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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ Tory devotion to ‘dear friend’ Modi says so much about needy post-Brexit Britain

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by Priti Patel and minister of state for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, in London in 2015. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA
Indịn Prîm̦inistr Narendra Modi z grītd bî Priti Ptél n ministr v stet fr ɖ Foṛn n Comnwelʈ Ofis, Hygo Swîr, in Lundn in 2015. Foṭgraf: Joṇʈn Brêdi/PA

Tori dvośn t ‘dir frend’ Modi sz so mć abt nīdi post-Brexit Britn

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on Sunday 29 May 2022)

India’z abhoṛnt dmestic poḷsiz r v no inṭrest t ɖs despṛt guvnmnt

Nick Cohen

Nic Cown, Súnde 29 Me 2022

Narendra Modi n ɖ Hindutva rît r trnñ ɖ wrld’z larjist dmocṛsi intu ɖ wrld’z ugliist dmocṛsi. Mŭzlimz r dnaid ɖ s’kṛti v fl sitiznśp. Ɖ indipndns v ɖ Indịn corts, ɖ sivl srvis, ɖ ilectṛl sistm n ɖ mīdia hz bn hoṛbli compṛmîzd az ɖ Baratīa Janata parti criets, f nt a wn-parti stet, ɖen at līst a stet ẃr onli wn parti cn win.

Far fṛm criṭsîzñ Modi, or mntenñ a dipḷmatic distns, Britn’z Cnsrṿtiv guvnmnt z indorsñ Modi’z poḷsiz n preɉdisz.

Indịn opziśn poḷtiśnz hv bn in ɖ YC fr confṛnsz orġnîzd bî ɖ Indịn diasṗra n mītñz wɖ poḷtiśnz n acdemics. Nt wn repriznttiv fṛm ǎr rūlñ parti wz amñ ɖ hundṛdz ɖe met. Cnsrṿtiv ministrz n bacbnćrz gev evri apiṛns v tecñ a c’lectiv dsiźn nt t ingej wɖ eni oponnt v ɖ Modi reźīm.

On 16 Me, ɖr wz a rspśn in parḷmnt fr Salman Crśid, a formr Indịn cabiṇt ministr, Pradiot Manicia, ćer v India’z Indijṇs Pṛgresiv Rījnl Alayns, n uɖr opziśn figrz enwn cnsrnd abt India wd b plizd t inṭvy. Cnsrṿtiv MPz sd ɖe wd atnd. Bt ɖe nvr śoud p. Lebr poḷtiśnz sd Priti Ptél hd ordrd a bôcót. I pt ɖ aḷgeśn t ɖ Cnsrṿtiv MPz cnsrnd, bt ɖe dd nt rplî t mî īmeilz.

Ś cōlz Modi “ǎr dir frend” n prezz hiz “dnamic līdrśp”. Bt mbi ɖ ordr cem fṛm an oṗretr b’lo hr pêgred. Britiś-Indịn acṭvists sd a bôcót dd nt nīd t b instgetd bî enwn az grand az ɖ homsecṛtri. Britiś BJP acṭvists nīd mirli tel a Cnsrṿtiv MP wɖ a stroñ Indịn vot in hiz or hr cnstitẏnsi t stir clir, n ɖe wd obe.

Telñli, nt wn v ɖ Britiś oponnts v Modi I inṭvyd wd g on ɖ record. Īvn in ɖ YC, crosñ ɖ BJP brñz trolñ fṛm its acṭvists n, in wn nasti ces, dmandz ɖt ɖ critic’z peṛnts b xpeld fṛm ɖer tmpl.

Crśid n Manicia r nt wel-noun in ɖ YC, bt Rahul Gandi hz ɖ glamr v roylti. Az ɖ sun v Rajiv n Sońa, gransun v Indira n gret-gransun v Jawaharlal Neru, Britiś poḷtiśnz śd wont t mīt him fr ɖ śir s’lebṛtivaly. Wns agn, nt a sngl Cnsrṿtiv ministr or MP wz in parḷmnt last wīc t grīt wn v Modi’z most artikḷt oponnts.

Ẃn Gandi cem t Lundn in 2018, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv Frendz v India sd it wd host an ivnt fr him in parḷmnt. In ɖoz dez, Tōriz wontd gd rleśnz wɖ India bt wd nt tec sîdz in its p’liticl struglz. Or so ɖe sd. Jst bfr Gandi wz dy t spīc, ɖe cansld ɖ rspśn. Indịn jrṇlists rportd ɖt ɖ BJP hd md its unhapinis noun. N in Tori srclz, ẃt ɖ BJP wonts, it gts.

Fr Cnsrṿtivz hu criṭsîz ɖ îdnttipoḷtics v ɖ left, ɖs òt t b ɖ momnt ẃn ɖe si ɖ left’z fes lcñ bac at ɖm in ɖ mirr. Lîc “anti-impirịlists” n Izḷmizm, or ɖ pro-Izreli rît n Zaynizm, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti z nǎ so alînd wɖ ɖ BJP ɖt it z alawñ ɖ most opresiv vrśnz v rlijn n eʈniṣti t dfîn ɖ hol v a rlijn or eʈniṣti. Hinduizm z no longr a spirićl bt a naśṇlist crīd.

Indịnz r no longr ɖ cuntri’z 1.4 biłn inhabitnts bt Hinduz n apruvd mnoṛtiz, huz ples z gaṛntìd, bt nt Mŭzlimz, hu fes rlijs tsts fr mîgṛnts bfr biyñ aśurd v sitiznśp.

Ɖ seklr îdiylz v 20ʈ-snć̣ri India r tù īẓli dsmist az a wstn impziśn. Ɖe wr az mć a riax́n agnst ɖ wst az wstn: sṗsificli a riax́n agnst ɖ Britiś empîr’z atmts t dvîd n rūl ɖ subcontinnt on ɖ besis v eʈniṣti. Nǎ dvîd n rūl z bac wɖ a dmonic eṇji, wɖ a larj porśn v scepgotñ srvd on ɖ sîd.

Ɖ cansl-culćr v s’cterịnizm foloz. Britiś Cnsrṿtiv poḷtiśnz r nǎ taṣtli agriyñ wɖ ɖ BJP ɖt Hindu naśṇlizm oponnts r nt “tru” Indịnz or Hinduz bt r, in ɖ intiṃdetri frêz v Boris Jonsn’z alîz, at ɖ tîm v Brexit, “ɖ eṇmi wɖn”.

Ɖr r dīsnt deṃcratic rīznz fr Tōriz t apil t Indịn votrz. Ɖ refyjīz fṛm ɖ Africn naśṇlist prṣkśnz in Yganda, Ceńa n Tanẓnīa hv bn modl meriṭcrats. Idi Amin n hiz cntmprriz stript ɖm v evrʈñ in ɖ 1970z, bt ɖe fled t Britn n wrct hard t enśur ɖer ćildṛn cd prospr.

