alawñ ppl t drw mtroṗlișaḷriz bt fizicli lcet ɖmslvz in les aflụnt rījnz fr at līst sm v ɖ wrcñwīc. Ẃt’s nt t imbres?

Ovr t Boris Jonsn, a man hu feṃsli wrcs fṛm hom. Indd, hiz ofiślz hv spent mć v ɖ yir xplenñ ɖt z ẃ srtn rūlz d’nt aplî t Dǎnñ Strīt. “Mî xpirịns v wrcñ fṛm hom,” Jonsn xplend at ɖ wīcend, “z y spend an ōfl lot v tîm mcñ anɖr cup v cofi n ɖen, y nǒ, gtñ p, wōcñ vri slǒli t ɖ frij, hacñ of a smōl pìs v ćīz, ɖen wōcñ vri slǒli bac t yr laptop n ɖen fgetñ ẃt it wz y’r dwñ.” Ǒ, y fgot ẃt y wr dwñ? Let s hlp y ǎt. Y WR S’POZD T B BIYÑ Ɖ EFÑ PRÎM̦INISTR. Ā wel, phps anɖr tîm. Sori t hv míst y.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ The attorney general’s office was worthy of respect. Suella the stooge disgraces it

Britain’s attorney general Suella Braverman - ‘a Brexiter of the true faith’ - attends a cabinet meeting. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images
Britn’z atrnijenṛl Suela Braṿmn – ‘a Brexitr v ɖ tru feʈ’ – atndz a cabiṇtmītñ. Foṭgraf: WPA/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ atrnijenṛl’z ofis wz wrɖi v rspct. Suela ɖ stūj dsgresz it

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Saturday 14 May 2022)

Induljñ ɖ PM on ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z t hold hr ǒn rǒl in cntmt

Nick Cohen

Nic Cown, Saṭde 14 Me 2022

Îrḷnd wz ɖ sīn v a Boris Jonsn mastrclas in dspśn. In ɖ 2019 ilex́n, h fūld miłnz intu b’livñ hiz “uvn-redi dīl” wd “Gt Brexit Dn!” n w nīd nt wuri abt ɖ wornñz v Jon Mejr, Toni Bler n T’rīza Me v ɖ ʈret t ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd setlmnt. Jonsn’z stret lî ɖt hiz wɖdrwl agrīmnt wd nt pt a bordr in ɖ Îriś Sì – “ovr mî ded bodi!” h craid n yt ɖ bordr z ɖr n Jonsn stl livz – fūld ɖ s’pozidli hard-nozd Deṃcratic Yńnist parti. Fîṇli, h cónd ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn intu b’livñ h wz a man v hiz wrd ẃn h sînd a trīti cnfrmñ Norɖn Îrḷnd’z speśl steṭs ɖt h hd no intnśn v oṇrñ.

At evri stej, ɖ atrnijenṛl, Suela Braṿmn, hz cuvrd hiz bac. Ś hz dsgrest hrslf, hr ofis, hr pṛfeśn n hr cuntri.

Ɖ atrnijenṛl z wn v mni pkłrli Britiś consttyśnl ćecs on arbitrri pǎr Jonsn hz bloun awe. On ɖ wn hand, ɖ AJ z a poḷtiśn. On ɖ uɖr, h or ś mst uphold ɖ rūl v lw n act indipndntli v guvnmnt. Jonsn riylîzd ɖt nwn cd stop him apôntñ a sic̣fant hu wd d az h plizd. Braṿmn wz jst ɖ stūj h nīdd.

“Ś’z onli ɖr bcz ś’z a Brexitr v ɖ tru feʈ,” sd wn līgl figr hu, lîc ol mî contacts fṛm ɖ inṭsx́n btwn lw n guvnmnt, spouc on cndiśn v anniṃti. Jonsn “lct fr małbl līgl figrz hu wd d hiz bidñ n faund Suela”, sd a secnd. “I wz at a Brexit mītñ ś hostd n it wz staġrñ t riylîz ś dd nt unḍstand eni v ɖ probḷmz,” a ʈrd add. “I s’poz ɖt’s ẃ Jonsn lîcs hr.”

Last wīc, Braṿmn jusṭfaid Jonsn’z dsiźn t ignor ɖ mjoṛti v votrz in Norɖn Îrḷnd az h traid t rgen ɖ trust v ɖ Deṃcratic Yńnist parti poḷtiśnz h hd so spectaklrli ćītd bî ripñ p ɖ inṭnaśnl trīti h hd so snsirli promist t onr. Y dd nt nīd t b a loyr t grasp ɖ spīśsnis v hr speśl plīdñ.

Braṿmn clemd ɖt – “penḟli” – it wz nesṣri t cansl ɖ dīl bcz ɖ YY hd crietd “a tredbarịr in ɖ Îriś Sì”. Bt it wz Jonsn hu bcem prîm̦inistr bî rjctñ Me’z plan t cīp ɖ hol v ɖ YC clos t ɖ YY custmzyńn n sngl marcit. Jonsn pṛpozd ptñ a bordr in ɖ Îriś Sì so ɖ rest v ɖ YC cd hv a hard Brexit. Jonsn tc ɖ îdīa t ɖ YY, wún a jenṛl ilex́n on it, hd hiz sivl srvnts drw p a trīti ɖt dlivrd it n sînd it intu inṭnaśnl lw.

Braṿmn sd ɖ YY implimnteśn v ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol wz “unrīzṇbl n dispṛporśṇt”. I dfî y t rīd ɖ proṭcol n śo m ẃr ɖ YY hz brocn ɖ agrīmnt Jonsn wontd. Ś cncludd bî dspleyñ a cntmt fr hr ōdịns, n unḍstanḍbli hrslf, bî seyñ ɖt “tred z biyñ dvrtd”. Obvịsli, tred z biyñ dvrtd. Norɖn Îrḷnd z in ɖ sngl marcit n custmzyńn. Its bizṇsz r dwñ wel ǎt v it. So wel, indd, ɖt bizṇsz in ɖ rest v ɖ YC me wont t jôn ɖm.

Hana Arendt wz nt onli dscrîbñ dictetrśps ẃn ś sd: “Ttaḷtẹrịnizm in pǎr inverịbli rplesz ol frst-ret taḷnts, rgardlis v ɖer simṗʈiz, wɖ ɖoz cracpots n fūlz huz lac v intelijns n crịtivti z stl ɖ bst gaṛnti v ɖer loylti.”

Eni hîrarccl orġnîześn undr oʈoṛterịn līdrśp dz ɖ sem. T unḍstand hǎ Braṿmn rouz t an ofis ɖt sṗsificli dmandz ɖ holdr dsplez indipndnt ʈt, hr fnaṭsizm n mīdiocṛti mst b baḷnst.

In 2020, I rportd on ɖ fōls acǎnt ś gev v hr lîf. Ś ingreśietd hrslf wɖ ɖ rīdrz v ɖ CnsrṿtivHom websait bî clemñ ɖt, ẃn ś startd az a baristr in Lundn: “I wz ɖ śî Tori in mî ćembrz v ‘rît-on’ hymn-rîts loyrz. Dspt ɖ sośl stigma, I wz inspîrd bî Cnsrṿtiv valyz v frīdm fṛm an inṭvnśnist stet.”

Bt ɖ ćembrz ɖt ś jônd aftr līvñ Cembrij Yṇvrṣti wr enʈñ bt “rît-on”. Ś wrct at 2-3 Gre’z Ín Sqer, ẃć wz fild wɖ reğlr baristrz fîtñ dspyts abt ɖ lîsnsñ v pubz n betñśops, nt hymn-rîts lw. Wn v ɖ s’pozd “rît-on” leftiz wz a formr Tori MP.

Ɖ p’liticl advantjz v pozñ az a victim v a snoti libṛl ilīt wr obvịs. Bt sinicl c’ririzm dz nt xplen evri muv. Vaṇti cn matr az mć. Braṿmn hd an ordnri c’rir at ɖ bar, ẃć ś traid t mc sǎnd grandr ɖn it wz bî clemñ t hv cntribytd t oʈorittiv līgl txt-bcs. On inspx́n ɖe bòr no tres v hr nem.

Hr bṛvādo sjsts ɖt at sm levl ś me ʈnc ɖt a śadǒi libṛl ilīt hd stîmid hr rîz in ɖ lw.

Jonsn ofrd hr ɖ ćans fr vnjns ẃn h md hr ɖ cuntri’s fōrmost lw ofisr. Nǎ ś cd śo ol ɖoz snirñ libṛlz hu b’livd in e’ri-fẹri consepts sć az guvnmnts oṇrñ ɖer wrd abrōd n telñ ɖ truʈ t ɖer votrz at hom hu wz bos.

“A slf-rspctñ atrnijenṛl wd hv rzînd bî nǎ,” a formr lw ofisr tld m. Bt Jonsn ćouz wel ẃn h apôntd Braṿmn. F h ʈt ś wd tec a stand on prínsipl, h wd nvr hv gvn hr ɖ job. Īqli, f h dǎtd fr a momnt ɖt ś wz nt cmitd t atacñ ɖ YY, jdiśl rvy n ɖ Hymn-Rîts Act, ś wd hv rmend an obskr bacbnćr.

Hr wilñnis t c’lud wɖ a brīć v inṭnaśnl lw sīmz a smōl matr. Tẹrñ p ɖ agrīmnt wɖ ɖ YY wl ʈretn wstn yṇti ẃn w śd b standñ tgɖr agnst Ruśa. Ɖ YY me rspond bî startñ a tredwor, ẃć wl ʈump an icoṇmi olrdi suḟrñ fṛm ɖ baṭrñ Brexit, infleśn n Covid administrd.

In Norɖn Îrḷnd, ɖ Britiś guvnmnt’s dsiźn t tec a necidli secterịn stans in fevr v a hardcor Protistnt mnoṛti me ʈretn ɖ frajîl pīs.

Ɖ c’laps v ǎr insttyśnz z stl wrʈ noṭsñ, hvr. Fr ol its contṛdix́nz, ɖ ofis v atrnijenṛl wns dmandd rspct. Nǎ it z no betr ɖn biyñ consiłeri fr a smōl-tîm crŭc.

