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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:25 pm

May's speech Pre-released was her use of patriotic card against Boris, that best days yet to come, fuel duty as a necessity for working people. May actually dances onto stage as Dancing Queen is playing which was a brave choice. Her speech was long but well crafted and played to her strengths, too British exception-list for my liking but it played to her as the adult in the room, the woman with a sense of duty and take tough decisions, jokes were kept to a minimum but worked well (her mocking of last speech was funny, decent jokes about bodyguard, Boris views on business, dancing), segued well, some good personal little details in first half, the being moderate who gets the problems people face. The lack of fresh ideas hampered second half though when she talked of domestic matters though she delivered well.

Opened off with good joke about last conference which was surprisingly good, talked of centenary of WW1 movingly and that it led to determination for better life. The importance of democracy and lack of hate where she focused on Abbott being shockingly abused and the scale of it rather then one of her own (though touched on Rees-Mogg) though might have been stronger if she had mentioned the Islamophobia issue and how she would tackle it, does say Tories must set an example to others. Having called for unity and less toxic political, maybe should not have gone for Corbyn immediately but her style was better then the often heavy handed attacks used as she talked of Corbyn betraying the proud values of Labour, how none of the great leaders would do the things Corbyn had done. Used security, opportunity and freedom theme of first half to discuss NHS, how it fits Tory values, used Tory MP's working in NHS, Brokenshire and her own family for what to say if people attacked Tories on this, pushed big on cancer treatment, opportunity to talk of how party and country had given opportunities using cabinet and senior figures from varying backgrounds (though that Javid's father would fail new rules has been brought up very quickly), gender and sexuality. Used foreign policy to show her willingness to take the tough decision and attack Corbyn over his handling of Salisbury. She was very careful to mention Europe freeing from Soviet Union several times, tried to pain party as for for all and as a moderate influence

Brexit took a fair chunk, she didn't mention the word Chequers but the way she set it out was a stand, that if they don't unify then they could lose everything in their search for the perfect version, tried to paint Labour as playing political games with it, no deal would be tough and have consequences (though didn't greatly expand on it) but they make it through, took gentle shots at Boris and Rees-Mogg ideas like people can't wait 50 years for benefits, attacks peoples vote as being a politicians vote, that her plan will benefit the people on the ground be they in Ireland, fishing, business, that it offers frictionless trade+control of immigration+trade elsewhere.

On domestic policy painting business as a public service was an interesting move and she had a decent spoof of Boris, a decent defence of free market and pointed to what happens with control economy, the many choose to overthrow it from inside which nicely twists Labour's slogan, took time to argue Labour's share handout as a fake. Touched on understanding why people unhappy (bit on small differences thing can make for the less well off was good), where are issues though she has done those better in past and she hasn't really any answers.

Seen as a good speech that helps buy May time, that had some effective attacks on Corbyn though some wondering how Treasury really feel about three very expensive policy announcements

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-Hollyrood makes clear it thinks have two league cup semi finals on same day in same city is a stupid idea

-Fuel Duty to be frozen again (Hammond admits this is a considerable cost to Treasury, clearly deeply unhappy), May indicates spending review next year would be end of austerity, removing housing borrowing cap for councils which is a policy many in Westminster feel should have come years ago, cancer strategy.

-Telegraph saying cabinet wants May to set a date for her leaving, Sun says May has stopped looking at the daily papers

-Mundell warns people are concerned at Boris behaviour and Scottish Tories see him as a distraction, Boris super-Canada endangers union

-Bradley says government won't accept border in Irish sea

-Lidington promises detailed proposals for Ireland backstop soon, Boris speech had nothing new to help Brexit, dismisses Telegraph report

-Ireland stepping up their side of Brexit talks

-Major queues for May's speech and hall packed

-Mordaunt the one member of cabinet to clap back when delegates clapped their arrival

-People had to be removed to seat Javid, Hunt and Lidington

-McDonnell says Tories have claimed end of austerity before, Lavery says tinkering around edges when country needs real change

