Kanga

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Labour going forward
It must be really difficult to be an opposition MP at the moment because any criticism of the government's handling of the pandemic can be twisted to make them appear unsupportive. I see that Matt Hancock's latest method of quashing opposing MPs is to praise them for the support they're giving the government.

Health Secretary has an ingenious new way of wrongfooting his critics. No longer does he grumble, or snap, or attack them back.

Instead…

he praises them to the rafters.

This, at any rate, is what happened in the Commons today (Tuesday). Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s health spokesman, had come spoiling for a fight. With a righteous quiver he lambasted Mr Hancock for blunders made the previous year when trying to buy equipment for nurses.

“He paid a pest control firm £59m for 25m masks that couldn’t be used,” railed Mr Ashworth. “He paid a hedge fund based in Mauritius £252m for masks that were adequate. He paid a jeweller in Florida £70m for gowns that couldn’t be used…”

Such a tirade might once have got Mr Hancock all flustered and defensive. Not this time. Quite the opposite.

“Mr Speaker,” said Mr Hancock solemnly, “I’m going to start by congratulating the honourable gentleman – no, the right honourable gentleman – on his appointment to the Privy Council!”

Mr Ashworth smiled – part quizzically, part bashfully. But his opponent had only just got going.

“I appreciate the work that he’s done in support of the Government – in support of the nation – during this pandemic,” intoned Mr Hancock. “And although occasionally he turns to rhetoric, and asks narrow questions that he knows there are perfectly adequate answers to…”



There's also a lot going on in Liverpool. . . Labour bars three women from Liverpool mayoral candidate contest in ‘absolutely disgraceful’ move
 
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35pluschips

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Labour going forward
It’s all early days IMO, Labour has plenty of time to work on and offer policy’s to the electorate.
Personally I don’t think Starmer is the man for the job but I’m not into Labour so I can’t name an alternative. On saying that, I don’t think BJ will be standing at the next GE either.
Currently it’s all about the Conservatives mistakes, I think it needs more than that to win an election. After all, just about every Government across Europe could be in serious trouble over their handling on the pandemic.
 

Tenpin

The Yorkshireman
Labour going forward

Sir Keir Starmer's critics in Labour become increasingly vocal​


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Extract:
Nearly a year after Sir Keir Starmer became Labour leader, he is being accused of not listening to grassroots activists and not being strident enough in opposition.

The focus of the discontent is his reluctance to call for an increase in corporation tax amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Those on the party's left are now publicly critical, but some current shadow ministers are privately worrying whether the party's positioning on the issue is right.
 

35pluschips

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Labour going forward

Sir Keir Starmer's critics in Labour become increasingly vocal​


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Extract:
Nearly a year after Sir Keir Starmer became Labour leader, he is being accused of not listening to grassroots activists and not being strident enough in opposition.

The focus of the discontent is his reluctance to call for an increase in corporation tax amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Those on the party's left are now publicly critical, but some current shadow ministers are privately worrying whether the party's positioning on the issue is right.

Yvette Cooper has had a makeover......
 

Mushroom

Member
Labour going forward
Yvette Cooper has had a makeover......
I've already given you the heads up. She was on telly again only a couple of nights ago, sounding all her haitches and almost posh. She is definitely aligning herself for something else.
She no longer says "You know" at the end of every sentence either.
 

Tenpin

The Yorkshireman
Labour going forward

Lawyers complain to Labour over hiring of ex-Israeli intelligence officer​


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Legal firm say party’s stance on illegal occupation of Palestine should have stopped staff member’s employment.

Lawyers acting for a Palestinian activist and Labour member have complained to the party over its decision to hire an alleged former Israeli intelligence officer to help run its social media strategy.

Assaf Kaplan was hired by Labour as a social listening and organising manager, a new post described as “a crucial new role at the heart of Labour’s new approach to digital campaigning”.

The complaint from Bindmans solicitors alleges that Kaplan worked for Unit 8200, the cyber branch of the Israeli Defence Force, from 2009 to 2013. It adds that the unit has been mired in controversy over its surveillance practices against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza.
 

immac

Senior Member Has-Been
Labour going forward
I watched Sir Keir's response to the budget until the Sky News people got as bored as I was and switched him off. Boris must be praying that Keir is still there at the next election - he seems to have missed out when they were sharing out the charisma genes.

It is always difficult to respond to a budget statement, especially when the Chancellor is doling out cash left right and centre - but he would be well advised to avoid trying to crack jokes - he has no future in stand-up comedy.

His response to the news that half the Treasury is relocating to The North of England, was to brand the move North as a mark of failure. Oh dear, not sure how Northern voters will interpret that, but it made me wince sitting 2000 miles away in Turkey.

He tried to reject the budget as bad, but missed the target on every count. I know he has the analytical brain of a lawyer, but he does not seem the best as a politician. I was starting to notice ( I was bored) that he is looking much older, getting a bit puffy/fat, and red in the face; Leader of the Labour Party does not seem to be agreeing with him.

