A political lightweight thinks the electorate is stupid and tries to make us believe that every politician is basically acting in good faith. The experienced and competent stateswoman knows that people deserve better than to be patronised and condescended to by a jumped up potato. That’s why Sue Hayman (Labour) answers the question with candor and understanding. Mark Jenkinson (conservative) really has a very long way to go before he’ll be able to square up to a candidate of Sue Hayman’s calibre.
NHS for sale
Some people said we were scaremongering. They were sure that the NHS would be safe with Boris Johnson and his wealthy backers. They’d never sell off our most precious, life-saving asset. But they were wrong. Here’s the evidence!
Interviewing Copeland’s Labour candidate, Tony Lywood
Tony Lywood is Labour’s candidate for the West Cumbrian constituency of Copeland. Copeland used to be a Labour stronghold until 2017 when it fell to the tories in a by-election. Tony is determined to win it back!
Ian Lavery speaks 1
Ian Lavery is the chairman of the British Labour party. Here he speaks about his passion for social justice and lays out some of Labour’s plans for after the general election on December 12th 2019.
Labour’s Brexit confusion?
For months now people have been telling me that Labour is confused about Brexit. The argument goes something like this…
Labour wants to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU and then vote against it. They can’t make up their minds what they want.
This argument is often persuasive but it’s also just plain wrong.
My childhood friend, we’ll call her Jules
Our lives kept pace through different schools
She was a child when Daddy died
The cancer ate him up inside.
She didn’t know about the pain
Relief that fogged his addled brain.
She didn’t know her great grandma
Had gone the same way years before
No pain relief for her back then
She lay there helpless, agonised
Till mercifully at last she died.
Times were hard for Jules’ Mum
Child benefit was such a boon
Three kids to feed and free school milk
Meant Jules grew strong – all the kids did
Free meals at school meant Jules stayed nourished
While Mum to better herself studied
Jules mother strived to make life better
A grant for college and a letter
Explaining how she’d few resources
Helped her to study pre-reg courses
By the time we went to secondary school
Jules’ Mum was working as a teacher
She’d passed her exams, fees all paid
And life was going up a grade
Jules’ flew through school, she’s very clever
And uni was her next endeavour
Free tuition, like her Mum
A great career had just begun
Soon after getting her first job
Jules conceived her first child, Bob
Her aunt had lost her job that way
But Jules just got maternity pay
And soon enough she came right back
Nobody had given her the sack
Bob grew up strong, a fine young man
And so is Mike, Jules second one
They’re both good lads, Bob’s soon to vote
He’s thinking Labour’s worth a punt
But Jules took him aside last night
And warned against that left wing shite
Fine words are all well and good you see
But the Labour party’s done nowt for me!
Happy not Brexit day!
I really should have known better. I’ve seen threats of violence from right wing keyboard warriors come and go before. They rarely amount to anything much more threatening than a raised eyebrow and a bit more fash cash invested in mutual consolation down the boozer. So when far right numpties started threatening riots and civil war I shouldn’t have been concerned. I’ve been here before.
But I’ve also been around flash rioting before – and it wasn’t pretty. That was back in the Thatcher era. I was living in a homeless hostel in Lincoln when everything went tits up all around the city centre. It just seemed to happen, suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere. I remember the riots of 2010 in London and Manchester, the lives lost and the damage done. I know what can happen when a tory government pisses people off too much.
So I woke up yesterday with some trepidation. But I needn’t have worried. It’s all good.
Keir Starmer announced this morning talking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr that a motion for a second referendum, a ‘Peoples’ vote’ will be tabled next week. He further announced that this new referendum will be supported by the Labour party.
Poor old Boris. Never mind Rees-Mogg. It’s OK, Farage. You’ll just have to content yourselves with the money you already have. We won’t let you shaft the rest of the UK to enlarge your already over-inflated piles (double entendre intended). https://youtu.be/HHCHG8skjuA
Boris’ false dichotomy
Boris’ letter to parliament doesn’t include every possibility. We could simply withdraw article 50. But what would his vulture, currency-speculating backers make of that. If he doesn’t sink the UK economy he and his mates won’t increase their piles.
