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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:31 pm

-Farage has been shortlisted for the title of Time magazine's person of the year

-Ruth Davidson says Brexiteers and Remainers need to show each other respect, says UKIP's arrogance in victory makes it harder to secure good deal

-Grayling is trying to join up control of track and rail franchises, denies he plans to privitize Network rail but people already worried he will do so

-Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem warns a smooth Brexit seems incompatible with UK's current demands

-Michel Barnier, the European commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, warns there will be less then 18 months for Brexit negotiations and trade deal won't happen till after that, that his job is to ensure UK gets worse deal then EU members and 4 freedoms must apply for any single market stuff, warns there will be consequences to Anglo-Irish border but will do utmost to save peace there, open to transitional deal.

-Hammond open to paying for single market access

-Governor Carney predicts auotmation will put 15 million out of work

-Merkel says the four freedoms must be protected

-May wants a “a red, white and blue Brexit”. Helpful :roll: Says must engage rather then snipe about human rights from sidelines

-Boris says Brexit deal could be done by Oct 2018

-Javid says Dame Casey's report rings true with his experiences as a Muslim immigrant's son

-Boris has said he wants students taken out of immigration numbers, went down better with Commons then with May

-Facing a potentially devastating revolt, government agrees to Labour's "publish details on Brexit before triggering article 50" amendment but says in exchange Commons must back March timetable. A second victory for Sir Stramer, forcing May to backdown before vote on Brexit matters, he is slowly making ground with such small victories but May now trapping to trap Labour into committing themselves more then they might want


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-Paul Maynard clearly not happy with Southern Rail strikes

-Lord Cormack and Lord Taylor good as they push for Lords reform

-Bernard Jenkin thinks we can hit the 18 month timelimit

-Andrew Tyrie accuses Barnier of raising temperature in EU negotiations

-Arron Banks says government handling of Brexit has been a shambles

-Len McCluskey is to seek re-election for a further term of office from next April

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-Abi Wilkinson sees UKIP as easy to defeat

-Momentum member Laura Murray rages about one half of the infighting


-Rampen on the positive stuff from Casey report
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:45 pm

PMQ's: Thornberry nicely links Pearl Harbour anniversary for sovereignty of parliament and then asks about custom union, quoted past Lidington quotes on importance of custom union, moves onto N.Ireland/custom union, uses Brokenshire and David Davis quotes well, I liked the "being the party of the 100%" line but not sure if it will stick. Lidington questioned her acceptance of the Brexit vote and says he has had to change after the major vote, manages to use his own constant repetition well, ends with an effective attack on if Labour question the vote leading onto Labour drifting+losing support but waffles less well then other ministers when covering a lack of answer. Anything new? Same lines really, Labour on lack of details, Tories saying "you don't accept the result/damaging negotiating hand by demanding details" but the performances were better then their superiors, both fluent and well argued, Thornberry doing a nice "I'm so disappointed in you" tone and is a good interrogator, this may boost her reputation among the benches.

Was applause for Holocaust survivor, Angus Robinson goes on closing job centres in deprived Glasgow with Lidington not knowing the answer but conceding it was a reasonable point so Robinson pushing on felt too much. Steve Baker whines at BBC contacting him for news on revolts, Lidington giving him sarcastic response


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-May backs Iran deal but will work with Gulf to contain Iran threat

-BBC with Brexit vote stats

-Keiza Dugdale calls for a new Act of Union

-Fury as Grayling letter from 2013 to Boris saying he wouldn't devolve transport to London to prevent it getting into Labour mayor hands. The respected Bob Neill says Grayling should resign for lying to him and the Commons on this issue

-Electoral Commission fine Lib Dems over incomplete electoral spending reports and reported some issues to police

-Apparently the improvements Gove made have stalled in Pisa report

-Sir Stramer says SNP need to give more detail in their demand for Scottish Brexit deal and does not seem keen on the idea, if details aren't provided by article 50 then Labour will use amendments to set conditions, that details must be enough for OBR to work with, must reassure the devolved governments (has he met the SNP?)

