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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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Zǒi Wiłmz z a Gardịn coḷmnist

MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ Dominic Cummings, the last thing the troubled civil service needs is your advice

Dominic Cummings had said on entering Downing Street that he wanted a new breed of civil servant to shake up the way Britain is run. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Doṃnic Cumñz, ɖ last ʈñ ɖ trubld sivl srvis nīdz z yr advîs

(Transcription of an Observer article of 18 April 2021)

Ɖ Grīnsil scandl śoz ɖt public srvnts hv bn feṭli compṛmîzd

Nick Cohen

Nic Cown, 18 Epril 2021

Ɖ  rît z mcñ Britn a norml cuntri. I d’nt mīn ɖt az a complimnt, jst az a stetmnt v ɖ dizṃl fact ɖt in most cuntriz it’s norml fr ɖ rūlñ clīc t sīc t limit ɖ indipndns v ɖ jūdiśri, cntrol stețeḷviźn n fil ɖ taxpeyr-fundd sivl srvis wɖ cranci îdịlogz, hu wl scrīć ǎt its mesij, n dronz hu obe its ordrz.

Lîc oʈoṛterịn guvnmnts evrẃr, ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn wonts t rig ɖ sistm. F y ʈnc “ɖt cnd v ʈñ dz’nt hapn hir”, y r suḟrñ fṛm a snṭmntl vrśn v Britiś xpśṇlizm. F y se: “Cm on, it’s histericl t cmper Jonsn t oʈoṛterịn līdrz”, I’m afreid y hv’nt bn peyñ atnśn.

Bcz it involvz ɖ degṛdeśn v ɖ sivl srvis, ɖ Grīnsil scandl z az mć an oṗtyṇti fr Jonsn az a crîsis. Ɖ rît cn yz ɖ fełr v ɖ wrst elimnts in ɖ sivl srvis t īvn acnolij ɖ xistns v besic eʈicl standdz t jusṭfî stufñ public lîf wɖ Tori crancs n dronz.

At līst sm on ɖ rît nǒ it. Lebr cntrasts ɖ īgrnis v ministrz t invstget ɖ sivl srvis wɖ ɖer rluctns t let ɖ rest v ssayti invstget ɖm. Ɖ guvnmnt hz nt publiśt a rejistr v miṇstirịl inṭrests sins last Jlî, phps bcz ɖ fet v ɖ Covid contracts wd mc sć inṭrestñ rīdñ. Ɖ admiṇstreśn cn muv qcli ẃn it wonts t, hvr. Ɖ cabiṇtsecṛtri gev sivl srvnts jst for dez last wīc t rport eni ǎtsd inṭrests ɖt “mt conflict” wɖ sivl-srvis rūlz.

A wel-cnctd Cnsrṿtiv jrṇlist rports in Ɖ Tîmz ɖt “frendz v Doṃnic Cumñz”, hu apir t b so clos t Doṃnic Cumñz y cd olmst mstec ɖm fr Doṃnic Cumñz, wont Jonsn t foc̣s on rformñ ɖ sivl srvis. I bet “hiz frendz” d. Ɖ justiḟceśn fr seṗretñ ɖ byrocṛsi fṛm ɖ guṿnñ parti z ɖt it’s ɖ bst we fr a stet t avôd croniizm n c’rupśn. Ʈnc v ɖ patṛnij poḷtiśnz cd laviś on ɖ feʈfl f ɖs wīc’s reṿleśnz abt ɖ conflicts v inṭrest v s’pozidli ńtṛl ofiślz alǎ ɖm t gt ɖer handz on īvn a part v ɖ sivl-srvis bujit.

“Rform” śd mīn clīnñ p a sistm ẃr sivl srvnts cn b on a bancr’z pêrol n nwn in a pziśn v oʈoṛti ovr ɖm mcs a sqīc v protest. Ɖer ǒn cod, nt ɖt ɖe apir t hv réd it, stets ɖt a sivl srvnt mst “pt ɖ obḷgeśnz v public srvis abv yr ǒn prsnl inṭrests”, an îdiyl ɖt cn b trest bac t 1853 ẃn Wiłm Gladstn ordrd a rvy v ɖ c’rupśn wɖn poḷtics.