Naćṛli, ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti cd apil fr ɖer s’port. Īqli naćṛli, cnsrṿtizm apilz t ɖ mor rīsnt influx v hî-cást Indịn pṛfeśnlz. Ɖ nośn ɖt mnoṛtiz hv a dyti t vot fr left-wñ partiz z itslf a spīśīz v resizm. In hapi ssaytiz, yr eʈnic or rlijs îdntti z nt yr desṭni n it z t ɖ credit v ɖ Cnsrṿtivz ɖt Indịn votrz d nt ʈnc it z ɖ resist parti v leftiś nîtmer.

F plizñ Indịn votrz mīnz nt biyñ oṿīgr t cnfrunt BJP simṗʈîzrz in ɖer mdst, ɖt z deṃcratic poḷtics fr y. It’z hardli az f anti-Hindu fīlñ on ɖ left z’nt olrdi drîvñ ɖm intu Cnsrṿtiv armz. Ɖ dsperñ Lebr MP Navendu Miśra rout in 2021 v a “hîrarci v resizm” in ɖ Lebr parti, n sm grūps, most noṭbli Hinduz v Indịn heṛtij, biyñ “fer gem”.

N ɖen ɖr z Brexit. Ɖr z olwz Brexit. Despṛt fr a treḑīl wɖ India t śo it hz nt śuvd its cuntri intu an unmiṭgetd ic̣nomic n stṛtījic fełr, ɖ Jonsn admiṇstreśn wl bît its tuñ f sîḷns wl hlp it s’kr a treḑīl wɖ India.

Ẃɖr it z steyñ sîḷnt ǎt v nseṣti or ćôs z an opn qsćn. Jrñ hiz tur, Gandi spouc wel abt hǎ ɖ BJP wz “stranġlñ” ɖ indipndns v evri ptnśl sntr v opziśn. “Ɖr z nt a sngl insttyśn ɖt z nt undr atac n it z sisṭmaticli dn. Ɖ jūdiśri, ɖ pres, ɖ byrocṛsi, ɖ ilex́ncmiśn… evri sngl insttyśn z sisṭmaticli biyñ fild bî ppl hu hv a ptiklr îdioḷji.”

Wɖ a fy modiḟceśnz t rflect locl srcmstansz, ɖt dscripśn wd aplî az wel t Boris Jonsn’z Britn. Ɖ Tōriz r nt in an alayns v ilectṛl or dipḷmatic cnvińns. Ɖe r in luv.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Australia has shown how quickly the right can crumble. Boris Johnson, be warned

‘What makes this election feel closer to home is that the Australian right’s thinking remains core to Boris Johnson’s project.’ Johnson (right) with then Australian prime minister Scott Morrison at 10 Downing Street, London, in December 2021. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA
‘Ẃt mcs ɖs ilex́n fīl closr t hom z ɖt ɖ Ostrełn rît’s ʈncñ rmenz cor t Boris Jonsn’z project.’ Jonsn (rît) wɖ ɖen Ostrełn prîm̦inistr Scot Morisn at 10 Dǎnñ Strīt, Lundn, in Dsmbr 2021. Foṭgraf: Doṃnic Lipinsci/PA

Ostreła hz śoun hǎ qcli ɖ rît cn crumbl. Boris Jonsn, b wornd

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Monday 23 May 2022)

Ɖ ǎstñ v śemlis culćrworịr Scot Morisn, n hiz dfit in wlʈi hartlandz, śd snd a śivr dǎn Tori spînz

Gaby Hinsliff

Gabi Hinslif, Munde 23 Me 2022

Popylists cn b bìtn. Ɖr wz a tîm nt loñ ago ẃn fy cd tîp ɖt sntns wɖ confidns, so ɖ ǎtcm v Ostreła’z rīsnt ilex́nz wl līv mni pṛgresivz baṭlñ wɖ ɖ stl unfmiłr snseśn v vicṭri.

Scot Morisn, ɖ nǎ ǎstd rîtwñ prîm̦inistr dubd Ostreła’z frst “post-truʈ” līdr, wz nvr qt a Trumpịn. Bt h wz a śemlis culćrworịr prizîdñ ovr a bungld Covid rspons n insywñ rseśn, plus a clumzi rspons t hî-profîl sx́l msconduct aḷgeśnz agnst parḷmntri colīgz. H dragd hiz fīt on ɖ clîṃtcrîsis īvn az apoc̣liptic fludz, fîrz n drǎts wr cnvinsñ Ostrełnz ɖt smʈñ hd t ćenj, n hoḷdeid in Hwîi az wîldfîrz rejd at hom. Hiz oponnt, Lebr’z Ánṭni Alḅnīzi, wz nt xacli oṿbrdnd wɖ c’rizma n ɖ pṛgresiv vot ivnć̣li split btwn Lebr, ɖ Grīnz n ɖ so-cōld tīl indipndnts, an xasṗretd armi v mnli fīmel canddets plejñ t clīn p poḷtics n tacl ɖ clîṃt. Bt ɖ cōśs Alḅnīzi n hiz mantra v “sef ćenj” – nʈñ tù big or sceṛli radicl – stl md it ovr ɖ lîn, hvñ sīmñli lrnt fṛm a prīvịs Lebr dfit blemd on an oṿambiśs maṇfsto. F eni v ɖs sǎndz uncaṇli fmiłr t Britiś rīdrz, ɖen it’s īzi t si ẃ Cir Starmr’z Lebr parti (n indd ɖ Grīnz) mt sudnli hv ɖer teilz p.

Frst Doṇld Trump, ɖen Marine Le Pen in ɖ Frenć preẓdnśl ilex́nz, nǎ Morisn. Ɖs toṗlñ v rîtwñ doṃnoz criets ɖ sns v m’mntm Britiś pṛgresivz hv bn misñ. Nǎ ɖr r s’xesfl campen arc̣tecs t lrn fṛm oṿsìz, n ny îdīaz biyñ rod-tstd in guvnmnt; ɖr wl b frendz in stṛtījic plesz, phps ny eṇji bhnd globl eḟts t combat ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, n ɖ mral-būstñ îdīa ɖt ɖ zîtgîst mt fîṇli b wɖ ɖm. Y cn olmst fīl ɖ pendyḷm swññ awe fṛm a poḷrîzñ n ultiṃtli grubi ira bac twdz a poḷtics at līst vegli cnctd t truʈ n riaḷti. Or at līst y cn f y wont t badli inuf.

Fr a mor sinicl we v lcñ at ɖs z ɖt tū yirz in, Bîdn’z retñz hv sunc far inuf t gv Rpublicnz plenti v hop fr nxt tîm; Le Pén stl got we tù mni vots fr cumḟt; Alḅnīzi’z vicṭri wz nt ʈumpñ; n Britn’z frst-past-ɖ-post sistm mcs similr Grīn brecʈrūz or pṛgresiv alaynsz hardr hir. Nr z Ostreła, ẃć śiftd rîtẉdz in 1996 jst az Britn wz dwñ ɖ rvrs, historicli a vri rlaybl p’liticl weɖrvên.

Ol ɖt sd, ẃt śd snd a śivr dǎn Tori spînz z ɖt Morisn’z agresivli dvîsiv aproć t iśuz sć az iṃgreśn n hiz psyt v soṣ́li cnsrṿtiv Lebr votrz sīmñli cost hiz parti dir in its wlʈịr, mor metṛpolitn formr hartlandz. Ɖ nagñ fir sm Cnsrṿtivz hv ɖt a dayt v slīz, culćrworz n ʈrets t ter p ɖ Brexit dīl wl onli lūz ɖm Tori vots in Wrɖñ or Suri hz jst pleid ǎt on a big scrīn Dǎn Undr, pṛdysñ rufli ɖ cnd v ilectṛl ri’lînmnt ɖe fir.