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-Soubry quips young Tories at conference look like mini-Moggs, doesn't seem a clever idea

-Boris siblings didn't turn up for his speech though father did

-Maria Caulfield opposes Chequers

-Mercer condemns the sniping of Boris, saying he is voted in and he has raised lots of money for those who are suddenly turning on him

-Freeman says budget was set for digitizing the NHS without a plan and, though likeable, the designers had little world experience

-Sir Leigh keeps fighting for civil partnerships for siblings for inheritance reasons

-James Duddridge sends in letter of no confidence after he had to admit he hadn't done that yet, I think doing that an hour before conference is not going to earn him goodwill from anyone in the party. Says party lacks strong leadership and Brexit talks are turning into a disaster, Boris rallied the party and inspired

-Dr Lee says party is chasing easy votes rather then serious policy, wants to go to centre ground, pro-immigration for public services and to "change the nation's mindset about lifelong learning"

-Tesco warns supermarkets biggest challenge will be fresh food if no deal Brexit

-Lord O'Neill on key challenge facing Tories “I guess key people in this party have to stop being d-heads, really.”

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-Kevin Schofield suspects ministers constant attacks on Corbyn suggests they haven't learnt lesson

-Kuessenberg on ministers reactions to Boris

-Behr says Tories alack vision bar arguing about Brexit

-Alex Massie on May's best conference speech but it isn't enough, Peck says speech made her an asset to Tories
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:39 pm

Tory conference Worst then Labour conference in many ways. Unity? Not much, Boris went for sabotage, one fool put in letter of confidence an hour before May's speech, activists flooded to May's opponents and left her cabinet speeches halls looking empty, there was blatant leadership bids in speeches. Brexit talks will be hampered by Hunt's moment of extreme stupidity, the backlash over the immigration system was likely expected, May is still going to have to fight for her plan within party clearly. There were few blatant horror errors but Hunt's stupidity, the clear disunity and Javid's father not passing new immigration system will be used in the days ahead. Domestic policy? Labour felt stronger there, was some big announcements like migration system, lifting cap on councils borrowing for housing, some quietly important ones but there was still a feeling of a lack of policy, a lack of big driving vision.

It did need May to pull something out of her hat to leave it as a good conference and avoid questions, she certainly did that. Was her strongest conference speech, it set a tone and narrative, it had fresher attacks, it lifted moral, gave a call for unity a a defence of her Brexit plan. She needs answers on a lot of questions and scepticism on if she will get round to that but she got good reviews, lifted morale and hard to see her foes being able to go for her in the aftermath.

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-Butler blames Tories for abuse Abbott goes and May should have apologised

-Leadsom refuses to say she would back May to lead them in next election

-Huffington Post says DUP rejected full coalition

-Clinical trials of a new heart drug have been stopped in the UK because of uncertainty what post-Brexit medicine approval system will be.

-Hammond wonders on blockchain being a solution to Irish border

-RBS Chief Executive Ross McEwan warns no Brexit could tip country into recession, Nissan warns WTO terms would cause major disruption to the industry

-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC's speech a bit Marmite but most seem impressed

-UK car sales down by over a 5th with new emission tests being blamed significantly but the sheer scale has left people worried

-A Tory university association spotted in anti-Semitic shirts, Mercer condemned and party has vowed to expel them

-Hunt condemns GRU's cyber warfare, Williamson says they won't be backwards in responding with Russia accuses of trying to cyber-attack international chemical weapons body, May issues joint statement with Rutte

-Dodds says DUP prefer no deal over Irish sea border deal

-Tusk says Hunt's comment was as unwise as it was insulting, EU still offering a Canada plus plus deal (which Rees-Mogg and Baker has welcomed), party conference ending will help calm tone, Salzburg was respectfully telling May the truth, fully behind Ireland.