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on the Conservatives: a party without a project

Boris Johnson holds a regional cabinet meeting at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Photograph: PA
Boris Jonsn holdz a rījnl cabiṇtmītñ at Midlport Poṭri in Stǒc-on-Trent. Foṭgraf: PA

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ Cnsrṿtivz: a parti wɖt a project

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Friday 13 May 2022)

Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt hd an oṗtyṇti t set an ilex́nwinñ cors ɖs wīc. Bt it z onli inṭrestd in steyñ in ofis

Frîde, 13 Me 2022

Ɖs hz bn a big wīc in Britiś poḷtics. F ɖt mcs y fir y hv míst smʈñ, d’nt wuri. Y hv nt. Fr ɖt z jst ɖ pônt. Ɖs wz an importnt wīc fr Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt t start trayñ t rgen cntrol v ɖ p’liticl ajnda. Bt ɖ Cnsrṿtiv eḟt hz nt got of t a gd start. Ɖt fełr matrz, bcz it wl śep ǎr poḷtics.

Wɖn ɖ nxt tū yirz, ɖr wl b anɖr jenṛl ilex́n. Ɖs munʈ’z locl ilex́nz cnfrmd ɖt it wl nt b an īzi wn fr ɖ Tori parti. Ɖ Tōriz lost sīts t Lebr n ɖ Libṛl Deṃcrats n sìdd hard-wún grǎnd in Scotḷnd, Wêlz n Ñgḷnd. Sins it z lîcli t b ɖ last wn v substns in ɖs parḷmnt, ɖ rīsnt Qīn’z spīć nīdd t b foc̣st on ɖ jenṛl ilex́n. Yt it trnd ǎt t hv vri litl foc̣s at ol.

Ɖ spīć’z emlis aproć wz rvilñ. Ɖr wr a lot v anǎnsmnts, bt no ilex́ņaṛtiv. Ɖs sz a lot abt Mr Jonsn’z parti tde. Ɖ prîm̦inistr tōcs insesntli, bt dz litl ɖt lasts. Hiz ny program z a ragbag. It rflects a parti ɖt hz bcm unebl t artiklet, in eni yṇfaid we, ẃt it z in guvnmnt t aćiv. It hz no project bynd steyñ in pǎr.

Ɖ Tori parti tde z bst unḍstd az a lūs n voḷtîl alayns btwn oṿlapñ rîvlgrūps. Ɖ rîvlriz start at ɖ top, btwn a prîm̦inistr hu wonts t spend n a ćanslr hu dz nt. Bt, at a tîm ẃn ic̣nomic hardśp z mǎntñ so fast n lîcli t cntiny, ɖ bulc v ɖ cabiṇt rmen xtrim public-spendñ cutrz.

Ol ɖs hlps t xplen ɖ anǎnsmnt md on Ʈrzde ɖt 91,000 sivl-srvis jobz mst b axt so ɖt taxz cn b cut. V ol ɖ prîoṛtiz fesñ Britn, slaśñ ɖ public srvis bî a fifʈ z wn ɖt śd b at ɖ bac v ɖ k. Ɖ cut z îdịlojicl, arbitrri, unsṗsific n, in ɖ contxt v cuṛnt naśnl n inṭnaśnl nīdz n guvnmntcmitmnts, it z olmst misṭfayñ.

It z hard t sqer ɖ cut wɖ ɖ nīd t cǒp wɖ sć riaḷtiz az spîṛlñ welfér dmandz, ɖ nīd t rībild ɖ NHS or t le ɖ fǎndeśnz v sośl-cer rform. It z pvrs ẃn sìn in ɖ contxt v ɖ dlez n byrocṛsi fesñ biznis n inḍstri az a rzult v Brexit. It mcs sns onli az a hedlîn flaś v reṭric fr ɖ parti’s rît wñ. It solvz prisîsli nʈñ, includñ ɖ Tori pridic̣mnt xpozd in ɖ locl ilex́nz.

It wz sgnificnt ɖt ɖ formr hlʈ n foṛn secṛtri Jeṛmi Hunt ćouz Frîde t brec cuvr n ofr ɖ Tori parti a glims v a les bancrupt aproć. Acnoḷjñ ɖ scel v ɖ tasc ɖt ɖ Tori parti nǎ fesz, Mr Hunt drù a d’rect cnx́n btwn cuts in ɖ NHS n traɉdiz lîc ɖ Mid-Stafs. scandl. Ɖ toṗcaḷti v hiz wornñ ɖt ɖ parti fesz dfit f it ofrz votrz a ćôs btwn a proprli fundd NHS n taxcuts wz unmistecbl on a de ẃn ɖ guvnmnt hd jst dn prisîsli ɖt.

Ɖs wīc wz importnt bcz v Mr Jonsn’z fełr. Jst lîc eni intîtld Bourbon h hz lrnt nʈñ n fgotn nʈñ. H sīmz dtrmind t b ɖ oʈr v hiz ǒn dfit. Hiz fełr signlz frɖr Tori dfits at ɖ poulz, rnyd añzayti on ɖ bacbnćz, n a poṣbl līdrśp contest, in ẃć Mr Hunt z lîcli t stand. In sć grim ic̣nomic tîmz, ɖ Tori parti’z fortynz me no longr b in ɖer ǒn handz, bt in ɖoz v ɖ opziśnpartiz n, most v ol, ɖoz v ɖ public.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Inane and Orwellian: a Queen’s speech to improve the life of Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson during the state opening of parliament, 10 May 2022. Photograph: Alastair Grant/PA
Boris Jonsn jrñ ɖ stet oṗnñ v parḷmnt, 10 Me 2022. Foṭgraf: Aḷster Grant/PA

Inen n Orwełn: a Qīn’z spīć t impruv ɖ lîf v Boris Jonsn

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 10 May 2022)

Prins Ćarlz cut a pʈetic figr, selñ a flimzi, sinistr pacij dzînd t pṛtct ɖ prîm̦inistr, nt t adres Britn’z probḷmz

Raphael Behr

Rafel Behr, Tyzde, 10 Me 2022

Ɖ  stet oṗnñ v parḷmnt z a rmîndr ɖt mć v ẃt pasz fr a Britiś consttyśn z acć̣li fansi dres.

Ɖ dorz t ɖ Comnz r rityli clozd on Blac Ród, ɖ royl emiṣri, az a rmîndr ɖt monarcs hv nt bn alaud in ɖ ćembr sins 1642, ẃn Cñ Ćarlz I brst in t dmand ɖ arest v rbełs membrz. Sivl wor foloud. Fast-fwd 380 yirz n w fînd anɖr Ćarlz on ɖ goldn ʈron v ɖ Hǎs v Lordz – sitñ in fr hiz eldrli muɖr – dictetñ parḷmnt’s ajnda fṛm a gǒtscin parćmnt.

Ɖ spīć z ritn in Dǎnñ Strīt, ẃr a prîm̦inistr in cmand v a larj Comnz mjoṛti injôz pǎrz nt mć dlūtd dǎn fṛm moṇci. Ɖr r tū forsz dtrṃnñ hǎ Boris Jonsn yzz ɖt pǎr. Bʈ r informl n tmpṛmntl. Frst, h z afreid t upset îdịlojicl snsbiḷtiz on ɖ rît v hiz parti, ẃr a test fr rbełn z olwz qc t trn rejisîdl. Secnd, h tecs no inṭrest in ɖ maṇjirịl sîd v guvnmnt – ɖ biznis v gtñ ʈñz dn – ẃć h fîndz borñ.

Az fr rstrent on abysz v pǎr, ɖ cnvnśnl mec̣nizm z conśns. Ɖr r inviẓbl lînz ɖt a prîm̦inistr z xpctd nt t cros az a pônt v onr, gîdd bî naćṛl defṛns t dmocṛsi. It z wel-istabliśt nǎ ɖt ɖoz qoḷtiz r absnt in Jonsn.

Tecn in comḅneśn, ɖoz factrz pṛdys a lejsḷtiv ajnda ɖt z nt riyli abt guṿnñ at ol bt sndñ signlz, fremñ dbets n skwñ ɖ pić on ẃć ɖ prîm̦inistr intndz wn de t campen fr riilex́n.

Ɖ volym v bilz biyñ pṛpozd, 38 in ol, tsṭfîz t a lac v foc̣s n prṗs. In ɖ absns v wn big plan, ɖr r mni litl planz t lc bizi. Nn v it cmz clos t gtñ a grip on ɖ sngl bigist iśu fesñ most ppl in ɖ cuntri: ɖ śriṿlñ v ɖer incmz az prîsz rîz agnst a bacdrop v impndñ rseśn.

Ɖ Jonsn flagśp poḷsi fr ɖ jenṛl betrmnt v lîf in ɖ YC wl b inactd az a “leṿlñ-up n rjeṇreśn bil”. Its advtîzd beṇfits r formiḍbl. A guvnmnt brīfñ not proṃsz, amñ uɖr trīts, t “impruv prodctivti, būst ic̣nomic groʈ, incurij iṇveśn, criet gd jobz n inhans edyceśnl atenmnt”.

Scrol dǎn t fînd ɖ meʈ̇d, n it trnz ǎt ɖt Śangri-La z rīćt bî we v meźrz no les drastic ɖn “gvñ rezidnts mor v a se ovr ćenjñ strītnemz n enśurñ evrwn cn cntiny t beṇfit fṛm alfresco dînñ”.

Ɖr wl olso b a ny dyti on ɖ guvnmnt t set “leṿlñ-up miśnz” n rport on ẃɖr ɖe hv bn acumpliśt. Ɖ lw t mc evrʈñ betr fr evrwn wl wrc bî plesñ a statytri obḷgeśn on ɖ guvnmnt t xplen hǎ ʈñz r gtñ betr.

