Washington Post: For Boris Johnson, catching covid-19 was sobering. Less so for Trump.

Washington Post: For Boris Johnson, catching covid-19 was sobering. Less so for Trump.. “President Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have prompted many comparisons over the years: as populists, as politicians who aren’t afraid to offend, as people who play fast and loose with the facts. Now, they are a pair of world leaders with personal experience of the coronavirus.”

Coronavirus: ‘We’ve reached a perilous turning point’, says Boris Johnson (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: ‘We’ve reached a perilous turning point’, says Boris Johnson. “The UK has reached ‘a perilous turning point’, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, as he set out a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England which could last for up to six months. Shop staff will have to wear face masks and weddings will be limited to a maximum of 15 people, under the rules. Fines for breaking laws on gatherings and not wearing a mask will increase to £200 for a first offence.”

Covid-19: Boris Johnson binned pandemic team months before crisis (The National)

The National: Covid-19: Boris Johnson binned pandemic team months before crisis. “THE UK Government scrapped its ‘anti-pandemic’ committee when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, it has emerged. The team, which included Michael Gove, Matt Hancock and Gavin Williamson, was disbanded six months before the current Covid-19 crisis hit the UK, an investigation by the Daily Mail found.”

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson launches review into 2m social distancing rule (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Boris Johnson launches review into 2m social distancing rule. “Boris Johnson has commissioned a review into the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule, following calls to scrap it. Businesses and some of Mr Johnson’s own MPs have warned that large parts of the hospitality industry will not be viable with the 2m coronavirus rule in place.”

Martin McKee: Trust is essential in a pandemic, but the British prime minister is squandering it (The BMJ Opinion)

The BMJ Opinion: Martin McKee: Trust is essential in a pandemic, but the British prime minister is squandering it. “Of all the words that journalists used to describe Boris Johnson when he became British prime minister, ‘divisive’ was among the most frequent. He inherited a country that was split down the middle, and within months, launched a general election campaign that played on these divisions. Yet in late May 2020 he did something few thought he was capable of—uniting people of all political persuasions and none. It was little surprise that he was being criticised by the leader of the opposition. It was more surprising that there was a bench of Church of England bishops condemning him, with one asking ‘do we accept being lied to, patronised and treated by a PM as mugs?’, against a backdrop of concerns from some of his own MPs and a number of scientists advising the government. However, what really made people take notice was when the Daily Mail, normally one of his strongest supporters in the media, carried a front page bearing a picture of the prime minister and his closest adviser, Dominic Cummings, asking ‘What planet are they on?'”

CNN: Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs

CNN: Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs. “President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to ‘take advantage’ of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax.”

VentureBeat: Twitter election stunt shows how political groups are brazenly weaponizing social media

VentureBeat: Twitter election stunt shows how political groups are brazenly weaponizing social media. “Social media’s impact on politics has come under increased scrutiny, but a preelection live TV debate between U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn revealed the extent to which political entities are openly weaponizing social networks to mislead the public.”