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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:09 pm

-D'Arcy's Week Ahead

-N.Ireland results: DUP 28, Sinn Feiin 27 (wow that was quite a closing the gap), SDLP 12, Ulster Unionists 10, APNI 8, Greens 2, TUV 1, PBPA 1 and one independent. Highest turnout since the 98 elections with 64.8%

-Mike Nesbitt resigns as Ulster Unionist leader, taking responsibility for the election performance, good speech to bow out on.

- Lords EU Financial Affairs Committee says UK has no finical obligations to EU though it doubts that would be a wise negotiating approach. I think fair to say, EU doesn't agree with the first part

-May calls for Tories to be proud unionists and to continue making the case, bemoans a "feeble and and incompetent" Scottish Labour failing to hold SNP to account in past, admits Whitehall has not devolved as it should have but seems she will keep fisheries and agriculture at Whitehall

-Karen Bradley indicates she is inclined towards having Ofcom investigate Sky-Fox big

-A sense growing that Sturgeon can not avoid a second referendum even if she wanted to

-Business Committee says government industrial strategy lacks long term approach but says there are tantalising glimpses, concerned at sectoral deals and lack of work on skills

-Heavy rumours Labour has lost 26,000 members in six months, about 4.6, but still has a lot of members

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-Becky Milligan interviews Lord Falconer

-Aaron Banks calls Nuttall weak but potentially good

-Alison McGovern has written a long article on her econimic thinking

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-Brian Taylor on [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39156607] May's thoughtful speech


-James Forysth on budget, Carswell, Trump visit

-Henry Hill argues best for May to bide her time with Scottish independence

-Rentoul on N.Ireland elections

-Hardman on Great Repeal Bill already causing headaches
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby SunXia » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:21 pm

Dong Zhou wrote:Thanks for explaining Sun Xia

Its very complicated over here there's so much bickering, we were supposed to have an Irish Language Act like Wales and Scotland but nooooo the First minister literally said that they might as well do a Polish Act instead. Despite it being part of the St Andrews Agreement!!
If becoming enlightened or an intellectual means I must become arrogant and coldly cynical about the world around me then I'd gladly remain a fool for the rest of my life!!

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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:31 pm

-Blair denies Mail story that he is Trump's Middle East envoy. One might be suspicious as to why Mail would float this one...

-Stories Hammond of preparing £60 billion Brexit costs fund

-Nuttall accuses media of harassing his family and says at least he hasn't lied like Blair (might have better to picked one of the existing leaders), says PHD story came from linked page that wasn't his, Carswell's future depends on evidence about his role in Farage honours attempt.

-Hammond pushing "T-Levels" and rules out publishing tax return as demonstration politics, treasury working hard to deny they aren't about to splash 12 billion of spare cash

-McDonnell vows never to run for Labour leadership, says lowering the barrier on nominations is something he has long campaigned for

-Vocational and technical education to get an extra £500 million and replacing 13,000 existing qualifications with 15 "world-class routes".

-Kevin Peachy on budget measures old and new about to impact personal finances

-Brexit Committee urges government to give EU nationals rights to remain

-Gerry Adams calls the elections a watershed and given first time unionists don't have a majority, I think fair to say it is a big moment

-Boris to visit Russia, our first minister to do so for five years

-Lord Prescott on Labour needs to sharpen up

-Tribunal accuses Plaid AM Neil McEvoy of bullying and suspends him as a councillor with some AM's turning on him

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-Rawnsley says May is gambling by not seeking election

-Dan Hodges on Hammond preparing for rough Brexit ride

-Nick Cohen rages over failure to give reassurance to EU migrants
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:27 pm

-Lib Dems plans to camp in Lords for article 50 votes have been blocked

-Corbyn publishes tax return and denies failing to pay all his taxes as initial questions why his payment for being leader of the opposition wasn't on it (seems like it is but put under pensions/benefits), accuses media of hypocrisy for their questions. May rules out doing likewise

-Rebecca Long-Bailey says people would support NHS tax rises

-Nuttall says he needs time to sort out UKIP mess and party needs to become more professional

-Holyrood's Europe committee wants "bespoke solution" for Scotland in Brexit deal

-Defra excluded Dartford Crossing from air pollution numbers as a rural road, now being corrected

-Concerns that PSA Group (with French government having a 14% stake) buying General Motors' European unit (including German and British factories and brands) could see job losses here as major tussle between us, France and Germany over which factories stay open+jobs stay+investment while GM says their European side would have made a profit in 2016 if not for Brexit while PSA says Hard Brexit could lead to some very good opportunities for them

-Rachael Maskell has been speaking of abuse and death threats she has received

-Youguv poll of Labour members finds: disapproval Corbyn has more then doubled to 37% in a year but has backing of 54%, 68% want a second EU referendum, 53% think Corbyn has handled Brexit badly and 51% says he has done badly as leader overall 50% want him to go before election, 52% would consider backing Corbyn in a leadership election and would be selected by 38% with 8% to closest rivals, only 35% see victory as likely but only 47% see victory as likely under another leader. If Corbyn didn't run, McDonnell and Cooper both have 27% as most wanted leaders, 41% blame Corbyn for Corbyn

Some of this does seem contradictory.

