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Underfunded justice system 'crumbling', top criminal barrister says | Law | The Guardian
[pure rational rationing (workload) decisions out of necessity - by individuals, forced upon them by Austerity decisions] Failures to disclose evidence in rape prosecutions are a sign of the “dystopian disaster” engulfing the criminal justice system that has been caused by chronic government underfunding, the head of the criminal bar has warned. Angela Rafferty QC, who represents criminal barristers in England and Wales, criticised ministers for trying to promote the justice system as “a national asset” at the time of Brexit when in reality “the fabric of the court estate [is] crumbling”. [...] The Law Society, which represents solicitors across England and Wales, has launched legal action against the Ministry of Justice for cutting fees for defence lawyers, who have to examine increasingly large volumes of material recovered from mobile phones and laptops.
rationing  Austerity  Legal  Aid  Justice  Police  UK  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Gesellschaft  fabric  Society  injustice  BAME  No  Representation  Brexit  Westminster  bubble  Whitehall  MoJ  Sociology  Politics  Court  Prison  inequality  gini  Coefficient  social  mobility  equality  democracy  double  standard  staff  crisis  recruitment  burnout 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
'Lads' culture has no place in country' - BBC News
#MeToo  sexual  assault  harassment  Westminster  sexpest  sex-pest  scandal  Tories  Conservative  Party  behaviour  Feminism  feminist  sexism  Sexismus  Power  Weinstein  abuse  Whitehall  bullying 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Ben Rhodes: ‘Obama has a serenity that I don't. I get more exercised’ | Film | The Guardian
(washington, westminster, berlin aka hauptstadt) bubble = “the Blob”, can be interpreted as lazy fat slow, nasty, disgusting, unhealthy, // reaktionary hyperventilating
BarackObama  Journalism  journalismus  Westminister  Whitehall  Washington  revolving  door  PR  Michael  Wolff  book  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  No  Representation  24/7  bubble 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Toby Young: how barrage of nudges made OfS position untenable | Education | The Guardian
Toby Young ‘progressive eugenics’ // Young’s appointment showcases the weird and wonderful ways of decision-making in Whitehall and Downing Street, which saw an otherwise unremarkable appointment, to an obscure public body, metastasise into a crisis of competence for Theresa May’s government.
Whitehall  Westminster  Theresa  May  Toby  Young  Conservative  Party  nasty  Tories  education  policy  meritocracy  meritocratic 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme' - BBC News
underfunded policies. promising something w big number £, not adding up. see Prisons, Police, NHS, mental health, infrastructure (electrification), Hinkley Point C, HS2. And School Meals and DementiaTax from Theresa May. And the 2bn that add not up for "bed blocking". See also voter response to 'we don't need to budget our manifesto, look at our track record.' Or the brilliance of disaster (cant make that shit up) the new funding formula and roll out for schools funding per pupil is was.
UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  Austerity  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  child  care  Prison  NHS  Council  George  Osborne  mental  health  infrastructure  Hinkley  HS2  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  GE2017  DementiaTax  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  education  policy 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Scotland ‘should become province of Canada’, says author - The Scotsman
lol, leave England, and join Canada as a Province // The inevitable comparisons with Quebec are made, with McGoogan referencing the motion passed by the Canadian government in 2006 that recognised the province as being ‘a nation within a united Canada’. McGoogan also points out that Quebec has refused to sign the country’s Constitution Act of 1982, but adds that ‘constitutionally, Canada has muddled on without that signature for 35 years - and looks good to go for another 35.’
Scotland  England  Brexit  indyref2  far-right  right-wing  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Westminster  Whitehall  Holyrood 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon says May’s Brexit timescale matches referendum plan | Politics | The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon has said there is no longer any rational case against a second Scottish independence referendum after Theresa May told her that the full Brexit deal would be known within 18 months.

The first minister said May’s disclosure, during a meeting in Glasgow, closely matched the Scottish government’s timescale for calling a fresh referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. [...] She said she had reminded the prime minister that later this week she would be writing formally to ask the UK government to hand over the powers to stage a referendum in about two years’ time, but May had retorted that her position was clear: the UK government would not grant those powers until after Brexit was completed and the UK had left the EU. [ May banking hoping that SNP will lose majority in Holyrood ]
Brexit  indyref2  Nicola  Sturgeon  Theresa  May  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  Holyrood  Westminster  Whitehall  Career  Politicians  Politics 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws | Politics | The Guardian
[ no moderation, moderation is gone. Global Britain is here. 'indyref2 wil happen one way or another. no opposition and no say will infuriate Scots even more eventually ] It is expected that this will involve extensive use of “Henry VIII powers” – laws allowing ministers to change primary legislation (government bills) using secondary legislation (orders that go through parliament with little or no scrutiny). [...] Corbyn said Labour would oppose handing ministers such extensive powers when the House of Commons votes on the great repeal bill. [ less accountability, transparency, democracy, representation ... more technical! technocracy! that was voted actually against as it is practiced in EU ... the irony ] //&! The Observer view on triggering article 50. As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/26/observer-editorial-triggering-of-article-50-jeopardises-60-years-of-unparalleled-peace
Brexit  Theresa  May  far-right  alt-right  right-wing  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  House  of  Commons  Opposition  Labour  Jeremy  Corbyn  JAM  neoliberalism  democracy  No  Representation  workers  trade  Union  rights  Whitehall  Westminster  Parliament  lobby  revolving  door  interest  groups  UK  FPP  Populism  Nationalism  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  Super  Rich  Austerity  NHS  1%  10%  Privatisation  Prison  Police  Surveillance-Industrial  complex  Military–industrial  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  corporatism  technocrat  technocracy  accountability  debate  Transparency  Article50  Article  50 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
George Osborne: Do Politicians Work For Us? Russell Brand The Trews (E417) - YouTube
westminister not woking for people. osborne shoving it in. Theresa May not acting to what she said infront of 10 taking up job PM for JAMs and left behind. duh.
