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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:06 pm

-Davies says no difference between him and Hammond on wanting a good Brexit, in speech says UK wants ability to discuss trade deals during transition but would be in customs union during then so none would be implemented during that period, existing deals should apply during that period, needs to be process for UK to register concerns at any rules that come in during transition

-McDonnell wants a Hippocratic style oath for accountants to maximise their clients tax payouts

-Thurrock had 17 UKIP councillors (including MEP Tim Aker) as the main opposition till they all resigned yesterday and formed their own party called Thurrock Independents. They are the new main opposition

-Unite election hearing on 27th March

-Official representative of the Russian Defence, Ministry Major-General Igor Konashenkov, on Williamson's warnings suggest William has lost "his understanding of where the limits of common sense lie long ago". There is suspicion that Williamson is trying to distract from an office affair from before he was MP

-Trump may or may not have apologised for Britain First tweets. My reading of it is it is a non-apology

-Scottish Daily Mail has apologised to Sturgeon for the flag row but they don't put that version on their front page...

-Labour appoint Tommy McAvoy as Lords chief whip, served a record 13 years as a government whip during Blair/Brown years and as soon as he was in Lords, he became a whip.

-D'Arcy's Week Ahead

-Party chair Brandon Lewis has set up tutorials for Tory MP's to learn how to use Instagram

-Delight in N.Ireland as US International Trade Commission (ITC) rules out the Bombardier tariffs

-Rumours May has postponed a big Brexit speech due to splits

-Attorney General Jeremy Wright says police and CPS ned t get a grip on how they handle electronic evidence and given collapse of trials, some had not been doing their jobs

-Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni says excluding finical services from UK deal was unrealistic

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-Behr defends Hammond

-Jack Ashton on loneliness

-Joey D'Urso & Esther Webber on MP's use of Instagram

-Forysth (sun) on May's lack of leadership, need to decide on Brexit, Williamson and other matters
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:13 pm

-Corbyn tells Marr he is reading too much of Daily Mail when Marr asks why Corbyn has been quiet on Iran, pledges 8,000 new homes immediately for those with a history of rough sleeping and help councils take over empty properties, more council properties with lifetime tenancies at secure rent, rules out second referendum

-Lords Constitutional Committee says Brexit bill is fundamentally reworked and needs reworking

-Lidington urges Tories to unite in mutual respect, remember they are still neck and neck in polls, much Brexit progress in a year

-Welsh Government hoping to lower voting age for Welsh elections

-Works and Pensions Committee not happy with Pensions regulator for what they allowed Carillion directors to do with company pension fund and they feel the company tried to wiggle out of it's duties for ten years

- British Election Study says there was not a huge youth surge at election

-Treasury Committee wants a review of business rates

-Number 10 says naturally both sides starting position on Brexit talks is rather different, transition should be around two years (talks had started of 3 years), Hammond doing good job

-Lidington doing PMQ's this week as May is in China

-Dr Fox says a leadership challenge would be foolish as would destablize things and not help electorally

-EU agree guidelines for transition till Dec12st 2020

-Davies expects EU not to be happy with UK demands we have a say during transition or how much freedom UK should have to discuss trade with others, says three years transition claims are bogus, aiming to end talks at end of year

-Barnier says UK must accept all of EU including rules during transition, UK really needs to say what they want, working to finish talks by end of October, warns countries that have deals with EU may not pass on the benefits to UK during transition

-Italy’s Europe minister Sandro Gozi doubts we will have any way of objecting to any new EU law, UK needs to say what they want

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-Georgia Toffolo rather annoyed Tory HQ trying to win her over now after giving her cold shoulder when she offered to help

-Heidi Allen says Tories need to get a grip, they are letting the country down

-Nicky Morgan says she is frustrated at government handling of aspects of Brexit but Brexiteers should stop undermining May

-Education select committee chair Halfon "We need to have less policy-making by tortoise and [more] policy making by lion."

-Claire Perry uses term "swivel-eyed" old men to describe the Brexiteers attacking government, says she only meant those who are going around calling people traitors rather then the old guard of the party.