-Downing Street rules our UK Parliament having chance to change Brexit deal

-Unite HQ sees fighting between supporters of the two factions

-Boris condemns latest N.Korean missile tests and says Russia needs to show it can be trusted

-Sir Fallon indicates Boris will tell Russia to keep it's nose out of western democratic process and that UK has blocked EU establishing it's own military headquarters

-Rudd says UK and U want UK to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant

-Karen Bradley says Ofcom can consider phone hacking scandal when considering the Fox attempt to buy Sky

-More than 130,000 EU nationals and their family members applied for UK permanent residency in the six months after the Brexit vote.

-Gerry Adams says Brokenshire and May are a problem in breaking N.Ireland deadlock

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-Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank, expects OBR to raise econimic numbers

-Clever Lewis says he will never rule out running for leader, 75% hopeful that Corbyn will lead Labour into 2020 election and any leader would find things challenging right now

-Carswell says he will fight for Clacton at next election

-I liked the DP debates on budget forecasts

-Carswell calls Brexit a chance for a calmer, liberal insurgency

-Keith Vaz on Yemen

-Farage says May is failing on Brexit

-Rees-Mogg urges Bradley to not fall for urges Karen Bradley not to take part in the “socialist witch hunt" against Murdochs

-Balls indicates he may return to Westminster

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-Kuessennberg on Spring budget as does Rohan Silva with what he wants
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:32 pm

-Hammond to give funding for new free schools and funding for refurbishment of schools

-Foster says she won election and DUP is united behind her, indicates she is looking to form alliance with unionists rather then Sinn Feinn

-Greg Clark cautiously optimistic about Vauxhall's future

-SNP growth commission argues case for independence should base economics as if no North Sea Oil revenues and they need to be more realistic then they were last time.

-Petitions Committee alarmed by results of their inquiry into female dress code

-Commons culture committee chair Damian Collins questions Facebook's moderation systems and I'm not sure Facebook responding to BBC warning them of some nasty stuff is to report BBC will help them here

-McDonnell is beginning his "tea offensive" to unite Labour MP's

-Corbyn says Tories don't see why there is a need for disability benefits, going wrong tack with selective education, very confident he can win election by tapping into anger

-ICM has Labour claw back to only 16 points behind Tories but are 31% behind on econimic competence though Hammond?May are down 10%. Raising taxes for better health/ social care is ahead with 39% but death tax is opposed with 41%

-Archbishop of Canterbury fears second referendum would make divisions and bitterness worse, calls national reconciliation. Baroness Smith and Lord Bridges both praised his speech

-Peers reject second referendum by 205 majority but demand Parliament have final say by 98 but was biggest ever vote in Lords with a record 634 peers taking part. Government vows to overturn, Baroness Smith says Lords might try one more time but would accept defeat afterwards

-Lord Keen promises government will not keep Parliament in dark over Brexit

-Lib Dems peers take unusual move of voting outright against article 50 at third reading

-UK house price growth hits 3.5 year low

-OECD raises UK growth forecast to 1.6% having predicted 1.2%

-Charlotte Hogg, the newly appointed deputy governor of the Bank of England and who wrote their code of conduct, has admitted that she failed to disclose that her brother works for Barclays Bank. The Treasury Committee are livid with her and the Bank's rather... casual attitude towards this reveal. Mann has already called for her to resign

-Despite speculation that they would lose, government holds out against Dubs amendment in Commons

-David Davis attends Lords debate on article 50

-Lord Bridges hints no vote if May is unable to agree a deal

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-Kristen Oswald enjoyably mocks those who demand high heels as part of dress code

-Lord Lamont says Brexit is under attack by peers with their impending demand for Parliament to have final say

-Lord Hague urges May to go to polls to help secure better Brexit deal and with a large majority to get through challenges. Downing Street and IDS says no, Lord Lansley says it should be yes

-Bob Neill says he will rebel against government on Article 50 if there aren't further concessions

-Andrew Rosindell wants bank holiday for Queen's Sapphire Jubilee

-Rentoul calls the Corbyn tax row "incompetent signalling"

-IDS says don't go to polls unless May needs to claim election mandate for Brexit at some point

-Lord Pater Hain argues Labour's policy, due to conference, is second referendum though it technically isn't

-Lord Carlile tells Lib Dem peers on second referendum "be careful what you wish for - your record ain't that good"

-Baroness Kenneddy predicts Brexit will make middle class 30% poorer by 2025

-Lord Heseltine argues it will take 1,600 regulations to undo 40 years of membership of the EU.

