Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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    Brydo
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    Political journalists boycotted a Downing Street briefing on Monday after one of Boris Johnson’s aides banned selected reporters from attending.

    The confrontation took place inside No 10 after Lee Cain, Johnson’s most senior communications adviser, tried to exclude reporters from the Mirror, the i, HuffPost, PoliticsHome, the Independent and others from an official government briefing.

    At a time of escalating tensions between Downing Street and the media, Labour accused Johnson of deploying Donald Trump-like tactics to avoid scrutiny.

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    The incident happened in the foyer of No 10 when journalists on the invited list were asked to stand on one side of a rug, while those not allowed in were asked by security to stand on the other side.

    When Cain told the banned journalists to leave, the rest of the journalists decided to walk out collectively rather than allow Downing Street to choose who scrutinises and reports on the government.

    Among those who refused the briefing on the UK’s trade negotiations with the EU were the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, ITV’s Robert Peston, and political journalists from Sky News, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Sun, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

    The briefing was due to be given by government officials, who are meant to be politically neutral, but did not happen because of the walkout.

    The tactics from No 10 echo those of Trump in the US, who has been known to try to exclude journalists from reporting on his activities, and represents an escalation of Johnson’s tensions with the media, which have been increasing in recent weeks.

    Johnson’s communications team has banned ministers from appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, boycotted ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and declined to appear on Channel 4 since before the election.

    Ministers have also been told not to have lunch with political journalists, and it was briefed at the weekend that Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s senior adviser, had established a “network of spies” to find out whether other special advisers were fraternising with the media.

    The BBC in particular is braced for a coming battle with the government after Johnson signalled during the election that he would consider scrapping the licence fee. A thinktank run by Cummings in 2004 advocated an end to the BBC’s funding model and described it as a “mortal enemy” of the Tory party.

    Broadcasters have also been unhappy that the prime minister’s Brexit day “address to the nation” was filmed by Downing Street rather than a crew from a TV network, as would usually be the case.

    Some of Johnson’s recent hires as special advisers include those with specialisms in film production and photography, prompting speculation that he is increasingly intending to bypass the media. The prime minister has recently launched so-called “people’s PMQs” sessions in which he reads out pre-vetted questions and answers them himself in an attempt to speak directly to the public.

    There have also been signs that No 10 is trying to shake up its relations with political journalists, who are collectively known as the lobby. Political journalists have already complained about No 10 changing the location of its daily briefings with the prime minister’s official spokesman from a room in parliament to Downing Street, meaning they are now held on government territory.

    There have previously been problems with some journalists being denied access, but these have largely been to political, rather than government, events. During the election campaign, the Mirror was excluded from following Johnson’s campaign on his battlebus after Tory complaints that its online coverage was not balanced.

    Earlier on Monday, Downing Street also limited access to Johnson’s keynote Brexit speech to one journalist per outlet, which meant some sketch writers who satirise the prime minister were unable to attend.

    After the walkout, a senior No 10 source said there had been a normal briefing for all lobby journalists after the prime minister’s speech and that the later one was a “smaller, selected briefing for specialist senior journalists”. The source said “a number of uninvited journalists barged into No 10 and demanded to be part of it” but were told they could not attend.

    The banned journalists who tried to attend the briefing had passed through Downing Street’s security scanners, shown their parliamentary passes and knocked on the door to gain entry. All the invited journalists were political editors rather than Brexit specialists.

    Labour said the move by Johnson’s team showed the prime minister was “resorting to tactics imported from Donald Trump to hide from scrutiny”.

    Tracy Brabin, the shadow digital, culture, media and sport secretary, raised a point of order about the No 10 walkout in the House of Commons, prompting Eleanor Laing, the deputy speaker, to say journalists must be treated with respect.

    “Press freedom is a cornerstone of our democracy and journalists must be able to hold the government to account,” said Brabin. “The future trade agreement with the European Union is an issue of great public importance and interest. Those gaining access to such important information should not be cherry-picked by No 10.”

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

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    joss
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    I read this earlier and to be honest, I am not surprised at BoJo trying to hide from scrutiny.

    Accountability to the electorate is zero. What we will be fed is his propaganda, Managed and staged by his new production team. Cutting out the media all together.

    The public will be fed bullshit like never before. Thankfully we do have some quality journalist who will report the truth.

    Joss
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    Tharg
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    Hi anyone

    Simple question – how do I delete or edit a post? Would like to remove my latest one here. Have registered and subscribed but cannot find anything anywhere telling me how to do it???

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    Brydo
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    Tharg the edit function is only usable for a short period of time and can be found above your name when you make a post. It sits beside “reply” and “quote”.

    Not to worry though just email wmc and he will remove it. We all occasionally write things in the heat of the moment only to later on regret it. I have done this many many times lol.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

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    All done for you.

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    Brydo
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    Joss I still can’t believe so many people were conned into voting for Trump mini me and just like Trump he will abuse anything he can. Those who voted for him, I believe, will live to regret it but I fear the damage will be done and irreversible before he can be removed.

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
    Anything i post over three lines long please assume it is an article lol.

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    joss
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    That is a fair assumption Brydo. the chief EU negotiator has already said that boris has broken his promise on agreeing to a level playing field. Regarding trading terms.

     

    Joss
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    fwippers
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    I see Trump has been acquitted.

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    Brydo

    What’s your thoughts on that fwippers?

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    fwippers
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    A good question . difficult to comment as we don’t have all the facts. Time 4 dinner.

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    Delta4427
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    Cant muster any sympathy for journalists not since Hillsborough and the phone hacking that was sorted with large cash payouts.

    They have to remember they are just journalists and not the elected voice of the people imo

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    Colin
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    I think it’s safe to say that, as every member of his party voted not guilty, and every member of the Democrats voted guilty, that the entire thing was a complete sham where absolutely no-one took any notice whatsoever of any evidence and just voted the way they were told to, which frankly was always going to happen which has made the entire impeachment thing a complete joke from the start. The Democrats announced they were going to impeach Trump THEN went looking for reasons to do so which, in itself, is ridiculous.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by  Colin.

    "Man is born in freedom, but he soon becomes a slave, in cages of convention, from the cradle, to the grave."

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    brydo

    There was never any doubt trump would be acquitted but he is still impeached and that can’t ever be removed from him. The system is a partisan joke however and the country’s entire presidential system needs a total overhaul but they don’t seem to realise it. There are no hard and fast rules as to what is required when the impeachment comes to the senate. The Republicans decided there would be no witnesses, a trial without witnesses is no trial at all. John Bolton, Trumps former national security advisor and more Trump than Trump himself indicated he would testify that Trump did use strong arm tactics on Ukraine to obtain “dirt” on a political opponent. The senate with a Republican majority voted not to hear it; a shambles.

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    Colin
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    Are you sure about the impeached thing?? From my understanding, all the Senate did was file charges, of which, having now been acquitted are null and void.

    I’ll ask the (US Citizen) wife – she might have a better idea

    "Man is born in freedom, but he soon becomes a slave, in cages of convention, from the cradle, to the grave."

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