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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:49 am

Thought I posted this last night

Reshuffle junior style: Nick Hurd promoted to Home Office from Climate Change, Dominic Raab rewarded for his loyal service on the airwaves by going to Justice where he is fine lawerly mind should prove useful (and also balances out it's Remainer head), highly respected and innovative whip Anne Milton to education (health might be more her thing) which might be a promotion she has earnt but in a minority government might not be best time to lose a whip, Robert Goodwill moved from immigration to education minister (not an area I have seen great interest in him from), Remainer whip Baroness Anelay to Brexit and has foreign office experience, Claire Perry to climate change where her record is mixed and she will need to shine after the manner of her departure from transport set her career back, whip Mel Stride financial secretary to the Treasury. Foreign Office sees Lord Ahmad promoted from lower rank and Remainer Mark Field moved from vice chair where he had trying to build relations with centre-right parties, accountant Alok Sharma goes up the ladder to housing, former solider Mark Lancaster up one to be Fallon's deputy, the great Remainer Alistair Burt once again strides into foreign office and also gets Dfid have retired from ministerial duties last time. Vote Leave board member and Tory MP mastermind Steve Baker gets Brexit, perhaps reassuring Brexiteers after all the Remainers getting posters, takes out one of the wiliest political operators out from where he can cause trouble, helps Brexiteers own their issues.

Out: Robert Halfon sacked as apprentices minister, possibly due to closeness to Osborne and the former chancellor's recent comments despite his popularity in the party, his understanding of working class, and that he did seem to see Corbyn surge coming. Mike Penning from defence (was an able minister), press really puzzled at May axing two men who could talk to the working class. Sir Oliver Heald from Justice (says he is axed for younger blood), David Jones from Brexit which given he refused to say May would stay is probably unsurprising. Lord Bridges resigns from Brexit, costs them an experienced and able hand that David Davis highly valued with concerns that half the department has gone.

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-1922 committee raised school funding as an issue on doorstep

-Ruth Davidson pushing for a soft Brexit

-Gove says May has amazing talents while he will be loyal to her as long as she wants to be PM, Watson's letter to May is mischief making and being conspiracy obsessed when it comes to Murdoch, says they must reflect on why Labour did so well, that people have concerns about form of Brexit. Been trying to win over Greens: been chatting with Boris, his record on environment is due to cabinet responsibility and he has made speeches on climate change before he took office, Trump wrong to pull out of Paris agreement, looking at badger cull and if strengthen ivory ban.

-Barnier demands UK hurry up and begin talks, extending Brexit talks beyond 2019 would lead to instability and says UK underestimated the difficulty of Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt asks us to clarify our position already.,

-DUP argue deal with Tories could benefit N.Ireland

-Ian Blackford (seen as frontrunner), Joanna Cherry, Tommy Sheppard and Drew Hendry, all from 2015 intake, running for SNP leadership while Stewart Hosie is caretaker

-Andrew Davies says Welsh Tories marginalized by London during campaign

-Inflation up to 2.9%, a four year high and higher then expected, despite falling travel costs. Average house price rose by 5.6% in the 12 months to Apri

-SNP ends fundraising for referendum

-Caroline Lucas attacks Gove's appointment

-Bercow elected as Speaker with James Duddridge admitting there isn't support to challenge Bercow. May jokes "at least someone got a landslide" before making a speech in defence of politics

-Corbyn gets strong reception from Labour benches to amusement of Tories

-Ken Clarke new father of the house, May says Harman should be made Mother of the House

-Tom Watson wants government to pledge not agree to DUP's wish to scrap license fees

-May's paper for joint statement with macron blows off in wind

-PLP give Corbyn a standing ovation, Corbyn telling them Labour are a government in waiting, need to remain in campaign mode, keep discipline and unity

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-John Ashmore talking to senior Tory about 1922 meeting "A sort of obscene spectacle of ambitious colleagues trying to outdo each other in fanatical loyalty."