-Will Arnett doing boxing-chess for charity with Lib Dem activist, amusing presence on DP

-Robert Peston says Lords debate on parliamentary veto on Brexit ugliest he has seen for some time, does seem to be the old guard of the Tories refighting old battles. Things like trying to sabotage Brexit, Brezhnev doctrine, that sort of thing

-Lord Lawson predicts no Brexit deal

-Farage predicts early election due to Lords vote

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-Peter Scott not a fan of higher education reform

-Sarah Smith on Scottish independence preparations

-Toynbee on her alternative budget p

-George Eaton on Hammond's thinking
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:28 pm

Budget: OBR has upgraded its forecast for growth next year from 1.4% to 2%, inflation is forecast at 2.4% this year, 2% next year and 2% in 2019, debt forecast to be 86.8% this year, peaking at 88.8% next year - 1.4% lower than forecast but borrowing to go into middle of next parliament, wage growth till 2020 down to 3.4% a year, household incomes to stagnate this year

Corporation Tax will fall to 19%, the lowest rate in the G20. In 2020 it will fall again to 17%, business rate cuts for pubs and some relief, increase in national insurance contributions for self employed (breaking manifesto pledge), tax-free dividend allowance to be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from April next year, national living wage will rise to £7.50 in April, extends student loans to those on technical education, personal allowance will increase (for seventh year running) to £11,500, funds for domestic violence, 5G, returning Moms to work, celebrations for 100th anniversary for women getting the vote, driverless technology, urban congestion. £2 billion for social care over three years with a green paper on longer term funding, rules out social care levy

Guardian has collected Hammond's best gags

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-Lord Heseltine sacked as government adviser (though he says he was adviser to Cameron rather then May) after recent revolt which he agrees is fair. There seems some dispute as to if he ever met May

-Rayner calls grammar schools a vanity project

-Only three Tories rebelled over Dubs amendment

-Plaid Cymru AM Neil McEvoy suspended by Plaid and removed as spokesperson for sports and tourism while Plaid carries out inquiry

-Pound dipped before budget

-Budget red book only 64 pages long(last year's was 146)

-Apparently Treasury briefing after budget did not go well due to the national insurance rise for self employed and Tory MP's seem uneasy

-Professor Stephen Hawking calls for Corbyn to go as got himself portrayed as an extremist despite sound heard and some good policies

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-Kuessenberg on early election debate

-Kamal Ahmed on Treasury Eeyore's

-Eaton on Hammond wary of Brexit, emboldened by Labour

-Paul Goodman on sacking of Lord Hestiltine

-Tom Peck says Corbyn's screw up on weekend meant Hammond had easy week

-Tim Black on a collapsing UKIP being used to attack Brexit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:25 pm

-Corbyn's response to budget struggling to gain traction and his performance seemed flat

-Sturgeon (backed by Hosie) predicts autumn 2018 referendum as common sense though doesn't fully commit

-Papers furious at self employed national insurance rise, noted it was promised 4 times in manifesto there would be no rise

-BBC with key budget points

-Lord Trimble, former First Minister, fears neither side in N.Ireland showing attitude for a deal

-Hammond says would be a waste of political capital fighting to keep us in customs union and he is using National Insurance rise to pay for social care, by all accounts had a dreadful time with Nick Robinson interview (Robinson also mispronounced spreadsheet Phil to spread... something ruder). However Number 10 seems to be less then fully behind the idea

-Labour to oppose the National Insurance rise

-McDonnell says social care funding not enough, says Hammond's jokes were nasty (not sure I agree)

-Commons Office Libery, after Chris Leslie inquired, said the National Insurance will have to be in a separate bill to budget which may make it harder for whips to force through

-Ipsos MORI poll for STV says support for independence in Scotland has reached 50% but hard support remains for unionists (38% vs 28%)

-Guto Bebb, a Wales Office minister, says party should apolgoie for breaking manifesto commitment

-David Davis hints at regional immigration policy

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-Redwood and IDS not happy at national insurance rise and they are backed by seven other Tory MP's, Rabb's defence of it on DP was somewhat halfhearted

-Osborne to be paid £650,000 a year for advising Blackrock and to get shares in future

-Whittingdale, though backing the Fox bid, says Bradley was right to refer the bid to Ofcom

-Gauke defends the budget

-Gordon Brown publishing memoir this Autumn with proceeds going to charity

-IFS predicts third parliament of austerity, 15 years without a payrise (which it calls unprecedented), a decade without growth, slams politicians and voters for a unfair and inefficient tax system, richest 1% have been hit the most by last decade

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-Brian Taylor on Scottish reaction to budget

-D'Arcy argues Lord Tarzan's sacking leaves a big hole for May

-Simon Jenkins not a fan of grammar schools

-Alex Bell on Sturgeon vs May

-Bush asks where is Hammond's deficit plan?

