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Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:22 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Hammond and Sir Fox pen joint article stating need for transition deal and won't be indefinite

-Soubry warns mishandling soft Brexiteers like her and lining up with hard Brexit will split party-MEP and UKIP deputy whip Mike Hookem resigns the whip over chief whip Stuart Agnew backing the controversial Anne Marie Waters but won't leave party if she is elected, MEP and former Wales leader Nathan Gill says he would resign from party if she won

-Rees-Mogg comes second (to David Davies) on conservative home's monthly future leader poll though when asked he quipped "I think if I threw my hat into the ring, my hat would be thrown back at me pretty quickly."


-Sir Tom Devine Brexit is not inevitable

-David Miliband calls for fightback against hard Brexit

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:21 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Brexit papers saying Hammond is in brought into Brexit line after joint statement with Dr Fox

-Salmond's first guest at the Edinburgh Fringe is David Davies, calling him next PM and possibly last PM of the UK

-Sturgeon condemns Clarks for calling shoes for girls "Dolly Babe" and "leaders" for boys as does Rees-Mogg and shadow minister for equalities Carolyn Harris


-Nicky Morgan dismisses talks of new party and says centrists must stay with Tories to stop the right

-Rees-Mogg denies reports that he is sounding out friends about future leadership bid "I think it's a reminder that it's August and people don't have pressing UK political news to write about. And therefore there's this jolly stuff about me, but I wouldn't put any money on it,"says election campaign was too managerial and wants stamp duty cut, monopolies like energy market tackled. In no way on manoeuvrers, honest


-Ben Chu argues against the idea that a true socialist government can't be in EU

-Euan McColm on Scottish teacher plans

-Zoe Williams feels sorry for Tories as they prepare to return

-Professor Tim Bale on 10 best Tory feuds since WW2

-Suzanne Moore says leftist men need to do far better on feminism

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:29 pm
by Dong Zhou
-UK suggest temporary customs union and the type of custom arrangement UK wants to see permanently, Sir Stramer calls the proposals incoherent and inadequate but CBI encouraged though warning more detail is needed

-Corbyn says Trump's comments on Charlottesville is not enough and he should condemn white suprematists. On the critics comparing Trump's comments to Corbyn on Venezuela, he says situations are not comparable. Number 10 says Trump's comments are up to him but UK government condemns the far right

-Big Ben's chimes will fall silent from next week until 2021 due to repairs, some papers blaming Health and Safety (having it on would impact workers hearing) and invoking WW2

-Garden Bridge project collapses with trust, Boris and Osborne blaming Khan, Labour figures like Khan and Prescott blaming Boris for what they see as a vanity project

-Fury as Trevor Kavanagh uses term "The Muslim problem"

-Inflation holds at 2.6% which is better then expected rise, continued falling motor fuel prices offset by higher prices for clothes, utilities and food, but still the highest in major western economies. Expected it will mean no Bank of England interest rate rise


-Heidi Allen says she will leave Tories if Rees-Mogg becomes leader, not entirely sure whips will mourn that

-Neil Hamilton proposes alliance with Plaid in Welsh Assembly but Plaid dismiss it, Hamilton also says Plaid have faint hearted leadership and need change

-Baroness Smith says Corbyn has really upped his game

-Greg Hands attacks Momentum's record in London

-Chris Leslie calls custom arrangement plans fantasy

-Rumours Banks and Farage have Hollywood to do a Brexit movie. Fair to say, a fair few in Westminster are having a laugh


-Katy Balls suggests Rees-Mogg is using leadership talk for something else

-Simon Jack on UK's custom proposals

-Lord Ridley (sun) celebrates Brexit

-Miqdaad Versi accuses newspapers (particularly on Sun) of bigotry, Sean O'Grady ditto as he recalls the Troubles

-James Kirkup defends being a centrist and argues it is patriotic

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:23 pm
by Dong Zhou
-David Davies refusing to attack James Chapman's repeated attacks but attacks silencing Big Ben, doesn't rule out paying for custom agreement

-Shadow international trade minister, Bill Esterson refuses to say what Labour's position on custom's union is. On three different shows (Emma Barnett gave him hell on this)

-Government opposes border posts in Ireland, wants continued membership of the Common Transit Convention and essentially waiver's on usual border stuff for business

-EU making clear they need rather more proposals from UK before they move forward, Verhofstadt says frictionless borders as a fantasy

-Craig Mackinlay faces trial over election expenses

-Kensington and Chelsea council's actions are in remit of Grenfell inquiry but not social housing policy

-Andrew Davies wants Welsh government to have a Brexit minister

-Sturgeon might want to consider "the first thing to say is so and so isn't sexist" is a bad sign but suggests Salmond realize he isn't as funny as he thinks as Salmond's innuendo causes problems.

