web analytics

Fool me twice?

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 am, July 27th, 2019 - 29 comments
Categories: boris johnson, class war, crosby textor, Europe, making shit up, Propaganda, uk politics - Tags:

Boris Johnson’s ruthless purge of Cabinet and hard right shift looks like preparation for an early election.  Reminds me of 1984 at home, as a right wing coup is on the way. He lied his way to Brexit – will it work again?

He’s appointed his controversial Brexit campaign director Dominic Cummings as chief of staff and trialled some Facebook ads.

Johnson’s rejects the Irish backstop and promises to leave the EU by Halloween “No ifs or buts.” No deal is therefore most likely, and since it is not acceptable to Parliament he may choose to take the issue to the electorate before the reality of no deal bites too hard.

Some idea of the real policy agenda is found in Britannia Unchained, produced in 2012 by five new Conservative MPs, three of whom are now in Cabinet. Two of the four so-called great offices of state are held by its co-authors. Dominic Raab is Foreign Minister and Johnson’s effective deputy, and Priti Patel is Home Secretary.

Writing the New Statesman, George Eaton says;

For libertarians, the appeal of a no-deal Brexit, as threatened by Johnson, is precisely that it could create the conditions to impose policies unachievable in normal times (just as the 2008 financial crisis helped enable austerity). As Milton Friedman once remarked: “Only a crisis –  actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.”

That’s what happened to us in 1984. I can still recall my horror when I found the typewritten draft of Economic Management left by Simon Walker on the Labour Party office photocopier on the Monday after the 1984 election.

Expect Johnson to promise the earth as he did in the referendum, and the Conservatives managed by Cummings and Crosby to run a very nasty and very personal attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

The good news is that personal attack is no stranger to Corbyn. Johnson has already tried to argue that he is “for the many,” but a Cabinet that has 64% of its members who were privately educated gives the lie to that.

The proverb says “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” The fool’s role is to distract from what is really going on. Watch this space.

29 comments on “Fool me twice? ”

  1. johnm 1

    Boris promises BREXIT, Corbyn threatens REMAIN

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    So seven years on, you think he still has a rule Britannia scenario in mind, eh? Wouldn't surprise me, but I hope he's learnt something about the short-comings of neoliberalism.

    "For these authors – all members of the party's right-leaning Free Enterprise Group – it is a binary world, where everything is forward or back, progress or decline, sink or swim, good or bad. They do not appear to see the world as a complex place. The choice is between regulation and dynamism… The demonisation of the welfare recipient continues apace; a broad dystopian worldview dominates the future. The bottom line for these Tory radicals is that the notion of community, society or indeed country is always trumped by textbook economic liberalism."

    A stale ideology, re-run, isn't what his situation requires. To succeed, he will have to adapt to the complexities reality provides. Realpolitik will thus be his test. Out-flanked on the right by Nigel, he has the choice of partisan competition or the forging of common ground. I will watch for his brain to kick in, make him realise the latter choice is the cleverest!

  3. Jenny - How to Get there? 3

    Airstrip One

    Britain once had an empire and didn't need Europe.

    Britain no longer has an empire.

    If Britain leaves the EU now, it can only be to become a junior partner of the US.

    What this means for world peace is not good, as the UK will be counted to uncritically support US wars, politically, financially and militarily.

    Just like the Iraq war the British people won't get a say.

    Their only chance to avoid this fate will be a change of government.

    https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/71/why-is-the-uk-called-airstrip-one

    • Heather Grimwoood 3.1

      To Jenny at 3 : " If Britain leaves the EU now it can only be to become a junior partner of the US " My fear too Jenny….even a lackey.

      • Dukeofurl 3.1.1

        EU will remain UKs major trading partner. I dont quite get your point, as there is nothing to join as far as US goes ( they will remain in Nato)

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    No deal is therefore most likely, and since it is not acceptable to Parliament he may choose to take the issue to the electorate before the reality of no deal bites too hard.

    Unlikely: "Boris Johnson has said he will "absolutely" not call a general election before the latest Brexit deadline of 31 October. Speaking during a visit in Birmingham, the prime minister said voters did not want another general election or a referendum. "What they want us to do is deliver on their mandate to come out of the EU," he added." https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49125078

    So how the hell he expects to swing a parliament opposed to no deal around to acceptance is anyone's guess. Play the inevitability card I suppose. Knowing the Eurocrats have to refuse any compromise, go along with the negotiations charade while keeping the public informed of every EU refusal as it happens. Parliament will inevitably shift in accord with the emerging `fuck you' attitude of the Brits to the EU…

    • ianmac 4.1

      He can suspend the House, complete Brexit then call an election before the reality bites too hard on the people.

