OH, JEREMY CORBYN

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You may remember that we at Munguin’s Republic were pleased when Corbyn won the Labour leadership over the bunch of Blairite Tory-lite contenders.

We were happier still when the disloyal ex- front benchers tried to remove him and first one, and then another, no-hoper, third-rater stood against him, and he not only beat them, but beat them by an ever bigger margin than his first victory.

We laughed too,  at Dugdale’s off on relationship with him. He was useless, then he was the leader and would lead them to victory, then he was useless again, and so on… Not quite sure where she is with him at the moment.

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We don’t rate and indeed have never have rated Dugdale from way back when she was the Noble ffoulkes’ assistant and ran a blog. We’ve no idea what she is like as a person, but as a political leader, she is worse than useless and she’ll never be the first minister.

However, we did rate Corbyn. A proper Labour man, we thought. And we laughed like a drain (even if he did win some seats from the SNP) when he overturned Mayhem’s expectations of an overwhelming victory in her humiliating 2017 General Election. The one she couldn’t lose, but that put paid to “strong and stable”, and left her even more weak and wobbly than before.

OK, we didn’t like his attitude to Scotland, but reckoned that with a bit of time, and given the chance to develop from being simply a North London MP into a supranational leader, he would learn about us, learn what makes us tick… and conclude that we’re not Englishmen with Mc in front of our names. We thought too that he might come to respect the SNP for the left of centre party it was. OK, opposition party but with policies worthy of respect.

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Wrong. He must get his information about the SNP from the Daily Mail.

He came to Scotland this summer to tour marginal seats that Labour might hope to take from the SNP. (Taking seats from the SNP will NOT reduce the number of seats the Conservatives hold… and at the next election they may have a proper leader, a real challenge and not the chaotic, stupid, weak, uninspired and uninspiring waste of space they have now.) But no, Jeremy only wanted to take seats from the SNP.

Unfortunately, he seems to have learned nothing about Scotland.

He seems to think that we are a nation of England.

He appears to be unaware that we have a separate legal system and totally separate laws. He is clearly also unaware that parts of the Kingdom of Denmark are members of the EU, and other parts are not.

He has criticised the SNP for failing to nationalise the railways. This despite Labour in England failing to nationalise the railways in 1997 when they fought an election campaign on the matter, and for the following 13 years in which they were in power and could have done so at a stroke.

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He seems not to know that it was against UK law (including in Labour’s 13 year governance of the UK)  for railways in Scotland to be privatised, until very recently (after the last franchise was awarded). Nor did he seem aware that since that law changed, the Minister for Transport has been working on a plan of how to do this. (NB, I’m not entirely sure why the Herald would call ScotRail troubled, given that it is the best performing rail service in the UK. Odd how the press just hates the Scottish government.)

He doesn’t know about Scottish Water still belonging to the people instead of being a money making concern as in England and Wales.

It would seem that no one told him about the Scottish government mitigating some of the worst of the Conservative’s harsh social security policies. More than £100 million of relief for young people who need housing benefit; for anyone forced to live in homes with a bedroom they do not want or need, due to a shortage of housing, for example.

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He gives the impression of knowing nothing about the setting up of a social security ministry in Scotland that will not operate sanctions that apply in Tory England and Labour Wales.

And he is either ignorant of, or has chosen to ignore, the fact that from next year, carers in Scotland will be £600 a year better off than they are in the UK. And that there will be extra help for the poorest parents.

Free prescriptions, eye tests, bus passes, elderly care all seem to have passed him by.

In all that he has been saying, Mr Corbyn has failed to explain why the Welsh government, a Labour government, has seemingly failed to mitigate Tory cuts. I challenge Mr Corbyn to suggest these changes to Wales, and to pledge them for England should he be their prime minister.

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And his volte face on the single market and customs union, is singularly unimpressive.

I had great hopes for Mr Corbyn. I feel a bit let down.

His motto does seem to be, Tories are a pain, but SNP, no matter what they do, are plain BAD and must be expunged, even if the method of achieving this is to lie through one’s teeth.

Shame.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THE TORIES

 

a may
Hard decision. Stay at home and look like a coward, or turn up and look inadequate?
acuts1
Proud?
a tpories
David Wilson and Graeme Brookes playing at being little boys in Primary 3
adont panic
Jorry Johnsie, too late. We ARE panicking.
airaq
I wonder if Theresa wants to take HER on about it…
amay2
“When nothing’s as good as it used to be…”
amay8
Is it strong and stable though?
adan
Oh look, someone is actually talking to Mayhem.
amay1
“Listen, you can have our health services at a knockdown price… Anything. Just speak to me.”
astrong12
Ooooops.
amay6
And I’ve just imagined you naked.
amay7
And I’d like to thank the Daily Mail and the BBC.
atheresa
Aye Tess, we know that.
aterror
That’s the trouble if you U-turn on a penny.
amay12
Let’s just do without a prime minister then.
amay11
Well, she had to make it look as if she could communicate with humans. UP till now, it’s been a mixture of orange faced morons, and middle eastern head choppers.
ator
And the other hand too.
amay15
Spot on, Caroline Lucas. Incidentally, although I have less than no time at all for Amber Rudd, I salute her for taking part in tonight’s debate. Her father died earlier this week. Even given that May still wouldn’t turn up and do her own debate. Pathetic loser that she is.