Jonsn z rdyst t ɖz inaṇtiz bcz ɖ most pǎrfl fax́n amñ hiz MPz wl nt, az a pônt v îdịlojicl prínsipl, cǎntinns enʈñ ɖt sirịsli inṭfirz wɖ ɖ acruwl v wlʈ n priṿlij t ɖoz hu olrdi hv ɖm. Leṿlñ-up hz hit ɖ sem obsṭcl ɖt dīreld Devid Camṛn’z “big ssayti” ajnda. Ɖt tù wz cnsivd az a we t rīhbiḷtet unhapi parts v ɖ cuntri wɖt rcors t eni v ɖ xplisit fînanśl rīdistṛbyśn ɖt Ʈać̣rît Tōriz dspîz az soṣ́lizm.

Jonsn, lîc Camṛn bfr him, hz westd tîm on dluźnz v p’liticl alc̣mi, trayñ t cc p igaḷterịn endz wɖ libterịn mīnz. Ɖ product wl olwz dis’pônt. Ɖ nxt stej z olso pridictbl. Smwn wl hv t b blemd fr ɖ psistns v mtirịl dscumḟt, n ɖ p’liticl subjict wl hv t b stird awe fṛm ɖ icoṇmi.

Ɖt līvz Jonsn cmitd t a program v guvnmnt bî campen jsćr n culćrwor provceśn. Dǎnñ Strīt hz lwz fr bʈ. Wn îtm, loñ antiṣpetd on ɖ Tori bnćz, wl b a “bil v rîts”, ɖ prṗs v ẃć z t asrt Britiś naśnl ōtoṇmi in matrz v hymn-rîts lw, in mć ɖ sem spirit ɖt Brexit wz imajind az a hrǒic ic̣nomic imanṣpeśn.

In ples v līgl obḷgeśn t prínsiplz inśrînd in inṭnaśnl trīti, inforsbl bî corts, ɖr wl b a resṭreśn v “comn sns”, az dfînd bî ministrz. In Orwełn faśn, ɖs z cast az a meźr t “enśur ɖ consttyśn z dfndd”; fṛm ẃt ɖt dfns z nīdd z unclir. Ɖ implaid eṇmi z qizlñ rmenrjujz, olwz gtñ ɖer wigz in a twist ovr guvnmnt brecñ ɖ rūlz, n lefti hymn-rîts loyrz, wn v hūm hapnz t b līdr v ɖ Lebr parti.

In ɖ sem spirit, ɖr wl b a public-ordr bil, banñ d’rect-ax́n protests – clîṃt acṭvists ćenñ ɖmslvz t relñz, gluwñ ɖmslvz t motrwez – ɖt cōz a ńsns bt hardli ʈretn t unravl ssayti. P’līs wl b gvn pǎrz t stop enwn hu īvn lcs az f ɖe mt b p t antiguvnmnt misćif.

Az wɖ iṃgreśnpoḷsi, Dǎnñ Strīt z cnvinst ɖt public opińn on lw n ordr pmits strîdz t ɖ oʈoṛterịn rît wel bynd ɖ bǎnḍriz v cnvnśnl Wsminstr cnsnss. Ɖ rūl v ʈum: f libṛlz r sqīlñ in dstres, dubl dǎn; pres hardr.

It sīmz a loñ tîm ago ɖt modṛt Tori MPz wr indorsñ Jonsn fr ɖ līdrśp in ɖ b’lif ɖt hiz tru culrz wr ɖ wnz h hd dspleid t win ilex́n az mẹr v Lundn. Ɖe ʈt ɖt ɖ cozṃpoḷtn incarneśn v “Boris” wd riimrj wns Brexit wz dn. Jonsn himslf promist ɖm az mć in prîṿt têtes-à-têtes, olɖo ɖe śd hv noun h wz proṃsñ ɖ oṗzit t Yrosceptic hedbañrz in a rūm nxt dor.

It wz clir ɖen ɖt Jonsn wd se enʈñ t bcm prîm̦inistr n, wns ɖt gol wz aćivd, d enʈñ wɖ ɖ pǎr at hiz dspozl t cari on biyñ prîm̦inistr. Ɖt z ol ɖr z n ol ɖr evr wz. Ɖt z ɖ ajnda ɖt Prins Ćarlz dclerd fṛm hiz muɖr’z ʈron, olbiit incriptd in parḷmntri pajnt. N ɖs z ol ɖt wl b left wns ɖ crǎnz, rǒbz n ródz hv bn páct sefli bac in ɖ consttyśnl dresñ-up box: 38 bilz adñ p t a campen fr ɖ dfŕl v sirịs guvnmnt n ɖ prolongeśn v rūl bî Jonsn fr Jonsn’z sec.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Today’s elections are the last before the Tories vandalise our democratic rights

A protest against the elections bill in Parliament Square, London, in February. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images
A protest agnst ɖ ilex́nzbil in Parḷmnt Sqer, Lundn, in Febrri. Foṭgraf: Hóli Admz/Geti Iṃjz

Tde’z ilex́nz r ɖ last bfr ɖ Tōriz vanḍlîz ǎr deṃcratic rîts

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 5 May 2022)

Ɖ ilex́nzbil wl dtŕ non-Tori s’portrz fṛm votñ n scrap eni oṿsît. Rform z nīdd mor ɖn evr bfr

Polly Toynbee

Poli Tônbi, Ʈrzde, 5 Me 2022

Tde z ɖ last tîm y wl g t ɖ poulz bfr ɖ guvnmnt’s śemfl n śemlis ny ilex́nzbil bcmz lw. It wz sqizd ʈru parḷmnt lêt at nît last wīc in ɖ fînl “woś-up” v bad bilz bfr ɖ end v ɖ seśn.

Ɖ bil’z Trumpiś votrs’preśn z dzînd t dtŕ pur n yuñ ppl fṛm votñ. Its pasñ olso mcs ɖz ɖ last ilex́nz t b monitrd n scrūṭnîzd bî a jenyinli indipndnt Ilectṛl Cmiśn. Ɖs hbić̣li timid ǎtfit traid t stand p fr itslf: “Ɖ indipndns v ɖ Ilectṛl Cmiśn z vîtl t ɖ fuñṣ́nñ v a hlʈi dmocṛsi,” it sd. Bt, az v nǎ, Boris Jonsn n hiz alîz wl set ɖer ǒn trmz fr ɖ cmiśn, includñ its scrūṭni v fînans.

Evri votr wl nīd a foto ID fṛm nǎ on, so 7.5% v votrz, or 3.5 miłn ppl, wɖt a drîvñlîsns or a pasport wl hv t b dtrmind inuf t trec t ɖer locl caunsl ofis, hv ɖer foto tecn n fil ǎt an apḷceśn wɖ a cǎnṭsigṇćr. It’s wrʈ notñ ɖt ɖ DVLA n ɖ Pasport Ofis r in crîsis: jst trî bcñ an rjnt pasportslot. Enwn lcñ at ǎr votñpatnz wd wuri abt tù fy ppl trnñ ǎt, nt ppl votñ twîs. Ɖ risc v “prṣneśn” – ćītñ on îdntti – z miṇskl: in 2017 ɖr wz wn cnvix́n, in 2018 nn at ol. In a grosli unfer n undeṃcratic ilectṛl sistm, ɖ proḅti n oṇsti v its oṗreśn z ɖ wn aspect t b prǎd v.

Ɖ Tori-léd public admiṇstreśn n consttyśnl aferz cmiti pṛdyst a devstetñ condmneśn v ɖ bil. Ɖe esṭmetd 2.3% v votrz wd b dtrd fṛm votñ, or 1.1 miłn ppl, hu wd probbli b ɖoz on lo incmz, fṛm eʈnic mnoṛtiz n wɖ dis’biḷtiz. Ɖe wornd ɖt tù mć arbitrri dscreśn wd b left t poulñsteśn stāf t axpt or rjct ID, cōzñ kz n rǎz.

F y dǎt ɖs z a cnspiṛsi t stop non-Tōriz votñ, lc at ɖ onli ID ɖt z axptbl bynd pasports n drîvñlîsnsz: pnśnrz wl b alaud t yz ɖ oldr prsn’z buspas, Ôstr 60+ or Sīńr 60+ SmartPas – ẃl yuñ ppl wl b bàrd fṛm yzñ ɖer relcardz. Ɖ guvnmnt rjctd Lord Wilits’ amndmnt 86 trayñ t includ a wîd renj v dokmnts fr ol ejz. Oldr ppl r ɖ mn yzrz v postl vots – ẃć w’nt rqîr ID. Ol ɖs z śrli nt unc̣nctd wɖ ɖ Tōriz’ 47-pônt līd amñ ɖ ovr-65z, n Lebr’z 43-pônt līd amñ undr 25z az v 2019.

Ɖ Spectetr hz cîndli asmbld no fywr ɖn 11 raitñz n seyñz bî Jonsn xcorietñ ID cardz, startñ wɖ, “I loɖ ɖ îdīa on prínsipl. I nvr wont t b cmandd, bî eni eṃneśn v ɖ Britiś stet, t pṛdys evidns v mî îdntti … I wl tec ɖt card ǎt v mî wolit n fizicli īt it.” Bt nǎ ID cardz srv hiz onli rmenñ p’liticl prṗs: t gt riilectd.

Ɖ bil’z uɖr aboṃneśn cnsrnz ɖ reḷtivli ny meṛl n p’līs n crîm cmiśnr ilex́nz: it swīps awe ɖ preznt secnd-prefṛns sistm in fevr v ɖ unferist v ol, ɖ antīc frst past ɖ post (FPTP). Ẃ? Bcz Tōriz r mor lîcli t win undr FPTP. Ɖr r mor anti-Tori pṛgresiv votrz, hu transfr ɖer secnd prefṛnsz t anɖr pṛgresiv parti, bt rerli t a Tori.

Az Nìl Lwsn, hu advcets a pṛgresiv alayns, rout eḷqntli ɖs wīc, a mjoṛti-pṛgresiv vot z yẓ́li dzastṛsli dvîdd. Tde, in 82% v ilex́nz ɖr wl b at līst tū pṛgresiv canddets splitñ ɖer vot, standñ agnst jst wn Cnsrṿtiv, acordñ t Jon Narcros v ɖ Ilectṛl-Rform Ssayti. Pṛporśnl repriznteśn (PR) wd, t boro a frêz, “levl up” vots, so ɖe d’nt pîl p westd. PR nǎ gts stroñ public s’port, acordñ t YGuv, wɖ 44% in fevr, n onli 27% fr frst past ɖ post.