Ẃt mcs ɖs uɖ̇wz far’we ilex́n fīl closr t hom z ɖt ɖ Ostrełn rît’s ʈncñ rmenz cor t Boris Jonsn’z project. Priti Ptél’z plan t xport asîḷmsīcrz t Rwanda mirrz an Ostrełn scīm t snd refyjīz t Papya Ny Gini, n ś rīsntli hîrd ɖ man hu ngośietd ɖt dīl t līd a rvy v Britn’z Bordrfors. Lintn Crozbi, ɖ 65-yir-old Ostrełn campenzgŭru hu injôz nir-lejnḍri steṭs in ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, dz’nt prsṇli run campenz eni mor bt h stl tecs ɖ od foncōl; hiz proṭźe Îzac Levido ran Jonsn’z s’xesfl 2019 campen, munʈs aftr hlpñ dlivr a s’prîz vicṭri fr Morisn. Devid Canzini, ɖ ny depyti ćīf v stāf instōld at Dǎnñ Strīt t rstor ordr post-Partiget, hz olso wrct closli wɖ Crozbi. Inṭrestñli ɖ sem qsćnz asct in rīsnt yirz abt Crozbi’z cumṗniz n ɖer past rleśnśps wɖ ɖ fosilfyl inḍstri r nǎ biyñ asct in Ẃîthōl, az ɖ guvnmnt reslz wɖ ẃt t d abt sōrñ gasbilz.

Ɖ Treẓ́ri z viẓbli wormñ t ɖ îdīa v a windfōl tax on ôl n gas cumṗniz, jst so loñ az it dz’nt lc lîc Lebr’z windfōl-tax plan. Bt rports ɖt Dǎnñ Strīt cnsidrz sć a muv “un-Cnsrṿtiv” hv set rūmrz swrlñ. Jonsn hz nvr notisbli cerd ẃɖr smʈñ z or z’nt cnsrṿtiv, f it’s popylr. Bt Canzini cerz. H z clos t ɖ pro-Brexit, lo-tax, stroñli îdịlojicl Tori rît in Britn, sm v hūm olso hapn t b hostîl t ɖ net-ziro ajnda n me prifŕ t si fylbilz cut bî scrapñ grīn taxz (ẃć fund ɖ dveḷpmnt v rnywbl eṇjiz in ɖ longr trm) ɖn intṛdysñ ny taxz.

Ɖ ǎtcm v ol ɖs ranġlñ obvịsli matrz most t ppl hu c’nt pe ɖer hītñbilz, bt it’s a litṃs tst v Dǎnñ Strīt’s intnśnz tù. F ɖ windfōl tax dz’nt hapn sm me bgin t wundr – az an uņemd MP sjstd rīsntli t ɖ Tîmz – abt ɖ guvnmnt’s cmitmnt t ban ɖ insṭleśn v ny gasbôlrz bî 2035. Dz Jonsn riyli wont t g intu an ilex́n argywñ wɖ ǎtrejd pnśnrz hu c’nt aford t rples ɖer sntṛl hītñ? Or z ɖs bold clîṃtpoḷsi tù at risc v biyñ dīmd a “barṇcl on ɖ bot”, ɖt feṃs Crozbi śorthand fr enʈñ ɖt criets uņesṣri frix́n or mudiz ɖ mesij?

Contrri t popylr b’lif, Crozbi dsîplz d’nt jst blîndli run ɖ sem hard-rît campen evri tîm. Instd hiz hōlmarc z claṛti, or ɖ diṣplind reṗtiśn v wn ci mesij cerḟli teilrd t ilectṛl srcmstansz, xcludñ evrʈñ els. Ɖt wz az tru v ɖ Lundn meṛl campen h ran, pićñ Jonsn az a cudli libṛl, az v Levido’z tubʈumpñ “Gt Brexit Dn” campen. Bt campenz r ultiṃtli jst straṭjz fr hlpñ a parti svîv in ofis; ɖ’r nt nesseṛli abt pṛvîdñ ẃt a cuntri acć̣li nīdz. Ẃt’s inṭrestñ abt Ostreła z ɖt votrz sīm t hv bn pragmaticli foc̣st on ɖ latr.

Morisn wz faund wontñ in ʈuṛli practicl wez bî clîṃt imrjnsiz n Covid. Sm v Le Pen’z wîldr îdīaz abt tac̣lñ ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis fél apart undr scrūṭni. Doṇld Trump dd nt mc America gret agn. Simpl ansrz t complex probḷmz apil, bt ɖe d’nt acć̣li wrc, n ẃn ɖt bcmz penḟli obvịs – ẃɖr bcz wîldfîr smoc z ćocñ yr Melbōrn suburb, or bcz yr xportbiznis z c’lapsñ ʈancs t Brexit – ɖen popylists bcm vulnṛbl. Phps ɖ most ysfl lésn t tec fṛm Ostreła z ɖt bad poḷtics cn stl mlt on contact wɖ incnvińnt truɖz. Ɖt fīlñ y vegli rec̣gnîz, bt c’nt qt pt a fngr on? Ɖt wd b hop.

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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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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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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
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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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Tōriz – fr ɖ gd v ɖ neśn, sev yr parti fṛm ɖs moṛl vôd

(Transcription of an Observer article of 17 April 2022)

I nvr vot Tori, bt ɖt’s nt ɖ pônt. Boris Jonsn’z toxiṣti pôznz ol v ǎr poḷtics

John Harris

Jon Haris, Súnde 17 Epril 2022

Boris Jonsn’z dsgres z onli dīṗnñ. On Tyzde, ɖ Hǎs v Comnz wl hír a ny prîm̦iṇstirịl stetmnt on so-cōld Partiget, treld ovr ɖ wīcend az “a pli fr pspctiv”. Bt fṛm eni rīzṇbl standpônt, h wl śrli lc śemd n despṛt. Jonsn rportidli fesz mor fainz fr brecñ hiz ǒn locdǎn lwz – n, bî impḷceśn, frɖr prūf v hiz lîz. Me’z locl ilex́nz, n nǎ a bîilex́n in red-wōl Wecfīld, drw closr. N az h dogidli hañz on t pǎr, ɖ vakm at ɖ hart v hiz guvnmnt z nǎ imposbl t ignor.

Loñ spelz in pǎr tnd t līv partiz śort on îdīaz n dvôd v eni sns v prṗs. Bt ʈancs partli t ɖ prîm̦inistr’z intîrli slf-sntrd unḍstandñ v poḷtics, ɖs guvnmnt’s sns v moṛl n p’liticl rot z smʈñ els agn. A qsćn nǎ scrīmz ǎt fr an ansr ɖt nwn sīmz ebl t pṛvîd: six yirz on fṛm ɖ 2016 reḟrendm n nirli ʈri yirz intu Jonsn’z tîm at ɖ top, ẃt z left v Britiś Cnsrṿtizm?

