Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

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Laboured Opposition or Absent Opposition?

I find the Labour Party’s current stance on what is happening to the country confusing to say the least. They are meant to be holding the government to account but seem too paralysed by fear of UKIP to offer anything except abject abdication. “We will not obstruct the invoking of Article 50”!

They are of course reaping what they have sown. During the Miliband years (remember them?), they failed to tackle Cameron and Osborne as that dreadful duo laid the ground work for the right-wing coup* that is currently happening. The Language Battle was lost. Read more…

Red White & Blue – or “Dinner means Dinner”

People talk about the sort of Brexit that there is going to be – is it hard or soft, is it grey or white. Actually we want a red, white and blue Brexit: that is the right Brexit for the UK, the right deal for the UK.
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, quoted on BBC News Website, 6 December 2016 | Theresa May: We want a red, white and blue Brexit

Red as in bloody, white as in the eventual surrender and blue as in the party who will ensure that it gains the most? Is Red White and Blue Brexit any closer to reality than “Brexit means Brexit”?

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Post “The Day” Reflections

Ok, I think it’s a disaster and I am livid at what I see as the way both campaigns – but particularly Leave’s – were run. (Remain was inept, but Leave at times seemed deliberately devious.) If I had been active in the campaign I would also be feeling sore.
But the deed is done and we have to accept the result even if we can’t respect it. But there are a number of issues that bear closer examination.

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The (Current) Coalition Government

The Conservative Party has delivered the referendum.Now back to working with colleagues to deliver the reforms we pledged in our manifesto

As the polls close, worth reflecting on fact that we delivered pledge to have referendum. Now the Conservative party can come back together

Historic referendum vote is over, I’m proud a Conservative gvt gave British people their say. Now time for our party to come back together.

The brass neck! (Do I detect a party line?) They have been casting doubts on each others’ honesty and integrity and knocking seven bells out of each other with even more vigour than they attack Labour at General Elections. Read more…

Unwitted Consequences

Single man meets single woman on dating site – nothing salacious, no story even for the gutter press.

The man is a cabinet minister – again no story just sympathy for someone in the public eye trying to form a relationship.

The woman has a chequered professional past – again no real story; dating websites are said to be full of profiles that don’t exactly tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Relationship ends – again no story just sympathy for someone in the public eye trying to form a relationship.

So why are we abuzz with stories of hypocrisy, lack of transparency and conflicts of interest? Read more…

Cameron should keep out of the Remain Campaign

David Cameron’s “reforms” are so pathetic and he is so “invested” in them that the net effect of his involvement could damage the “Stay” / “Remain” / whatever it is called campaign.

Animated BrexitHe announced that he would only serve two terms as Prime Minister – not necessarily to the relief of all (the old Thatcher era mantra of “hold on to nurse for fear of something worse” applies). He is a lame duck Prime Minister and the “EU deal” is so miserable that he will have to work very hard to make it look like a suitable legacy for his prime minister-ship. This will be a distraction – sort of “noises off”.

He should step back now and get on with governing the country – as it is, it looks as if many of his cabinet are more interested in leadership manoeuvres over the next four months than running their departments.

His “reforms” are irrelevant to the decision on 23 June. Read more…

Running away from a Runaway Problem

So the Tories have bottled it; they won’t make a decision about the next London runway until after the mayoral elections.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government would “continue to work on all shortlisted locations”.

A decision had previously been expected by the end of this year.

An independent report on airport expansion by Sir Howard Davies in July backed a plan to build a third runway at Heathrow.

But he said that the new runway should come with severe restrictions to reduce the environmental and noise effects, and did not completely rule out a second runway at Gatwick.
BBC New Website, 10 December 2015 : Heathrow Airport runway decision delayed until summer

The decision is actually easy – if you are not frightened politically. Read more…

Dave’s negotiating partners

David Cameron seems to be keeping other European Leaders in the dark about what he wants his “renegotiated arrangements” to look like.

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila say David Cameron has so far failed to provide concrete proposals.
BBC News Website, 29 October 2015 : EU referendum: ‘UK yet to reveal reform details’

He also seems to be keeping the European Parliament similarly in the dark:

One member of the European Parliament compared David Cameron’s act to a Beckett play: “We’re waiting for Cameron. But Cameron never turns up.”

Like the characters “waiting for Godot”, European politicians undergo anticipation, frustration, irritation, boredom and the occasion for philosophising about the meaning of it all.

Many regard the British debate as a distraction, an unwanted wilfully created crisis in the middle of a time of crisis – over the euro, Ukraine and above all migration.
BBC News Website, 29 October 2015 : Mark Mardell, Europe waits for Cameron to show his hand

I think this misunderstands what “wor Dave” is doing. Read more…

Migrant Miopia; Cuts and Fences

… the Home Office said support could end for failed asylum-seekers, to discourage illegal migration.

Bolstered security measures planned for around the French end of the Channel Tunnel, which include more CCTV surveillance, French police reinforcements and extra fencing, were agreed in a phone call between Prime Minister David Cameron and President Francois Hollande on Friday.
BBC News Website 2 August 2015 : Calais migrant crisis: UK and France urge EU action

And Cameron really thinks that a poor potential economic migrant in Sudan or a terrified potential asylum seeker in Syria will really be “discouraged” by such steps? Read more…

Inheritance Tax and Family Homes

A Conservative government would end inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m, David Cameron is to announce.

It means most homeowners in the UK would be able to pass on money to their children without paying tax.
BBC Website 11 April 2015 : Election 2015: Tories would cut inheritance tax

This seems wrong on so many grounds Read more…

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