-Labour vote for government amendment, Lib Dem's, Greens SNP to oppose but by 461 votes to 89 - a majority of 372 while Labour's on similar patten is 448 to 75 votes - a majority of 373. Stramer and Corbyn will be concerned at 23 rebels and 56 no shows

-Thornberry is shadow first secretary of state as of yesterday

-Boris cedes on student immigration

-CBI divided and yet to take view on custom union but doesn't like idea of WTO tariffs wants situation for existing migrants to be settled fast

-Britain’s industrial sector has suffered its biggest fall in output sine 2012 while manufacturing takes a fall

-Barry Gardiner suggests Labour expects the Brexit plan will come out as a whitepaper

-David Davis says good progress has been made on the Ireland border issue, disagrees at giving info to OBR, promises vote on the EU deal but not about customs union, a second referendum would be a disaster for negotiations

-SNP and Lib Dems claiming Labour has handed government hard Brexit

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-Felt DP's profile of the Lidington vs Thornberry was skewed against Thornberry

-IDS would rather stay in EU then stay in customs union

-Andrew Sparrow "At times ministers seem more willing to discuss the location of our at-sea Trident submarines than their Brexit negotiating strategy."

-Crabb says he can't see himself agreeing to ministerial role in next 12 months due to family

-Aaron Banks gets into row with Mary Beard (highly respected classicist) over fall of Roman Empire, citing I Claudis and Gladiator as sources for his learning

-Sir Cash voted to stay in Eu in 1975

-Letwin describes EU talks as “the most complicated game of multi-dimensional chess that any country has engaged in”.

-Ivan Lewis accuses Labour frontbench of dismissing immigration concerns with meaningless platitudes

-Bone and Gove clash on Soubry's record on parliamentary accountability

-Dominic Grieve has got attention for his speech condeming the attack on judges and attack on Gina Miller (thought to be a shot at Javid)
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-Kuessenberg on whether May's retreat is much of a retreat at all

-Rafael Behr warns the EU wreckers in May's cabinet are damaging May's standing with EU

-Matthew Norman not happy with May's trip to Gulk of our arms dealing

-Abi Wilkinson has hope for Labour if it reaches down to local levels

-Rentoul praises Sir Stramer

-Bush on Momentum civil war and on Unite election and why it matters

-Andrew Grice fears May is misreading EU

-Owen Jones worried sectarian's are destroying Momentum
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:22 pm

-Footage merges of Boris at an event attacking Saudi Arabia and Iran of "proxy wars" and twisting religion, of Middle East lacking someone to reach out across religious divide . Downing Street has come out strongly in view in favour of Saudi Arabia in a slapdown to Boris but says May still has confidence in Boris, rival parties accuse him of hypocrisy

-Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election tonight hasn't had much attention, I think due to Stephen Philips being less high profile then Goldsmith and not feeling that a upset is on the cards. Eyes will be on any sign of Remain/Leave divide and if UKIP beat Labour to third (which will have been hampered by UKIP's horrible summer and autumn) then expect headlines.

-Government will be relieved that Port Talbot is saved

-Farron believes article 50 can be reversed

-Verhofstadt has pointed out that "red, white and blue" are the French colours

-Joshua Bonehill-Paine of the far right found guilty of the racially-aggravated harassment of Luciana Berger. This is second time in a year.

-France's finical regulation head Benoit de Juvigny says several banks are advancing stages of leaving UK to France

-Home Affairs Select Committee launching nationwide inquiry on immigration to try to build a nationwide consensus (doesn't seem a realistic goal)

-Jeremy Wright suggests British Bill of Rights is rather less then top priority

-May faces Liaison Committee for first time on 20th

-European Commission suing us (as well as Germany and several others) for lack of action on Vokswagon scandal and failing to share it's investigation reports with others

-Spectator interview with May

-Michelle Thomson has told the Commons she was raped at age of 14

-Tory HQ tweeting one Labour MP, who was out of the country so couldn't vote, was refusing to accept EU referendum. The Tory account should grovel an apology and the persons involved be sacked, playing with fire with undue carelessness

-NHS warns discharge delays are at record high

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-Those accusing Crispin Blunt of describing EU countries as enemy are being pedantic, it was clear he was using a common phrase, Hilary Ben had a nice joke
I merely remind the House that when Moses came down from the mountain bearing the tablets, they did not contain the 10 hints.