George  Osborne  Brexit  JAM  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Whitehall  Austerity 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
George Osborne is a failure of a politician who is laughing in our faces | Owen Jones talks... - YouTube
that Theresa May let's this slide, is telltale sign! Not even the rumor of May asking him to resign. // Terror Attack aside. If in the next week or so there isn't even a rumour Maybot asking George to resign as MP, = telltale. "JAM" = just PR.
Westminster  Whitehall  Austerity  George  Osborne  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  revolving  door  lobby  No  Representation  Expense  Scandal  neoliberalism  crony  Capitalism  welfare  state  BlackRock  tax  evasion  avoidance  neoliberal  lost  generation  Brexit  David  Cameron  Rupert  Murdoch  backbench  gini  Coefficient  social  mobility  inequality  poverty  trap  UK  rigged  JAM 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen wrestles with hard choices as independence looms again | Business | The Guardian
“Compare the urgency with which ministers dealt with the steel crisis, or the haste with which Greg Clark went to France to discuss the future of Vauxhall, and compare that with the utter complacency in supporting our oil and gas industry,” he says. [...] That’s a blow to Holyrood, which is struggling with a budget deficit nearing 10% before Nicola Sturgeon even thinks about the implications of leaving the UK. Such is the decline in oil revenues that whisky is now the country’s biggest export, pushing professional services – much of them linked to Edinburgh’s finance industry – into second place; oil is third and mining and quarrying fourth. [...] There is the prospect of European Union membership after Brexit, but that will be blocked for as long as Scotland’s budget deficit is above 3%. So even if the Spanish, concerned about a good deal for Scotland encouraging Catalonia to split, agree to swap the UK for Scotland, it could be years before the EU27 becomes 28 again.
Aberdeen  UK  Scotland  Holyrood  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  Theresa  May  indyref2  Philip  Hammond  Nicola  Sturgeon 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's £5k-a-head fundraiser at Hatfield House | Daily Mail Online
[ we are all in this together ] Tickets cost £5,000 per head - about the same that JAMs spend in one year 
The money will be used to go towards the PM's 2020 election campaign
JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Tories  Troy  nasty  party  Conservative  Westminster  Whitehall  Austerity  No  Representation 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
The NHS is struggling. Labour must offer a credible health policy | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
Crucially, from a Labour party perspective, the King’s Fund provides evidence that some of the current problems can be blamed on the 2012 health reforms. It points out the obsession with market forces is undermining the development of new ways of delivering services, and highlights the obvious but little discussed fact that STPs do not legally exist, so they have no authority to implement the changes they are recommending. They have been stitched together to overcome the structural chaos ushered in by Andrew Lansley. [...] Labour has to build a credible response to these problems. The Copeland defeat shows “save our NHS” will not be enough to save the Labour party. If it is going to demonstrate it is ready for government it will have to stop writing its health policy on a placard.
NHS  STP  Austerity  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Westminster  Whitehall  No  Representation 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
EU citizens living in the UK could face legal limbo after Brexit | Politics | The Guardian
The EU fears millions of its nationals living in the UK will be left stranded in a legal no man’s land after the country leaves the EU because of the weaknesses of the British immigration system, a document obtained by the Observer reveals.
EEA  Brexit  Home  Office  HMRC  immigration  Theresa  May  Westminster  Whitehall 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Tony Blair calls on remainers to 'rise up in defence of our beliefs' | Politics | The Guardian
[ lost is the moderation, on both sides of the Atlantic ] “This is a government for Brexit, of Brexit and dominated by Brexit. It is a mono-purpose political entity,” he will say. “Those driving this always wanted a hard Brexit. Indeed even the term ‘hard Brexit’ requires amendment. The policy is now Brexit at any cost.”
Brexit  Whitehall  Westminster  Theresa  May  Tony  Blair  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  David  Davies  Liam  Fox  Daniel  Hannan 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC | Business | The Guardian
Study shows low-paid self-employment and zero-hours contracts costing exchequer £75m a week – a quarter of England’s weekly social care budget [...] Their relatively low earnings also make them more likely to need to rely on in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, the TUC said. [...] “The huge rise in insecure work isn’t just bad for workers. It’s punching a massive hole in the public finances too,” said TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.
