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merciantory

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2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Why the Cabinet Office... · 0 replies · +1 points

Very true. The perceived high fliers get transferred almost as soon as they get to know what they are talking about. Of course, as this is also the case for Ministers, maybe that is a necessary check to stop ignorant Ministers being dominated by expert civil servants. Mutually Assured Amateurism?

2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Why the Cabinet Office... · 1 reply · +1 points

I am so glad this website does not allow the use of green ink...….

2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Why the Cabinet Office... · 0 replies · +1 points

That is simply untrue. The average daily death rate has been falling for some weeks. Of course, that might change as a result of relaxing lockdown.

2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Why the Cabinet Office... · 0 replies · +1 points

Good post, lured a bit off-topic by zaph239's ill-informed prejudice.

2 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Why the Cabinet Office... · 0 replies · +1 points

"Has it occurred to anyone, that if we recruited our senior staff from the state sector, as well as a tiny number of private schools......…."

Has it occurred to you that we do?

19 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's Common... · 0 replies · +1 points

"just does not seem up to the job " "resorts to repetition, embellishment and obfuscation" "what passes for an answer" "intellectual weakness coupled with his well-known character defects" "an apparently untempered willingness to bend the truth " "we are very certainly not in safe hands" "Johnson has lost political judgment" "nothing without this unelected advisor" "quite pathetic" "embarrassment"

Adjectival and couched entirely negatively. All opinion, no fact. Not much point in trying to dress it up as balanced analysis, which it isn't. You just don't like him.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's Common... · 0 replies · +1 points

There is a fundamental difference here. After arguing about all the detail, most people can accept that, even if Cummings made an error of judgement, it was an understandable one, as the father of a vulnerable child. A lot of people have admitted that, in a similar position they might have made similar decisions. That is surely in a different category from just wanting some quality time in your weekend cottage, or with your (married) mistress. Unless you want to lump all breaches into the same pile - arguable/ clear, major/minor, etc, Cummings falls in the same category as Stephen Kinnock, not Ferguson. And I don't recall an equivalent media storm over Kinnock.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's Common... · 2 replies · +1 points

Which you could have summarised in 4 words "I don't like him".

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's Common... · 0 replies · +1 points

"He is after all a back-room person dealing in statistics and strategy. That is where he is needed and where he should stay."

I have very little doubt that, were you able to ask him, he would agree with you, wholeheartedly.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Gimson's Common... · 0 replies · +1 points

My worry is that the Tory party nailed its colours to the Brexit mast at the last election and that is a far more important issue than Cumming's travel arrangements. Some of the Tories wanting Cummings to go are of the Remainer rump, and their views, if blinkered, are understandable. But the Leave Tories attacking Cummings because they don't like him are acting like fools, and need to re-acquaint themselves with the bigger political picture.