Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

 

Today in the UK, the High Court ruled that the Government must put the triggering of Article 50 to a vote in Parliament so as not to undermine the sovereignty of Parliament. This ruling has, it’s fair to say, not gone down very well amongst some quarters of the political sphere.

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It has been 14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks forced the West to launch the “War On Terror”. So how’s it going?

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I’m not a prolific blogger, but every now and then a story arises that either piques my interest, or just gets the outrage flowing. Usually it’s the Daily Mail that is causing this outrage, as bile and hate flows (in my opinion) from its insidious pages. Over the past week, the story has been about the father of Ed Miliband and how he apparently “hated” Britain. Ralph Miliband’s crime, in the eyes of the Daily Mail as far as I can see, was to reject the capitalist political landscape being created post-war in favour of a more Marxist socialist future. Whether you agree with his politics or not, so far there’s not really anything that suggests he hated this country – the country he fled to when he feared persecution by Nazi Germany, let’s not forget. A diary entry, written when he was 16 (hardly a time to be judging people on their beliefs – I didn’t like tennis when I was 16…), states

“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world… When you hear the English talk of this war you sometimes almost want them to lose it to show them how things are.”

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On Monday 8th August, I (like many others across the country) watched in horror as the citizens of this country turned on it, and bit hard. I watched as young people of all types set fire to a car and pushed it into a wall. I watched the police standing back, not wanting to let the rioters and looters have their way, but unable to make a stand against them. I was amongst those who called for David Cameron to stop tipping Italian waitresses and come back to England to try and sort this mess out.

In the aftermath, I kind of wished he’d stayed on holiday and let someone else take charge.

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With a couple of weeks to go until the May 5th referendum both the “Yes” and “No” brigades are in full electioneering swing. There are “Party Political” style broadcasts on TV, and leaflets going through every door telling everyone and their dog what is wrong with the other’s system. Am I the only one that is just a little bit tired of the bickering and electioneering being employed by both sides?

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We are coming close now to learning whether a referendum will go ahead on the same day as local council elections, as the House Of Lords begins the run of concessions needed to ensure a vote is won by the Conservatives. Just last night, Labour forced an amendment allowing the referendum to be discarded should turnout be less than 40% (which in my own opinion it will be). The Lords are arguing over more and more concessions each day, although the major one, the one that has caused all this ruckus in the Lords in the first place, remains.

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On May 5th, alongside the local council elections taking place nationwide, there will be a referendum vote on the proposed change to an AV system to replace First Past The Post for general elections. But does anyone REALLY understand what the change entails?

The main argument for the change to AV is that it will allow for a fairer representation of MPs in parliament. Let’s examine what the change will do.

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