Ɖ last wīc, wɖ sevn frunt pejz v ɖ Meil n uɖrz pîlñ in, trayñ t mc Cir Starmr’z bir n curi on ɖ campen trel az bad az Dǎnñ Strīt’s 12 partiz, z jst anɖr grim rmîndr v ɖ monstṛs heft v ɖ rîtwñ pres, yzd unscrūpyḷsli t sev its multimiłner ǒnrz fṛm ɖ perilz v Lebr in pǎr.

Lebr, f it bcmz ɖ bigist parti at ɖ nxt jenṛl ilex́n, mst līd ɖ we t ilectṛl rform. Lebr z hîli unlîcli t win alon, so ɖs tîm ɖ Libṛl Deṃcrats n ol ɖ uɖr partiz mst dmand PR imīɉtli, az its frst act or rfyz eni cooṗreśn on enʈñ els. Ɖr z no nīd fr a reḟrendm, jst d it. Reḟrenḍmz r toxic poḷtics – n ɖ Tōriz cn hardli cmplen ẃn ɖe hv jerimandrd, pṛrogd n s’prest opozñ vots, ɖer mndeśs presclac dstortñ eni fer vôs, wɖ totl disrigard fr ẃt z nǎ a brocn consttyśn. Jonsn hz cild of Pītr Heṇsi’z ʈiyri v a “gd ćaps” consttyśn, wn in ẃć practiśnrz hold dir nt jst ɖ rūlz ɖmslvz bt olso ɖer spirit.

So ẃt śd pṛgresiv “gd ćaps”, b ɖe mel or fīmel, d at ɖ cloz v a Jonsn ira? Ɖt mć z clir. Ɖe śd fīl fri t intṛdys a votñsistm ɖt wl stop eni c’rupt parti wɖ a mnoṛti v vots evr guṿnñ alon agn wɖ dicttorịl pǎrz.

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on government drift: the rot starts at the top

Boris Johnson on the local election campaign trail. ‘The prime minister is running out of people to blame for his personal failures.’ Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Boris Jonsn on ɖ locl-ilex́n campentrel. ‘Ɖ prîm̦inistr z runñ ǎt v ppl t blem fr hiz prsnl fełrz.’ Foṭgraf: Edrịn Denis/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on guvnmntdrift: ɖ rot starts at ɖ top

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Wednesday 4 May 2022)

Ɖ lac v a chiṛnt poḷsi ajnda z ɖ inevitbl consiqns v wìc ministrz apôntd bî a rog prîm̦inistr

Wnzde, 4 Me 2022

Ɖr z a limit t ɖ numbr v tîmz eni product cn b rīlōnćt bfr it bcmz clir ɖt ɖ besic dzîn z flwd. Ɖt z olso tru v guvnmnts. Boris Jonsn z brêst fr a pur Tori pformns in Ʈrzde’z locl caunsl ilex́nz n z dtrmind t muv on briscli.

A ny parḷmntri seśn opnz nxt wīc, gvñ ɖ oṗtyṇti t set ǎt ɖ guvnmnt’s ajnda in a Qīn’z spīć. Ɖr z olso tōc v a miṇstirịl rīśufl t freśn ɖ apiṛns v ɖ cabiṇt. Ɖt wl hv liṃtd ifct, sins Mr Jonsn wl nt sác himslf. H mt stl ysḟli rples sm v hiz unḍpformñ ministrz.

Top v ɖt list z Priti Ptél. Ɖ homsecṛtri mt nt b ɖ līst compitnt prsn in cabiṇt (ɖo ś hz a clem t ɖ tîtl), bt hr dpartmnt z wn ẃr pur līdrśp hz sm v ɖ most drastic consiqnsz. Mz Ptél prizîdz ovr a dsfuñśnl, dmoṛlîzd byrocṛsi ɖt z nɖr ceṗbl v maṇjñ ɖ neśn’z bordrz t mīt ɖ dmandz v Cnsrṿtiv votrz nr v impḷmentñ hymen refyjīpoḷsiz t mīt ɖ rqîrmnts v hymn dīsnsi. Mr Jonsn z clirli nt boɖrd bî ɖ moṛl impḷceśnz v Mz Ptél’z incrisñli caḷs poḷsiz twdz despṛt ppl crosñ ɖ Ćanl in smōl bots. H mt yt lūz peśns wɖ hr in’biḷti t mc eni v ɖ scīmz wrc.

In ɖ mntm, ɖ program fr axptñ Ycreńn refyjīz z a śamblz, impozñ cruwl unsrtnti n spîtfl administṛtiv cprīs on a caṭgri v mîgṛnts twdz hūm ɖ guvnmnt, unyẓ́li, hz an ofiśl poḷsi v cmpaśn.

A ny homsecṛtri mt at līst pt ɖt nośnl slivr v jeṇroṣti t ifctiv ys. Bt ɖ unḍlayñ probḷm z sstemic acrs guvnmnt. It d’rîvz fṛm a fełr t dstnḡś btwn ɖ anǎnsmnt v a plan n its inactmnt. Ɖ ajnda fr guvnmnt z ritn wɖ an î on ɖ folowñ mornñ’z hedlînz, wɖt rgard fr ẃt z rqîrd in dlivri. Ɖr z litl dstñśn btwn a slogn n a poḷsi. Ɖt hz bn ɖ fet v “leṿlñ up” – a consept ɖt wz mnt t dfîn ɖ prṗs v Mr Jonsn’z admiṇstreśn post-Brexit, bt ɖt stl lacs mīnñfl content. Ɖr wl b sm ys v ɖ frêz in ɖ Qīn’z spīć. Bt in ɖ absns v a strucćrd ic̣nomic plan fr rījnl rīhbiḷteśn or eni curij in ɖ Treẓ́ri t yz tax-n-spend līvrz t fînans ambiśs sośl poḷsi, votrz wl notis onli ɖ dǎnẉd leṿlñ impozd bî a cost-v-livñ crîsis.

Ɖt fełr canot b reṃdid bî a ćenj v ćanslr – a prospect wîdli dscust az a we fr ɖ prîm̦inistr t signl a ćenj v d’rex́n. Ɖ riaḷti z ɖt Mr Jonsn himslf z ɖ oṛjin v ɖ mleiz. It z ɖ prîm̦inistr’z lac v foc̣s n prínsipl ɖt līvz ɖ guvnmnt b’reft v a chiṛnt ajnda or a prṗs uɖr ɖn sstenñ ɖ c’rir v ɖ man in Nu 10. Ẃn apôntmnt t ɖ cabiṇt rqîrz wilñnis t indulj Mr Jonsn’z sirịl dsoṇstiz n flatr hiz r’toricl inaṇtiz, it z hardli s’prîzñ ɖt ɖ caliba v ministrz z lo. Ɖs wìcnis cn olso b trest bac t Brexit – a project ɖt aćivd ilectṛl s’xes bî stŕñ ic̣nomic grīvns ẃl mcñ reṃdiz hardr. Ɖ consiqns z a guvnmnt mor scild at cōzñ dvrśnz ẃn ʈñz g roñ ɖn it z ceṗbl v ptñ ɖm rît.

It z a meʈ̇d wɖ dmiṇśñ rtrnz. Mr Jonsn’z cabiṇt badli nīdz upgredñ wɖ sm compitnt admiṇstretrz. Bt ɖ prîm̦inistr z runñ ǎt v ppl t blem fr hiz prsnl fełrz, n votrz hv lost peśns wɖ hiz xksz.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The Convict blusters but the only cause in which he truly believes is his own survival

When she could get a word in edgeways, Susanna Reid questioned the prime minister’s honesty on Good Morning Britain. Photograph: ITV
Ẃn ś cd gt a wrd in éjwez, Sūzana Rìd qsćnd ɖ prîm̦inistr’z oṇsti on Gd Mornñ Britn. Foṭgraf: ITV

Ɖ Convict blustrz bt ɖ onli cōz in ẃć h trūli b’livz z hiz ǒn svîvl

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 3 May 2022)

Boris Jonsn’z cmpaśn-fri GMB inṭvy wnt fṛm carcraś t pîl-up az h mansplend awe hiz dsoṇsti

John Crace

Jon Crês, Tyzde, 3 Me 2022

Fr a ẃl it lct az f Boris Jonsn mt hv bn hîdñ in a frij fr a secnd tîm. Gd Mornñ Britn’z inṭvy wɖ ɖ prîm̦inistr hd bn scejld t start at 8.15 n bî 8.25 ɖr wz stl no sîn v him. Bac in ɖ ITV stydio, Rićd Mêdli wz hvñ t fil tîm wɖ a Zūm inṭvy wɖ Patric Cīlti. Ɖ Îriś cmīdịn n prizntr yzd ɖ ded er t rmînd evrwn ɖt Jonsn wz a layr so ɖ tîm wz’nt intîrli westd.

It srtnli tìd ʈñz p nîsli fr Sūzana Rìd ẃn a crumpld n pesti-fest Jonsn ivnć̣li jônd hr in hiz Dǎnñ Strīt studi jst bfr 8.30. Aftr rmîndñ him ɖt it hd bn 1,791 dez sins h hd last apird on GMB, Rìd cut t ɖ ćes. “R y onist, prîm̦inistr?” ś asct. “Yes,” rplaid ɖ Convict. Ɖ inṭvy hd run fr les ɖn 20 secndz, n Jonsn hd olrdi tld hiz frst lai.

Rìd gev him a secnd ćans t rīʈnc hiz ansr. Nɖr ś nr Boris sīmd t ʈnc it at ol unyźl ɖt ɖ frst ʈñ ś wd wont t asc a prîm̦inistr aftr fîv yirz wz ẃɖr h wz a layr. Bʈ ń ɖ prizumśn wz ɖt h wz. Ɖt’s hǎ lo w’v sunc. A cuntri rdyst t ɖ levl v a śalo narssist. Ɖ Convict blustrd, trayñ t hej hiz bets. It wz’nt ɖt h wz layñ, mor ɖt h wz a contṛvrṣ́list. In hiz drīmz. H’z jst a tîrd joc ɖt’s no longr funi. A wośt p end v ɖ pír act.