-Paul Mason says he will resign from Momentum if they don't expel members of the steering committee who are barred from Labour. Not sure saying it will take decades for Labour to be radical left enough to win will go down well with his fellow Labourites

-Burnham says left has failed to understand need for migrant reform and it risks the safety of communities

-Osborne won £50 of Simon Burns that Trump would win as Osborne saw familiarities with Brexit, Osborne wants an end to mass Christmas cards by PM's and Chancellors, doesn't want to write memoir as he finds them boring

-Nigel Evans Christmas card is him shaking hands with Trump

-Bob Neill on why he demands Grayling resign

-Spencer Livermore says those in Labour calling for EU migration curbs are promoting a dangerous fantasy

-Grieve urges May too dissociate the abuse aimed at judges


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-Charles Grant on how May can avoid hard Brexit if she treats EU right

-Kuessenberg on mood after Brexit vote

-Simon Jenkins argues judges should demand Westminster sort out Article 50 mess


-Eaton on Labour fears of the Remain/Brexit divide

-Isabel Hardman takes on Nicky Morgan's attack on May's clothing and praises Thornberry and Stramer for finally making Labour a party of opposition again
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:09 pm

Sleaford and North Hykeham: No This Week Special's, no liveblogs, partly due to expected at count coming in at 4am. Tories held with Dr Caroline Johnson winning 17,570 votes to beat UKIP's Victoria Ayling, who had 4,426. A majority reduced to 13,144 majority, 53.51% share but turnout dropped from 70.2% to 37.1% with people's focus elsewhere near Christmas. Labour slipped from 2nd to 4th (losing to Lib Dems by 60 votes). No Green's but Lincolnshire Independent leader Marianne Overton kept deposit

Tories: Dr Johnson had stood in Scunthorpe but lives in the area which may have helped, campaigned on Brexit, improve local congestion and introduce high-speed broadband to the area. Share down by 2.2% but new candidate, deep winter when clearly people were not rallying to vote, government will be happy. Tories have provided some good medic MP's recently so she ha big shoes to follow, best of luck to her.

UKIP: Had selected local councillor and experienced candidate Victoria Ayling, helped by Brexit with the court case annoying locals with the area highly Eurosceptic but that mispelt sign and the chaotic summer of 2 leaders+lots of infighting did not help. Nobody is quite sure how to place this, nobody expected them to win and second place was the target, they did that but share did slip by 2.2% to 13.5% in a highly Brexit area. I think Nuttall will take this, it was a bad summer yet they still got second so what will happen when UKIP are prepared but will be furious at the mispelling gaffe.

Lib Dems: Great result for local chairman Ross Pepper, up by 5.3% in an area which was not their priority (weren't going to win, Richmond was priority), presumably tried to squeeze the Remain vote. They will be delighted at doing this well in a seat they weren't trying for

Labour: Share down by 7.1% Winnick called the result humiliating, Osborne says it is not good for democracy to see Labour being so bad, campaign manager Coaker says their message got lost amidst Brexit. Selected Jim Clarke, a refuse collector and former postman who clearly worked hard and with passion but Brexit and wider issues seemed to count against him.

Labour needed to show they could finish 2nd rather then slip behind a chaotic UKIP or else questions would be asked, nobody expected them to do so badly they fell behind Lib Dems. There is no way to describe this other then a dreadful result for Labour and raises very serious questions about their direction and electability.

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-Boris to be sent to Saudi Arabia this weekend to explain himself, a sense he can not afford another gaffe

-Lord Neuberger feels need to remind public and media the judges job is not to overturn Brexit.

Yes, we are so stupid, this is now a required thing :wink:

-Gina Miller forced to hire security to protect herself.

-Mark Serwotka heart transplant seems to have been successful.

-Ken Clarke has recived abuse emails for his refusal to back government amendment.

What a country we are with way Clarke and Miller have been treated.

-Nuttall considering running for Leigh seat when Burnham resigns

-BBC with political Christmas Cards

-Michelle Thomas speech on her rape was excellent, Bercow was clearly moved and far from only one

-May's lead on Corbyn is now 33 points

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-Crispin Blunt says Number 10 should have been less hard on Boris, let him transition from thoughtful commentator to minister

-Winnick fears Corbyn's team not in touch with working class and unable to realize it due to rallies popularity

-Soubry has complained to chief whip over the recent Tory HQ tweet attacks


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-BBC coverage of Europe press coverage of Brexit

-Kuessenberg on why Boris is in trouble

-James Lansdale on why Boris is in trouble

-Martin Kettle urges left not fall into despair and nostalgia

-Rampen on 11 things she learnt from Brexit debate

-Theo Bertram with an amusing tale of how Dr Fox paranoia helped wreck Tories 2005 camapign

-Vote Leave's Paul Stephenson on how they won the referendum

-Paul Goodman on May and Boris need to get along

-John Harris on Labour's collapsing support
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:53 pm

-D'Arcy's Week Ahead

-Boris says he is concerned for the people of Yemnen and force alone won't save them but that he knows Saudi's need to be secure from bombardment from Houthis, would be free trade deals with Gulf, says Assad taking Aleppo will be ""assuredly be a victory that turns to ashes," due to Syrians hatred for Assad, must use nuclear deal to build better relations with Iran.

