Posts Tagged ‘tories’

 

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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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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First of all, Happy New Year to all my readers, hope you had a great time and best of luck for the year ahead.

January 1st 2011 saw the rise in fuel duty (unchanged by George Osborne in his emergency budget after the election). The 0.76p rise in fuel duty, combined with a VAT rise from 17.5% to 20% on the 4th January, will see motorists in England paying more than £6 per gallon, and some areas of Scotland will be facing £7 per gallon of fuel. There is a further increase in fuel duty of 1p due in April which will push prices even higher.

All political parties see the fuel duty income as a vital part of reducing the fiscal deficit, and prices will no doubt continue to rise with each successive budget. But is it really the best way forward?

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Prime Minister’s Questions today was an interesting affair. It started out slowly with the usual procedural question and one regarding UAV defence plans, easily knocked off the bat by David Cameron. It was when Ed Miliband came to the despatch box that things began to get a little interesting.

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On Wednesday 3rd November the Coalition’s plans for university tuition fees were announced. From 2012 universities will be forced to rely on fees for course funding as opposed to state support, with a two-tier cap system being brought in. The cap will be set at £6000, with a second cap of £9000 for those universities that can show that they are supporting the poorer students in gaining a place at their university.

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