Tori îdīaz n attydz ɖt wns dfînd ɖ parti hv bn dscardd, or drasticli wìcnd. Ɖ old strand v sntŗît, “wn neśn” poḷtics ɖt riyli wz cnsrṿtiv – scepticl, nonîdịlojicl n yẓ́li opozd t eni radicl ćenj – stl xists, bt z a marjnl prezns, frst sîdlînd bî Ʈać̣rizm, ɖen dlt anɖr blo bî ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti’z fyrịs imbres v Brexit. Ɖ fri-marcit credo Ʈaćr yzd t riinvnt hr parti stl hz plenti v hî-profîl dsîplz (Liz Trus n Riśi Sŭnac amñ ɖm), bt it nǎ fīlz mor lîc a nstaljic cumḟtblancit ɖn a vîbṛnt set v îdīaz – sirịsli wìcnd nt jst bî its lac v ansrz t 21st-snć̣ri probḷmz, bt bî Jonsn’z pṛfest b’lif in ic̣nomic inṭvnśnizm, n ɖ we ɖ pandemic hz średd no end v Tori śiḅleʈs, nt līst ɖer b’lif in lo taxeśn.

Amd ɖ “wor on wouc” n ɖ ranc nastinis v Priti Ptél’z Hom Ofis, Devid Camṛn n Jorj Ozbōrn’z brīf atmt t “moḍnîz” ɖer parti n aqent it wɖ libṛl sośl attydz sīmz lîc enćnt hisṭri. Mnẃl, mni v ɖ s’pozd big ny îdīaz bròt t post-Brexit Cnsrṿtizm sīm t hv olrdi wiɖrd awe, az evidnst bî ɖ gret anticlîmax v “leṿlñ p”: a bit v spendñ hir n ɖr, bt nẃr nir ɖ gret ic̣nomic reḟmeśn votrz wr promist.

T cap it ol, Jonsn’z conduct – or, mor t ɖ pônt, hiz parti’z axptns v it – nǎ ʈretnz īvn its most besic articlz v feʈ. F ɖe wev ʈru lwbrecñ n layñ t parḷmnt, hǎ cn Cnsrṿtivz stl clem t b’liv in lw n ordr n ɖ sañtti v Britiś insttyśnz? Az ɖ damij cōzd bî Brexit pîlz p, ɖ îdīa ɖt ɖ Cnsrṿtivz r ɖ parti v biznis z olso fedñ fast. Fr ɖ fōrsiybl fyćr, ɖr òt t b plenti v rūm in Britiś poḷtics fr a parti v ɖ sntŗît cumftbl wɖ mdrṇti, n ataćt t proṗti ǒnrśp, liṃtd guvnmnt, a cōśs aproć t sośl ćenj n ɖ promis – hvr iluẓri – ɖt ɖ beṇfits v capiṭlizm r opn t evrwn. Bt ɖ Tōriz sīm t b gwñ mć ɖ we v ɖ YS Rpublicn parti, trnsformd ovr 30 or 40 yirz fṛm p’liticli stebl pṛtctrz v ɖ steṭs qo intu a voḷtîl mes v olmst ńrotic obseśnz n aṇmoṣtiz, n cuṛntli jst abt stild bî a c’lectiv b’lif in wn ol-pǎrfl indivijl.

Dspt ɖer sns v p’liticl dce, a mixćr v factrz – ej, deṃgrafics, Brexit, ǎr crīcñ ilectṛl sistm n ɖ fełrz v ɖ Lebr parti – hz cept ɖ Tōriz in pǎr. Bt mni v ɖz ʈñz wl nt last. Ɖ reḷvnt numbrz r starc: olmst haf v Tori votrz r nǎ ovr 65, n 83% r ovr 45. Fr yungr ppl, ɖ ic̣nomic modl crietd bî Ʈaćr n hr érz hz inteild ɖ imposbiḷti v hom ǒnrśp, n ɖr z fedñ inṭrest in ẃt ɖ Tōriz hv t ofr, śrli axeḷretd bî Brex̣ti nstalja n nastinis: in 1983, ɖ Cnsrṿtivz wún ɖ s’port v 42% v ɖoz ejd 18 t 24, bt bî 2019, ɖt figr hd hāvd.

Gvn ɖt dgri-levl edyceśn nǎ sīmz t tilt ppl awe fṛm ɖ Tōriz, ɖ fact ɖt 50% v yuñ ppl in Ñgḷnd nǎ g t yṇvrṣti z a big drîvr v ɖt śift. It z olso wrʈ notñ dīp ćenjz in ɖ culćr n poḷtics v mni plesz ɖt wns gev ɖ Tōriz ɖer most loyl s’port: az hîlîtd bî ɖ parti’z dclînñ fortynz in evrẃr fṛm sbrbn Gretr Manćestr t ɖ sǎʈ-īst cḿtr blt, an incrisñli larj ćunc v ɖ Ñgliś midl clas z nǎ soṣ́li libṛl, īcomîndd n rpulst bî ɖ Tōriz’ incrisñli riax́nri instñts.

Smẃr in ɖer c’lectiv soul, a lot v Cnsrṿtivz prizyṃbli nǒ ɖt ɖer cuṛnt p’liticl luc wl sn run ǎt, bt ɖt nagñ rịlîześn onli mcs sm v ɖm mor dtrmind t uptrn az mni ʈñz az ɖe cn, ẃl ɖe stl hv ɖ ćans. Ɖ rzult z ɖt paṛnôd, flelñ stîl v poḷtics ɖt Jonsn hz dsîdd z hiz bst mīnz v steyñ on top. Eni dstñśn btwn sbstanśl poḷsi n despṛt gimics hz loñ sins dzolvd. Ɖ prîm̦inistr n hiz alîz sīm t hv preśs litl t se abt ɖ evride riaḷtiz v ppl’z lîvz. Evrʈñ sntrz on hiz apaṛntli emoṛl attyd t pǎr n a growñ are v eṇmiz: jujz, “left-wñ loyrz”, brōdcastrz, tīćrz. Ɖ abîdñ impreśn z v ppl wɖ a rebid dsden nt jst fr ɖ cnvnśnz v poḷtics n pǎr, bt fr libṛl dmocṛsi itslf.

In 2020, ɖ Britiś p’liticl raitr Edṃnd Fòsit publiśt a cmpelñ wrc v hisṭri tîtld Cnsrṿtizm: Ɖ Fît fr a Tṛdiśn, huz stori runz fṛm ɖ 19ʈ snć̣ri t ɖ preznt de. “T svîv, let alon fluriś, libṛl dmocṛsi nīdz ɖ rît’s s’port,” h rout. “It nīdz, ɖt z, cnsrṿtivz hu axpt libṛl n deṃcratic grǎndrūlz … Ẃn, az nǎ, ɖ rît heẓtets or dnîz its s’port, libṛl dmocṛsi’z hlʈ z at risc.”

