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Nice one Pompui - BJ has plenty of detractors. The book is worth a read to get the full perspective. ATB
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Boris Johnson took to Facebook Live to speak to us from Downing Street. It's good to see him engaging with us.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY5o5bybAGQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY5o5bybAGQ</a>


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Alfie I wonder if this is to be regular BJ feature ?  Let's see how it goes - I hope it doesn't descend into the sort of chaos that Trump has wreaked in the USA with his Tweets  ::)
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Come on BJ - head held high (ish) in the face of a tsunami of abuse both political and personal.

"Boris Johnson is unstoppable. Literally. His interviewers can’t get a word in edgeways. Because the man simply will not stop talking.

Quite plainly, it’s a deliberate and well-honed technique. Call it the juggernaut, because that’s what it’s like: the helpless interviewer is utterly drowned out by a vast onrushing juggernaut of bluster, 10 solid tons of thundering waffle. BLAM! At maximum speed the juggernaut roars straight through all obstacles, traffic cones scattered, crash barriers crushed, its driver hell-bent on just blasting on through, zooming away from whatever question he’s been asked by babbling out buzzwords and unrelated policy announcements for whole minutes on end, louder and faster, louder and faster, the interviewer now no more than a frantic dot in his rear-view mirror
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/10/01/boris-johnson-bbc-interviewers-nightmare-simple-reason/?
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Anyone listen to BJ in Parliament yesterday ?

I thought he performed very well and IMO, if we ever get an election and the Tories win, he will make an excellent Prime Minister and get things done in (hopefully) a positive post-Brexit era. Good to see his energy and competence  8)
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I'm impressed - a Boris tree shake on the way ?   ;)

"So Boris and his ministers will not be attending Davos, next month's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps. This is one contribution to reducing carbon emissions that is to be welcomed. No doubt we will be told by the Left that the fact that he does not want to fly to an expensive ski resort to hob-knob with the global elite is because he is insular and narrow-minded. In reality, this decision fits perfectly with a more complex political strategy. . . . . . .

. . . .This is just one of many areas where the economic liberals in the Conservative Party can unite with its new voters to oppose the forces that have the veneer of being pro-business but, in reality, have created a culture which is hostile to a free economy
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/12/18/course-pm-right-ditch-davos-corporatist-charade-has-nothing/
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 :o  Bye bye Chancellor Javid . . .

IMO Boris may have made a good move - over decades Chancellors seem to have dominated rather than implemented the policy of the Cabinet in the best way. Perhaps it's a good thing to have a joint team of Advisors for No's 10 and 11.

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:o  Bye bye Chancellor Javid . . .

IMO Boris may have made a good move - over decades Chancellors seem to have dominated rather than implemented the policy of the Cabinet in the best way. Perhaps it's a good thing to have a joint team of Advisors for No's 10 and 11.

When you think how Hammond and his remainer advisors obstructed Brexit and thus democracy, and many advisors were still not sold on Brexit, plus the fact Javid simply didn't come across as dynamic enough and as Johnson doesn't want history repeating itself with his Chancellor, his ultimatum of do it my way, or no way, was for him, a shrewd move. Only time will tell if it was a wise move, but so far, breaking up the old order, has worked for him.

What I hope now is that after a few upheavals, that secretaries and ministers of state are given time to settle into and master their roles. Blair chopped and changed ministers following a policy of divide and rule, but I had first hand direct experience of how this impacted on ministers and the domains they controlled.  It really had a knock on, negative effect on my line of work.