Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Where is the 48 per cent?

Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“With the snap election approaching, some Brexit-bashing politicians maintain that galvanising the support of the 48 per cent is a surefire means to electoral victory. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has announced that the ‘Lib Dems are the only choice for the 48 per cent.’ Gina Miller, the self-appointed leader of spurned Remainers, has launched a new campaign to ensure anti-Brexit MPs don’t lose their seats. The businesswoman hopes that tactical voting will ensure the 48 per cent will have their voice heard. But do a bit of digging and it becomes clear that the 48 per cent is nothing more than a myth. Yes, 16.1 million people voted to Remain in the EU last June. And yes, that did represent 48 per cent of people who turned out to vote. After referendum day, however, the 48 per cent ceased to exist. Rather than respond to the result with a unified squeal, as Gina and her band would have you think, the vast majority of those who voted Remain accepted the result and moved on.” (05/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/where-is-the-48-per-cent/

UK: Corbyn says elites trying to “hijack” Brexit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Jeremy Corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to ‘hijack’ Brexit as he formally launched Labour’s campaign. Speaking in Manchester, the Labour leader said the question of whether the UK would leave the EU had been ‘settled’ and the task was to protect the national interest not show ‘who can be toughest with Brussels.’ He promised a reckoning for ‘tax cheats and greedy bankers’ after the election. ‘We have four weeks to show what kind of country we are,’ he said. In the run-up to the speech, Mr Corbyn insisted he would stay on as Labour leader even if the party loses at the general election.” (05/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39852719

The council house smoking ban

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“his is a step in the War on Smoking I have predicted for years. Smoking has been banned almost everywhere else. Why not redraft council tenancies to ban smoking? Indeed, why stop here? The next step will be to lean on insurance companies to make it hard for private landlords not to ban their tenants from smoking. After that, it will be more pressure on the insurance companies, and perhaps on mortgage lenders too, to cover owner-occupied properties. No one expects these bans to be universally obeyed. They will not at first be universally enforced. The idea is to bring them in, and leave them for a while. First enforcement will probably be against the sort of council tenants who deserve to be evicted on other grounds. After that, the vice will gradually tighten. Before it is very tight, smoking will have been effectively made a criminal offence.” (05/08/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/05/08/the-council-house-smoking-ban/

UK: Conservatives open up record polling lead

Source: Reuters

“British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party has opened up the biggest lead on record for polls conducted by research firm ICM, suggesting it remains on course for a sweeping win in a national election in a month’s time. An ICM poll published on Monday, which was conducted immediately after the Conservatives scored big wins in local elections last week, gave May’s party a 22-point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of the June 8 national election. May caught her political rivals and investors unawares last month when she called the election, saying she wanted strong backing from voters before she launches into tough negotiations with the European Union about Britain’s departure from the bloc.” (05/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-election-poll-icm-idUSKBN1841NF

Facebook removes “tens of thousands” of accounts in attempt to fix upcoming UK election

Source: Engadget

“Facebook has doubled its efforts to tackle fake news in the UK. As the nation heads towards a snap general election, the company has removed ‘tens of thousands’ of accounts which it believes were involved in the spread of misinformation. The crack-down is attributed to new detection tools, first announced in April, which can spot suspicious patterns of activity, including repeat posting and sudden spikes in post volume. Tackling these bogus accounts will, as a byproduct, curb the spread of spam, fake news and other ‘deceptive content,’ Facebook claims.” (05/08/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/08/facebook-fake-news-accounts-uk-election/

End leaks and secrecy — put Brexit talks on TV

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Conservative prime minister Theresa May says the UK government’s negotiating position with the EU has been ‘misrepresented’ by ‘the bureaucrats of Brussels’ and their media allies, who leaked details of private talks in an effort to interfere in the British General Election and undermine Brexit. May has also insisted she will not respond to ‘Brussels gossip’ by getting dragged into a tit-for-tat battle of the leaks. That sounds fair enough — but not far enough. What we need are not more leaks of secret UK-EU talks, but less secrecy altogether.” (05/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/end-leaks-and-secrecy-put-brexit-talks-on-tv/

UK: Prince Philip to retire from royal duties

Source: Reuters

“Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, will retire from carrying out royal engagements from the autumn, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, ending more than six decades of active public life. Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh and has sometimes drawn attention with headline-grabbing gaffes, has been by the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne and she has described him as ‘my strength and stay.’ … he announcement of Philip’s retirement was made following a meeting of all senior royal staff at Buckingham Palace, news of which prompted media speculation about the health of the royals.” (05/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-royals-idUSKBN1800HB

The SNP’s thinly disguised independence agenda

Source: spiked
by Blair Spowart

“It has become something of a cliché in political commentary to say that the great dividing line in Scottish politics is now between Unionist and Nationalist, not left and right. It’s why the once-toxic Scottish Conservatives are (comparatively) thriving north of the border and why Scottish Labour — the least convincing Unionists ever — are facing a wipeout at the General Election in June. The economy, education, housing, the NHS: all are now playing second fiddle to the ultimate constitutional question, little more than sources of ammunition for Unionists and Nationalists to marshal their respective causes. Fail to recognise this, and you fail to understand Scottish politics. Little wonder, then, that Nicola Sturgeon’s claim that the Scottish National Party’s election campaign is nothing to do with a second independence referendum has been met with near-universal mockery.” (05/02/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-snps-thinly-disguised-independence-agenda/

When the facts change … the British election plays out

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Tim Pendry

“Just under two weeks ago, it seemed simple. The issue was Brexit and that meant a simple decision – to go with a Government that promised to see it through against an Opposition that could not be trusted on the issue, perhaps despite itself. Two events have shifted opinion slightly though not yet decisively. The first is the sheer energy of the beleagured Labour Party. While everyone else is complacent or whining about things already done, Corbyn’s campaign team has come out slugging in all directions on matters that are quite separate from Brexit and which should be matters of public debate regardless of our entrapment in the European political project.” (05/02/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/05/02/when-the-facts-change-the-british-election-plays-out/

Let’s take the fight to the Brexit-blockers

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“What does it mean to ‘Stop Brexit?’ Or ‘prevent an extreme Brexit,’ in the euphemistic phrase preferred by millionaire Brexit-basher Gina Miller and Tony Blair’s online army of Brexit blockers? In recent months, and even more intensively in the days since Theresa May called a snap election for June, the rallying cry of ‘Stop Brexit’ or ‘Stop Hard Brexit’ has become such a central feature of media and political chatter that we sometimes don’t stop to think about what it means. It’s time we did. Stopping Brexit means stopping democracy.” (05/01/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-take-the-fight-to-the-brexit-blockers/