-Greening wants return of maintenance grant as it's abolishment turned higher education regressive, fears review of tuition fees is kicking it into long grass

-Umunna on Labour labels

-Nick Timothy finds government focus on environment to be strange, election campaign went wrong because they deviated from reformist strategy that had got them in such a strong polling position in first place for a continuity strategy, people are tired of austerity so fiscal policy needs to change

-Sir Cash urges government to reject EU's transition terms

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-Katy Balls warns Tory MP's could find axing May will be worse then keeping her

-Libby Brooks unhappy at lack of Scottish thinktanks

-Felix Ling on universal basic income

-Liam Young questions British Election Study while Bush delves into the data
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:33 pm

-Rumours Merkel is entertaining people with jokes about May's Brexit stance

-Government analysis, cross-department led by Brexit department rather then Treasury, on Brexit has leaked out: we would lose 5% growth over 15 years with free trade deal, 8% no deal, 2% with softest Brexit, WTO would hit every sector other then agriculture, every region of country will suffer whatever the model. Government says this as early draft that didn't model the deal May is planning, SNP says this shows their own forecasts were correct, even Brexiteers call for it to be published, Rees-Mogg calls it highly speculative, IDS suspicious of timing but says forecasts are wrong anyway

-Minister Steve Baker says leak is seeking to undermine government in talks, any non-Tory who question why this hasn't been published wants to stop Brexit, forecasts always wrong, staying in single market would be “political purgatory of perpetual rule-taking from the EU”. There is disbelief as Baker gets himself in contradictory positions about the forecasts while civil service union has said he was insulting

-Dr Fox reminds Tory Brexiteers they don't have a majority so must learn to live with disappointment. Dr Fox says he means this about Hammond staying, everyone else seeing it as a warning they won't get Hard Brexit

-DUP having first ever meeting with gay right activists

-May visiting China for three days to boost trade

-Mortgage approvals down, consumer credit up

-DWP reviewing all Pip payments

-Chris Morris with highlights from EU negotiating guidelines

-Price of a British passport is to rise by £12.50 from 27 March for those applying by post.

-Government promises impact assessment before MP's vote on final Brexit deal

-70 Labour council leaders have written to Labour NEC in protest at their interfering in Haringey

-Carney says business investment 4% lower then if we had not chosen Brexit but once there is greater clarity then we should see better investment, disorderly Brexit unlikely, Brexit could allow more clawing back of banker bonuses, more inflation to come

-Holyrood makes it law that half of public boards must be female

-Dutch government asks Gove for clarity on UK Brexit fishery policy

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-Soubry urges government to stand up to 35 or so Hard Brexit MP's

-Dr Rupa Huq says (I think going for a wind up) A-level histories is anti-Labour

-Sir Fallon says it is a mistake for defence team to be all male

-Osborne's former chief of staff Rupert Harrison on forecasts "I can't forecast what you will weigh in 10 years time but I can predict that if you eat a lot of burgers and don't do any exercise you will weigh more than if you eat healthily and go to the gym"

-Hollobone says Treasury must get with the program and accept Brexit

-Mercer says May is running out of time to show leadership

-Nigel Evans quips since socks come in pairs, Boris and Hammond should take one each for their mouths

-Osborne wishes UK to join Efta (the Norway option)

-Haringey's council’s leader Claire Kober resigns after a decade, accusing Momentum of sexism and bullying while NEC's interference (which did not please a lot of Labour councils) did not go down well with her unsurprisingly.

-Catherine West opposes Lexit

-Dan Jarvis running for Sheffield City Region mayoralty

-Lord Mandelson believes we are heading to second referendum, Lord Rooker says he would join a Lord Heseltine party, Lord Pearson says government has failed to realize UK strength and allowed EU to take front foot, Lord Menzies Campbell compares Rees-Mogg to Robespierre

-Former Brexit Minister Lord Bridges impressed with speech as he describes government Brexit policy as “a gang plank into thin air” with no critical answers in last four months, each year of Brexit debate feels like seven, government has to be honest with public and make some choices and "We cannot indulge in that very British habit of just muddling through. The Prime Minister must make choices. Keeping every option open is no longer an option".

-Rees-Mogg says Hammond seems semi detached member of cabinet, willing to compromise on transition if he had sense of what the end point would be like

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-Bush on Tory leadership woes, Harringay tells us nothing about Labour in 2018 and hard Brexiteers have reason to worry about transition

-Hardman says May needs to be cold to save herself

-Kuessenberg May's trip to China

-Behr on May's problems deeper then Brexit

-Ben Chu bemoans constant reshuffles

-Hinsliff says forecasts mean Labour must make a choice on Brexit

-Robert Peston on Brexit forecasts and cabinet splits
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:20 am

Dong Zhou wrote:-70 Labour council leaders have written to Labour NEC in protest at their interfering in Haringey

-Dr Rupa Huq says (I think going for a wind up) A-level histories is anti-Labour


I think that Momentum are self-inflicting injuries here that could do a lot of damage to public perception of them.

