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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:05 pm

-Lord Adonis resigns as head of infrastructure commission, saying Brexit has infected everything in government including infrastructure governance and fears the route May is taking us down as he allies with UKIP and extreme Brexiteers. Government says his constant carping about Brexit was making his position untenable and so he jumped before he was sacked

-Electoral Commission wants more clarity on spending rules for campaigners

-Part 2 of MP's who died this year

-Knighthoods for Clegg, Graham Brady along with 1922 treasurer Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and vice-chairwoman Cheryl Gillan, deputy speaker Lindsey Hoyle, Labour MP Mark Hendrick, Tory backbencher Christopher Hope and election guru Professor John Curtice while Jo Swinson and former children's minister Edward Timpson gets CBE. I think doing 3 of the 1922 Committee might raise eyebrows, SNP found good line of the receptionists should rightly be proud but system still needs changing

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-Iain Watson and Alice Thompson on Labour's battle in Haringey

-Sam Moore says Corbyn's Labour isn't left-wing enough. If Corbyn is being attacked on both sides for being too left-wing/not left wing enough, he must be doing just right :P

-Patrick Collinson on inheritance

-Sean O'Grady angry at how people involved in Grenfell and other disasters have got no honours
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:38 pm

-May says 2018 will need confidence and pride of the people, Brexit is crucial but won't curb other ambitions

-Corbyn says Labour staking out central ground, he leads a government in waiting, establishment has no idea how to fix the broken system

-Minister Ben Wallace calls for social media firms to be taxed for their failure to remove extremist content quickly enough

-Clegg sees need to point out knighthood does not mean he enters the Lords

-Part 3 of MP's who have died

-Ben Bradley says Tory MP's must be more proactive in selling Tory values

-Jon Ashworth on children of alcoholics

-Lord Adonis says he had to go as government attempted to silence him, this is denied by government side. The peer's claim that Farage is, for all intents and purposes, PM is not doing his credibility much good, he also calls for Grayling to go

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-Eaton on a bad year for May and Tories

-Bush on what predictions he got right and wrong

-Adam Marshall of British chambers of Commerce on what they want for 2018

-William Keegan still hopes we remain in EU

-Henry Hill feels Brexit has strengthened union
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:58 pm

-Mordaunt says is a £21m boost to United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund , Boris saying aid money will be used to boost UK priorities

-Home Office suggesting volunteers for border force has not gone down great

-McDonnell accuses Treasury of relying people to fall further into debt for UK to meet it's predictions

-Final part of BBC look at MP's who died in 2017

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-D'Arcy in potential trouble ahead for government

-Stephen Dailsey says 17 good things about 2017 (warning, some rather controversial)

-Joseph Harker reviews his feelings on Thatcher

-Rentoul on Lord Adonis resigning

-Medical director Bruce Keogh on NHS
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:18 pm

-Rail prices up 4.3% has not gone down well, Grayling being sent to Qatar on government business poor timing/form.

-Boris says UK watching the Iran protests and talking to Iran government about allowing debate about the issues raised

-Davies predicts massive rows (thunder and lightening the phrase he uses) before a successful deal in the interests of Europe, transition phase by March is doable, Brexit should see a race to the top of standards and being the cutting edge of regulation for cutting edge technologies, finical services must be in free trade deal

-Virgin Trains might have wished their trains hadn't broken down when shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald was on it during rail fare row

-Rumours that May will drop students from immigration figures but number 10 is playing that down

-Corbyn to nominate a few Labour peers

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-Toby Young's appointment by Jo Johnson to new board of the Office for Students has angered the left.

-John Mann feels block chain technology could have uses in other parts of life

-Sir Cable says if May gets an outstanding Brexit deal then he would back it

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-Aditya Chakrabortty on welfare system

-Max Hastings on dangers of social media

-Professor Benjamin Selway calls for Labour to push for second referendum

-Stephen Dailsey defends Toby Young appointment

-Sean O'Grady wants Boris in charge of Brexit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:59 pm

-Grayling says he isn't shirking by being in Qatar during rail increase day but trying to win trade, wishes rise wasn't as much as it is, says this rise has been known for months and he has commented on it a lot. Rumours he will be axed at reshuffle are only increasing

-Dr Fox, on start of trip to China, calls for obsessive criticism of Brexit to end (that won't stop food prices rising more then wages), suspects critics want the country to fail and people need to realize it is a great opportunity to be embraced On Greg Hang's suggestion we join trans-Pacific partnership, says a bit soon as the countries involved haven't finalised a deal but it might be something UK looks at joining.

