Peterborough By-election and its significance

Labour have hold on to Peterborough seat in yesterday’s by-election.

The Brexit Party came second; the Conservatives were pushed into third place with only 21% votes.

This is bad news for both the Conservatives and the Brexit Party.

There is no surprise why the Tories came third.

The impact of their decade long failed governing was mentioned even in the United Nations Report released on 23rd April by the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Report of the Special Rapporteur

Here are some highlights from the report by Philip Alston:

  • One fifth of its population (14 million people) live in poverty.
  • Four million of those are more than 50 per cent below the poverty line and 1.5 million experienced destitution in 2017, unable to afford basic essentials.
  • Following drastic changes in government economic policy beginning in 2010, the two preceding decades of progress in tackling child and pensioner poverty have begun to unravel and poverty is again on the rise.
  • Relative child poverty rates are expected to increase by 7 per cent between 2015 and 2021 and overall child poverty rates to reach close to 40 per cent.
  • For almost one in every two children to be poor in twenty-first century Britain would not just be a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster rolled into one.

Harsh current reality of the world’s fifth largest economy.

Let’s come back to Peterborough, which is considered as a key marginal seat by election pundits.

The constituency voted 61% to Leave in 2016 referendum; still, the Brexit Party could not win the seat.

Why?

The answer is simple;  voters understand that Brexit is not the one and only issue we face.

While the country is divided on Brexit, the real division is not how we voted in the referendum, but the inequality in our current times.

As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:  “The result is a very clear evidence that there is support for Labour’s programme to end austerity and invest in services and communities”.

This result shows that in spite of the divisions and deadlock over Brexit, when it comes to a vote on the issues that directly affect people’s lives, Labour’s case for real change has strong support across the country”, he said.

Congratulations to the newly elected MP!

Let us repeat this win in each constituency in the next general election, to elect a government for the many; to end austerity, to invest services and communities.

 

 

 

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Just another day of a failed Government…

All of this, in less than 24 hours:

British Steel collapse due to breakdown in Government’s rescue talks; 5,000 jobs under threat.

Hospital abuses vulnerable adults; Government failed in its commitment to bring down the specialist hospital beds to 1700 by March this year.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom quits – she no longer believes the government’s approach will deliver Brexit.

Forget having a responsible government, we don’t even have a cabinet that trust each other.

This Tory government has consistently failed in all aspects.

We deserve a better government.

Use all available means to register your views and protest.

 

Vote tomorrow for Labour candidates.

Whom to vote on 23rd May EU Elections?

Whom should we vote on 23rd May for the EU parliament election?

Before answering that question, let’s ask ourselves another question.

Why are we facing an EU election in the first place?

 

The answer is simple.

Purely because the Tory Government failed to reach a Brexit deal.

As in all other aspects of governing, Mrs. May’s government completely messed up the Brexit negotiations as well.

Had a deal been done, we should’ve been out of the EU by now, and out of the EU elections too.

That single reason is good enough not to vote for the Tories.

By the way, they even failed to publish an election manifesto for EU election in their official website.

 

Let us focus on the original Brexiters, the UKIP.

The numbers are so small that they do not even mind fielding candidates who use derogatory statements and are banned by cathedral from election hustings.

Existing few appears have not yet heard of Nigel Farage forging a new party.

Which brings us to The Brexit Party.

 

Like Tories, the Brexit Party too do not have a manifesto.

Farage says the manifesto will appear after the elections!

That’s one approach Theresa May could learn;  post-election, there’s nothing to do, as nothing was offered in the first place!

Farage’s devotees swear that his party stands for Brexit per WTO terms; aka “no-deal-Brexit”.

The phrase “no-deal-Brexit” is self-contradictory.

Farage himself failed to name one-single country operating on WTO terms.

Even if we opt for no-deal, the very next day we need to start negotiations to deal trade and other matters with EU and rest of the world; back to square one.

Other than this impossible, devestating “no-deal” scenario, the Brexit Party have NO other policies.

To make matters worse, a win for Brexit Party will only make the Tories and their Farage sympathizing hardliners move further towards the no-deal scenario.

