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Boris Johnson is under pressure to explain how the lavish refurbishment of his Downing Street flat was paid for as the furore around cronyism and conflicts of interest in government grows.


Opposition parties have written to the prime minister demanding a formal investigation into the £200,000 makeover "given the gravity of the new accusations" against the PM.

 

Mr Johnson's own former special adviser Dominic Cummings on Friday had accused him of an "unethical, foolish, possibly illegal" plan to get Tory donors to secretly fund the work.

 

As one of his own former MPs declared the prime minister a "vacuum of integrity" who had turned Downing Street into a "lie machine", Labour said Mr Cummings's claims would feed perceptions of conflicts of interest at the top of government.

 

The new allegations come after a torrid political week for the prime minister in which it was revealed he promised a to "fix" a tax issue for Brexiteer industrialist James Dyson after being contacted by text message.

 

Though Mr Johnson claims there was nothing "remotely dodgy" about the episode, it came after questions about how ministers Matt Hancock and Rishi Sunak has responded to lobbying by their former boss David Cameron on behalf of Greensill Capital.

 

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday called for an inquiry into allegations of "contracts for cronies, donations for decorating and text messages for tax breaks".

 

Claiming there was a "stench of sleaze" around the government, Ms Sturgeon said: "It is time for the Tories to put all their dealings into the public domain and let them be properly investigated."

 

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford added: "There are now so many different parts to this Tory scandal that a comprehensive investigation into the workings of this deeply dodgy Tory government is the only answer."

 

Labour's shadow cabinet office minister Rachel Reeves meanwhile wrote to Mr Johnson demanding a "full investigation".

 

“Given we know it only takes a text message from a friend to get the full attention at the top of your government, many people will wonder what personal goodwill could be generated by a secret donation to the redecoration of your living quarters," she said.

 

“Any external financial aid to a prime minister’s lifestyle must of course be fully declared at the time and as the ministerial code makes clear, real and perceived conflicts of interest must be avoided.

 

“I believe there needs to be a full investigation given the gravity of the new accusations from your former chief adviser and the serious implications of other irregularities of this concerning episode.”

 

The Electoral Commission, which regulates political donations, has said it is seeking answers from the Conservative Party over whether any sums relating to the work should have been declared.

 

Earlier on Saturday Dominic Grieve, who served as Conservative attorney general until 2014, accused the prime minister of leading a "cronyistic cabal" at the heart of government.

 

"There's been a constant wriggling about the source of the money for this refurbishment and that's just one illustration of the chaos that Mr Johnson seems to bring in his wake," Mr Grieve told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

 

"And the reason for that is because he is a vacuum of integrity, and this has been apparent for a very long time: apparent to my colleagues who I regret to say elected him or caused him to be elected as leader of the Conservative Party.

 

"And if you have somebody who's a vacuum of integrity, you're going to get this sort of story coming up over and over again. And some people may say it doesn't matter, but I think in the context of trying to ensure good governance and people's faith in democratic institutions, it's really an extraordinary way to conduct oneself."

 

Mr Grieve added: "I have no particular respect for Mr Cummings: both Mr Cummings and Mr Johnson smeared me in September 2019 when they turned the No 10 press office into a sort of lie machine.

 

Independenthttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-dominic-cummings-cronyism-b1836889.html

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And of course the SNP and the Labour party have never been involved in 'sleaze' or corruption of any kind.

 

While these allegations do warrant a full investigation, it also smacks of a plot to smear the Tories ahead of next months elections, and to sway public opinion.

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Just to put something out there as a possibility maybe they needed to shield the building from electronic attacks especially after the Havana syndrome https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55203844'Havana syndrome' likely caused by directed microwaves - US report

 

 

and they don't want to admit it and hide the cost/work etc.

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Just saw a banner on sky news that says:

 

“ Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi says the government has reformed the independent advisor on ministerial standards position so Lord Geit can be proactive in investigation”.

 

I mean, if the public aren’t questioning this then what more can we expect? This is the epitome of transparent corruption but I’m quite sure the public will accept this. Honestly, can you imagine reading that from another country, or how the UK news would report this from another country..

 

 

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This is just being wheeled out to distract everyone from the ongoing destruction of our civil liberties and to distract them from the fact that their new normal is insane. Who gives a fuck about mopheads interior design?

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Just now, Ethel said:

This is just being wheeled out to distract everyone from the ongoing destruction of our civil liberties and to distract them from the fact that their new normal is insane. Who gives a fuck about mopheads interior design?

