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So here’s a question: Why do the Liberal Democrats winning 8 council majorities seem to be annoying Labour voters so much?

I know the usual and obvious answer but let’s look at this logically. These are the councils the Liberal Democrats won:

  • Cheltenham – No Labour presence
  • Eastleigh – No Labour presence
  • Kingston – Okay Labour lost two seats here but they only had 2 anyway
  • Richmond – No Labour presence
  • South Cambridgeshire – Gained 1 seat, grand total of 2 out of 45 seats
  • South Lakeland – Gained 1 seat, grand total of 3 out of 51 seats
  • Sutton – No Labour presence
  • Three Rivers – Broke even, grand total of 3 out of 39 seats

These are not places where Labour is on the cusp of victory if only those pesky Liberal Democrats didn’t split their vote.

To assume that without the Lib Dems, Labour would be massive electoral forces on these councils is a huge leap from the more realistic answer that without the Liberal Democrats these councils would be pretty damn solid and impenetrable Tory majorities with an eclectic spate of independents and some minority presence from Labour or the Greens. Certainly not enough to challenge the majority.

I get that it’s annoying when your party isn’t always winning all the time, but surely we must all agree that any loss for the Tories is a gain for the nation as a whole at this point.

Unless you’re one of those people who genuinely think the Liberal Democrats are worse than the Tories, but if you think that frankly you’re beyond help and I don’t care to know you.

UK’s unemployment suffers unexpected rise

UK’s unemployment suffers unexpected rise:

What do you mean “unexpected”?

And the obvious market reaction: Pound Decline Deepens as U.K. Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Climbs (Bloomberg) 

And keep in mind, this is old data, so the recently announced manufacturing and banking layoffs will not be factored into these numbers for another quarter or two.

If you have recently been fired due to Brexit, remember to keep a steep upper lip, and be cheerful. After all, it won’t be as bad as a Mad Max-style world!

Has the Good Friday Agreement failed?

Tory MEP Daniel Hannan just went out on twitter, where he promoted an article he wrote for the Telegraph where he claimed among other things:
The Good Friday Agreement has failed

The Good Friday or Belfast Agreement was signed into effect in 1999. 

The graph below shows the amount of people killed in the UK by terrorism per year. Notice something after 1998?

Some of you might be old enough to remember that there were no litter bins on any London stations, or in fact throughout most of the city.

In comparison to the IRA, the 7 July 2005 London bombings that shocked so many, would have been a quiet year! At least when compared to the average people killed in the 70s and 80s.

I am honestly lost for words by the ignorance of Daniel Hannan!

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What the UK doesn’t seem to understand is that the EU is a democracy. The charade in the British pro Brexit media about any negotiation is misleading.

The negotiation ended: 29 Jan 2018.

In a real democracy you don’t have a single person who can decide. Parliament has to vote on it, and head of state(s) need to ratify it (the EU is unusual in this regard, as it has 27 of the later). The EU Parliament had already a vote setting out the mandate for Barnier in terms of Phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations. Trying to negotiate anything outside that mandate now is a pointless theatre.

If the UK would have been serious about negotiations, they would have had to do it much earlier. By negotiating and lobbying directly with countries or EU fractions before the vote.

It is the “What can you offer us in return, if we vote for you on this?” game we are all too familiar with from US congress/senate debates. But for better or worse, this is the sad truth of any parliamentarian democracy. Trying to convince the majority of MEPs of your cause individually doesn’t really work, but a country might be able to convince most of it’s MEP’s to vote one way or another, if the intensives are good enough. And the fractions like the EPP works international, and could have been approached. The UK still has MEPs sitting in the EU Parliament, but doesn’t use them.

The Tories are too busy with internal conflicts and seem to have no time, no experience, or no interest in any meaningful negotiation. They are only interesting in preforming a played out meaningless negotiation via the media.

References:
http://www.consilium.europa.eu//media/32504/xt21004-ad01re02en18.pdf
https://www.politico.eu/article/michel-barnier-eu27-directives-for-brexit-transition-adopted/

Can we make that no-confidence vote a national…

Can we make that no-confidence vote a national referendum? 

Because I would goddamn tapdance to the polling station with bells on to vote ‘no confidence’ in this Skeksis.

Article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/28/may-urged-clarify-brexit-position-face-no-confidence-vote

thoughtlessarse: stv-news: MP apologises for saying unemployed…

thoughtlessarse:

stv-news:

MP apologises for saying unemployed should be sterilised http://dlvr.it/QBVtqh

A Tory, naturally. Still the “Nasty Party” then.

What is it with fascists and eugenics?

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, European Constitution and Treaty of Lisbon provide a framework that specifically outlaws eugenics.

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p.s. Here an old article in the Torygraph from 2004 that tries to make an argument against the EU and for eugenics: EU law on eugenics attacks our freedom http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/3321686/EU-law-on-eugenics-attacks-our-freedom.html even though the EU treaties have exceptions for medical and scientific purposes. But they don’t extend to designer babies. And of course national laws might be more restrictive, and often are.

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On the one hand I’m a Labour supporter who is happy that Jeremy Corbyn is leading Labour back to being a proper challenge to the Tories and their hideous government after Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband kind of screwed the pooch on the matter.

But on the other hand I’m a Liberal Democrat supporter who deep down is pissed off that what the aforementioned point does is help to reinforce the bullshit and broken two-party dynamic that’s been a complicit factor in throttling the life out of the democracy of this country and that desperately needs to be replaced.

… and yes, I said I’m partly a Liberal Democrat supporter. Bring on the anger.

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I wonder how Theresa May squares this ‘Christian heritage’ malarkey and her own upbringing as the daughter of a vicar with the sheer cost to the lives and well-being of the poor, the sick, the hungry, the impoverished, the disabled, the oppressed, and the less-fortunate among our society not only that she herself has been directly responsible for in her capacity as Prime Minister and formerly Home Secretary, but also that the party she has devoted her life of public service to has wrought in its history.

If I ever interviewed her that’d be the first goddamn thing I’d ask.

I could watch Corbyn angrily shout at Tories a…

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