      • Dennis Frank 4.1.1

        Interesting option, Ian. Probably will see how the polls run over the next few months, to get a sense of his realistic options. If he can swing a deal with Nigel, he'll look more like a winner. Power-sharing. Nigel will need a prominent perch. So here's a scenario from a while back: Making Plans for Nigel. 40 years back, actually, I took a google and unfortunately it showed the lyrics of the song. Don't do it. Banality in the extreme…

      • Anne 4.1.2

        He can suspend the House, complete Brexit then call an election before the reality bites too hard on the people.

        And he will demonise his parliamentary opponents claiming their intransigence has forced him to agree to an early election even though he had promised there would not be one.

        It has been said he has no political ideals or principles but rather goes with the flow as he sees fit according to the mood of his gullible supporters at a given point in time. Now where have I heard something like that before? Of course, Donald Trump.

        Now, how is our government going to handle this? We know Jacinda is a glass half full type of person, but there is a limit beyond which no principled leader can go. And what about Winston Peters? He's a fan of Boris Johnson. Oh dear, some sparks are going to fly sooner or later.

      • Dukeofurl 4.1.3

        2/3 of parliament has to vote FOR an early general election for it too happen. Its no longer something a PM can just do without wide support

        Losing a vote of No Confidence doesnt mean an election will happen, just a new government based on existing MPs !! That means Johnson again

  5. Dukeofurl 5

    Edward Lister is BoJos Downing St Chief of Staff, Cummings is merely a 'special advisor' ( the link doesnt even say he is COS)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lister

  6. mosa 6

    So Boris has ruled out a general election before the October 31 deadline.

    They all lie for political expediency even Bo Jo and the U.K is not in a period of business as usual so every option is on the table including a general election if it suits his agenda.

    I remember May saying there would not be an early poll and then wallah.

    This crisis is the perfect opportunity for a hard right shift if he can pull it off and keep Corbyn and the socialist's out for the next five years by which time Corbyn will be gone.

  7. Wayne 7

    I reckon an election this November, irrespective of the Brexit outcome.

    • Anne 7.1

      My reckons before the end of this year yes.

      Glad my parents are no longer around to see what is happening to their beloved England.

    • Care to pontificate on what happens thereafter Wayne?

      Being an admirer of yours since the days of the leisure suit and your proven record of wisdom, I'm desperate to know when you might next appear on free-to-ear.

      In the meantime I'll get Mrs OwT to make me a nice cuppa and search the interweb (with the help of Senior Net) for when next you might appear.

      We really don't know how lucky we are aye!

    • Dukeofurl 7.3

      After being fooled by the polls last time , I cant see there being 2/3 of 650 MPs voting for early election, that is 434 Mps

      Conservatives won 317 last election , they may have lost a few since then, so need another 117 votes.

      • Wayne 7.3.1

        If Boris wants a November election he will get it. Virtually all of Labour will go for it, as will the SNP. How could they not? Presumably most Conservatives. So there is the necessary majority in the parliament for the early election.

        I reckon Boris will win. Basically he is a far superior campaigner than Jeremy. Just way more interesting. But after nearly ten years of Conservative led governments, maybe not. However ScoMo won against the odds.

  8. katipo 8

    Interesting, seems like a few well off folks will do very nicely out of a 'no-deal' Brexit thank you very much.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HDFegpX5gI&t=110s

  9. CHCoff 10

    They were not very well organised to go MAGA when President Trump was in town, so that was a miss.

    Why they need an electon is really putting the parliament ahead of the people's vote yet again.

    There was the ref vote, then May to her credit gave the voters choice of Con or Lab Brexit, the hard Brexit party won, so far so good, but then it all got muddled as following the will of the people got lost in the process. Then the Euro elections and the hard Brexit party had the biggest relative win i think in the whole election. Then the Cons membership voted the face of the hard Brexit ref election as deal maker.

    So it seems clear in a sense that there are road blocks to the parliament following people's vote mandates; this should not be surprising as from what i gathered, the ref. was the first one they have had of the type. Excutive orders are used in the US system.

    A parliament proroguing might not be a bad way of clearing out the cobwebs for a post Brexit future in of itself.

  10. peterlepaysan 11

    Bojo is liar.

    He does not know what is going to happen before Oct 31.

    He does not know what is going to happen after Oct 31.

    There is very, very large train wreck imminent.

