Boris Johnson Recovers at Chequers

Boris Johnson discharged from hospital and will continue recovery at Chequers

Arthur Lee donated the Chequers estate after discussions with the then Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Lee noted a new type of politician was emerging, one without large country homes to retreat to and entertain foreign dignitaries [17]. The Chequers Estate Act 1917 contains his reasoning and thoughts for the gift:

“It is not possible to foresee or foretell from what classes or conditions of life the future wielders of power in this country will be drawn. Some may be as in the past men of wealth and famous descent; some may belong to the world of trade and business; others may spring from the ranks of the manual toilers. To none of these in the midst of their strenuous and responsible labours could the spirit and anodyne of Chequers do anything but good. In the city-bred man especially, the periodic contact with the most typical rural life would create and preserve a just sense of proportion between the claims of town and country. To the revolutionary statesman the antiquity and calm tenacity of Chequers and its annals might suggest some saving virtues in the continuity of English history and exercise a check upon too hasty upheavals, whilst even the most reactionary could scarcely be insensible to the spirit of human freedom which permeates the countryside of Hampden, Burke and Milton.

Apart from these more subtle influences, the better the health of our rulers the more sanely will they rule and the inducement to spend two days a week in the high and pure air of the Chiltern hills and woods will, it is hoped, benefit the nation as well as its chosen leaders. The main features of this scheme are therefore designed not merely to make Chequers available as the official country residence of the Prime Minister of the day, but to tempt him to visit it regularly and to make it possible for him to live there, even though his income should be limited to his salary.”[17]

Built in 1565:

Over the decades the house passed through the hands of many wealthy families, including in 1715 that of John Russell, grandson of Oliver Cromwell. Chequers retains a fine collection of English Civil War portraiture and antiques to this day – as well as many other artefacts, including a diary and pocket watch kept by Admiral Lord Nelson, a dispatch case belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte and Elizabeth’s ring.

“This house of peace and ancient memories was given to England as a thank-offering for her deliverance in the great war of 1914-1918 as a place of rest and recreation for her Prime Ministers for ever.”

Since then, the house has played host to hundreds of eminent (and more questionable) world leaders and public figures, including Richard Nixon, Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert Mugabe, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping.

Momentous events have also taken place within its walls, from PM Neville Chamberlain’s nervous breakdown in September 1939 to foreign secretary Anthony Eden receiving notification that Nazi Germany had attacked Russia in June 1941.

Margaret Thatcher said of the residence: “I do not think anyone has stayed long at Chequers without falling in love with it.”

Her husband Denis emphatically agreed: “Chequers is why you get the job”. So much for a life of selfless dedication to public service.

Norma Major, wife of Conservative prime minister John, liked it so much she wrote a book about it, Chequers: The Prime Minister’s Country House and Its History.

I caught it five times tonight, in about half an hour.

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8 Responses to Boris Johnson Recovers at Chequers

  1. Ryan S says:

    Oh my god! I’d be out mowing that lawn, needed or not, with a beer in hand and a smoke. “Government isn’t doing its job!” Well no shit! You see this lawn? It needs mowing!

  2. Mark Jarratt says:

    It looks very pink. Hope your shortness of breath has gone Frank and you are hale, hearty and not suffering cabin fever.
    Remember Sartre though, hell is other people…
    “Hell is other people” has always been misunderstood. It has been thought that what I meant by that was that our relations with other people are always poisoned, that they are invariably hellish relations. But what I really mean is something totally different. I mean that if relations with someone else are twisted, vitiated, then that other person can only be hell. Why? Because … when we think about ourselves, when we try to know ourselves … we use the knowledge of us which other people already have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and have given us for judging ourselves.”

  3. Rose says:

    Today on sky news there was a doctor from Australia who wants some kind of sticker put on covid patients to tell the nurses that patients Interleukin 6 level are beginning to rise because leads to a cytokine storm and the patients get very ill indeed and they are searching for ways to treat it..

    I thought I knew this from my previous search on the health benefits of carbon monoxide some years ago. I didn’t, I was thinking of Interleukin 12.

    But after a little searching

    What is the role of interleukin-6 (IL-6) inhibitors in the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

    “Interleukin-6 (IL-6) inhibitors may ameliorate severe damage to lung tissue caused by cytokine release in patients with serious COVID-19 infections. Several studies have indicated a “cytokine storm” with release of IL-6, IL-1, IL-12, and IL-18, along with tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and other inflammatory mediators. The increased pulmonary inflammatory response may result in increased alveolar-capillary gas exchange, making oxygenation difficult in patients with severe illness.”

    Carbon monoxide inhibits IL-17-induced IL-6 production through the MAPK pathway in human pulmonary epithelial cells.

    “Herein, we examine the production of cytokine IL-6 induced by IL-17 and the effect of CO on IL-17-induced IL-6 production in human pulmonary epithelial cell A549. We first show that IL-17 can induce A549 cells to release IL-6 and that CO can markedly inhibit IL-17-induced IL-6 production.”

    So that might be another reason for the missing smokers in the Covid statistics.

  4. nessimmersion says:

    Tried posting a link to your site about the probability of smoking / nitrous oxide having a protective effect on Mark Wadsworths blog, however after reading the attached links he concludes there is no evidence either way.
    So it appears cognitive dissonance is at play elsewhere, strange for someone so attached to LVT not seeing the agenda behind defence of PHE’s budget.

  5. slugbop007 says:

    Public Health has become a non-essential service.


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