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Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:23 pm
by Dong Zhou
-NHS Trusts get record amount from parking charges

Dong Zhou wrote:-Voters will have to show proof of identity before being allowed to vote in some areas as part of a pilot scheme to reduce electoral fraud. Birmingham and Bradford two councils trying this out, Labour has backed this

Labour seem to have changed their mind or BBC were wrong in first instance, Labour are opposing the idea.

-Corbyn's team have got upset at President Obama's comment that Democrats are more grounded in reality then Trump's Republicans becuase questioner asked about Corbyn and Trump (the outgoing President ignored the Corbyn bit and didn't mention UK politics).

-Beaucaire's National Front mayor Julien Sanchez proposing a 'Rue du Brexit'

-£ hits two month low after bad housing figures but might not be connected, FTSE 100 hits record closing high thanks to mining sector+falling pound+Santa rally


-Owen Jones on spending priorities

-Bush unhappy at voter ID plans as is Dawn Foster

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:07 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Civil service union FDA says Brexit means it needs more resources

-SNP claim Scotland office had 20% rise while Hollyrood's budget was cut

-BBC with part 2 of MP's who passed away this year

-Corbyn compares May to Henry VIII for her attitude on Brexit/Parliament

-Marc D'Arcy on how backbenchers forced EU referendum

-John Harris says blame complex modern life for rise in populism

-Hannah Fearn warns people's finances in 2017 will be in for a nasty shock

-Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett has fun with Henry VIII

-Helen Lewis with an amusing 2016 awards

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:51 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Corbyn says he gets the lack of trust in politics and EU, says Brexit is a chance to do things differently

-Downing Street not happy with John Kerry's comments about Israel "we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally." and think settlements have become too much the focus

-Best year for the Footsie since 2013 but our currency is fighting for worst major one of the year


-Paul Goodman on attitudes towards Brexit

-Grice does not see a good 2017 for Labour

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:57 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Crispin Blunt backs Kerry's comments about Israel

-Julian Brazier, David Crausby, Steve Webb to be knighted, Vera Baird to become Dame, Baroness Williams to become Order of the Companions of Honour. Usual unhappiness at Tory party figures getting rewarded

-Gove going for optimistic future for Remainers and Brexiteers


-Bush's predictions for years ahead

-James Forysth hopes for a liberal Brexit

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:05 pm
by Dong Zhou
-May calls for unity, pledges to invoke article 50

-new 12-sided £1 coin will enter circulation on 28 March


-Rawnsley on 2017 and May's need to defy stock market's thinking about her

-Kenan Malik points out points out liberalism may be struggling but doesn't mean democracy is struggling

-Dan Hodges urges May to be bold

-Rentoul dismisses the counterfactuals of the 2016

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:09 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Government announces 14 new villages


-D'Ancona urges May to stand up to Trump about Putin

-Jeff Sparrow argues UK left has become the establishment and needs to find it's anger

-Rentoul not a fan of basic income fad

-Jack Evans on Labour 2017

-Henry Hill sees a good 2017 for Scottish Tories

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:42 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Corbyn rejects Fabian Society call for electoral pact or their suggestion he can only get 150 seat and 20% of vote

-McCluskey says Corbyn could be forced to step down before 2020 if polls continue to be so "awful" and Unite election was being used as a proxy war by Labour right, Labour has to show it understands working class concerns about immigration, gives Corbyn full support.

-Government accused of ignoring CES tech show and failing to support tech companies

-Rail fares up an average 2.3%

-Part 3 of BBC's MP's who died in 2016

-UK manufacturing PMI highest since 2014

-UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, resigns. To Remainers and those not keen on Brexit, a huge blow losing one of our most experienced negotiators and fearing honest advice is being curbed by May, to Brexiteers yay for someone who is too Europhile and too much of a pessimist going, they also argue he may have cost Cameron the referendum.

A blow? Yes, only two months till article 50, the timing is a real pain. Bad headlines. A loss of a respected diplomat, a skilled negotiator and civil servant who knows the EU. However May will be, if she can get a diplomat installed quickly, not displeased about the chance to install someone whose attitude towards Brexit more suits her own. Sir Rogers caution had led to tension (and the usual abuse from Brexiteers who saw his views as high treason) with Number 10 but she needs to act to stop a emerging reputation for driving out honest advice

-George Swinton Cottrell, senior aide to Nigel Farage when arrested, has pleaded guilty to running a ‘dark web’ money-laundering scam

-Not sure Corbyn will be pleased with John Healey agreeing that Labour's polling is awful and that Fabian Society raised a lot of good points about long running issues.

-Farage accuses May of doing nothing yet about Brexit and failing to start trade talks (suggesting something illegal when your former aide has just plead guilty...), Downing Street rejects this. Farage also wants our diplomats to resign on mass so he/the ideologically pure can get the job

-Scottish Labour rejects idea of pact with SNP as SNP are not a socialist/progressive party

-FTSE 100 hits new record high

-Rumours floating about Martin McGuinness' health

-UKIP calls for Farage to replace Sir Rogers, Farage admits that won't happen.