-Debbie Abrahams calls for Universal Credit to be paused and reformed

-Wages up to 2.1% in last three months which is better then predicted, jobless rate lowest since 1975, growth in the number of EU migrants in work has fallen to lowest point since 2010, productivity continues to decline


-Nick Clegg thinks May will realize value of customs union and close down Dr Fox's department by end of Brexit process

-Farage puts friendship with Trump as why Hollywood wants a Farage movie, not happy with idea of transitional agreements

-Anne Marie Waters says she is being smeared by UKIP establishment. Neil Hamilton says remarks from years ago are being taken out of context against her but fears her being leader would stigmatise the debate and Nathan Gill barely turns up so not bothered if leaves.

-John Baron on what was wrong with election campaign and what Tories must do

-Stewart McDonald questions MOD's love of big ticket items


-Chris Morris looks at customs plan as does Ian King, Ben Kelly is a cuatoius fan but has concerns

-Behr fears we are hiding rising extremism through art of politeness

-Katy Hayward on Irish border issue

-Raphael Heuwieser says statistics show career politicians are independent minded

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:34 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Sarah Champion resigns from shadow women and equalities minister over her article on child abuse from Pakistan community which she says has offended, apologised for poor choice of words like " "These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage."and is becoming a distraction from the issue of child abuse. She initially said Sun changed some of her words and changed the meaning which Sun denies and says Champion/her office approved article before it being published (Sun sarcastically remarking she loved article but her office objected to picture as unflattering) so that earnt her ill will and cost her Corbyn's support. Corbyn says Labour won't demonize a group but will work with Champion as a champion an issue of child abuse

Naz Shah had complained the article was a dangerous precedent and irressponsible, Equality and Human Rights Commission chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath says they are disappointed to see a great champion forced to resign over overheated reaction to language. Reactions seem to be very much do you believe Pakistan community has a problem on this issue, if you do then someone speaking honestly got sacked and so it hurts the debate, if you don't then she was irresponsible/racist and had to go.


-May says leaders must condemn far-right, urges Bercow to look at ensuring Big Ben doesn't remain silent, Corbyn says KKK and neo-Nazi's should always be condemned and while he will miss the chimes of Big Ben the safety of workers is more important.

-Ruth Davidson on Trump ""The president of the United States has just turned his face to the world to defend Nazis, fascists and racists. For shame."”, Javid remarks "Neo-Nazis: bad. Anti-Nazis: good. I learned that as a child. It was pretty obvious.", justice minister Sam Gyimah fears ""The 'leader of the free world' loses moral authority when he cannot call fascism by its name,"", Arron Banks and Leave.EU backs Trump on Charlottesville

-Salmond's joke “I promised you today we’d either have Theresa May or Nicola Sturgeon or Ruth Davidson or Melania Trump, but I couldn’t make any of these wonderful women come…” "to the show"

-Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith calls for Trump's visit to be called off, backed by Greenwood, Sir Cable and Sir Blunt (who suggests postponing it till 2020)

-Commons looking again at Big Ben issue

-Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney backs UK's proposal on Irish border but more detail needed on trade

-Hollyrood hit by brute force cyber attack

-Mayor Burnham says better to be mayor then MP, tries to take credit for Corbyn meeting young people, making big push on homelessness

-Our currency's constant dropping has led to Ajax (Dutch football club) adjusting transfer fee for one of their players daily to cover the currency difference, retail sales in July up 0.3% thanks to food countering decline on every other section but June's retail sales halved from 0.6 to 0.3%

-SNP really seem to be pushing on defence as Carol Monaghan calls for us to copy Denmark on how they treat soldiers


-Eaton on Remainer strategy

- Fintan O’Toole slams Irish border plan

-Andrew Grisom argues Remainers would be better off joining Lib Dems rather then forming a new party

-Henry Newman on custom proposals

-Mark Wallace feels left reaction on Trump and Champion where inconsistent

-Kate Maltby argues Tories have a better route then May stealing from Miliband or selecting Rees-Mogg

-John Elledge warns we may have Brexit holiday issues

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:27 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Caroline Lucas urges UK to follow South Korea's lead on Korea crises

-Corbyn dodges around if he pushed Champion out while being very clear he disagreed with her article, Javid accuses Corbyn of stifling debate. Corbyn wants Grenfell inquiry scope to be wider including social housing policy

-May says we stand with Spain over terror attacks in Barcelona, Boris, Khan and Corbyn says thoughts with victims

-Government expected to announce visa free tourism for EU but work permits for other stuff

-May admits mental health services are patchy and she is reviewing the system, thinks National Citizens Service will help

-SNP raise questions about Jo Swinson's election spending, Lib Dems say they obeyed the rules

-Scottish and Welsh environment ministers Roseanna Cunningham and Lesley Griffiths to meet to co-ordinate opposition to Brexit UK wide green framework

-Tom Watson accuses Bradley of interfering with BBC and Ofcom when she asked Ofcom to scrutinise BBC more closely on diversity (Ofcom has also made clear they were not happy on this)


-UKIP interim leader Steve Crowther press release calling Martin Schulz a ‘complete idiot’ while misspelling the former EU President name repeatedly