-Clive Efford urges Corbyn to remain loyal to the election shadow cabinet

-One Tory MP joked "we should raise the voting age to 40" while Labour MP's have been chanting Canterbury

-Harman says Corbyn must be given credit for winning seats and she was wrong about him

-IDS says Brexit plan hasn't changed and says cabinet members should not try to change it by talking to Labour, wants rethink on public sector payfreeze

-Lord Hague calls for cross party Brexit Commission, shift from immigration to economy based Brexit, stay in the European Economic Area as a two year transition then leave it, free movement to those with job

-Hannan advocates a Swiss style Brexit deal

-David Coburn wants Farage to stand for leader again

-Former Taoiseach and ex EU ambassador John Bruton says Brexit bill is an attempt to tease out how much UK is willing to pay and accuses Boris of being obstructive

-Ed Miliband praises Halfon as a man who understood blue collar workers

-Miliband then IDS to guest present Vine show

-Grieve pushes for rethink of austerity (a lot of MP's doing this)

-Freeman blames collapse of pound for living standard squeeze and less then subtly points out that is due to Brexit

-Lord Trimble, former First Minister, says DUP deal doesn't need to destabilize N.Ireland and lots of scaremongering is going on but DUP could take hit if Westminster policies are unpopular

-Sir Major fears DUP deal could undermine peace process, upset Dublin while Wales, North England and Scotland could get upset if N.Ireland gets extra funding, should be wider consultation on Brexit since no manifesto for Hard Brexit, should reconsider on immigration and single market

-Nick Macpherson, the former Treasury permanent secretary, says based on past DUP's ability to get money out of Treasury is "sky's the limit"

-Lord Foulkes eating humble pie and says not seen Labour members so pleased since 97

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-Mark Easton fears we are ill served by our democratic system, Katie Ghose also feels we need a system change but Tom Bradby argues the election represented the choice the people made

-Mark Mardell on a trapped May

-Abi Wilkinson says Boris is no threat to Labour

-Luke Akehurst on why Labour did well and how they can close the considerable gap

-Iain Macwhirter says Davidson and Sturgeon should unite on Brexit

-Polly Billington says Labour has to win back working class

-Eaton on the types of voters Corbyn got behind him

-Nick Cohen rages against the Tory right and Gove
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:51 am

Dong Zhou wrote:-Iain Macwhirter says Davidson and Sturgeon should unite on Brexit


I think this would be a disastrous approach for Davidson. I know a lot of people have majored on SNP's collapse being a rejection of another independence referendum but I also think there were a lot of SNP voters who were pro-Brexit and so swapped to a party that is promising that. If Davidson starts working with the party they deserted on the issue that they swapped over then they will feel betrayed and will never vote for her again.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:33 am

I would agree with that. It may be tempting as both hate Brexit and want a softer Brexit but it would risk alienating some of Davidson's support
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:58 pm

Really junior reshuffles: Caroline Nokes to Cabinet office, capable and busy backroom figure, for some reason highly respected captain Tobias Ellwood moved from foreign office to junior post in defence which seems an amazing demotion, whips Jackie Doyle-Price and Steve Brine to Health, former property developer and businessman Richard Harrington moved from pensions to business, Chloe Smith begins her comeback with N.Ireland, John Glen gets Culture (bit random), lawyer Guy Opperman gets DWP which given his legal work does make sense. Loyal Stephen Barclay gets Treasury, worked in City as a lawyer and member of Public Accounts Committee. Former MEP leader Lord Callanan gets Transport (glad to see him getting a post, not sure about transport), former Welsh leader Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth moved from energy+ Wales to Communities (has an interest in rural communities and charities) and N.Ireland. However Andrew Percy resigns from Northern Powerhouse role to pursue other interests

