The looming cliff
The looming cliff is heralded by the misery of the poor folk forced into destitution, for which TM and her stupid government of zombie freaks can be blamed. The MSM keeps pedaling the myth, that Labour lacks credibility and needs to regain it, whereas the truth is that Labour needs to demonstrate that the Tories have no credibility which these endless attacks on the working poor should underline.
The lowering overall benefit cap will plunge 300000 children into homelessness and force an explosion in the people affected. Unsurprisingly food bank use is soaring.
Universal Chaos is destroying the lives of the most vulnerable people. Yet the looming tax credit cuts are causing many Tories to shed crocodile tears. It is astounding that such poor legislation can be rammed through, with such a sociopathic effect on so many poor folk. All the momza Hammond seems capable of is to keep lowering corporation tax. The lowered cap has nothing to do with saving money, it is just about pleasing the right wing of the Tory party.
The disgusting lies that TM spews that £10000000000 is being injected into the NHS, while it is on its knees are rubbished by Tory Dr Sarah Wollaston and Dr James Davies, who know the poison the Tories are steeped in. Watching Tories struggle as they sink in their filthy and greedy ineptitude is cathartic yet also confusing – after all, how could these two articulate people end up in this scenario? No wonder Labour are pressing for an inquiry, though no one believes they will see any money until 2018 or 2019. Campaigners will have to get organised to get rid of the scum from certain seats in order to save certain parts of the NHS. Sensible Tories are right to be scared of the NHS and also the Housing Crisis.
Keeping UK in the common market produces abject terror among the political class. No one can be shocked that Carney will jump ship when UK enters its hellish 2019 period, the Yankee is not at all stupid, he knows the zombies too well. Liam Fox has no plan, when attention is given to the gibberish he spews.
Others point out that Brexit will never happen, and The Vent also is uncertain it will occur, despite all the noise. Dunt analyses the matter from several perspectives and comments: “The civil service is facing the greatest challenge arguably in its history: an apocalypse of administrative, legal and trade tasks on a scale they could never have imagined would hit them. And there is plenty of reason to think that, underneath the loyal surface, they may not be ready to give their all for this brave new Brexit world.”
TM is coming under criticism for her handling of Brexit yet the real white elephant in the room are the incredible lies told by the dimwits Borisconi, Gove, Davis and Fox. This may well become clear in a parliamentary debate with some MPs looking hard for a second referendum. At this stage of writing this running blog, Fromage has just issued another warning that if the will of the British people is ignored and there is no Brexit, there will be riots on the streets, but Dunt is correct that the decision of the courts is a rare moment of clarity in british politics. The reaction of the MSM to the sense of the three judges has been fascistic and suggests a dangerous escalation of rhetoric. Skywawkbox blog describes it as: “Today’s right-wing newspapers will carry variations of a headline that shows how far we, as a country, have fallen and how close we are to falling catastrophically further still. They’re also an object lesson in another, more common demonisation.” Though the decision might be overturned in the Appeal Court, it does increase the possibility of an early general election. The Brexiteers should be nervous about the investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service about the falsity of their claims.
Most commentators now predict that Brexit will be terrible for the UK economy, which is now to be seen in TM’s dealings with the nudnik Modi. Phillip David Jones uses his excellent blog to discuss Lexit: “The Conservatives will repeat Theresa May’s line that “Brexit Means Brexit”, but they reneged on the pledge to set Article 50 underway promptly, and the legal case has since taken away their control of the timetable. Over the weekend JC, and other senior Labour figures, set out an approach that will see the party press the government to get the best deal for Britain, but will not block Article 50 in Parliament. JC also commented on speculation that the Brexit controversy will lead to a General Election in 2017, saying that Labour are ready for this. We know that the Tories managed to pin the blame on Labour for a recession, caused by the financial crash, when Brown was Prime Minister – despite the problem stemming from greedy bankers. If Brexit does not happen, the people who voted for it will feel that the EU Referendum was a fraud. In this scenario, the Labour Party must be clear that the blame for this outcome lies with the Conservatives, who offered the Referendum but then failed to ensure the vote to leave the EU was honoured. I welcome the pledge that Labour will not block Article 50. We must be combative on this, reminding people that DC failed and then abdicated. Bojo made an impossible promise that a vote to leave the EU would deliver an extra £350 million per week to the National Health Service. Putting aside former, and current, reservations, the main thrust must be that Labour will work to deliver the democratic decision to leave the EU. I believe that, if there is a General Election next year – something that will have to follow, another constitutional debate, surrounding the dubious Fixed Term Parliament Act – Labour should see this as an opportunity to defeat the Tories, and I believe we will win.”