HMRC  Treasury  Whitehall  Westminster  Lobby  Consultant  zero  hour  contract  Self-Employment  gig  economy  welfare  state  Governance  Government  Precariat  working  poor  Poverty  part-time  minimum  wage  minimumwage  mindestlohn  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  LHA  DWP  George  Osborne  Philip  Hammond  Iain  Duncan  Smith  housing  benefit  tax  credit  child  taxcredit  Austerity  secular  stagnation  crony  capitalism  bailout  corporatism  neoliberalism  exploitation  profit  maximisation 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
A hard Brexit will be even harder because of Treasury failings | David Walker | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ Brexit to be costly for Westminster and Whitehall bc have to hire lots of consultants, all the expertise to neg trade deals was put to Europe. ] Lord Kerslake’s damning report exposes the yawning skills gap at the heart of government – just when we need to manage Brexit &! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/12/osborne-project-fear-forecasts-weakened-treasury--kerslake
Brexit  Whitehall  Westminster  Productivity  outsourcing  Privatisation  Philip  Hammond  George  Osborne  Austerity  Governance  Government 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Making Britain Great Again by Niall Ferguson - YouTube
Brexit is a misnomer. it is not about British, Brexit is about the English! And Scotland failed to amend the outcome. What matters is age in turnout. The problem of granny voting out. GENERATIONAL CONFLICT in 21st century. And general inequality. Sovereignty was smth for alt-right people (authoritarian liking correlation). [...] and most importantly, IT IS NOT THE ECONOMY ANY MORE, STUPID (identity over pay day). At least for half of it. See also Donald Trump. LIES IN POLITICS HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE POWERFULL THAN 2016 - Brexit and Trump. DailyMail about EEA's. Immigrants take no jobs from "English." Immigration has contributed to growth (GDP). + WILL BE LONGEST DIVORCE. = HIT TO ECON WILL BE AS HARSH AS PREDICTED! HARD BREXIT MIGHT EVEN BE UNDERESTIMATED. [...] Populism (multiculturalism, social liberalism, immigration, environmentalism, feminism, globalisation, capitalism/corporatism) vs Cosmopolitism & Econ Left vs Econ Right [...] Brexit campaign was succesulf as in that leave voters dont think didnt think economically, it would make much of a difference. The more you were for Brexit, the less economics mattered. THIS DIVORCE WIL COST WAY MORE THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE THOUGHT ... and longer. Not 2 years. [...] When populist leaders seek to exploit (populism) policy for their own end (&personal career/gain), the sceptical voter should be ver ver very suspicious.
Brexit  Scotland  SNP  Westminster  Whitehall  political  history  economic  immigration  identity  politics  Generationengerechtigkeit  Generation  Millennials  UK  Populism  Populismus  alt-right  far-right  right-wing  corporatism  Corporate  crony  capitalism  Exploitation  globalisation  Multiculturalism  liberal  liberalism  Elite  Establishment  Privileged 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
How to use lots of words and say absolutely nothing, by Theresa May | The Independent
When people say politicians must think we’re stupid the way they never answer the question, Theresa May obviously thought what they wanted was someone to avoid answering questions in new and ingenious ways. 

Her “snub the BBC” interview with Sophy Ridge of Sky News was a commanding performance. She was prime ministerial, she was poised, and she had several new ways of not answering questions. 
Theresa  May  Brexit  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Whitehall 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit racism and civil war but what else does 2017 hold for politics? - YouTube
people visibly not white prone to abuse by ideological fanatic Leave Voters. [...] Door that this protest vote opened already closing. Tories and May leaving the JAM's already hanging ... ie by making British Human Rights Act to repeal EHCR a cornerstone of 2020 general election. [...] "things already slipping a bit" [...] ///&! Brexit fallout: UK is "less happy and more racist" than six months ago - https://youtu.be/Vl_KFpG0-EE --- views Gov is London Centric!
Brexit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  2020  JAM  Austerity  inflation  working  poor  poverty  squeezed  middle  class  affordable  housing  property  bubble  wage  growth  secular  stagnation  economic  history  recovery  income  inequality  Westminster  Whitehall  gini  Coefficient  trap  homelessness  homeless  immigration  EEA  stigma  racism  Xenophobia  prejudice  bigotry  Nationalism  Precariat  social 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Government rejects leaked memo's Brexit claims - BBC News
A spokesman said the "unsolicited document" came from an external accountancy firm and had "no authority".
Obtained by The Times, it warns Whitehall is working on 500 Brexit-related projects and could need 30,000 extra staff.
And it highlights "divisions within the cabinet" over Brexit strategy. // &! https://twitter.com/bbclaurak/status/798458210973667328 - Not sure leaking your pitch is a great way to get work from govt ... but Times' memo description of govt on Brexit rings true in many ways
Brexit  Whitehall  Westminster  Theresa  May 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
"Keiser Report" Episode 985 - YouTube
property prices have to come down. but that would put ppl in neg equity. gov keeping bubble alive. NOW gov buying up non-sold property w 2bn fund! - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/oct/06/government-could-buy-developers-unsold-homes-under-2bn-fund - A £2bn fund to boost housebuilding could be used by the government to offer guarantees to developers that it will step in to take on properties that they are unable to sell. - THIS IS A SMALL SCALE BAILOUT FOR FIRMS BUILDING -- SHITTY & OVERPRICED FLATS AND HOUSES!
