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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:21 pm

-With Labour getting under some pressure to condemn events in Venezuela (Labour's shadow foreign minister Liz McInnes statement of "President Maduro must respond personally to the legitimate concerns of the international community about the increasingly authoritarian nature of his rule and the growing hardship facing his people." and "end the bloodshed immediately" has struggled for attention). So Chris Williamson decides the best way to handle this is to blame US (who he accuses of funding the rebels and protests, deliberately creating the shortages) and media for refusing to blame the opposition and US, refuses to condemn arresting of opposition leaders but says Venezuelan government failed to diversify economy to show he can criticize them, says he doesn't want to characterize it as right vs left but spends the entire time mentioning the opposition is right wing, sanctions are wrong and better to mediate and get the right-wing opposition to stop protesting.

-Andy McDonald unable to tell us how much of Labour's ‘National Transformation Fund’ would go to Transport which is his department. I think Labour should have seen that question coming and ensured whoever was sent to talk up the fund was able to know the answer to that question

-Corbyn condemns Arsenal owner for hunting channel.

-Sir Alan Duncan says UK would join in any UN sanctions of Venezuela, accuses President Maduro of bringing the country to it's knees, asks those in Labour who praised the regime to now condemn the regime

-Government to set up body UK Trade Remedies Organisation to deal with accusations of unfair trade

-UK diplomats families withdrawn from Venezuela

-The president of the Prison Governors Association Andrea Albutt launches a major attack (unusual for that body) on government handling of prisons, saying the governors are not being listened too, staffing levels and lack of training are a major issue, disagrees with Truss splitting the operational management of prisons from policy decisions. Bob Neill defends truss reform but says there is a major disconnect between senior staff and those on ground like governors+staffing issues

-Trump fears Scottish independence vote would be terrible, particularly due to it hitting the golf.... Angus MacNeil remarks this might actually help their cause

-UK service sector up a tad according to PMI survey, interest rates held by 6-2 (had been heavy rumours Andy Haldane might switch to raising interest rates but didn't), Bank of England cut growth forecast to 1.7% this year and 1.6% next year, Bank of England warns of sluggish growth and the 6 fears Brexit impact and that things might be worse then they seem right now, the 2 argued interest rates need tackling and economy isn't as weak as the six fear, they all warn they may raise interest rates soon (though not sure many believe Bank will do that). Sterling hit 11th month high due to rumours interest rates might be raised then crashed down when that didn't happen and Carney further dampened it.

-Carney says Bank can not stop the hit of Brexit trading terms but can balance hit between job losses and price rises, Brexit uncertainty hurting growth+wage bargaining and businesses aren't investing while rising inflation hits consumer spending but Bank assumes a smooth Brexit transition, warns Bank of England expects UK investment spending in 2020 will be 20% lower than expected in 2016, public adjusting to higher inflation and consumer growth will be in line with incomes rather then borrowing, business in EU open to transition phase, trying to cushion Brexit by keeping people in work but gets why other consequences like on wages is leading to anger.

-Daniel Hannan tries to find 12 principles for Remainers and Leavers to unite around

-Johnny Mercer admits he never voted before becoming an MP, says huge gap between MP's and their platitudes vs what families go through and what happens on ground, veterans are not cared for properly

-Ireland's departing ambassador Daniel Mulhall on Brexit

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-Professor Vernon Bogdanor says soft Brexit is illogical and expects second referendum

-Simon Jenkins wants a complete change in government policy to discourage travel

-BBC has a look at where we are in Brexit talks

-Deborah Mattinson says British election study has warnings for Labour

-Chris Prosser and Jon Mellon show research that says people didn't vote Labour because they vote they would lose
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:25 pm

-Peter Dowd attacks Treasury drift and low pay (ignoring that if the people wanted Labour to take charge, they would have voted for it at the end there)

-Thornberry says Venezuela must address growing international concerns about increasing authoritarianism

-Carney says banking sector could double in size but regulations must remain strong

-Oliver Colvile was told assassination was too good for him and he should kill himself during failed election campaign, person who said that (Julian Isaacs) got community service. Won't ease MP's moods and Colvile not happy