Īvn so, Jonsn cd’nt hlp digñ. A man olwz despṛt t g lowr stl. “I d mî bst t repriznt feʈḟli n akṛtli ẃt I b’liv,” h sd. Ɖs wz telñ. Bʈ fr ɖ admiśn ɖt ɖ truʈ dz nt cm īẓli t him, ɖt at tîmz ɖr z an unbriɉbl gap btwn fanṭsi n riaḷti in hiz conśsnis, n ɖ implisit acnolijmnt ɖt ɖ onli cōz in ẃć h trūli b’livz z hiz ǒn svîvl. N ɖt fr him ɖr z a worpt nbiḷti in biyñ dsonist in psyt v ɖt end. Īvn nǎ h c’nt brñ himslf t admit ɖt h dlibṛtli msléd parḷmnt ovr Partiget. Dspt hvñ atndd mni v ɖ partiz himslf. Ɖt’s nt jst layñ. It’s a pʈoḷji.

Aftr a brīf dip intu Ycren – Jonsn wz aḍmnt ɖ Ruśnz wr grūmñ ćildṛn az slīpr ejnts, ẃć wz ẃ ɖ YC wz insistñ on vīzaz fr ol refyjīz – Rìd muvd on t ɖ cost v livñ. Ɖ Convict wz aḍmnt ɖ guvnmnt wz dwñ evrʈñ it cd, apart fṛm ɖ eriaz in ẃć it cd b dwñ mor. H dd’nt īvn apir t notis h hd jst contṛdictd himslf. So mć fr hiz feṃs Oxḟd Yńn dbetñscilz. Rɖr, h wz mostli intnt on tōcñ ovr Rìd n trayñ t wînd dǎn ɖ cloc on ɖ inṭvy. Īvn h cd si ɖ inṭvy wz trnñ intu a carcraś, n hiz legz wîdnd frɖr apart ɖ mor h traid t mansplen hiz we ǎt v it.

Rìd wz nt so īẓli dflectd n wundrd hǎ Elsi wz s’pozd t gt bî. Elsi wz a 77-yir-old pnśnr hu cd nǎ aford t īt onli wn mīl a de n hd tecn t yzñ hr buspas t rîd ɖ busz ol de jrñ of-pīc aurz t cīp worm. A hint v recgniśn fṛm Ɖ Convict. “I bròt in ɖ Frīdmpas az Lundn mẹr,” h ćipt in. H hd’nt v cors, bt ɖ lai wz ɖ līst v it.

Ɖ riyl gv’we wz ẃt ɖs sd abt Jonsn. Ɖr wz no cmpaśn fr Elsi n ppl lîc hr hu wr struġlñ, nt jst t gt bî bt t ste alîv. No sns v dyti t or rsponsbiḷti fr ɖ cuntri h pṛfest t srv. Jst an īgrnis t tec ɖ credit fr mcñ it poṣbl fr pnśnrz t spend ɖer dez cīpñ worm at ɖ buscumṗni’s xpns. Az f ɖs wz smhǎ a briłnt guvnmnt iniṣ́tiv fr ẃć ɖ lîcs v Elsi òt t b gretfl. Nxt p ɖ Convict wl b clemñ ɖ nîțyb wz dzînd az acoṃdeśn fr ɖoz hu c’nt aford hītñ. Ɖ concrīt z gd fr ǎr bacs. Luci, luci s.

Bî nǎ Jonsn wz viẓbli struġlñ. Eni ʈts v a trîumfnt, soft priilex́ns inṭvy hd loñ sins craśt n brnd az h ramt p hiz dvrśnri tactics. Bt Rìd steid foc̣st. Hǎ mć hd ɖ cerrz’ alawns gn p bî? Boris hd’nt a clu. N dd’nt riyli cer. H jst wontd hiz ordīl t end. Bt hiz īgrnis t gt awe onli trnd ɖ carcraś intu a multipl pîl-up.

Eṇjicumṗniz cd’nt poṣbli b xpctd t pe a windfōl tax az BP wz struġlñ t gt bî on £6bn profits fṛm ɖ last qortr. Ppl lîc Elsi śd’nt b so grīdi. It wz tîm fr hr t stop wunḍrñ ẃt ɖ guvnmnt cd d fr hr n t start biyñ a bit mor altruistic. Bî ītñ wns evri uɖr de, fr xampl. N f ś cd lrn t ʈnc v taxrîzz az taxcuts ɖen ś’d hv mor muni t spend n wd’nt nīd t west ẃt wz left v hr lîf gwñ bcwdz n fwdz on ɖ Sǎʈ Srklr. Most v ol, Elsi śd unḍstand ɖt 10% infleśn wz hr fōlt so ś śd b ɖ wn hu sufrd.

Fr ɖ last fy minits – ẃn ś cd gt a wrd in éjwez – Rìd rvrtd t ɖ Convict’s oṇsti. Hǎ cm w hd a prîm̦inistr hu wz ɖ sntr v a wn-man crîmwev? N ẃ dd evrwn els hu wz gilti v brecñ ɖ lw hv t rzîn ẃn h steid pt? Jonsn mumbld smʈñ abt biyñ prǎd v ẃt h hd aćivd – imajin ɖ cogṇtiv diṣnns – bfr Rìd cōld tîm. “Lren’z wêtñ,” ś sd.

“Lren hu?” asct Jonsn. Fr wns, ɖs wz’nt an act. H jenyinli hd no îdīa hu Lren Celi wz. It wz olmst az f h sspctd ɖt ITV mt hv rusld p yt anɖr luvr wɖ a ptrṇtisūt. Ɖ Convict’s dez az ɖ slf-stîld man v ɖ ppl r loñ gn. N it wl b wel mor ɖn fîv yirz bfr h agriz t anɖr GMB inṭvy. Ẃr wz a frij ẃn y nīdd wn?

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In Ñspel │ The Guardian view on the parliamentary session: a low, dishonest year

‘The readiness of many MPs, led by the prime minister, to ignore other rules seems undiminished.’ Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA
‘Ɖ redinis v mni MPz, léd bî ɖ prîm̦inistr, t ignor uɖr rūlz sīmz undiminiśt.’ Foṭgraf: YC Parḷmnt/Jesica Teilr/PE

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ parḷmntri seśn: a lo, dsonist yir

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Thursday 28 April 2022)

Wsminstr plúmd ny depʈs v scandl ovr ɖ past 12 munʈs. Bt ɖ cruwl n slapdaś lejsleśn it pást wz īvn wrs

Ʈrzde, 28 Epril 2022

At lunćtîm on Ʈrzde parḷmnt wz pṛrogd – līġli fr wns – bfr ɖ stet oṗnñ n Qīn’z spīć on 10 Me. So endd wn v ɖ lǒist, most dsonist n most dscredtbl parḷmntri seśnz v modn tîmz. It wz a seśn marct bî ɖ frst cnvix́n fr a criminl ofns bî a sitñ prîm̦inistr, bî ɖ reṿleśn ɖt ɖ ćanslr v ɖ xćecr’z wîf yzd non-Dóm taxsteṭs, n bî ɖ unraṿlñ v ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti’z eʈicl sns az ministrz atmtd t sev an MP’z scin aftr h hd bn faund gilti v lobiyñ. It wz olso marct bî ɖ sntnsñ v a Lebr MP t a sspndd 10-wīc priznsntns fr haṛsmnt n ɖ cnvix́n v a Tori MP fr moḷsteśn.

Ɖ seśn hz culṃnetd in an xtrordnri wīc v scuriḷs scandlz ɖt sīm ol tù repriznttiv v ɖ dsrepytbl n emoṛl culćr xpozd bî ɖ aḷgeśnz v rīsnt dez. It wz rvild ɖs wīc ɖt 56 MPz – alejidli includñ guvnmnt n śado ministrz – hv bn rfŕd t ɖ Comnz oʈoṛtiz ovr iśuz v sx́l haṛsmnt n uɖr msconduct. On ɖ vri mornñ v proṛgeśn, a Tori MP wz iśùd wɖ a criminl ćarj v felñ t stop aftr an axidnt, n a formr Lebr ministr wz sspndd fr bŭliyñ. F evr ɖ cuntri wz wel rid v a parḷmntri seśn ɖen it wz śrli ɖs wn.

Grimli, ɖs wz olso a seśn in ẃć parḷmnt cntinyd t pas oʈoṛterịn n riax́nri lwz p untl ɖ last minit. Ɖs wīc, sevṛl mejr bilz ẃć hd bn bérli scrūṭnîzd in dītel in ɖ Comnz n hd bn sbjctd t multipl impruvmnts bî ɖ Hǎs v Lordz wr fîṇli scrabld intu lw az ɖ upr hǎs baud ɖ ni. Ɖz includ ɖ ilex́nzbil, ẃć intṛdysz ID ćecs on votrz n gvz ɖ guvnmnt mor oʈoṛti t cntrol ɖ prīvịsli indipndnt Ilectṛl Cmiśn, a muv dscrîbd ɖs wīc bî a formr lord ćīf justis az rpugnnt; ɖen ɖr wr ɖ p’līs, crîm, sntnsñ n corts bil, an oʈoṛterịn atmt t impoz nīdlis xtra cndiśnz on rîts v asmbli n protest, n ɖ jdiśl rvy n corts bil, dzînd t crb scrūṭni v ɖ lwflnis v guvnmnt ax́nz. Wɖ sm îṛni, ɖs pást intu lw jst az ɖ hî cort rūld ɖt ɖ guvnmnt’s Covid-ira cerhom-disćarj poḷsi, in ẃć mor ɖn 12,500 ppl daid, hd bn unlwfl.

