THE EARTHQUAKE IN BRITISH POLITICS APPEARS TO BE MORE LIKE A LITTLE SHUDDER

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Leaving the Labour Party:

– Chuka Umunna

– Luciana Berger

– Chris Leslie

– Angela Smith

– Mike Gapes

– Gavin Shuker

– Ann Coffey

So, so far the great rebellion of Labour MPs is at a stunning 7.

Now, in fairness, the press conference is set for 10pm presumably in the hopes that someone else will join them before that. And preferably someone that we might have heard of. (Someone pointed out that at least most folk had heard of at least three of “The Gang of Four.)

Of course, we have all heard of Chuka Umunna. To be honest, I thought he was pretty much a Tory anyway.

And today we have learned a little about Angela Smith, who appears to have a strange attitude to the BME population, all the while joining a group protesting against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

It must be something of a record to have to apologise about something as divisive as this within hours of launching a breakaway group. Maybe the rest of them are wondering if she is much of an asset.

Press conference at 10 when we’ll know who is leaving and how many – will be live on

Douglas mentioned (on the last post) that they might be expecting some Tories to join them. I thought it unlikely, but Laura Kuenessberg seems to feels that it is possible and she’s likely to know.  Perhaps we shall know at 10.

Notably, despite his clear distaste for Corbyn, Mr Union Jacket has decided to stay with the party. No Scottish MP has so far joined the rebels.

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Stay tuned, but so far it’s hardly an impressive showing.

I would suggest though, that with Brexit only a matter of fewer than 6 weeks away and still absolutely no sign of any convergence in the Uk parliament about how they will leave, it’s an odd time to have a family squabble. And I can’t help but think that the Honda workers in Swindon will be less than impressed by their internal wrangles.

SOPPY SUNDAY

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Morning all.

Slovenia. 

n pic
You take my picture and I’ll take yours.

n dog1
Yeah, that’s it, the idea is not to get your bottom wet!

N barn
Barn Owl.

n bear 2
Nah, it’s not that cold and the salmon is really good.

n blue mycena mushroom
Blue Mycena Mushroom.

n cow
Nothing like a nice beach holiday, wouldn’t you agree?

n faroes
Faroes.

n f
Handsome, aren’t I?

n pink poppies
Pretty in Pink.

n fin swan
Finnair announce the departure of…

n jumping
I’m training for the high jump in the Oceana Olymoics.

n lion 7
It must be Love, Love, Love.

n koala
A boy and his bear… well not really a bear.

n rh
This is what I’ll look like when I grow up.

n goaty
Aren’t I the most handsome black and white animal on Soppy Sunday today?

n mummy
Sometimes, you just need a cuddle.

n thailand
Thailand

n wake up, it's breakfast time for burds
Hey, wake up, lazy bones. Birds get hungry in the morning.

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Well, that’s it. I’m gonna make a quick getaway while my mummy’s sleeping. Adventures to be had. See you next week.

 

WHAT A DAMNED CHEEK!

According to this story, around a third of British businesses are making plans to or have already relocated some staff to Europe in preparation for Brexit.

That’ll be another thing they didn’t manage to get onto the side of a bus.

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Oh, and because that idiot schoolboy, Gavin Williamson (aged 13 1/4, dunce of the lower third), threatened China with an aircraft carrier which isn’t ready and which has no planes, Deputy Prime Minister Hu has cancelled trade talks with the UK. But it’s OK. We don’t really need a trade deal with China. Mr F… oh damn, sorry, DOCTOR Fox has just signed a deal with the Faroe Islands.

So Nah nah nah nah nah, to you China.

Given it’s Valentine’s, here’s a poem I stole from Martin Vickers

“Roses are red Violets are blue

In Beijing they read Our newspapers, too

Daffodils yellow Carnations white;

That’s what we get when Our Government’s shite.

The flowers in the wreaths read, wilted and grey:

“Late, unlamented, The former U.K.” “

Ohhhhh, Richard Leonard

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Yesterday, Scottish Labour bemoaned the fact that too many people working in Scotland are living beneath the £10 an hour so-called (by George Osborne) Living Wage.

Of course, that is true. Far too many people do work and yet live in poverty. And many people on Gideon’s Living Wage have to claim tax credits and other social security benefits.

