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Weekend round up

December 1, 2019 3:43 PM

A couple of stories caught my eye

Boris Johnson once described the poorest 20 per cent of society as being made up of "chavs, losers, burglars and drug addicts", it has emerged.

The prime minister made the comments during an attack on the Labour government in an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph in 2005.

Mr Johnson, who was then MP for Henley and editor of Spectator magazine, began by taking exception to Gordon Brown's dismissal of Tory leader David Cameron as "an old Etonian".

After accusing the then-chancellor of "rank dishonesty", Mr Johnson wrote: "He is attempting to re-open a class divide that long ago disappeared, and he and his party are refusing to admit the existence of the real divide in our society."

Mr Johnson continued: "The real divide is between the entire class of people now reposing their fat behinds on the green and red benches in the Palace of Westminster, and the bottom 20 per cent of society - the group that supplies us with the chavs, the losers, the burglars, the drug addicts and the 70,000 people who are lost in our prisons and learning nothing except how to become more effective criminals."

David Attenborough brands Boris Johnson 'shameful' for skipping climate change TV debate

Sir David Attenborough has strongly criticised Boris Johnson for avoiding the TV election debate on climate change, branding the stance "shameful".
The legendary environmentalist said: "I don't know what else he had to do, but it would have to be very, very important to dodge this one."

The criticism comes after Downing Street went to war with Channel 4 over its placing of an ice sculpture in the prime minister's spot during the broadcast on Thursday evening.Earlier, Mr Johnson suggested he was too busy to debate the climate emergency, telling a radio interviewer: "I've done plenty of debates - I can't do absolutely everything."

But when it was pointed out on Channel 4 that the prime minister did not take part, Sir David replied: "I know. And I think that is shameful."

Chuka Umunna: Boris Johnson continues to let down Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Commenting on the letter written by Richard Ratcliffe to Boris Johnson regarding the ongoing detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:
I encourage every voter to read the heart-breaking letter by Richard Ratcliffe. It is clear that Boris Johnson is totally unfit to be Prime Minister.

As Foreign Secretary, Mr Johnson assured that he would "leave no stone unturned" to free the British mother, but it has been 100 days since he became Prime Minister has failed to address the case.

In the letter Richard wrote "This is not meant to be a comfortable letter. But it is meant to be clear: In the time allotted to you as PM, I want you to use your power to take effective steps to secure the release of Nazanin and the others held in Iran. I want you to keep your word."

You can read the full letter here https://www.change.org/p/free-nazanin-ratcliffe/u/25417753