Help  To  Save  Buy  Right  Whitehall  Westminster  property  bubble  UK  Brexit  housing  crisis  social  affordable  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Philip  Hammond  distortion  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  rentier  bailout  mortgage  BOE  subsidies  subsidizing  Corporate  welfare  crony  capitalism 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Child abuse inquiry turmoil: the establishment closing ranks? - YouTube
when you have to put the word "Independent" into the name to make the point that it is independent. // James O'Brien vs the hobbled child sexual abuse inquiry - https://youtu.be/BFcxe_2w9ss
Child  Sexual  Abuse  Inquiry  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Westminster  Whitehall  Establishment  Toff  Privileged  UK  Wertegesellschaft  Religion  Society  Gesellschaft  human  rights  Career  Politicians 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Amber Rudd implicated in tax haven avoidance industry - YouTube
... sure. You know you were avoiding/evading tax or at least involved in an operation/company. Why not come forward? Why wait till you are found out? this is beyond poor judgement of the situation and peoples wrath over tax crime. this is poor sensitivity. thinks of herself beyond everyone else. gov in presses sells it as "embarrasing" //&! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/21/bahamas-leaks-reveal-amber-rudd-involvement-offshore-firms
Amber  Rudd  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Theresa  May  tax  evasion  avoidance  1%  10%  20%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  double  standard  trust  trustagent  career  Politicians  westminster  whitehall  lobby 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Secret documents reveal official concerns over 'seven-day NHS' plans | Society | The Guardian
Dr Mark Porter, leader of the British Medical Association, said the papers proved that government had ignored warnings from healthcare organisations, especially that a lack of extra staff and more funding would hinder progress. That it has also “disregarded its own risk assessment’s warnings about the lack of staffing and funding needed to deliver further seven-day services, is both alarming and incredibly disappointing”, he added. [...] “[It] only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.” - &! bit.ly/2bPYheU &! deception - bit.ly/2bv8JEZ &! Hospital doctors ‘miss signs of illness’ because of chronic staff shortages - bit.ly/2bcdep2
UK  Westminster  Whitehall  general  election  2015  Manifesto  George  Osborne  Jeremy  Hunt  BMA  NHS  Crisis  England  Tories  Conservative  Party  Nasty  Theresa  May  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  health  care  demand  Career  Politicians  Junior  Doctor  Contract  GP  staff  shortage  Austerity 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on the UK labour market: farewell, Lithuanian car valets | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Of course, pay was not the only reason that migrant workers came to be so resented. Queues for doctors’ appointments and overcrowded classrooms were easier to see than differences in pay, and they played a bigger part in fuelling resentment. Yet in the same way that migration concealed structural change in wages, its impact on public services served as a distraction from the real cost of the austerity measures brought in by the coalition government in 2010.
Austerity  Brexit  underinvestment  UK  education  policy  NHS  Crisis  child  care  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Tories  Conservative  Nasty  Party  political  class  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Westminster  No  Representation  Whitehall  Protest  Vote  economic  history  squeezed  middle  social  mobility  meritocracy  meritocratic 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
It’s not the Isle of Wight that is inbred. It’s the establishment | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
David Hoare, like many privileged people, clings to the delusion that brilliance earns wealth and power – while the poor have only themselves to blame [...] [Book Steve Jones] The more we learn about genes, the more important the environment appears to be.” Robert Plomin spent years scanning children for success genes, but never found them, reports Jones. In life, “success and failure depend far more on the economic than the genetic accidents of birth”
Book  Ofsted  UK  Education  Policy  social  mobility  meritocracy  meritocratic  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  nepotism  income  gini  Coefficient  Whitehall  inequality  Westminster  No  Representation  Austerity  career  Politicians  Poverty  trap 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Taxpayers fund large wages and lavish perks of academy school chiefs | Education | The Guardian
Expense claims released under the Freedom of Information Act lay bare for the first time what critics claim is an extraordinary extravagance by some academy chain chief executives and principals, at a time when schools are struggling financially.
Academy  education  policy  governance  Privatisation  UK  Westminster  Whitehall  Public  Services  service  austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  teacher  pay  teacher  shortage  staff  shortage  staff  morale  David  Cameron 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Len McCluskey: intelligence services using 'dark practices' against Corbyn | Politics | The Guardian
Unite boss says he believes security agents are posing as supporters of Labour leader to abuse rebel MPs // history doesnt repeat, but rhymes; The Plot Against Harold Wilson, BBC 2006 - https://youtu.be/y6v1VxB5Lss //&! The Night The Government Fell (A Parliamentary Coup) - https://youtu.be/1WRVVdGQcN0 //&! http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/22/len-mccluskey-whos-going-to-be-the-king-which-ones-corbyn-and-which-ones-us
Labour  Party  Jeremy  Corbyn  Westminster  Whitehall  Establishment  Privileged  Toff  1%  10%  20% 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit Isn't Theresa May's Only Challenge - Bloomberg View [Editorial]
[! BLOOMBERG !] May’s approach to the British economy needn’t be radically different than the Cameron-Osborne agenda. Britain needs fiscal discipline to keep inward investment flowing, but it also needs reforms that will require both government spending and more private investment. A true one-nation agenda would also focus on improving education standards and job training, lowering barriers to entry for new businesses, and improving access to housing.
Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  austerity  income  inequality  Gini  coefficient  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  crony  capitalism  capitalism  in  crisis  Westminster  No  Representation  Whitehall  Career  Politicians  politician  Brexit  inequality  poverty  child  poverty  poverty  trap 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Growing calls for federal UK in wake of Brexit vote
[ out of a constitutional crisis the day after euref w pm quitting - should seek a new UK in a new world, different world ] According to Mr Fraser, the answer is federalism. An entrenched Scottish Parliament, an English Parliament sharing time at Westminster, English city regions with administrative but not legislative power, the replacement of the House of Lords with a senate representing "each federated part of the UK."
I do not intend in these musings to examine this particular set of ideas too closely. My attention is more aimed at the other advocate of federalism this week, Labour's Kezia Dugdale.
federalism  Devolution  devo-max  Holyrood  Mayor  City  of  London  Scotland  Northern  Ireland  Northern  Powerhouse  Manchester  Indyref  2  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  Brexit  House  of  Lords  Whitehall  Westminster  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  politician  democracy 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Who's who in Team Theresa May
Who are likely to be key players in Team May as Theresa May starts her time as UK Prime Minister? [...] Former Sky News deputy political editor Joey Jones was hired by Mrs May earlier this year as the Home Office's head of news. [ no No. 10 without a spin doctor for the best political positioning, words and sentences. ]
Theresa  May  No.  10  Westminster  Whitehall  UK 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May: unpredictable, moralistic, and heading to No 10
She may lack a grand political vision, but in a time of national crisis, her calm consistency and sense of moral duty may be just what is called for [...] Tory grandee Ken Clarke’s unguarded remarks about her being a “bloody difficult woman” probably did May nothing but good with female voters – and she turned them to her own advantage at the last parliamentary hustings, promising that European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker would soon find out how “bloody difficult” she could be.
Theresa  May  Brexit  Westminster  Whitehall 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
The biggest blunder of them all
Keeping all this cautiously in mind, let’s look at the British establishment cock-up. According to one of those involved, this all started at a pizza restaurant at Chicago O’Hare Airport at the time of a Nato conference in 2012, when David Cameron and his closest political allies decided that the only way of scuppering Ukip and the Euro-hostile right of the Conservative Party was to give the British people a referendum.

The brutal way of putting this is that Cameron decided to put party management and tactics ahead of grand strategy, grossly overrated his own negotiating skills, and has been badly bitten in the bottom accordingly. He has often looked like a chess player who plays the next move brilliantly yet fails to see three moves ahead. //&! http://bit.ly/29ncCyG - Michael Gove and Boris friendships. //&! http://bit.ly/29B8Nns - Westminster
Career  Politicians  politician  Brexit  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Boris  Johnson  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  No  Representation  Westminster  Whitehall  UKIP 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
After the EU Referendum: What Next for Britain and Europe? - YouTube
why England voted leave, why did the Project Fear not work? >> "inequality, identity, and immigration." [...] cultural divide (ie the passport statistic - more or less cosmopolitan, plays also into identity), educational divide (higher attainment higher remain votes), and to some smaller parts economic divide [...] and the AGE DIVIDE! [...] median income divide (low median income = leave vote) [...] 'Poorest voted to leave as life can't get any harder. And punch the toffs in the face. The only chance you've got.' [...] net immigration 300k low skilled, the sized of Newcastle = pressure on schools and services (longer queues). + AUSTERITY + secular stagnation + no wage increase + cost of living increase = DISASTER. low skilled England had to compete with low skilled EEA immigrants.
Brexit  inequality  income  distribution  Identitypolitics  Identitätspolitik  immigration  social  mobility  income  mobility  UK  England  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  Precariat  long-term  unemployment  structural  unemployment  European  Union  austerity  GFC  bank  bailout  nasty  party  Conservative  Centrist  Labour  Tories  No  Representation  Religion  Muslim  Islam  Northern  Powerhouse  Westminster  Whitehall  globalisation  globalization  Protest  Vote  AfD  UKIP  poverty  poverty  trap  poverty  porn  Gini  coefficient  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Super  Rich  1%  10%  20%  EEA  NHS  NHS  Crisis  education  policy  staff  shortage  locum  doctor  locum  staff  teacher  shortage 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
UK government faces pre-emptive legal action over Brexit decision | Law | The Guardian