Ɖ vīnaḷti ɖt wns wurid Victorịn libṛlz z ecoud in 2021. Ɖ s’qrmnt v plesz in ɖ byrocṛsi fr ɖ p’liticli wel cnctd boɖrd ɖm az mć az stretfwd brîḅri. “Ɖ old istabliśt p’liticl faṃliz hbić̣li batn on ɖ public patṛnij,” wn v Gladstn’z advîzrz cmplend. “Ɖer sunz, l’jitiṃt n iḷjitiṃt, ɖer reḷtivz n dpndnts v evri dgri, r pṛvîdd fr bî ɖ scor.” A pṛfeśnl, imparśl sivl srvis ẃr jobz dpndd on s’xes in opn xaṃneśnz rɖr ɖn neṗtizm n p’liticl prifŕmnt wz Gladstn’z s’lūśn.

Rformrz arnd ɖ wrld rīć ɖ sem cncluźn tde. Suɖn Yṛpiynz yz ɖ absns v a prṃnnt sivl srvis t xplen ẃ c’rupśn z so prevḷnt in Spen n Iṭli. Ɖr z an old, ẃît, Anglo-Saxn protistnt preɉdis ɖt siestaz or Cʈoḷsizm md ɖoz cuntriz slīzi, an attyd y cd olso fînd in Jrṃni n ɖ Neɖrḷndz jrñ ɖ fnanśl crîsis. Suɖn Yṛpiyn p’liticl sayntists unḍstanḍbli prifŕ facts abt hǎ ɖer cuntriz wrc t Wosp condisnśn. Az wn xplend, ẃn a parti winz cntrol v a tipicl Spaniś siti, it handz ǎt jobz t hundṛdz v s’portrz. Mni v ɖm wl fīl ɖ nīd t gt rić qc bî evri aveḷbl mīnz, in ces ɖer parti luzz ɖ nxt ilex́n. Ɖer mastrz, mnẃl, r fri t inrić ɖmslvz wɖt ɖ fir ɖt indipndnt sivl srvnts wl dnǎns ɖm.

Jonsn z rvîvñ ɖ old c’rupśn v ɖ 19ʈ snć̣ri n iṃtetñ ɖ c’rupśn ɖt aflicts mć v ɖ wrld tde. Ẃn h hd pǎr, Cumñz pritndd h wontd t hîr gīci jīńsz t śec p ɖ cuntri. On closr inspx́n, hiz gīcs dd nt trn ǎt t b ɖ starz v Silicn Vali or Jef Goldblūm caṛctrz hu cd sev ɖ wrld fṛm ełn atacs. Ɖe wr crīpi, rîtwñ crancs y wd muv dǎn a tren carij t avôd. Wn obskr figr cōld Andru Sbisci hd t rzîn aftr h wz faund cmndñ yjenics. Jonsn pśt fwd ɖ betr noun bt no les pkłr Ćarlz Mōr n Pōl Decr t tec ovr ɖ reğleśn v public-srvis brōdcastñ bcz h ń h cd rlî on ɖm t flfil ɖ rît’s drīm v mcñ Britn a land ɖt cd host its ǒn vrśn v Fox Nyz.

In Ćîna, Ruśa, n evri wn-parti stet, n in Hunġri, Trci, Bṛzil, ɖ Fiḷpīnz, Poḷnd n ɖ Ynîtd Stets, an īqli importnt fuñśn v stet patṛnij z t mc it clir ɖt loylti t ɖ parti z ɖ bst we t s’kr advansmnt. Y d’nt hv t pṛclem yr s’port fr it, y jst hv t mc śr y ste on its rît sîd.

Lebr publiśt a studi yesṭde ɖt śoud Jonsn hd gvn jobz, advîzñ ɖ guvnmnt or runñ guvnmntprogramz, t 25 v ɖ 94 Cnsrṿtivz MPz hu lost ɖer sīt or std dǎn in ɖ past tū jenṛl ilex́nz. Y wd nǒ sm v ɖer nemz bt most r dronz hu wr rwordd fr gwñ alñ wɖ ɖ līdrśp.

