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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:07 pm

Boris attempts fight back, Justice Secretary faces confidence vote, Labour Brexit issues
-Chief Whip Smith tells Bercow government has no wish to prevent new PM from speaking to Commons before recess and has no intent to prorogue parliament, Stride backs that up

-Gauke facing a no confidence vote by local party for blocking implementing referendum result (the Justice Secretary voted for Brexit deal three times but has dared suggest no deal won't bring us all free unicorns)

-Papers on Boris and Symonds staged photo of enjoying time together and Boris attempts to get things back on track with a series of public appearances

-Boris admits we need EU cooperation on border to avoid hard one and on avoiding crippling tariffs, politics has changed greatly since March and both sides understand need for changes with May's deal dead, is not single answer to border but lots of schemes they can use to help, hopes EU agrees to status quo for a little while more till deal is completed. Would pass new laws to protect EU citizens rights almost immediately, Brexit Party success has been noticed by EU, not fair for him to invade partner and family privacy by talking about the row issue and refuses to criticize media over it.

In later interviews says he will copy Reagan's maxim of not speaking ill of another Tory when asked about Hunt's criticisms, if they don't deliver Brexit then his generation and main parties won't be forgiven, backs Javid plan for 20,000 more policy but won't say when it would happen, repeats his article 24 assertion but admits it can't be unilateral and says likes of Carney's objections have been over-interpreted (then admits he doesn't know what Carney says) and would be bizarre if EU objected.

Tax priority is to raise income tax threshold for lowest paid, needs to be national consensus on how to fund social care with Tories throwing out idea at election a disaster, stories he has taken advice from Bannon is codswallop, Hunt's Brexit plan kicks can down road. Makes model of buses, refuses to say when the staged photo of Symonds and him (amidst rumours it was from months ago) is from, never seen such glumness as he saw from May's regime and the defeatism has been absolutely pathetic. Need to be creatively ambiguous about £39 billion bill to EU

Journalists were not impressed at both failure to answer and any sense of message beyond "I'm Boris" and "optimism"

-Government bringing in Natasha's law on food allergy listing requirements

-Hunt pledges an extra £15 billion for defence over five years funded by growth and the spare cash Hammond has around, will take twitter questions as sub for Sky debate that got cancelled

-Labour's General Secretary Jennie Formby wants to know by June8th which Labour MP's are prepared to stand again if there is an election

-EU Commission formerly complains about EU citizens difficulty in voting at Euro elections in UK and UK had promised to fix the issues after 2014 elections

-Rudd says Boris is not convincing people with his Brexit plan and optimism is not enough, German ambassador Peter Wittig tells car manufacturers they will work to the last minute to prevent no deal and willing to listen to new border idea's, Labour shadow cabinet fail to agree on Brexit with Unite seemingly persuading Corbyn to kick can down road to fury of some in cabinet. McDonnell is openly admitting he backed second referendum and backing Remain but will see next week what Labour policy is and Corbyn may not choose same path

-IDS appointed as Boris campaign chair, Boris writes open letter to Hunt challenging him to agree to Oct31st deadline for Brexit, Hunt says he will get his answer if he does TV debate tonight

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-Change.UK would back no confidence vote against any government that tries no deal

-Gordon Brown fears Boris would lead to end of UK by exploiting English nationalism particularly with Lynton Crosby behind him, Boris writings reveal a man opposed to the fundamental pillars that uphold the union, Farage's style is intolerant and inward looking who stokes hate and fear, citizen assemblies could lead to a more informed democracy.

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-Sean O'Grady May's deal will be brought back by Hunt or Boris

-Boris former boss Max Hastings continues to lay into Boris

-Anne Morris says Home Office not ready for no deal

-Ed Conway warns article 24 is falling into same Brexiteer trap as the 350 million claim
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:03 pm

Brexit, Tory leadership, Chris Williamson warned over anti-Semitism then let back in
-Hunt feels there is a different unifying deal, wants change of backstop based on technology with guarantees not to have hard border which is similar to Boris approach but requires someone EU trusts, EU now knows UK won't go into customs union.