Labour reshuffle: Delayed till evening due towerblock fire with heavy rumours Owen Smith would get N.Ireland. Corbyn clearly decided that the team who stuck with him must be rewarded be it loyalists or figures like Gardiner who stuck with him none the less and that those who had refused to serve would have to work their way back. His election coordinators were rewarded Andrew Gwynne getting Local Government, a spiky performer who has impressed in his role, youngest councillor. Ian Lavery gets party chair, not a good media performer but loyal, a strong campaigner, well organized and strong connections to unions. Dawn Butler returns to Diversity having resigned over article 50, Corbyn was sympathetic on her reasoning and she stayed loyal from backbenches including one bad interview where she slandered one company falsely. Lesley Laird must be one of the quickest "got elected, get into shadow cabinet" in history, part of the 2017 brigade and gets Scotland post now Corbyn has a far wider range of options, a respected councillor. Owen Smith gets N.Ireland job as expected, not what he would have hoped for but his star has faded after his leadership challenge, he knows the job having served under Pat Murphy, will help in N.Ireland as he is respected there by all sides in way Corbyn isn't while indicating to the right of party that Corbyn has forgiven.

Out: Most of those who were going were those who wanted to go: Teresa Pearce was only a caretaker in local government as she prefers backbench work and was covering for Grahame Morris illness while he is still too ill to serve. David Anderson had held N.Ireland and Scotland (which he admitted was a problem) but has retired as an MP. There is one forced sacking Tom Watson paying for his failed manoeuvring and less then fulsome backing as ousted as party chair, McCluskey will not morn

Thoughts: I see the logic in nearly everything and it is mostly very good: Owen Smith provides a "I forgive and will give you guys a chance" while understandably Corbyn wants to be loyal to those who were loyal to him (Butler counts as loyal). He has axed the one real threat in his cabinet and put a good (plus loyal) figure who understands the inner workings as party chair, he has understood his problems in N.Ireland moved to counter it, every appointment makes sense bar Scotland. Laird may have a good reputation and in a year this could have been a fantastic move but she has gone from councilwoman to shadow cabinet without having any time to adjust to the ways of the Commons, something that is very difficult by all accounts. However while there have been impressive figures in shadow cabinet, there have been some that have been... less good and yet Corbyn keeps them rather then axe them for those who, as well as a sop to the other wings of his party, could be expected to bring much needed strength and experience to his cabinet.

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-Lord Paddick resigns as Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesperson due to views of Farron during election campaign. Hasn't said which ones but led to speculation it is Farron's views on homosexuality. Which has led to Tim Farron resigning as Lib Dem leader, has said he has struggled to be a Lib Dem leader and a committed Christian which frankly does not speak well of our age, he was under pressure for his campaign where it was felt he struggled to cut through, failed to handle the homosexuality question well and got his strategy wrong.

Farron's opening strategy as leader to go left of Labour was shot by Corbyn while public never quite seem to accept he was a clean break from the Coalition. As a chairman, had been a charismatic, humours, firebrand with good local tales but it didn't quite cut through as leader, his orotry wasn't quite good enough and those same tales felt forced when doing it as leader. Being 4th party meant a struggle for cut through but Lib Dems slowly rebuild their shattered bases and when Brexit came along, it seemed to offer Lib Dems hope. They united Remainers behind them in by-elections and Lib Dems had hoped of a revival in their former heartlands, of squeezing Labour. Alas when election happened, that Brexit strategy (as May discovered) didn't work, people were more interested in living standards and Remainers began to squeeze back to Labour. Farron mishandled the homosexuality questions, dodging and snappy which clearly didn't help and it does seem to have put off young students despite his strong voting record in favour of LGTB rights, perhaps reflecting the intolerance of our society but he never really made the argument of "yes my faith means I have difficulty with the issue, my liberal beliefs mean I vote for gay rights" as he should have. I suspect if not for that issue, Farron might have survived for another election but he was under pressure.