-Watson wants inquiry into Russian role in referendum

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-Plaid's Adam Price says Brexit must be stopped and they need to pull the emergency cord of a second referendum

-Julie Elliot, who has Nissan plant in constituency, worried about impact no deal would have

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-Kamal Ahmed on Hammond's job has got harder

-Kuessenberg May has found her voice, Sun liked it

-Kettle on May remains Tories best hope

-Jon Craig on Tory conference

-Toynbee doubts we have seen end of austerity
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:11 pm

-Tories not published transcripts of either Greg Clark or Jeremy Hunt's conference speeches

- European Aviation Safety Agency refusing talks till political agreement on Brexit

-Peter Wilson, the UK ambassador in The Hague, says Russia tried to hack foreign office

-Hunt says more sanctions being considered against Russia, Corbyn says Russia should be confronted with evidence and diplomatic confrontation needed

-Dodds warns against hybrid border idea where N.Ireland might stay in single market and UK doesn't

-Credit to Corbyn having a go at a climbing wall and joking with the press

-I don't think Vardaker is particularly taking the name of Brexit options seriously, warns he doesn't think transition phase will be long enough for trade talks to be completed

-Scottish Labour could have been rather better then sacking their Health Spokesperson (and former leadership candidate) Sarwar while he is in the Hollyrood chamber speaking about health

-Public bodies can no longer put Shetland in a box on maps

-Unilever staying which will be a boost to government and a shock to Dutch government

-Frank Field not happy with the Finical Conduct Authority

-Reeves considering Business Committee investigation into government plans on protection from foreign takers

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-Greens suggest amount of free time be used as a measure of national well being here

-Brexiteers really leaping on Tusk's offer of Super Canada +++

-Thomas Cook ensures it can't pay compensation if no deal Brexit means no planes
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Re: UK Politics

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-Labour begging Ipso for an extension on the deadline to file response about wreath coverage complaint, they blame staff illness and Labour conference but this is embarrassing.

-Guardian says May and her team doing a charm offensive to persuade Labour MP's to back her in Brexit vote

-Sinn Féin and the SDLP opposed to Stormont having say on no deal backstop as they fear DUP veto

-D'Arcy's three day week ahead

-Dr Fox says Brexit plan needs MP support so pursuits have to accept compromise and can be changed later

-IFS warns manual workers and those who work in car/clothing/pharmaceuticals/chemical factories going to be hardest hit by Brexit trade barriers, warns finical sector could also be hit but agriculture might get a boost

-McCluskey fully cleared over accusations he did anything untoward with the Unite election

-Commons Environmental Audit Committee condemns fashion industry for their impact on climate change and environment

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-Alan Duncan warns austerity can't be turned off like a tap

-Plaid's Adam Price want a referendum on welsh independence after Brexit, National Western Rail Line, childcare packages to help people back to work, more nationalization of NHS, warns party needs a good look at itself

-Davis says Hammond's (and others, Davis careful to make that clear) caution on Brexit is causing May trouble and makes negotiations tricky, wonders if May perhaps became more cautious about what is possible after election and loss of special advisers

-Natascha Engel UK's first commissioner for fracking.

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-Chris Mason on Brexit and nuclear industry

Joey D'Urso on Tories adapting to social media
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:40 pm

-European Research Group show willingness to compromise as they accept EU officials being stationed at UK ports and enforcing EU rules on UK goods exported to EU

-Junker says chances of deal have increased in recent days, Tusk says possible by end of year but Varadaker warns a lot of work to be done

-Sturgeon expects SNP MP's to vote for second Brexit referendum

-May writes to Labour voters

-Dawn Butler on black history month

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-Lord Blunkett dismisses May's article as a well worn trap

-Reeves denies being in talks with May's time about Brexit

-Sir Duncan thinks deal will be done in next two summits

-Leanne Wood argues tackling racism, the far-right and violence against women was not a niche issue for her to concentrate on as Plaid leader and earns standing ovation

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-Rawnsley on what we learnt from the conferences

-Nigel Nelson on Tory conference, Gibraltar, second referendum issues and other stories

-Peter Hitchens rails against Tory party that he feels has no belief and aren't true Conservatives, warns about our intelligence services, bemoans second referendum

-Forsyth (sun) end to austerity will cause problems, DUP, October summit and other stories
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:19 pm