-Peirs Corbyn says all polls are fake

-David Nuttall says they can seize Copeland with right candidate

-Steve Hilton doesn't like the tone of May's Brexit


-William Wearmouth on Tories in 2017

-Joseph D'Urso on Lib Dems in 2017

-Steve Richards wants a referendum on NHS funding

-Robert Hardman takes on Junker

-d'Ancona says resignation is a blow to May's plans but Iain Martin argues it is best for all sides

-Professor Curtis on numbers being against Labour

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:47 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Sir Rogers tells his staff they need to tell truth to power about EU and strongly hints May's government does not like hearing uncomfortable truths and free trade doesn't happen naturally but requires agreement on all sides, that UK badly lacks experience and expertise compared to EU

-Environmental Audit Committee warns new laws will be needed to protect wildlife after Brexit and farms could be hit including tariffs and loss of income

-Hammond touring Gulf

-Leadsom hints farmers will be able to hire seasonal workers from abroad after Brexit (if farms are getting exemption from efforts to cut immigration, how many other sectors will?), cutting red tape like 3 crop rule, will be a successor to common agriculture policy, her main priorities are to increase farm production and exports and “to become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it”.

-Consumer credit staged its fastest monthly rise since March 2005

-Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland’s new director, promises to win back trust of Scottish nationalists

-The head of civil servants union accuses May and senior ministers of failing to defend Whitehall independence

-Various journalists from Brussels say Sir Rogers predicted Brexit from 2012 and was less then enamoured with EU. This doesn't seem to fit the Brexit narrative of the Remoaning whinger

-manufacturing purchasing managers index hitting a two and a half year high of 56.1

-Tom Watson says Corbyn doesn't consult him on key decisions

-First Minister Foster refuses to resign

-Labour and Alistair Burt demanding a statement about Sir Rogers while Sir Cash is desperate to get Sir Rogers to meet his Committee


-Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, opposes electronic voting

-Sir Stramer on Brexit

-IDS says Sir Rogers was untrustworthy and trying to sabotage Brexit with leaks, that government sidelined him due to untrustworthiness. As yet he has no evidence for the various claims against Sir Rogers but since when did facts and fairness matter when purges must be done? Says Sir Rogers replacement doesn't need to be a Brexiteer, just accept the will of the people, EU is conflicted as to what to do

-Jonathan Powell argues that demanding a Brexit diplomat undermines the law for civil servants neutrality, warns civil servants must tell their ministers EU thinking or else ministers will be going in without full knowledge and not prepared for traps

-Momentum and TSSA union make video saying the rail increases go to foreigners, Creasy accuses them of xenophobia

-Whittingdale says part 2 of Leveson would have to be done by another judge as Leveson doesn't want it

-Raab's predictions for 2017 and argues against press regulation


-Peter Barnes on amount of Labour safe seats

-D'Arcy on the Parliament figures to watch out for in 2017

-Ellie Mae O'Hagen warns not to get too excited about what Unite election may mean for Labour

-Stephen Bush warns after Brexit, foreign aid's destruction is the next target and questions the tactics behind Momentum video

-Eaton accuses Brexiteers of [url=] constantly undermining the UK constitution

-Vincenzo Scarpetta argues Sir Rogers role isn't key in EU talks

-Tom Peck worried by attitudes towards experts

-Dominic Waghorn on Sir Rogers

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:43 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Sir Tim Barrow, former envoy to Moscow, becomes our ambassador to EU. Experienced figure but Farage not a fan

-Civil service seems to be fighting back against attacks on Sir Rogers using former heads and their union

-First Minister Foster says calls to for her to go have element of misogyny about them and Sinn Feinn trying to undermine union

-First Minister Jones says Brexit plans should be shown to them soon so there can be a united UK front

-Services sector activity jumped to a 17-month high in December

-Dugdale calls for federal UK

-Andy Haldane, the chief economist at the Bank of England, says the profession of economists is in crises and needs to deliver it's messages better, says pre-crash models failed to take into account behaviour, economy so far is ignoring Brexit, UK numeracy has to be a lot better as we are on par with Albania

-Economist frontcover has "Theresa Maybe", accuses her of indecision, of no signature policy after six months, of dithering and being like Brown.


-Farage gets LBC show

-Villiers goes for Sir Rogers "I thought Sir Ivan’s resignation email was, I don’t know, rambling, a bit emotionally needy, not something you would expect from a civil servant of that calibre."

-Canary complaining Charlie Brooker's comedy program (and trying to get him to say BBC forced him to do it on twitter) made jokes about Corbyn seems a bit unwise.

-Sir Cable calls for end of free movement


-John Pieneer on Whitehall strains

-Simon Jenkins on Brexit

-Anothny Painter defends universal income

-Bush not happy with celebration at Sir Rogers going

-Eaton warns EU will have control of Brexit talks

-Hardman urges May to emulate Atlee

-Ed Straw wants Brexit used to reform Whitehall thinking

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:17 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Andy Haldane says economists should look at how weather forecasting improved after that Michael Fish moment

-May to visit Trump in Spring

-Clive Betts, chairman of the Communities and Local Government committee, Public Accounts Committee chairman Meg Hillier and her Health Committee counterpart Dr Sarah Wollaston calls for cross party efforts on funding for social care

-Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway predicts very hard Brexit

-Gerry Adams says Stormont has reached a defining point with the Foster crises

-Dugdale says UK is more important then EU for Scotland

-Soames on IDS: "IDS attack on Ivan Rogers unforgivable am ashamed a colleague could be so ignorant and rude about an Official of such distinction #buttonup."

-Former Cameron adviser Daniel Korski with a look at why Remain lost and defending Cameron from some of the criticisms

-FTSE 100 has hit a new record


-Nicholas Watt profiles Michel Barnier

-James Robertson on Brexit on the farming industry

-Martin Kettle on May's Brexit speech

-Bush on Copeland Labour candidate race

-Gaby Hinsliff warns Labour haven't yet learnt from Tory wilderness years

-Eaton on Sturgeon's Brexit tactics

-Andrew Grice urges May to stand up to Trump over Putin