Ɖ wevz v slapdaś n oṿmîti ny lwz pást in ɖs seśn n huridli cmplitd ɖs wīc dd nt end ɖr. Ɖe olso includ ɖ hlʈ n cer bil, ẃr a fy Cnsrṿtiv MPz rbeld t ɖ end, bt un’velñli, t trî t stop ɖ guvnmnt’s eḟt t scrap ɖ reğlr indipndnt asesmnt v NHS stafñnīdz. Anɖr ɖt wnt t ɖ wîr wz ɖ naṣ́naḷti n bordrz bil, ẃr pirz hv votd rpitidli t enśur ɖt ɖ lwz on asîḷmsīcrz in ɖ ny lejsleśn rmen in lîn wɖ ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm’z trīti obḷgeśnz twdz refyjīz; nvɖles, on Tyzde, Tori MPz votd t gt rid v ɖ clōz n pmit Britn t brīć its inṭnaśnl cmitmnts yt agn. It wz a crǎnñ dsgres on a loñ list v lejsḷtiv śem.

It me wel nt b ɖ last wn. Ɖr z no gaṛnti ɖt ɖ nxt parḷmntri seśn wl b difṛnt. Ɖ damij t public trust blīdz evr on. Ɖ leġsi v Partiget hz nt pleid ǎt yt; mć mor z t cm. Ɖ redinis v mni MPz, léd bî ɖ prîm̦inistr, t ignor uɖr rūlz sīmz undiminiśt. N ɖ test fr cruwl n sliṗri lejsḷtiv iṇveśn wl incris az ɖ guvnmnt’s popylaṛti slîdz frɖr – az it so rićli dzrvz t d, nt līst in nxt wīc’s locl ilex́nz.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ In an era of electoral fragmentation, Labour must learn to embrace power-sharing

Illustration by Bill Bragg.
Iḷstreśn bî Bil Brag.

In an ira v ilectṛl fragmnteśn, Lebr mst lrn t imbres pǎrśẹrñ

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 28 April 2022)

Ɖ Frenć ilex́n śoud hǎ ilectṛl sistmz śep poḷtics. In ɖ YC, abandnñ frst-past-ɖ-post cd b trnsforṃtiv

Martin Kettle

Martin Cetl, Ʈrzde 28 Epril 2022

Y  hv got t hand it t Charles de Gaulle. Ɖ ilectṛl sistm h crietd fr Frans’z Fifʈ Rpublic hz std ɖ tst v tîm. Mor ɖn six decedz on, ɖs wīc’s riilex́n v De Gaulle’z lêtist s’xesr, Emmanuel Macron, z a rmîndr ɖt ɖ ptiklaṛtiz v ilectṛl sistmz cn set ɖ trmz v a neśn’z poḷtics mor lastñli ɖn w smtmz alǎ. Ɖr’z a mesij fr Britn ɖr tù, bt w wl cm on t ɖt.

De Gaulle’z consttyśn, cnstructd btwn 1958 n 1962, emd at tū golz in ptiklr. Ɖ frst wz t impǎr De Gaulle n hiz s’xesrz t guvn az xektiv prezidnts, imbodiyñ ẃt ɖ jenṛl’z bîogṛfr Jūłn Jacsn cōld “a srtn îdīa v Frans”. Ɖ secnd em wz t cīp ɖ Frenć left, n ɖ Coḿnist parti in ptiklr, ǎt v pǎr fr az loñ az poṣbl.

Ɖ sistm wrct wel fr mor ɖn tū decedz, ispeṣ́li ẃl ɖ impirịsli caṛzmatic De Gaulle wz stl alîv, bfr François Mitterrand deftli rīśept ɖ left ẃl ɖ coḿnists slid intu hisṭri. Sins Mitterrand’z ira, hvr, bʈ ɖ old left n ɖ old rît hv fragmntd intu multipl smōlr partiz. Yt De Gaulle’z ilectṛl sistm wz stl r’bust inuf ɖs wīc t dspać Frans’z xtrim rît vri ifctivli, n fr ɖ ʈrd tîm sins ɖ mleńm. Chapeau t ɖ jenṛl fr ɖt.

Mć v ɖ asesmnt v ɖ 2022 ilex́n hz bn rɖr grujñ abt Macron’z vicṭri. It hz consntretd on hiz prsnl alūfnis, on ɖ ic̣nomic n sośl probḷmz ahd, on ɖ dclîn in hiz mjoṛti sins 2017, n on ɖ 41.5% śer aćivd bî Marine Le Pén in ɖ secnd rǎnd. Ɖz r importnt ʈñz. Ɖ naśnl-asmbli ilex́nz in Jūn wl b mć mesịr. Bt ɖ jujmnts on ɖ preẓdnśl contest unḍple bʈ ɖ rǒl v ɖ Gaullist consttyśn itslf n v Macron’z s’xes in masṭrñ it, smʈñ ẃć iludd hiz tū prīdisesrz, Nicolas Sarkozy n François Hollande.

Macron’z riilex́n śoz ɖt De Gaulle’z sistm stl hz gas in ɖ tanc. Hiz 28% vot in ɖ frst rǎnd on 10 Epril wz at ɖ upr end v ɖ frst-rǎnd scorz aćivd bî most rīsnt Frenć preẓdnśl victrz, ɖo a wrld awe fṛm De Gaulle’z ǒn 45% in ɖ frst rǎnd in 1965. In olmst eni uɖr dmocṛsi, Macron’z 17-pônt marjin v vicṭri ovr Le Pén in ɖ secnd rǎnd wd b rgardd az spectaklr. Bt ɖ rzults obskr ẃt z roñ wɖ ɖ sistm.

Ɖ tū-rǎnd ilectṛl mandet rmenz De Gaulle’z ambivḷnt leġsi t Frenć poḷtics. Hiz consttyśn gvz prezidnts an oʈoṛti ɖt z bʈ riyl (bcz it pṛdysz a clir winr) n iluẓri (bcz most ppl vot fr smwn els or d’nt vot at ol). Ɖ comḅneśn v ɖt mixt mandet n xektiv pǎr svîvz – fr nǎ. Yt it z an incrisñli unstebl wn, ispeṣ́li in a cuntri wɖ Frans’z vigṛs tṛdiśn v strītpoḷtics. Ɖ sistm gvz a vôs t ɖ dvrs p’liticl stansz caṛcṭristic v eni modn dmocṛsi, ẃl olso cuṿrñ ɖm ovr.

Ilectṛl fragmnteśn z nǎ an imbedd fīćr v mni 21st-snć̣ri dmocṛsiz. Ɖ dvîd in ɖ frst rǎnd v Frans’z preẓdnśl ilex́nz z lîc mni similr wnz amñ tde’z Yṛpiyn ilectṛts. Last yir’z Jrmn ilex́n wz a ptiklrli noṭbl ces. Topicli, it olso berz cmparisn wɖ ɖ dvîd in ɖ run-up t Norɖn Îrḷnd’z crūśl asmbli ilex́n nxt wīc.

Mni ppl r stl tmtd t trīt poḷtics az a batl btwn a larj parti v ɖ left n a larj parti v ɖ rît. Mni facts n figrz b’lai ɖs. In Frans, ɖ for strongist finiśrz on 10 Epril capćrd 28%, 23%, 22% n 7% v ɖ vot rspctivli. In Jrṃni last yir, ɖ top for hd 26%, 24%, 15% n 13%. In Norɖn Îrḷnd (ẃr ɖ dvîdz r nt mirli left-rît), ɖ lêtist poulz śo ɖ for strongist partiz r Sinn Féin on 26%, Deṃcratic Yńnists 19%, Alayns 16% n Ulstr Yńnists 13%.

F Norɖn Îrḷnd wz ilectñ a prezidnt undr ɖ Frenć tū-rǎnd sistm, ɖs wd mīn ɖr wd b a secnd-rǎnd run-of btwn Miśél O’Nīl v Sinn Féin n Jefri Donldsn v ɖ DYP. Ɖt’s nvr gwñ t hapn, forćṇtli fr Norɖn Îrḷnd, bcz it wd fyl a hoļi secterịn dnamic. Bt it iḷstrets ɖ inbilt wìcnis v eni ilectṛl sistm, sć az Frans’z, ẃć trnzlets mnoṛtis’port in ɖ frst rǎnd intu a mjoṛterịn mandet in ɖ secnd.

Norɖn Îrḷnd’z vri dlibṛtli dz nt d ɖs. It z rūtd instd in ɖ pǎrśẹrñ prínsiplz n pracṭcaḷtiz v ɖ 1998 Gd Frîde agrīmnt. Ɖs mīnz ɖt Sinn Féin’z xpctd frst-ples finiś on 5 Me wd in riaḷti b a vicṭri v onli a liṃtd cnd, olbiit wn wɖ hedlîn-nyz valy wrldwîd n inorṃs simbolic mīnñ. Ɖt a teritri ɖt wz crietd 101 yirz ago sṗsificli t cut itslf adrift fṛm Îriś rpublic̣nizm śd nǎ ilect a frst ministr fṛm ɖt sem rpublicn tṛdiśn z a mîlston in enwn’z lanḡj.

In ɖoz srcmstansz, ɖo, ɖ ćansz v ɖ DYP agriyñ t noṃnet a depyti frst ministr t wrc alñsd O’Nīl az frst ministr r rmot. Ɖ sem gz fr ɖ posbiḷti v an rli reḟrendm on Îriś yniḟceśn. It z mć mor lîcli ɖt ɖ fełr v ɖ tū mn partiz t wrc tgɖr (bʈ v ɖm me lūz śer v ɖ vot sins ɖ last contest in 2017) wl hesn ɖ rtrn v d’rect rūl fṛm Lundn. F ɖ YC guvnmnt olso średz ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol, az Lord Frost rjd it t d in a spīć on Wnzde, pǎrśẹrñ wl agn b left hî n drî.

