A Tory Said What: February 2021

January turned into February and although we are now several days into March 2021, I am back with the February 2021 edition of A Tory Said What. So, what is the point of these posts?

Do you ever feel like the Government are not being honest with you? Do you think they are lying? Or attempting to gaslight you? Or, have they said something that sounds so bizarre that you may think they did not actually say it at all? Well, that’s what I try to bring attention to with these posts. read more

A Tory Said What: January 2021

A new year is underway and while I initially aimed for this month to be the first one back for the ‘A Tory Said What’ series of posts, it is the second since I decided to start doing these posts again.

These posts were originally halted as it was immensely difficult to keep up with the number of lies, misinformation that was spread, especially after the rise of Boris Johnson to Prime Minister [Pictured in the feature image above from Manchester Evening News]. However, I then remember this quote from Joe Biden’s inspirational inauguration speech on January 20th and it reminds me why the amount of lies, misinformation and gaslighting from the Government infuriates me so much, especially while we are stick with ‘Britain Trump’ for the foreseeable… read more

A Tory Said What: December 2020

Yes, A Tory Said What is making a return. For those of you new to this blog, I attempted to from late 2018 to try, where I could, to fact check comments made by Tory MP’s that were false or alarming. These posts stopped not long after Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, as I just could not keep pace with the amount of false and/or potentially misleading claims they were making.

I was going to restart the posts in 2021 but once I had made that decision the urge of wanting to point out their lies and my head just exploding whenever I heard these comments on the news made me start early. These posts are basically, me trying to get this stuff off my chest. read more

Critique of the UK Government’s shambolic handling of the pandemic

Coronavirus. It feels a long time ago since Brexit was the big cat in the room and that was only a couple of months ago. I have been anxious to write on this topic because as someone who is at increased risk of complications if I get it (for those who don’t know, I am diabetic; that account for 26% of underlying conditions in England) it terrifies me. It literally scares the crap out of me! However, If the worst were to happen this may be my only chance to voice my concerns on it ok!

It was 23rd March when the Prime Minister announced measures that amounted to the biggest curb on our civil liberties ever in modern British history outside of wartime. The UK is on lockdown of sorts, following in the path of other European countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland in a bid to curb the transmission and spread of the new novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The lockdown measures are relatively lax compared to some other countries and while it was a necessary move and universally praised as a look at my Facebook feed that Monday evening suggested, it is one that I felt was overdue.

Yes, this post will be critiquing the approach the government has taken in handling this epidemic. Criticising them has not been a cool thing to do at present. As people who know me know, I am a socialist and I often get told I criticise them whatever they do, or if it were a Labour government I would not be so critical. If Labour’s record was anywhere near the record of the current government, trust me I would be saying the same. I have also seen a lot of posts saying this is not a time to be political or that Boris Johnson is doing a good job and doing the best he can. The final assertion is a fair point. Boris Johnson, we must assume is doing what he feels is the best job he can and he cannot be faulted for that. However, at this time holding the government to account, regardless of your views in an objective way (as I hope to do in this post) has never been more important… read more

A Tory Said What: August 2019

August and with MPs on their summer recess from Parliament, I would have expected this post to be pretty short. You would have imagined there was less time for any government MP to say something factually incorrect, alarming or concerning which is what these posts aim to do. However, with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister that was probably never going to happen. In fact, I could probably get a post just out of his comments alone.

So, what were the highlights for the government? The latest Q2 figures show that the economy shrunk meaning at the time we were only three months away from being in a recession; by the time this is published around two months away. The new Home Secretary Priti Patel tried to come out hard on immigration with plans for strict immigration rules and an end to free movement in the event of a no-deal Brexit. August ended with a constitutional crisis of sorts with Boris Johnson deciding to prorogue parliament in a bid to undemocratically force through a no-deal Brexit (more on that later). read more

Shocking and Surprising comments from Conservative MP’s: December 2018

The first post in this monthly series of posts did not go so well. It was not even published until mid-December. The original post also only had a working title (*Comments you Probably would not have expected a Government/Tory MP to say: November 2018) which has since been shortened down to the above. Granted, this is also a later post but then a part of that has been down to me adjusting to the new set up on Word Press which has been a slightly frustrating process. 

The purpose of these posts is to highlight the level of hypocrisy in the comments sprouted by government ministers. Seeing as the government is a Conservative minority one, but allows me to do something that I enjoy doing; Toy bashing. Would these posts happen in the event of a Labour government? Who knows but I don’t have to think about that until 2022 by which time I may not be doing this blog anymore. read more