 

Who else?

There is no point in considering the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Greens and the Change UK.

All of them stand for Remain; an option the UK already voted against in July 2016 referendum.

 

Now what?

It’s like solving a multiple-choice-question, where we know that above options are not correct.

The other option is Labour.

Do they deserve your vote?

Let’s examine:

  1. Corbyn clearly articulated in the Andrew Marr Show that “every other party in this EU election is appealing to either one side or other; defining everybody as on 2016”. Instead, Labour understands that the real divide in our country is not between those who voted Leave and Remain three years ago.    Labour define us “as people who have common problems, however they voted.  The levels of poverty in remain and leave areas are very similar; we have to be responsible about this, and appeal to people across those views.
  2. In its European Manifesto, Labour has put forward an alternative plan to seek a close and cooperative relationship with the European Union, including a new comprehensive customs union with a UK say, close single market alignment, guaranteed rights and standards, and the protection of the Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
  3. Labour’s negotiations have even forced Theresa May to recognise and address crucial issues like rights and protections for workers environment and security which did not matter much to the PM earlier.
  4. Labour’s manifesto promises to continue to oppose the Government’s bad deal or a disastrous no deal. And if they cannot get agreement along the lines of their alternative plan, or a general election, Labour backs the option of a public vote.

It is very clear whom we should vote for, in this EU election.

A vote for Tories is just to prolong this agony of indecision and infighting.

A vote for the Brexit Party is only to push this government towards a disastrous no-deal.

A vote for LibDems, SNP or Greens is for an already lost argument.

Vote Labour, to:

  • Improve people’s lives.
  • Deliver rights at work and to protect our environment.
  • Co-operate closely with progressive allies in Europe and across the world.

Your vote matters!

Ensure to vote Labour candidates this Thursday!!

 

 

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Brexit – What next?

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The UK Parliament has rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202.

The largest, catastrophic, humiliating defeat for any sitting Government in history.

Remember, the PM was concentrating only on the Brexit deal for last 2½ years.

She ignored schools, public sectors, railways and all other aspects of governing a country.

Yet, the PM miserably failed in securing confidence for her deal.

How out of touch a PM and Government can be?!

This defeat is also an indirect defeat for the unelected EU bureaucrats.

 

What next?

This deadlock could be removed only by a General Election.

Why?

Clearly, this PM has lost the confidence of the UK Parliament and the country.

Remember, 117 MPs from her own Conservative Party voted no-confidence in her leadership only a month ago.

Today 118 Conservative MPs voted with the opposition against her deal.

With these defeats any self-respecting PM would’ve already resigned.

But not Theresa May!

the PM still prefers to cling on to her seat, propped by 10 DUP MPs – all of whom too voted against her.

How many more chance should we give this PM at this crucial time?

How many more iterations should we give this PM to re-negotiate and repeatedly voted down in the Parliament?

 

A General Election will give the public to have their say – to vote-in a Government they trust.

It will bring in a new parliament, a new Government.

That Government, with the voter’s support, will have the mandate to re-negotiate with the EU.

That is the only political and democratic solution to this deadlock.

What are your thoughts?

 

Labour, Anti-Semitism and the current state of affairs

Anti-Semitic

Research shows that Labour is a political party with least anti-Semitic views.

Still, why do the media and Tories accuse the Labour on anti-Semitism?

It is deliberate….

To deflect your attention from a miserably failed Government, which:

The list is never-ending…

Let’s ask the media and Tories to re-focus.

Re-focus on the burning issues.

If they cannot, make way for those who can.

“Brexit is Brexit” – or is it something else, Prime Minister?

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I voted to Leave and was thrilled by the outcome of the referendum.

Though I had no faith in a Tory minority government, I expected it to deliver Brexit.

Especially, when it was etched in the Conservative 2017 Manifesto.

When Mrs. May tweeted “Brexit is Brexit”, I didn’t realise she was clueless.

 

2 years after that tweet, her proposal is everything else, but not a positive Brexit.

I am not saying it; its the concern of her own Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary.

