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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:18 pm

-Mike Amesbury says he can't have a Tory for a friend

-Abbott says Labour don't back a second referendum, government handling of Brexit talks a mess and a cause for concern, should listen to CBI and NHS on migration

-Higher Education Policy Institute says voting intentions among students Labour on 68%, the Conservatives on 15% and the Liberal Democrats on 7%, Labour's highest rating in a decade but the institute thinks that is tied to a sense Labour are pro Remain, 62% want second referendum

-Michelle O'Neill says she believes Stormont will be restored but it needs political will from DUP

-Lidington wants a ban of online retailers selling miniature mobile phones

-Gauke says UK will seek to maximise access to single market

-Tom Watson says second referendum shouldn't be ruled out, suspects he would not be Deputy PM but Emily Thornberry

-Convey says Irish government seeking to repair relations with DUP

-Mordaunt says Saudi's mus stop starving Yemen

-Times saying some MP's urging May to stay till 2021 to avoid damaging talks with EU

-Barnier says (in interview with Christine Ockrent) UK will not get a bespoke deal (number 10 goes "oh yes we can", UK chose to Brexit and must take consequence of their actions, parallel talks start probably march but trade talks only once we actually leave, transition phase can only last 2 years.

Barnier's assistant Stefaan De Rynck says we will have to obey new EU laws during transition, no sector by sector single market and they are uneasy at UK saying they want their own standards, transition shouldn't be assumed, says Brexit is a lose lose situation that hurts all parties, Canada's services deal is a lot more modest then people think, UK and business will only get transition phase confirmed when article 50 is ratified

-Government reviews says system for fire safety in tower blocks 'not fit for purpose', rules overly complex, route needed for residents concerns to be heard, culture change needed

-Rumours Gove wants working times directive scrapped

-Sir Cable rules out coalition with Labour

-Nicky Morgan's lessons from the year

-UK manufacturing has strongest order books in 30 years

-May says she got finical bill down, is a shared desire for progress, no place for threats and intimidation of MP's, will be outside the common agricultural policy and the common fisheries policy after Brexit, seen as very much dodging questions about working time directive

-Corbyn accuses Mail of whipping up hated against the 12 (May welcomes it but given Labour's record at election, says it is a bit rich)

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-Ken Clarke says talks of deselection are rubbish from some right-wing papers who have lost their heads

-Dominic Grieve concerned at violent mood

-IDS says if we diverge from EU then business just has to adapt and will welcome easier (due to trade deals) markets in other countries

-Ben Bradley backing Letwin amendment

-Steve Baker says he has friendly chat with Grieve and has no plans to ostracise anyone, has a mere 42 pages of Brexit amendments to get through today

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- Sonia Sodha feels universal income is a cop out

-David Torrance on SNP tax plans

-d’Ancona concerned at the language around Brexit

-John Denham says Labour should have an English manifesto

-Ross Clark says tarrifs aren't something to be too concerned about

-Ai Wilkinson accuses Mail of seeking to destroy Kate Maltby
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:45 pm

-Lords furious over Liam Allen case (accused of rape, police had evidence that showed he didn't commit such a crime but didn't share it with prosecution or defence.)

-Transport department has widest gender paygap in Whitehall at 16.9% but seven departments have gap over 10% or above, culture best at 3%

-Gove says Brxit is delaying some of the reforms he wants

-Britain First and that of it's leaders suspended on Twitter

-Lidington accepts mos of Lammy's work on racial bias in justice system and looking at how to get more prisoners into work

-Carwyn Jones denies fresh allegations of misleading Assembly over bullying allegations

-Barnier says no passporting rights for City of London

-Lib Dems fined 18k for not providing acceptable invoices during EU referendum

-Hammond denies Telegraph story that he and Rudd were isolated in cabinet over which to align with EU

-Legal challenge on EU claim that all 27 have to agree to revoke article 50

-Cooper points out they told Twitter of some anti-Semitic tweets last time they were before her committee. They haven't been removed and she wonders her concerns are ignored, what happens to ordinary people complaining of abuse. Twitter got something of a rough ride by Home Affairs Select Committee

-After cabinet meeting, says general agreement on objectives, calls for ambitious, creative bespoke deal and attitude seems to be Barnier is setting out a negotiating front with his comments

-Javid declares councils to be allowed to raise council tax an extra 1%, police and crime commissioners to be able to raise extra for their budgets, ten pilot areas for keeping all their business rates

-13 days after the Britain first row, UK finally got Trump to call May back, this time to discuss Israel

-Unite's elections will now be brought before a retired high court judge

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-Harman suggest Rudd summon Telegraph and Mail editors

-Finical Times claiming Uk is losing £350 million a week from Brexit already

-Mhairi Black not overly impressed by Salmond suggesting she go clothes shopping with Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh and get her own style of fashion

-Birmingham University research, which has been picked up by a fair few, is not good reading on who loses more if trade goes wrong "
The UK regions are far more exposed than anywhere else in Europe, with regions in Ireland closely behind. The UK regions which voted leave are more exposed than those which voted Remain

The UK is 4.6 times more exposed than the rest of the EU - with the majority of EU countries facing almost no exposure at all - which means that in economic terms the UK is in a very weak bargaining position. Results show that 2.64% of EU GDP is at risk because of Brexit trade related consequences. In the UK, Brexit trade related risks account for 12.2% of UK GDP. The highest levels of regional GDP exposure to Brexit in the UK are found in many of the UK’s non-core regions in the Midlands and in the North of England."



and
"First, the UK and its regions are far more vulnerable to trade-related risks of Brexit than other EU member states and their regions. Our results also mirror the broad thrust of the arguments of other analyses (Dhingra et al., 2017). As such, the UK is far more dependent on a relatively seamless and comprehensive free trade deal than the other EU member states. Mercantilist arguments popular in the UK media, which posit that the UK trade deficit with the rest of Europe implies that on economic grounds other EU member states will be eager to agree a free trade deal with the UK, are not correct."
are the quotes getting focus

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-Bush May is safer then people think and argues cabinet have discussed Brexit

-David Marquand on Englishness

-Polly Toynbee spends a day at bankruptcy court

-Dan McCurry frustrated Labour has not punished May on Brexit

-Emily Dinsmore says youngsters can only call themselves radical if they back Brexit

-Nicky Timothy (sun) on social mobility measures he wants to see

-Ross Clark says economy is being rebalanced by Brexit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:34 pm

PMQ's: Corbyn uses Christmas wishes to go NHS staff working during Christmas break (May points out there are others) and then asks if NHS has resources for winter, May says they have more resources then ever as said by NHS, Corbyn quotes Simon Stevens saying they needed 4 billion to stand still but got half then goes on A&E pressures leading to ambulances to reroute so again goes on resources, May says funding at record levels and says Corbyn always complains but what about (then lists achievements like cancer) without talking about A&E pressures. Corbyn ignores all that and sticks to ambulance delays which wouldn't happen if it had the resources needed so asks May to promise waiting time targets will be met, May says they aim to improve quality on even where there has been success and not everything is about money but measures that Labour opposed, Tories are proud of NHS. Corbyn on missing targets (bringing up cancer ones was a good move but he didn't focus on it) and wonders when the extra GP's will come, May brushes past targets and goes for Welsh government's dreadful record on targets, Corbyn blames cut of block grant and defends their record then goes on less GP's then social care cuts with nothing in budget for them. May tries to say "we did with spring budget" which didn't work and attacks Labour's NHS mess quoting Corbyn's own words and pointing out he often attacked Labour's record. Corbyn ignores that and quotes a Tory council leader on social care which is not quite the same thing, summary goes on NHS in crises with underfunded staff going into winter, May out of touch and recklessly putting NHS at risk. May says he has been wrong about funding, mocks Corbyn's "PM by Christmas" and his prediction phase 1 wouldn't be achieved, the budget would collapse

Blackford on RBS asking if it was right for Osborne and co to sack RBS chief executive in 2013, May indicating it wasn't her call but was due to finical crises and RBS is a commercial organization as she suspects similar to last question last week. Blackford says May should try answering the question, why can government intervene then but not over branches closure? May says commercial decision and says on leader, rich when SNP will raise targets while Tories reduce tax for Scots. Corbyn going on NHS seems to have been predicted and May was well prepared, her attacks had more punch as she put strong defences of general record (while tending to ignore the questions) and put Corbyn on the backfoot, he may be regretting some of his attacks as a backbencher and leadership candidate against his own side. Corbyn had good questions but he struggled to really nail his points home and rarely put a strong defence up. Blackford overdid his question but May's utter avoidance and weak attacks means I feel he won that.

Was some fun from likes of Christopher Chope using Christchurch referendum on local structures for EU question and the turkey stuffing by Clive Efford, no good will towards Piddock. Bercow demanding May face him rather then questioner felt petty

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-Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian prime minister, calls for bespoke deal but UK must show ambition first

-Corbyn's alleged "PM by Christmas" (problem for Corbyn now is he failed to stop it being assumed he said it) is now quite probably an election next year and he will probably win. Says some on leave side were greatly irresponsible in what they said but Brexit has mandate, putting focus on getting Brexit transition phase sort, more likely to sing "Born to be Wild" rather then "oh Jeremy Corbyn"

-Public Accounts Committee says homeless is now a national crises and accuses government of being unacceptably complacent

-Abbott predicts a decisive Labour lead in polls in 2018

-Government rejects BT proposals and will make it a legal right to have high speed broadband by 2020

-White House indicates details about Trump visit will be published soon

-European Commission was transition to end on 31 December 2020, backed by Barnier but number 10 says they see it as a negotiating position

-Barnier urges people not to underestimate the difficult of phase 2, UK not legally covered by EU trade deals during transition but fishing quota's will apply

-Labour order MP's not to back Chris Leslie's amendment to keep us in customs union

-May says in exceptional circumstances, she would delay Brexit for a short period of time

-PMQ's was a record 53 minutes

-Work and Pensions Committee+Business Committee summon Ryanair head over pay allegations

-IMF predicts 1.5% growth next year, says timeframe for phase 2 is very ambitious, Brexit is having an impact on UK economy and that our slow growth shows IMF was right to be concerned

-May to use trip to Poland to talk to counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki about interference in judiciary

-Gove pledges to support upland farmers beyond 2022 and a 8-9 month transition period for fishing but committee chair Neil Parish not happy at lack of evidence in regards Brexit impact

-Intelligence Committee warns MI5 has recorded a surge in the number of “high risk” terror suspects and unprecedented pace

-Liaison Committee sees Benn indicate Brexit Committee will publish most of the reports they got, journalists bemoan May's ability to avoid answering the actual question, questions over if first time May has been seen with glasses, bemusement at a very long Sir Cash question about EU, Field and Dr Woolostan both suggest May uses select committee's to draw up bills but May rejects it and she refuses to agree that national security adviser, Mark Sedwill should appear before the defence select committee. May says we can have trade deal wrapped up before Brexit, refuses to commit to vote on Brexit deal before it is ratified

-Carney says UK is the banker of Europe

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-Baroness Boythrooyd amusing as she talks of when she will retire

-Was nice have Claire Perry back on DP, always fun

-Maria Caulfield on assisted suicide

-Rather nice black and white picture of May leaving for final PMQ's for year, one should also look up Ed Miliband's Christmas card

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-Simon Jack on Bano of England's offer to EU banks here

-Eric Allison on mental health care in jails
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:42 pm

Damian Green sacked. Might technically be resigned but when May publicly declares she demanded he resign, it is a sacking. Also had to happen after I had written up for last night. Green mislead with two statements (basically there had been adult material on work computer) and that is what got him sacked, David Davies is not going to jump. On Maltby, the inquiry couldn't make a conclusion but said Maltby was a credible witness, Green says he apologises for making her uncomfortable. Apparently May knew she was about to fire her close friend before the 2 hour Liaison Committee but nobody sensed anything was wrong.

Once losing her close friend and number 2 would have been seen as fatal, May has managed to strengthen her position, let the story ride it's way out and now she has the facts in front of her, she has the grounds to dismiss Green without a revolt. It wasn't the adult material that did for Green (which would have been embarrassing but don't think most would call for him to go based on that), it was the lying about it that has destroyed Green. May has lost a key ally when she has so few, she has lost balance within cabinet on the Remain/brexiteers, she needs to find someone to talk to the developed administrations and there will be concern that things will get stuck in logjam as Green was the person ensuring things did not get ground down.

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-Government agrees compromise on Brexit date but MP's a little annoyed at May seemingly trying to wiggle out of Brexit defeat in Liaison Committee though Baker sought to reassure them

-Ed Miliband's card

-Wouldn't be surprised if Mail is hammered for their handling of the Maltby allegations, particularly the nasty stuff like claiming her family is ashamed of her (they clearly are proud of her)

-May proposes new defence treaty with Poland as she takes Hammond, Boris, Rudd, Clarke and Williamson. PM Morawiecki says he hopes Brexit goes at unprecedented pace and unproblematic with free access to services, wants UK Poles to return to Poland

-Withdrawal passes committee stage of Commons with government going through last day undefeated

-Security concerns as Halfon's staff found man sleeping under a desk in his office which he says is latest in a series of security concerns

-Not expected to be reshuffle to replace Green till next year

-Government decides against having a website where you can check if you are eligible to vote

-Canary found in breach of press code for it's claim Kuenssberg was going to speak at Tory conference (she wasn't, unsurprisingly for anyone with an ounce of common sense) and for not sufficiently correcting it

-Plenty of Tory MP's not happy with police role in Green's downfall

-Jeremy Hunt impressed media with his Today interview, saying Green had to go for lying, giving an impression of honesty which gave him room to praise Green and attack police

-Brexit Committee publishes 39 of the reports. Judging by media response, a blank page might have been more helpful though "The food chain includes agriculture", that the food and agriculture sector "is vital for consumers", 'parts of an aircraft' include the "nose, fuselage, wings, engine nacelles and tail" is lifechanging information.

-Investigation into Keith Vaz suspended for medical reasons

-Information Commissioner investing the leaking about Green's computer

-Cabinet Office clears Mark Garnier as he wasn't a minister at time of allegations

-Government borrowing falls to lowest November since finical crises

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-Kate Hoey openly laughed at by Labour MP's in Brexit debate

-Jess Philips not happy how long Green inquiry took

-Woman's equality party want Fallon and Green to resign as MP's

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-Robert Peston on Green sacking

-Bagehot sees Green going as an opportunity
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:12 pm

-Maltby says she told a Downing Street aid of Green's behaviour in 2016

-Boris says police actions in regards Green has a slight feeling of vendetta, tells Russia to stop cyber attacks or will be retaliation in kind, relations with Russia hadn't been this bad for a very long time

-UK to return passports to the old blue colour, Farage calls it first Brexit victory

-MP's share some of their Christmas racist abuse and death threats

-Lots of unhappiness at how bad Liverpool jail is

-Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) wants free public drinking water fountains, companies to pay more for plastic waste they produce and public to have to pay a deposit for plastic waste

-MP's unhappy at slow pace of sexual harassment working group though Wishart made considerable efforts to defend Leadsom

-The retiring Black Rod warnsWestminster will burn down if parliament keeps dithering on repairs

-ONS raises this year's growth to 1.7% which is more then expected but for first time ever recorded households have paid out more money than they received for four consecutive quarters

-Plenty asking if Green has to go for lying, why certain Brexiteer ministers remain in post

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-Bush on Green's sacking, ditto Martin Kettle, Danny Shaw says Green only has himself to blame

-Rachael Cuncliffe feels 2017 will be good for politics

-Robert Orchard on emergency chamber being tested

-Scott Gilfillan in despair over May's inability to understand N.Ireland

-Jon Craig on 2017 for May

-Alex Massie not impressed by how people have reacted to passport change
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:07 pm

-There are claims going around that changing passport colour will cost £500 million after James Caan found an old independent article about how much it would cost and didn't read it properly. Figures like Rayner have joined in, how can government pay that much for simply changing colour of passport hen there are homeless.

This is only even half true if one believes we should not have a passport at all and even then your being inaccurate. It cost 500 million for passport contract last time, we have to renew contracts in September 2019 and it will be redesigned as they always are every ten years, this costs money. Has led to concerns about fake news, Caan and likes of Rayner should apologize for misleading public

-May says she is more then Madame Brexit (a nickname she got in Poland)

-Boris says he wants relations with Russia to improve, counterpart Sergei Lavrov said UK were insulting (Syria seems to be main one but also election interference, Russia Today treatment) before meeting but he trusts Boris and they will work to work together in UN, the two squabbling at press conference over if Russia interfered in Brexit referendum

-Crabb and Chris Pincher cleared of inappropriate conduct

-Andrew Bridgen calls for Keith Vaz to go as MP

-Varadkar says Ireland will expect involvement in N.Ireland if Stormont is not restored, DUP says only UK direct rule would be acceptable

-Nusrat Ghani feels British press don't recognize the factors UK can hold over EU during talks

-According to Guido Fawkes, Jess Philips is the most sweary MP on social media

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-Katy Balls at latest fake news

-Mike Ion on private schools blocking social mobility

-Renata Jones has fun guessing her cat's political views

-Forsyth (sun) on cabinet talks, reshuffle and other matters
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:59 pm

-May urges us to take pride in our Christian heritage and freedom of religion, the selfless acts of emergency services/aid workers/soldiers/volunteers Corbyn calls for people to have the poor, the lonely and from those in wartorn countries

-Government looking at current HGV levy and which A-roads need improving

-Former Ireland leader John Bruton on why Ireland is annoyed with UK

-Anne McElvoy on how May stands at year's end

-Jeff Presteridge attacks Gauke's claims on pensions and savings
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:34 pm

-Gavin Williamson blocks army rebrand which would have changed the crest and "Be the Best" slogan, Dr Lewis backs Williamson on this

-Jo Johnson warning universities could be fined if they don't protect free speech

-Expected May will drop support for a free vote on foxhunting

-German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says a smart Brexit deal could be a model for future relations with likes of Turkey and Ukraine

-Labour MP's asking Hammond to publish Treasury Brexit papers on econimic assessment of Brexit

-Lord Heseltine says Corbyn will be less economically damaging then Brexit.

-Kensington and Chelsea Council take control of housing in the area from the management company they had used

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-Katy Balls on Tories and fox hunting

-Alex Brummer on reasons to be optimistic about the economy

-Rafael Behr on outrage economy
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:53 pm

-McDonnell warns alarming household debt is likely to rise over next four year

-Hammond says it would deeply unhelpful to release Brexit papers now

-BBC on MP's who have died this year part 1

-National Grid says UK broke 13 of it's own records on clean energy in 2017

-UK mortgage approvals dropped to a 15-month low

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-Nick Triggle on 20178 for NHS
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:27 pm

-SNP calls for Labour to join alliance to keep UK in single market

-DUP MP Gregory Campbell says fresh set of Stormont talks set to start in next ten days, this seems news to Sinn Feinn

-Nathan Gill resigns from being UKIP Am (will sit as independent) so UKIP's Mandy Jones, a former shepard, becomes the new AM for North Wales

-Hunt would like to bring more long term planning to NHS like replacing spending reviews with a "workforce and funding" plan every ten years

-Simon Stevens warns due to selfishness of revellers, town and cities may see drunk tanks become the new norm to ease pressure on A&E, remarks NHS is not meant to mean National Hangover Service

-Rumours circling against Sir Cable, saying he hasn't united party

-Minister for the constitution, Chris Skidmore feels Corbyn is trying to rig election by not allowing reform of constituencies boundaries

-Baroness Jones feels there is reason for optimism for environmentalists

-Culture Committee set Jan 18th deadline for social media to hand over the material they have requested, it is believed government is prepared to take action against them if Culture Committee is snubbed

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-Kettle on state of Labour going into 2018

-Simon Jack on a bad year for capitalism in UK
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