It is a bad situation.

Mr Leonard appeared to say that he would give them all rises of up to £2,600 a year. All 500,000 of them. Generous man.

The trouble is that Minimum Wage legislation lies within the purview of the hated Tory government in London.

Now, I seem to recall that Minimum Wage legislation was something that the Scottish government asked to be devolved. And I also recall that Scottish Labour voted against. 

Any notion that the Tories would want to see poor Scots £2,6000 better off, at the expense of business owners, is rather far fetched.

Still, I suppose it makes a good headline for those who do not care to look beyond the headline soundbite.

Today, Our Richard was having a go at the NHS in Scotland.

According to Scottish Labour, it is failing people.

And to prove it, they put together a video. Mindful of a previous video where an NHS nurse was found in fact not to be an NHS nurse, they did indicate at the beginning of the video that parts had been played by actors. 

Now, our NHS isn’t perfect, I think we all know that. It takes too long to get an appointment with a doctor for starters, hospital food can be unappetising and in a couple of hospitals where the government’s lawyers couldn’t break the terms of contracts signed years ago, the parking charges are ridiculous. 

Of course, Brexit hasn’t helped with the situation. Many people working in the NHS are from Europe and, saddled with applications for residency permits, some after working here for a quarter of a century and more, have just given up and announced their return to the EU where they will be welcomed and treated like valued citizens.

But for all its faults, it is a good health service. Indeed, I think by most measures, it is the best in these islands and we should be rightly proud of it and the people who provide it at every level.

That said, if Labour can suggest ways that it can be improved, we would, I am sure, welcome their suggestions, wouldn’t we?

There’s a small fly in the ointment though… If we look for an example of how Labour runs a health service, we find that maybe their advice might not be that good.

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Isn’t it about time, given the results of the latest Yougov poll of voting intentions for Westminster showing Labour reduced to one seat in Scotland (aye, old Union Jacket), for the annual branch office leadership contest?

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Who this time… James Kelly?

LET’S LAUGH AT BREXIT…

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Don’t you wish those bloody foreigners would learn to write English?

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Coming to a beach near you. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Where to? Hopefully British Antarctican Territories. (No offence, Munguin!)

brefigs
So THAT’S what was on the side of that bus. Wish I’d gone to Specsavers!

£tess
Britain, the absolute centre of attraction at any gathering

b3
I suppose it was Nige. After all, you haven’t had to do anything at all except stand on the sidelines and carp . (A bit like you, Tris, Munguin.)

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Well, see below. We need special treatment.

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We’re British, don’t you know, what what!

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Pretty much an ordinary day in Westminster.

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Well, you didn’t try for long you puffed up waste of whatever you’re made of. You took the huff and pissed off tout de suite when you didn’t get your way. Not that we were sorry to see the back of you.

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Telt!

Bresx
But, that said, I knew bugger all about prisons, or trains or unemployment or really anything else. Remember, I was the one that couldn’t organise a traffic jam. I am a total airhead… but I’m pretty with it, aren’t I? 

brexfox
Well, it’s all down to you, your doctorness. Just as well it’s easy or you’d cock it up…

brexfo2
…Ooooops, spoke too soon.

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Well, the current government is just the one to do it then.

 

No, honestly, everything will be just fine

Ah, wait, if we can’t eat our pets… what about our neighbours?

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Oh, I say DOCTOR Fox,

What happened to the 40 trade deals you told us you’d have ready on the day we left.

So far, I understand that Switzerland and the Faroe Islands have signed up. And given that you’ve flown around the world 4 times, first class, in the getting of them, I think that’s fairly crap value for money, don’t you?

I’m also rather dubious about the Uk being the 5th largest economy in the world given that the USA, China, Japan, India and Germany are bound to be bigger… not to mention probably France. Certainly, after Brexit, it will be lucky to be the 15th largest…

Unless you count the market in black market food.

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I’d say that Nigel Farage’s new party just made a no deal Brexit a lot more likely, given that if the Maybot fails to do what “the British people ‘apparently’ voted for”, ie cut their throats and stab themselves in the heart, then the Tories will lose big time to old Nigel at the next election.