Lebr’z Rećl Rīvz tld m an aṇcdot ẃć I faund mor rvilñ. Tù mni v hr particolīgz r rportñ ɖt biznislīdrz, acdemics n sayntists, hu r trayñ t inflụns guvnmntpoḷsi, hv wōct awe fṛm ɖm, seyñ ɖt ɖ guvnmnt wl śut ɖm ǎt v its dbets f it sspcts ɖm v tōcñ t ɖ opziśn. I’m nt seyñ Tori Ñgḷnd z a wn-parti stet. It’s a softr n mor cloyñ vrśn v oʈoṛterịnizm ɖt aflicts s: a stet ẃr ɖr z no limit on hǎ far yr stypidti cn tec y, az loñ az it sūts ɖ inṭrest v ɖ rūlñ parti, n ẃr y śd cīp on ɖ rît sîd v pǎr or lrn t liv wɖ ɖ consiqnsz.

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Nic Cown z an Obzrvr coḷmnist

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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Jair Bolsonaro at a news conference in Brasilia on Friday. His dismissive reaction to the coronavirus crisis has sparked outrage across the political spectrum. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
Jair Bolsonaro at a nyzconfṛns in Bṛziła on Frîde. Hiz dsmisiv riax́n t ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis hz sparct ǎtrej acrs ɖ p’liticl spectṛm. Foṭgraf: Ueslei Marcelino/Rôtrz
Bolsonaro in freś crîsis ovr sun’z alejd lincs t fec-nyz racit

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 26 April 2020)

Clemz risc daṃjñ Bṛziłn prezidnt olrdi rīlñ fṛm reẓgneśn v justisministr

Tom Filips in Rio de Janeiro. Súnde, 26 Epril, 2020

Ɖ  p’liticl storm ingulfñ Bṛzil’z far-rît prezidnt, Jair Bolsonaro, hz intnṣfaid wɖ rports ɖt fedṛl p’līs-invstgetrz hv îdnṭfaid hiz sun az wn v ɖ alejd ci membrz v a “criminl fec-nyz racit” ingejd in ʈreṭnñ n dfemñ Bṛziłn oʈoṛtiz.

Wn v Bṛzil’z top nyzpeprz, ɖ Folha de São Paulo, clemd an invstgeśn bî Bṛzil’z iqivḷnt t ɖ FBI hd hond in on Carlos Bolsonaro, ɖ prezidnt’s sośl-mīdia-savi sun.

Carlos Bolsonaro, 37, rjctd ɖ clemz az “garbij” n “a joc” on Twitr, ẃr h hz 1.7 miłn folowrz.

Bt ɖ aḷgeśnz wl dīpn ɖ crîsis cnsymñ Bolsonaro’z 16-munʈ-old guvnmnt n frɖr dstract fṛm ɖ cuntri’s ef̣ts t tacl ɖ c’roṇvîṛs pandemic, ẃć hz cild mor ɖn 4,000 Bṛziłnz.

Bolsonaro’z admiṇstreśn wz olrdi flǎnḍrñ bfr ɖ rīsnt reẓgneśn v hiz pǎrfl justisministr, Sérgio Moro, wɖ anɖr v ɖ prezidnt’s sunz, Flávio Bolsonaro, fesñ p’līșcrūṭni fr sspctd c’rupśn n tîz t Rio de Janeiro’z mafia.

Bolsonaro’z dsmisiv riax́n t ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis hz sparct ǎtrej acrs ɖ p’liticl spectṛm n pot-baññ protests.

Ɖ lêtist p’liticl meḷdrama xplodd on Frîde ẃn Moro rzînd n pubḷcli akzd ɖ prezidnt v atmtñ t improprli médl in ɖ oṗreśnz v ɖ fedṛl p’līs bî sacñ ɖ fedṛl p’līsd’rectr, Maurício Valeixo, ɖt mornñ.

Carlos Bolsonaro called the claims a ‘joke’. Photograph: Sergio Lima/AFP via Getty Images
Carlos Bolsonaro cōld ɖ clemz a ‘joc’. Foṭgraf: Sergio Lima/AFP via Geti Iṃjz

Moro alejd ɖt Bolsonaro, fr rīznz ɖt rmen unclir, hopt t rples Valeixo wɖ smwn mor amīṇbl t dscusñ fedṛl p’līsbiznis n śẹrñ intelijns-rports wɖ ɖ prezidnt.