H add: “Wɖ ɖ left in rtrit, bʈ inṭlecć̣li n in partitrmz, ɖ rît cmandz poḷtics at preznt. Bt ẃć rît z ɖt? Z it ɖ brōdli libṛl cnsrṿtizm ɖt unḍpind libṛl dmocṛsi’z post-1945 s’xesz or an ilibṛl hard rît clemñ t spīc fr ‘ɖ ppl’?” Ẃn I rīréd ɖoz wrdz last wīc, ɖ homsecṛtri wz in Rwanda, anǎnsñ a poḷsi on refyjīz sīmñli inspîrd bî a wrc v dstopịn fix́n, ẃl ɖ prîm̦inistr cntinyd t ʈnc h òt t b alaud gt awe wɖ brecñ ɖ lw n ɖen endlisli layñ abt it. Wns agn, it wz obvịs ẃć sîd ɖe hd pict.

Fr eni Cnsrṿtivz hu rmen jenyinli cnsrṿtiv, ɖt òt t b an rjnt rīzn t gt rid v ɖer līdr n at līst atmt t rīc̣nct ɖer parti wɖ chiṛns, sns n ɖ besic rsponsbiḷtiz ɖt cm wɖ pǎr. Mbi ɖ rot z nǎ tù dīp; phps xpctñ eni moṛl cors v ax́n fṛm a p’liticl fors so yst t śemlisnis n cruwlti z a ven hop. Bt f onli t pl ǎr sistm v guvnmnt bac fṛm a cmplit moṛl vôd, f conśnsz wns agn str n a fy Tōriz start t muv, ɖ rest v s òt t qaytli ćir ɖm on.

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Jon Haris z a Gardịn coḷmnist

MOR ARTICLZ Fṛm Đ Gardịn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: They broke the law and are disgraced. Whatever they do now, shame will cling to Johnson and Sunak

‘Breaking the law and lying about it would have seen any other prime minister and chancellor resign instantly.’ Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street, December 2021. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
‘Brecñ ɖ lw n layñ abt it wd hv sìn eni uɖr prîm̦inistr n ćanslr rzîn instntli.’ Riśi Sŭnac n Boris Jonsn ǎtsd 10 Dǎnñ Strīt, Dsmbr 2021. Foṭgraf: Andi Rên/YPA

Ɖe brouc ɖ lw n r dsgrest. Ẃtvr ɖe d nǎ, śem wl clñ t Jonsn n Sŭnac

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 12 April 2022)

Ɖe wl b fr evr foloud bî têlz v ppl hu abîdd bî ɖ Covid rūlz n daid alon – ẃl Dǎnñ Strīt partid

Polly Toynbee

Poli Tônbi, Tyzde 12 Epril 2022

Ɖe brouc ɖ rūlz ɖe set fr evrwn els. Ɖen ɖ prîm̦inistr laid n laid agn t parḷmnt. “Nvr bfr in hisṭri hz a prîm̦inistr brocn ɖ lw,” Cris Braynt, ćer v bʈ ɖ standdz n priṿlijz cmitiz, tld m ɖs afṭnun. “Ɖz r’nt jst rūlz; ɖe brouc ɖ lw.” Jonsn’z ćanslr, asct f h hd atndd tū Dǎnñ Strīt Crisṃs partiz, tld ɖ Comnz: “No, Mr Spīcr, I dd nt atnd eni partiz.”

Brecñ ɖ lw n layñ abt it or mslidñ ɖ hǎs wd hv sìn eni uɖr prîm̦inistr n ćanslr rzîn instntli. Bt nʈñ cn mc ɖm g f ɖe clñ t ɖer posts. Onli ɖer ǒn MPz cn aust ɖm, wɖ a fluri v ɖoz feṃs letrz t ɖ bac-bnć 1922-cmiti ćer. Ɖr śd b kz formñ ǎtsd Sr Greym Brêdi’z dor rît nǎ, bt d’nt hold yr breʈ. Instd, y hír calkletñ pplex̣ti: wɖt ɖm, hu wd b ǎr winñ līdr? Bt fr ɖ sec v ɖer repyteśnz, ɖz MPz śd onli cnsidr ɖ proḅti v ɖer parti.

Mor sntenśsli, ɖe pritnd cnsrn fr ɖ cuntri: a wor z no tîm t dić a līdr. Riyli? In bʈ wrldworz, inadiqt līdrz wr dumt unseṛmońsli fr smwn betr sūtd fr ɖt sirịs n dsîsiv rǒl. Nn v ɖm s’lectd Boris Jonsn xpctñ him t mc a worlīdr. God nz hǎ loñ ɖ wor in Ycren me last, bt ɖ tîm me cm, bfr loñ, ẃn sitiznz acrs Nato cuntriz wl b asct t mc sacṛfîsz, in eṇji, in s’plîlînz, in taxz. An imoṛl lwbrecr hu hz feld t acnolij ɖ grīṿsnis v hiz ǒn bhevyr z hardli ɖ man t cōl on uɖrz t tîtn ɖer blts in ɖ naśnl inṭrest.

Ɖs guvnmnt pritndz Covid hz gn awe, bcz it wśz it hd. It hz ćozn t ignor ɖ hundṛdz v deʈs a de, ɖ hospitlz n ambyḷnșrṿsz oṿẃlmd, pritndñ it’s ol ovr. Bt ẃrvr Jonsn n Riśi Sŭnac g, f evr agn ɖe der fes an unscriptd ōdịns, smwn wl stand p n se, “Mî muɖr daid alon, bcz w obeid ɖ lw” or “Mî ćildṛn hd t se gdbî t ɖer dayñ muɖr on a tablit, bcz w ol obeid ɖ lw ẃl y hld 12 partiz.” Imajin trayñ t doj evri ordnri sitizn hu mt hv a stori t tel jrñ an ilex́ncampen.

Braynt hz a cnstitẏnt, a yṇvrṣtistydnt, hu wz faind £2,100 fr atndñ – nt orġnîzñ – a parti jrñ locdǎn. Mni uɖrz wl wundr ẃ ɖz tū got of so lîtli. T ɖ hundṛdz v ʈǎzndz wɖ penfl Covid storiz, ɖoz Dǎnñ Strīt partiz wl olwz b an afrunt, nt a mir baġtel az ɖ lîcs v Jecb Rīs-Mog pritnd. N fr nn v ɖm wl ol ɖs fed awe bî ɖ nxt ilex́n.

Tori MPz nīd t hír lǎd n clir fṛm ol ɖer ilectrz. Ɖe nīd a frîṭnñ aṿlanć v īmeilz n letrz, tde, rît nǎ. Nʈñ els wl str ɖm t d ẃt ɖer parti wd srtnli hv dn at eni uɖr pônt in its hisṭri.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The UK’s poorest people have been utterly abandoned by this ideological chancellor

‘Rishi Sunak seemed taken aback that so many of the questions put to him focused on those who will struggle most to bear the cost of living crisis.’ Photograph: Simon Walker Hm Treasury
‘Riśi Sŭnac sīmd tecn abac ɖt so mni v ɖ qsćnz pt t him foc̣st on ɖoz hu wl strugl most t ber ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis.’ Foṭgraf: Sîmn Wōcr HM Treẓ́ri

Ɖ YC’z purist ppl hv bn utrli abandnd bî ɖs îdịlojicl ćanslr

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 25 March 2022)

H cd hv ʈroun ɖm a lîflîn. Instd, h z pśñ ʈǎzndz mor intu ɖer rancs

Paul Kissack

Pōl Cisac, Frîde, 25 Marć 2022

I  c’nt rcōl a wrs fiscl ivnt ɖn Wnzde’z sprñstetmnt.