Ilectṛl sistmz matr. Jrṃni, Frans n Norɖn Îrḷnd iḷstret sm v ɖ difṛnt wez ɖs wrcs. Bt ɖe r nt unyźl. Ilectṛl sistmz d nt onli rflect poḷtics; ɖe olso śep ɖ we poḷtics z cnductd. Ɖs gz fr Britn tù. Ɖ frst-past-ɖ-post sistm rūtīnli trnz an ilectṛl mnoṛti intu a cnstitẏnsi vicṭri or a parḷmntri mjoṛti. It z part v ɖ rīzn ẃ ǎr poḷtics lcs n sǎndz ɖ we it dz. N it z incrisñli indifnsbl in ɖ pluṛlistic p’liticl clîṃt v ɖ 21st snć̣ri.

Britn’z nxt jenṛl ilex́n me rtrn anɖr huñ parḷmnt, in ẃć ɖ ilectṛt vots fr ćenj bt dz nt gv eni wn parti ɖ mandet t guvn. Rplesmnt v ɖ frst-past-ɖ-post sistm wl nvr b a big dorstep iśu. Bt it wd b a trnsforṃtiv act fr Britn, n wn ɖt a mnoṛti Lebr guvnmnt cd dlivr. Ɖs cuntri’z damijd dmocṛsi z in nīd v its ǒn form v pǎrśẹrñ. It wd b a hyj step twdz crietñ any a srtn îdīa v Britn.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Boris Johnson is flailing – so he is reviving his Brexit greatest hits

Anti-Boris Johnson protesters outside Downing Street, London, April 2022. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-Boris Jonsn pṛtstrz ǎtsd Dǎnñ Strīt, Lundn, Epril 2022. Foṭgraf: Tolga Acmén/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Boris Jonsn z flelñ – so h z rvîvñ hiz Brexit gretist hits

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 26 April 2022)

Ɖ prîm̦inistr’z plan t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z a tîrd rpit v ɖ dsoṇsti ɖt got him ilectd

Raphael Behr

Rafel Behr, Tyzde 26 Epril 2022

Wn de, ẃn Boris Jonsn z no longr prîm̦inistr, n ɖ fl caṭlog v hiz frōdz z cmpîld, a speśl ples wl b’loñ t wn ɖt got him ilectd in ɖ frst ples. Bfr h atndd eni locdǎn partiz, bfr ɖr wr pandemic rūlz t brec or lîz t tel abt ɖ brecij, ɖr wz ɖ promis t Gt Brexit Dn.

It z nt dn. Ɖt z ẃ Jonsn’z guvnmnt z draftñ a lw ɖt wd gv ministrz ɖ pǎr t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol v ɖ Brexit dīl. Ɖs z ɖ vri trīti ɖt Jonsn hêld az “gret”, “xḷnt”, a flfilmnt v ol hiz ngośietñ ambiśnz. F ɖt wr tru, h wd nt nǎ b planñ t set it on fîr.

Sǎnd fmiłr? It śd d. It z ɖ lêtist sīql in a hacnid franćîz wɖ a forḿlêic plot. In ɖ Brex̣tir imaɉneśn it z an ax́n’dvnćr muvi. Bruslz hz tecn a porśn v YC sovṛnti hostij. Pluci Boris mst g in, ol gunz blezñ, t rtriv it. In sć esc̣pedz v derñ-du, pleyñ bî ɖ rūlz n rspctñ trītiz z fr rmonrsoftiz.

A recap fṛm prīvịs eṗsodz: t avôd riimpozñ a hard bordr on ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd, a speśl custmzreźīm wz agrìd fr ɖ Norʈ ɖt rqîrz ćecs on sm gdz crosñ fṛm ɖ Britiś mênḷnd. Jonsn sînd p t ɖs. Ministrz nǎ clem it wz nvr mnt t b a prṃnnt s’lūśn, bî ẃć ɖe mīn Jonsn laid t hiz Yṛpiyn cǎnṭparts az wel az hiz votrz. H nvr intndd t onr ɖ dīl.

Untl nǎ, ɖ guvnmnt’s ajteśn hz bn xprest bî fnġrñ, bt nvr qt pŭlñ, ɖ trigr on articl 16 – ɖ brec̦lōz ritn intu ɖ Brexit dīl. Bt articl 16 z a rùt t mor ngośieśn n mīdieśn wɖn ɖ scop v ɖ trīti itslf. It z a cnvnśnl wepn. Ɖ ny dvîs biyñ asmbld in ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt buncr gz ńclir.

Wl it b deṭnetd? Vetṛnz v past Brexit worz wl b fmiłr wɖ ɖ cost-beṇfit iqeźn. It cmz dǎn t a tst v ẃr Jonsn ʈncs hiz śort-trm slf-inṭrest lîz. Ɖ ʈiyri z ɖt it tecs a propr crîsis fr Bruslz t tec notis v Britiś grīvns. Cuṛntli, ɖ YY z adresñ ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd qsćn in tecnicl, līgl trmz, via ɖ cmiśn. Jonsn wonts t esc̣let it t a dīl btwn p’liticl līdrz. H ʈncs a Britiś prîm̦inistr śd’nt hv t hagl wɖ byṛcrats. H śd b stićñ smʈñ p wɖ Paris n Brlin. Ɖt’s hǎ it wrct in ɖ old dez. Bt in ɖ old dez Britn wz a membr v ɖ YY. Ɖt z’nt hǎ it wrcs fr “ʈrd cuntriz”.

A dǎnsîd t confṛnteśn z ɖt it wd b dvîsiv at a tîm ẃn wstn neśnz r strîvñ fr soḷdaṛti ovr Ruśa’z atac on Ycren. On ɖt frunt, Jonsn ʈncs hiz cṛdnślz az a stōlẉt frend v Cyīv r sfiśntli wel istabliśt – n notd in Wośñtn – ɖt h hz rigl rūm t mc dmandz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd, a subjict on ẃć ɖ Americnz mt prīvịsli hv slapt him dǎn.

Bt steṭs az ɖ most pro-Ycreńn līdr in ɖ rūm dz’nt gt Jonsn az far az h ʈncs in Bruslz, ẃr h z’nt in ɖ acćl rūm. H nīdz gdwil fṛm Emmanuel Macron t śift dipḷmatic dîlz fr him on ɖ Yṛpiyn caunsl. Ɖ Frenć prezidnt, wɖ a nyli aqîrd dmestic mandet bt a lot v trubl in hiz in-tre, w’nt spend eni p’liticl capitl dwñ fevrz fr a man h mstrusts, hvñ dlt wɖ him bfr.

Ɖ prîm̦inistr hz nvr bn wn fr cultvetñ foṛn alaynsz, sins it rqîrz cnsistnsi n rlạbiḷti. Hiz inṭrests r mor p’rocịl. Olso, wūndd bî Partiget, hiz foc̣s z nǎ on ɖ bér-nucl fît fr svîvl. T ɖt end, a confḷgreśn v YY iśuz mt hlp t ʈw rleśnz wɖ ɖ rîtwñ fax́n ɖt tṛdiśṇli setlz ɖ fet v Tori līdrz. It wd iṛtet modṛt MPz, bt ɖe r’nt az ruʈlis or az orġnîzd.

No rîvl fr ɖ līdrśp wl risc criṭsîzñ an act v hardlîn Brexit rvîṿlizm. Liz Trus, ɖ foṛn secṛtri, fansiz ɖ top job n z nośnli in ćarj v ngośieśnz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd. Ś wd nt hv ćozn a mnūvr az wontnli vanḍlistic az ɖ proṭcol-ovŗîd bil, bt ś z sd t b recnsîld t ɖ muv. Ɖ ćanslr hz prīvịsli bn an obsṭcl ẃnvr Nu 10 hz wontd t pic fîts wɖ Bruslz, ćaṇlñ Treẓ́ri añzayti abt ɖ cost v a tredwor. Bt Riśi Sŭnac z badli dminiśt bî rīsnt p’liticl mșteps arnd tax – ɖ wnz h rezd fr votrz n ɖ wnz hiz nondoṃsîld spǎs avôdd peyñ. Jonsn no longr siz him az a ʈret.

Cabiṇt hz nt dscust ɖ plan t saḅtāj ɖ Brexit dīl in lw. Mć dpndz on ilex́nz nxt wīc. Ɖ Stormont-asmbli poul in Norɖn Îrḷnd cd trigr a crîsis bî mcñ Sinn Féin ɖ larjist parti. Yńnists wd ɖen lūz ɖ rît t nem ɖ frst ministr – a los v p’liticl prîṃsi ɖt wd b mostli simbolic, bt culćṛli intolṛbl fr ɖt rīzn. Mnẃl, f caunsl ilex́nz in Ñgḷnd rvil masiv discntnt wɖ Jonsn, Tori MPz me b sprd t muv agnst him.

Ɖen ɖr wd b dubl tmteśn t g ol in wɖ a Brexit bust-up. Jonsn wd se ɖt onli scrapñ ɖ proṭcol cd īz tnśnz in Norɖn Îrḷnd (olɖo in riaḷti ɖ ilex́n ɖr wl probbli śo a mjoṛti in fevr v cīpñ it). Ɖ ovŗîd lw mt nt īvn nīd t b pást. Ɖ prîm̦inistr wd b most inṭrestd in ɖ specṭcl – a batl wɖ Bruslz, obstrux́n in ɖ Hǎs v Lordz, ɖ fŭlṃneśnz v rmen-s’portñ libṛlz; a fîrwrcs dsple t gt ɖ old Yrosceptic cor vot ūwñ n āiñ in aprīśieśn, jst lîc ɖ old dez.