-Ruth Davidson backs Boris original comments

-Corbyn calls for Boris to ban weapon sales to Saudi

-Sturgeon and Trump have spoken on phone

-Cabinet Office recruit Evie and Ossie to deal with mouse problem

-Carywn Jones says Labour voters will flock to UKIP unless Corbyn changes his London centric stance on immigration.

-Guy Verhofstadt fast-tracking associate EU membership for UK nationals proposals

-I somehow doubt May or Bradley are delighted that Fox is trying to buy Sky

-Nuttall calls for Remoaners to shut up, a ban on burqa's in public

-Corbyn wins beard of year for a 7th time
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-Gove says May was right to sack him but hopes to return to frontline

-Cameron said Eu issue was poisoning British politics so he needed to call referendum to deal with it once and for all, says Brexit can be made to work but we will go through challenging times, say leaders must react to 2016 anger, is worried for the Euro

-Jess Philips warns Labour seems confused on Brexit and hard for Corbyn, given his political background, to address concerns on immigration.

-John Penrose says Britain has "a rock-and-roll economy, that lives for today, unlike those sober Germans who invest for tomorrow"

-Tory peer Lord Trefgarne accuses of filibustering peers attempts to end heredity by-elections


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-Mark Lobel at Momentum's troubles

-James Forsyth is worried for Labour, defends Boris, looks at things that may come up this week

-Former MI5 head Lord Joanthan Edwards celebrates Investigatory Powers Bill
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:30 pm

-Liz Truss pushing on secure schools and writes about it here

-Peter Tatchell leads polite protest during Corbyn speech about Labour' stance on Syria and Russia, felt Corbyn handled politely

-A sense that May's HQ is being seen as too firm and paranoid.

-Boris urges patience with Brexit

-Damian Collins wants Russia stripped of world cup due to doping and Deputy PM Vitaly Mutko to lose role on Fifa council

-Ed Miliband on Brexit

-Dianne Abbot says those who oppose freedom of movement do so becuase they fear those that look foreign. That's the next set of camapign posters for Tories and UKIP sorted

-Fallon says Boris remarks were misreported

-Nicky Morgan barred from Downing Street, press surprised by this and Morgan's spikiness in leaked texted row

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-Dan Hodges urges May to relax grip a bit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:04 pm

-Culture Committee has given FA vote of no confidence and asked government to force reform

-Heavy reporting government will allow local councils to raise funds for social care

-May seeking a legal definition of anti-Semitism, Labour backing it

-Abbott and Livingstone says Corbyn has about a year to turn around his Foot-esque poll ratings

-House of Lords EU Committee suggests freedom of movement or not in N.Ireland should be devolved to Stormont, can't see government doing that, fears for peace in N.Ireland

-Boris says UK and Saudi Arabia have candour, Saudi's formerly declare Boris words were misreported by media and they see the matter as closed

-Downing Street says under performing councils partly reason for care crises, dismisses calls to get involved in FA

-ICM gives Tories 14 point lead

-May accuses Labour of turning blind-eye to anti-Semitism, is opposed to anti-Israel boycotts, committed to two-state solution, says illegal settlements are wrong, proud of 1917 Balfour declaration

-Hammond denies May blocked him from giving more social care funding and warns money alone wont solve the issue, wants transitional deal and pointedly says all thoughtful politicians want one, new custom controls could cost hundreds millions though tariff and charges would bring in some income, wants more automation in farming, that departments should sort their own problems, blames distributional impact assessments showing richest 10% hit hardest then poorest 30% on the voters demanding welfare cuts

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-Ken Clarke warns that if May cleaves herself to hard Brexiteers, she could be overthrown by Commons

-Ed Vaziey argues leaving single market and customs union is simply Brexit rather then hard Brexit, doesn't think May would go for hard Brexit, wants May to reach out to Remainers

-DP in really good humour with Ed Vaziey, Jess Philips then Gisela Stuart and Stewart Jackson joining in