-Car sales down 9%, 4 months of falling sales, which the industry blames on Brexit and demands a plan

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-Livingstone blames US for Venezuela but also Venezuela for not taking his econimic advice in 2008, arrest videos are propaganda and we will need to wait 30 years to find out the whole truth

-IDS demands sacking of all trade envoys who aren't pro Brexit

-Graham Jones says Corbyn should address Venezuela situation when he returns from holiday as party needs to go further on this

-Rumours UKIP MEP's would resign if Anne Marie Waters becomes leader

-Lord Adonis warns getting trade deals done in time for Brexit is beyond Whitehall

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-Hardman believes a new MP tribe could help May

-Simon Jenkins on the Irish Brexit issue

-Joseph Hackett on Vat reforms once we leave EU

-Mark Wallace says Tories must remember their duty to their country and get deficit in order

-Professor John Denham on how left should handle English identity
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:58 pm

-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says clock is running out on Brexit, will require unique solutions and is the challenge of our generation, suspects Brexiteers do not have solutions to Irish Brexit problems, urges N.Ireland parties to get Stormont up and running so N.Ireland people can have their say, doesn't want economic border. Outgoing Irish ambassador to the UK Daniel Mulhall says customs union staying would solve a lot of the Ireland problem

- Arlene Foster says Sinn Feinn is refusing to compromise on it's hardline positions

-UK donates £100 million by 2020 to anti-polio fund

-Government gives North of England a 15 million cultural fund

-Gove says some foreign trawlers will have access to UK fishing waters

-Ruth Davidson runs through field of wheat...

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-Nick Timothy says Tories should have run as party of change at election and done more on economy, number 10 communicated badly with departments and public, denies May wanted to sack Hammond,, no deal is a geniune plan but grammar schools are doomed and warns party against getting complacent

-Owen Paterson says Brexit means leaving single market and customs union, says Irish border issue is exaggerated by Irish establishment

-Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies call for Labour to back free movement of people

-Raab on use of tech to reform the court system

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-John Harris worries about Brexit impact on our food industry

-Henry Hill on Nick Timothy's comments

-James Forysth on Ruth Davidson the kingmaker, Rudd's chances of being leader, Osborne to Tory conference, social care problem, Corbyn's anti-Western stance
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:49 pm

-Sir Cable concerned at Brexiteers language and Brexit econimic damage

-Sunday Telegraph saying UK willing to pay £36 billion as a Brexit bill

-Lord Mervyn King wants a credible contingency plan in case we don't EU trade deal in time and government should already have been doing this

-Lord Adonis accuses universities of betraying their mission to widen access to higher education in favour of more lucrative overseas students

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-Martin Vander Weyer on Ireland Brexit issue

-Bush says new party won't be of centre-left but Brexit right

-Adam Fleming on UK diplomatic efforts in EU
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:10 pm

-Former Labour MP Kevin McNamara has died. A law lecturer, served Hull North (and Hull Central when seat was changed then back to North) from 1966 to 2005, shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland between 1987 and 1995 and a noted republican and supporter of peace process, shadow minister for the civil service for the next year

-Naomi Long will be absent for ten weeks due to operation for Endometriosis

-Matt Hancock preparing Digital protection bill which seems to have Labour support

-Downing Street says they doesn't recognize the 36 million Brexit bill that is being touted

-UK house price growth at lowest in 4 years at 2.1% annually and 0.4% this month, sterling falls

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-Zahwai struggled on last week's Westminster Hour, trying to accuse Thornberry of attacking civil servants was cheap but Thornberry and Lord Adonis (in his segment on tuition fees) were interesting

-Lord Sugar wants Boris and Gove jailed over Brexit campaign

-Sir Simon Fraser, former chief civil servant at Foreign Office, says Brexit talks are not going well due to cabinet splits

-Michelle Thomson says Sturgeon go her no chance to make her case and demands SNP leadership apologize for how they handled her case, suggests a newly made leader Sturgeon panicked at the time, SNP made slowly to help her handle the reports, media treated her unfairly and wants an apology from BBC

