Category: uk politics

Tory MPs Braced For Snap Election Amid Brexit …

Tory MPs Braced For Snap Election Amid Brexit Splits – Reports:

On the other hand…

If they’re stupid and self-destructive enough to do this, I win £35 which will be immediately donated to an opposition party of my choosing because honestly fuck the Tories.

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How the Liberal Democrats could have better handled themselves post-2015:

  1. Keep Nick Clegg as leader – I’m not even kidding. As much as people may laugh at the guy’s misfortune he was their leader for a reason and was the best among them at least at being the prominent politician type. He was affable, charming, charismatic, personable, and looked every bit the part. I mean come on, could anyone, even true party die-hard loyalists, really picture Tim Farron as Prime Minister?
  2. If unable to keep Clegg, pick Norman Lamb – I wasn’t exactly inspired by Norman Lamb in the leadership contest between him and Farron. But the Liberal Democrats were always going to have to deal with coalition baggage regardless. With Lamb they’d have had that, sure, but at least they would only have that. Rather than juggling both that and Tim Farron’s idiotic ‘gay sex’ nonsense that killed the party’s chances in 2017 before the starting pistol even fired on their campaign.
  3. Immediately own up to the mistake of coalition – I’m more forgiving than most when it comes to the Liberal Democrats and their actions in coalition with the Tories, but this should have been a no-brainer. I get they wanted to frame their work as a positive and that argument could have worked logically, but logic and politics don’t mix too well sometimes. They should have come out immediately with a hard line under coalition, admitted they fucked up royal by agreeing to it, and went from that as their baseline when mentioning it. It just plays better in terms of political optics, which is what the party needs.
  4. Go hard in on the Tories on everything – I remember reading their 2017 manifesto and in the introduction they basically pitch their whole campaign as “elect us as the Opposition” which is bonkers. They spent more time going after Labour than anyone else it feels like. Rule 1 of politics should be if you aren’t the Tories, spend every waking moment raking those born-to-rule pony-fuckers over every set of hot coals you can find. Don’t go after the fucking Opposition, especially not after you just got out of coalition with the Tories and want to be taken seriously again and not just labelled as Tory-enablers.
  5. Chill it on the Brexit thing – This is the most controversial among Lib Dems, probably. Look, I voted Remain and still believe Brexit is a fucking car crash unfolding at Inception-level slow motion. But hitching your entire political identity to “we don’t like Brexit” is… well yeah it makes you stand out a bit but it limits you so much. I didn’t know anyone, even among my political active circle of friends, who knew what the fuck the Liberal Democrats either stood for or wanted to do outside of just “another referendum” during the 2017 general election.

… I don’t know what this post is or why I decided it needed to exist, I just had this on my mind today and wanted to ramble my half-baked ideas off somewhere.

politicalsci 2018-05-19 20:52:11

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if you look at the twitter profiles of people who tweet stuff about “taking back the labour party” from jeremy corbyn they usually also retweet conservative mps, use right-wing fearmongering about the labour left, never mention the devastation that the tories are causing, never focus on how to stop the tories, think that having a people-led movement to get the tories out is fascism, and frequently misrepresent what labour’s current policy regarding brexit is in order to sway voters away from labour. they’re not interested in actually stopping brexit or the tories, their aim is to get rid of corbyn and any leftist leaders.

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there should indeed be healthy debate about ways to tackle brexit, but it’s become clear that these people are now using much of their arguments about brexit as just a cover to attack the labour left. aside from brexit, centrist/right-wingers are actually okay with 99% of what the tories have done to decimate the country that’s caused so much suffering. their actual issue has always been the leftist policies that a jeremy corbyn led labour party would enact. for them the left is a greater threat to their power than the conservatives.

that’s why the same people who say they can’t support labour because of brexit will still support blairite labour mps who abstained from voting against the conservatives’ welfare bill, or will vote for the libdems who formed a coalition with the conservatives and helped push through austerity. the same conservative party who called for the referendum in the first place.

these people don’t want to dismantle an unjust system, they just want to be in charge of it.

politicalsci 2018-05-18 23:42:36

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BBCqt Audience Member on Grenfell Fire:

BBCqt Audience Member on Grenfell Fire:

“I feel like the people in power are only dealing with it because ‘they have to’, ‘not because they want to’.

All this deregulation has culminated into one of the worst days of my life… It’s just murder.”

Theresa May to release paper setting out Brita…

Theresa May to release paper setting out Britain’s Brexit vision:

Hey, would you look at that. 

2 years after the referendum and less than 1 year until what used to be the hard deadline for Brexit negotiations to be completed and our government finally deigns to tell their public what their Brexit vision actually is.

I feel like we should have gotten this a lot sooner. Say… at least before the general election the PM called where she campaigned on getting the electorate to trust her with Brexit.

Unite and Momentum back rival candidates in Le…

Unite and Momentum back rival candidates in Lewisham byelection:

Oh look, the Labour party is divided within itself about a decision. What a shocking, unexpected and unprecedented turn of events…