-Jeremy Wright forgets who Liverpool are playing despite saying football was a favourite part of his brief

-McDonnell says Universal Credit not sustainable, says Sir Dearlove should be quiet and consider his role in Iraq war, accuses Tories of setting the dogs on Abbott during election (I'm honestly not convinced they did, Khan yes but not Abbott), looking at if working week is too long

-Coveney predicts bumpy road ahead but we will get a deal as no deal would be vert negative for everyone, both teams should be locked down for ten days to deal that problematic 10%

-Prime minister Shinzo Abe says UK would be welcomed into Trans-Pacific agreement but urges us to compromise avoid no deal, Japanese firms require the transition phase

-Times saying Brexiteers demanding current customs arrangements end in 2022 as unknown who will be in charge after that

-Northern Metro mayors demanding they get control of UK replacement of EU structural funds

-Blackford vows SNP won't be complicit with a blind Brexit, will vote against any Brexit that takes out of single market and customs union, says breakfast instead of Brexit at one point, vows maximum disruption of government agenda in Westminster

-Downing Street spokesperson warns there is a difference between talking optimistically about a deal and one actually happening, doesn't expect deal this summit, future relationship declaration will need to be precise

-SNP members ask Westminster government to reunite child refugees by allowing their families to come over here

-Sturgeon wants Irish backstop to cover Scotland as would make Belfast more attractive, is possible for second Scottish referendum before Scottish elections

-Statistics Authority reprimands Department of education for repeated use of false or misleading statistics, Hinds has vigorously defended the three examples given

-Juncker hastily having to deny mocking May when see doing a mini dance at podium but be honest, it did just seem music on so he did a little dance. Attacks stupid populists but says EU needs to listen to the intelligent sceptics who have questions and concerns

-SNP health Secretary Jeane Freeman asks NHS whistle-blowers who feel ignored to contract her directly

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-Former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove is concerned at some of Corbyn's past ties but says intelligence services would serve Corbyn fully if he won election as the democratically elected leader, happy we left EU, Russia not threat it was in Cold War

-Joanna Cherry says a referendum might not be required for independence, another democratic event like an election might be the means

-Disappointed BBC changed original headline from their initial "Climate report: Scientists politely urge 'act now, idiots'"

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-D'Ancona fears May's bid for centre ground will fail due to Brexit

-Margaret Thomas calls on unions and Labour to do more to bring ladies to the top
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:11 pm

-Press concerned at police numbers

-No deal would see us use Australian ciggeratte warning pictures

-Morduant on Chequers seen as very carefully non-committal either way, praising May but not Chequers. Wants development projects to count to 0.7% target

-Hunt denies comparing EU to Soviet Union and making it difficult to leave is against EU ideals, EU needs to understand UK is very angry, warns Saudi Arabia that friendship relies on shared values and answers are needed

-IMF says UK government's fiscal discipline and getting deficit under control means they now have flexibility to spend more, urges caution in raising interest rates, growth remains weak due to Brexit, been remarkable progress on a lot of Brexit issues

-Bank of England warns EU hasn't done enough to protect it's finical system from Brexit and needs to take urgent action

-Sturgeon says government contracts and other things will have a fair work first clause for bids, Brexit has shown Westminster isn't interested in partnership with Scotland, SNP are admired throughout the world and Labour is just an imitation, thinks of Scotland as a big family. Was seen as a good speech that dampened down push for Independence referendum

-Foster says meeting with Barnier was useful, EU needs to respect result and Irish feeling, doesn't seem to be able to say how N.Ireland would be helped by no deal . Dodds says barriers between Britain and Ireland would be a disaster, Sammy Wilson warns May not to try to bounce them into backing her plans

-Mike Russell warns it may be a long time till right time to go for second Scottish referendum and they need to do it when they have the arguments to win

-Humza Yousaf warns Labour is being seen as working against minorities and is structurally racist

-SNP members back a ban on public bodies asking salary history

-Labour being accused of treating staff badly in terms of working conditions including short term contracts that leave staff resorting to payday lenders and food banks

-Some amusement as Chris Williamson apparently faces a deselection battle

-Information Commissioner rebukes Heaton-Harris infamous Brexit university letter. Bit late?