The partnership: US were members, current members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Nobody yet unconnected to the Pacific

-NHS hospitals forced to delay all non-urgent surgery until 31 January, cancel outpatient and day surgery appointments, so about 50,000 people's treatment is being delayed and deploy consultants in A&E units to turn away cases deemed non-emergency. The flu epidemic has stretched resources to breaking point and led to major overcrowding.

Dr Woolostan says NHS is underfunded but government also needs to get a better grip, NHS England sends out Prof Keith Willett who says it's measures were showing it had prepared for this kind of problem but warns more cancellations could happen. May sticks to NHS line, adds better prepared and funded then before but Hunt apologises to all those whose operations have been cancelled, busiest week of NHS and better to cancel in planned way rather then last year's chaotic manner, NHS doing excellent work but is facing pressures from an ageing population and will need substantial funding improvements which he will set out in next five year plan, they do need more staff but takes time to train them up. Seems to be a feeling Hunt has handled this rather better then May

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-Toby Young suspects the outrage about his appointment is due to being a vocal Tory and after one attack by Paul Mason, points to his free schools record with poor children and asks what Mason himself has done to help them. He has also been deleting a lot of his old tweets....

-Lord O'Neill says China should be bigger priority then Commonwealth, trade with Commonwealth making up for loss with Eu is fantasy, Boris and Gove are clueless at how an economy works

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-Bush feels the left haven't thought much on transport policy

-Hardman on potential reshuffle

-Owen Jones on rail system

-Graeme Smith on Scottish budget

-Eaton says this NHS crises has been coming, Keith Andrews feels this crises means we must face up to hard truths about NHS, Toynbee blames lack of funding

-Alexander Clarkson is in dismay at the trans-Pacific Partnership being floated around
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:02 pm

-Fraser Nelson talks to Angela Rayner about education and white working class culture

-Gove promises farming subsidises to remain for five years after Brexit, Common Agriculture policy benefits wealthy

-Hunt says Blair is wrong to blame NHS winter crises on Brexit as Labour had them too

-Professor Tim Bales research suggests Labour, SNP and Lib Dems members agree strongly with each other on style of Brexit (though Labour tends to be a few points behind) issues with Tories having widely different views as in complete other end of spectrum (example staying in singlet market has Labour 89%, Lib and SNP both high 90's, Tories 25%), Tories rather more in favour of death penalty then soft Brexit

-Tory leader of Windsor council asking police to clear homeless from streets before the Royal Wedding has not gone down well

-May apologises to those who have operations cancelled

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-Blair accuses Labour of being timid on Brexit and allowing the Tory right to take charge, Labour strategy is confusing when they just allow Tories to 100% own the Brexit mess, thinks we will get deal on goods but not services, warns EU that Brexit means they lose a key defence/intelligence figure and a bridge across to Atlantic . Denies telling Trump's team that Trump may have been spied on by UK authorities, Lord Lawson sys Blair is trying to sabotage Brexit, one unnamed shadow minister says it is unhelpful and not the sort of the thing the 94 Blair would have tolerated and general sense Blair's intervention is a disaster for Remain campaign

-Huw Merriman defends rail privatization

-Margot James feels Toby Young has mishandled the row over his appointment

-Bed bug infestation in London traced to houses of parliament

-Nigel Evans unhappy there are GOT stamps but no planned Brexit stamps

-Mayor Khan says Toby Young's appoint is chumocracy

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-Hardman on state of NHS

-Owen Jones feels Remainers have wrong strategy

-Michael Wilkinson (sun) on NHS crises

-Anoosh Chakelian on Windsor council comment
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:30 pm

-Questions beginning to build (among hostile parts of media) about Corbyn's silence on Iran

-Farage to meet Barnier

-Cooper asks parole board to publish its reasons for releasing serial sex attacker John Worboys

-Environment Committee calls for levy on disposable coffee cups

-Productivity growth hits six year high of 0.9%

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-NUS, as it struggles to rebuild from accusations of anti-Semitism, sends out survey including what religion are students. They forgot Judaism

-Blair warns Brexit will make it harder for Corbyn to delivery promises

-David Campbell Bannerman on why MEP's should remain in post

-Lord Owen says Brexit can be positive story if it uses young entrepreneurship

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-Bush on Labour and Tories trying to steal each other's reach and what we learnt about party membership