 

I was just about to post basically your exact words.

 

Perfect. Well said.

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4 minutes ago, DarianF said:

 

I was just about to post basically your exact words.

 

Perfect. Well said.

 

It's so obvious. 

 

Our world is being changed dramatically and people are being encouraged to pontificate over what bog brush head wallpapers his fucking living room with. What the fuck are people doing? How can people be this easily manipulated?

 

 

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Are people really agog with this tosh though? I'm not convinced anyone gives 2 hoots. Just the media & other politicians frenzying themselves while hoping to colour opinion and distract from our gallop towards oblivion.

 

Not that I care passionately about Bojo. I just abhore the lot of them, and want the media especially to disappear up their own orifices. 

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23 hours ago, Deca said:

Just to put something out there as a possibility maybe they needed to shield the building from electronic attacks especially after the Havana syndrome https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55203844'Havana syndrome' likely caused by directed microwaves - US report

 

 

and they don't want to admit it and hide the cost/work etc.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/29/politics/us-investigating-mysterious-directed-energy-attack-white-house/index.html

 

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Washington (CNN)Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious, invisible attacks that have led to debilitating symptoms for dozens of US personnel abroad.

Multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN that while the Pentagon and other agencies probing the matter have reached no clear conclusions on what happened, the fact that such an attack might have taken place so close to the White House is particularly alarming.
Defense officials briefed lawmakers on the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on the matter earlier this month, including on the incident near the White House. That incident, which occurred near the Ellipse, the large oval lawn on the south side of the White House, sickened one National Security Council official, according to multiple current and former US officials and sources familiar with the matter.
 
 
In a separate 2019 episode, a White House official reported a similar attack while walking her dog in a Virginia suburb just outside Washington, GQ reported last year.
Those sickened reported similar symptoms to CIA and State Department personnel impacted overseas, and officials quickly began to investigate the incident as a possible "Havana syndrome" attack. That name refers to unexplained symptoms that US personnel in Cuba began experiencing in late 2016 -- a varying set of complaints that includes ear popping, vertigo, pounding headaches and nausea, sometimes accompanied by an unidentified "piercing directional noise."
Rumors have long swirled around Washington about similar incidents within the United States. While the recent episodes around Washington appear similar to the previous apparent attacks affecting diplomats, CIA officers and other US personnel serving in Cuba, Russia and China, investigators have not determined whether the puzzling incidents at home are connected to those that have occurred abroad or who may be behind them, sources tell CNN.

 

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5 hours ago, Ethel said:

This is just being wheeled out to distract everyone from the ongoing destruction of our civil liberties and to distract them from the fact that their new normal is insane. Who gives a fuck about mopheads interior design?

No no no, this is how the world works now.

 

"Receipts or it never happened."

 

Starmer always sounds to me like he's reading the T&C for some naff competition over the supermarket instore PA. Absolutely devoid of timing, emphasis or interest. 

 

 

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On 4/25/2021 at 12:55 PM, Grumpy Owl said:

And of course the SNP and the Labour party have never been involved in 'sleaze' or corruption of any kind.

 

While these allegations do warrant a full investigation, it also smacks of a plot to smear the Tories ahead of next months elections, and to sway public opinion.

PETER MANDELSOHN AS AN EXAMPLE< TONY BLAIRS INVESTMENTS IN HIS SONS NAME ETC ETC ETC

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The hypocrisy people are dying by the millions in INDIA and their narcissism knocks it off the top news item to mock a john lewis wallpaper photo shoot instead.

Who gives a fcku what his Gf wanted and the mirrors in her bedroom over the bed, its utter BS.

He maxed his credit cards and overspent like mandelsohn bought a cash mortgage 

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maybe he thought he would be the last ever PM, and so lavished his expense account. If he gets ousted though thats 200k he wont get back what a prick, the most expensive BJ job ever and hes paid for it himself utter Boolocks.

Tony blair put all his dirty arab money in his sons trust ccount and bought property in park lane to spy on other arabs and russians, bent as a box of frogs all of them

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On 4/25/2021 at 12:55 PM, Grumpy Owl said:

And of course the SNP and the Labour party have never been involved in 'sleaze' or corruption of any kind.

 

While these allegations do warrant a full investigation, it also smacks of a plot to smear the Tories ahead of next months elections, and to sway public opinion.

The SNP should take note on May 6th when the Alba party takes the regional vote. Sturgeon shaking hands with Billy boy gates made me throw up

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