Boris Johnson has been criticized for alleged lockdown parties at his official residence. The new allegations are likely to worsen the situation for the prime minister.
Update from Friday, January 14, 2022 at 6am: Scandal surrounding the parties is rife at the British Prime Minister’s Government House: On the eve of Queen Prince Philip’s funeral in April, dozens of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s staff are said to have celebrated two lockdown parties at his official residence. As the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday night, a total of about 30 people participated. They drank alcohol and danced.
At the time, there were strict contact and distance rules due to the Corona pandemic. Regulations forced the Queen to sit alone in the chapel of her Windsor residence the next day as her 73-year-old husband was buried there. One of the defining impressions of the pandemic was the image of the lonely queen, touching the hearts of millions of Britons. The anger is greater now. “While she is sad, no. 10,” said Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey.
Although Johnson himself did not attend the April 16, 2021 parties, nor was he present in Downing Street, he is responsible for the conduct of his employees. “I have no words for the culture and behavior at No. 10,” said Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the main opposition Labor Party. The fish stinks from the head.
It is the first known shutdown party at Government House in 2021. So far, many of the festivities in May and December 2020 have become public.
Corona parties led by Boris Johnson cause a stir
The first report: LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to face criticism from the opposition and within his own party. The reason is the so-called „Partygate” case. It is said that Johnson Corona– Throw and celebrate an illegal garden party at Lockdown 2020. Many politicians are now calling for his resignation. Many citizens of Great Britain are also angry.
On Wednesday (12/01/2022), Johnson apologized in the House of Commons. He revealed that he mistook a Downing Street garden party with a business meeting during the first coronavirus shutdown in May 2020. Looking back, that assessment was wrong. The British Prime Minister’s chief of staff invited about 100 staff to the meeting via email and confirmed: „Bring your alcohol.”
UK: Boris Johnson’s apology does not seem enough
It is clear that Boris Johnson’s apology is not enough to his colleagues in the party (the Conservatives) or opposition politicians (the Labor Party). They are calling for the resignation of the current prime minister. But so far, four Tory MPs have publicly called for Johnson to resign, including Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.
In conversations with other party members, the Prime Minister of Great Britain was said to have been defiant. This is what The Times reported. Personally, he did nothing wrong, it was said. According to the report, Johnson only gained time by apologizing, but the resistance within the party alone was too great.
Alexander Boris de Pville Johnson
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June 19, 1964 in New York City (USA)
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“It is over. It is untenable and it is surprising how little support he has within the group,” a government minister reportedly told the newspaper. There is also opposition to the current prime minister. „He apologizes for his arrest,” Labor MP Lisa Nandy said.
After the Corona party: Boris Johnson’s resignation was not explicitly ruled out
How will the uproar around Boris Johnson currently remain open: he has not explicitly ruled out resignation. So far, Johnson has asked to wait for the official results of the internal investigation. In addition to the aforementioned garden party, these parties are taking on other alleged parties in Downing Street during the lockdown.
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Possible Conservative successors appear to be in talks: Secretary of State Liz Truss and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak. Both spoke on Wednesday evening about the current situation. While Sunak expressed her reluctance, Truss Johnson pledged her support.
Johnson can be removed from office by a vote of no confidence. However, 15 per cent of the 360 Conservative MPs will have to express distrust of the prime minister. Officially, the prime minister is still far from it.
But the poll numbers for the Conservatives in Great Britain are not good – according to the Times, the opposition Labor Party’s lead over Johnson’s Conservative Party has risen to ten percentage points. (g/dpa)
In Sweden, drones are a mystery to the police: flying objects have been reported in several locations – even where they are not allowed. This also has an effect on air traffic.
After several sightings of drones in sensitive locations in Sweden According to a media report traffic Diverted course at Stockholm Airport. As the newspaper „Aftonbladet” reported on Tuesday evening, I headed to police Reports of four large-winged UAVs in Naka in the Greater Region Stockholm One.
Air traffic at Bromma Airport, north of Stockholm, was redirected in the evening. The Forsmark nuclear power plant, located 100 kilometers north of the Swedish capital, is also being expanded Drones I searched.
In the past few days, there have been reports of drones popping up in various places in the country where they are in fact not allowed to fly. Since then, these sightings have puzzled the Swedes: it is unclear who or what is behind them. So far, police have only confirmed that drones have been spotted over the Forsmark and Oskarshamn nuclear power stations, about 350 kilometers to the south. Investigations began and were partly handed over to the Swedish intelligence service Sabo.
Because, in fact, the threat of war has increased significantly since last week. Indeed, the diplomatic marathon with talks in Geneva (US and Russia), Brussels (NATO and Russia) and Vienna (OSCE) should at least bring something closer together. This did not happen.