DUP, ERG, Scottish and Welsh Tories would be on negotiating team, will leave on October 31st if he has no sense deal is emerging and it is still possible to do so, people should be saving throughout lives for social care like they do pensions and would cap costs for those who saved, has shown he can have good links with EU countries while telling them uncomfortable truths, hints if a private members bill seeking stronger abortion time limit came up then he would vote for it but wouldn't bring it through himself. Dismisses talk of being May in trousers by saying he is not a fan of leather trousers, says his hobby is lambada, questions if Boris will keep his October promise

-Papers on Boris Brexit deadline do or die pledge

-Dr Fox says we need EU agreement on article 24 while it is only a panacea that covers tariffs rather then all problems that failure to have deal would create and Brexit leadership discussions need to be about facts rather then suppositions, government sets up Business and Trade Union Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group on backstop, Leadsom says proroguing parliament is not something any serious politician would do, Rory Stewart says parliament has not exhausted all options to stop no deal.

German ambassador Peter Witting says trying to create trade deal after no deal would be very difficult, suggests third party special relationship deal and need to discuss military ties, Mark Drakeford writes to all Welsh MP's asking them to back referendum, Foster backs Boris in saying it is very important they Brexit by deadline but has good relations with both Tory leaders and won't back either.

-Law Commission reviewing image based abuse laws, Gove bringing forward bill to greatly lengthen jail time for worst cases of animal cruelty

-Baroness Blackwood fainted as dispatch box but is fine, flu combined with her Ehler's-Danlos Syndrome

-Leadsom confirms that one of her supporter MP's was told Tories had too many female PM's of late, will never admit to having tears as story of tears in eyes during cabinet has dogged her ever since. Does this with humour but is disturbing the attitudes she revealed around her

-More allegations involving Ian Paisley and who pays for Maldives holiday's

-Carney hints no deal means BOE would attempt a stimulus, being governor is an honour and privilege, can't use Gatt 24 in no deal as requires EU and WTO to agree and requires there to be some sort of deal in place. Fear of no-Deal is hurting economy with Carney and his team making clear the BOE is watching MP's on this, is highly desirable for a transition period, expects pay growth to slow this summer.

-Chris Williamson given formal warning over anti-Semitism but let back in by Labour. This will go down well

-May says action plan for social housing reform will be published in September and defends her record on housing

-Ruth Davidson backs Hunt

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-Hannan worries media covering Field and Boris stories while ignoring major sex abuse arrests is part of a cultural divide that hits both sides

-Lord Kerslake on Boris pledge being like an escapologist who has "put on a straitjacket, padlocked the door and started the tap running" and his being PM is an opportunity for disaster but Boris was good to work with on housing as Mayor, Raab says parliament's objections to no deal have no legal effect and can be overridden, Baker feels Dr Fox is misrepresenting Brexiteer arguments on article 24.

Buzzfeed Europe editor Alberto Nardelli "The tactics deployed by Baker, Johnson and co. are as obvious as a mid-1990s English 4-4-2. This has nothing to do with GATT art. XXIV — it is about preparing the ground to blame the EU when all this will be exposed as bollocks.". Dr Lee says Remainers among Tories need to be as ruthless and clear in strategy as ERG including threatening no confidence (though he doubts it will come to that), there is a collective madness about no deal being acceptable, no confidence vote doesn't have to mean Corbyn but a potential government of national unity, there are other options to block no deal

-Jo Swinson feels Corbyn is a Brexiteer at heart, not sue Boris is racist but is unacceptable to be so careless with language, Ed Davey says no confidence vote could lead to a government of national unity with someone like Cooper or Benn in charge, doesn't want Corbyn as PM under any circumstances even for a referendum, won't apologize for tough decisions with austerity but now it is time to abolish it.

-Eagle makes passionate speech that LGBT figures like her are not going to be put back in a box

-Not sure people getting pneumonia is the worth the sacrifice is the message extension rebellion really needs to be sending, Rupert Read should look at how Helen Pudd sold economy message better without coming across as patronizing

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-Behr Hunt would have been a goo candidate for the Tory party of old but not now