Their initiative relies upon the ambiguous wording of article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which sets out how states could leave the EU. The first clause declares: “Any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” One of the grounds of a likely challenge to the referendum is that it is merely advisory and the royal prerogative cannot be used to undermine parliamentary statute. //&! Reality Check: Can UK trigger Article 50 without asking Parliament? - bbc.in/29f5uRs
Brexit  Westminster  Whitehall  David  Cameron  Article  50  European  Union 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Mark Blyth explains the U.K.'s decision to leave the E.U. - YouTube
Yanis Varoufakis & Mark Blyth - https://youtu.be/iMk6aVsl8Rs - Scotland (joining the EU) will not have a welfare state as long as Wolfgang Schaeuble is at the helm), Secular Stagnation = feels like permanent recession. especially w austerity. squeezed middle class, working poor, Precariat. [...] the only thing that is keeping things alive and somewhat steady is monetary policy (ZIRP, NIRP, QE) & triple-lock pensions (ie in UK). [...] Status Quo is extend and pretend (ie in EU) [...] Centrists lost the plot, all under 50% of vote share. some places just 25% (ie Tories 2015). [...] [min 20 #Brexit] [...] EU and ASIA running trade surplus against the world. "be more competitive" = exporting deflation. is not same as productivity. [...] Q&A session: you can not reform a country (structural reforms) under dark cloud of debt deflation. no shared dream of prosperity. //&! youtu.be/md6_WfF9Ky0?t=22m
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
How the Brexit vote unleashed a mutiny against the old order | Politics | The Guardian
But the revolution that had delivered Brexit, driven in large part by white working-class votes, was sweeping all before it in the most unpredictable way – careers and ambitions, along with what had seemed the safest of assumptions. The aftershocks of the referendum were wreaking havoc with the old system. //&! How bad can Brexit be if it has made bankers think about inequality? [...] Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) immediately called Brexit the “biggest electoral riposte yet to [the] age of inequality”. Investment group Pimco, which manages $1.5 trillion of bonds, warned clients about the “battle against inequality”. Meanwhile French giant Axa (with €666bn under its belt) concluded: “UK voters have taken their frustrations about income inequality out on the EU.” - http://bit.ly/29gYh3T //&! decades long neglect from Westminster, Whitehall, No Representation - bit.ly/29lZVDn & bit.ly/29ey7jL
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Brexit Is Good For Working People In Clear, Simple Terms - YouTube
Mark Blyth // + centrists lost the plot (leaders from 95 to today in western world - tony blair, clinton, cameron, schroeder, merkel, sarkozy, hollande, gordon brown ... IMF and OECD! and the central bankers. christine lagarde) // global trumpism // trickle down never worked! // Mark Blyth: The Why of Brexit - MR LIVE - 6/28/16 - https://youtu.be/arT40qHKuHQ?t=13m //&! Bhaskar Sunkara: A Marxist Perspective on Current Crises - MR Live - 6/27/16 - https://youtu.be/DcxN5n22OiE?t=14m30s
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
A warning to Gove and Johnson - we won’t forget what you did | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian
He didn’t believe a word of his own rhetoric, we know that now. His face last Friday morning, ashen with the terror of victory, proved it. That hot mess of a column he served up on Monday confirmed it again: he was trying to back out of the very decision he’d persuaded the country to make. And let’s not be coy: persuade it, he did. Imagine the Leave campaign without him. Gove, Nigel Farage and Gisela Stuart: they couldn’t have done it without the star power of Boris.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Heseltine: Boris has created 'greatest constitutional crisis in modern times'
The Conservative grandee and former leadership contender Lord Heseltine has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson saying he has created the "greatest constitutional crisis in modern times" and added the former London mayor has "ripped the (Conservative) party apart". Mr Heseltine, a former Deputy Prime Minister, said there is now a "great gaping hole in the future of Britain's decisions makers" as well as investors from all over the world. [...] Mr Johnson had abandoned "any sense of responsibility for what he's done".
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Michael Gove delivered the biggest blow to Boris Johnson’s career yet | Matthew d’Ancona | Opinion | The Guardian
[ on purpose leaked? making it show like an accident cc auto-complete gone wrong ... to the right person at the end that it ends up in the papers! ] Yesterday’s leaked email from Gove’s wife, the journalist Sarah Vine, hinted that all was not well in Borisland. In the message, she reminded her husband that his presence on the ticket was intended to reassure press barons who did not warm to Johnson. In return, she said, Boris must give “SPECIFIC assurances” to Gove. One surmises that those assurances were not forthcoming – or that yesterday’s “crucial meetings”, referred to in the email, yielded additional problems.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Michael Gove the 'Lord Macbeth' of the Commons, says Alex Salmond (From Herald Scotland)
Alex Salmond has mocked the leadership divisions plaguing Labour and the Conservatives by calling for MPs to spend a week debating "political backstabbing".

The former first minister of Scotland described Labour MPs as "rank amateurs" in their attempts to dislodge Jeremy Corbyn when compared with Michael Gove's bid to become the next Tory prime minister.

