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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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’ 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.
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.
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…
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!