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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:42 pm

-Russia says UK has no real influence on world events

-McDonnell says Boris should have gone to Russia

-Seems Boris cancelled trip after talks with US who wants to take lead on handling Kremlin

-Government says those attacking Boris are using a civil war to play domestic political games

-BBC Panorama has got hold of a phone call suggesting Bank of England pressured banks to lower libor rate (or someone in Barclay's was claiming it to get it lowered) and led to accusations that former Barclays boss Bob Diamond (who denies it) and Paul Tucker, the man who went on to become the deputy governor of the Bank of England, may have mislead Treasury Committee inquiry

-Boris says US is willing to strike at Syria again

-Labour pledge £10 minimum wage by 2020 (not a new one but one they are relaunching)

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-50 MEP's says they would welcome Scotland into EU and would make it a quick process

-Salmond predict May will drop her position on Scottish independence referendum over time

-Monmouth's Tory AM Nick Ramsay says Welsh Tories suspended constitution (something denied by Andrew Davies) and he is not quite sure what their status is

-Ford CEO Mar Field says they will be in UK in some form for some time despite Brexit but warns manufacturing could leave without the right deal including their own

-George Kerevan demands FCA head John Griffith-Jones over conflict of interests

-Harman on the efforts taken to get women into Labour high office(meant to be an attack on May's record on woman's rights but Labour's history is the more interesting bit)

-Jess Philips calls for gender equality to be key part on industrial strategy

-Nicky Morgan backs Syria strikes

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-Mathew Norman alarmed by May's disdain for Boris

-d'Ancona urges May to back Trump on Syria and talks of May's stance on intervention

-Mas Hastings warns goverment is mishandling Putin

-Kevin Maguire argues Corbyn has a superior record on foreign policy them May

-George Eaton on Labour raising their policy game
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:00 pm

-Boris suggests Russia faces further sanctions but, in what will be a big blow to his collapsing reputation, G7 disagreed

-Corbyn warns of proxywar between US and Russia

-Leadsom on her new anti-littering plan

-Inflation remains at 2.3% with transport (mostly air travel) costs falling enough to offset everything else with food prices at 1.2%. House prices rise 5.8% but London only 3.7%

-Gerald Coyne says there is no plot against Corbyn and he won't be involved in Labour politics, accuses McCluskey of seeing plots everywhere

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-Mark Mardell on Russia's reaction to Boris

-Alex Brummer rages against the ethics of our banks

-Toynbee looks back on Blair's government

-Martin Kettle says people overegging Boris recent misfortunes

-Bush remarks Corbyn's recent policies are very Milibandish

-Councillor Stephen Lambert on Labour history with immigration
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:02 pm

-Boris suggests Russia faces further sanctions but, in what will be a big blow to his collapsing reputation, G7 disagreed

-Corbyn warns of proxywar between US and Russia

-Leadsom on her new anti-littering plan

-Inflation remains at 2.3% with transport (mostly air travel) costs falling enough to offset everything else with food prices at 1.2%. House prices rise 5.8% but London only 3.7%

-Gerald Coyne says there is no plot against Corbyn and he won't be involved in Labour politics, accuses McCluskey of seeing plots everywhere

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-Mark Mardell on Russia's reaction to Boris

-Alex Brummer rages against the ethics of our banks

-Toynbee looks back on Blair's government

-Martin Kettle says people overegging Boris recent misfortunes

-Bush remarks Corbyn's recent policies are very Milibandish

-Councillor Stephen Lambert on Labour history with immigration
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:10 pm

-Public Administration Committee warns the register to vote site (pre Brexit) may have been hacked to crash, questions Cameron's motives for referendum and suggests not to repeat such referendums again, that Whitehall should prepare for both potential results

-Alliance leader Naomi Long warns Stormont agreement seems remote due to lack of trust

-Farron calls Boris a court jester and writes May isn't helping him and Boris is paying for slagging off G7 countries in past

-Nuttall launches UKIP local campaign by saying vote for them to get your community back and making a play of not whipping their councillors

-Corbyn in row with big business on if they pay their bills on time or not, he says it is killing small businesses when they don't get paid on time, they question his data. Which given the report he quoted from is from Experian and they are saying he is using it wrongly, is not looking great for Labour.

-Corbyn pledges to drop demand for small businesses with a turnover of less than £83,000 per year that they issue quarterly financial report, presses more on regional investment banks and seems to have gone down well with Federation of small business.

-Government nature plan still unpublished but draft seen by green groups seems to have left them disappointed, lots of idea's and identifying problems but failing to offer solutions or a strong hand

-Downing Street makes clear they believe there is a window of opportunity to get Putin to drop Assad and have been talking to Trump

-Real pay falls (2.2% vs 2.3% inflation), first time since summer of 2014

-Boris under pressure for failure in G7

-Hammond warns UK will have to fight to get innovative companies to come here

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-Peter Edwards urges Corbyn to handle media better for sake of Labour

-Bush says Boris isn't the reason g7 talks failed
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:09 am

Dong Zhou wrote:-Corbyn in row with big business on if they pay their bills on time or not, he says it is killing small businesses when they don't get paid on time, they question his data. Which given the report he quoted from is from Experian and they are saying he is using it wrongly, is not looking great for Labour.


