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Well they have barely been in power for 8 months but in the UK the Populist Party have had a U-turn once for every month in power. We will brush over the worst Covid death rates and handling of a crisis in modern history becasue that is for another thread, so instead let's focus here on the most inept government's oven baked dither and delay U-turns:

A-level results

What they said
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson insisted allowing pupils to use the Centre Assessed Grades - the teachers' predictions - would be unfair as it leads to a 13% inflation in grades this year. Just yesterday, he told the Sunday Times that there would be no U-turn.

 

What actually happened
The U-turn is yet to be confirmed, but England is expected to follow the other three UK nations in allowing those teacher predictions to be used.

The NHS app, which is being changed to a decentralised system The NHS app, which is being changed to a decentralised system. Picture: PA

The NHSX Track and Trace app

What they said
Security Minister James Brokenshire on why they chose a centralised system: "We think the centralised system actually gives you better visibility on where there might be hotspots."

What actually happened
On 18th June, the government admitted that they were scrapping the centralised system - where all the data is stored separately - to focus on the Google/Apple alternative, which stores data on users' phones. That is the system used by the huge majority of countries around the world.

The app works by tracking people that you are near and if you are confirmed as having coronavirus, it alerts people who you could have infected.

But, as many experts predicted, the Isle of Wight trial showed that the app poor at recognising iPhones. LBC's Ben Kentish reported that Understand that it detected just 4% of contacts by people on iPhone, compared with 75% for Android.

Marcus Rashford won his battle with the Prime Minister Marcus Rashford won his battle with the Prime Minister. Picture: PA

School meal voucher scheme

What they said
Grant Shapps: "It is usually the case that over the summer holidays, free school meals are not available, schools are not there."

What actually happened
Just a few hours after Mr Shapps insisted the government would not be extending the school meals voucher programme, they did just that.

A government spokesperson said that all pupils in England eligible for free schools meals WILL now get food vouchers over summer.

They even effectively linked the change to Marcus Rashford’s campaign, saying the Prime Minister “respects” Man Utd star using his platform for good.

The government struggled with their pledge for coronavirus test numbers The government struggled with their pledge for coronavirus test numbers. Picture: PA

Coronavirus tests

Pledge
Matt Hancock: "We will reach 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by 1st May."

What actually happened
With just a few days to go, the government were well short of that number. Indeed on April 28th, fewer than half that number were carried out. But the numbers shot up and on 1st May, the government proudly pronounced that they had carried out 122,347.

That claim quickly fell apart however. It was revealed that only 73,191 individuals were actually tests, with the government counting both nose and throat swabs taken on the same person twice. It also included 27,497 home testing kits which had been posted, but had not actually been carried out processed.

The number of tests then slid down to below the six-figure number for the next 12 days and only went back over 100,000 on the 14th May.

NHS workers often complained about a lack of PPE NHS workers often complained about a lack of PPE. Picture: PA

PPE for NHS workers

Pledge
Robert Jenrick: "A very large consignment of PPE is due to arrive in the UK from Turkey tomorrow."

What actually happened
This shipment was supposed to contain 84 tonnes of safety equipment, including 400,000 gowns, to protect healthcare workers complaining about the lack of kit. 

That shipment didn't arrive the next day, or the day after or the day after that.

Most worryingly, despite being inspected by British officials in Istanbul, it was later acknowledged that the gowns were not of high enough standard to be used by the NHS.

 

Support for families of foreign NHS support staff 

Pledge
Priti Patel: NHS porters, cleaners and social care staff were excluded from the Home Office scheme, granting families of health workers indefinite leave to remain in the UK if they die of Covid-19.

What actually happened
Critics complained the policy was unfair and LBC's Ben Kentish asked about this at the Downing Street briefing. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden simply said it was under review.

Just 32 minutes after the end of the press conference, the Home Office announced they were extending the scheme to all NHS support staff, with Ms Patel saying: "There are many, many heroes within the NHS, not just doctors and nurses."

The NHS app has still not been launched The NHS app has still not been launched. Picture: PA

Track and Trace

Pledge
Boris Johnson: "A world-beating operation to test, track, trace and isolate new infections will be in place by June 1st."

What actually happened
The system did indeed kick-off at the start of June, but it was not the full programme the government promised. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland admitted the system was not “as widespread as we’d like” at the start.

So far, a manual process has been launched, with people having to list the contacts they had been near in recent days.

The much-vaunted phone app, trialled on the Isle of Wight, has still not been launched. The head of the UK's Test and Trace programme, Dido Harding, has refused to put a timeline on when the app would be launched. 

Migrant Health Surcharge

Pledge
NHS staff and care workers would no longer have to pay a controversial visa surcharge.

What actually happened
Boris Johnson originally defended this plan, suggesting the financial contribution this surcharge raised for the NHS was too important to lose.