I guess the syllabus has changed since I was there but I doubt it make much difference as almost every history teacher I had at GCSE and A-Level made it pretty clear they had a pro-Labour bias.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:09 pm

Sun Fin wrote:
Dong Zhou wrote:-70 Labour council leaders have written to Labour NEC in protest at their interfering in Haringey

-Dr Rupa Huq says (I think going for a wind up) A-level histories is anti-Labour


I think that Momentum are self-inflicting injuries here that could do a lot of damage to public perception of them.



In fairness, at the moment I get the impression Haringey is a local issue that Momentum has better organized then might have happened in past. There is a bit of "red under the bed" with Labour when it comes to Momentum and it is a council close to where the media are whereas some believed to have more Momentum issues get ignored. If a proper inquiry finds Momentum activists have been abusive, then it becomes another matter. The self-inflicted injury is the NEC, taking a highly unusual step (though even the anti-Corbynites backed it) to interfere and that has put backs up.

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Lidington vs Thornberry: Or deputy PMQ's. Thornberry teases about Lidington's comments last time they face each other then goes onto universal suffrage anniversary while using their first names as a teasing example of how much more needs to be done and amount of female MP's. Lidington takes the teasing in good heart and tries a shot at Labour's cabinet changes with a surprisingly good "get me out of here joke" but while acknowledging the problem, he doesn't really have an answer. Thornberry deals with the "we have had two female leaders" shot by asking why they are trying to get rid of her, Thonberry talks about more suffrage then asks about voting down to age 16, Lidington says 18 when it is when you become a full citizen and rest of world doesn't. Thornberry says UK should take lead, says 16 year olds have plenty of gained rights, Lidington pointed out Labour raised age limits on a lot of things to 18, Thornberry says those were issues of health and crime but voting is a life choice like plenty of 16 choices including receiving careers so why does government expect them to do that but not be allowed to vote? Lidington wonders if she wants to age of majority be lowered but points to Thornberry backing moving things to 18 as people aren't ready till then but doesn't have good answer to the care issue. Thornberry brings up past Lidington comment says youth get impacted by choices they can't vote on, Lidington says was at youth parliament were plenty over 18 and makes a passionate defence of youth parliament. Thornberry says plenty were under 18's and then summaries by saying there is no logical argument against lowering voting age with DUP and Tories blocking reform "the coalition of caveman" which went down badly and then tries to wrap it up with suffragettes. Lidington makes a weak Flintstones joke and gives another good speech about youth parliament and need to bring people into passion of politics but UK stance backed by big democratic countries like EU, USA, Canada and co so Thornberry should grow up.

Bercow says there has been a habit of female speakers being shouted down at PMQ's. A constitutional issue that may feel out of touch, initially with good humour though I feel Thornberry's caveman joke went down badly and then saw Lidington with a grow up shot, Thornberry had one good question about carers but not voters but felt she set out her case badly, Lidington only really came alive during the end but used youth vote and other democracies well. Tories set up question so SNP tax record can be hammered before Blackford spoke (to his amusement), Blackford used Lidington's past comments on single market and Brexit forecast leaks for need of single market, Lidington says we will leave but seeking frictionless trade for benefit of all, Blackford says we will be single market during transition before calling government in crises and embarrassment, the cabinet have long supported single market yet they will make us poorer by leaving. Lidington goes on single market of the UK being needed for Scotland and UK deep relationship with EU will bring prosperity to Scotland. Felt Blackford did fairly well

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-Lord Norman Bates resigns at the dispatch box, the dfid minister had arrived late for a question, he apologized and promptly resigned with immediate effect. The lords are in shock, seems like even Labour peers were going "no, no" when he resigned. Some members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet may not like this sort of standards and honour catching on. Lord Taylor, the chief whip in the Lords, is trying to persuade Lord Bates to unresign

-MP's vote for a full decant by majority of 16, 236 votes to 220, Meg Hillier's amendment beating out Leadsom's two proposals. hank goodness, the Commons could not have been left as is for any longer

-Tracey Crouch boycotting Today due to John Humphreys attitude on equal pay

-Eyes on Capita after it's shock profit warning spreads alarm

-May says she is not a quitter and Tories must talk about their achievements, no election till 2022, they need to help people achieve the British dream, will raise concerns from business about China's over-production of steel and the protection of intellectual property against piracy while she extends education links.