-Nadim Zahwai on immigration

-Dorrell wants a review of social care funding

-Farage says transitional deal would be backsliding

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-d'Ancona on Boris row

-Hardman on what the trouser row tells us

-Peter Bingle's political 2016 in review

-Fraser Nelson on why May should grant security to EU nationals

-Matthew Norman worried by May's defensiveness
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:55 pm

- Lord Jim Prior has died. A former estate manager, MP for Lowestoft and then Waveney from 1959 to 1987, a leading Tory "wet" who was Heath's PPS then agriculture minister+leader of Commons under Heath, run for leadership in 1975. Thatcher initially put him in employment but fundamental disagreements on economy and unions saw him move to N.Ireland in 81 and sacked in 83. Served in Lords for 30 years and worked in business.

-Tracy Crouch says government may still force through FA reform

-Inflation up to 1.2%

-Sturgeon tempted to put SNP candidates in England

-Government stake in Llyods down to 7%

-Sir Stramer says May has raised unrealistic expectations over immigration but rules on freedom of movement must change, backs transitional deal, that adopting Lib Dem style stance means not being able to speak for the country

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-Gerard Coyne, Unite's West Midlands secretary, to stand against McCluskey, potentially seen as the anti-Corbyn candidate

-Cox charity single Vat will go to charity

- Norman Lamb called for a cross-party commission on social care

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-Kamal Ahmed on Hammond's comments and why inflation rise matters

-Kuenssberg on the Unite/Labour skirmish and social care funding

-John Harris on Brexit and populism

-Aditya Chakrabortty on who will Brexiters react to the Brexit betrayal
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:42 pm

Last PMQ's of 2016: Corbyn did start with Jo Cox single (with a nice joke about MP4) before going on the big discussion point, social care funding. May set out her stance on social care, on the need for reform by local councils and promises funding announcement tomorrow, Corbyn tries to pin government responsibility+too interested in corporation and on cuts, making good case the 2% tax precept isn't enough and differing effects of tax rises, linked all too briefly NHS but had a good passionate ending. Think May having a go at Labour councils and on Burnham's past comments was a mistake but going on Ashworth admitting they have no idea how to raise the money was a good punch which Corbyn didn't even try to address that last one while May had good counter-part on Newcastle's record in Newcastle's favour, made good case about difference of delivery and a good dismantaling of Blair/Brown record. Would give to May who got stronger and stronger with counter-punches though Corbyn's ending might catch the eye. Angus Robertson cleverly phrases his question to first seem like Syria then turns out Yemen, used USA move well but without a killer blow. Lasted 46 minutes

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-First Minister Carwyn Jones says Labour must be ruthless in concentrating on what matters to people and warns people don't know what Labour offer, centre-left must be more active with social media. Concerned that people don't make the same "right, this paper is such and such on this issue" with fake news sites

-Farage says EU discriminating against anti-EU parties, praises Le Pen for modernizing the party and is undecidied on if to support her

-Boris says Russia has twice vetoed ceasefire proposals, that Commons must take it's share of blame for Syria, says at moment too many difficulties for airdrops, Thornberry and a released Corbyn letter suggests Labour is trying to show a harder line on Russia but will be hoping press don't notice that Thornberry's proposed solutions involve equipment our armed forces simply do not have

Bob Stewart argues those calling fr aid-drops in Syria should fly the planes themselves, Bradshaw has declared Russa probably interfered in Brexit referendum, Woodcock says he was sick at Miliband boasting of stopping intervention in Syria. Osborne (in first speech from backbenches) says Commons must take responsibility for what is happening in Syria and offering no leadership and allowed others to shape the world

-Labour Mp's not happy chief whip Nick Brown went to Momentum North conference that called for deselecton of MP's

-Chris Grayling clashing with rail union

-Philip Davis elected to equality committee. This won't go down well with feminists

Jess Philips remarked
“I’ll not be standing in the way of it. I have every faith that the intelligence and skills of those on the committee will mean he will have little effect, much like in the rest of his career.”