-Tory Brexiteers like Bone, Redwood and Rees-Mogg declaring we owe the EU nothing and should not pay a Brexit bill. This will not end well

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-Jonathan White and Alex Gordon argue EU blocks nationalized industries so left must leave single market

-Matthew d’Ancona warns Tories must embrace reform, not fall back to comfort zone

-Rentoul on housing policy

-Andrew Lillco argues right still has major idea's

-Suzanne Moore backs Hancock's bill

-Bush warns Tories tweaking social media strategy and seeking to recreate Momentum isn't the answer
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:33 pm

-Corbyn says he is very sad at loss of life in Venezuela on both sides, calls for dialogue, respect for the constitution and respect for the independence of the judiciary is needed, condemns violence on all sides, praises Venezuelan government for effective efforts to reduce poverty (was asked about past praise)

-Baroness Stowell argues losing dress code like ties will allow class gaps to be exposed

-Lord Neuberger warns judges need Brexit clarity about what to do with past ECJ rulings, not happy with legal aid cuts

-Boris accuses President Maduro of acting like a dictator

-Sturgeon says Michelle Thomas situation wasn't easy for them and Thomas future with SNP is for party rather then her.

Maybe they could give Thomas a job since they took one from her?

-Sterling hits 10 month low against Euro

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-Frank Field thinks Venezuela will have more impact on Labour then IRA history as a current issue rather then one that was beyond the living memories of many Labour supporters. Not sure I agree that, unless Corbyn advocates nuking the country, it will have any impact on his support. He also says May in stronger position on Brexit in Commons then if she won a majority and should call a Brexit cabinet of all main parties, we have mishandled the Russian bear by making it feel threatened

-Charlie Elphicke calls for US style waiver system on visa's

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-Charlie Cooper and Hans Von Der Burchard on the EEA

-Ian Dunt on Brexit bill

-Clare Foges (Sun) calls for hard but fair treatment of refugee crises rather then soft hearts

-Eaton says Tory election contest would favour the hard Brexiteer candidates

-Chris Vince on Labour's education policies
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:43 pm

-Damien Green and Mundell to meet Swinney and Brexit Minister Michael Russell about devolving powers from EU

-Ruth Davidson questions migration target given reduced chances of growth post-Brexit, if we must keep it then take out international students and must end easy slogans

-Government increasing punishments for firms that don't take sufficient action against cyber attack

-Labour's Northern Ireland executive committee has been hit by eight resignations including chair, vice chair and secretary of committee claiming things have become dysfunctional due to some from People Before Profit trying to take over (People Before Profit deny any knowledge of this)

-Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer says we are a bit too gloomy about Brexit though natural during such a major change

-Rudd says she will back police in stop and search when used appropriately

-European Commission warns contaminated eggs may have entered UK but consumer risk is low

-Bank of England warns British firms struggling to hire people but companies are more focused on improving productivity right now

-Grayling defends use of attacks on Corbyn

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-Elphicke on Irish border Nice to see a Brexiteer at least propose a route forward

-Paterson says ECJ's focus on harmonization means we have to leave for Brexit to be real and suggests setting up a board to adjudicate on the interpretation of EU law

-Fiona Onasanya using her wages to deal with flytipping

-Lord Darling warns regulators must be very vigilant of risk of another finical crises but seems better prepared this time, concerned about rising consumer debt and growth slowdown due to Brexit uncertainty, the thing that triggers finical crises will be unexpected

-Ed Miliband, Sir Cable, Ken Clarke and Lord Falconer says allegations over Fox on Seth Rich story means Fox bid for sky needs to be referred over broadcasting standards

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-Torsten Bell says finical reforms since crash haven't gone far enough and lessons wasted

-Bobby Friedman on legal confusion on leaving ECJ

-Abi Wilinkson on why young back Corbyn
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:40 pm

-Keith Vaz facing challenge as BAME Labour's representative on NEC with councillor/postman Asghar Khan (backed by Momentum) making the challenge but a feeling election rules are making it difficult for Khan.

