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‘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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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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