-James Forysth on Hammond's quiet budget

-Torsten Bell defends defends national insurance rise
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:42 pm

-Prime Minister Edna Kelly says we will face a Brexit bill

-European Court of Justice says stripping terrorist suspects of British citizenship is lawful

-SNP make clear they need more populace

-Valerie Vaz calls Thatcher a Remainer and EU reformer

-Public Accounts Committee strongly recommends Westminster be evacuated for repair work

-May pushes national insurance plans into autumn

- Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee warns of lack of transparency for why people get senior jobs in public roles and accuse government of trying to undermine safeguards

-Steve O'Connell, chairman of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, accuses Met of major failings over Tower Hamlets electoral fraud case

- Independent Commission for Aid Impact warns aid to Libya is making migrant crises worse

-Scottish Lib Dem leader urges Lib Dems to turn back tides of division

-Boris says UK will reject a £50 million Brexit bill

-Foster accuses Sinn Fein of demonizing her

-Brokenshire warns another N.Ireland election is possible

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-Rumours Cameron complained to Sir Fallon about national insurance rise as being very stupid

-Lisa Nandy on health devolution

-Chukka Umunna with a essay on Labour's decline and how it can offer an alternative government

-Dan Jarvis on need to change way we go to war

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-Self-employed Iona Bain rather disagrees with Hammond's plan

-Kuessenberg on Brexit talks

-Ross Clark not happy Hammond listening to a Blairite

-Simon Jenkins believes May's retreat could see her go to the polls

-Richard LittleJohn rages against Hammond

-Abi Wilkinson on Labour's need to communicate

-Lewis Baston on why Lords reform keeps floundering

-Mary Dejvesky on Boris change of policy to Russia
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:43 pm

-McDonnell says government U-turning on national insurance

-Junker hopes UK will return to EU someday

-D'Arcy's week ahead

-Some Tories unhappy at rise of probate fees

-Guy Verhofstadt wants British citizens to be able to keep benefits of EU membership, warns Brexit is a disaster for the EU, no hard border in Ireland

-Greening heckled by head teachers when answering question about grammar schools

-Gerry Adams says N.Ireland results show a united Ireland is possible but they must show unionists that unification would be best

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-Lord Lamont says Hammond made a rookie error

-Farage pops into Ecuador's UK embassy

-James Cartlidge defends Hammond and looks at "areas that can't be touched by cuts or tax rises"

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-Gina Miller on abuse she has received

-Jonathan Freedland says we aren't prepared for Brexit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:31 pm

-Intelligent Services talking to political parties to warn about Russia may attempt to hack them

-Brexiters briefing against Hammond of budget with rumours they are trying to taken him down for not being pro-Brexit enough and seems Number 11 and Number 10 are briefing against each other "Economically illiterate" vs "Clueless on politics"+"lost every Brexit argument"). Some accusing Hammond of failing to brief collogues about national insurance rise

-David Davis demands MP's left article 50 unamended and defeat Lords amendments, article here says if we get no deal, we end up on favourable trading status with WTO

-Foreign Affairs Select Committee have savaged government for failing to prepare for no deal with EU which it sees as quite possible and hugely damaging for everyone.

-Gerry Adams accuses May government of seeking to overturn human rights in Good Friday agreement

-Corbyn happy with a Scottish referendum which has infuriated Scottish Labour (I get why they are unhappy but Corbyn can't be seen to act against SNP doing so). Ian Murray says this shows why he resigned from the cabinet and is destroying Labour

-Willie Rennie calls for new unionist arguments, one more positive then last time and says UK is his family

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-While the Mail has many good articles today, it should be ashamed of themselves for using Abbott and the shadow attorney general having a private drink/meal picture to attack them as champagne socialists.

-Owen Jones pulling out of social media due to abuse of minority.

-Lord Prescott turns on Corbyn as not up to the job. With swearing. Rather more politely attacks grammar schools

-Lord Lamont says Hammond plans are an economic mistake

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-Brain Taylor on Scottish Lib Dem conference

-Rentoul predicts a Hammond U-turn saying Hammond and May misread political reality

-Rawnsley on tensions between Downing Street neighbours
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