Wd it wrc? Probbli nt. Ɖ plej t Gt Brexit Dn hd sć bredʈ v apil bcz it rezd hop v endñ ɖ toxic, slf-involvd naśnl drama ovr an iśu ɖt most ppl hd nt cnsidrd ol ɖt importnt bfr a ćôs wz forst on ɖm in a reḟrendm. Onli a fnaticl mnoṛti misz ɖ fît inuf t rīstart it. N tde’z Jonsn hz lost ɖ nac ɖt hiz formr slf hd fr trnñ crîsis intu carnivl. Hiz leṿti no longr gts him līńnsi fṛm an ōdịns ɖt hz hŕd jst a fy tù mni lîz. Stl, ɖr wd b a srtn tîdi siṃtri f hiz dǎnfōl includd a Brexit bil ɖt ofrd fōls reẓluśn t a crîsis wɖt end – hiz last gret dsoṇsti in ofis biyñ a mirr v ɖ frst.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Every day Boris Johnson clings on, our democracy rots a little bit more

Boris Johnson at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi, India, on Friday. Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP
Boris Jonsn at ɖ Indịn preẓdnśl palis in Ny Déli, India, on Frîde. Foṭgraf: Maniś Swaṛp/AP

Evri de Boris Jonsn clñz on, ǎr dmocṛsi rots a litl bit mor

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Friday 22 April 2022)

Īvn hiz ministrz se it’s a matr v ẃn, nt f, h gz. Bt ɖ damij Partiget z dwñ mcs hiz rmuvl rjnt

Jonathan Freedland

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd, Frîde 22 Epril 2022

W  c’nt nǒ fr srtn hǎ loñ Boris Jonsn wl svîv az prîm̦inistr or ẃɖr hiz dparćr z indd, az wn v hiz ministrz ẃisprz, “a matr v ẃn, nt f”. Bt ɖr r tū ʈñz w d nǒ, bcz ɖe r tru rît nǎ. W sw vivid evidns v bʈ ɖs wīc. Ɖ frst z ɖt hiz oʈoṛti z śot. Ɖ secnd z ɖt hiz cntinyd prezns in ofis z olrdi c’rodñ n c’ruptñ ǎr deṃcratic sistm, n ɖt ɖs z nt a hîṗʈeticl ʈret awêtñ s in ɖ fyćr. It z olrdi hir.

Ɖ prūf v hiz vaniśt oʈoṛti cem 13 minits bfr MPz wr dy t dbet a Lebr mośn t invstget Jonsn on ɖ grevli sirịs ćarj v dlibṛtli mslidñ parḷmnt. Jonsn n hiz tīm hd hopt t ordr Tori MPz t bloc it, or at līst t dle it. Bt tù mni Cnsrṿtivz rfyzd t d az ɖe wr tld. Ɖe dd’nt fansi gwñ intu ɖ nxt ilex́n wɖ ɖer fesz on opziśnlīflits, alñsd a rmîndr ɖt ɖe hd votd t cuvr p Jonsn’z lîz abt partiyñ jrñ locdǎn. Dǎnñ Strīt wz lêt gtñ ɖt mesij. So lêt ɖt, wɖ jst minits t g, it hd t bac dǎn n let Lebr hv its we.

Ɖs, rmembr, z ɖ ny, s’pozidli strīmlînd Nu 10 oṗreśn instōld bî Jonsn t rples ɖ prīvịs crǎd, hu wɖ Jonsn at ɖ hlm trnd ɖ sīt v guvnmnt intu a frathǎs jrñ ɖ frst fêz v ɖ pandemic. It sīmz incompitns n lac v nǎs – startñ wɖ ɖ most eḷmntri p’liticl scil, nemli an abiḷti t cǎnt – hv bn rstord t Dǎnñ Strīt. Rmembr, tù, ɖt ɖs z a guvnmnt ɖt wún an 80-sīt mjoṛti a litl ovr tū yirz ago. Yt nǎ it canot rlî on its ǒn MPz t d its bidñ. N so, on Ʈrzde, it hd t woć az Lebr tc bac cntrol.

Ɖ los v oʈoṛti strećz far bynd Wsminstr. A YGuv poul ɖs wīc faund ɖt 78% v Brítnz b’liv Jonsn hz laid ovr Partiget. Īvn amñ Tori votrz, onli 17% se h’z tld ɖ truʈ. It sīmz laḟbl t spīc v “moṛl oʈoṛti” n “Boris Jonsn” in ɖ sem sntns, bt it z nǎ plen ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr hz nn.

V cors, ɖr r sm hu stl credit Jonsn wɖ Hūdīni pǎrz v esc̣poḷji. Ɖe lc t nxt munʈ’s locl ilex́nz n sspct ɖt Jonsn’z critics hv ŕd bî proḟsayñ a Tori wîpǎt. Enʈñ les ɖn ɖt, n ɖ PM wl bost v hiz rziłns in dfayns v ɖ “glūmstrz”. Ɖe not, tù, ɖt ɖ Comnz invstgeśn bî ɖ priṿlijzcmiti cd streć intu ɖ ōtm, bayñ ɖ PM preśs tîm.

Bt ɖr r plenti v Cnsrṿtivz, nt ol v ɖm loñtîm eṇmiz v ɖ PM, hu b’liv ɖt “ɖ dîl hz śiftd”, ɖt ɖ Jonsn premịrśp z nǎ in a stet v irivrsbl dce. A tremr wnt ʈru mni wɖ Ʈrzde’z decḷreśn bî Stīv Becr ɖt “ɖ gig z p”. It’s nt jst ɖt Becr z a strîdnt Brexitr: uɖrz v ɖt afilieśn hv abandnd Jonsn olrdi, most noṭbli Devid Devis wɖ hiz “In ɖ nem v God, g” spīć in Jańri. No, ẃt matrz abt Becr z nt ẃt h sd, bt ẃt h mt d. “H’z ɖ most līʈl orġnîzr,” sz wn Comnz colīg. H w’nt b saṭsfaid wɖ a simpl stetmnt v wɖdrwn s’port fr Jonsn. “H’l b instōlñ ɖ teḷfonz.” Ad t ɖt ɖ prospect v mor fixt-penlti noṭsz – wɖ rports lêt Frîde ɖt a ny bać v fainz hz startd t land in Dǎnñ Strīt inboxz – n, az wn Tori MP pts it, līct foṭgrafs v ɖ PM “dansñ on ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt fotocopịr”, n ɖe rmen cnvinst ɖt Jonsn’z rmuvl z onli a matr v tîm.

Cnsrṿtivz hd bn bancñ on ɖr biyñ no mor fainz btwn nǎ n locl ilex́n de. Ɖ Metṛpolitn p’līs sd on Ʈrzde ɖt, hlpḟli, it wd anǎns no sć sañśnz untl aftr 5 Me. Ɖt rɖr astoṇśñ poḷsi me nǎ b unraṿlñ, bt it pônts t ɖ secnd p’liticl srtnti, wn ɖt awêts no frɖr conḟmeśn bt ẃć z olrdi istabliśt: ɖt ɖs scandl n Jonsn’z rfyzl t līv Dǎnñ Strīt r c’rodñ ǎr sistm v guvnmnt.

In a hlʈi dmocṛsi, ɖ p’līs wd invstget locdǎn partiz in Dǎnñ Strīt ɖ sem we ɖe invstget eni uɖr crîm. Bt ɖt z nt ẃt hz hapnd. Az Adm Vāgnr, a baristr hu hz bcm a speṣ́list on Covid rūlz, pts it: “Ẃ hz ɖ scedyl v ɖs invstgeśn bn so heṿli inflụnst bî ẃt z cnvińnt t ɖ guvnmnt?”

Ɖ patn z strîcñ, startñ wɖ ɖ iniśl Mét rfyzl t invstget Dǎnñ Strīt partiz at ol, a pziśn onli rvrst aftr a līgl ćalinj. Ɖen cem ɖ dsiźn nt t inṭvy ɖoz involvd, instd mirli prizntñ ɖm wɖ a qsćner. “Evrʈñ ɖ’v dn hz md it lc lîc speśl trītmnt,” Vāgnr tlz m.

T b śr, p’līsgîdns sjsts ofisrz śd avôd dwñ enʈñ ɖt mt “afct or inflụns ɖ ǎtcm v [an] ilex́n”, bt a fy pejz lêtr ɖt sem gîdns mcs ɖ obvịs pônt ɖt “dleyñ an anǎnsmnt cd itslf inflụns ɖ p’liticl ǎtcm”. Ɖ Mét cd hv gn îɖr we. It dsîdd t g wɖ ɖ cors v ax́n most fevṛbl t ɖ guvnmnt.

Ɖ ćaritbl rīdñ z ɖt ol v ɖz dsiźnz – includñ ɖ iniśl wn, tecñ on trust Dǎnñ Strīt’s insistns ɖt no rūlz hd bn brocn, n ɖrfr cncludñ no p’līs invstgeśn wz nesṣri – arouz bcz ɖ p’līs, in Vāgnr’z wrdz, “wr nt priperd fr a sićueśn ẃr ɖ guvnmnt itslf wz ɖ lwbrecr”. It’s ɖ sem probḷm wɖ ɖ miṇstirịl cod, ẃć, custm dmandz, z inforst bî ɖ prîm̦inistr. Ol v ɖz cnvnśnz r predcetd on an asumśn ɖt ɖ PM obez ɖ rūlz n ɖ lw.

Nn v ɖt wrcs ẃn a man sć az Jonsn sits at ɖ epx v ǎr sistm. On ɖ contrri, hiz prezns ɖr z xpozñ ɖ fetl flw in ẃt Pītr Heṇsi cōlz ɖ “gd ćaps ʈiyri v guvnmnt”, ɖ sem flw ɖt Doṇld Trump rvild in ɖ YS consttyśn: it z nt iqipt fr a bad ćap n a parti ɖt rmenz loyl t him.

Evri de ɖt Jonsn stez, hiz prezns cntaṃnets isnśl parts v ɖ deṃcratic bodipoḷtic, ɖ rot spredñ ʈru ǎr insttyśnz. Confidns in ɖ p’līs wl snc lowr: ɖ’v md ɖmslvz lc p’liticli parṭzan. Ʈancs t ɖm, feʈ in ɖ īvn-handidnis v ɖ lw z dminiśt. Wn ministr wundrz f sivl srvnts r cntinywñ t wrc fṛm hom in part bcz ɖe r dmoṛlîzd: ɖe wrc fr a guvnmnt huz cnsymñ prṗs hz bcm nʈñ mor ɖn “ɖ svîvl v Boris Jonsn”.

W d’nt nīd t ple ɖ Wsminstr gesñgem abt eni v ɖs. Ɖs damij hz olrdi bn dn. Ɖr z smʈñ rotn in ɖ stet v Britn – n its nem z Boris Jonsn.

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