-Irish set up a 2 billion Euro Brexit fund

-A sense UK won't publish backstop proposals

-Conveny expecting talks to go onto November

-Raab urges EU to offer unlitaral rights to UK migrants as UK has for EU, rules out customs union, rules out blind Brexit, Canada deal is short-cut to no deal

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-Neil O'Brien (sun) on housing

-Umunna on Japan's offer, Canada deal, no deal and parties need to use Instagram better

-Baker accuses Juncker of mocking May with the dancing, Powell feels EU have not helped themselves in last few weeks

-Baker puts Brexiteer hardcore at 40-45 willing to vote against Chequers, talks of it bringing down government is a red herring, admits that 40-45 figure is a lost less then the 80 he once said

-Powell says she is not in talks with May on Chequers vote

-Harper says only Canada deal has realistic chance of getting through Commons

-Hilary Clinton slams Tories for backing Orban, saying they have come a long way from days of Churchill and Thatcher (not a compliment)

-Davis says Chequers will lead to dire election result as would give none of the benefits of Brexit

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-Behr on how things have changed since referendum

-Toynbee rich won't flee Corbyn Labour

-Nicholas Watt on five young potential future Tory leaders

-Mark Brolin optimistic about Brexit

-Kuessenberg on trying to get Chequers through Commons

-Tom Peck skewers Mordaunts's speech
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:07 pm

PMQ's: Corbyn uses world mental health day to ask about lack of mental health nurses and asks when austerity will be over for mental health, May pleased it is raised and says government has been giving the attention it needs including party of esteem and say record levels of funding into mental health but agrees they need to do more and will be setting out further steps today, welcomes Doyle-Price post. Corbyn says Labour amendment meant party of esteem which Tories opposed, if health spending is so good why does Hancock says it is way off need to be and experts pointing to funding issues+lack of beds so needs tackling. Corbyn then jumps to rise in violent crime amidst cuts to police and support numbers so when is austerity going to be over for police? May says she has already said more needs to be done, will be new plan for NHS and more being given to NHS then Labour promised. May says they have already made more money for police this already this year and Labour opposed that. Corbyn says Police Federation suing for failure to implement pay review, points to Gauke being rebuked repeatedly for misleading statistics and can she confirm austerity is over for all teachers including the recommended payrise? May says police getting biggest payrise since 2010, says teachers pay has already been announced and school funding at record high, per pupil funding protected in real terms and education quality has risen under government through reforms which Labour opposed.

Corbyn says teachers getting real term paycut after so long suffering so no wonder teachers are leaving and government failing to hit recruitment target, cites local government Tories bemoaning cuts so asks if she can reassure her own councillors about austerity. May points to record number of teachers and more inclined to it, she recognises their hard work to get better education, says they have backed councils and council funding will increase already announced then lists promises of things like social care and rural funding, councils have had to take tough decisions due to public finances left by Labour. People have made sacrafices, people need to know hard work has paid off and better times are coming under Tories. Corbyn says May should take time out to listen to teachers talking of their stress, local government cuts happened and keep coming citing likes of IFS, welfare cuts coming in and will they be stopped. May defends goal of welfare reform, government ensuring people who didn't get the payments they deserved under Labour are getting that fixed, debt will fall and more public spending is coming but they will end fiscal responsibility. Corbyn on poorest third of councils will lose money if cuts go ahead and cites disability Commissioner is worried, lists consequences of austerity on society while money found for big corporation and super rich tax cuts, unless budget halts the upcoming cuts then "austerity ending" will be a con. May lists on positive things to happen to working people and tax cuts for the poor+energy cap (not sure citing Labour policy is great idea)+fuel duty freeze while Labour plans would add a trillion to public debt which would hurt the poor and send country back to square 1.