-Ian Blackford leads SNP MP's, was seen as the favourite, a centrist who favours gradual approach to independence, former party treasurer who fell out with Salmond (I like him already :P) and investment banker. Sheppard had withdrawn from SNP contest as he lacks support on a personal level though he argues he has support for shifting SNP radically to left. Kirsty Blackman becomes deputy

-President Macron says UK can return to UK till moment of Brexit but will get harder the longer it goes on, Wolfgang Schaeuble says we can come back but he doesn't expect it, Verhofstadt says we will have to face new terms of membership if we decide to stay in

-Sinn Feinn repeats they are not taking their seats in Westminster

-Corbyn to tour 65 Tory marginals in preparation for a election campaign, blames fire on austerity

-Wage growth a lot worse then expected at 1.7%, also a lot smaller then inflation. Also 17.0% of employed are in the public sector, employment at 74.8%

-Hard Brexiteers led by IDS fighting back against the recent soft Brexit push

-Abbott returns, says her struggles were due to type 2 diabetes and doing several interviews without food between them (that is shockingly bad management of her health), says she felt targetted by Tories

-Rumours Hammond is seeking to remain in custom's union

-Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says any extra funding for N.Ireland must come to Wales and Scotland too

-May and Macron says they will both push on social media companies to do more on extremism

-Wales National Assembly renamed Welsh Parliament

-Sun and Mirror do joint editorial, Telegraph and Guardian did joint opinion piece, asking for people to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Jo Cox's murder

-Sturgeon says her cabinet did not discuss second referendum, denies having a meeting with key figures about next step for referendum and says she will take her time while she concentrates on Brexit, wants four nation approach to Brexit with other three nations to have formal seat in Brexit talks (Ruth Davidson quips "Our sole focus at WM is to defeat the UK gov. Now, give us a seat at the table. And don't think private conversations stay private, either")

-Carwyn Jones says no mandate for Hard Brexit, wants single market and be wary of not devolving

-DUP and Tories meant to be close to deal (95% according to DUP) but postponed due to the towerblock fire. Rest of N.Ireleand party leaders coming to Westminster tomorrow to meet May

-Youguv says Labour won every non retired age demographic with Tories winning pensioners and particularly the over 75's their results here

-DUP briefing they will make Tories more compassionate in policy, want corporation tax for N.Ireland to match it's southern neighbour

-Lib Dems seeking a deputy leader, has to be an MP and Farron strongly hints he wants a female deputy

-Greens say they would have 11 MP's in a proportional voting system

-Will be statement in Westminster about the towerblock fire as requested by Labour. Due to Commons chamber being used for swearing in during the week, one of the siderooms will be used

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-Cameron says May will have to listen to all sides and expects softer Brexit, Ruth Davidson has become a political player

-Ken Clarke calls for May to talk to other parties on Brexit, says no alternative to May and points out a lot of those giving her stick near were praising her three weeks ago

-Halfon says Tories are on deathrow and should rebrand as Workers Party (I'm not sure that name would go down well), become a modern trade union, Labour have a moral message for many people

-May joins in Mexican wave

-Hilary Benn wants to remain in customs union

-Farage warns soft Brexit would ignore people's wish to end free movement

-Osborne says Tories should not change course on austerity as would lose econimic credibility

-Guto Beeb, Wales Office Minister, wants a cross party approach on Brexit

-Nick Timothy's reflections and lessons from the campaign

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-BBC reality check on if Europe governments see changes to Brexit due to election

-Kuessnberg doesn't expect much change of Brexit strategy

-Linda Colley says with our decline, we may have to accept the least worst option

-Behr on Brexit

-Stephen Glover opposes soft Brexit

-James Moore urges Labour to allow Tories to take full ownership of Brexit

-Bush warns Tories can't rely on the old vote for much longer and the speculation of who will fill shadow cabinet

-D'Acona accuses Tories of panicking and warns them not to abandon fiscal credibility

-Pauline Hadaway says been a lot of fearmongering about DUP deal
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:23 pm

-Queen's Speech on June 21st with a suspicion May is pressing DUP by putting a deadline

-Jo Swinson clear favourite to be Lib Dem leader though would mean she might not be able to DJ at the party conference. Sir Cable is second favourite

-Labour want date for Queen's Speech and details of DUP deal

-Church of England figures, including it's head, defending Farron

-Labour and Khan says questions to be asked about towerblock fire, government says too early to know but there will be an investigation

-Alexander de Croo, the deputy prime minister of Belgium, says no wish for punishment deal and relieved hard Brexit seems to be going

-Retail sales decline more then expected at 1.2% due to price rises, Bank of England votes 5-3 to keep interest rates at 0.25%

-Rumours Hammond is manoeuvring to get soft Brexit and gathering allies to him, like Rudd, while Dr Fox would leave if we stayed in custom union and also that Hammond is resiting DUP deal.