Commentators point to the dereliction of duty of the excruciating Liz Truss who needs to go right now, but the writer fails to understand that the Tories want fascism, that they are sociopaths. Fromage and the 100000 far right marchers need to be confronted by the Lexit campaigners. In the words of RS21: “No to a Brexit for the rich! No to a Europe for the bosses! For a Brexit and a Europe for the people!” The load of kuk which The Scum recently spewed at the UK judiciary is rightly excoriated by fantastic Mason.
Anyone in doubt of the poisonous tensions at the seething heart of the Tory party, needs to look at the extraordinary scenes at the award ceremony of The Spectator on November 03. To quote from the Financial Times: “Theresa May has been named The Spectator’s politician of the year at a remarkable awards ceremony dripping with acid-laden jokes that laid bare the tensions, betrayals and bitterness of Brexit. Mrs May was presented with her award by George Osborne, the man she sacked as chancellor, and took to the stage wearing a hard hat and high-vis jacket — poking fun at Mr Osborne’s tendency to dress as a construction worker. But the prime minister, not normally noted for her sense of humour, then launched into a series of risqué remarks, including a suggestion that Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary and a former leadership rival, was being lined up for political euthanasia. Mr Johnson had previously joked about Tory peer Michael Heseltine’s celebrated encounter with his mother’s aggressive Alsatian and Mrs May noted archly: “Boris, the dog was put down when its master decided it wasn’t needed any more.” While the audience in London’s Rosewood Hotel was catching its breath over that joke, the prime minister turned her attention to Sir Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s former spin-doctor, who was in the audience and had been highly critical of Mrs May in his memoirs. In the book he revealed how he had been sick in the street on the night of the Brexit vote and Mrs May adopted a sympathetic tone: “Craig Oliver spoke of retching. Most of us know that feeling, like when we saw his name on the resignation honours list.” Mr Osborne turned out to be an inspired choice to present the awards, as the former chancellor — noted for his austere public demeanour — delivered a tour de force of self-deprecation and savagely humorous attacks on former colleagues. Referring to Michael Gove, who betrayed Mr Johnson to run his own failed leadership bid, Mr Osborne said: “What he lacked in the quality of his leadership campaigns, he made up for in their quantity.” Apologising to guests that the event was running late, he caustically referred to his sacking by the prime minister: “Afterwards there won’t be much time for chit-chat — a bit like when Theresa and I last spoke.” And in a jibe at The Spectator magazine, which had campaigned for Brexit, Mr Osborne said of the event’s hosts: “You can get the Spectator for just £4.25 — or $4 thanks to the policies of the Spectator.” As the awards night continued, the stage started to resemble the set of a Webster revenge tragedy. Iain Duncan Smith, who quit the cabinet in protest at Mr Osborne’s Budget, posed awkwardly for pictures with his nemesis.Mr Duncan Smith, honoured for his “resignation of the year”, quipped at Mr Osborne: “At least I had the prescience to resign, rather than wait around to be sacked by Theresa.” Mr Johnson, who recovered from his failed leadership bid to become foreign secretary, was honoured for his “comeback of the year”. He compared himself to Lord Heseltine’s mother’s dog Kim, who recovered from being strangled by the Tory peer only to be put down a day later. But the foreign secretary’s acceptance speech came to a shambolic conclusion after he declared that “Brexit will be a titanic success” — a comment whose unfortunate maritime connotations brought the house down. He explained he meant a “colossal success””. Peston admirably describes this event which accurately describes how nasty the top Tories now are. Astute Tories are squeamish at the descent into fascism but it is a part of being UKIP-lite, which the commentariat and ex MP Stephen Phillips now agree that the Tories have morphed into. Margrain points out that ignorance of the rule of law is no excuse for ignoring it. Surprisingly Gary Lineker has become an important voice in the fight against fascism in UK.
With UK teetering on the edge, can JC pull the UK back from the brink? An important voice in this debate is the blog Flassbeck Economics, who argue that JC’s chances of success may hinge on this point, JC will have to argue to stay in Europe. Yet at the same time commentators are saying that JC’s approach to this situation is lacklustre.
In the words of anguished traumatized Lizzie Cornish: “Rise UP, O Ye People Of Britain, against these Tyrants who have usurped True Leaders, these Traitorous Wretches who have Betrayed The People a thousand fold….A Pox Upon Them ALL and here’s to a FAR better, kinder future, under a Leader who cares with his heart and soul about his People, that leader being Jeremy Corbyn. Huge thanks to Ken Loach for getting the TRUE story of Cruel Britannia out there and please, please, go and see ‘I, Daniel Blake’, then fight to make Britain’s Heart beat again, with Kindness and Love.”
