Posts Tagged ‘Tories’

The Party’s Over: No. 10’s COVID BYOB Affair

January 13, 2022

Above: Dame Shirley Bassey delivers the news.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, British/American stand-up comediancricketer, and former London Lord Mayor, the Monty Python character currently serving as UK Prime Minister, is well in it for a spingtime garden party at his current abode, No. 10 Downing Street. It was a “bring your own bottle” party for staff. Very plesant-sounding. So why is everyone giving him stick?

The boozy party was on May 20, 2020, during a COVID lockdown strickly limiting outdoor gatherings and imposing fines up to £10,000 ($13,715) on violators. On that same day, there were 328 COVID-related deaths in the UK.

Mr. Johnson apologized before Parliament, but “Partygate” might be the scandal that finally gets BoJo made redundant and booted from office.


“‘The party’s over, Boris’: what the papers say about Johnson’s No 10 crisis,” Graham Russell, The Guardian

“What next for Boris Johnson after his party apology?” Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News


“Boris Johnson’s staff accused of more rule-breaking parties inside No 10,” BBC News

“On eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, Downing Street held lockdown parties,” Karla Adam, Washington Post

“Met police accused over failure to investigate No 10 lockdown parties,” Vikram Dodd, The Guardian

“Nobody warned me drinks event was against rules – Boris Johnson,” BBC News

“‘In the Name of God, Go’: Boris Johnson Told to Resign Over Boozy Lockdown Parties,” Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

Updated Updates:

“Boris Johnson ‘birthday bash’ added to list of alleged lockdown parties,” William Booth, Washington Post

“London police to investigate Downing Street parties during lockdown, raising stakes for Boris Johnson,” William Booth, Washington Post

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Monty Python Character Appointed UK Foreign Minister

July 21, 2016

Monty Python Character Appointed UK Foreign Minister

British/American stand-up comedian, cricketer, and former London Lord Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (Boris Johnson) is now a minister in the cabinet of new UK PM Theresa May. What portfolio does one select for a politician who insulted nations, races, and leaders of governments all over the Continent and the world? Foreign Secretary, the nation’s chief diplomat

Le Monde views Mr. Johnson as “a Monty Python-style politician who appears to avoid taking things seriously,” but the Guardian says he’s no joke at all.

So how did Mr. Johnson do at his first press conference? A complete Horlicks (big mess).



June 29, 2016

After an ill-advised referendum last Thursday, British citizens woke up horrified to learn they had voted to exit from the European Union. United Kingdom politicians are hemming, hawing, stalling for time, and even calling for a do-over vote. EU members aren’t having it. Their message to the UK: Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

It’s going to be a messy divorce, really ugly. Expect a custody battle over Scotland, Gibraltar, and Northern Ireland. And the UK can forget about being a Norwegian-style “friend with benefits.”

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Tea Party Brain

January 8, 2011

Tea Party Brain

A scientific study at Britain’s University College London finds that conservative brains have a larger “fear center” and smaller center of courage and optimism. No wonder the Tea Party hates science and foreigners.

Brain scans found that political conservatives tend to have a larger amygdala,  often called  the “primitive brain,”  the structure responsible for emotions like fear. Conservatives also seem to have a smaller anterior cingulate,  the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.

If this news makes you want to check your own amygdala, you can’t miss it. It’s that almond-shaped mass in the temporal lobes adjacent to the hippocampus.


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