Ɖ man wîdli tǎtd az Valeixo’z s’xesr z Alexandre Ramagem, ɖ hed v Bṛzil’z intelijns-ejnsi, hu z rportidli a frend v Carlos Bolsonaro’z.

A foṭgraf v Ramagem n Carlos Bolsonaro fraṭnîzñ at a Ny Yir’z Īv parti wz publiśt bî Bṛziłn mīdia on Saṭde.

Ɖ Folha de São Paulo clemd fedṛl p’līs-ofiślz wr cnvinst Bolsonaro hd fîrd Valeixo “bcz h wz awer ɖ corṗreśn wz clozñ in on hiz sun.”

An edtorịl in anɖr līdñ brōdśīt, O Globo, sd Bolsonaro sīmd t wont “t trn ɖ fedṛl p’līs intu a prsnl p’līsfors, az f h wr sm cnd v ʈrd-wrld dictetr”.

Ɖ Folha de São Paulo clemd anɖr v Bolsonaro’z sunz, ɖ congresmn Eduardo Bolsonaro, wz olso biyñ invstgetd fr poṣbl involvmnt in ɖ fec-nyz grūp. Eduardo Bolsonaro, hu z ɖ Sǎʈ America repriznttiv v Stīv Bann’z far-rît grūp Ɖ Muvmnt, clemd on Twitr ɖ clemz wr “an atmt t cnfyz ɖ popyleśn”. H olso rītwītd an imij v a dog def̣cetñ on ɖ nyzpepr’z masthed.

Jair Bolsonaro n hiz bacrz hv bn baṭlñ t rgen cntrol v ɖ naṛtiv sins Moro’z daṃjñ xit, pentñ ɖ formr juj az a pro-ćôs, anti-gun tretr t ɖer far-rît cōz.

Bolsonaro dnaid eni roñduwñ in a ramḅlñ spīć in ẃć h clemd h wz ɖ victim v a p’liticl cnspiṛsi. “Pǎrfl ppl hv rizn p agnst m. Ɖs z a riaḷti. Ɖs z ɖ truʈ. I’m fîtñ agnst ɖ sistm – agnst ɖ istabliśr [síc],” h clemd.

“W r, in ɖ fiğṛtiv sns, gwñ t gt śot in ɖ fes lodz. Bt w wl flfil ǎr miśn,” Bolsonaro vaud.

Bt clemz invstgetrz hd îdnṭfaid ɖ prezidnt’s sun az part v ɖ alejd fec-nyz netwrc – smʈñ p’liticl foz hv loñ sspctd – promtd freś cōlz fr ɖ prezidnt’s impićmnt n riinforst growñ dǎts ovr ẃɖr ɖ rîtwñ popylist wd cmplit hiz for-yir trm.

“Ɖ guvnmnt z crumḅlñ,” sd Eliane Cantanhêde, a p’liticl comntetr fr ɖ cnsrvtiv Estado de São Paulo nyzpepr.

“I wd’nt bet on an impićmnt – îɖr fr or agnst,” ś add, pôntñ t rluctns amñ sm poḷtiśnz t impīć a ʈrd prezidnt in les ɖn ʈri decedz. “Bt it’s olso hard t imajin Bolsonaro mcñ it ʈru nirli ʈri mor yirz in ɖ mdst v ɖs ceos. It’s a riyl picl.”

Marcelo Freixo, a left-wñ congresmn, sd h wd tec līgl ax́n t bloc Ramagem’z apôntmnt.

“Bolsonaro wonts t cntrol ɖ fedṛl p’līs … bcz h dz’nt wont ɖ fedṛl p’līs t advans in its invstgeśnz rletd t hiz sunz. Ɖr’z no dǎt abt it,” Freixo clemd. “Bolsonaro z pṛtctñ hiz ćildṛn.”

Ɖ Gardịn hz aproćt Bṛzil’z preẓdnśl cḿṇceśnsecṛterịt fr coment.

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