WWhat sprung to me from Andrew Rawnsley’s accounts of all the different factions of the Conservative Party screaming their frustrations was that Boris Johnson was not who they thought he was (“Boris Johnson united all factions conservative – angry with him “, Commentary). The center thinks he is not liberal enough, the ERG and his Thatcherite traveling companions believe he is not sufficiently devoted to the memory of the Iron Lady and Red Wall MPs suspect he is isn’t serious about ramping up.
What amazes me is that this realization that Johnson is a political chameleon is only now starting to be felt. To anyone with even vague knowledge of his pre-prime ministerial career, it was pretty obvious that he was a man with no real political conviction or ideology, other than a burning desire to become “king of the world.” It was also pretty clear that he would say and do whatever he deemed necessary for anyone in order to achieve this goal.
Lord Heseltine said Johnson was the kind of man who waits to see which way the crowd is running, then jumps in front of them and shouts: ‘Follow me! If he could see it, why can’t the others?
Andrew Rawnsley quotes a Thatcherite veteran as saying, âMany of us are worried: is this a Conservative government? It’s time to sort out our terminology. There has been no Conservative government since 1979. Edmund Burke’s founding ideology that the Conservative Party of the day had to keep the best of what there was while moving forward cautiously was the style of government , until its peak under Churchill, Eden and Macmillan. , but was dumped by Margaret Thatcher, who told an aide that she didn’t like the terms conservative or consensus and called the one-party greats “false riders”.
The Thatcherite style has always been to fracture, divide and rule, and the result after four decades has been the worst inequality since the Edwardian era and a divided and turbulent people. Boris’ ‘Pig Barrel’ is just the logical end of it all. Blue anarchists, as Rawnsley himself described them.
Release the vaccinated
Your experts discussing whether we should have vaccine passports do not mention their apparent acceptance, for example in France and Italy, or the feelings of those of us who are fully vaccinated and want to get involved again. in activities (“Should vaccine passports be used in UK? Scientists ask for caution”, News).
I would rather use public transport, go to the movies, visit a museum or art gallery, browse an independent bookstore, knowing that the unmasked person next to me is also vaccinated or now free from infection. If unvaccinated people want to stay home, that’s their choice, but don’t expect me to do the same.
Janice Gupta Gwilliam
Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire
Connect the north
No one in the north expects us to be able to compete economically with London again (âPunishing London will also be a wreck for the regionsâ, Business). We don’t want to kill London, but neither do we want a runoff economy for the capital.
We want businesses to be able to have connectivity across the North so that we can collaborate and increase production. With funding from Westminster this is being stifled, as we saw last week. Nor is the north asking London businesses to relocate north to save on fares or overhead. This model is unsustainable and exudes the belief that we are all part of a great suburban belt.
Companies born in the North work internationally, and its cities do not just âstrive to succeedâ culturally; there is a vibrant scene outside of London. The UK is one of the worst cases of a country focusing all of its resources, political and financial, on an oversized city.
Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester
Eradicate racism in cricket
Regarding racism in cricket, the good manners required to behave appropriately must be cultivated at home and at school moral imperative to change our habits â, Commentary). Bullying, at the root of the cruel and harmful behaviors of racism, sexism and the rest, must be dealt with among the youngest to stop hateful behavior between adults in all team games.
The number of public schools offering cricket is declining, allowing the cricket community to thrive without such an exam. Uncontrolled and unchallenged “jokes” soon turn from bad manners to insulting and harmful assaults on religious beliefs and cultural norms. Begin to develop the necessary consideration in the game with young girls and boys, so we can again be proud of our cricketers, rather than ashamed.
Torsten Bell’s article on âheist powerâ demonstrates the risks of workplace demarcation and over-reliance on individuals, such as great managers and highly skilled leaders (âHaving the power to put a key in the works pays very well “, Comment).
In the 1990s, many employers in the auto industry broke lines, encouraged teamwork and flattened hierarchies. This meant that workers became versatile and that learning resided with the team rather than the individual. Better training and better consultation were aimed at providing greater job satisfaction and better retention. Maybe savvy employers should look at workplace culture and employee development so that they don’t depend on recruiting specialists.
Ryde, Isle of Wight
I will miss the apostrophes
I was worried to read David Mitchell say that my last name was going to be abolished and rather than being called “O’Sullivan” I would henceforth be “Osullivan” or simply “Sullivan” after the abolition of the apostrophe (” A chilling catastrophe punctuated my week â, New review).
It was bad enough when my dentist or library records were misclassified under “S”. With the advent of websites, names with apostrophes were not recognized and had to be written without apostrophe and with a lowercase second letter. Where will it all end?
Eastern Wittering, West Sussex
Children are kk
The Q&A with Sarah Ogilvie (New Review) was one of the best articles I’ve read in ages. My two sons are Gen Zers. I recognized some phenomena, but I also learned a lot, especially the ways of expressing âOKâ, which was really instructive. The article should be required reading for their parents’ generation.
Lindfield, West Sussex