-Merkel wonders if UK is ready for Brexit talks but Brexit talks start Monday both sides agree

-Rebecca Long-Bailey suggests freedom of movement could stay

-Blackford hints referendum chances are being reduced as hard Brexit fades and will work with other parties to keep UK in single market

-Survation has 60% of Scots opposing second referendum

-Government announces full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

-Alliance not happy after talks with May about DUP deal, Sinn Feein says it is a breach of Good Friday and austerity is undermining Stormont

-ONS ends pre-acess system to ministers due to leaks

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-Roger Helmer retiring as MEP, denies over expenses claims and points out he is 73

-Miranda Green says Farron's timing, given towerblock fire, was myopic and self obsessed while David Laws accuses Farron of “fundamentally illiberal and prejudiced” and says he doesn't wish to be merely tolerated by likes of Farron. However others within Lib Dems like Simon Hughes feel Farron has a point about the suspicion he was under

-Lammy says towerblock fire is corporate manslaughter

-Steve Bakers says no need to change Brexit plans

-John Penrose urges May not to drop energy price cap

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-Iain MacWhirter on SNP need for quiet about independence

-Mark D'Arcy on why it may take till October for Select Committee's to form

-Behr not sympathetic to Farron's fall while Bush says results cost Farron

-Anoosh Chakelian on Momentum's strong ground campaign

-Alex Massie warns Ruth Davidson still has a job to do in Scotland
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:20 pm

-May's failure to meet Grenfell residents has got a lot of flak whereas Khan (who got shouted at) and Corbyn did so. Was security concerns and fears her doing so would hamper emergency services apparently but that won't be enough to stop the damage

-Corbyn wants houses requestioning for those made homeless by the fire, making clear point about wealth gap in Kensington

-Hunt and Javid, to whom social care plans would have fallen to to implement, were told only hours before manifesto while George Freeman, head of policy board, only saw final draft in similar time scale (he calls campaign a catastrophe of a campaign)

-Queen's Speech ceremony to be scaled down due to timing of year

-Davey and Lamb expected to run for Lib Dem leadership

-The Duke of York, which seems a risk for a Royal, says UK business face years of uncertainty and upheaval but must look to engage with as many markets as possible rather then wait

-Accusations McDonnell has called for mass protests against May to force her out

-Hammond says jobs and economy must be prioritised in Brexit talks

-April tourism up 19% from last April and Uk people going abroad up 2%

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-Portillio doubts May will get to conference but says Tory contenders are unattractive to public, fears alliance with DUP will damage Tory reputation among LGBT's

-Alistair Carmichael feels once media got their answer on Farron's views, they should have stopped asking

-Ummuna says we should stay in single market

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-Alex Therrien on rise of youth vote

-BBC looks at Lib Dem runners and riders

-Rampen fears we are an undeveloping economy

-May hammered by Paul Waugh
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:02 pm

-May's visit to Grenfell church gets a very hostile reception while government announces 5 million package of support to the victims

-European Commission says Brexit talks will start on withdrawal rather then future relations

-Sir Stramer asks David Davies to stop the belligerent approach and be flexible

-Foster wants a sensible Brexit, finds Ireland's new leader to be pleasant

-Owen Smith says there is willingness on all sides for power-sharing in N.Ireland to work

-Javid says anything that needs to be done will be done, whatever the cost, to prevent another Genfell

-UN Human Rights Council says prevent is fundamentally flawed, too much discretion due to unclear guidelines and not consistent with rule of law, unhappy with Lobbying Act hitting charities, balloting rules in trade Union Act is undemocratic

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-Bob Stewart says DUP wouldn't want to bring down Tory government so might not be much concessions

-Mark Prisk says ministers in past hadn't spent enough time on fire safety regulation

-Woodcock says he has no idea what is happening in politics after Corbyn surge


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-John Harris says attitudes are changing ad Corbyn has captured it but his followers need to calm down

-Stephen Lambert on voting generational divide

-Deborah Orr worried about so much anger

-Dr Jamie Whyte blames Tory troubles on retreat from Thatcherism
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:23 pm

-May apologises for poor response to fire as she meets residents at 10 Downing Street but Tories are turning on her, Sunday Times say May has ten days to turn it around

-Rumours government has asked Kensington council leaders to resign

-Tommy Sheppard on rethink SNP need to have after bad election results

-Hammond commits to Brexit, leaving single market and customs union but there are questions about what kind of deal we have with EU afterwards, admits he would have liked a larger role in campaign to talk about econimic record

-No Queen Speech next year due to Brexit/avoiding having to get another Queen's Speech through parliament

-Frank Field wants full details of The Pensions Regulator's inquiry into the failure of BHS

-Leadsome refuses to deny she would run for leader again

-Clive Lewis tweet "burn neo-liberalism, not people" is not appropriate response to Grenfell

-McDonnell says government isn't legitimate, Gwynne refuses to back him on that

-Sir Stramer willing to stay in customs union

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-Ian Birrel on may should admit Cameron was right and online hate

-Paul Goodman thinks Corbyn and Tory MP's will ensure hard Brexit happens

-Rawnsley on Grenfell
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Re: UK Politics

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-Hammond says he isn't defeat, he got the electorate's message about austerity

-Corbyn say May does care about the residents of Grenfell but questions why airports can find hotel room for delayed passengers but authorities can't find enough for the residents, questions if Kensington council has the resources needed

-Jo Swinson says her instincts are to run for deputy rather then leader and has written about it

-London councils and Whitehall unite to provide extra support to Kensington council's response

-Abbott is back with Corbyn saying she is getting all the support she requires

-Mayor Khan calls for calm after attacking on mosque, says Grenfell was neglected by governments and councils of all colours, he may tear down towerblocks in London, says those who oppose regulation, health and safety and investment should come to Grenfell

-David Davies says there is a long road, a challenging one at times, ahead but hopes for a deep and special partnership with EU. He and Bariner exchange hiking gifts and quickly come to agreement on dates, priorities and so on, Bariner vows not to work against UK and says a fair deal is possible though UK will be hit simply by act of Brexit. However EU seen as winning round 1, Davies had promised a major fight to get trade at same time but has clearly backed down

-Telegraph speculates David Davis as interim leader

-May says there is far too much tolerance of extremism including Islamophobia and must not allow safe spaces for things to grow, police being sent to guard mosques and attack mustn't divide us

-Boris and Gove sent out to give vote of confidence in May while Boris says there is a Brexit deal will profit both sides

-Stramer says human right laws do not need changing to fight terrorism

-Tories lead MEP Syed Kamall offers himself as bridge between number 10 and the EU institutions, says bad deal will hurt people

-EU offers to guarantee UK nationals rights, UK to issue their own offer on Monday

-Stormont talks resume June 29th

-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reassured by May on DUP, says number 10 has been a dream to see since Love Actually

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-British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, EEF, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors have united for first time to call for single market aces till soft Brexit happens

-Lammy warns people fearing a cover up is underway

-Chris Williamson says media must take responsibility for spreading Islamophobia, Zahwai agrees there is a point on that though they disagree of impact of austerity

-Zahwai says May is being used as human punch bug for not crying

-Chris Williamson blames neo-liberalism and Thatcher for Grenfell deaths, backs Clive Lewis tweet. Labour really should have chosen a backbencher better for DP, there is a wider argument to make but he was appalling and political bigot who demonizes the other side at every turn

-Farage wants David Davies for next leader

-Ian Duncan, MEP and general election candidate, to be ennobled and made Scottish Office minister