Oh, what fun we are having.

Start stockpiling.

TRAINS AND BOATS AND PLANES

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ON THE GOOD SHIP

James Brokenshire was on the Marr show today, saying that Transport Secretary (England) Chris Grayling was completely up to the job. He didn’t exactly say that of course, not being a complete idiot, and therefore aware that May could, indeed should, replace our Chris with the Downing Street cat or perhaps a lump of wet clay next week.

In a government of incompetents, led by an incompetent prime minister, Chris Graying stands out as the incompetents’ incompetent.

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He proved to be an utter disaster at the English Justice ministry, with his successor having to overturn most of what he had done. Jail privatisation has resulted in companies reducing staffing levels, replacing experienced officers with inexperienced recruits… and needless to say not enough of them for the growing prison population, resulting in the odd riot here and there.

His successors are looking at introducing the policy put forward by the Scottish government of not imprisoning those whose crimes are worthy of a sentence of 1 year or less.

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At Transport Chris Graying has overseen chaos on English trains including the all-important London commuter services and those in the North of England which were supposed to be a part of the Tories’ big plans for the regeneration of that region.

And we should not forget that Graying was spent time at the DWP. Need we say more?

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What can we say about the pizza delivery company that was supposed to be running ferries it didn’t have, from a port that had no capacity for them to a port which had no customs or infrastructure, and upon which Grayling assured us that due diligence had been carried out by his department?

While that contract has now been cancelled due to the inability of Pepe’s Pizzas to fulfil any of the terms (despite the due diligence so carefully applied), we now have two other contracts to bring goods from Europe. Unfortunately, given the “taking back control” aspect of the Brexit fervour, these companies are French and Dutch! The failed company was, of course, British.

Mais, alors, nous aurons les passeports bleus en moins de 60 jours!

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In another issue to do with transport, James Kelly (Labour’s “sit down” stand up Scottish comedian) has (among others) for the last few days, been ranting about the scheme to give councils the power to make a charge for workplace parking in an effort to raise money and reduce traffic.

Mr Kelly, who is a Glasgow MSP, is highly critical of this scheme.

Mr Kelly has said “People should not be facing the SNP’s tax on getting to work. Workers here in Cambuslang and across Scotland do not want this tax, especially when ScotRail and local buses are a shambles under the Nationalists.”

Of course, all public transport could do with improvement, but it should be noted that ScotRail is among the best, if not the best performing rail company in the UK, despite the appalling standards of the infrastructure.

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However, as Glasgow councillor Mhairi Hunter points out “It would be awkward if Glasgow Labour’s 2017 manifesto included a commitment to investigate introducing a workplace parking levy”.

And awkward it is:

As indeed does Labour in Edinburgh.

Well, what say you, Mr Kelly?

Nothing?

Well, in the immortal words of the Presiding Officer: “Sit down, Mr Kelly”

SOPPY SUNDAY

n orantiger
Morning. My pussycat and me have been having a lil sleep.

n puppy
Who could resist those eyes?

n mates
Hey, I’ve been looking for a hat like that for ages. Mind if I have it?

n pup1
Woof. I’m ferocious.

n pretty flamingo
If I make a pretty reflection, would you take a photograph of me and put it up on Soppy Sunday?

n arora oban frank
Arora at Oban taken by Frank..to whom thanks.

N BC Canada, pure
Pure clear water in BC Canada.

n cheetah
Did you say I was a cheater?

n chick
I did drop something…

n ducky
Royal birdies.

n bison
Never go out without your fur coat on, said my mother when I was just a calf.

n burg eltz
Burg Eltz

n elepnat
The ferry company that isn’t a ferry company has lost the contract, you say? No ferries, no port, and only a Hawaiian Pizza to deliver. Why would you ever put Chris Grayling in charge of anything?

n ice
Beautiful Iceland.

n sleep
Zzzzzzz…….

n frog
If I kiss you, will you turn into a beautiful princess?

n mooo.jpg
What d’ya think of my tattoo?

Thanks to David for this, and indeed for the link to the other fantastic pictures on this site. Really worth a look.

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This pic is especially for Ed, who is under the weather at the moment, with the message “Get well soon, Ed, from Munguin and his new Republic.”