John McDonnell is a most important figure in the fight of the left, and his recent analysis is illuminating. Talking about the need to bring in more taxation if we are to have better public services, John writes that change is coming. That change may not be in our control.
Writing the Watershed 2015 blog, the anonymous writer, talks about the disconnect which exists between party and policy: “Another investigation, from the London School of Economics, revealed that since his first day as Leader of the Opposition, Corbyn has been attacked unfairly by the British media. In one month alone, 75% of press articles ‘failed to accurately report his views’. This is because in the media today we see an undeniable right wing bias. Negative stories about Corbyn and his apparent unelectability are constant. A belief in Corbyn is undermined and as a result, the depiction of Corbyn as anything but a threat to the established government permeates society. But the fact is, Corbyn is a huge threat. He will take the power from the elites and give it righteously back to the people.”
Fantastic blogger Chelley Ryan always inspires me with hope. She writes: “Theresa May is looking weaker and weaker as each day goes by. Her PMQs performances are below par, while Corbyn is growing in confidence and stature. Brexit may yet throw up some nasty surprises for the nasty party which sends their current polling into sharp reverse.”
Brilliant Mason talks about how we must unite to stop the populism of the yutzi Fromage: “If Nigel Farage leads 100,000 people to intimidate the supreme court, I intend to be on the other side of a police crash barrier opposing him. I don’t want to be flanked by only my anti-fascist mates from 30 years ago: I want to see an alliance of the left and the radical centre on the streets. That means bond traders from Canary Wharf, arm in arm with placard-carrying Trots. Masked-up Kurdish radicals alongside Mumsnet posters. Eighty years on from Cable Street, we don’t have many dockers and miners around, to help face down rightwing intimidation. Puny as we are, it’s up to us.”
Inspiration in the long dark fight ahead comes from many sources, but we must look to Crispin: “It was a special day for me yesterday as it was St Crispin’s Day. I was named after the speech in Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth, in which the eponymous hero rallies the troops before the Battle of Agincourt and asks them to forget the odds that are against them and look at the strength of their solidarity. This idea that if the spirit is within us then nothing can get in our way is something that resonates for political movements. And this spirit of solidarity is something that has come to the fore in the past year with the politics of hope that Jeremy Corbyn has encouraged. The spirit of Jeremy Corbyn’s support is strong enough to overcome the odds.” As Liz Heron writes: “… there is surely cause for hope that solidarity can break through the battle lines within the party and flower again. Then we can take on the real enemy”.
Mendoza writes of the real alternative that UK needs (and the rest of the world): “The real alternative lies in an understanding of the reality expressed by Corbyn. People in neglected communities are struggling; and political elites have ignored their voices for decades. The solution is to listen to their voices and support their communities. Fund healthcare properly. Fund education properly. Build enough houses. And build a meaningful democracy. Together, we can build a fairer, more democratic, and more compassionate society. A society that deals with injustices and inequalities by looking at their true causes rather than scapegoating people from abroad, who are also victims. It’s easy to say ‘immigration bad, government good’, because foreigners are an easy target. But that changes nothing. It’s much harder to stand up to someone who lives in a country mansion and sends the fruits of their workers’ labour to an offshore tax haven. But it is possible to take back control from political and economic elites. Control over our economy, our natural resources, and the future of our communities. Democracy isn’t voting every few years for which out-of-touch elite we want to rule over us. It’s active involvement in our political destiny. It’s something we learn by participating. And there are wonderful examples of this both in the UK and abroad. The crisis of the Western political establishment will continue whether Donald Trump wins the US elections or not. Either way, it’s a disaster for ‘democracy’, and a disaster for humanity. And the only way Western citizens can avert further disaster is to stop waiting for the establishment to give them an alternative to the messed up status quo, and to start building it for themselves.”
Some will say that the victory of the nebbish Chump, is an important signal to the left such as Bienkov: “That this has all happened says less about the bigotry, or even idiocy, of the UK and US electorates, than it does about the utter inadequacy of the left. In both cases the left failed to find a response to, or even realise the existence of, the overwhelming defeat that was heading their way. In both cases, years of complacency and insularity blinded us to the forces marching towards us, even as the heels of their boots crashed down on our heads. If such complacency could be forgiven then, it can certainly be forgiven no more. Trump’s victory must be a wake-up call for everyone on the left. Unless it gets its act together then it will soon be out of the act altogether.”