-UKIP demanding UK give EU a "take it or leave it" offer, a good deal for EU means bad for UK

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-Zoe Williams says Corbyn will never be so popular so he should strike now to modernize party

-Fraser Nelson rages at Hammond's arguments on Brexit

-Donal Blaney and Professor Andrew MacLeod says we need to consider EU and Commonwealth attitudes if we are to do well in Brexit

-Jim Waterson (long read) on how online media and blos played big part in election and the struggles for both Tories and traditional media

-Charles Grant and John Springford on 10 Brexit questions May has to answer

-Douglas Murray accuses left of hypocrisy on their reaction to recent tragedies and horror
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:35 pm

-Hammond says Grenfell residents must be given everything they need and truth of what happened must come out, says people are weary after seven years long hard slog but if government wishes to spend then it must raise the cash to do so and Tories must push for higher productivity and earn arguments for sound economics and market economy, wants relationship with the European Investment Bank, migration but must be managed rather then shut down, wants to obey custom union rules for a transition phase, EU hitting city with protectionist tactics under guise of regulation, uses job creation to take shot at Osborne's new jobs, warns there is hostility to globalization in parts of developed word

-Carney says Brexit makes people's incomes are poorer so not time to raise interest rates, concerned at creeping rise of protectionism around world, says he can not repair the damage Brexit transition will bring, warns will be major damage if City of London's ability to trade is hit, will need transition, trade deficit is unsustainable and finishes with “Before long, we will all begin to find out the extent to which Brexit is a gentle stroll along a smooth path to a land of cake and consumption.”

-Gove says Brexit will allow him to strengthen wildlife protection laws, will look at changing farm grants to help farmers and environment. RSPB encouraged by meeting

-Ofcom rules SNP broadcast breached rules as farmer in it was told it was a government information video, SNP apologize and have taken action while blaming production firm

-A sense David Davies was taken by uprise at losing his allies in the Brexit department during reshuffle

-Sir Cable confirmed as running for Lib Dem leadership (says if in 4 years he is not up to it then he will step down), expected Lamb and Davey will contest it as well

-Rudd we must make Muslims feel safe

-Sterling dips after Carney's speech and falls further when S&P warn we may be downgraded

-McDonnell says Hammond's speech shows austerity will continue, that May's position is really week if Hammond can brief against Brexit like this, Gardiner says Hammond has embraced Labour's line on Brexit

-Bradley to announce her provisional decision on Fox's attempt to buy Sky on Thursday

-SNP publish Foster's letters asking Scotland to curb civil partners becoming married in Scotland due to legal complications that brings after she said she didn't remember sending any such letters

-DUP leaking they aren't happy with a lack of attention from Tories

-Sturgeon indicates she will make referendum statement before summer break

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-Farage says he hasn't made up his mind on UKIP leadership comeback

-Note (particularly to Galloway): Daily Mail hasn't actually called for May to go. It was a Twitter parody

-Professor Silvana Tenreyros appointment to Bank of England generally seen as going down that well.

-Someone's trying a judicial review on whether a DUP deal would breach Good Friday agreement

-IDS said he was fine with Hammond's speech

-Unite sack Gerard Coyne for daring to challenge McCluskey/alleged misuse of data, Coyne says a stitch up by a kangaroo court (led by McCluskey's chief of staff) and he will appeal

-Some Labour backbenchers trying to push Starmer into committing us into single market

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-Kuessenberg says EU has taken control of the talks

-BBC on what polling research says about why people voted way they did

-Mardell on Hammond's manoeuvring

-Martin Rosenbaum on the worst departments for FOI requests

-Ysenda Maxtone Graham unhappy with sanctimonious bullying of May

-Dr Simone Clark on how Tories can win student vote

-Andrew McQuillian argues perceptions of DUP among media is out of date but worries DUP is overplaying their hand

-Martha Gill argues Tories are using May as a human shield

-Robert Colvile says wheel has turned for Remain and Leave camps
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