Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the tag “dog whistle politics”

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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Conservatives: Strike 2

Yesterday the Conservatives moved one step closer to their objective of neutering the Trade Unions, proposing to:

impose a minimum 50% turnout – and public sector strikes would need the backing of at least 40% of those eligible to vote. …

force unions to give employers 14 days notice of strike action and allow them to bring in agency staff to cover for striking workers. …

cut the amount of money unions have to mount campaigns – or donate to parties such as Labour – with members actively having to “opt in” to pay the so-called political levy, which is currently automatic unless members opt-out. …

have a named individual supervising a picket line.
BBC News Website 15 July 2015 : Trade Union Bill: Ministers deny ‘attack on workers’ rights’

At first sight each of these proposals may seem “reasonable” – particularly if you have been inconvenienced by say a recent tube strike, but at second sight and viewed as a package they appear much more partial and unreasonable.

Why? Read more…

Getting the knives out

The Tories seem to have the dog whistles out again. This time to convince their own supporters (who I guess they are fearful of losing to UKIP) that they are “tough on crime”, they are highlighting “knife crime” and the need for “mandatory sentences”. Ed Miliband fearful of being accused of soft and weak has fallen in line. Cleggy to his credit has not.

Nick Clegg has defended his opposition to mandatory sentences for carrying a knife as he faced criticism from Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband and the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Clegg revealed in the Guardian he had rejected Conservative plans for six-month jail sentences for anyone found in possession of a knife more than once. The plans were championed by Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, and is set to be put to the Commons by Tory backbenchers. The Labour leader’s decision to support the proposal suggests it is likely to be passed when the measure is debated in a few weeks.
The Guardian 8 May 2014: Deputy prime minister defends his stance on knife possession plan

Whilst knife crime is a very serious issue in some parts of this country the proposed solution is a simplistic over-reaction. Read more…

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