Corbyn had clear tactic, is austerity really ending? List suffering of a department/social sector due to austerity, will this end? Corbyn did this decently, didn't really skewer May but he built the good attack theme effectively so people will have noticed the lack of answers and reminding that more cuts are scheduled to come. May had one decent "not abandoning fiscal responsibility" and decent individual measures but each time it was clear she couldn't say "yep, that is over" (unsurprising as meant to be in year and down to Hammond) and her attacks not effective. Would give it a Corbyn win and a good strategy.

Blackford congratulates Doyle-Price's appointment which set a nice tone and says we need to eradicate policies and circumstances that lead to people considering suicide, May says she is considered at number of young men who commit suicide and must do everything they can to prevent it. Blackford points to independent report on work capability assessment assessment has driven people to suicide so will she scrap it. May points to Labour bringing it in and Tories trying to fix it and they will keep trying. Blackford was very effective by the gentle opener and not going overboard with way he delivered second.

Overran by 20 minutes which saw MP's leave

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-Fair play to Williamson he has welcomed the deselection efforts against him

-DUP misspell Barnier's name as Michelle

-ITV claiming EU is prepared to agree to UK backstop idea of all of UK being in customs zone, will refuse a hard end date but will seek to ensure it sounds time limited

-King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands regrets Brexit and expects changes to current trading but expects trade to be strong and they respect UK's decision, loves to fly to Inverness as a pilot

-Imperial College London has signed partnership with Technical University of Munich to give duel academic nationalities post Brexit

-Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price has also been made minister for suicide prevention as May announces more money for the Samaritans

-National Audit Office warns Defra has most Brexit issues to address but fears Transport is overconfident, civil servants putting in tremendous effort but due to level of Brexit risk and work required there is bound to be some governmental failure (he highlights border as an area of worry), Commons may have to extend sittings for Brexit secondary legislation, doubts transition phase is long enough but thinks alternatives will turn up by then. Government relying on a lot of goodwill and is possible planes get grounded, might be issues getting qualified staff for certain roles, business should have been given more information about Brexit planning and will find themselves in difficult positions, preparing for no deal is sensible even if there is a deal, is concerned civil servants have resorted to using NAO reports to find out what is happening with Brexit planning

-Heavy briefing DUP are threatening to vote down the budget if they don't like the backstop, Downing Street having to pretend they could survive a budget defeat

-Barnier tells Commission these needs to be decisive progress next week, remarks to business groups that Irish border checks are politically problematic but EU didn't force UK to vote to leave and EU is trying to enforce only the bare minimum of border checks but there would have to be some, open to UK remaining in customs union which would eliminate need entirely. Brexit white paper is useful and been discussed in detail within EU which looks for an ambitious partnership, Chequers single market and tariff plans would give UK a major economic advantage over EU, on a personal note he finds Brexit a shame and a lose lose situation. He gets a standing ovation, a sense he has made things harder for May

-Hancock says mental health is under-resourced and under valued for years

-IMF has us as one of weakest public finances (negative 2 trillion) in western world

-ONS says we literally flatlined in August but quarterly growth of 0.7%

-Labour confirms they would scrap Universal Credit

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-Gordon Brown launches attack on universal credit plans as he fears it will plunge more into poverty

-Halfon on Tory conference

-Baker says he would expect more resignations if May pushes Chequers through

-Gerard Batten calls for referendum on scrapping Welsh Assembly

-Joe Biden says Brexit weakens US influence in Europe, would have voted Remain and UK political parties face an intractable problem

-Boris says EU backstop plans would make UK a colony and stop UK having own rules

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-Monbiot yay on leaving common Agricultural policy but mixed views on UK replacement

-David Shariatmadari on mental health stigma
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Re: UK Politics

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-DUP abstain on agriculture bill, strong sense they were sending a signal

-Government looking at ethnic salary pay gap to be published

-Special cabinet meeting on Brexit talks

-Sammy Wilson warns that if backstop as rumoured, DUP will take action on domestic agenda

-Denzil Davies, MP for Llanelli from 1970 till 2005, has died. A lawyer before then, served as Treasury Minister under Callaghan from 75 till they lost power in 79, Foot's shadow Secretary of Wales and Kinnock's shadow defence till 88 when he resigned in protest against Kinnock when the leader changed nuclear policy twice in three days without consulting Davies. Not a Blairite but became a formidable backbench campaigner till his retirement, a Eurosceptic and opposed to Welsh devolution.