It hd nʈñ mīnñfl t se on ɖ big stṛtījic ćaḷnjz ǎr icoṇmi fesz. Acordñ t ɖ prîm̦inistr, leṿlñ p z ɖ dfînñ miśn v ɖs guvnmnt. Ɖ ćanslr cd’nt brñ himslf t īvn mnśn it. Ɖr wz similrli nʈñ t lrn abt net ziro or ɖ YC’z prodctivtićalinj.

It wz fisc̣li inc̣hiṛnt. Īvn ɖ mîld-manrd Insttyt fr Fiscl Studiz wz left śǎtñ “Ǒ fr gdnis sec” at ɖ nyz ɖt Sŭnac z rezñ naśnl inśuṛns ẃl cutñ incmtax, incrisñ taxz on ppl hu wrc t pṛtct ɖ incmz v ɖoz hu ofn d’nt, includñ landlordz n wlʈi pnśnrz.

Az a set-pìs ivnt, it unravld wɖn aurz. Sŭnac wouc on Ʈrzde t a fl spred v hostîl fruntpejz. Jrñ mīdia inṭvyz ɖt mornñ, h bcem incrisñli ratld n teći. H sīmd tecn abac ɖt so mni v ɖ qsćnz pt t him foc̣st on ɖoz hu wl strugl most t ber ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis.

Ɖs śd nt hv cm az a s’prîz. Ɖ rîzñ cost v isnślz afcts s ol, bt nt īqli. Ppl on ɖ lǒist incumz r at gretist risc, bcz un’vôḍbl spendñ on eṇji n fūd tecs p a hayr pṛporśn v ɖer bujit ɖn eni uɖr grūp. Olrdi ɖe hv nʈñ t cut bac on.

Fest wɖ ɖ gretist ʈret t livñstanddz fr jeṇreśnz, it z imposbl t jusṭfî ɖ dsiźn t līv olmst evrwn at ɖ śarp end v ɖ crîsis ǎt in ɖ cold. Rɖr ɖn streñʈn ɖ s’port aveḷbl, h ćouz t cut beṇfits in riyl trmz, līvñ hǎsholdz in poṿti £445 ǎt v pocit fr ɖ yir ahd; 600,000 mor ppl wl b pld intu poṿti bî ɖs dsiźn. Arnd a qortr v ɖm r ćildṛn.

Ɖ ny taxćenjz ɖt wr anǎnst dlivr nʈñ fr ppl hu r unebl t wrc n ɖoz rnñ tù litl t pe tax or naśnl inśuṛns. Mni lo rnrz hu rn jst inuf t gen fṛm ɖ rîz in ɖ naśnl-inśuṛns ʈreśhold wl fînd mor ɖn haf ɖ gen teprd awe ʈru ɖ subsiqnt rdux́n in ɖer yṇvrsl credit.

Ɖ ćanslr’z rspons t ćaḷnjz on hiz lac v ax́n wz ɖt h hd prîoṛtîzd ppl in poṿti in hiz bujit last ōtm. Ɖt, y mt rcōl, wz ẃn h cut yṇvrsl credit bî £20 a wīc, in ɖ fes v wîdspred opziśn, includñ fṛm mni v hiz ǒn bacbnćrz. Sm prîoṛtîześn.

Dīlñ wɖ a cost-v-livñ crîsis v ɖ cuṛnt scel wz nvr gwñ t b an īzi tasc. It cōld fr ɖ bst tūlz aveḷbl. Ɖ adiśnl £500m anǎnst fr ɖ hǎshold-s’port fund z dworft bî ɖ cut t beṇfits n ɖ scel v nīd ɖt caunslz nǎ xpct t si. Īqli fṛstretñ z ɖ dificlti ppl hv axesñ ẃt litl s’port ɖr z. It mst b sòt ǎt, aplaid fr, n difṛnt crîtiria naṿgetd dpndñ on ɖ locl eria. Mni v ɖoz hu jump ʈru ɖz hūps wl fînd ɖe r ineliɉbl fr eni s’port.

G on ɖ guvnmnt’s ǒn websait n y wl fînd a clu t anɖr tūl aveḷbl. In ansr t ɖ qsćn “ẃt z yṇvrsl credit?” ɖ websait sz it z “a pemnt t hlp wɖ yr livñcosts”. Ɖ guvnmnt spent sevṛl yirz n mni miłnz v pǎndz bildñ ɖ sistm. In ɖ pandemic, it śoud ɖt ɖ guvnmnt riyli wz’nt hlplis in ɖ fes v a crîsis n cd pṛvîd a lîflîn t ɖoz at risc v biyñ dragd intu poṿti. Bt nǎ ɖ ćanslr’z îdịlojicl rzistns t yzñ ɖt tūl mīnz h z cutñ ppl adrift.

Ɖ besic ret v sośl s’kṛti wl sn b at a 35-yir lo. Ɖ impact v ɖs hz bn steḍli growñ clirr. Īvn bfr ɖ pandemic, desttyśn wz rapidli growñ in scel n intnṣti. On ɖ brinc v ɖ pandemic, a larj n incrisñ numbr v ćildṛn wr growñ p in vri dīp poṿti. Ɖ pandemic itslf hd dzastṛs n wel-dokmntd ifcts. Bt most wuriyñ v ol r ɖ pridix́nz fr ɖ yir ahd, az infleśn rīćz a 30-yir hî. Ɖ fact ɖt fūdbancs hv wns agn bn cōld upn t dlivr ɖer vrdict on ɖ ćanslr’z stetmnt śd tel s ol w nīd t nǒ.

Pōl Cisac z ćīf xektiv v ɖ Jozif Rǎntri Fǎndeśn

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: I’ve covered countless Tory mini-budgets. The cruelty of this one shocked even me

‘Surely a chancellor wouldn’t choose to do the wrong things, knowingly, when he has the power to set the country in a better direction?’ Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Reuters
‘Śrli a ćanslr wd’nt ćūz t d ɖ roñ ʈñz, nwñli, ẃn h hz ɖ pǎr t set ɖ cuntri in a betr d’rex́n?’ Foṭgraf: YC Parḷmnt/Jesica Teilr/Rôtrz

I’v cuvrd cǎntlis Tori minibujits. Ɖ cruwlti v ɖs wn śoct īvn m

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 24 March 2022)

Hǎ nîīv I wz t ʈnc ɖt Riśi Sŭnac wd pṛtct ɖ purist fṛm ɖ heviist bloz v ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis

Polly Toynbee

Poli Tônbi, Ʈrzde 24 Marć 2022

Ɖs wz a gret “leṿlñ dǎn”, wɖ tū-ʈrdz v Riśi Sŭnac’s gv’wez in hiz sprñstetmnt gwñ t ɖ top haf v rnrz. At līst ɖ ćanslr hd ɖ gd gres t abandn ɖ wrdz “leṿlñ-up” n “net ziro”, n h bérli īvn mnśnd “pnśnrz” az h impoṿriśt ɖ olrdi pur ẃl gvñ a litl boṇs t gas-guẓlñ SYV drîvrz.