-Simon Convey on relations with UK

-Daniel Hannan (sun) accuses Brexit leak of being part of a Remainer elite ploy

-There seems unease that the most prominent Labour female in local government (Claire Kober) retired with accusations she was bullied, Jenny Chapman has called for investigation

-Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland denies Sinn Feinn claims of gerrymandering

-Justice Minister Dr Lee says Brexit forecasts needs to be considered and may need a rethink of direction we are going.

-Government cedes to Labour motion by their usual abstaining, will hand it to Brexit Committee and provide reading rooms for MP's to see it in full but asks for it not to be published, says it a provisional report and not endorsed by government.

-We can now sell beef to China

-Carney wants us to drop RPI as a measure of inflation

-Hammond reviewing inheritance tax

-Sir Stramer asks for Baker to apologize to civil servants Baker ding a "I didn't offend them, all my best friends are civil servants" tweet: "Brilliant, jolly conversation with @DExEUgov officials this am on economic forecasting and the book Superforecasting by Tetlock. Happily, they know I still love them and my critique is of economic method, not individuals"

-Downing Street says Lidington should not have told Thornberry to grow up and has chief whip have a word with Dr Lee. At which point press are asking if Baker's attack on the civil service is now government policy

-Carrie Grace getting a lot of praise for her appearance on Culture Committee to discuss female pay (went over an hour longer then planned). You know the BBC China editor who rather objected to being paid less then her male counterparts. Lord Hall seems to be just accepting guilt and apologizing for everything at this point, paybands between editors too large, shouldn't have opposed pay going public, should have been clearer with staff, lots of praise for Grace

-Scottish Labour to have 14 all women shortlists in target seats for next Westminster elections but delay deputy leader elections on cost/avoiding a Brexit row grounds.

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-McCluskey calls for Labour to vote against Brexit bill as he hopes it will force May to resign and an election (some people seem to have mistaken this for second referendum)

-Baroness Trumpington flicks v-sign, twice, when asked about May then bemoans her being boring

-Scottish Labour has suspended the leader of its South Lanarkshire Council group Davie McLachlan after MSP Anas Sarwar claimed racist comments were made (the accusation is that MacLachlan said 'Scotland wouldn't vote for a brown Muslim Paki')

-Will Quince on rail franchising

-Owen Paterson broken back while riding

-Lord Hain wants graduate tax

-Lord Patten calls referendums a sin against democracy

-Robin enters Commons

-Mark Fields predicts voting age will be lowered someday

-Rees-Mogg says he would not have backed decanting from Commons if he had known Richmond House could not be used

-Redwood quips that Leavers are, when it Commons to Commons, now Remainers

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-Dominic Sandbrook denies we are obsessed with the war

-Oliver Kamm not happy at events in Harrigney
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:36 pm

-Been well noted that move or not move split on party lines with Tories opposing moving but enough Remainers seeming to move over

-May is refusing to accept Lord Bates resignation and with help of Labour (including their leader and the Baroness whose question he missed) saying his resignation was not needed, Lord Bates has been persuaded to stay on. The thinking is that the Lords had changed timetable to start earlier in morning due to EU debate, prayers (which delays things) moved and Lord Bates hadn't noticed so was expecting it to be a bit later then it was.

-May says she will oppose giving residency rights to EU citizens during the transition period, Mairead McGuinness (vice president of the European parliament) says that is breaking December agreement. Nicky Morgan wonders why it is ok to say that in public but not release Brexit forecasts

-That same Brexit study apparently says cutting EU migrants would cost economy more then we would get in a trade deal with USA, SNP have vowed to publish the full thing when they get their copy

-Brexit bill passes second reading in Lords

-Davies points out Eu proposed transition is slightly shorter then two years

-May gives President Xi Jinping a set of Blue Planet 2 with personal message from Attenborough, UK and China to cooperate on ivory trade and a new trade and investment review

-Dr Fox says UK to see itself as others see UK, not as internal commentators do, China deal could be a long time away, we can increase trade with non-EU countries while in customs union

-Press liking May's nickname in China "Auntie May"

-Rachael Reeves concerned at SSE and Npower merger

-Corbyn says carewokrers are underpaid and pledges extra 8 billion for social care over course of parliament

-Steve Baker refuses to deny Treasury rigged the Brexit forecasts, further angering civil service unions while Rees-Mogg saying Charles Grant accused Treasury mandarins of it has been feircly denied by Grant and everyone who at the meeting he was alleged to have said it while civil service head Sir Heywood chooses this utterly random time to praise analysts doing the forecasts and how important such evidence based policy is,