Mr Salmond labelled Justice Secretary Mr Gove as "Lord Macbeth" for having "dispatched" Prime Minister David Cameron before knocking Boris Johnson out of the Tory leadership race.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit loophole? MPs must still vote in order for Britain to leave the EU, say top lawyers | UK Politics | News | The Independent
[ backlash coming in 3, 2, 1 ] Parliament must still vote on a bill to allow the UK to leave the European Union, leading lawyers have said. Geoffrey Robertson QC, who founded the Doughty Street Chambers, said the act which set up the referendum said "nothing" about its impact, meaning it was "purely advisory". [...] "It's the right of MPs alone to make or break laws, and the peers to block them. So there's no force whatsoever in the referendum result. It's entirely for MPs to decide. //&! The referendum result is not binding. It is advisory. Parliament is not bound to commit itself in that same direction. The Conservative party election that Cameron triggered will now have one question looming over it: will you, if elected as party leader, trigger the notice under Article 50? - http://bit.ly/2917alH
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn unveils new top team after resignations
trying a coup bc of fear of a snap election within months and not standing a chance w Jeremy Corbyn as leader and PM candidate. fearing for their own jobs, seat as MP. very career political opportunist fear move. //&! "Apparently, Tom Watson did tell Corbyn about the feelings within the PLP... Politely. But firmly" - via @GuardianAnushka
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
News des Tages: Brexit, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, EU, Europa - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Polit-Chaos auf der Insel - Labour-Chef kämpft um seinen Job

Wer glaubt, die EU sei im Eimer, der sollte heute zur Beruhigung seiner Nerven nach Großbritannien schauen. Dort herrscht das eigentliche politische Chaos. Die Schotten wollen das Referendum nicht akzeptieren, und bei Labour bahnt sich ein Putsch an. Parteiboss Jeremy Corbyn wird von etlichen Parteigranden zum Rücktritt gedrängt. Sie werfen ihm wahlweise vor, nicht genug oder zu viel für den EU-Verbleib Großbritanniens getrommelt zu haben. Generell steckt dahinter wohl vor allem die Angst, mit dem wenig dynamisch wirkenden Corbyn als Spitzenkandidat bei etwaigen Neuwahlen keine Chance zu haben. In der Parlamentsfraktion wird heute ein Misstrauensantrag gegen Corbyn erwartet.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
The Great Intelligence Squared Brexit Debate - YouTube
Stay Argument - acknowledgement that EU/Brussels is not perfect. but is it a reason to burn everything down and walk away? Westminster is not perfect either. The electoral system either (first past post, 24 something % of votes got Conservatives a majority in Westminster Parliament, while UKIP, other 24 something percent of votes, got just one seat in Westminster). Whitehall either.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Government Faces Labour Questions Over Universal Credit Risks
documents obtained under freedom of information showed a risk of fraudulent activity and cyberattacks. [...] It was finally disclosed this month by the department after a freedom of information request by John Slater, a former IT project manager, and Tony Collins, an investigative journalist, following a four-year legal battle. [...] The documents, which date from 2012, contain a line in which parts of the project are described as “pushing above the programme funding envelope”. They also raise concerns that the programme lacks a “robust framework of assurances”, which means “rework” may be needed if elements of the project are “not fit for purpose”. Fears over staffing are described, with concerns over “skilled staff resources not in the right place at the right time”. [...] “shocking” to see “essential considerations” like fraud and cyber security not being “at the core of [UC]” from the start.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Reduce £775m bill for temporary Whitehall staff, MPs say
[asking an Apple to be a Pear and then a Banana] But a Cabinet Office spokesman said: "This government is scrutinising spend like never before. We've stamped out excessive spending on consultants and put in place stringent spending controls. The total spend on consultants is still less than half of that in 2009-10."
He said the department was "actively building" skills but sometimes needed specialist expertise quickly on complex projects.
"But we only do this when the key skills are not readily available within the Civil Service and where it delivers better value for taxpayers," he added. //&! Whitehall consultants on £1,000-£2,000 per day - bbc.in/1vi8c0B
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The economics of Brexit – Politics Weekly podcast
Leave Campaign, so far, has failed to assure voters that we get through the quiet possible tubulences and uncertainty unharmed severely after 1-2 years. [ economic forecasts/predictions are Wall Streets cottage industry ] Brexit for sure would throw Osbornes plan for a surplus in 2020. ... brexit is about less regulation free trade low tariffs, 'get off the back of our City [London bank regulation]' [low tax, higher pay] George Osborne ... // banks have not voiced their voice loudly because that would be seen by people who bailed them out to tune of doubling the deficit, and still own bank shares ie loyds. it could be seen disingenuous, outrageous, as we are still in doldrums, paying off their debt, and suffering through austerity where the most vulnerable are cut away from society.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
BRITAIN deserves better than the EU Daniel Hannan
Mr Hannan himself was born into privilege. See his Wikipedia page. His refugee crisis proposals (a no-fly zone in syria so that syrians don't put their feed in boats to cross to europe) youtu.be/rqnCg3Wt8d0 //&! Dan Hannan: what we need from Europe is free trade, not a common government - youtu.be/eMwvWHLRrpE - there is no high tide for Federalism in UK, UK is in Devolution mood. //&! Iain Duncan Smith on Brexit case - youtu.be/qOLjsfElH-Y - &! David Cameron speech at bloomberg mentioned - gov.uk/government/speeches/eu-speech-at-bloomberg //&! youtu.be/YL6D8E9EbS4 &! youtu.be/VrwIfXsXbic &! youtu.be/hPo1i_B7wBM &! youtu.be/RCXDHYpINdc //&! David Cameron grilled by uni students (07Apr16) - youtu.be/yXkJ1Y1i4JQ //&! Debate at Oxford Union - youtu.be/eohm9t4-F9g &! other debate here - youtu.be/XgQbEpQGRBA //&! Nigel Farage on MarrShow - youtu.be/J-ywMne-7lk //&! The best of Daniel Hannan - youtu.be/R0rj2DWwFBU
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