Ẃ b śoct? God nz hǎ mni Tori bujits n minibujits I hv cuvrd in a lîftîm mostli rūld bî Tori guvnmnts, yt stl, smhǎ, I cn b tecn bî s’prîz. Ɖ śir necid vīnaḷti stl tecs mî breʈ awe. Śrli a ćanslr wd’nt ćūz t d ɖ roñ ʈñz, nwñli, ẃn h hz ɖ pǎr t set ɖ cuntri in a betr d’rex́n?

Hǎ pʈeticli nîīv t ʈnc ɖt Sŭnac wd ćūz t enśur ɖ blo dd’nt agn fōl hardist on ɖ wìcist, az w fes ɖ wrst hit t ǎr livñstanddz in ǎr lîftîmz aftr ɖ tripl bloz v fnanśl craś, pandemic n wor. I dd xpct at līst a tocn jsćr. Aftr ol ɖ yirz v Jorj Ozbōrn bujits, ɖ ifcts v ẃć I cronicld wɖ Devid Wōcr in ǎr bc, Ɖ Lost Deced, ẃt idịsi on mî part t hold on t a s’ntila v b’lif ɖt ɖ Tōriz wd’nt cīp dwñ ɖ sem ʈñ ovr n ovr agn.

“W c’nt d evrʈñ” z ɖ ćanslr’z mantra, t g alñsd blemñ Pūtin fr ol ɖ kḿḷtiv damij dn sins 2010. It sǎndz grounup n rsponsbl, n it’s hǎ Tori ćanslrz hv dsivd ɖ public evr sins Marġrit Ʈaćr cmperd ɖ naśnl icoṇmi t a hǎshold bujit, n Ozbōrn clevrli sd ɖ cuntri hz “maxt ǎt its creditcard”. V cors a ćanslr c’nt d evrʈñ! Let’s līv asd ɖ macro-ic̣nomic qsćnz v hǎ h cd, v cors, boro mor wɖ a Banc v Ñgḷnd qontittiv-īzñ program ɖt invsts in evrʈñ ɖt wd dlivr grīn groʈ. Bt wɖn hiz slf-impozd limits, ɖ ćôsz h md r obsin, az wr Ozbōrn’z. Fūdbancs r fludd wɖ faṃliz in nīd fr ɖ frst tîm; cortpṛsidñz t ivict tennts in Ñgḷnd dy t rent dfōlt r p bî 43%; n ɖ maṇjñd’rectr v Îsḷnd sz fūdbanc yzrz r trnñ dǎn rw fūd sins ɖe hv no muni t pe fr ɖ eṇji t cc it.

Ɖ ćanslr’z ǒn Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti spelt ǎt t him wɖ brūtl oṇsti hǎ mć wrs ʈñz wl gt ɖs yir. Bt stl ɖ purist fifʈ v hǎsholdz r set t rsiv jst £120, wɖ ɖ rićist poc̣tñ £480.

Hiz dsrepytbl prîoṛti z t staś most caś in a priilex́n wor ćst – swītnrz n brîbz t win anɖr trm ɖt wd agn rword ɖ havz n noc bac ɖ hv-nots. Hvr, mbi ɖt’s nt gwñ tù wel ɖs tîm jujñ bî ɖ rspons fṛm ɖ yẓ́li sic̣fantic Tori pres. Īvn ɖ Xpres fruntpej on Ʈrzde splaśt, “Ɖ fgotn miłnz se: ẃt abt s?”, pṛtstñ at les ɖn nʈñ fr ɖ old, huz stetpnśnz wl incris bî onli 3.1% dspt infleśn pridictd t rīć 8%, ol ẃl fesñ sōrñ eṇji n fūd bílz. Ɖt’s od, bcz ɖ Tōriz rlî abṣlutli on ɖ pnśnrvot. No dǎt ɖ’l gt ɖer buñ in ilex́nyir – bt wl ɖe b tù dsgruntld bî ɖen?

Ɖ Teḷgraf blasts, “Ɖ bigist fōl in livñstanddz on record” n īvn ɖ Meil struglz t fînd poẓtivz, its fruntpej dmandñ, “Nǎ slaś taxz īvn frɖr” – angri ɖt Sŭnac disrispctd its campen t “spîc ɖ hîc” in naśnl inśuṛns. It dz fînd a nrs hu sz ɖ incmtax rdux́n, ẃć dz’nt cic in untl 2024, z “briłnt”. Ś sz, “It’s a gd sîn n śd impruv ʈñz.” Ś me b wrcñ tù hard cīpñ ɖ NHS gwñ t spend mć tîm on ɖ smōl print, or ś’d si hr pe fōlñ wel bhnd prîsz, wɖ eni rîz ś gts tecn fṛm hr locl NHS fundñ, huz valy, az wɖ ol public srṿsz, wl olso dclîn in ɖs infleṣ́nri yir.

Ɖ ppćl puzl z ẃ so mni vot fr ɖs parti ɖt cnsistntli dz ɖm dǎn n rwordz ɖ wlʈịr? I cd le ǎt ɖ yźl list v rīznz faund in poulñ n foc̣s grūps: it’s nt onli ɖ icoṇmi, stypid. Ɖ Tōriz cīp tugñ on ɖ Brexit rop, a petrịtizm̦īm, wɖ Jonsn dsgustñli cmperñ Britn’z “frīdm” fṛm ɖ YY wɖ Ycreńnz fîtñ fr ɖer cuntri – Sŭnac tugd at ɖ wor in a dsonist plô in hiz spīć yesṭde.

Hvr, ɖs śemfl, śemlis minibujit me marc anɖr stepñston alñ ɖ we t trnñ ǎt ɖz rogz, hu ɖz dez bérli pritnd t d mor fr ɖ cuntri ɖn trî t clñ t ofis, vayñ fr fyćr līdrśp īvn az ɖe snc in ɖ poulz. Lebr z śipśep, ilectbl n ahd. Ɖ Tōriz wl hv dvîdd n śiprect ɖ cuntri fr loñ inuf bî 2024, ẃn ɖ muni Sŭnac dsgresḟli wɖholdz fṛm yṇvrsl credit n public srṿsz me nt bai inuf vots.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe shows her strength, and a sliver of ice-cold anger

‘She wasn’t going to emote for the hell of it. She wasn’t a performing seal’ … Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe speaks alongside her husband, Richard Ratcliffe. Photograph: Reuters
‘Ś wz’nt gwñ t imot fr ɖ hel v it. Ś wz’nt a pformñsìl’ … Nazanīn Zagāri-Ratclif spīcs alñsd hr huzbnd, Rićd Ratclif. Foṭgraf: Rôtrz

Nazanīn Zagāri-Ratclif śoz hr streñʈ, n a slivr v îs-cold angr

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 21 March 2022)

Fr six yirz ś wz a sîḷnt figr, bt hr vôs wz fîṇli hŕd at a Wsminstr presconfṛns

John Crace

Jon Crês, Munde 21 Marć 2022

It wz standñrūm onli in ɖ Mcmiḷn rūm v Portculis Hǎs. Ɖ frst presconfṛns t b gvn bî Nazanīn Zagāri-Ratclif sins hr rlis fṛm dtnśn in Iran wz nt smʈñ t b míst. Fr six yirz, Nazanīn hd bn a sîḷnt figr in a cntinywñ p’liticl drama. Nǎ w wr t gt a vôs t pt t a nem n foṭgraf. Ś wz t b īvn mor impresiv ɖn eni v s hd imajind.