-Commons votes in favour of baby leave and has asked the procedure committee to draw up firm proposals, government has indicated support on leave but has concerns about proxy votes

-Scotland says EU students starting in the autumn of Brexit year would still be free as they are now

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-Osborne says leaving customs union is a risk and MP's have power to push for soft Brexit, government needs to tackle poor education in north

-Lord Jim O'Neill says some focus had dropped off Northern Powerhouse but government seems more inclined to push on that then when May initially came to power

-Pat McFadden on ministers willing to sacrifice economy for Brexit

-Matt Hancock creates own app

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-Kamal Ahmed on Brexit forecasts

-Hardman wonders what are the Tory whips doing

-BBC looks at shrinkflation of chocolate and biscuits

-Kettle urges UK to think more of the world outside our borders

-Jane Merrick on May's struggles, John Peinaar looks at it through Brexit prism

-Eaton thinks May has picked a fight with EU that she can't win

-Mark Wallace on the groups that might topple May
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Re: UK Politics

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-Corbyn opposes May's EU migrant plans and suspect she is doing it due to concern about her hard Brexiteers

-Government reviewing civil partnerships on whether it be scrapped or mixed-sex couples can have it after pressure Loughton and others

-Dr Fox says UK must end obsession with Europe on economic matters and focus on growing markets elsewhere, customs union of any sort will stop an independent trade policy

-Baker admits he was wrong about Charles Grant's comments and should have corrected Rees-Mogg after audio was released showing the two Tories were talking complete balderdash. Has said he will apologize to Grant and has apologised to Commons

-David Davies massive wince when Baker attacked civil service has been noticed

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-Berger says one candidate criticized her for missing election debate, when she pointed out she had a newborn baby he said it wasn't the 1950's

-Female MP's warn they get flak if they miss a vote when they had just given birth

-Desborough Town Council down to 2 councillors has all ten Tory councillors resign over people's (as in others, not themselves) bullying of former chair Jane Pearce and her children. Being upset over a massive and sudden tax rise is one thing, bullying a nine year old speaks ill of the town.

-Labour's former leader of Harlow says he is retiring after bullying campaign by Momentum and one Corbynite calling him Neo-Nazi at party conference

-Claire Kobey defends her record and warns Labour against pushing out pragmatist councillors

-Chris Williamson refuses to condemn Haringey councillors being called social or ethnic cleansers

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-Eaton says Brexiteers blaming others for their own failings

- Aditya Chakrabortty welcomes events in Haringey

-Yuan Ren on China's perception of May

-Andrew Grice says May has to choose and mocks Brexiteers conspiracy theories
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:17 pm

-Government using Business bank to offer loans to small and medium sized companies hut by Carillion

-Frank Field suggests the big accounting firms KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and EY be broken up

-Davies to meet Barnier on Monday

-MP's, including Labour figures like Rayner who condemned it, alarmed as Rees-Mogg goes to ticketed event to speak to Bristol students, protestors break in and while everyone agrees that was fine, their descending into violence despite the MP's attempts to have a friendly debate with them is not. Rees-Mogg plays down the incident and doubts there was any harm meant

-Corbyn and McDonnell publishes tax returns

-D'Arcy on a Committee heavy week

-Lizz Truss calls Labour's proposal that allows state to compulsorily buy land for a price that excludes the potential for future planning consent as deeply sinister, Nick Boles responds that it isn't sinister and gives a vigorous defence of the idea as they get into a public debate on the matter

-Labour doing a Corbyn festival this summer called Labour Live! since there is no Glastonbury while Freeman still doing his Tory ideas festival

-Investigation into if Nuttall broke electoral law has been dropped

- Northamptonshire County Council imposes emergency spending controls, hasn't been such a thing for 20 years. An inspector had already been appointed to look at the council's finances

-Government to support Loughton private members bill to allow both names on marriage certificates

-Wednesday's Welsh Grand Committee will be first time MP's can make speeches in Welsh

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-Rees-Mogg continues Treasury conspiracy theories as if he hadn't been exposed as talking bull about Charles Grant

-Sharon Hodgson and other MP's weep as she talks of the stillbirth of her daughter and that her existence is not recorded or acknowledged in the law

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-Eaton on why Remainers have begun to hope

-Bush on the polls

-Hardman/Balls on mood among Tory MP's

-Iain Watson on what policies Momentum want local councils to carry out

-Adam Fleming on what EU wants
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:06 pm

-Defence Committee warns against cutting Royal Marines and scrapping their landing gear as has been rumoured

-May to make speech about abuse of candidates

-FDA general secretary David Penman(aka head of civil service union) calls for May to defend civil servants from her ministers and her backbenchers attacks and conspiracy theories

-Angus Robertson resigns as SNP deputy, suggesting his past mandate was to act on her behalf at Westminster and he his loss of seat meant he couldn't do it properly and he wants to seek new opportunities. Been deputy leader for over a decade and a highly able number deputy, respected in Westminster in a way Blackford is struggling to be and a skilled campaigner.