John Whittingdale, the dominatrix, and the papers - BBC Newsnight
more trouble for the Tories, adding to the pile. //&! Should Culture Secretary John Whittingdale go? - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/kydcuQnPvM8 //&! Labour calls to curb John Whittingdale's powers after escort relationship - bbc.in/1Sedsy1 //&! How have we found ourselves in this strange situation where privacy campaigners who have pushed for tighter rules are up in arms because the private life of a single cabinet minister was not reported? - bbc.in/1MuqIMT //&! The press are right to tread more warily when deciding whether to publish stories about the private life of public figures - bit.ly/1qpFZnU
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
What the Panama Papers Tells Us About Global Capitalism
never seen David Cameron red-faced, so much! [...] sold in 2010!? And what was before that time? The time he was a MP!? [...] we are not all in this together, for sure! // book the hidden wealth of nations. - 7-8trn tax evasion and avoidance - not taxed. //&! Rumble - Just like FDR - Bernie Welcomes the GE CEO Hatred... - youtu.be/jT7NIoDS1gw - taking advantage of the tax laws THEY MADE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Week Ahead: the return of the nasty party and a good week for Brexit
David Cameron and George Osborne wanted to cut even more! //&! Nicky Morgan's embarrassing interview over Tory cuts to disabled welfare - youtu.be/hjk06tjx_xQ //&! Jeremy Corbyn - youtu.be/Ain-IP4pHCk //&! IFS: cutting disability benefits to fund tax cuts is a political choice - youtu.be/xVBf9dSa9Mw //&! MANIFESTO Election Campaign Promises - Tories hoist by their own petard over disability cuts - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek //&! also closed Independent Living Fund - youtu.be/nurjzK5VPAI //& "The electorate don't mind. Those who vote aren't affected." *George Osborne - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek - WCA to bring down bill by kicking people off was a pipedream & Universal Credit is a real cut in benefits. //&! Nicky Morgan's nightmare defending Osborne's nasty budget - youtu.be/Y9YNcQF4t8I - 12bn cuts were promised in Manifesto 2015. 4.4 tried through PIP. youtu.be/5-3Bp7qzj4Y (pre-election) //& cutting corporation tax (& capital gains tax) - youtu.be/gZ6qNHLnbs0 &! Analysis - youtu.be/v-qmvI9s3pE
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS spending devolved in Greater Manchester
Dr Zahid Chauhan, a GP in Failsworth, Oldham, raised questions about how that money will be saved.
He said: "My concerns with all this funding deficit and loss of £2bn is that we might struggle to achieve it and who will be responsible for that?
"Will it mean less doctors, appointments and operations? I don't know, but those are the questions that need to be answered." //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
How runners might line up for a Tory leadership contest
[ endangering the country ] 'Bruised Boy' George Osborne: admired for sharpness, not seen as the most likeable politician [...] Both sides of the Brexit debate agree that in the short term, an "out" vote would mean a degree of uncertainty, and nervousness in the markets. However much it might mark the beginning of a brave new world, there would be an air of crisis. [...] It is not likely the joint resignation of the chancellor and prime minister would steady frayed nerves. They might tough it out - for the sake of the country, of course. More likely they might set a future date, maybe a year away, for their departure and an orderly contest.
But they could simply fall.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Government accused of redefining fuel poverty to bring down figures
[ fuel poor if your spend more than 10% of your income on gas and electricity. choice between eating and having a warm home. ] Commons committee says 2.4 million people to be classed as fuel poor rather than 3.2 million under Energy Bill amendments //&! 800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it. David Cameron ‘putting interest of energy firms above ordinary people’ - ind.pn/1Rmjc5j //&! BBC Panorama - bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0756g0x - min 6: estimated 12m people skip meals to pay energy bills. gov had simple definition (10%). Tories missed 2016 target, thus changed definition (LIHC), estimates now 20% of population in fuel poverty, 1 in 5. since fuel poverty was introduced as target (to eradicate), it has been rising steadily! Most pensioners are excluded under new definition. est. 9000 deaths from living in cold home. & 1/2 the members of the Fuel Povery Committee have strong links to energy industry //&! bit.ly/1LIr4z2
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
History not on George Osborne's side in move from Treasury to No 10 | Politics | The Guardian
All in all, being chancellor in postwar Britain has been a tough job. There have been four deep recessions, three housing bubbles and umpteen sterling crises. Prime ministers have tended to use their next-door neighbours as enforcers and fall guys: chancellors say no when cabinet colleagues want to increase public spending; they take the blame when things go wrong. //&! How Eurosceptics are stalling George Osborne's ride to No 10. Mapping out his path to the premiership, the chancellor reckoned without many Tory backbenchers – and their buccaneering figurehead Boris Johnson - bit.ly/1Lib2vC //&! In this budget, George Osborne has no room to make any mistakes. The politics of the EU referendum and of the Tory succession mean the chancellor’s future depends on his performance. - bit.ly/1pglDN5
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Could this be George Osborne's last Budget?
In any case, the Out campaign has begun to look as much like an internal Tory party putsch as a principled fight for sovereignty and a better economic future. Those who always mistrusted Cameron and Osborne, regarding them as closet Blairites rather than the true heirs to Thatcher, sense their time has come. By the summer, the Tory high command could look completely different. [...] [Budget2016] more of an exercise in pre-election showmanship than the traditional post-election downer of renewed fiscal discipline and supposedly desirable economic reform. [still] For Osborne, the goal of a balanced budget by the end of the parliament must remain sacrosanct. [...] Don’t risk our economic recovery, will be his underlying message [...] for Cameron and Osborne, this is once more a fight for political survival. //&! ind.pn/21mctLh &! bit.ly/1QJWpjD - If Britain votes against Brexit and the economy stays strong he may yet be the next Prime Minister //&! bit.ly/1Rb24m1
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