However, Tory MPs and peers told him the policy was "mean-spirited and immoral" and with the risk of a House of Commons defeat with a Labour amendment to the Immigration Bill, Boris Johnson announced a U-turn.

A spokesperson said: "The prime minister has asked the Home Office and the Department for Social Care to remove NHS and care workers from the surcharge as soon as possible."

Only three year groups have returned to school Only three year groups have returned to school. Picture: PA

Primary school children back to school this term

Pledge
Gavin Williamson: "All primary school children to be back in school for a month before the end of term."

What actually happened
Some Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils went back to primary school on 1st June. Classes were split so that numbers were never higher than 15 per class. Other schools said they did not have enough space to safely open for children.

Today, the Education Secretary is to admit the plan to get all children back before the summer holidays will not be possible.

Head teachers had consistently said it having everyone back at school had never been a practical possibility.

https://www.lbc.co.uk/politics/the-news-explained/governments-missed-targets-broken-promises/

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42 minutes ago, PaulTW said:

I've said it before but it has seemingly disappeared from the media agenda....how Robert Jenrick is still in his job is beyond me. Absolutely scandalous.

Remember Jeremy Hunt got caught in bed with the Murdock's trying to push deals through for them, didn't do his career any harm.

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51 minutes ago, dynamite red said:

So like any other government.

Not in my 46 year memory. There have been some corkers for sure, but the sheer level of incompetent, fu**witted ineptness must surely hit a high bar.

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Why do so many take on a job they are not good at doing, make a hash of it and pass the buck/blame to others when the buck stops at them......there are some perfectly competent politicians and some perfectly incompetent politicians on both sides....in the workplace private sector they would have lost their job or been demoted or leave on their own accord.... especially when their poor actions and decisions have an affect so many others....... they will have lost the respect of the public and as the face of the company, put the company in a bad light.......good bosses have good and competent people around them.😉

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5 minutes ago, Shrink Proof said:

He's in Greece Scotland, enjoying a well-earned holiday with one of his families.

He goes away a lot, has been ill recently though, who is running the joint on his behalf?;)

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54 minutes ago, winkie said:

Why do so many take on a job they are not good at doing, make a hash of it and pass the buck/blame to others when the buck stops at them......

Because they are only in it for themselves?

 

I have posted before that we are being governed by barely competent managers not leaders. The past 25 years have been so benign (with a few blips) that the current crop at the top don't know much about leadership. Things such as hard work, truth, honesty and setting an example were not on the PPE curriculum. The only purpose of their government as they see it is to preserve the status quo which is why we keep getting these pathetic attempts to "return to normal2. Its their safety blanket.

They are not seeing what the average Joe is seeing...normal as we knew it has already gone.

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I have never known a government who so consistently and spectacularly fails at every single thing it does. Not only do they fail repeatedly, they lie repeatedly, insisting that their failures are not actually failures but stunning successes.

Their denial of reality is so monumental it feels almost as if it is self-parodic. 

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Sadly not enough people in leadership roles are prepared to stand up if they believe things could be done better, stand up for the right thing.....even if they know what is being done is the wrong thing.....far too many yes people and back scratchers in the wrong jobs.;) 

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Hahahaha - this is bad even for the Tories.  Johnson is more a populist demagogue than true Conservative. All great to hang from a zip line with a Union Jack flag, but freaking pointless when the chips are down and Cummings has a hand so far up you that his arm has become his spine.

Cue the Tory bot playbook:

1) TINA

2) Say 'Every Government does it' - As Carly Simon Says 'nobody does it quite as good as you'

3) Claim BoJo/Cummings are 'Listening' to the people

4) 'Dark Forces' are 'holding back' the Government

 

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2 hours ago, Shrink Proof said:

Same person who was running it when he was here - the visionary of Barnard Castle.

The algorithm shenanigans had all the hallmarks of the seeing-eye svengali: an excessive faith in technological solutions; boorish overconfidence allied to a practical naivete. And ultimately, of course, Williamson's refusal to take responsibility for his own conduct.

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1 hour ago, msi said:

Hahahaha - this is bad even for the Tories.  Johnson is more a populist demagogue than true Conservative. All great to hang from a zip line with a Union Jack flag, but freaking pointless when the chips are down and Cummings has a hand so far up you that his arm has become his spine.

Cue the Tory bot playbook:

1) TINA

2) Say 'Every Government does it' - As Carly Simon Says 'nobody does it quite as good as you'

3) Claim BoJo/Cummings are 'Listening' to the people

4) 'Dark Forces' are 'holding back' the Government

 

That Boris stuck on the zipline thing was deliberate as well. Paid to get left up there (allegedly). Why? Photo op, and far better to play the clown than have to actually govern (London riots, money wasted on bridges/water cannons, and a secretary paid to sleep him for starters).

He's a journalist with decades of experience at heart. Knows exactly how to play the media and the proles.

I *think* this government's core support are probably too stupid and stubborn to admit they're being conned.

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