Oh, correction, ex-Secretaries; both have resigned, in the last 24 hours.

 

It took 24 months for Theresa May to get the cabinet agree on her Brexit proposal.

It barely lasted 48 hours.

 

This Prime Minister has no authority left, her government is unable to govern.

Ideally, we should now be busy negotiating with EU and wider world.

Instead, the cabinet is busy arguing between themselves.

 

We have a crisis.

This government is a serious threat to the UK’s political and economic existence.

 

The country, its people and businesses have no clue where this government is heading with Brexit.

We still have some time – or whatever is left, to make things better.

We need a government that is capable of governing and negotiating for Britain.

If this government cannot, make way for those who can.

One down, one more to go …

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At last, Amber Rudd has resigned.

It should’ve been done much earlier.

This morning, the Guardian published a letter from Amber Rudd to Theresa May, in which Ms Rudd sets an “ambitious but deliverable” target to deport 10% more immigrants over “next few years”.

If this is not target setting, what else is?

Now, the blame for a badly architected building should not end with its builder only.

One down, one more to go….

Why do our leaders fail to learn from past mistakes?

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It was only a couple of days ago in BBC Newsnight the Conservative MP & Chair of the Defence Committee Julian Lewis and Labour peer Lord Falconer very clearly advised NOT to bomb Syria.

Julian Lewis also stated that the opposition whom US, UK and France try to side with are “overwhelmingly led by Jihadists”.

If you missed the program, I urge you to watch it; here is the link.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09zbf11/newsnight-10042018

 

Current situation in Syria is horrific and extremely alarming.

Chemical, or for that matter ANY attack, on civilians and children are unpardonable.

The culprits should be tried in court of law and punished.

Though not proven, world leaders indicate Assad is the prime culprit.

Even if the chemical attack was carried out by Assad, does that horrific act give permission for USA, UK and France to attack Syria?

Then what?  What next, after bombing?

Western powers to come out and leave Syria to anarchy and to the will of the extremists?

 

It is very clear that public in UK do not want to attack another country.

UK’s parliament too indicate the same mood.

May knows that she will not get enough votes in parliament to attach Syria.

Yet, this minority government’s confused Prime Minister appears to side with a war-mongering US President.

Trump, Macron and May are making the same mistake by Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Cameron.

Why do our leaders fail to learn from past mistakes?

 

There is no doubt that Assad is not innocent.

There is no doubt that things are not pretty in Syria.

But issues like Assad and chemical weapons cannot be resolved by bombing an already war-torn  country.

Instead, the UN and rest of the world should put pressure on Syria – and on Russia who supports them.

Only a strong political process could resolve the issues like Syria.

Salisbury attack and the questions it raises…

Salisbury Attack

What happened in Salisbury should be treated as a terrorist act.

Per news, the culprits used military grade nerve agents.

They not only caused serious harm to the direct victims, but also threatened lives of many others.

Whoever orchestrated the attack should face tough consequences for their actions.

 

The question is – do we know who is responsible?

Do we have foolproof evidence that can be used in a court – national or international – to prosecute the offenders?

 

Not so long ago, a PM took us to war against Iraq.

Later, we found that the reasoning given were untrue.

 

Expelling 23 diplomats is not more serious than going to war.

But do we have proof?

 

There are other important questions as well.

Why is it so easy for someone to bring in military grade chemical weapons to the streets of the UK?

What more can our intelligence services do, to prevent similar attacks in future?

Why is it difficult to confiscate the millions of foreign-mafia investments in the capital, if we have clear evidences?

 

As of now, these questions have no answers.

We need to gather evidences – solid evidences that clearly point to the culprits of this heinous act at Salisbury.

 

Once available, we have the power to take actions.

Appropriate, tough actions; much more than expelling diplomats.

Till then, we only have assumptions.

I sincerely hope our intelligence will bring in all required evidence to prosecute the criminals.

Let us wait for that to happen.

One cannot kill an idea….

Bhagat Singh

One can hang Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

One can topple Lenin’s statue.

But just remember, one cannot kill an idea.

“It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived” – Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

To rest of the political parties in India, just remember the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller