Jacinda is the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Chris Davies, you might remember, was recalled by his constituents in Brecon and Radnorshire after being convicted of fraud in relation to parliamentary expenses.
Clearly having more front than Rothsay, he stood in the by-election that followed… and lost.
It seems, though, that you can’t keep a bad man down, and on November 11 we discovered that he had been selected to stand for the Tories in the constituency of Ynys Môn (one of the seats where the Liberal Dems and Greens have stood down).
However, today we discovered that he has decided (or it has been decided for him) that he will, in fact, not be standing after all.
I’m not sure about this, but I can’t remember another election where so many people have been obliged to stand down from candidacy.
It will come as no real surprise to anyone that Daily Telegraph columnist and ex-New Labour MP (and one-time candidate for the leadership of the Scottish branch office), Tom Harris, is voting Tory in this election. I’m not sure I’d thank him for advertising it if I were the Tories. He’s pretty well forgotten or disliked around these parts.
The floods in Northern and Midland England are horrific. Initially, of course, the prime minister said that there was no emergency, presumably because neither Downing Street nor Chequer found itself under water.
However, in the last few days, it appears that someone in his entourage who has remembered that there is an election in the offing, has decided that it is, indeed, a national emergency deserving of a COBRA meeting. Johnson was dispatched to do some campaigning in the areas concerned complete with wellies and a bucker and mop.
He’d have done better to stay in his palatial surroundings, dry and safe from getting any more rotten because the reception he got was far from what he would have liked. He’s really not very good with ordinary people.
I read this morning that the SNP would consider court action if, after a successful election campaign and a majority of SNP MPs, they were still refused a Section 30 Order by Johnson.
As Doctor Paul Monaghan points out, being found against by the courts would be a huge risk for Johnson to take.
Awwww…. lead us don’t leave us, eh?
Never mind, think of all the teacakes they’ll be exporting.
Today, at FMQs, Nicola Sturgeon pointed out to Jackson Carlaw, that the party couldn’t have much confidence in him if they were still using Ruth Davidson’s name in their election literature (which they are).
Davidson, probably without giving it any thought, tweeted:
Nicola Sturgeon: the last person on earth who should be talking about political predecessors.
I’m thinking that she must be referring to Alex Salmond, Nicola’s predecessor as First Minister.
OK, so he was a pretty good first minister, who ran an effective minority government for 4 years (without the aid of a taxpayer-funded bribe), and then managed to win a majority in a system designed specifically to prevent that outcome.
(This is particularly interesting given that, in a system designed to provide one of the two main UK parties with large majorities on a small percentage of the vote, most of the governments in London over the past 10 years have been coalitions, dependent on bribed partners, or minority governments unable to get any work done and hence obliged to seek yet another General Election.)
As senior politicians go, Mr Salmond comes out quite well certainly by comparison with his English counterparts.
So what else could she be referring to?
Well, it seems to me that the PR company with which Davidson had a job (until she didn’t), had a narrow squeak. Because we can only assume that she is making reference to Mr Salmond’s upcoming trial. And if so, that is a humdinger of a mistake.
As Peat Worrier pointed out:
Alex Salmond has been charged with two counts of attempted rape, nine sexual assaults, and two indecent assaults. The case remains active – and undecided. For anyone to treat it as some kind of comic political football really is beneath contempt.
Scottish Tories – named and anonymous – have been talking about this prosecution with an ugly relish for months now. It is, I think, a terrible look. This isn’t some kind of political game and serious people contemplating this serious process ought to understand that.
The way I understood Scots Law was that a person was considered to be innocent until shown to be otherwise.
A defendant goes into court an innocent man or woman, and it is the job of the prosecution to prove his/her guilt.
Of course, Peat Worrier knows a good deal more than I do. Him being a lawyer. So, indeed, would have Annabel Goldie, also a lawyer. I just can’t see her making that kind of mistake.
So what on earth was Davidson doing talking about Alex as if she had some knowledge of the outcome?
We know she opened her silly mouth and let the cat out of the bag with postal votes at one time, an offence in itself.