-Eaton on Remainers losing and running out of time

-Stephen Daisley accuses left of double standards with Iran

-Katy Balls feels Labour Brexit strategy has a flaw

-Guy Shrubsole has mixed views on Gove speech to farmers

-Kettle defends Blair's intervention on Brexit

-Glosswitch on privilege

-Nick Cohen with allegations on how Unite handled it's election
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:18 pm

-Thornberry says Labour is taking cautious approach to Iran protests as not all in protesters are innocents, Tugendhat has called it extraordinary Labour doesn't condemn the regime

-Bob Spink given suspended sentence for electoral fraud

-Dr Daniel Poulter returns from sick leave

-Parole Board chairman Nick Hardwick summoned to Justice Committee

-D'Arcy on Week Ahead

-Reshuffle expected this week

-Owen Paterson urges us to look abroad for examples of better healthcare

-Grant Shapps says Tories should be open about how many members it has

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-Fraser Nelson feels driving laws need updating

-Oliver Wiseman speculates a cam 2018 may not suit May

-Forsyth (sun) on what May needs to do in 20918, reshuffle, UKIP and Trump
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:51 pm

-May says public has made clear their views on fox hunting vote so won't hold free vote

-Current rumours seem to be Boris, Hammond, Davis and Rudd will stay, Greening will be axed, some indecision on if Hunt will be moved to cabinet office/first secretary of state or recent NHS problems have nixed that

-Government investing in Northern Forest

-MSP Monica Lennon on period poverty

-Rees-Mogg (sun) on what he wants from government this year

-Treasury Committee to summon RBS head on it's controversial turnaround division

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-Iain Macwhirter likes where Brexit is now heading

-Paul Goodman at what reshuffle should signal and who he would appoint

-Andrew Rawnsley on how far and how little Corbyn has control of Labour
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:45 pm

Reshuffle: First stage went well, second was a disaster that threatens to over-shine everything. It was announced early James Brokenshire resigns due to ill-health a day after 50th birthday, the news had been kept quiet but he faces an operation on his lung, May hinting he will get a job when he recovers. This may be a good thing for N.Ireland where Brokenshire has been cuatoius and seems to have lost the confidence of Republicans, maybe a new fresh face can restore confidence and give the talks a kick. Everyone knew Patrick McLoughlin resigns, he had wanted to go after the election disaster, well liked but confidence had gone in him and the party conference disaster hadn't helped, he wanted to go last year but was asked to stay on till this reshuffle, a sad end to a long and distinguished service. It quickly leaked Grayling would replace him as party chair which would have been fine (it also leaked that Lidington would get First Secretary) as that happens but, then Tory's official twitter account confirmed it after Tory HQ political director Iain Carter tweeted it to all Tory MP', commuters would celebrate, the UN would declare a world wide holiday to celebrate this great moment for UK... then those at Tory HQ made clear they would not accept him in charge.

A "you use social media to confirm appointment then have to backtrack" is not a good start. Brandon Lewis (having to tweet it twice due to misspelling of minister without portfolio)got the job which after the embarrassment has settled, is probably a better choice. Trusted by May as a key ally in Home Office and leadership campaign, well liked with Tory circles, a competent media performer who has a reputation for getting things done. His deputy is James Cleverly who is popular with younger activists and seen as knowledgable on social media. We then had a long gap which led to speculation things had gone wrong but turned out May was making huge changes at Tory HQ. They expanded by giving 9 area's out with some from the ministerial ranksChris Skidmore gets policy and moved from cabinet office, Treasury Minister Andrew Jones get business engagement, local minister Marcus Jones gets local government. Kemi Badenoch who has impressed activist base gets oversight on candidates, the 28 year old Ben Bradley gets youth, Maria Caulfield gets women, Rehman Chishti and Helen Grant both get communities, James Morris gets training and development. The existing ones (David Brownlow for campaigning, Dominic Johnson for finance, Paul Scully for London and Alec Shelbrooke covering international) remain.

It does seem like they are trying to put a major rehual at Tory HQ though it will seem like a demotion for the three now unpaid former ministers, if done properly this could help rebuild a tired election machine and rebuild their small base, will they get the opportunity and resources to do this though?

David Lidington replaces Green at cabinet office and Duchy of Lanchester, leading the committees, handling PMQ's when May is gone (yay) but not first secretary of state, like Green a passionate Remainer but Brexiteers probably won't mind as got a reputation for ability but also for being an excellent diplomat who should be able to help guide things through. Another change at Justice though (six in eight years is not good for governance) with speculation quickly going for Raab). Sajid Javid adds housing, it puts housing higher up the agenda and at cabinet level without creating a new post, Javid has been pushing on housing anyway, Hunt and Greg Clark went in.... then nothing as something clearly didn't go to plan as Hunt talked to May for over an hour then a break to meet Welsh Assembly members. Jeremy Hunt now has social care as well as health, an issue he has been pushing for reform on and apparently made a passionate speech on it, allowing him to take responsibility for it back from cabinet office. Some in government clearly want Clark gone and his star has faded somewhat in recent months but with Hunt refusing, perhaps they didn't wish to spook business with a change of a guy they like without someone carefully picked. Or perhaps as some are rumoured, he refused to move as well. Given the pre-reshuffle briefing against Clark, this is not good for May's authority.

Once this was eventually sorted David Gauke to Justice which seems a sideways move and leaves DWP with a 5th guy in charge in eight years, Gauke steps into another job with a lot of challenges but Lidington had set a course, are we going to see yet another change? They may however be pleased to have their first solicitor as Lord Chancellor and at least he has some experience with the law, though it is an area he has specialized in since becoming MP and a well regarded minister. Karen Brady gets N.Ireland, moving from Culture, I assume because May trusts her having worked with her for some times but not sure she has experience with N.Ireland at a time when direct rule may be on cards. Culture then gets a promotion from within as Matt Hancock finally gets a cabinet post, digital minister has always been a solid pair of hands though usually filled econimic posts, he has been active at Culture events and will be seen as a reward for his taking a demotion when May became leader and working hard.

As I go for the night, seems like Greening (in number 10 for nearly two hours) is refusing to move from education to DWP

Stayed in post: Rudd, Boris, Hammond, Davies, surprisingly Greg Clark, Williamson, Dr Fox, Morduant, Grayling, Baroness Evans, Gove, Mundell

Overall: This will go down in the immediate aftermath as a bad one. None of the big names going, the Grayling embarrassment, social media gaffes, two ministers refusing to budge, unable to axe Clarke, the only two figures going are ill-health and long serving man who asked to go months back so not a display of authority. Yet most of the appointments (Lidington, Gauke, Hancock) will likely go down well,, bar the "not another change", and potentially May could be about to save the Tory machine and turn things around if Lewis/Cleverly get the support and resources needed, housing and social care indicates priorities and that could help get things done (or could just be worthless paper title changes). The problem is I'm not convinced May can follow through with the potential of the changes.

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-Labour launches communities campaign unit to help rebuild support in certain Labour areas but also help local campaign issues

-The retiring black rod says MP's should have to take part in fire drills and bemoans MP's/Lords not wearing security passes

-Nicky Morgan writes to Treasury seeking clarity on Vat rule changes ad how it will impact goods from EU post-Brexit

-Government looking at extending pub hours for royal wedding

-Jon Ashworth says promoting Hunt would be a betrayal of patients, Young's comments make him unfit for office

-May says she was unaware of Young's tweets, isn't impressed by them and if continues to do them then he will be inappropriate to remain in a government post, Trump still coming

-BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie resigns over lack of equal pay and moves back to newsroom so he can get said equal pay

-Telegraph speculates May will appoint a minister to prepare for no deal

-House prices declined 0.6% last month

-Sturgeon says no deal Brexit is unthinkable but she will push for a soft Brexit

-Gardiner accuses Dr Fox of attempting a powergrab with trade bill

-Labour attack Caulfield's appointment due to her social conservative views on abortion

-There are more Tory vicechairs then there are Lib Dem MP's

-There is a video of Hancock singing. My ears bleed

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-Lord Howard call for new talent to be promoted in reshuffle, Freeman agreed and called for rehaul at Tory HQ

-Sir Cable says not firing Young is bad judgement and sends wrong signal

-Farage says he hasn't heard about immigration during Brexit talks, worried about trade talks, likes idea of no deal minister, says after Barnier meeting that Barnier doesn't understand why people voted Brexit, was very polite

-Someone has been altering Anne Milton's wiki page over her husband's role in private healthcare

-Kate Andrews has good segment on DP about NHS

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-Kuessenberg on reshuffle

-Hardman on small errors undermining umber 10's start to 2018 and bemoans how many reshuffles hinder government

-Fraser Nelson defends Toby Young

-Zoe Williams not impressed by May's Marr interview

-Robert Winder on English national identity

-Robert Peston on rumours he had heard

-Gary Gibbon on the reshuffle
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