-Harry Phibbs doubts Tories and Brexit party will have election pact

-Adler on EU's relaxed reaction to Tory leadership

-Sienna Rodgers on why Labour's Brexit indecision continues
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:10 pm

leadership, Japan gets involved in Brexit, Chris Williamson row
-Hunt calls Labour “most dangerous, anti-western Labour party we’ve ever had”, relationship with US should be sacred, backs HS2 and third Runaway, jeered when he says Tories walk the walk on social justice. Dodges question about his own faults, wants a north-tech triangle to rival London-Oxford-Cambridge and backs Northern Powerhouse rail, reductions in police numbers and social care went too far, pledges extra 19,000 people for youth mental health, Boris isn't lying about article 24 just factually correct. Later pledges to protect TV licenses, EU have treated us with disrespect

-Boris says party is in crises, 4 needs are Brexit, unification, broadband and beating Corbyn, favours Australian style points based immigration, would appeal to young by taking seriously housing, environment and student debt (suggest vaguely doing something about interest rate), dodges around proroguing but thinks no deal has one million to one chance, forgets Dr Fox name, better infrastructure in towns would see people move away from London. Utility prices too high, would not have Farage in Brexit team.

Later downgraded full independent inquiry into Islamophobia as promised to Javid to a general investigation into prejudice, very unlikely MP's will vote to delay Brexit, sees being unpopular with some as a good thing as means he stands for something, room for public spending increase, failure to deliver Brexit will boost chances of Scottish independence and Brexit makes life difficult for the SNP, would shelve planned biopic of Shakespeare

-Papers on the Tory leadership

-Tories not happy Bercow didn't reign in Blackford on Boris accusations Boris making a career out of lying

-Francois says Boris has promised ERG he won't bring back May's deal, Gauke says he would refuse to serve under Boris as could not give full hearted support which would be unfair to Boris, Rory Stewart says Boris telling activists what they want to hear. IFS calculate Hunt's plans as costing £37-65bn and is clearly not convinced growth will cover that tab,

-Lidington says the north should be the key priority of every department under next leader, success shouldn't be underestimated but a long way still to go

-Chris Williamson's return has indeed not gone down well, Jess Philips noting she would be expelled if she said what he did, Hope not Hate calls Williamson's return alarming, Berger says this hurts even more then when she left and asks what the red line is for remaining Labour MP's with mealy mouth tweets simply tantamount to complicity. Board of Deputies of British Jews saying his return is disgusting and more evidence of anti-Semitism in Labour, Holocaust Educational Trust urges people to do something, Dame Hodge says it shows disciplinary process is a complete sham and party turns blind eye. Watson managed to get 90 Labour MP's to join him in protesting the return and demand whip be removed, some Labour HQ staffers saying Williamson makes them feel unsafe

-One of those who voted to reinstate Chris Williamson was Huda Elmi "The Equality & Human Rights Commission is a failed experiment. If tomorrow it were to cease in existence, most of the people it was created to support wouldn’t even notice. We need to abolish it & bring back separate, well resourced governmental bodies for each equality strand!" She tweeted this after the ECHR launched investigation into Labour.

-Greive and Beckett are to launch attempt to block all government spending in case of no deal which has alarmed some pundits given it would include pensions, benefits, housing and schools spending with number 10 calling it grossly irresponsible but other pundits arguing it is the best way short of no confidence to block no deal, Abbott says she is starting to worry about Labour's Brexit strategy, Verofhdast starts Boris and Hunt have learnt nothing from past two years of talks

-May (who today lasted longer then Chamberlain as PM) says too many tiny homes being made so should be design standards and rules to stop race to bottom, Commons Public Accounts Committee wants a clear definition of what is acceptable with housing standards but Public Administration Committee warns ministers tend to be reluctant to intervene due to concerns about localism

-Stewart says Dfid money may need to go away from people and towards planting trees in poorest areas as climate change will create a lot more poverty, no deal could cut budget by 400 million which suspects means cuts to organisations like World Bank rather then promises to individual countries and admits he may only have a month left in his post

-Brecon and Radenshire election to be August 1st, presumably to buy new PM some time before bad headlines

- Japanese foreign minister, Taro Kono says no deal might see Japanese car firms pull out of their plants here and other companies are already leaving UK due to uncertainty. Puegeot promises to build it's Astra cars here but only if a good Brexit deal

-Corbyn promises fair pay for military

-Tom Shinner, civil servant responsible for no deal planning, has resigned to join private sector

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-Byrne children of alcoholics need help

-ConHom poll gives Boris a 35% lead though polls with wider public suggest it would be tight

