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Labour has to decide on Brexit – because half of England and Wales cannot go unrepresented forever

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 8:59pm in

The Guardian has reported that:

Labour MPs are being asked by the party’s high command not to focus on problems caused by Brexit when asking questions in parliament, dealing with the media, or posting on social media, according to sources in the parliamentary party.

After a week in which Labour leader Keir Starmer delivered a major speech on how the country should rebuild the economy and reduce inequality without once mentioning Brexit, relations with the EU or the severe problems that have confronted many UK exporters since 1 January, senior party figures reacted with astonishment.

I am not surprised that they were astonished. This data combines the results on 106 opinion polls on Brexit since 2017:

The reasonable conclusion from that data is that at least half the UK still has considerable doubt about the wisdom of leaving the EU. I am amongst their number.

And what Labour is doing, in a first past the post electoral system in which the government is determinedly pro-Brexit, is to refuse to represent those people. The result is that, with the best will in the world towards the smaller parties in England and Wales, there is no real prospect of political representation for around half the population in those countries at present.

In Scotland, of course, it is different. The reason why SNP support continues despite its in-fighting must in part be because there is fundamental alignment between that party and many in Scotland on the key issue of the day, to which alignment on Covid can be added.

In England and Wales there is no such alignment at all. Instead, we have the key opposition party deliberately turning its back on half the electorate in a deliberate move designed to ensure that they only compete on the government’s laid down terms, which guarantees that  they will lose. They can never out-Brexit the madness of the ERG on the right wing of the Conservative Party. This, then, is a policy with guaranteed failure built in, and yet Labour pursues it.

I would be annoyed enough if I was a Labour member. I am more annoyed because I am not. Not only is Labour refusing to represent half of England and Wales, and more than that in Scotland, but because of its intense tribalism that denies us any chance of political representation that might reflect our views in a proportional representation system it is also denying us the chance to be represented by parties that do reflect our views.

The result is obvious. It is that Labour guarantees perpetual Tory rule whilst undermining any chance of democracy in this country.

And please don’t say Corbyn would have been better on this. He clearly was not.

We are left in a desperate position where Labour joins with the Tories in destroying the proper functioning of democracy  in this country by simply  refusing people choice.

I loathe what the Tories are doing, but Labour has to be called out for facilitating it. And that’s both sad, and as annoying.

Scott Morrison Somehow Only Second Worst Politician From The Shire

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 7:00am in

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The rest of Australia is reeling after making the alarming discovery that not only is Scomo not the worst politician in Australia, he’s not even the worst one from the Sutherland shire.

“What the fuck do they put in the water down that way,” said incredulous St George area voter Victor Dragon. “Seriously, has a whole barrel of LSD leached into Woronora Dam. I mean 50,000 people voted for Craig Kelly at the last election. That’s 50,000 people who should have the sharp scissors taken away from them.”

“Scott Morrison is all piss and wind like a barber’s cat but he comes across as an absolute genius compared to Craig Kelly,” said Wollongong resident Michaelia Steeler. “I assume they slung Craig Kelly into Hughes so people from Cook would look at Scomo and think he’s not all that awful after all.”

Poisons experts from the CSIRO have begun analysing the contents of Paul’s Hamburgers for any evidence of nerve agents.

“If you found yourself stuck chatting to Craig Kelly at a barbecue you’d start sidling away after a couple of minutes with the sort of over friendly smile on your face normally reserved for the crazy guy at the bus stop,” said anxious Blakehurst voter Reg Langlands. “I’ve been watching the last scene of The Bridge On The River Kwai and wondering if we can do the same thing to Tom Ugly’s Bridge before it’s too late.”

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“Where can we find light in this never-ending shade?”

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 22/01/2021 - 1:48am in

In these terrible years, our politicians often failed us… but the American people did not. Our national guardrails often failed us… but the American people did not. Many of our neighbors often failed us, but the American people did not. Continue reading

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Sky News Australia Calls On Their Viewers All 6 Of Them To Storm The US Consulate

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 7:30am in

Niche News station Sky News Australia has called on their viewers, all 6 of them to storm the US consulate in an effort to protest the American election result.

”We need our viewers to get out on the streets and protest the travesty of justice that is the American election result,” said a Spokesperson for Sky News. ”How dare the American people vote out President Trump, after all he has done for us.”

”He gave Paul Murray an interview you know.”

When asked why a low rating news station in Australia was so concerned with the American election, the Spokesperson said: ”Low rating? Low rating, you’ve got to be kidding me.”

”I’ll have you know that last year we had 10’s of viewers and we’re only just narrowly defeated by an antiques roadshow repeat otherwise we may have cracked the top 1,000 shows on pay TV.”

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a video doing the rounds on social media of a lady delivering a racist rant in a super market, I need to find her and offer her a show on our network.”

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@MWChatShow

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Trump’s Coup

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 10:05pm in

The attack on American democracy is an inside job. Trump’s one-hour rant directed at Georgia officials who have certified President elect Joe Biden’s win isn’t an isolated event. It’s just one front in a battle to make Trump king. The scary part is that he has a lot of people helping him. Continue reading

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Grassroots Outreach Is the Frontline in Georgia

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 2:26am in

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. With two days of early voting left before Georgia’s Senate runoffs conclude on January 5, the handful of volunteers trying to turn out 1,300 voters of color in rural … Continue reading

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The GOP’s Dangerous Stunt

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 2:11am in

Trump refuses to acknowledge his loss and is doing all he can to hamper Biden’s assumption of office. Many members of the Republican Party are joining him in his attempt to overturn the election, taking the final, logical step of Movement Conservatism: denying the legitimacy of anyone who does not share their ideology. This is unprecedented. It is a profound attack on our democracy. But it will not succeed. Continue reading

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Democracy Needs to Find the Will to Roar

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/01/2021 - 1:25am in

We have, disastrously, discovered the final answer to whether or not it is a good idea to destroy the activist government that has protected us since 1933. Continue reading

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Fresh audio product

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 19/12/2020 - 6:56am in

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link):

December 17, 2020 Walter Olson on why Republican judges voted against Trump’s ridiculous election lawsuits • Lindsay Beyerstein, author of this article, on a brutal pre-release program for prisoners

Now that it’s done and dusted, let’s just throw...

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 7:59am in

Now that it’s done and dusted, let’s just throw this one in for Joseph R. Biden Jr. 46th President of the USA. All the go with Uncle Joe. Seen in a grower’s market carpark. Earlwood.
           

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