-Nick Gibb says EU means VAT can't be cut on school uniforms for over 14's (or for those under 14 who simply too big) but indicates they want to do so post-Brexit and plans to put current guidelines into law

-Leadsom says MP's will see plans for rebuilding Commons soon, would be joint committee to oversee project, says she is no longer scheduling Commons business more then a week due to how things change

-Grayling strongly denies any possibility planes will be grounded

-McVey admits some people could be worse off under Universal Credit (number 10 denies this) but more will be helped, swerves saying she backs Chequers

-HMRC head John Thompson got death threats after revealing costs of Brexiteers customs plan

-Morgan asks Bank of England for a full economic assessment of Brexit options before Brexit vote

-Mundell says Corbyn government will stop DUP destroying current one

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-Rudd sends counter-letter against Davis recent one

-Sir Major calls ERG a party within a party trying to bully PM in ways worse then he ever faced, says he has great sympathy for her, Morduant should either back Chequers or resign, compares Universal Credit to poll tax toxicity if mishandled

-Gordon Brown wants a children's budget and universal credit to be put on hold

-Blair says second referendum would encourage EU to offer more attractive terms to keep this, Raab is a highly intelligent figure but there is simply no solutions to Brexit problems, DUP wishes are incompatible with each other, Boris has struggled to find a rule he wants to bring in that he can't do under EU, people can get distracted from actual Trump policy where Trump is right, says he opposed Coryn and Brexit so can't be blamed for those, media has helped drive partisan politics, urges Labour to vote down May's Brexit deal

-IDS says Universal Credit needs 2 billion extra to work as planned

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-Kuessenberg warns things are kicking off in Westminster, Goodman on state of play, Toynbee doubts DUP are bluffing

-Kettle worries union bonds is being damaged

-Owen Jones feels Labour can lead movement against universal credit and change narrative

-D'Arcy on Committee hearings to look out for

-Andy Cook defends Universal Credit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:04 pm

-Part of the M26 in Kent being closed off during nights as they investigate turning into lorry park in case of no Brexit. Local MP Tugendhat not happy at lack of consultation and being told last minute

-Press disagreement with Hammond is to keep tax cuts and let Universal Credit pain hit (express) or scrap tax cuts to properly fund Universal Credit (Telegraph)

-Mordaunt, McVey, and Leadsom seen as potential resigners while plenty in cabinet thought to been unhappy at lack of deadline for backstop

-Education Committee to interview robot

-Foster says she can not accept a Brexit deal that has trade barriers within UK and EU proposal is worst possible solution. Sammy Wilson confirms the Agriculture Bill abstaining was a warning and EU plan being accepted would see DUP turn against budget

-Split in Commons between those who feel duty bound to report to immigration Hotline and those who want it stopped as will prevent people going to their MP's

-Corbyn wants schools to teach "the role that black Britons have played in our country's history and the struggle for racial equality" and impact of British Empire/colonialism

-Hammond says Chequers would uplift economy and forecasts

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-Chris Williamson wants more democracy in Labour ranks

-Helen Grant says DUP are bluffing

-Loughton accuses Corbyn (after education comments) of wanting to a lead a country he is ashamed of

-Bridgen says Hammond is looking far too short term

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-Katya Adler on [url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45822377 EU's quiet reactions [/url]-Andrew Cooper warns Tories [url=https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/12/liberal-britain-tories-age-problem] there won't be a post-Brexit and they face their support dying out[/url]

-Hannah Fearn says Sir Major shows traditional compassionate conservativism is dead

-Newton Emmerson on N.Ireland citizenship issue

-Brain Wheeler on Tory tensions on public health/nanny state

-Jonathan Lis on May's desperate gamble
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