-Ken clarke bemoans the immense damage Brexit is causing the political institutions of UK, never seen politicians held in such contempt, doubts either leadership candidate would actually support no deal on October 31st


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-Lara McNeill suggests expenses and potential legal costs could be behind not going further on Williamson

-Leo McKinstrey calls for Tory-Brexit party pact

-Tim Bonner Tories shouldn't ignore the rural vote

-Kuessenberg charisma v spreadsheet
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:22 pm

Tory leadership, Brexit and other stories
-Boris says he once wanted to be a rock star, doesn't see downsides to Australian style immigration system, would lift cap on student migration, change in mood at Westminster about getting Brexit done, not in contact with Barnier as would be presumptuous. Just need a bit more resolve in EU talks, SNP arguing for independence would have to argue to join Euro, Schengen and lose control of fisheries having regained the power and thus Brexit spikes SNP, his tax policy would be very progressive, extra 5 billion to education.

Crossrail should be extended, suspects cuts cut to tuition fees for entrepreneurs would see a lot of people claiming to be one, need a cross party solution to social care, won't rule out proroguing parliament, he would sell case for market economy and private enterprise in a way Tories haven't done for awhile. Later says he agrees with Trump on Iran and they need to reach out to the young population there

-Hunt wants a Tory conference at Bournemouth (have a guess where hustings were), wishes of those who have voted Brexit in Scotland need to be honoured, has good but direct relationship with foreign ministers, tells Japan UK fought for democracy so public decision has to be followed through, sets out safeguards to stop people abusing enterpeture tuition fee scheme, need to do something about university fees or Corbyn will win election. Won't use Farage as Farage wants no deal whereas he wants deal which will be difficult but Tories have done difficult things before, backs stop and search. Backs HS2 and says Japan had high speed rail back in 1964, need to dig up roads for ultra fast broadband and electric charging points, has a right-to-own plan with housing.

Later says Boris million to one claim about no deal flies in face of reality and Boris needs to be straight with people. Later says he doesn't see Oct31st as a hard deadline, ideally first 1k earnt a month wouldn't be taxed or national insurance but doesn't commit to it, inheritance tax is one of the more unjust taxes, he failed to get his message across to junior doctors and Tories need to use social media better, business rates are crippling, Boris leave camapign has changed course of history and would love to have him in cabinet.

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-Keir Stramer had questions about Boris Brexit statements and even sent them to Barclay in advance, Truss says Boris has ruled out proroguing (only those aren't what he is actually saying)

-Papers with various stories about Boris, Times saying Boris is preparing an emergency budget for September, Mail that BBC edited out Boris calling the French a rude word from a documentary when foreign secretary

-May says suspects in the Salisbury Novichok attack should face justice, refuses to give automatic backing to successor's Brexit plan but against motion of no confidence

-Taro Kono says little chance of trade deal with Japan and Asia before Brexit fully happens, Vadaker says any leader will get fair hearing but they mean what they say about not reopening withdrawal agreement

-Putin mocks the undemocratic way we are getting our next PM

-First quarter growth confirmed at 0.5%

-Ian Paisley challenges BBC to give any evidence over their accusations to parliamentary commissioner

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-The retiring Dugdale says Corbyn could agree to second Scottish referendum in exchange for SNP support in Westminster and Boris might call on because he feels like it

-Flint says Williamson seems to go out of his way to giving backing to those expelled for anti-Semitism

-Ed Davey says MI6 tried to recruit him when young

-Fujitsu says they won't leave UK

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-Sam Carlisle (sun) disabled children being let down

-Paul Waugh with insight into Boris camp and team

-Matt Singh first past the post may not protect main parties from four party politics

-May Bulman Universal Credit scandal
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:31 pm

Williamson suspended again, polling, Gauke wins confidence vote
-Keith Vaz asked for his own decision on Williamson to be rescinded within 24 hours of voting him back into party. Fair to say, any credibility he has is shot and there is a suspicion he voted the way he thought Corbyn would want then realized Corbyn was not overly happy...