-Penny Mordaunt using her own cats to keep rodents out of her Westminster office as pest control budget for Westminster shoots up

-Nick Timothy calls tuition fees a ponzi scheme that needs reform


-Mary Dejevsky suggests only answer to Irish border issue is to unite Ireland

-Michael Taylor impressed by Burnham's start

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:53 pm
by Dong Zhou
-May says we must stand together with others to fight extremism, Corbyn praises Spanish authorities for responding so quickly, fury from Welsh Tories and UKIP (who she has called far right repeatedly) when Leanne Wood blamed far right for the attack

-Corbyn rejects Huffington claims that Khan and Burnham have been barred from speaking at Labour conference and that McDonnell, Thornberry, Abbott and Keir Starmer will get key slots but Corbyn blames Sun for story

-Sturgeon says she wishes SNP didn't have national as part of their name but too complicated to make change now

-Sir Cable defends Jo Swinson and Christine Jardine election spend, SNP says a pattern is emerging but Electoral Commission and police pointedly note nobody has actually complained to them about this

-Frank Field suggests youngsters should choose apprenticeship over university and have been misold on the benefits of the latter by careers advice

-Anna Turley not happy job overseeing regeneration of the Redcar steelworks is based in London (the mayor of Tees Valley says better to liaise with Whitehall)


-Stephen Hawking on NHS (a nightmare for Hunt, this is going to be used to batter him)

-Marina Hyde mocks government focus on Big Ben

-Tim Montgomerie fears Brexit is being wasted

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:47 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Claims May might not apologize at party conference which given the expectations she would, might not go down well

-Security Minister Ben Wallace warns Isis threat is increasing due to their collapse, more understanding needed of Prevent

-The Ayrton Light at the top of Elizabeth Tower to be turned off for first time in 70 years for repairs, temporary light replaces it

-Charlie Elphicke says EU would be wise to accept our generous customs offer

-Pension salesmen will be banned from cold calling potential customers as government begins clampdown on scams aimed at pensioners


-Katy Balls on state of Tory candidates for leaders

-Paul Goodman urges May to apologize

-Professor Vernon Bogdanor wants second referendum

-Kevin McKenna suspects Sturgeon may not be pleased with Salmond

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:08 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Welsh Assembly looking at allowing job shares

-Sturgeon first serving First Minister to speak at Pride Glasgow

-Britain’s current account deficit in 2015 was bigger than originally thought according to ONS, 98 billion (equivalent to 5.2% of GDP) rather then 80 billion or 4.3%, ONS has been updating it's statistic methodology.


-Rees-Mogg wants Big Ben to signal Brexit moment

-Bryant attacks Tories for proposing MP's to gather round for Big Ben's final bongs. It was Labour's Stephen Pound who is pushing the idea. Then Bryant says Pound was probably joking, Pound wasn't. Jess Philips and Streeting mock the idea anyway but at least don't attack the wrong side

-Lord Hain says ECJ peace funding plays big part in N.Ireland peace so worried by government demands to withdraw from ECJ but government argues they want that funding and ECJ withdrawal shouldn't be an issue

-Lord Macpherson fears QE is printing money like heroin and time to move on


-Eaton on why polls going towards Remainers but Lib Dems sees no benefit

-Steve Richards urges Labour to stop dithering on Brexit and back Remain

-Sean O'Grady not a fan of the Big Ben row

Re: UK Politics

Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:41 pm
by Dong Zhou
-Government wants close co-operation with EU on legal disputes and agreement on how to handle them, also publishes trade law proposals to try to get that higher up agender but European Commission is not impressed

-Sinn Feinn pushing for Stormont talks to restart, DUP says Sinn Feinn seem to be obsessed with Irish language act rather then forming government

-Fury as Tory councillors Alastair Majury and Robert Davies allowed back into pay despite former comparing Scottish nationalists to Nazi's+anti-Catholic remarks and latter tweeting racist jokes

-David Lidington on cooperation with EU at court level

-UK July budget is surplus (£0.184bn) for first time since July 2002 which was not expected thanks to colossal rise in self declared tax assessments (£0.8bn last year to £8.0bn), ONS revises year borrowing figures for first quarter down to £45.1 billion (compared to £48.7bn), manufacturers reporting strong demand


-Osborne wants high speed rail plans altered and HS3 added in north like a Pennines line

-Wishart suggests some MP's get a grip over their bizarre obsession on Big Ben

-Bob Neill wants us to use ECJ and ignore newspaper headlines

-John Mann wants Co-op bank renamed since no longer a co-op

-Lord Kerr questions Boris fitness to be Foreign Secretary


-Richard Ekins says no need to be alarmed at what Brexit means for courts

-Hugh Muir slams Boris record as mayor and wider society attitude to such powerful individuals

-Saffron Cordery on NHS staffing

-Charlotte Norton unhappy with Westminster's ignoring of N.Ireland

-Ian King on Brexit papers