No time for tweaking
+I only discovered yesterday that the public were being invited to submit questions to be ‘answered’ at the daily No.10 5pm party political broadcasts. So I immediately submitted a simple question: Why has the UK seen more deaths from Covid-19 than most other countries? I thought it best to keep the question as short as possible. The trouble with the journalists’ questions at these briefings is that, e.g. with Robert err . . ummm. . . Peston, they dress their questions up in such a verbose bouffant of self-referential ‘look at me’ importance people may easily lose interest in what the question was, and so when they don’t hear a precise reply it’s usually because the question was overly lacquered in the first place (it’s the lacquer that keeps the bouffant in shape I believe). But here we are, I shouldn’t want to be seen being too negative. Taking, or asking the public’s questions is after all, just another one of those little innovations introduced by one J. Corbyn when he was doing PMQs. Then of course Tory MPs ridiculed him. Now they’ll all be thinking this shows how Johnson is back in charge—i.e. always looking for a little ruse with which to distract the commentariat.
+It has so far been left up to a backbench Labour MP Peter Kyle, and former shadow chancellor John McDonald to suggest that corporations which do not pay their fair share of UK taxes on profits earned in the UK should not receive government bailouts. Checking on the latest statements from Annaliese Dodd, Labour’s current shadow chancellor I have yet to find support for that idea. On her Twitter account there’s a long letter dated 27th April with lots of detailed questions to the chancellor, all very sensible—and managerial. I hope we can rise above just the managerial and show some radical imagination. The situation demands it. This goes for Keir Starmer too. It's the old Vision thing.
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