-Papers on May's icy-handshake with Putin, heatwave, parking charges or judge clearing security services of responsibility or blame for London Bridge Attack, Times saying civil service concerned about Corbyn's health

-Youguv poll saying Hunt beats Boris 41-29% getting attention (Boris wins among Tory members 48-39% is perhaps more relevant in short term)

-Boris says Russia always lets you down as everyone believes this time Russia will normalize but they never do

-D'Arcy some major events ahead

-Williamson suspended again (for what seems to be so they can relook at the case) with Williamson wondering about due process

-Gauke survives confidence vote 123 to 61, Tories needed that. Rudd had called the effort ludicrous with Leave.Eu saying she is next in line (then failing miserably with Gauke)

-Welsh and Scottish governments say they will work together on Brexit and are worried at where this is heading, Drakeford says only election or referendum would make no deal legitimate, Vadaker warns trade between Dublin and Holyhead would be hit by no-deal

-EU signs trade deal with Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay bloc after 20 years of talks, EU think it is their biggest ever trade deal. We still can't get existing ones to stick

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-Lib Dem defence spokesperson Jamie Stone Armed Forces Day

-Been rumours Osborne wants a return to politics

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-Iain Watson on Williamson saga

-Forysth (sun) those opposed to no deal making major mistake with latest tactic, Boris plans, Hunt going hard is a mistake and other stories
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:29 pm

more civil service Brexit change, Corbyn demands inquiry into civil service, Tory leadership
-Papers on Hunt and Boris starting to form their teams, is a sense Corbyn's position in Labour is crumbling

-Rayner says she is embarrassed by her party's handling of anti-Semitism in last week and hints she wants independent process

-Hunt says he would withhold all but the legally required parts of divorce bill if need be, his team is linked with former Canada PM Stephen Harper for their trade team (but says he willing to help either side but won't back either candidate), he and Dr Fox (sun) Brexit and trade plans (I think Hunt "this shows I am proven negotiator and deliverer" track record could be taken for Boris as well which feels like an error)

-Chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins to resign this summer, will allow a fresh face for a new PM with Robins long been a scapegoat in Brexiteer circles

-Thought Boris will recruit likes of Rees-Mogg into his negotiating team

-Corbyn demands inquiry into the "frail" leaks as it compromises integrity and neutrality of civil service (I agree with Corbyn on this)

-May urges G20 to do more on climate change, tried to get them to commit to zero carbon emission targets but instead got 19 to recommit to Paris agreement (only one failed), Putin says she has set out her positions on Russia in a fairly tough way to him

She did a rather nice send up when she returned to the scene of that infamous conference speech

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-Farage pledges £200 billion investment to the regions

-Ed Davey thinks Gove rather Cameron made the "green crap" comment

-McCluskey might want to avoid suggesting Paul Mason is insane, that is out of date language

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-Rawnsley on Lib Dem contest
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:15 pm

Tory money tree leading to some concers, Bercow blocks effort to block no deal
-Hunt says if no deal will be a £6 billion relief fund for farming and fisheries as part of a 20 billion effort to bust no deal economy, would set up no deal and transport committee's to ensure we are ready, would be willing to tell people they are going to lose their jobs and companies with a heavy heart if means Brexit goes through, specific exit date is a fake debate. Will cancel summer leave for civil service until no deal prep is done, he will know by 30th September if going to be no deal or if deal can be done, hints Boris is a showman, no deal would push back some of his spending plans, he must assume no deal is most likely outcome

-Boris promises to take personal responsibility for ensuring we leave on right date, would use Hammond's 25 billion warchest for education, policing and broadband rather then deficit, MP's must take responsibility to get Brexit done. Would do everything he could to protect union including being minister of the union with a unit in number 10 to stress test impact on union of policy

-Hancock says public sector pay freezes would be over under Boris, proroguing isn't realistic option so he feels free to back Boris now, tells John Humphry's to look forward rather then discuss a the things Hancock said about Boris failings and Brexit. He is being hammered by press for way he is trying to justify his recant of his past views without admitting he was wrong

-McDonnell admits being a little frustrated over slow pace of Labour's Brexit policy but accepts Corbyn's consensus type leadership, which is much needed, does make things slow. Hammond pointing out warchest is gone if no-deal so can't be used as a no deal warchest, Dr Fox says break up of UK a real threat with independence

-Transport Committee want more money for potholes with local governments using cash to pay for services they consider more vital

-Some (like Lawson in papers below) starting to suspect members of shadow cabinet team responsible for civil service vs Corbyn story, they also sensing a swing towards Hunt among Tory members