-Rudd gives passionate defence of Whitehall, is surprised at Rees-Mogg's discourtesy to civil service, describes Baker's week as "interesting" and mentions his need to apologize. Brandon Lewis says Whitehall is impartial and famed across the world for it

-Brandon Lewis needs to be stronger in rhetoric against his own side's abuse if he is to really make an impact.

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-Bernard Jenkin says cabinet divided and confused about Brexit, May needs a clean Brexit despite Hammond and Treasury's own views and says Hammond refusing to fall into line has confused Whitehall (he makes no mention of Boris and co oddly enough :P), says MP's would back a clean Brexit (not sure most would agree)

-Rees-Mogg indicates Treasury fiddled the figures for political motivation when it came to Brexit, infuriating the civil service union while Charles Grant is still waiting for an apology

-Jess Philips (sun) on Rees-Mogg protests

-Lord O'Donnell remarks those selling snake oil tend not to like experts examining their work

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-Rawnsley Tory leadership problems

-Nick Cohen is worried at Brexiteers undermining our institutions and preparing a betrayal narrative

-Josh Neidus bemoans ideology taking over Brexit

-Salman Shaheen optimistic about Corbyn victory but wishes change on Labour Brexit policy

-Forsyth (sun) May needs to lead, no to customs union, Thornberry's choice for PMQ's and more
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:18 pm

-Security Minister Ben Wallace denies Mail on Sunday story he is about to resign to trigger leadership contest. Press widely believe one cabinet minister is on verge of resigning but I doubt it will be Wallace after this

-Downing Street says we will leave customs union but is a sense it did so in panic to rumours of a Brexiteer coup in Sunday Times and is being hammered by Remainers while Varadkar wants clarity on what exactly we want instead

-Rudd says Brexit cabinet is more united then Brexiteers think

-Gerry Adams wants Corbyn to be PM with Corbyn and Livingston having kept the faith (I do slightly wonder if he also wants to see the DUP meltdown if Corbyn wins), believes his successor O'Neill can reach out and make friends with unionists to restore power-sharing

-Halfon says many students getting paltry returns for the fees they pay for university and we need to move towards more technical education

-Scottish Labour want SNP Justice Secretary Michael Matheson investigated for alleged breaches of the ministerial code (misleading Holyrood and unduly influenced the Scottish Police Authority.)

-Rumours Boris and Gove will be asked to agree to a time limited extension to custom's union with suspicion it may drive wedge between Gove and Boris

-Car sales slow

-Barnier says Brexit talks will be accelerated we will face barriers to trade if we leave customs union, must play by same rules during transition and remarks (when Davies says it is clear what UK wants), UK has till March to clarify

-Trump says people here marching against NHS as it is broke and not working, Hunt takes shot at US healthcare not protecting the poor, Corbyn says Trump has misread what the protests were about

-Sir David Norgrove, head of the statistics authority, says May has misused statistics about NHS Wales

-Grayling doesn't rule out taking charge of East Coast franchise

-Electoral Commission chair Sir John Holmes wants proof of identity before people vote

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-Former first minister Henry McLeish says Scottish football needs reform and modernization

-Sir Cable says Corbyn key to hopes for second referendum

-Farage says if May is truly going to leave Single Market then she should sack Hammond

-Umunna on Brexit extremists

-Rees-Mogg says Hammond is undermining Brexit policy and needs to remember collective responsibility, says civil servants are biased and their econimic models are flawed says Lord O'Donnell seemed to not take offence when OBR was set up and stripped his department of forecast responsibilities due to concerns about bias. Says having six children means he is not in a position to be PM

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-Phil Whittaker has a conspiracy theory for why Hunt wants to stay at health

-d'Ancona says May should call a confidence vote now for the sake of Brexit

-Toynbee on tax system

-Mathew Norman rages about Rees-Mogg

-Hardman argues May needs to try cross party reforms to survive

-Simon Jenkins opposes NHS tax
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