Frst, ɖo, it wz Tylip Sdīc, Nazanīn n hr huzbnd’z locl MP, hu tc sntrstej. Hvñ peid tribyt t hr cnstitẏnts, ś cut t ɖ ćes. Gvn it hd tecn ɖ rīpemnt v an acnolijd dét t s’kr Nazanīn’z rlis, ẃt hd tecn ɖ YC guvnmnt so loñ? N ẃ hd w dtend ʈri Ireńnz hu hd cm t Lundn in 2013 t ngośiet ɖ trmz v ɖ rīpemnt? Śrli ɖt hd onli incurijd Iran t ʈnc tecñ hosṭjz wz ɖ onli we t gt its muni bac.

Nazanīn’z huzbnd, Rićd Ratclif, jst sǎndd plizd t b tecñ a bacsīt at last. Ɖ six yirz sīm t hv tecn a harśr fizicl tol on him ɖn ɖe hv on hiz wîf. H’z ejd notisbli. Hiz her’z greyr n ʈinr, hiz fes mor lînd n hiz wîf joct abt him hvñ pt on weit aftr a hungrstrîc. Mnẃl, Nazanīn lcs litl ćenjd fṛm ɖ greni iṃjz v hr arest at Terān erport in 2016. Hr scarz r ol on ɖ insd n r nt on ɖ tebl fr public cnsumśn.

“It’s nîs t b rtîrñ fṛm campenñ,” h sd, holdñ on t hiz wîf’s hand. Fr hiz ǒn s’port, rɖr ɖn hrz. Tablôd ptreylz v Nazanīn az sm pǎrlis victim còt p in a stori v globl realpolitik hv pruvd wel wîd v ɖ marc. Ś’z a stroñ, pǎrfl indipndnt wmn. Smwn hu nz hr ǒn mînd n livz lîf on hr ǒn trmz. Y cn mes wɖ hr, bt y c’nt brec hr.

Rićd wnt on t se h hd spent mć v ɖ past six yirz in a stet v wêtñ. Nǎ h wz gwñ t hv t gt yst t biyñ. H endd bî seyñ h wz in ō v hiz wîf. Az wr w ol.

Nazanīn – drest in ɖ yelo n blu v Ycren – bgan bî ʈancñ hr faṃli, bʈ in ɖ YC n Iran, bfr gwñ on t se ɖt hr frīdm wd nvr b totl untl uɖr dītenīz – sć az Morad Tābaz, huz eldist dōtr, Roxan, wz olso at ɖ presr – wr olso rlist. Dspt hvñ promist t rlis Morad on frlo, ɖ Ireńnz hd olrdi pt him bac in prizn. Wn prsn’z ilīgl dtnśn dmiṇśz s ol. It wz an xpreśn v hymaṇti n slflisnis.

Ɖen ś let rip. A vri cntrold fyri. Îsi, olmst stīli. W hd bn wornd Nazanīn wd’nt b mcñ eni ovrtli p’liticl rmarcs n ɖt eni sć stetmnts wd b left t Rićd n Sdīc. Onli nwn apird t hv tld Nazanīn. Ś wz’nt gwñ t setl fr enʈñ cozi n hart-wormñ. It wz’nt hr job t mc ɖ rest v ɖ cuntri fīl betr abt itslf.

So ẃl ś luvd hr huzbnd t bits, ś cd’nt g alñ wɖ hiz xpreśnz v ʈancs t ɖ guvnmnt. Hǎ mni foṛn secṛtriz hd it tecn t gt hr hom? It hd tecn fîv ẃn it śd hv bn jst ɖ wn. Ś śd hv bn hom six yirz ago. Hr dōtr hd bn tū ẃn ś wz dtend. Nǎ ś wz nirli et. Nwn cd gv hr bac ɖ yirz ɖt hd bn lost.

Bt ɖt wz az mć az Nazanīn wz priperd t let ɖ mīdia si v hr tru fīlñz. Ɖ rest wz fr hr n hr faṃli alon. Ś wz’nt gwñ t imot fr ɖ hel v it. Ś wz’nt a pformñsìl. Ś wz a wmn wɖ hr integṛti n saṇti t mnten. Nazanīn hd spent six yirz pracṭsñ hǎ t compartmnṭlîz hr imośnz n ś wz’nt abt t stop nǎ. So ś dclînd t ansr hǎ ś hd cǒpt in hr darcist aurz. Or ẃt hr tru fīlñz fr hr captrz hd bn.

Instd, ś pleid it stret. Ɖr hd bn tîmz v dsper. Mni tîmz ś hd bn léd t ʈnc hr rlis wz iminnt onli t b let dǎn. So ś hd lrnt nt t trust enwn or enʈñ. It wz onli ẃn ś wz on ɖ plein ǎt v Iran ɖt ś alaud hrslf t b’liv ś wd b riynîtd wɖ hr faṃli.

N no, ś wz nt gwñ t let hrslf hold a gruj. Ś śd nvr hv bn dtend bt ś cd’nt let ɖt dstrô hr eḟts t rībild a faṃlilîf. T injô ɖ litl ʈñz, lîc bruśñ hr dōtr Gabriela’z her. “I hv traid t līv ɖ blac houl in mî hart on ɖ plein,” ś sd.

Az fr Boris Jonsn, huz cerlis wrdz hd md hr sićueśn incmpaṛbli wrs, ś hd nvr gvn him ɖ saṭsfax́n v letñ him si hǎ mć damij h hd dn. Ś hd noun ś wz pǎrlis in prizn so gev litl ʈt t poḷtics. N ẃn ś onli hd 40 minits wɖ Gabriela, ś wontd t spend ɖ tîm on cuḷrñ n rīdñ storiz. Nt gvñ in t hr cntmt fr smwn hu nvr riyli gev hr a secnd ʈt. Nt mni cd śo sć gres undr fîr.

Wɖ ɖt, ɖ presconfṛns endd n Nazanīn, Rićd n Gabriela md ɖer we ǎt ɖ rūm. Aftr livñ ǎt v a sūtces fr ɖ bst part v a wīc, ɖe wr fîṇli gwñ hom tgɖr fr ɖ frst tîm in yirz. T gt t nǒ ć uɖr proprli wns mor.

Mnẃl, bac at ɖ foṛn aferz s’lect cmiti, Filip Bartn, prṃnnt secṛtri at ɖ Foṛn Ofis, wz biyñ qsćnd abt ɖ dscrepnsi btwn hiz tstiṃni n ɖt v a ẃislblowr hu hd sd ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr hd prîoṛtîzd ɖ ivakeśn v Pén Farɖñ n Hiz Pets fṛm Afgaṇstan ovr Afgan intrpritrz. Nazanīn mt rūḟli hv cncludd ɖt ś wd hv bn betr of biyñ a coc̣pu. Ɖt we ś mt hv còt ɖ Suspect’s atnśn n bn hom yirz ago.

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