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.

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

Labour’s Brexit Position

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I voted Leave.

I support Labour.

I also agree with Labour’s new Brexit approach.

From what I read and understood, it is a sensible way to move forward.

Why I like it?

1.     It is clear and well-drafted.

2.     While it allows UK to have its sovereignty, it also ensures the working people and industries are taken care of.

3.     It is conditionalUK will stay in Customs Union only if we have a say in EU trade deals.

4.     It does not blindly go behind the Leave for Leave’s sake – which is what May has desperately proposed; worried by the Leave win.  PM’s is a pity attempt with main focus to keep the Tory votes together.  It does not solve a problem called Brexit.

As I mentioned earlier, a sensible way forward.

Waiting for more details to emerge from Corbyn’s office – for a sensible, positive approach to Brexit – which the UK voted for.

 

Passive Spectator or Active Participant?

I generally don’t share star views, but here’s one from Randeep Hooda for the day.

While I like the good part of this tweet, feels a bit uneasy to accept it in its entirety.

Should we just look away from “youth on drugs”?

Should we stay away, while people are being marginalized due to their faiths or believes?

Instead of being a passive spectator, we should actively discuss the current topics and happenings with friends and people around us.

Instead of stop watching news, we should demand for truth and facts; we should hold media accountable for what they broadcast.

What do you think?

£1Bn for a chair, but no money for pencils?

 

Have you read the news about schools not having enough money?

Not enough money to buy “glue, pencils, paper, tape and reading books”?

Per BBC News, the latest plea is from Robert Piggott CofE School in Wargrave, Berkshire.

A school, which is in the Maidenhead constituency represented by Mrs May since 1997.

What a sorry state of schools in constituency of the PM of world’s 5th biggest economy!

This PM had no money issues while agreeing for £1bn DUP-Tory payment – to cement her Prime Ministerial chair.

Chair that is even more wobblier now, is another sad story.

There is only one reason for not allocating enough funds to schools.

It is part of wider, deliberate attempt by this nasty, minority government to destroy UK’s public services.

How could we trust this PM and her gang to conduct Brexit negotiations, if under their rule school’s cannot even afford to buy essential items?

If there is still some dignity left, it’s time for Theresa May to admit failure and leave her post.

Mrs. May owes at least that much to the next generation.

The generation who are in schools, still waiting for their pencils and reading books.

Yanis Varoufakis and Brexit speech …

Yanis Varoufakis, I admire your books and the brave stand you take in world politics.

 

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy” is one of the greatest books that I have read on economics, which nicely explains world market conditions and capitalism in simpler words.

 

That said, pardon my shallow knowledge in economics, I politely disagree with your Brexit recommendations at the Royal Society on 7th Nov.

 

Why should the UK be part of a failing institute? If – as you mentioned – even in 1990s it was a bad idea to join the EU, why  should it now be better for Britain to self-harm itself by continuing in this relationship?

 

As you rightly mentioned in your speech, the money just reaches the Deutsche Bank either way.  So why should the UK continue in this mess knowingly?

 

Why should it not take this opportunity to be strong, independent and have a direct relationship with rest of the world, without the EU bureaucracy that mercilessly treated (and still treating) Greece?

 

I agree with you that the UK, like Indiana Jones, is running fast on a disintegrating bridge;  running as fast it can, away from a bureaucratic monstrosity.

 

The only way is forward and away.  Going back to EU or standing still is just not an option.

 

 

United Against Terrorism

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Yet another terror attack has taken lives in streets of the UK.

A small number of extremists have yet again murdered innocents.

My thoughts are with the injured and families who lost their loved ones.

Election is the last thing in my mind; this post is not an attempt to score points either.

Instead, here are my opinions, in no particular order, from the moment I came to know about the brutal attack last night near London Bridge.

  • Nuclear weapons are not the answer for all threats; in fact, they were least useful yesterday – in all senses.
  • We need more police, more nurses, more doctors and even more emergency facilities.  Reducing these positions and services will only weaken our responses.
  • “Strong” words have little impact on radicalised, vicious minds.  Publically defeating terrorist ideologies via thought provoking discussions will have much better impact than “strong” words of retaliations – which only fade away as victim’s angry words coming from hurting sentiments.
  • Public sector services respond to terror situations and need more attention and investments.  Businesses and private sector focus on profitability, not terrorism.  Let us not forget the learnings we had from G4S scandal during Olympics.

Major parties have done the right thing by suspending election campaign for a day.  Hope a day’s deviation will make our political leaders think about priorities and considerations. If it could stop terror related deaths and carnage from our streets, that will be the best outcome of the day.