Yeah, well. They’re stinking rich already. Let them be satisfied with what they’ve got! I say withdraw and save the country. That’s my way to ‘get Brexit done’.
Over and done – consigned to the dustbin of mistakes we almost made.
Voting for Letwin’s amendment & opposing Boris’ deal
To those who can’t understand why we oppose Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement, here’s Keir Starmer explaining some of the problems it would entail.
You can’t trust the Boris
As demanded by the Benn act, Boris Johnson last night sent an unsigned letter to the EU following his latest defeat in the Commons. It’s brief, to the point, terse and bordering upon churlish, especially since it doesn’t bear a signature. Here is what he wrote…
Dear Mr President,
The UK Parliament has passed the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019. Its provisions now require Her Majesty’s Government to seek an extension of the period provided under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, including as applied by Article 106a of the Euratom Treaty, currently due to expire at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 October 2019, until 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January 2020.
I am writing therefore to inform the European Council that the United Kingdom is seeking a further extension to the period provided under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, including as applied by Article 106a of the Euratom Treaty. The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January 2020. If the parties are able to ratify before this date, the Government proposes that the period should be terminated early.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
He then sent another, signed letter, warmer in tone undermining the first…
It was good to see you again at the European Council this week where we agreed the historic new deal to permit the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on October 31.
I am deeply grateful to you, President Juncker and to all my fellow European leaders for the statesmanship and statecraft which enabled us to achieve this historic milestone. I should also register my appreciation for Michel Barnier and his team for their imagination and diplomacy as we concluded the negotiations.
When I spoke in Parliament this morning, I noted the corrosive impact of the long delay in delivering the mandate of the British people from the 2016 referendum. I made clear that, while I believe passionately that both the UK and the EU will benefit from our decision to withdraw and develop a new relationship, that relationship will be founded on our deep respect and affection for our shared culture, civilisation, values and interests.
We will remain the EU’s closest partner and friend. The deal we approved at last week’s European Council is a good deal for the whole of the UK and the whole of the EU.
Regrettably, Parliament missed the opportunity to inject momentum into the ratification process for the new Withdrawal Agreement. The UK Parliament Representative will therefore submit the request mandated by the EU (Withdrawal) (No.2) Act 2019 later today.
It is, of course, for the European Council to decide when to consider the request and whether to grant it. In view of the unique circumstances, while I regret causing my fellow leaders to devote more of their time and energy to a question I had hoped we had resolved last week, I recognise that you may need to convene a European Council.
If it would be helpful to you, I would of course be happy to attend the start of any A50 Council so that I could answer properly any question on the position of HM Government and progress in the ratification process at that time.
Meanwhile, although I would have preferred a different result today, the Government will press ahead with ratification and introduce the necessary legislation early next week. I remain confident that we will complete that process by 31 October.
Indeed, many of those who voted against the Government today have indicated their support for the new deal and for ratifying it without delay. I know that I can count on your support and that of our fellow leaders to move the deal forward, and I very much hope therefore that on the EU side also, the process can be completed to allow the agreement to enter into force, as the European Council Conclusions mandated.
While it is open to the European Council to accede to the request mandated by Parliament or to offer an alternative extension period, I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister, and made clear to Parliament again today, my view, and the Government’s position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us.
We must bring this process to a conclusion so that we can move to the next phase and build our new relationship on the foundations of our long history as neighbours and friends in this continent our peoples share. I am passionately committed to that endeavour.
I am copying this letter to Presidents Juncker and Sassoli, and to members of the European Council.
It’s a childish trick and it fools nobody. Boris is behaving like a little boy who, having been caught with his hands in the cookie jar is now relying on a technicality (nobody said he couldn’t) to change the obvious reality of the Benn act.
Our PM makes pious pronouncements about parliamentary sovereignty on one hand and then ignores the spirit of parliament to undermine it on the other. He is duplicitous, dangerous and cynical, just like his plans for Brexit
The sooner this pack of wolves is relegated to the opposition benches the better. Until then nobody’s ‘sweetie jar’ is safe from Johnson’s grubby little mitts!