Not only is she indiscrete, but she doesn’t learn a lesson.
It is probably sensible and for the best that she is leaving politics.
So, if there is no Conservative Party left on November 1, why are they so keen to have a General Election in December?
I mean, if the Tories cease to exist, The Brexit party and Labour will carve up England between them (well OK, the LibDems may pick up a few seats too even if their leader sounds like she comes from South Africa! (I mean what IS that accent?)
Also, Boris Johnson, intellect and breadth… in one sentence? Surely not.
Dominic, on the side of the downtrodden workers, swamped with nasty foreign regulations and court judgments and done out of employment by EU workers. Just as well we voted for him, eh?
Well, Richard, what do you reckon? Will you call for these things to be devolved?
Then, if it went wrong, you could reasonably blame the Scottish government. As it is the shortcomings are firmly in the court of your beloved Tory UK. And honestly, even with the world’s second most chaotic government, Labout is still a country mile behind Boris “the ditch” Johnson.
For those on Twitter, give Sarah a follow. Great posts.
Ooooops! As Mr Grayson would have it… Shut that door!
Now, I’m no apologist for Corbyn, but it’s a bit of a cheek that the Tory Daily Mail on Sunday highlights a bloke taking 40 winks on a L-O-N-G train journey from England to Scotland. Especially when their own snooze on the front benches while he should be listening to a debate.
I hear Gove has been ranting at Corbyn about how much money the Tories have spent on the NHS. However much it is, the English NHS is short of 10,000 doctors and over 40,000 nurses, so it’s not enough.
Ho Hum…Things go better with Coke?
Also, anyone know how much bribe money is now on the table for Northern Ireland?
Anyone care to hazard a guess that the Scottish Secretary, Union Jack, is fighting for the same sort of money for Scotland, which also voted to stay in the EU?
Does anyone know what constituency in Northern Ireland this loonie represents?
According to Richard Leonard, Labour’s branch office in Scotland would scrap the ‘work car park tax’. You know, the one that isn’t a tax and isn’t imposed by the government, but is a form of devolution to local authorities of tax, which thay may choose to implement or not.
Yeah, that one.
In fact, the one that Labour actually very much likedd and was going to introduce in Glasgow.
Until, that is, the Greens and the SNP agreed to give the councils the power to introduce the tax if they felt so inclined. The, of course, it became a BAAAAAD idea.
Mr Leonard said: “Many people across Scotland simply cannot rely on our crumbling transport system because it is more interested in profits than passengers.
“The solution to this problem is not to slap a new tax on getting to work, it is to transform our transport system. That is why Scottish Labour will axe the tax in government, bring our railways into public ownership and build a free bus network to serve communities across the country.”
He might well have added: “Labour will borrow Mrs May’s Magic Money Tree and shake it for all they are worth. We will be seeking advice from Arlene on how to get out hands on it.”
Because, although all of these ideas are excellent, they are, at the same time, costly. Free bus travel, for example, is a superb idea already introduced in some Scandinavian countries. What Mr Leonard doesn’t say is how he will pay for it.
This railways stuff it interesting. Again, a great idea.
Railways in the UK were privatised by John Major.
As I recall, Labour came to power in the UK in 1997 on a promise to re-nationalise them. But, for some reason, it didn’t.
Nor did the Labour-led administrations in Scotland in the first two parliaments even attempt to have the power devolved so that they could do what their bosses in London had promised and failed to do. Eight years in power and not a request; not a sniff.
The SNP, on the other hand, are working on this.
On the subject of the branch offices havers, I’m told that following Nicola’s pledge that she will request a Section 30 from the government shortly, Jackson Carlot has said that the Scottish Tories (branch office) will never agree to that.
Erm, I think you’ll find, Jack, mate, that no one was, for a split second, even vaguely thinking of asking you. Well, above your pay grade.
OK, we should probably say something about the other wee branch office, I suppose, otherwise, they may feel belittled and left out… almost like they didn’t matter (snigger).
Let me see…
Oh yeah, got it:
Willie Rennie is on holiday in Spain when he should be in parliament.
There! I knew he’d have done something of note.