    • Incognito 12.1

      Could you please briefly explain why I’d spend almost 25 min of my life watching this? There are zillions of articles and videos on BoJo so why this one?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Top Scholars from 2020 recognised at Parliament
    New Zealand’s highest scoring students have been recognised and presented with awards of excellence by the Prime Minister and Minister of Education today at Parliament.  Rohan Kumar from Hutt International Boys' School, and Yi Fan (George) Yang from Westlake Boys’ High School were today presented with the Prime Minister’s Award ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    39 mins ago
  • Speech to Contact Energy event at Parliament
    It’s great to be here to celebrate Contact Energy’s new 580 million dollar geothermal power station to be built on the Tauhara field near Taupō. I would like to congratulate Contact on this project, which will see a 152 megawatt power station operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Technical amendment to Medicines Act
    The Government is aware of a High Court decision today about processes to grant provisional consent to some approved medicines, and is making a technical amendment to modernise the law. The Court has said that while the Minister of Health can, under Section 23 of the Medicines Act, grant approval ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • COVID-19 fund benefits hundreds of thousands of learners
    More than 2,000 schools, kura and early learning services me ngā kōhanga reo have been funded to help more than 300,000 New Zealand children and young people affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. More than $30 million from the Urgent Response Fund has been allocated between ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Speech to the AI Summit
    Check against delivery. E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wā, tēnā koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, Tāmaki herenga waka, nei rā aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 milestone: 5000th vaccinator completes specialised training
    A significant COVID-19 workforce milestone has been reached, with the 5000th vaccinator completing specialised training to administer the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. “A huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to boost numbers of trained vaccinators and this is a milestone worth celebrating,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Immigration Reset: Setting the scene
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you for being here tonight as I outline the government’s planning to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting 2021
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit New Zealand for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting on 30 and 31 May. Prime Minister Morrison, accompanied by Mrs Morrison, will arrive in Queenstown on Sunday 30 May and talks will take place on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International collaboration delivers new tools to help tackle agricultural emissions
    The Global Research on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), an alliance backed by New Zealand is delivering promising new technologies such as cow vaccines and probiotics to tackle agricultural emissions, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said. Eleven research projects, funded and delivered under the alliance of 64 countries, have been recently ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Take your time and get home safe this Road Safety Week
    The Government is urging Kiwis to drive carefully and check their speed, Transport Minister Michael Wood said at the start of Road Safety Week.                 Michael Wood said despite the Government investing in safer roads, drivers still need to take care.     ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Budget boosts Carbon Neutral Government commitment
    Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace coal boilers with clean alternatives Funding boost will also accelerate the Government’s ‘electric vehicles first’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Report shows progress on Homelessness Action Plan
    The Government has welcomed the release of the second progress report on the Homelessness Action Plan, showing that good progress is being made on every one of the immediate actions in the Plan. “Homelessness will not be solved overnight, but I am pleased to see that this plan is continuing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Arts and cultural festivals get funding boost
    One of New Zealand’s oldest cultural festivals and a brand new youth festival are amongst four events to win grants to help them grow, attract new audiences, and boost local economies.  Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has announced new support from an incubator fund launched last year to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt to rev up reductions in transport emissions
    The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050, a Ministry of Transport report outlining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government recognises David McPhail’s contribution to New Zealand comedy and television
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni today pays tribute to David Alexander McPhail (11 April 1945 – 14 May 2021) – New Zealand comedian, actor, producer and writer. David McPhail ONZM QSM had a comedy career that spanned four decades, across both television and theatre.  “David’s contribution to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Support for drought-stressed regions fills a need
    An innovative iwi-led plan to help maintain water supply to a far North community battered by drought is set to get underway with support from the Government, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says.  “The impacts of climate change are not something that just our grandchildren will have to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • KiwiSaver default provider scheme improvements slash fees, boosts savings
    Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. The new default provider arrangements, which will take effect once the terms of the current providers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Industry leadership for our training system becomes reality
    Six new Workforce Development Councils formally established today will ensure people graduate with the right skills at the right time to address skill shortages, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. Every industry in New Zealand will be covered by one of the following Workforce Development Councils: •           Hanga-Aro-Rau – Manufacturing, Engineering ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rotorua Emergency Housing update
    The Government has announced a suite of changes to emergency housing provision in Rotorua:  Government to directly contract motels for emergency accommodation Wrap around social support services for those in emergency accommodation to be provided Grouping of cohorts like families and tamariki in particular motels separate from other groups One-stop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 vaccine and economic support for the Pacific