The Kremlin realized what it should have known in advance: the West is not under any circumstances ready to comply with Moscow’s demand for „security guarantees”, that is, to stop NATO activities on the alliance’s eastern borders, promises to end NATO – to give expansion and refrain from deploying nuclear weapons in Europe.
Is Moscow just looking for an excuse to invade with its unfulfilled demand for „security guarantees”? „We are at the end of our patience,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at least over the weekend.
“The drums of war are beating loudly,” said Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). French geopolitical expert Francois Heisbourg of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) also warned that „the risks of war are high”.
What is Moscow doing now to increase pressure on the Americans and NATO?
First, Foreign Minister Lavrov demands that the West respond „quickly” and in writing to Moscow’s demands. Secondly, according to unconfirmed information from the US government, Moscow has planted agents in Ukraine to foment „false flag” unrest in the east of the country. Third: More than 10,000 soldiers have started maneuvers in more than 20 training areas in southern Russia as of Wednesday.
In addition, it seems that Moscow has begun to deploy military helicopters and ground attack aircraft, which should play an important role in the offensive. In total, Russia concentrated about 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border.
Fourth: According to the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), Russia moves Iskander missile systems from the east of the country to the west – and from there, the control centers of the Ukrainian army can then be quickly attacked.
What is the strategy followed by the West?
NATO and the Americans continue to focus on dialogue. The West aims for a longer „process” of talks and wants to begin by discussing some contentious issues such as arms control and transparency in military exercises. Apparently, Moscow has not yet wanted to get involved in this matter.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine
On the other hand, the West rejects the required „security guarantees”, strongly demands the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from the Ukrainian border and threatens to impose „harsh” economic sanctions in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine.
Will Putin be affected by the threat of sanctions?
Better not. Putin knows that it will be very difficult for the EU to unanimously agree to „hard” sanctions because they can sometimes have serious economic disadvantages for different European countries.
In addition, the exclusion of Russia from the international banking communications network Swift will impede international foreign exchange payments by Russian energy suppliers in the import-export business, but it will also severely harm Western banks.
In addition, Moscow has massive reserves of gold and dollars, and has built its own payment platform (SPFS) in recent years, although it is not as efficient as Swift.
In addition, Russian President Putin knows he has enough tools to respond to Western sanctions: if Moscow temporarily turns off the gas tap or damages pipes in Ukraine, many German families could face major problems after a week of cold weather. In addition, gas prices will rise in world markets.
And Moscow cannot harass Europe with regard to energy policy. Putin could also escalate the situation in Syria and Libya to the point that Europe is threatened by new flows of refugees in the spring.
How strong is the Ukrainian army?
One thing is clear: No NATO soldier will intervene in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine because the country is not part of the alliance. Ukraine’s soldiers are now better trained and equipped than they were when Crimea was annexed in 2014. But the air force and navy are shortfalls, and Kiev is clearly inferior to Moscow when it comes to artillery and battle tanks.
So the Americans supplied radar systems, all-terrain vehicles and hundreds of Javelin anti-tank missiles. It is alleged that Kiev also ordered from Washington Patriot anti-aircraft missiles. It would also be useful to get a few thousand helmets and flak jackets from Germany, but in the end nothing more than a symbolic act of solidarity.
Russian Federations are now on three sides across Ukraine. The NATO military considers a false attack on all three fronts conceivable – in this case, the Ukrainian army will have no chance within a very short time.
Corona: Study – the fourth vaccination does not protect against Omicron
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The new variant of the Corona virus by and large bypasses protection from vaccination. The data from Israel also offers little hope. All information in the blog.
According to an Israeli study, the fourth vaccination against corona does not provide sufficient protection against Omicron
In Saxony, hundreds of people protested against Corona deniers
Lauterbach sees no reason to give all the clarity
RKI reported another record occurrence for Germany on Monday
The German Nursing Council expects to lay off many workers in clinics and medical practices due to the duty to vaccinate
Berlin. the number of Corona New infections continue to rise. Report this on Monday Robert Koch Institute (RKI) 528.2 Occurrence – New record value. For many, there is only one way out of the epidemic and that is coronaCompulsory vaccination. But it remains to be seen if this will happen.
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Karl Lauterbach Given the Corona situation, I still don’t see any reason to give everything clear. „I beware not to underestimate Omicron,” the health minister said on Monday at a press conference with Mecklenburg-West Pomerania State Premier Manuela Schwesig in Schwerin. Most of the beds available for intensive care for corona patients are already full with patients coming in contact with alternate delta may get infected.
Corona news, starting Monday, January 17, 2022: a paper by a former constitutional judge questions the legitimacy of a general obligation to vaccinate
11 pm: The former President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Hans-Jürgen Paper, expressed serious doubts about the constitutionality of the general obligation to vaccination. „In my opinion, based on the present state of knowledge and knowledge, one cannot convincingly justify that a general legal obligation to immunize Principles of proportionality will match,” Papier writes in one evaluation, which was quoted by our editors. The issue is not currently ready for a decision. You can read more about paper logic here.
