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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu May 09, 2019 6:40 pm

-Cooper warns Atkins Home Office don't seem to have even a grip of the numbers of those vulnerable to gangs and knife crime

-Papers on Huawei (or royal baby)

-Environment Agency warns coastal and riverside communities may have to be moved inland as limit to flood defences, all publicly-funded infrastructure needs to be resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050

-Mercer withdraws support from May over N.Ireland prosecutions (so he believes in the overthrow of judicial independence and investigations of anyone, whatever position they hold?), will back her on Brexit but otherwise ignore whip. A talented figure and not one of May's noted critics, that it isn't on Brexit will help but still damaging for May though I think Mercer may be damaged by refusing to fully resign whip

-Corbyn launches Labour MEP elections campaign by saying Labour can heal divide and should aim for both sides with real divide the many vs the few, referendum if deal can't be agreed and no election, difficult to negotiate with disintegrate government, no deal Brexit only suits the rich and the US, general election can't be far away, second referendum could help heal country. Lib Dems will launch theirs and their "Bollocks to Brexit" bid in evening, Barclay says there is a failure to appreciate Brexit due to lazy thinking and that Brexit was optimistic with hopes of being more global, EU should take advantage of UK's strength in security and not impose too many limits, Junker asks us to hurry up so Brexit is done before he leaves. Sturgeon urges Scotland to send signal to May they want to Remain, Labour is pro-Brexit

EU has Europe day summit with May diplomatically missing with Junker saying he misses her, Vadaker "Just very pleased to be here on Europe day to talk about the future of the European Union.", European parliament president Antonio Tajani wants us to hurry up "Months have gone by... And it is difficult to understand what is going on.".

-We have agreed Memorandum of Understanding with Ireland to preserve Common Travel Area

-Watson says government promise in manifesto to keep free TV license's lies in tatters, Margot James says now a decision for the BBC

-Wales' health minister Vaughan Gething survives Plaid no confidence motion

-McVey says she will run for leadership and May should be allowed a graceful dignified exit as has been a dutiful public servant, Gauke says changing leader now changes nothing and successors should be about the post-Brexit vision and since doing a speech on populism (wide ranging or "not your department" speeches tend to be viewed as leadership pushes) declares “when it comes to any future leadership election, my position is to resist the clamour to stand. I remain confident that my resistance will be greater than the clamour.”. Sky's Beth Rigby has tried to put a list of known candidates: McVey, Leadsom and Stewart have said they will, Baker, Boris, Javid, Hancock, Hunt, Patel, Raab, Truss on moves with possible Cleverly, Gove, Greening, Harper, Lewis (I'm guessing she means Brandon rather then Julian), Mercer and Morduant. So small shortlist there....-Sir Bone says majority of MP's know May needs to go soon, Sheryll Murray wants her gone now, Halfon wants timetable and May allowed to go in a dignified way, former Labour lead MEP Dame Pauline Green joins ChangeUk.

-Corbyn say there may need to be more powers on combating racism

-Gauke says Tories going down populist route would leave it badly placed for 21st century and limit their appeal, shouldn't pretend their are simple answers and most proposed solutions to problems have a cost and that includes Brexit option trade offs, mentions having exact same benefits with EU as pre-Brexit as clearly not been true which has angered people who believed wishful thinking by some politicians, doesn't think inequality is one of the factors behind populist rise.

-Foster and Dodds had meeting with May today

-The smaller Remain parties considering a joint candidate for Peterborough

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-Kuessenberg wonders when will May go

-Sam Smethers wishes a ban on holding office if threaten violence or rape

-D'Arcy on plans for an interim parliament

-Toynbee on populism

-Tom McNeil econimic justice
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Re: UK Politics

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-Hancock says nobody should have to sell home to fund old age care, very worried by illness caused by pollution

-Gauke wants Brexit vote as soon as possible, Rudd says no deal lacks majority and a no deal PM would fail to get majority behind them, rumours ERG want candidates to promise to remove backstop

-Rudd removes biggest benefit sanction level with six months max for sanctions

-Morduant says pursuit of ex-soldiers have gone on too long and needs sorting

-Rudd suggests ministers stop speculating about leadership and focusing on jobs with best PM candidates being those that could work with Labour to find deal, not happy at recent parade of wives approach, questions why Labour still talk about coal workers rather then jobs of future, urges MP's to hold nerve on Brexit deal and back May.