-Lords EU committee demands EU nationals situation be settled

-Guy Verhofstadt says any transitional deal needs a strict cut off point

-Care Quality Commission slams way NHS deals with patient deaths

-Labour promise to keep pension benefits

-Farage warns EU leaders have not learnt lessons from 2016

-Unemployment down, wages up but less by inflation's jump and concerns that job market is starting to cool off

-David Davis says no Brexit plan till February at earliest, says would be happy with transitional deal that covered Brexit implementation, looking at Norway/Sweden border for ideas for Ireland border, says may need to brief Brexit committee in private, opposed to giving N.Ireland and Gibraltar separate deals. Warns EU leaders see a need to ensure UK deal doesn't encourage others to want a referendum, lavishes praise on Michel Barnier, demurs on giving Commons a vote on Brexit plan, thinks trade deal can be done in two years as UK and EU start from same place, immigration plans may still be undecided by Brexit, may still be bound by international arbitration body, no idea if article 50 can be legally stopped, expects Brexit department to be closed in to and a half years.

-Jason Cowley spent a lot of time with Corbyn for interview/profile

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-Nicky Morgan won't appear on Have I got News for You

-Gerard Coyne says Unite has got too involved in political games

-MP's, including Corbyn loyalists, not happy with Morning Star's celebration of Assad's impending victory in Aleppo

-Gordon Brown wants Fox bid for Sky blocked


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-Nick Triggle on why social care funding proposal isn't going down well

-Behr on Corbyn's struggles to lead

-Andrew Grice warns Brexit means we can't afford an "ethical" foreign policy

-Paul Goodman disagrees with Osborne on Syria

-Luke Akehurst argues comparisons with the 80's for Labour seems wrong

-Kuessenberg on politics of railstrike

-Eaton on May's transitional deal headache
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:48 pm

-Justice Committee rather surprise at how happy and pleased the reforming Prison Governors were at what was going on in the system

-It has leaked that our ambassador to EU Sir Ivan Rogers has warned government it could take a decade to reach trade agreement and national governments could veto it. Raab accuses Sir Rodgers of being overly pessimistic and questions his judgement and journalists certainly going for his record

-Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee fears finical services and business may leave due to uncertainty and urges them to share with government information on their use of finical passporting, says weakning of London would help New York rather then EU

-Simon Stevens suggests new social contract in regards the elderly which might suggest losing buspasses but getting social care funded

-Plaid warn Welsh Labour it will put out of coalition if another AM is appointed from outside the two parties (rumours former Plaid leader Lord Elis-Thomas could be appointed which they don't want)

-Labour pledge to double the number of homes available for use by homeless people

-BBC will give Greens no non-election party political broadcasts in 2017

-Tom Watson says Fox bid for SKY should be referred to Ofcom

-Police investigating death threats aimed at Loiuse Haigh but she says only after she told the media and seems Tracy Brabin is getting some horrid stuff.

-IPSI Mori has Tories 11 lead, Lib Dems highest since August 2011 with 14%, Corbyn is more unpopular than any opposition leader since 1997 at the equivalent point in their leadership (had been beating IDS till now)

-May excluded from EU Brexit summit but will take part in other meetings. Currently video of May being snubbed at EU meeting going around

-The maker of 'Pink Panther' wafers is going into administration, blaming Brexit. People will question the truth of the blame game but I wonder if companies end up using Brexit to blame things, whether that is going to have an impact on public mood. Retail sales going strong though

-Javid sets out raised social care precepts, a £240m adult social care support and hopes new measures will raise almost £900m over next two years. Does not seem to have gone down well and having head of Health Select Committee saying it isn't enough won't help

-Tom Watson's Christmas bash seems to have taken quite a few shots at Corbyn.

-Corbyn hires long time Labour member Jayne Fisher, previously head of Sinn Féin’s London office, for his own team.

This hasn't gone down well with some but I'm not sure the attacks are going to damage Corbyn, some of the attacks are post-truth accurate and given Sinn Fein have become a democratic party, working for them shouldn't be a bar on jobs elsewhere. The problem with Corbyn's history in N.Ireland can be separated from this hire

-Interest rates unchanged


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-Labour MP's doing Christmas single on big business who badly treat stuff

-Clegg says transitional deal is inevitable

-Lord O’Donnell says we will miss the two year EU deal target, thinks 5 is more likely

-Barry Gardiner's flowery tie has drawn comment

-Lord Mandelson predicts 5-10 years for EU trade deal

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-Owen Jones disagrees with Osborne but says both sides of Syria debate have been lacking in consistency

-Ian Leslie says voters not vote on status, not economy

-Kate Malby says a lot of the UK has blood in it's hands over Syria

-Iain Martin furious at EU's rudeness

-Eaton says Corbyn and May are struggling to be radical

-Hardman accuses MP's of using Syria debate for blame gaming and looking back, not for dealing with the actual problem
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