The Board of Nursing anticipates terminations in the event of facility-related vaccination requirements
10:50 PM: The German Nursing Council assumes that the vaccination requirements related to the facility will lead to layoffs in the industry from mid-March. This affects the nursing staff less, but Supporting Activities Like care assistants, Nursing Council President Kristen Folger told our editorial team. The same applies to „kitchen or utility cleaners”. In these occupational groups there is a „fairly low vaccination rate”. Vogler said that some of those employees were considering „changing their jobs if vaccination becomes mandatory in their workplace.”
In the Nursing staff In clinics as well as in the inpatient and outpatient area, the association fears „reducing layoffs of professionals who give up their jobs because of vaccination requirements. And the vaccination rate is high there,” Folger said. This generally applies to health professions „but there is also a small percentage who definitely do not want to be vaccinated”.
Health ministers want to ease medical practices in Omicron موجة wave
10:38 PM: Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the health ministers of the federal states are committed to Outpatient medical care to support and relieve. As a result of the Omikron wave, more patients with milder courses of the disease are expected to be cared for in the doctor’s office, said the chair of the Conference of Health Ministers, head of the Saxony-Anhalt department. Petra Grimm-Benny (SPD), after switching the video on Monday night.
the Health Ministers Conference So you want to ask the Federal Ministry of Health to examine, among other things, the regulations for telephone sickness reports for respiratory diseases and in hours of video consultation. According to the information provided, the committee is also committed to reintroducing the rescue package of practices from 2020 to protect the infrastructure of the contracted physician, especially in the event of a large number of staff shortages or if non-acute treatments are postponed.
Once again, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets against Corona’s measures
9:53 pm: As on previous Mondays, thousands of people across Germany have taken action against the Corona measures and the possibility of it happening in the evening Compulsory vaccination proof. The protests were from someone big police force In many places it is accompanied by counter-demonstrations. At first there were only a few accidents. Meetings were broken up several times because the police could not find a leader or because the duty to protect the mouth and nose had been violated.
According to the police, thousands of people protested the Corona measures in Berlin. One of the largest demonstrations moved from Alexanderplatz in the direction of the Brandenburg Gate, where, according to the sign, “vaccinated and unvaccinated against compulsory vaccination” took place. Few people were wearing masks. A car’s loudspeaker rang out: „Merkel, Spahn, Steinmeier, Drosten to prison.” Before ZDF Capital Studio The train stopped on an intermediate march. One of the speakers insulted the „German media” which was „compatible” as in 1933, and also spoke of the „false press”.
An Israeli study: the fourth vaccination is not enough
8:38 pm: fourth Corona vaccination It does not provide sufficient protection against the omicron variant, according to an Israeli study. Professor Gili Regev of Sheba Hospital near Tel Aviv said infection was also observed in people who had been vaccinated four times. Two weeks after the fourth dose of preparation Biontech/Pfizer, a 'gentle increase’ in antibodies could be observed.
Their number is slightly higher than after the third vaccination. „But this nice value is not enough for an omicron.” Regev emphasized that these are interim results of the study, so she does not want to give more accurate numbers.
About 150 study participants received a fourth dose of the vaccine from Biontech-Pfizer two weeks ago. A week earlier, another 120 participants had received their i.v. vaccination after three doses of Biontech/Pfizer modern.
Regev said it is the world’s first attempt at a fourth vaccination with combination vaccines. The results for the two groups after a week are very similar. „We don’t see much difference.”
National handball team: Five other positive players
8:34 pm: Before the final match of the preliminary round of German handball players in the European Championship against Poland, the result of the test of five players came positive. This means that a total of seven players will miss the match on Tuesday.
Protests in Saxony against Corona deniers
8:23 pm: in several Saxon cities Hundreds of people took to the streets Against Corona deniersProtest against vaccination of opponents and conspiracy theorists. In Leipzig, it gathers between 400 and 500 people, including nursing staff and medical students, under the motto „Situation Presentation”. They have campaigned for collective action and shown solidarity with medical students in Dresden, who symbolically stood around the university clinic there on Thursday. Due to the large number of participants, they were fined. There were also demonstrations in Chemnitz, Dresden and Zwickau against the ongoing protests against the Corona policy.
The far-right Frey Sachssen party had called for protests in more than 150 locations in the Free State. Hundreds of opponents of the state’s measures against Corona and opponents of vaccination took to the streets again. According to police, about 650 people gathered in downtown Bautzen, among other places. Among them were nurses who protested against compulsory vaccination at work. According to observers, up to 1,000 opponents of Corona gathered in Freiberg.