-Hiring of Robbie Gibb as Downing Street communications director and Carrie Symonds for same role in Tory HQ seen as behind recent sharpening up of Tory attack machine

-Gina Miller fearing she will have to leave country due to repeated threats of acid attacks

-Labour accuses government of filling NHS financial hole by selling NHS land in a firesale

-SNP says talks with Westminster has changed nothing on their devolution and Brexit concerns but was civilized, Green says he felt it went well

-Rudd (sun) defends Prevent

-Welsh language commissioner scrapped to bring the responsibility to ministers as Welsh government seeks 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050

-David Davies says his Brexit team last month had 40% female, 52% of his department are female

-Trade deficit widened by 2 billion for a nine month low thanks to rising imports+fall in trade to non-EU countries undoing our rise in EU trade and approaching 20 years since a trade surplus, industrial production up 0.5%

-Green urges US to deal with N.Korea vs the UN

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-Gloria de Piero on inequality in culture/entertainment industry

-Davies former chief of staff and Osborne aide James Chapman says Brexit is the biggest calamity since Ww2 and wants an anti-Brexit centre party (no pundit seems to think there is any chance of that)

-Lord Lawson calls for stamp duty reform to reduce how much people pay

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-Beth Rigby warns May faces real challenges as she starts to define Brexit

-Dawn Foster on health gap

-Andrew Grice on a possible soft landing Brexit

-Julia Blunck accuses all sides of Westminster of using Latin America for partisan point scoring rather then caring

-Bush on why MP's won't form a new party

-James Kirkup points to Fiona Hill's work on slavery
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:22 pm

-McDonnell to go to Momentum's World Together event, I suspect this will be less controversial then any past visit

-Tom Watson wants train companies to be more considerate to sport fans

-Corbyn urges USA and N.Korea to "ratchet down the rhetoric", things had become "obviously extremely dangerous", wants talks and North Korea to enter "orbit of the rest of the world", a nuclear attack would kill millions and nobody wants that

-Rudd hit by email prankster pretending to be Robbie Gibb but she didn't reveal much and quickly worked things out and joked that on her agenda was "getting touch on people impersonating others"

-Hilary Benn wants extra checks on delegations powers from EU Withdrawal Bill

-May gets a statue in Madam Tussauds

-More contaminated eggs then authorities first thought so supermarkets clearing their shelves

-Abbott warns not enough has been done for refugees

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-BBC getting flak, including from Greens, for having Lord Lawson on documentary about climate change

-Redwood says critics about EU Withdrawal Bill executive/delegated powers need to calm down, it only be for tidying up and critics are being synthetic and feeble

-Sarah Champion fears local authorities aren't investigating child abuse due to fear of being called racist and government should look into if there are cultural issues involving Pakistani men. In Sun writes about it

-Graham Stringer wants Grayling summoned before transport committee to discuss the recent end to electrification

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-John Harris fears our Brexit revenge on banks is going to hurt us very badly

-Brain Wheeler on frustration with Grayling in north

-David Evans looks at how votes are changing

-Independence campaigner Cat Boyd on why she votes for Corbyn

-Matt Car says Brexit has unleashed the worst side of this country
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:56 pm

-Robert Buckland, solicitor general, says any child abuse where racism was involved should get longer sentences

-Government looking at regulating laser pens including licensing

-Corbyn urges North Korea and USA to calm down and talk

-Labour wants taking upskirt photo's of unwilling women to be an offence

-Seems like a plot against Leanne Wood is underway in Plaid over election performances while AM Simon Thomas says the AM's as a whole need to raise their game

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-Anne Marie Waters passed to run for UKIP leadership

-Rees-Mogg says party is united in getting Brexit done

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-Gina Miller calls for more time for Brexit talks which rather assumes that the EU would say yes

-Alex Brummer alarmed by takeovers of our rising high tech companies

-Andrew Grice argues Corbyn can stop a new party forming

-Jack Sommers on Wall Street reaction to Uk-US trade deal
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