I am wondering what Labour stand for now? Hard pressed to know their policy on anything.

Ian
 

Akasya

Postless Pointer
Labour going forward
Very difficult for Labour right now , psrticularly with a socialist Tory government nicking and activating real socialist practices .
What do the Tories really stand for , every thing actioned by Camoron/Hammond/Osborne is now being rent asunder and written off .
Steve
 

Mushroom

Member
Labour going forward
Immac,
I felt exactly the same. I was actually starting to nod off at that point. My first thought as Rishi sat down was "Go on, get into his ribs".
After 5 minutes, I thought "Where's the big hook that comes from his side and drags him off?"
There were plenty of topics to be seized upon but nothing landed and Starmer is looking flustered.
His start - ever heard a lawyer crack a joke? No, because they can't.
He isn't spontaneous and cannot think on his feet but with the limited short time the opposition have access to the budget as it's actually presented, that is when I expect a lawyer to be able to quickly pick out the faults and create bullet points for the response.
It was sadly lacking.
Has Starmer actually realised that when Boris mumbles and bumbles, he is creating that short amount of time to formulate his response?
I'm not suggesting that he does the same, but he needs something - maybe a few card tricks?
I keep asking myself who could actually have the ability to think on their feet in the Labour party and have the oratory skills to shoot from the hip as a credible opposition leader, but I haven't identified anyone as yet.
Answers on a postcard......
 

Kanga

Member
Labour going forward
Immac,
I felt exactly the same. I was actually starting to nod off at that point. My first thought as Rishi sat down was "Go on, get into his ribs".
After 5 minutes, I thought "Where's the big hook that comes from his side and drags him off?"
There were plenty of topics to be seized upon but nothing landed and Starmer is looking flustered.
His start - ever heard a lawyer crack a joke? No, because they can't.
He isn't spontaneous and cannot think on his feet but with the limited short time the opposition have access to the budget as it's actually presented, that is when I expect a lawyer to be able to quickly pick out the faults and create bullet points for the response.
It was sadly lacking.
Has Starmer actually realised that when Boris mumbles and bumbles, he is creating that short amount of time to formulate his response?
I'm not suggesting that he does the same, but he needs something - maybe a few card tricks?
I keep asking myself who could actually have the ability to think on their feet in the Labour party and have the oratory skills to shoot from the hip as a credible opposition leader, but I haven't identified anyone as yet.
Answers on a postcard......
Here's your answer....................
 

35pluschips

Member
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Labour going forward
I did notice Starmer was wearing glasses during his response to the budget..........other than that, FA to report.
 

Tenpin

The Yorkshireman
Labour going forward

Liverpool mayoral race in chaos as Anna Rothery sues Labour​


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A councillor is suing the Labour party after she was removed from the shortlist to become the party’s mayoral candidate in Liverpool, along with two other female councillors.

The legal action – brought by Anna Rothery, who holds the ceremonial position of lord mayor of Liverpool – is the latest messy chapter in what one local MP described as the “shitshow” surrounding Labour’s handling of one of its most loyal cities, which has not elected a Tory MP since the 1970s.

The party in Liverpool has been in turmoil since December, when Joe Anderson, Labour’s incumbent mayor, was arrested as part of a police investigation into corrupt property deals.
 

Tenpin

The Yorkshireman
Labour going forward

NEC chair Margaret Beckett abuses Pidcock during Zoom: “silly cow”​


Beckett’s position has become untenable.

Margaret Beckett, the veteran Labour MP appointed by the right as chair in a ‘coup’ to prevent Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) having a left-wing chair, has this evening abused elected NEC member Laura Pidcock, calling her a ‘silly cow’.

NEC members have told SKWAWKBOX that Unite representative on the NEC, Howard Beckett (no relation), and others immediately demanded Margaret Beckett’s resignation. He also took his namesake to task for the use of such a gender-based insult in the week of International Women’s Day and pointed out that members have been suspended for saying far less.

Others weighed in, despite attempts by Unison’s Wendy Nichols to shut the matter down. Acting general secretary David Evans has apparently conceded that at least two complaints against Ms Beckett were already in play and would be investigated.

The Labour right broke party practice and protocol to install Beckett – on the NEC at the gift of Keir Starmer – in place of the left-wing vice-chair who had been due to take over. Ms Beckett has rendered her position – on the NEC at all, not just as chair – untenable.
 

Camden

Member
Labour going forward

A storm in a teacup .. seen more copy at a Jackie Weaver Handforth Parish Council meeting

Labour MP Margaret Beckett apologises

Ms Beckett told the BBC she had "muttered something" during a virtual meeting without realising her mic was on, but had apologised immediately. "I deeply regret the remark which was unjustifiable," she added.
 

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