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We’ve gone from “football’s coming home and the Tories are collapsing in record time” to “football isn’t coming home, also here’s Trump” within like a day and I’m not happy about it at all.

Theresa May faces leadership challenge threat …

Theresa May faces leadership challenge threat from Tory Brexiteers:

This is just getting hilarious.

David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary

David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary:

Brexit negotiations be like…

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Government plays down Brexit ‘armageddon’ fear…

Government plays down Brexit ‘armageddon’ fears:

This may sound like an oversimplification but if your government even has ‘Armageddon’ fears to play down over the primary reason it gives for its own existence, then you need to take a step back and think about what you’re doing and how badly you’re fucking it up.

Also a sidenote but if you can hear warnings that our nation will face shortages of food, fuel and medication because of Brexit but still think Brexit is totally working out and is totally worth it, you too need to take a big step back and reassess your priorities in life.

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The ‘Tories think about offering Nando’s discount card to young people to join their party’ thing was good for a laugh, but it underlies a fucked up message that the Tories apparently think so little of the young that they believe they can almost irreparably fuck over an entire generation with their policies but that a promise of cheaper chicken would be enough for that generation to forgive them and pay to throw their lot in with the hideous bastards.

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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/