-Rudd says Sir Sedwill will be writing to Corbyn

-Bercow blocks the Grieve/Beckett plan on blocking spending to stop no deal

-McDonnell says Boris and Hunt are showing austerity was a political choice rather then a necessity

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-Brown urges May to keep free license fee's election pledge

-Woman Equality Party leader Mandu Reid wants expansion of recall act to cover misogyny and abuse

-Bebb says neither Tory leader's Brexit plan will have legitimacy without referendum, McCluskey says Labour shouldn't panic and trust Corbyn blames May's failures and Rmeian lobby for Brexit being so toxic

-Lib Dem's potential leaders both rule out coalition with Labour and expect election in a few months, wouldn't back Scottish referendum

-Government representative in the Lords Lord Young says he is alarmed at the promises being made by Hunt and Boris and hopes they will provide full costings in time for members to see

-Brexit party MEP David Bull not getting much sympathy for complaining about the commute.

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-Dominic Lawson condemns civil servants comments on Corbyn and suspects they were useful idiots for Labour Remain faction

-O'Grady not impressed with McCluskey
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:53 pm

Tory leaders go to N.Ireland, Hammond makes his stand, Brexit MEP's snub anthem
-Boris says we owe Polish pilots in an incalculable debt for their aid in WW2, once Brexit actually happens that should soothe tensions on all sides, Dublin and Eu want solution to backstop. In N.Ireland hustings he waffles about the assembly issues, backstop is due to British incoherence of wanting Brexit and staying in customs union , would show MP's with love even the Remainer ones to help unify, DUP indispensable in preventing UK falling into hands of Corbyn, claims he is a right-wing populist are hysteria as were the claims they would flee country if he became mayor, wants six free ports across UK, negative claims about WTO Brexit wildly overdone, backs bridge between N.Ireland and Scotland, accuses EU of moral blackmail on backstop

-Hunt says Merkel willing to look at UK proposals and new deal, Labour won't allow Corbyn to deliver Brexit, Iran a big worry, he would cover the costs of the tariffs that would be imposed on the exports of the farming and fishing industries. Later Attacks BBC for setting debate when most of Tory party will have voted and suspects they caved to Crosby as they didn't dare empty chair. At N.Ireland hustings condemns MLA members being paid while refusing to sit and would devote time to getting Assembly restored, wants to renew deal with DUP, Tories have become complacent about union and need to work hard to maintain it including symbolic acts like more visits, Christian persecution has been a blind spot in foreign policy. Later says Bank of England has says no deal won't be as bad as 2008 crash but if they get it wrong, it could be very serious

-Civil service not happy at Hunt's cancel summer leave plan

-Hammond says both leadership spending plans far exceed fiscal headwind he has created and it isn't a pot of money, it is emergency borrowing, important they don't throw away reputation for fiscal responsibility and suggest both Boris and Hunt have got caught up in leadership bidding war. Doubts he will be Chancellor under next leader, no deal will cost Treasury 90 billion, preparing for no deal not same as stopping the painful impact

-Lidington says one can borrow for short term but promises need to be funded over long term or else next generation pay for it with Tories needing to be party of sound money and restraint in public spending, will need social consent for gay marriage in N.Ireland but that could happen quickly but also need Stormont up, wants Tories to run in N.Ireland

-Papers on Hong Kong protests and aren't impressed by constant spending promises, Telegraph saying Boris will cut cabinet size by half

-Culture Committee wants laws within six months to shield elections from online interference

-Erskine May now free online

-Lord Young's handling of statistics debate was popular with Lords, including his shots at Lib Dem's "only Lib Dems can win here" and £350 million while owning up Tories could do better worked well

-Brexit MEP's turn back on Ode to Joy, Lib Dems were their election slogan on shirts. I feel sorry for any British person in Brussels

-Cabinet Office investigating Corbyn comments, Labour furious it isn't an independent inquiry as they feel it is the ranks closing to protect their own but a sense Labour are pushing too far and losing sympathy by doing so

-Alarm at worst construction monthly figures for a decade, Carney warns UK economy seems to have stalled and heavily relying on household spending