I can only speak for my industry but I know the big players in the Breakdown market challenge invoices from their recovery operators in the hope that if they wait several months to pay out the company will have gone bust.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:44 pm

Sun Fin wrote:
Dong Zhou wrote:-Corbyn in row with big business on if they pay their bills on time or not, he says it is killing small businesses when they don't get paid on time, they question his data. Which given the report he quoted from is from Experian and they are saying he is using it wrongly, is not looking great for Labour.


I can only speak for my industry but I know the big players in the Breakdown market challenge invoices from their recovery operators in the hope that if they wait several months to pay out the company will have gone bust.


The Small Federations group liked the idea and from my limited expirence, I'm aware of some companies that do similar. The problem for Labour is this is the third policy (in fairness, in one case most others made the same mistake) in recent times where they have based it on research and the researchers have gone "uh you have rather misunderstood what we wrote".

There may well be a case for tightening the rules, I suspect there is, but if your going to launch a policy and even name "bad companies", you need your research to be a lot better then Labour seem to be doing.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:45 pm

-Boris dismayed by Russian veto on Syria

-Greening says all schools must do more to help "ordinary working families", Angela Rayner's counterpoint about the consultation for this

-Mark Sands jailed for threatening to kill his MP Caroline Ansell over something she hadn't actually done.

-Unemployment remains at 4.7%

-Brokenshire warns of direct rule or an early May election is on cards but warns more time and more focus on key issues is needed if agreement is to come. All sides now trying to talk up chances of deal

-Foster to talk to Irish language speakers to try to understand those who love the language but aren't Sinn Feinn

-Public Accounts Committee claims about the voting registration website being potentially hacked don't seem to have gained ground

-ONS says 11% of manufacturing workforce are from EU, 14% in retail and trade 12% in finical services, EU workers work longer hours then UK workforce and are overqualified

-McDonnell pledges to protect triple lock and winter fuel allowance

-Nice of Trump to help the pound rise

-Dianne Abbott seems to argue that Labour would be in single digit polling without Corbyn's popularity. Saying Corbyn's opponents hate Corbyn for opposing racism so soon after being condemned by the Chief Rabbi seems a little wrong. This feels desperate, she could have built something of a case with that start about need for different foreign policy but maybe Corbyn should take Abbott out of media side of things for a time

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-Owen Jones visits Sheffield to show the impact of low wages

-Kamal Ahmed waves goodbye to paygrowth

-Professor Roger Scully n the Brexit dilemma for the Welsh left. Yes it does say people voted Brexit thinking their areas would still get EU funding after we left

-Bush says Greening's plan may help soothe relations between May and Whitehall

-Rod Liddle mocks government reaction to Trumps Syria strikes
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:38 pm

-D'Arcy's Week Ahead

-Labour says it would prevent high street bank closures as they feel it huts communities, the vulnerable and small business

-May says is "highly likely" Assad's regime was behind chemical attack, praises Boris for bringing the G7 together and for allowing US to take point on Russia, says she is willing to work with Russia

-Corbyn calls for independent investigation into the chemical attacks and on domestic policy, says Labour would use every means to upgrade the economy, firms bidding for public contracts to have to recognise unions and curb "boardroom excess", allow councils to prioritise local providers and business with contracts

-ICM gives 18 point Tory lead

-You have till midnight to register to vote for the local and mayoral elections (or Manchester Gorton if you live there)

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-Youguv looks into attitudes towards May

-Ben Wright doubts Boris is seriously damaged

-Kettle urges May to reshuffle so her cabinet is more suited to her social reform agenda
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:47 am

-Government looking at banning council parks charging for fun/charity runs

-Cox memorial plague unveiled in Commons

-Crabb says DWP underestimated how many PiP tests there would need to be and tends to get forecasts wrong and been problems with how it operated

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-Peter Cuthbertson urges Tories to defend Michael Howard's record on prisons

-Lucy Rigby accuses May of nothing more then rhetoric on social justice

-James Forysth defends Boris, Whitehall attitudes to France and Trump, Damian Green, Tory plans for SNP
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:28 pm

-Happy Easter!

-For Easter message, May speaks of people coming together with shared values and be confident in Christianity's role in British society and free to speak about faith whatever it is but be aware people elsewhere do not have same religious freedoms, Corbyn says Easters message of peace "could not have more urgency throughout the world" and Christian will be remembering Christ's sacrifice and love, must confront the world's problems head on with Christian values of social justice, peace and reconciliation. Farron says National Trust egg row was due to comfort of tradition, turning back to 1970's/1580 and mood of nostalgia, Christ's message must not be stolen by nostalgic nationalists or Liberals but must be seen as a internationalist. I think one has got the tone wrong there...

-The Sun is now banned by both teams from Liverpool: Liverpool and Everton. Given the calumnies the Sun has rained down on the City during the past decades, I'm struggling to disagree even though I usually strongly disagree with banning media

-Foreign Office monitoring North Korea missile tests, Boris urges regime to obey UN rules

-Farron urges Boris and May to use what influence they claim to tell Trump aircraft diplomacy isn't helpful

-Lord Prescott senses a turn around

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-Helen Lewis with an interesting look a Labour's good policy week marred by other issues

-Peter Hitchens (I usually don't post his stuff because, though honourable, he can never consider any value other then his own as valid but this is entertaining) accuses ] the liberal elite of opposing grammar schools to keep the working class down

-Tim Bale, Monica Poletti and Paul Webb look at Labour groundwork numbers

-David Laws defends Greening but says May's grammar schools are hampering her
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