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.

 

 

 

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

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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.

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….

Voicemail scandal and question of morality in our times….

UK media is full of the voicemail scandal in last couple of days.  It is alleged that voicemail of  Milly Dowler was hacked in to by a private investigator working for News of the World, back in March 2002 when she was reported missing.  [Milly’s body was found later in 2002, and in June 2011, Levi Bellfield was found guilty and sentenced to life prison.]

The issue of voicemail scandal raise questions on many levels.  I am concerned more on the moral grounds.   The sheer thought of someone knowingly hacked in to voicemail of a missing, probably abducted/murdered 13-year-old, just to make few column headlines in their tabloid is shocking.  Surely, someone high enough in News of the World hierarchy would’ve approved and agreed this to go-ahead?  They were not even concerned that this could have an adverse effect on the search for the missing girl.  What does that say about the journalistic ethics of News of the World?  How much low can these multi-national news corporates stoop down  to sell few additional copies of their tabloid?  No one thinks this is an isolated incident – it is just the tip of an ugly huge iceberg.  Media has already reported that phone hacking might have happened in Holly Wells /Jessica Chapman case, and also in case of 7/7 London terror victims.  

It is very welcome that a number of businesses, including Ford, have already withdrawn advertising from News of the World.  Public enquiry promised by David Cameron too is welcomed.  The enquiry should not only look in to the voicemail hacking and how the investigator got hold of the mobile number, but also into morality of two greate professions – Journalism and Police.  Strong allegations that “rough” police officers are ready to do anything for money is an absolute disgrace.  Justice delayed is justice denied.  Whether the public enquiry costs a lot of money and/or time, government should go ahead with it as early as possible – as no one can put a price on society’s morality and victim’s/relative’s sentiments.  No one can put a price on the trust and expectations we have on our media and police.  As always, just a few journalists/ police officers are ruining the reputation of whole of  their respective professions.  The corrupt should be brought to daylight and severely punished.   

What we should read along with this is the possible takeover of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which News of the World is part of.  While it could be argued that these two are separate incidents, how can we be sure that the News giant has separate rules/morals for different wings of their empire?  The way senior executives are transferred (Rebekah Brooks under whose tenure the phone hacking happened is now the Chief Executive of News International)  between these subsidiaries , how easy is it for News Corp to prove that the hands of its executives are clean and ethics are undiluted?

 

Fabian Gala Dinner a.k.a. aristocratic left get together….

First let me confess – I recently migrated to UK and am not so familiar with the left organisations here.  That said, straight to the question bothering me: What’s happening to the Fabians?  I refer to event http://www.fabians.org.uk/events/events-news/fabian-society-gala-dinner announced in the Fabian website.  It proudly states – “All attendees will be treated to wine and a three course meal…..”

For an opportunity to meet and listen to these aristocratic lefts, one has to spend £85!  Youngsters, don’t worry – in these days of austerity, you have been kindly awarded a discount of £20!  But for this kindness from the supreme elite, you have to satisfy yourselves with only half a bottle of wine!  Socialism in action! Long live equality!

And just look at the venue!  Where else can we meet the common proletariat, than at this posh London restaurant?  Is this how the Fabians plan to make inroads into the hearts and minds of public? What happened to the good old street corner meetings and public events that the normal, not-so-rich common person could attend?

Do this lot truly represent the left?  Or are they just another face of armchair, sorry, “altitude” socialism?  Eagerly waiting for an answer, and I am only too happy to be proved wrong….

Something Stupid…the lyrics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f48fpoSEPU

I know I stand in line until you think you have the time
To spend an evening with me
And if we go someplace to dance, I know that there’s a chance
You won’t be leaving with me

 And afterwards we drop into a quiet little place and have a drink or two
And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like “I love you”I can see it in your eyes

 That you despise the same old lies you heard the night before
And though it’s just a line to you, for me it’s true
And never seemed so right before

I practice every day to find some clever lines to say
To make the meaning come through
But then I think I’ll wait until the evening gets late and I’m alone with you
The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get red and, oh, the night’s so blue

And then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like “I love you”.

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As they are readily available thoroughout the Internet in many forms, I honestly think I have not violated any copyright laws.  I would like to re-iterate that I do not intend to violate any copyright laws.   If there is any copyright infringement, please let me know and I will remove them as soon as I am aware of.

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First they came for Communists

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Famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller on those who are inactive and become boiled frogs.

They came first for the Communists, and I did not speak out
because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out,
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out,
because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me, and by that time
no one was left to speak up.

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Above are copied here only due to honest admiration towards these works, and with a sincere motive to let more people know about them (even though I am sure the whole world have read/heard them already!)

As they are readily available throughout the Internet in many forms, I honestly think I have not violated any copyright laws.  I would like to re-iterate that I do not intend to violate any copyright laws.   If there is any copyright infringement, please let me know and I will remove them as soon as I am aware of.

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