-Mini reshuffle: Solicitor General Robert Buckland replaces Stewart as prison ministers, served on justice committee in past, and replacing him is former justice minister Lucy Frazer, a soclieity who helped bring through anti-upskirting laws. Whip Paul Maynard replaces her in Justice, a noted campaigner but not one that has showed much interest in this sphere. The experienced hand of Dr Andrew Murrison fills Burt hold at Forgien Office and Dfid which had been left open since March and which Burt had hoped he might be allowed back, seems like his focus had mostly been on defence (served in navy) when it came to foreign matters

-Growth for first quarter up to 0.5% but trade deficit grows

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-Rotherham furious as flights to Madrid for CL final time prices suddenly go up by hundreds%

-Cornelius Lysaght has fun doing amusing Tory leadership racing commentary

-Creagh feels Labour still trying to play both ways on Brexit, Reeves says custom union Brexit wouldn't be as damaging but still has flaws and will damage

-Williamson tweets lunch with Osborne

-Sir Cable says Lib Dems being underestimated again

-Change.UK says Labour disrupted attempts for a joint Remain candidate for Peterborough but that they are the only one in talks who failed to have a backup candidate for it such ideas failed is reflecting badly (again) on the party.

-Ben Shapiro (now a laughing stock in Westminster circles) desperately rows back after calling Andrew Neill a left-wing journalist, BBC tactics was to make money and bemoans such evil practises as quoting himself back at him. Politics-Live interview with him was funny

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-Kuessenberg Labour splits

-Simon Jenkins unsurprisingly objects to moving Comms to Richmond House

-Iain Dale on UKIP, Lib Dems and May

-Akash Paun devolution
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat May 11, 2019 6:11 pm

-Longest parliamentary session since the war

-Independent says Tories struggling to pay rent on head office, Telegraph on expenses of MP's for adult children

-Sir Brady expects clear timetable for departure when May faces 1922 next Wednesday, understands reluctance to set date is fear it makes Brexit agreement less likely, questions how many really want to take over power right now

-Labour pledge higher £10 an hour minimum wage to include workers under the age of 18

-Javid says he gets abuse for either being too brown or not brown enough but still believes any religion and any colour can become PM and feels we are ahead of other countries on this, notes often only non-white member of EU councils of relevant ministries, could see MP's trying to revoke article 50 which he feels would be a disaster. Good about the racism is father got from unions and of the attitudes he faced as a youth on political thinking

-Conveney says British and Irish governments will have to do heavy lifting with Stormont talks to ensure it gets done in weeks, is some movement already

-Verhofstadt not entirely sure Brexit will happen and is campaigning for Lib Dems with Brexit having done more damage already then expected, Tusk says chances of Brexit never happening at 20-30%, Dr Fox expects MEP elections to use protest at failure to get out and if we don't hit October deadline then no deal Brexit should be done, key no customs union and been open about it (rumours he is unhappy it isn't mentioned on election leaflets), wants to improve elations with Iceland (was on trip there).

-Dr Fox says trade wars only hurt everybody with no winners

-D'Arcy Week Ahead

-Attempts to throw milkshakes and kippers (don't one sounds painful) at Carl Benjamin during UKIP rally

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-Lords like Lord Forsyth and minister Baroness Vere sees Palace of Westminster needs more car charging points

-Bridgen does a Wives of Westminster blog

-Major Tory donor Jeremy Hosking defects to Brexit party, was a backer of Brexit and says Farage only leader to tell truth in last 25 years

-Mayor Khan says May should be clear with Trump where she disagrees with him, Corbyn right to reject state banquet

-Have I Got News For You episode pulled as had Heidi Allen during referendum campaign

-BBC publishes full Shapiro interview before he bravely ran away

-ChangeUK Rachel Johnson not able to think of any policy she disagrees with Lib Dems on

-Williamson concerned at rumours Jaguar Rovers will be sold
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Sun May 12, 2019 6:17 am

Dong Zhou wrote:
-Javid says he gets abuse for either being too brown or not brown enough but still believes any religion and any colour can become PM and feels we are ahead of other countries on this, notes often only non-white member of EU councils of relevant ministries, could see MP's trying to revoke article 50 which he feels would be a disaster. Good about the racism is father got from unions and of the attitudes he faced as a youth on political thinking



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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun May 12, 2019 8:22 am

Sun Fin wrote:
Dong Zhou wrote:
-Javid says he gets abuse for either being too brown or not brown enough but still believes any religion and any colour can become PM and feels we are ahead of other countries on this, notes often only non-white member of EU councils of relevant ministries, could see MP's trying to revoke article 50 which he feels would be a disaster. Good about the racism is father got from unions and of the attitudes he faced as a youth on political thinking



Sorry buddy, really struggling to make sense of the bolded line?


No problem

Javid was good on political thinking podcast when discussing the racism his father received from bus unions and the racism Javid faced as a youngster and how that has shaped his political thinking
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun May 12, 2019 4:57 pm

Dong Zhou wrote:
Sun Fin wrote:
Dong Zhou wrote:
-Javid says he gets abuse for either being too brown or not brown enough but still believes any religion and any colour can become PM and feels we are ahead of other countries on this, notes often only non-white member of EU councils of relevant ministries, could see MP's trying to revoke article 50 which he feels would be a disaster. Good about the racism is father got from unions and of the attitudes he faced as a youth on political thinking



Sorry buddy, really struggling to make sense of the bolded line?


No problem

Javid was good on political thinking podcast when discussing the racism his father received from bus unions and the racism Javid faced as a youngster and how that has shaped his political thinking


-Papers on Brexit party being way ahead in polls

-May's meeting with 1922 Committee pushed to Thursday

-Not been a vote in Commons for a month now

-Rumours Dr Fox might resign

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-Williamson suddenly remembers how much he hates May talking to Labour, Blair bemoans Labour strategy and urges Remainers to get out and vote

-Greening says ducking decisions has fuelled populism

-Brexit party looking at app to help give people say in party decisions

-Marr did good job quoting Farage pre-referendum comments that are very softer then his current no deal stance and his policy positions, Farage says he will never use the word manifesto as word is discredited before going into rant at BBC and Marr for asking him questions about Farage policy, Farage says debate and number 1 priority of public has gone from immigration to democracy

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-O'Grady concerned at minimum wage hikes
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon May 13, 2019 6:56 pm

-Sir Stramer says a deal without referendum won't pass the Commons (trying to press Corbyn into it?) and talks could end within days if government doesn't compromise, rumours Hammond has warned the idea that there is any politically popular deal that can be struck is holding back talks, Watson believes John Smith (anniversary of his death) would back second referendum (I think it is wrong to cite dead people like this), thinks difficult to get a compromise Brexit past MP's without referendum attached and party is a Remain+reform party (press pointing out this contracts Gardiner which leads to confused message to voters) but remain not a option at MEP elections.

Hinds says MEP elections will be seen as ultimate protest vote, Brokenshire committed to Labour talks amidst rumours some in cabinet feel they are going nowhere, Hunt says talks are in crunch week and second referendum would be a betrayal. Number 10 says Brady's plan of a vote to say backstop would never be used can't be done as EU would reject it, Foster says second referendum endangers democracy (more or less then failure to provide a government?) and May lacks a post-Brexit vision

-May vows to (sun) end postcode lottery over domestic abuse victims

-Watson admits he sometimes gets irritated by Corbyn's groups decisions but that is normal in any party and he has faith in Corbyn as he had faith in Smith

-Youguv have Tories 5th and Brexit with more then Labour and Lib Dem's combined for MEP elections

-Commons library says longest parliamentary session since Civil War

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-Boles "What makes Keir Starmer and Tom Watson so confident that Remain would win a second referendum? Doesn’t support for the Brexit Party give them any doubts? Surely a Brexit compromise is better for Labour than a second referendum defeat followed by hard Brexit?", Rees-Mogg says most Tory activists he meets are voting Brexit party but asks them to vote for Tories for sake of May's successor, BBC pro-Remain. Farage says May's deal is a pro-EU treaty rather then Brexit deal and she should have asked for a free trade deal rather then a special relationship, if Brexit party held balance of power then would do deal with whoever would bring forward a hard Brexit, that party alligence is now trumped by Brexit divide, Heidi Allen challenges Farage to TV debate (I don't think he has much reason to do that, ChangeUK are struggling and he holds all the cards).

-Rees-Mogg questions how May can continue with such little support from members, Hannan says if May doesn't go then the Tory party may die

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-Tony Wright on democracy and how to save it

-Dominic Lawson attacks Corbyn econimic policy [url]

-John Crace [url=https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/13/nigel-farage-brexit-party-event-terrifying-glimpse-future?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter] alarmed by Brexit rally


-Goodman wants May out

-D'Ancona both sides have gone awol on Brexit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Tue May 14, 2019 9:56 am

Dong Zhou wrote:No problem

Javid was good on political thinking podcast when discussing the racism his father received from bus unions and the racism Javid faced as a youngster and how that has shaped his political thinking


Thanks for clarifying! That made much more sense!
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue May 14, 2019 6:35 pm

-Was rushed yesterday but Yogov poll that has got such attention has Brexit party 34%, Labour 16%, Lib Dem 15%, Green 11%, Tories 10%, ChangeUK 5%, Ukip 3%

-Hunt calls for more defence spending which is seen as for future leadership bid

-Olly Robbins goes to Brussels, Sir Brady leads letter (backed by 13 former cabinet ministers) saying May can not agree deal involving customs union with Labour, Gove says Labour should be given time as a significant step for them. Cabinet sets summer recess deadline for passing Brexit agreement, Hunt says no deal should be back on table then says parliament won't agree to it (was a feeling that was not one of his better press conferences), paralysis leading to extremes forming in anger.

McDonnell says government haven't shifted in way needed, the Brady letter happens things as some signatories like Boris are potential successors to May, second referendum should be deal vs Remain, willingness to talk to government is costing them votes but right thing to do, he and Corbyn are still Remainers at heart, Brexit party rise is symptomatic of alt-right.

-Lucy's Law against puppy farms coming to Commons next Monday

-Unemployment at 44 year low at 3.8% and joint record highest employment at 76.1%

-Councils in England will have a legal duty to provide secure homes for victims of domestic abuse

-Lord Steel cleared by independent inquiry over Cyril Smith

-Treasury Committee suggests banking hubs with Post Office insufficient for places were banking branches close

-Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird resigns after being appointed as the new victims' commissioner

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-Remember when Greens wanted a Brexit referendum and felt EU was too capitalist? I feel like the Greens have forgotten they were less then hugely Remain

-DUP MEP Dianne Dodds says Dublin has used N.Ireland as a pawn in talks and they should vote against such disrespect, Stephen Kinnock says demands for second referendum would torpedo Brexit talks, Blunt wants Tory-Bexit party electoral pact. Sir Fallon (one of the thirteen) would prefer Remain over customs union, Farage says Remainers will vote for Brexit party in anger at referendum result not being carries out, Sir Cable says WTO disintegrating which means WTO Brexit is pathetic option, damage of Brexit will be slow puncture rather then big explosion, project fear counter-productive.

-Sir Fallon warns it is dangerous to let Huawei into communications infrastructure

-Rumours Layla Moran won't run for Lib Dem leadership which would give Jo Swinson a clear advantage

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-Catherine Mayer bemoans lack o coverage for her Woman Equality Party compared to Brexit party

-Maya Goodfellow Windrush hasn't ben learnt from
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed May 15, 2019 6:34 pm

-May called late night meeting with Corbyn which was more a catch up on where talks are and talks will continue, Withdrawal Agreement comes before Commons on week of June 3rd which is also Trump week and Peterborough by-election.Labour clearly concerned that May's successor will chuck any deal they make, people like Baker and Dodds (as well as journalists) wondering quite why May is bringing vote forward, DUP won't back May, Dr Fox/number 10/Barclay says if May's deal is voted down then it is revoke article 50 or no deal Brexit, Barclay says MEP's will end up taking their seats. Labour were seen as not ruling out abstaining on May's deal but they are trying to dampen that down, Jacek Czaputowicz Poland’s foreign minister wants another Brexit extension if need be.

-Gardiner remarks how extraordinary Tory MP's are having to say they will vote Tory

-Hunt initially amused as he starts statement on Trump then defends the invite vigorously while attacking Labour's attitude in a good performance

-Papers on Morduant for an amnesty for veteran soldiers bar N.Ireland (her speech generally seen as a decent one)

-Emilio Casalicchio how Brexit party has risen

-Damien Collins wants Ofcom inquiry into how Jeremy Kyle show helps participants afterwards

-Brokenshire having four ovens is getting a lot of comment, he is trying to play this down as two double-ovens but not sure it is being believed

-May says governments and tech companies need to work together on online extremism

-MP's concerned at reports of family courts allowing violent parents unsupervised access to their children and want an inquiry

-Hancock and Gove want fines for those that leave parked cards idling with engines on

-Dr Fox saying lowering food standards is bad for exports

-Tories again don't turn up for PMQ's

-Gove asking Javid to have a look at more flexibility in definition of skilled worker when comes to immigration

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-Farage rejects TV debate with Heidi Allen, Kevin Maguire remarks "So a fourth vote for MPs on May's Brexit deal in the week of 3 June if Downing Street gets its way and the Speaker doesn't block it but still no second Europe vote for the people. PS Tory Brextremists resisting that second vote also demand their own third vote on May herself", Sir Cable says Greens and Change.UK rejected his offer of an alliance of Remainers and would back a deal with referendum (wants Remain, deal, no deal as options), Paterson won't vote for May's deal

-Walker backs Kyle show being axed but says responsibility can't be focused just on the host for what the show has done and the viewers should take blame as well

-Dorries says there is a feeling departments have shut down and waiting for May to go and she has ten days

-Suzanne Evans has offered services to UKIP and suspects she has been blackballed

-ChangeUK's leading candidate for MEp in Scotland David McDonald has defected to Lib Dems to avoid splitting Remain vote

-Mel Stride jokingly confirms he is not running for PM

-Four former UKIP AM's, Mark Reckless, Mandy Jones, Caroline Jones and David Rowlands are trying to set up Brexit grpup in Welsh Asembley

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-Paul Taylor France and Germany have Brexit split

-Behr rise of nationalism in EU

-Freedland concerned at Mordaunt's amnesty

-Grice May's desperate gamble
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