-McDonnell gives Hammond a book on London's rebel walks

-Watson wants a mandotary levy on gambling companies

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-Ben Howlett backing Hunt as Boris asked him (who had worked with Boris twice on campaigns) who he worked for and when Howlett reminded him, Boris asked him same question two weeks later. Lord Hague fear Boris no deal plan would destroy the party "It is as if a flock of sheep is running full tilt from the wolves while little realising it might be heading for a cliff." with economy and union under threat as well, Hunt one of the most talent ministers he has worked with and someone one wants in a crises with civil service relying on someone at top having 24 hour detailed grip

-Farage unhappy with channel 4 comedy Year of The Rabbit and what they do with right-wing campaigner named Neil Fromage, more please at being given office 007, says the refusal to stand for anthem isn't disrespectful, EU creating their own country is (I'm afraid Farage and Brexit party, whatever their feelings on the EU, are just being arrogant jerks here)

-Moody's warns they may downgrade if Brexit is more severe then expected like a no deal Brexit

-Boles feels if May had been cross party from the start, we would have had an EEA Brexit, doubts MP's will block no deal as Tory MP's don't want to be ousted by members. Boris will be more a prisoner of lack of numbers then even May was, no deal is most likely

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-Kuessenberg on Hammond's intervention

-Toynbee not a fan of Hunt

-Sabrina Huck on anti-Semitism on the left

-Tamara Cohen Lib Dem contest

-Hinsliff civil service gossiping to journalists about Corbyn was wrong, discussing concerns about Corbyn with themselves must be allowed
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:26 pm

Boris on "sin taxes", Morduant predicts abortion reform being imposed, Sainsbury warns no deal ruins Christmas
-Hammond heavy hints he would vote against government on no deal has been well noted, McDonnell thanks him for civility and says he enjoyed Hammond's dry sense of humour

-Boris promises review of "sin taxes" like sugar taxes (which he introduced as London Mayor), tabaco and alcohol as he questions such taxes actually change behaviour. This may come as a surprise to Hancock who was talking to cabinet about extending sugar tax and Hunt admits he is confused about this and wants to know Boris plan for obesity crises

-Papers on Boris sins tax pledge or BBC pay

-McDonnell predicts autumn election with Boris political instability a worry for all

-Hunt says backstop has to change or go, Vadaker says alternatives to backstop need to be shown to work and he can't see that being done before October 31st, Ursula von der Leyen ie the next president of the European commission says backstop needs to stay

-550+ calls made to parliament's bullying line by staffers in first 9 months

-Morduant suspects Westminster will enforce liberalisation of abortion laws in N.Ireland if a ruling N.Ireland abortion laws are incompatible with human rights, usually the point where Westminster acts while she personally wants change

-May refuses to back Boris dismissal of no deal concerns and doesn't seem to be optimistic Hunt and Boris can get a new deal in time, number 10 indicating May would act against no deal from backbenches and defend sugar tax

-Hunt gets a back Boris email into his private email and raises question as to why he got it given he didn't sign up to mailing list

-Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming and Hunt in row over Hong Kong

-Dr Fox blasts Westminster for giving mixed signals to Canada over no deal which has led to a stall in trade talks

-Labour ensure deselection motion (over condemning Williamson) against Elle Reeves, off on maternity leave, is withdrawan

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-Lib Dems, SNP, Greens, Plaid Cymru, The Alliance Party, Women's Equality Party and Brexit Party calling for citizen assembly on voting reforms

-Piddock accuses civil service of being fearful of Corbyn and trying to thwart his agenda, Lord Kerslake says it will take time for trust to be restored

-Ed Davey attacks Hunt's lack of principles and handling of Hong Kong (disliked he used Paddy Ashdown in way Davey did)

-Steve Brine says Boris sin tax idea is dog whistle politics, Farage says Boris just says whatever he thinks audience wants to hear so makes it hard to know what Boris actually believes on a range of issues, Boles "I love reading about all the things that Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt is going to do when PM. Almost all of it would require a majority of MPs to vote for it. Scrap sugar tax - no chance. Cut income tax for top earners - dream on." Frazer is a decent media performer but had dreadful time on Politics Live on this

-Sainsbury/Argos warn Christmas toy and electronics supplies may be hit, due to lack of warehouse space, by a no deal Brexit

-Sir Bill Cash condemned, even by May, for saying Germany's grip on the commission is worrying and something he has warned about since the 80's. (Amount of times Germany has headed Commission ever till today: 0)

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-Stephen Gilmore questions lgic of Labour adopting Remain and Reform

-Mark Wallace argues Tories haven't been hit by entryisim and deselection claims are extremely overblown

-Aditya Chakrabortty says Boris plan may be poor economics but has electoral force

-Freddie Sayers Farage's recent economic plans may have been ignored but could be a real problem for Boris
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:06 pm

Fox backtracking, sugar tax row continues, May on union, Youguv polling
-Noted Corbyn called for referendum at PMQ's

-Hunt writes he can get Brexit without election, Corbyn is un-British, Boris will get big job, would back ending fox-hunting ban as part of our heritage if it came up

A sense Hunt's backtracking, declaring he can't see chance of a majority for fox hunting and dodging if foxhunting is cruel, is weakening Hunt while Labour pushing hard on this

-Boris promises 20,000 more police (police watchdog says this may not be the best use of money) and most loving they can do is stop and search to get knives off street, uses term Oppidan (term that means non-scholar at Eton) Britain

-Papers on leadership, particularly Boris police pledge, Hunt fox-hunting (Hunt's team annoyed it got big headline) and Labour troubles.

-Truss opposes taxes on treats, Sports Minister Mims Davies really dodges around the issue but when Truss tweeted "If Boris wants to help Britain's poorest, scrapping the sugar tax is the place to start", health minister Caroline Dinage tweeted "bollocks"

-Lords Economic Affairs Committee alls for immediate £8 billion cash injection into social care and a move to NHS style system while chair Lord Forsyth says Hunt's opt-in plan won't work with 48% public not aware of what social care actually is and no western country has tried the insurance model

-Morduant to launch a road map for ending gender inequality with a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace starting next week

-Rumours Canada is refusing roll-over because of potential for no deal Brexit but will if we sign an agreement with EU, Barclay says with most food from outside the EU that fears about food prices if no deal are exaggerated, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says they firmly stand with Ireland on Brexit as hits them hardest and will work to underpin the peace process and Ireland's interest are EU's core interests.

-Youguv poll has Labour on lowest ever ranking of 18%, Tories leading with 24% while two parties ahead of Labour (Brexit 21%, Lib Dems 20%), Labour's fall is grabbing the attention but also the way this is a very tight four way.

-May says strengthening the union was one of her key priorities in office and Brown was right to issue warning about the dangers it is in, successor mustn't advocate a border policy that risks peace in Ireland, SNP refusing to cooperate so they can get independence. Federalism advocates are well intention but on wrong track due to size of England's population compared to others, announces review from Lord Dunlop into how government can integrate union better. Lidington warns union at risk from English indifference and that we have taken it for granted,

-Local Government Association offers to host cross-party talks on social care

-Strong rumours Osborne wants IMF job but people wondering if UK's damaged standing is going to destroy his chances and Labour attacking his austerity record

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-Burt tries to avoid criticizing Boris on PolticsLive over time as Foreign Secretary, says they worked together well on Burt's sphere but prefers Hunt's more detailed approach

-Davey and Swinson back the embarrassing MEP shirts but sir Soames and Soubry bemoan it as childish

-Tesco's Dave Lewis warns no deal is causing warehouse problems for Christmas goods, now might be time for UK to consider what kinds of food it wants, how to grow it and create a food strategy

-Hannan "Could the era of prissy, finger-wagging petticoat government be coming to an end? Jeremy Hunt wants to end the hunting ban. Boris Johnson wants to stop bullying people who like sugar. Both want to cut taxes and free up the economy." The IFA are rather less positive when it comes to their handling of economy "This is not currently a grown up discussion or strategy, it is a little more than a random throwing of sweeties at the children."

-Widdecombe first Brexit MEP to speak in EU parliament and she compares Brexit to emancipation of slaves. Verhofstadt calls her a challenger for Farage's position as Brexit clown

About a hundred different ways of offensive from Widdecombe

-Boles "If I was paid a quid for each of the scathing things said to me about Boris Johnson by people now promoting him in the media, I’d be a very wealthy man. I just wonder how they can live with themselves."

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-Kuessenberg on mood among Tory activists

-Andrew Grimson spends time with Hunt campaign

-Frances Ryan low expectations hitting UK

-Toynbee worried by Labour's poor polling
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