On January 13th the Tories claimed that they had banned credit card charges. They even produced this onliune ad. Theresa May also tweeted that they were "banning hidden charges" and the move would enable "millions of people avoid rip-off fees". The truth is more interesting. The EU passed the Payment Services Directive II on November … Continue reading On no they didn’t!
Do you remember our policy from the General Election? We proposed increasing all rates of income tax by 1p and spending the money on the NHS and education. With the NHS on its knees and headteachers asking for donations from parents to keep their schools running, Philip Hammond has an opportunity to do something bold … Continue reading Next week’s budget
OK on this occasion Boris Johnson's off the cuff remark to the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee didn't lose anyone their life but it was used in court to undermine Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's defence about the reason she was in Iran. She could now end up with an extra five years in prison. What makes it … Continue reading Careless talk costs lives
The British Chambers of Commerce have reported a significant slowing in the UK economy because of the fall in the £ and uncertainty over Brexit. Lord Adonis is concerned about the state of our infrastructure - roads, rail and broadband is falling behind our competitors. The NHS is on it's knees. Local services are being … Continue reading Do the Tories live in a different country to me?
So Theresa May is going to apologise at the Tory Party Conference. No, she's not going to apologise for doing a U-turn about staying in the Single Market. No, she's not going to apologise for pursuing a disastrous hard-Brexit. No, she's not going to apologise for calling an unnecessary General Election. No, she's not going … Continue reading Theresa’s ‘May-a culpa’ doesn’t go far enough
The Guardian today has 10 questions for Theresa May and David Davies. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/19/10-brexit-compromises-theresa-may-britain Neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn said much about the substance of the Brexit negotiations during the election campaign. Since May’s failure to secure an overall majority, both main parties have started to consider the merits of a “softer” Brexit – one … Continue reading 10 questions for David Davies and Theresa May
June 8th 2017 Well the result is in and, to be honest, we did the best we could. Tobie polled 3360 votes and we saved our deposit. Labour were trying very hard (they had more people at the count than our whole team!). They even admitted that they used our Rishi voting record leaflet on … Continue reading General Election
There are suggestions that Theresa May should pursue a 'Norway option' as an interim solution after her failure to secure a mandate in the General Election. However, there is a basic flaw with the 'Norway option'. The cost per head that Norway contributes to the EU is greater than we do and they have to … Continue reading Where does Theresa May go from here?
Theresa May said yesterday that she wants to rewrite the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act and the European Commission on Human Rights are nothing to do with the EU (however much the Daily Mail would like you to think they are). The ECHR was set up by Winston Churchill to ensure that Hitler's … Continue reading We must stop this woman
So said Theresa May on Sunday morning. And so did 30,000 police officers 5 years ago protesting about police cuts from, guess who? Theresa May. Since those police officers took to the streets in May 2012 almost 9,000 police officers have gone and 4,000 PCSOs and further cuts are on the way. According to the ONS … Continue reading Enough is Enough!