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josh

The region supported Brexit.  And voted for the party that has embraced Brexit.  But it's Jeremy Corbyn's fault for the loss?

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Scotland: Normal nation, neurotic neighbour

The Union has been in decline for decades. The root problem is not turbulent Scots, it is a very English failure to develop a healthy nationalism south of the border

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/scotland-normal-nation-neuro...

NorthReport

 

Foreword: May 2017—From British exit to Britain's break-up

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/foreword-may-2017-from-briti...

NorthReport

The rich and powerful protect the rich and powerful

UK attorney general in bid to block case against Tony Blair over Iraq war

Jeremy Wright QC argues crime of aggression does not exist in English law, even though his predecessor reportedly claimed otherwise 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/16/uk-attorney-general-in-...

NorthReport

One can only hope that backbench Tories will now derail the Brexit process

Theresa May was warned not to call snap general election by campaign guru Lynton Crosby

'There is clearly a lot of risk involved with holding an early election - and there is a real need to nail down the 'why' for doing so now,' memo said

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-warned-lynton-...

Sean in Ottawa

NorthReport wrote:

One can only hope that backbench Tories will now derail the Brexit process

Theresa May was warned not to call snap general election by campaign guru Lynton Crosby

'There is clearly a lot of risk involved with holding an early election - and there is a real need to nail down the 'why' for doing so now,' memo said

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-warned-lynton-...

This is not the first time that there would be found to be a difference between a level of support showing in polls when no election is expected and a desire to have an election to vote in that direction.

It would not be the first time to see a politician misread such polls. For a great Canadian example, just ask former Ontario Premier David Peterson.

NorthReport

Brexit cold feet!

Theresa May to make mystery 'important intervention' that could delay Brexit talks, European Parliament negotiator reveals

Guy Verhofstadt claims an intervention by the Prime Minister could delay next round of Brexit negotiations

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-talks-delay-theresa...

NorthReport

The lies and deceit of our political masters, eh!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/06/the-truth-about-wages-and-...

NorthReport

People's March for Europe: Thousands hit streets of London to demand Brexit be reversed

'I'm not angry with the poor sods who voted Leave. They were lied to, and those poor sods are going to get poorer'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-peoples-march-for-e...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

If a couple divorces, then reconsiders, they need to get married again.  If only one of the two reconsiders then that can be a bit more difficult.

I don't think that the UK really has the option to say "whoops, bit of a mistake, please nevermind Article 50!!".  If the UK wants back in, wouldn't the proper next step be to apply for EU membership?  I believe that's actually Article 49.  But people still seem to believe that all the UK has to do at this point is ask for a re-do, and I don't think it's quite that simple.

progressive17 progressive17's picture

Considering how incompetent Teresa May and her government are, why can't they just say, "Brexit? We can't do it. Sorry, but governments break the will of the elected majority frequently and this is one of these times. Sorry, but we don't have the brains to negotiate in Britain's best interest..."

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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why can't they just say, "Brexit? We can't do it. Sorry, but governments break the will of the elected majority frequently and this is one of these times. Sorry, but we don't have the brains to negotiate in Britain's best interest..."

Because they've already gone ahead with Article 50 -- the equivalent of signing the divorce papers.

You're right that they could have ignored the results and chosen not to invoke Article 50 (at which point it would be a solely domestic concern for the UK), but once the Article is invoked, it's done.

If, at this point, they're unable to negotiate in the best interest of the UK then they've still signed the divorce papers but perhaps cannot hope to divide the matrimonial properties to their satisfaction.  The divorce is still final, but the EU keeps the boat, the summer house and the pensions, and the UK keeps their comic book collection, their mother's jewelry and the dog.   That's where they're at right now.  Not "shall we leave?" but "what shall the terms be?"

Anyhoo, I'm not professing to be a European lawyer, so if I'm wrong, and all the UK has to do is say "my bad", then anyone is free to say so (hopefully including a plausible link to whatever loophole there is to Article 50 that nobody seems aware of).

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NorthReport

Knife crime is rising – and we're closing down the very places that could stop it

For some boys, picking up a knife before leaving the house is like putting on shoes. Cuts to community centres like mine could prevent us getting to the root of the problem

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/26/knife-crime-commun...

josh

It is the narrative of social democracy, of economic demand management, of public spending and public goods, of nationalised projects in the name of the society at large, of education from cradle to grave.

