This was first posted on Facebook on 17th July 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
I am on the Conservative Party’s mailing list to supporters. I’ve been on this list for years, as I find it occasionally useful to know what the Tories are telling their supporters.
Today, the news is that the party is asking its supporters to donate to support the re-election of a Conservative MP who was elected in December 2019 to a previously always-Labour constitutency, because “As a Party we are committed to ensuring every one of our new MPs can successfully defend their seats. That work must start now.”
This was first posted on Facebook on 23rd March 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Look, imagine an afternoon when you settle down to listen to Parliamentary debate for eight hours (with breaks for tea and food and actually a glass of wine about 8pm because OMG) and it is interrupted by:
The Alex Salmond verdict (at least 8 out of the 13 jurors decided Not Guilty for most of the charges, Not Proven for the attempted rape charge, and a horde of sexist gits all over Scotland rose up to cheer, including, unfortunately, SNP MPs Angus MacNeil and Joanna Cherry).
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed by the IOC to 2021.
Boris Johnson announced at 8:30pm that from tomorrow the UK is in lockdown.
And all the while, in the Commons, the Coronavirus Bill is passing at a gallop through the Second Reading debate, the Committee of the Full House debate, and he Third Reading vote. It’s now off to the House of Lords.
This was first posted on Facebook on 14th February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
I know that right now, the fact of Sajid Javid’s resignation as Chancellor, his replacement as Chancellor by a junior minister who was elected MP in 2015 & before that worked for Goldman Sachs, and the fact that Budget Day for the UK is 11th March and it’s pretty evident that though Rishi Sunak will be presenting the Budget in the Commons, Dominic Cummings will be the Budget’s main author – all of this is more than a little overwhelming, and rightly so.
However, I’d ask you also to consider this:
Filed under Brexit, Politics
This was first posted on Facebook on 5th February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
I am not a fan of PMQs.
The format, which alternates grovelling questions from Tories inviting self-praise from the PM, with questions from Labour and from the SNP, isn’t really conductive to anything except letting the Tory PM self-praise and spout BS.
(I am not arguing that Blair or Brown’s PMQs were any better, but the last time I listened to a Labour PM at PMQs was at least a decade ago.)
I listened today because it’s the first PMQs after Brexit, and Boris Johnson was taking them himself instead of squirrelling off somewhere else and handing the job to one of his minions.
This was first posted on Facebook on 4th February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Boris Johnson and his Ministers said a lot of stuff over the weekend about breaking the Withdrawal Agreement.
He may actually mean what he said, but we don’t know if he does, because we can’t trust anything Boris Johnson says.
And at the moment, this is all just words. Lots and lots of wild, distracting, frightening words.
This was first posted on Facebook on 3rd February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
“There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules on competition policy, subsidies, social protection, the environment, or anything similar any more than the EU should be obliged to accept UK rules,” says Boris Johnson’s pre-written speech for Monday 3rd February, leaked Saturday.
The negotiations are not due to begin til Sunday 1st March, and the trade deal must have been negotiated, checked, translated, and presented to the European Parliament before the close of the penultimate European Parliament plenary session of 2020, which is Thursday 26th November. The UK can ask for an extension on the 31st December deadline if we do so by 30th June, but Boris Johnson has already said he isn’t going to do that.
This was first posted on Facebook at 11pm on 31st January month 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
We’ll be back.
Meantime: Boris Johnson wants you to believe he did “Get Brexit Done” – he’s lying. He’s just landed the UK in a horrible unfixable mess, that’s all.
He won’t want to be reminded to release the Russia report on Russian interference in the 2016 EU referendum – so let’s do it.
And he won’t want to be reminded he promised there’d be £350M a week for the NHS. Make him hear it.
To all EU citizens living in the UK: you are still welcome, and always will be.
This was first posted on Facebook on 31st January 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Boris Johnson says that midnight Brussels time, 11pm in London, when #Brexit begins, represents “a new dawn”.
That would be the new dawn in Singapore – as the “low key celebration” begins in Number 10 Downing Street, the sun rises at 6:55am Singapore Standard Time.
This was first posted on Facebook on 29th January 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
The next general election for the UK is likely to be in 2024. According to the terms of the Fixed Term Parliament Act, GE2024 would be held Thursday 2nd May (but Johnson says he intends to repeal FTP): according to the Parliamentary Act of 1911, the next general election can be held at the whim of the Prime Minister but no later than Thursday 12th December 2024.
The Leader of the Opposition until the next general election, and of course we hope Prime Minister thereafter, will be one of four people: Continue reading
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This was first posted on Facebook on 22nd January 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
The democratic case for a second Scottish referendum on independence is pretty clear.
In November 2014, 55.5% of those in Scotland who voted – a shade under 47% of the total electorate, given an 84.5% turnout – voted for Scotland to Remain in the UK. This following a campaign by Labour, the Tories, & the LibDems, which pushed very strongly by both direct and indirect campaigning, that if Scotland became independent, Scotland would no longer be a member of the EU.