    New Zealand will be providing protection against COVID-19 to at least 1.2 million people in the Pacific over the coming year $120 million in Official Development Assistance has been reprioritised to support Pacific economies in 2021 Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health and Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement on the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today expressed Aotearoa New Zealand’s grave concern at the escalation of violence in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Gaza. “The growing death toll and the large numbers of casualties, including children, from Israeli airstrikes and Gazan rockets is unacceptable,” Nanaia Mahuta said “Senior officials met ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Trade Minister to travel to UK and EU to progress free trade agreements
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today he will travel to the United Kingdom and European Union next month to progress New Zealand’s respective free trade agreement negotiations. The decision to travel to Europe follows the agreement reached last week between Minister O’Connor and UK Secretary of State for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Business New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa It’s great to be here today, at our now-regular event in anything-but-regular times. I last spoke to some of you in mid-March. That was an opportunity to reflect on an extraordinary 12 months, but also to reflect on how the future was shaping up. In what ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Te Hurihanganui growing with Nelson community celebration
    Nelson is the latest community to join the Te Hurihanganui kaupapa to drive change and address racism and bias in education, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Speaking at today’s community celebration, Kelvin Davis acknowledged the eight iwi in Te Tau Ihu for supporting and leading Te Hurihanganui in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Te Hurihanganui Nelson Community Celebration 
    Te Hurihanganui Nelson Community Celebration  Victory Community Centre, Nelson   “Racism exists – we feel little and bad”. Those were the unprompted words of one student during an interview for a report produced by the Children’s Commissioner in 2018. They were also the words I used when I announced the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Child wellbeing reports highlight need for ongoing action
    The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, while setting out the need for ongoing action.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Formal consultation starts on proposals for Hawera schools
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced a formal consultation for the future of schooling in Hawera. "Recent engagement shows there is a lot of support for change. The preferred options are for primary schools to be extended to year 7 and 8, or for a year 7-13 high school to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • He Whenua Taurikura: New Zealand’s Hui on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    The Government is progressing another recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain by convening New Zealand’s first national hui on countering terrorism and violent extremism. He Whenua Taurikura, meaning ‘a land or country at peace’, will meet in Christchurch on 15 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Hundreds of new electric cars for state sector
    Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure 11,600 tonnes of carbon emissions saved over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Apartments give new life to former Trade Training hostel
    A building that once shaped the Māori trade training industry will now revitalise the local community of Ōtautahi and provide much needed housing for whānau Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today. The old Māori Trade Training hostel, Te Koti Te Rato, at Rehua Marae in Christchurch has been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Opening of Te Kōti o Te Rato at Rehua Marae, Ōtautahi
    *Check with delivery* It is a great pleasure to be here with you all today. I acknowledge Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the trustees of Te Whatu Manawa Māoritanga o Rehua Trust Board. The opening of six new apartments on these grounds signifies more than an increase in much-needed housing for Ōtautahi. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Major step to pay parity for early learning teachers
    Certificated teachers on the lowest pay in early education and care services will take another leap towards pay parity with their equivalents in kindergartens, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said in a pre-Budget announcement today. “Pay parity for education and care teachers is a manifesto commitment for Labour and is reflected ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand Wind Energy Conference
    Tēnā koutou katoa Tēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa  Thank you Grenville for the introduction and thanks to the organisers, the New Zealand Wind Energy Association, for inviting me to speak this morning. I’m delighted that you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium
    Speech to Through the Maze: On the road to health New Zealand Drug Foundation 2021 Parliamentary Drug Policy Symposium Mōrena koutou katoa, Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou, Kua tae mai nei me ngā kete matauranga hauora, E whai hononga ai tatau katoa, Ka nui te mihi! Thank you for the opportunity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt to deliver lower card fees to business
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses approximately $74 million each year. “Pre COVID, EFTPOS has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support boosts Arts and Culture sector
    Government support for the cultural sector to help it recover from the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in more cultural sector jobs predicted through to 2026, and the sector performing better than forecast. The latest forecast by economic consultancy ‘Infometrics’ reflects the impact of Government investment in keeping people in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt takes further action against gang crime
    The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their families safe, Police Minister Poto Williams and Justice Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Thousands of MIQ spaces allocated to secure economic recovery
    Five hundred spaces per fortnight will be allocated in managed isolation facilities over the next 10 months, many for skilled and critical workers to support our economic recovery, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor say. “The Trans-Tasman bubble has freed up more rooms, allowing us to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Economic resilience provides more options in Budget 2021
    Securing the recovery and investing in the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the focus of Budget 2021, Grant Robertson told his audience at a pre-budget speech in Auckland this morning. "The economy has proven resilient in response to COVID-19, due to people having confidence in the Government’s health response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago