UK Politics

Discuss events that have an impact on you and the world today. A home for honest, serious, and open discussion.

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:36 pm

-Tom Watson leaves Labour's NEC to give freedom to Corbyn to either unify or divide the party

-Dr Fox and US counterpart Robert Lighthizer begin trade talks but concerns we may be rushing it, wants a meeting with BBC Director General to complain about Brexit coverage, very sarcastic about press US chickens question "We work on premise that the British press corps in Washington never eats American beef or chicken because of their health concerns" and says media are obsessed with one small detail, admits we are unlikely to get trade deal with EU before Brexit day. Warns global free trade is under threat which is hitting global growth, says free trade is an unalloyed good, believes geopolitical trade blocs are becoming less relevant, will publish a report to show how trade with the UK impacts every congressional district in America.

Some now demanding he eats such a chicken.

-Corbyn says he never promised to abolish student debt but merely deal with it and was unaware of cost. Fair to say he has been making headlines on this

-IMF downgrades our predicted growth to 1.7% this year (seems to be based on poor performance so far this year) but keeps us at 1.5% for next year. People either going "yep, confirms we are struggling" or pointing out IMF record with predicting our economy is somewhere on the abysmal side. ONS says more then 2,500 products have been hit by shrinkflation in last five years and going on long before Brexit

-Gardiner says Norway option would make UK a vassal state and Turkey style associate customs union would be a disaster but Carwyn Jones backs Norway option as it keeps us in single market

-Carywyn Jones says no deal can't be an option, accuses government of a nationalist Brexit, Gove of failing to meet Welsh counterpart

-Rumours cabinet are split on if American chlorine-washed chicken should be allowed as part of trade deal

-The committee on standards in public life says part of it's inquiries will be if political parties do enough to stop the abuse

-Grayling and Khan looking at Crossrail 2 financing scheme

-Khan accuses Vauxhall of contempt for refusing to pay out on diesel-gate

-Boris on a Māori greeting called a hongi "“I think it’s a beautiful form of introduction, though it might be misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow,” and lavished praise on New Zealand landscape

====

-Ben Bradley on his Brexit conversion

-Zahwai rebukes squabbling ministers

-Nigel Evans says May stronger now then after election

-Bradshaw (who is unhappy on chlorine-washed chicken) and Doughty backs First Minister on EU row, Fabricant backs Gardiner, Dugher says he is confused as to Labour's Brexit stance, Streeting says he thought single market was on the table

-New Yorker's Sam Knight with long profile of Sadiq Khan

=====

-Professor Jeremy Gilbert wants Corbyisim to lose the top down part of it's strand and embrace it's grassroots strand

-Zoe Williams hates way Tories use aid budget

-Tim Montgomerie says Tories must listen to Davidson on capitalism and impressed by Corbyn+Davies

-David Torrance warns SNP fibs about Barnett forumla may be about to come back and bite them

-Matthew Lyn dismisses IMF forecasts

-Bush says Corbyn's popularity with Remainers means his Euroscepticism isn't a problem for Labour
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:28 pm

-Barry Gardiner sets out his Brexit stance

-Government looking to clampdown on leasehold including a ban on such things in new build

-Lords EU Environment Committee warns we rely on EU workers for animal welfare like 90% of veterinary surgeons and 75% of abattoir workers being from EU, expects EU standards to be kept as a bare minimum

-Mayors Burnham and Rotheram furious Crossrail 2 plans announced days after electrification projects cancelled

-Gove says had positive meeting with Welsh counterpart Lesley Griffiths and is taking a "constructive, open-minded and pragmatic" approach to farming, that Welsh lamb would get new markets from Brexit

-Bank of England's financial stability director Alex Brazier concerned at sharp rise in personal loans and banks entering a spiral of complacency at consumer debt, according to CBI survey factory growth at 22 year high with headcount at three year high as the pound's collapse finally starts to pay off

-Boris calls for an end to political kerfuffle and Tories to get down to job of governing, New Zealand will be near front for trade deal after Brexit and Brexit is not about turning back on world

-Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Care Quality Commission’s chief inspector of hospitals, says Brexit is an issue for recruitment and retention, NHS needs more money but NHS can do better with the money it has

-David Davis says it is a moral imperative to sort out EU nationals future as soon as possible

-MEP's say UK offer for EU nationals not enough

-Trump says he is excited to talk about trade deals with UK as feels EU is very protectionist when it comes to US, welcomed by government and Farage but given a sceptical eye by Cable

=====

-Baron unhappy at there being a transitional phase

-Louise Haigh attacks government record on cyber crime

-Heidi Alexander disagrees with Gardiner

-Patrick O'Flynn likes Gardiner's article. The UKIP economics spokesperson.

-Stuart McDonald calls for Scotland to have it's own immigration system

====

-Bush thinks Tories are going down a blind ally with tuition fees and Katy Balls suspects it won't be enough to damage Corbyn's support

-Toynbee frustrated that Labour stance on EU is fracturing as Brexiteers fall apart

-Mark Mardell on German industry thoughts on Brexit

-James Fraye gives advice to Roger Gibb (May's new communications director)
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:37 pm

-Growth for second quarter up to 0.3% as expected with service and films covering for the decline in construction and manufacturing, government delighted BMW building electric mini in Oxford

-Gove says chlorinated chickens will remain banned even at cost of US trade deal as UK seeks to remain leader on environmental standards whereas Dr Fox had refused to rule it out till far later as perfectly safe but might be animal welfare issue to discuss at later date. Labour MP's have mouths agape at how cabinet is splitting on a 0.2% of our import product

-New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040, £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions from diesel vehicles, councils can bring in charges on polluting cars entering city centres

-Dr Fox to Mexico, Boris to Australia to drum up trade while Davies having private meeting in Germany

-Davies says they would protect EU nationals rights by legislation and treaty

-Boris says people don't want government to be hostile to migrants, just a sense government has control on the issue and no wish to cut migrants to tech industries

-Supreme Court rules high fees for employment tribunals are illegal as inconsistent with justice, government promises refunds to all who have paid and seems inclined to drop the matter entirely

-Gove would accept free movement and ECJ as part of a transition phase

-Andrew Gwynne says Labour's Brexit policy could shift if populace attitudes change

-Abbott warns law firms some are intimidating Grenfell victims and must stop

-McDonell says he won't rule out anything in regards single market which goes against Corbyn's weekend stance

-Hammond says consumers going through painful time due to consequences of pound falling (hello Brexit), wants early agreement on there being a transitional deal to help deal with uncertainty that is damaging the economy

-Lib Dems write to all sides asking for early ringfencing of EU/UK nationals rights

====

-Farage says Labour now offering tougher lines on Brexit and immigration then Tories

-One reason we may have lost vote at the UN on the Chagos Islands (which means it goes to UN tribunal) might have something to do with 22 EU countries abstaining

-Blunt's proposes (backed by Lord Hague and Lord Robertson) UK seeks to get observer status at the twice-weekly meetings of EU diplomats but Baroness Ashton doubts EU would agree to that

=====

-Behr on how Dunkirk and humiliation of 1983 has played it's part in Brexit

-George Monbiot argues we have too much trade

-Alex Morton argues against immigration

-Neil Davenport calls Corbyn a middle class leader rather then one for the working class

-Bush says Brexit promises have to be broken, the choice is which one

-Nick Dearden thinks executive has too much power on trade deals

-Peter Spence argues it is best to give US agreement on the chicken
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:46 pm

-Shadow minister Imran Hussain recorded saying Labour would wipe out student debt

-Labour apparently struggling to fill it's select committee quota

-Rudd launching inquiry into EU migration and impact on country

-Stewart Jackson becomes Davies chief of staff (might be a few curses in Whitehall)

-Reeves, head of business committee, says debt problems we saw before finical crash have returned, finical regulators need to be vigilant and will look to follow the strategy of predecessor Iain Wright when comes to business leaders, gender pay gap will be an issue she takes up.

-May says Tories were wrong on LGBT in past and it has lead to justifiable scepticism about them and herself but Tories can be proud of their recent record

-Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warns time is running out for Stormont talks, that both parties need to compromise

-Gaby Hinsliff interviews MPs's about abuse they get

-Redwood says he finds it strange that Remainers use animal welfare as Brexit allows stronger standards

-We will end the Libor interest rate benchmark from the end of 2021, CBI survey has retail sales at three month high, Treasury’s chief economic adviser Sir David Ramsden becomes deputy at Bank of England

=====

-Andrew Grice on Labour and Brexit

-Peter Purton warns LGBT rights are not yet won

-Brain Wheeler talks to Greens who don't seem keen on repeating the "stand aside for other parties" experience

-Simon Jenkins on route forward on Brexit

-Afua Hirsch rather enjoyed Supreme Court judgement on tribunal fees

-Toynbee accuses government of ignoring social care pay tribunal

-Stephen Daisley warns Tories Corbyn has learnt to outflank Tories on the centre ground
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:08 pm

-Momentum's dinner party advert has got media attention, (lots of mocking of Corbynites nepotism seeing them attack nepotism) but generally pundits are impressed or wondering if this will misfire.

-Rudd says no cliff edge on free movement, Brandon Lewis the immigration minister says it ends on Brexit day, neither mentions the 10,000 target. Boris admitted he had no idea this inquiry was coming and launched into defence of immigration, Abbott welcomes inquiry but worry that coming out six months before Brexitday isn't great, Cooper wonders why it has taken 13 months before they launched it

-Rumours Bariner has told ambassadors trade talks will have to be delayed for two months as talks on the fundamentals they want done first are going slower then expected, Brexit department says they will meet October deadline

-Abbott says single market still on the table

-Sir Cable on Labour's Brexit stance

-Hammond says transition period will last three years at most

-Central Bank of Ireland says Ireland being helped by European wide recovery but warns impact of Brexit on Ireland will be bad

-European GDP figures making UK's look quite bad

===

-Heidi Allen may not go to Tory conference as moving house

-Patrick O'Flynn resigns from role as UKIP econimic spokesperson as feels party are leaving the centre ground towards a libertarian, Thatcherite right-wing

-Bill Etheridge withdraws from UKIP leadership race to avoid splitting the vote and argues Farage to make clear his backing for someone

-Caroline Lucas on energy policy

====

-Stephen Glover condemns the chicken row and BBC for it

-Mark Steel has fun with migration inquiry

-John Harris on Labour and Brexit
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:55 pm

-Abbott tweets a anti-lesbian quote by May which May never actually said. Taken it down, not aware that she has apologized

-Hammond wants transition period to be pretty much like pre-Brexit day including free movement of people as will take time to get border systems into place

-Malta's PM Joseph Muscat starting to feel that Brexit might not happen as mood is changing in UK and just needs the right leader, says UK isn't badly prepared but simply EU is that much better at detail

-Taoiseach Leo Varadkarsays won't accept a Brexiteer border, they have denied rumours they are looking for no land-border but want a sea border which was an idea that angered DUP.

-Mayor Khan says if Labour pledge to end Brexit in manifesto then win election or have second referendum then Brexit can be stopped.

====

-Hardman says politicians still yet to work out what Brexit means

-Henry Newman on transition deal

-Bush on Labour Brexit confusion

-Paul Goldsmith says EU has a history of dividing Labour

-Andrew Grice on Rudd and Hammond's pincer move
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:20 pm

-Dr Fox says free movement would not be keeping with Brexit and hadn't been involved in talks about keeping free movement during transition

-Toby Young compares Corbyn to Murdoch

-Forsyth says government getting grip but big tests ahead are party conference and if they do a New Year reshuffle, Brexit clarity, Greg Clark, chicken row, Ed Vaizey linked for mayor. I like Vaizey but not sure he has the skills to take one of the leading jobs in the country

-William Keane rails against Brexit
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:23 pm

-Hammond says after Brexit he wishes UK tax system to remain European and middle of the pack in terms of what it raises which goes against the Singapore negotiating strategy/threat that he himself went with so getting a bit of mockery, breaking up City of London will suit nobody

-Government announces recruitment drive for mental health workers though others question funding and lack of detail of plans

-Baroness Karan Bilimoria says one can take back control of immigration without Brexit

-Sir Duncan says he is appalled at the elections (which he thinks are a sham) and deaths in Venezuela

-Number of UK mortgages approval hits a nine-month low but consumer borrowing rises 10% in a year to reache £200 billion which we last saw pre-crash, Bank of England strike goes ahead, Sterling hits 10 month high due to dollar's struggles

====

-Helen Lewis on BBC pay

-Gabriel Gavin argues Tories fighting wrong battle on immigration

-Hugh Muir argues we lack the will to tackle inequality

-John Rentoul on Hammond's powerplay, Fraser Nelson frustrated with Hammond, Eaton Hammond responding to result of election
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:10 pm

-Archbishop Welby thinks getting Brexit through Parliament is ‘infinitesimally small’ and again calls for a Brexit commission as timescale is short.

While I think he is unwise to make the first comment, I would suggest Brexiteers avoid the Daily Mail's Quieten Lett's route of calling the head of the church a traitor

-Number 10 say freedom of movement (in current form) ends on Brexit day, Hunt warns we need NHS staff from Europe, Sir Fallon says future immigration rules would be decided as a detail in Brexit negotiation

-High Court block Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat (is it still General for former generals?) attempt to prosecute Blair

-Hunt warns mental health targets will be challenging to meet, wants global Brexit rather then insular one

-Boris is furious that Sir Cable says Boris is considered resigning, responding through spokesperson "Vince Cable is making his stuff up and maybe he should take more time to think up some policies rather than wasting his time on peddling lies."

-Ministers clearly told to deny cabinet rows

-Greg Clark trying to get former directors (and Camila Batmanghelidjh who was not technically one) of Kids Company charity banned from company directorships.

-Steve McCabe attacked by a motorcyclist throwing a brick at his face

-According to survey Manufacturing rebounds thanks to foreign demand (from North America, Europe, the Asia- Pacific region and the Middle-East) for UK goods, which rose by the fastest rate since our all-time record of April 2010. Given ONS recent bleak figures, will be interesting to see what their July stats will be. Sterling hits 10 month high

=====

-David Jones says Treasury is keeping some ministers out of the loop

-Barbara Keeley attacks Corbyn's comments about freedom of movement as making situation worse, then says she got confused and thought she was talking about Hunt.

-Cat Smith on voting age

-Press seem obsessed with Farage recommending Dunkirk as something youngsters should see

-Lord Hague says he is being asked by world leaders how UK plans to get around Brexit referendum result, backs transitional agreement as a way to prevent disaster and praises Hammond

====

-Robert Colville says Hammond wrong on Singapore and disparaging competition

-Tom Peck bemoans Brexit (you may need to get past some cheap Farage bashing first)

-British Election Study publishes 2017 election attitudes

-Eaton on Remainers trying to use article 127 to stay in EEA

-Matt Zarb-Cousin says Corbyn's Brexit stance won't cost him the votes of the young
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:29 pm

-Government denies British Gas raising electricity prices by 12.5% is due to government policy, labour says it shows government hasn't got a grip on the market

-Case against Michelle Thomson dropped. Bit too late given she lost her job and had her reputation greatly damaged though she has support of SNP MP's who wanted her reinstated for the election though SNP's statement of wishing her well for future isn't encouraging.

-Rudd says tech companies must do more against extremism or she will bring in new laws, encouraged by recent talks, encryption is fine but end to end encryption is a problem

-Morgan asking Bank of England for information on how prepared banks and insurance firms are for Brexit, also key risks of no deal

-UK construction dips to 11 month low with commercial and housing dipping, sterling 11 month high

====

-The story of Ellen Kenyon Peers's art project has been doing the rounds after Vicky Foxcroft (and the Commons authorities by looks of it) reported it to the police. She set up a fake twitter profile and website for Ana Key, Socialist and TUSC MP for “Deptford and Greenwich” (not a genuine seat) with email and phone number. While the Lodon branch of Socialist Party are relaxed, the TUSC themselves are concerned it damages them and there is clear concerns among many about use of Commons symbols and that people who do need their MP may be inadvertently tricked (Peers clearly feels it isn't her fault if people don't know who their MP is but a wider issue of society) and major data protection issues.

-Rees-Mogg demands no say from ECJ after Brexit and implementation should already be happening, will take time for migration numbers to come down as reform takes time

-Sir Jeffrey Donaldson accuses Dublin government of megaphone diplomacy and of not cooperating on border Brexit issue

-Baron not happy with transition phase. Feels like backbenchers aren't happy with Hammond's recent victories on this but enough of them to cause a problem?

-Nick Timothy becomes columnist for Telegraph and Sun

====

-Anne Perkins compares May to Stanley Baldwin

-Tom Gash rails against Cameron's record on prisons

-Eaton says Trump shows why trade deal with US could run into trouble
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”
User avatar
Dong Zhou
A-Dou
A-Dou
 
Posts: 14963
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:32 pm
Location: "Now we must die. May Your Majesty maintain yourself"

PreviousNext

Return to Current Affairs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

Copyright © 2002–2008 Kongming’s Archives. All Rights Reserved