It’s a narrative that challenges the leitmotif of the past 40 years: the narrative of TINA – there is no alternative. That’s no alternative to the neoliberal approach to a small state and a free market.

https://www.juancole.com/2017/09/nationalize-utilities-neoliberalism.html

NorthReport

 

Corbyn may well be running against Boris Johnson in the next election

 

Jeremy Corbyn set out to be a political failure. Now he stands on the brink of success

In a move that no one saw coming, Jeremy Corbyn has used his cardigan charisma to win over the country 

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jeremy-corbyn-momentum-labour-confer...

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

"Jeremy Corbyn SET OUT to be a political failure"?

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Ken Burch wrote:

"Jeremy Corbyn SET OUT to be a political failure"?

It's a quote from the article. The author is a right-wing doofus, and a very bad writer. Some of his sentences are quite difficult to parse. I wouldn't take anything this guy says seriously.

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Rev Pesky

Are these the last days of Theresa May?

Theresa May sought to relaunch her premiership on Wednesday by offering voters the “British dream” but the most personal speech of her premiership was overshadowed by a prankster handing her a P45, an incessant cough, and problems with the backdrop.

...With the Conservatives already weakened by the loss of a parliamentary majority in June’s snap election, the accident-prone presentation made some in the party question how long the prime minister could carry on. One MP said colleagues were asking: “Is it going to improve over the next 18 months?” and added: “It’s hard to see how it can.”

...Later, the set behind the prime minister, which read, “Building a country that works for everyone”, began to fall apart, with an F and E dropping to the ground while she was still speaking.

...May concluded her speech by demanding an end to party infighting after a week dominated by stories of division and questions of a leadership challenge following interventions on Brexit by Boris Johnson. She said it was ordinary working people that the party should be thinking of – “not worrying about our job security, but theirs”.

"Ordinary working people", a phrase made famous by our very own Ed Broadbent. Goes to show that 'ordinary working people' can mean anything to anyone.

Anyhow, I suspect Theresa May is not long for the Conservative leadership. From the last election results, to the current open scorn of Boris "Dimwit" Johnson, I think we can start counting the days.

NorthReport

It appears that May's leadership is on the rocks and it is just a matter of time before she is ousted Will she leave voluntarily before she is pushed out the door?

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/conservative-party-conference-tory-m...

NorthReport

Looks like Rudd is the odds on favourite to replace May

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

NorthReport wrote:
It appears that May's leadership is on the rocks and it is just a matter of time before she is ousted Will she leave voluntarily before she is pushed out the door?
">http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/conservative-party-conference-tory-m...

Is it possible she'd call another election just to stop her own party from dumping her?

Rev Pesky

From Ken Burch:

Is it possible she'd call another election just to stop her own party from dumping her?

I doubt it very much. Call an election now, and the Conservatives would be sent to the locker room, no ifs, ands, or buts. So she would lose the leadership in any case.

No, I think, at least for the present, she'll try and tough it out. Only problem is she's going to have to fire Johnson and Gove out of their cabinet seats, and that ain't going to work either.

On the other hand, the Conservative party is still split over leaving the EU, and that split won't heal with a new leader. Basically, they're up the creek. Who knows how it will end?

JKR

Ken Burch wrote:

Is it possible she'd call another election just to stop her own party from dumping her?

LOL. I think there's a greater possibility of her joining Labour.

NDPP

The Rising of Britain's 'New Politics'  -   by John Pilger

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/06/the-rising-of-britains-new-polit...

"Since 1945, like the Tories, British Labour has been an imperial party, obsequious to Washington..."

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EU tells Britain it will make no concessions to break 'disturbing deadlock' in Brexit negotiations

No serious negotiations took place on the question of the divorce bill this week 

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-michel-barnier-dist...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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EU tells Britain it will make no concessions to break 'disturbing deadlock' in Brexit negotiations

It's almost as though the UK doesn't have the whip hand.

NorthReport

Labour says it will join Conservatives to block 'no deal' Brexit

Shadow chancellor speaks as cross-party MPs’ group reveals plans to give parliament ability to veto ‘bad deal’ or ‘no deal’

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/15/labour-says-it-will-joi...

NorthReport

Government faces humiliation as DUP poised to side with Labour over women's pensions

Exclusive: ‘We stand by our manifesto commitment that this issue needs to be dealt with,' DUP tells Prime Minister

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/conservative-tories-dup-la...

Sean in Ottawa

The idea that Boris could take over is past. He no longer is what the Conservatives would need or want. But May might not make it to the election. Would be someone else.

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