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Without apparently noticing the irony, #JohnsonthecorruptPM claims that the Conservatives are the party of law and order...

... what he means is that he is making sure that there is one law for the party and quite another for us ...…

... where he and his donors can plunder the UK without interference from the courts or anyone else.


John Major summed up Johnson's government rather well.

"There is a general whiff of 'We are the masters now' about them"


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As John Major said:

“The concept that [the Cabinet] care for the NHS is odd: Gove wants to privatise it; Boris wants to charge people for using it; and Duncan Smith wants an insurance system. The NHS is as safe with them as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python.”
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Were you made aware?
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Were you aware of how poorly ours has performed?…
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