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

a kez
Anyone know if she’s supporting Corbyn this week?
agooj
Goodness me, they must be perfect.
aken
Yep, well, that’s what we thought, Ken, but Mrs May knows better.
alabout
Funny how the elderly readership of the Mail hark back to the good old days when they were young. The Tories are going to grant them their wish…rickets anyone?
ajoke
Nothing about the bins, or education, or roads or libraries or housing…?
A tory win
And 22.5% is, as we all know, a resounding win.
amay1
EASTER fox hunts, EASTER killing and tearing to pieces by hounds.  EASTER!!
amayhem
We’ve not had a “Strong and Stable” all of this post. Has anyone read the rest of Mein Kampf?
am£y
Your choice.
ANHS1
Doesn’t hurt to remind them sometimes.
a NHS
Proud record.
Are we president
Bless her. There she is with all these ordinary people, being strong and stable all over the place.

 

 

When thieves fall out, honest men come by their own

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This stuff has been showing up on my Twitter feed all day.

So now the Tories are falling out with each other and this is not just May versus Hammond. Each has his or her own camp followers.

I expect that that will get worse before it gets better. Will they fight for the next three years, or will Hammond get the push?

And Labour in Scotland is at odds again with its bosses in England. Corbyn, who has said in the past that Scotland cannot afford to become independent, has said that May should allow another referendum. Dugdale is fighting tooth and nail against it happening. Seriously you wonder if they are in the same party. They seem to agree about nothing.

Finally, the Liberal Democrats had their Scottish party conference this weekend and a young man named Chris Wilson delivered a speech against his party’s line on independence. He believes that Scotland should be independent in Europe. I hope you’ll find his piece on his twitter page here. The frosty faces in the largely elderly audience show how courageous he was to put over his point of view.

SO, WHAT WITH ONE THING AND ANOTHER…

…THAT WENT WELL, DON’T YOU THINK, KEZ?

Added to what Liam said (above), the conference saw Jeremy, a man I used to respect, being economical with the truth about the EU referendum and harking back to that old chestnut, the Euro. And warning of a hard border turbo-charged austerity and having to eat flags. Jeremy really needs to go read up on the conditions and terms for joining the Euro. He’d find that we couldn’t join it even if we wanted to. As for the hard border, Ed Miliband tried that threat, and what’s he doing these days? The size of his audience reflects the import of what he had to say.

Then we had dear old Sadiq, another guy I had some respect for, lying through his teeth about nationalism and racism. We all know that that ended badly despite Kez  trying to tell us that he didn’t say what he said.

And then there was Kezia bleating on about ‘Stronger Together’ and saying it wasn’t in any way a rehash of Better Together. No Sir, not at all. Entirely different. I mean “better” starts with a B and “stronger” with an S. There, what did I tell you?

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I wonder if being Better… sorry Stronger… together no longer refers to being stronger together in Europe. I mean, only a few short months ago Kezia was telling us, as was Ruth, that we were stronger in the EU. And now we, the Scots, who voted to stay in by a whopping majority, nearly 2-1, are, according to Kezia and Ruth, better or stronger (or whatever) apart. Who knows what they will say next week.

I’m beginning to think that the Labour Party’s branch office don’t really have any policies at all, except for Kez’s “F” plan. (No, not Firmer Together or Fairer Together… and no suggestions from you, Conan!)

I’m talking about the Federal plan, which Gordon Brown promised but then they voted heavily against when they had an opportunity to join with the SNP and Greens and get that outcome in the Smith Commission discussions, or in amendments to the Scotland Act where they voted against the SNP’s proposals. Still, a branch office can change its mind, can’t it?

But, seriously, Kez, do you really think the Tories will go for that?

No, me neither.

And when were you imagining that there would be a Labour government in England again?

Yes, me too.

So it’s not exactly much of a plan, is it? In fact, it’s not a plan at all. It’s something to say that you know will never come true, because neither the Tories nor your own MPs will ever vote for it. So basically it’s bullshit.

Still, Stronger Together sounds catchy. It’s a pity that in reality it is “Stuffed Together”.