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Post by Qwertyuiop » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:38 am

Labour Leader calls for increased support of PA while PM struggles to muster Brexit

There is a battle of priorities in Westminster much to the chagrin of Labour Party members who were keen to attack what many regard as dithering on brexit negotiations by Prime Minister. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn spoke in a speech to party faithful in London suburb Croyden about the need to show greater support for the Palestinian authority and their fight for statehood. Corbyns support for controversial causes is legendary in British politics and his supporters say this is what makes Corbyn endearing to them.

While Corbyn was delivering his remarks on Palestine the prime minister was busy miles away in a conference call with a Brexit secretary Dominic Raab over the ongoing negotiations to see the United Kingdom leave the European Union. It is reported that Poland has begun a somewhat successful campaign to slow and delay the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union much to the irritation of the UKs negotiating team. Sources at a Downing Street say however that the Prime Minister is optimistic a favourable deal could still be passed that benefits both the European Union and the United Kingdom. However there are strident voices in the Conservative Party already latching onto doomsday predictions about possible Brexit negotiating failures amid worries of a so called “hard brexit”.

One such individual is former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who has called for the Prime Minister to “sack” Dominic Raab and replace him with someone who can do better in negotiating a positive deal for the United Kingdom. The chief worries among the strident voices is that a hard brexit could happen and result in a hard border between the United Kingdom and Ireland potentially undoing the work that led to peace in Ireland in the 90s. The government has attempted to counter Johnson’s ire by suggesting that he merely represents the perspective of a disgruntled former cabinet member albeit a cabinet member that held one of the great offices of state.

Whether Labour will attack the prime minister in the press over the slow pace of negotiations remains to be seen. The party seems content for the time being to engage in activism on behalf of the Palestinian people with a planned march for Palestine taking place in a months time in 3 cities across the United Kingdom. Corbyn has insisted that a Labour government would hold Israel accountable for any injustices it commits against the Palestinian people and that it would be an advocate for the mistreated in the United Kingdom and around the world. There are murmurs however that all is not as unified as portrayed in the Labour Party with rumours that a David Miliband (brother of former Labour leader Ed Miliband) is eyeing a leadership bid in the near future with an aim of directly challenging May and the outcome of Brexit.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:10 pm

Prince Philip passes.
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My companion, my first and last support” these words coming from Her Majesty the Queen in a short statement released by Buckingham Palace announcing the death of the Queens husband Prince Philip Mountbatten. The palace has stated that the Prince had complications from ongoing health issues. Per the request of the Prince Consort the funeral will be attended only by friends, family and heads of state and in a break with tradition it will be held at Windsor Castle chapel rather than Westminster Abbey the traditional location for senior royal funerals.

Prince Philip was born in Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg and he therefore held the title 'Prince of Greece and Denmark'.At 18 months old, Prince Philip and his family had to leave Greece. The country had become politically unstable and his uncle, the King of Greece, Constantine I, was forced to abdicate. Fearing for the family's safety, Prince Philip's uncle, King George V ordered a Royal Navy ship to collect them and the young Prince was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box.

During the First World War Prince Louis of Battenberg, Prince Philip's grandfather, changed the family's name to Mountbatten. Prince Phillip adopted this name when he also became a naturalised British subject and renounced his Royal title in order to marry Princess Elizabeth. Upon his marriage Prince Phillip was bestowed with the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Louis, who was Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord.

After completing his initial training under the auspice of Best Cadet of his entry, Prince Philip spent six months in the Indian Ocean as Midshipman aboard the battleship HMS RAMILLIES in 1940. Prince Philip was subsequently promoted to sub-lieutenant and appointed to the destroyer HMS WALLACE. In 1942 he became the ship's First Lieutenant at the unusually early age of 21.
In 1952 he was promoted to Commander, but his naval career came to an end on the death of his father-in-law, King George VI.

Aged 17 Prince Philip joined the battleship HMS VALIANT, which fought in the Battle of Cape Matapan. The Prince was in charge of the ship's searchlight control, enabling VALIANT to pinpoint enemy vessels in the dark. For this work, he was mentioned in despatches. Prince Philip was then appointed First Lieutenant of the W-class destroyer, HMS WHELP, which was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the surrender.

In July 1947 the engagement of Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to Princess Elizabeth was announced. Four months later, on 20 November, they were married in Westminster Abbey. Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh spent part of their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire, the home of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and Birkhall, which is located on the Balmoral estate.The Queen and Prince Philip have four children. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales was born in 1948 and Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, was born two years later. After ascending the throne, the couple had two further children: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, born in 1960 and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, born in 1964.

Prince Philip was particularly interested in science, industry and engineering. During his lifetime he visited research stations and laboratories, coalmines and factories, engineering works and industrial plants - all with the aim of understanding, and contributing to the improvement of, British industrial life.

Environmental and conservation issues were also of great interest to Prince Philip. Concerned about pollution by exhaust fumes, he began using an electric car in the 1960s. Since visiting Antarctica and the South Atlantic in 1956-57, Prince Philip devoted himself to raising public awareness of the relationship of humanity with the environment. The Duke was also a keen sportsman and enjoys polo, carriage driving and sailing. He was also a qualified pilot and was the first member of the Royal family ever to fly out of Buckingham Palace Garden in a helicopter.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:58 am

Major Divisions Hit Labour as Tom Watson calls for second referendum on Brexit

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson usurped the party position by calling for leader Jeremy Corbyn to back a second referendum on Brexit. Under his tenure the Labour Party has not supported calls by some for another referendum with leader Corbyn recently stating it would be an exercise in “revisionist history” to relook the Brexit issue with a new referendum. But until this point there had not been any break by senior party leadership in the position of upholding the results of the original vote. Party activists are thought to be evenly split on the issue on a nearly half and half basis but a closer look reveals the split is along leadership lines with Watson and Corbyn supporters taking sides.

Those close to Watson say that he is personally distraught at the direction Corbyn has taken the party and that Watson feels he could unite the party as leader. There is a public history of bad blood between Watson and Corbyn dating back to Corbyns first leadership bid and continuing through his tenure as party leader. During last years antisemitism row it was Watson who publicly called for Corbyn to apologise for his refusal to tackle the subject head on and also called for Corbyn to denounce it in a stronger way.

Tories for their part are likely jubilant at the prospective of divisions in Labour particularly as the departure date for Brexit draws ever closer yet the government has maintained a laser like focus on pushing forward with Brexit and domestic preparations for the exit that they have yet to even publicly acknowledge the tensions in Labour. The government is not immune to such tensions particularly notable given the former foreign secretary’s attempts to undercut the leadership of Prime Minister May during Brexit negotiations. It is likely that should May be unable to secure a deal that Johnson would lead a motion of no confidence against the PM in parliament triggering an almighty final battle between May and her nemesis Boris Johnson. These tensions have been simmering for sometime but to her credit May and her government have ignored the outbursts of Johnson in conservative media outlets. But that ability to ignore and push onwards could be blunted if events do not continue in a positive direction in the future.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:53 am

BIRMINGHAM, England — Britain would have to enforce controls on the Irish border if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a deal, Chancellor Philip Hammond said Monday.

In remarks that appear to undermine the official government position that the U.K. will do all it can to avoid border checks after Brexit, Hammond said that under World Trade Organization rules, London would have no choice but to reinstate checks. Speaking at a event in Birmingham, Hammond said: “The challenges around the Irish border are around the legal requirements we will have if we are not in a trade bloc within the European Union to operate the WTO-compliant border, which does require checks at the border. That’s what the WTO rules require we are depending on the WTO to regulate our relations with the rest of the world, we will have to comply with the rest of WTO regulations or we will find we can’t enforce our WTO rights against others,” he said.

Hammond’s remarks are in stark contrast to Prime Minister Theresa May’s refusal to answer the question in her interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

Asked if she could guarantee there will not be a hard border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, May said: “We are working to make sure that we leave with a good deal. That’s what my focus is on.”

Pressed again, she replied: “If we leave — if we get to the point of no deal, we’re making the preparations because we don’t know what’s going to come out of the negotiations. If we leave with no deal, we as the United Kingdom government are still committed to doing everything we can to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.” The confirmation from Hammond that the U.K. would be forced to reinstall border controls on the island of Ireland will be met with dismay by Brexiteers who insist Britain could simply refuse to enforce border controls, leaving Dublin with the choice of whether or not to put up barriers. It also raises the stakes in the Brexit negotiations because any hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is a significant threat to the peace process, undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

Source: https://www.politico.eu/article/philip-hammond-brexit-ireland-uk-will-enforce-hard-border-in-ireland-if-there-is-no-brexit-deal/

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:53 pm

Putins Polish Puppet. Three words by Corbyn ignite controversy

LONDON, England - Labour leader and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has ignited a new firestorm of controversy after a morning appearance on Good Morning Britain, a popular morning television news and entertainment programme, where he described Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki as Putin’s Polish Puppet for his efforts to derail Brexit at all costs. The comments have yet to be retracted by the Labour leader who in a further statement shared that Poland has shared the same objectives as the Russian Federation in “causing as much chaos as possible within the UK”. Allies of Mr Corbyn have rallied the wagons around the leader with Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thorneberry stating that Corbyn should not retract “ Because the truth of his words cannot be refuted by the actions of Poland”.

This strong position by the opposition has come under heavy fire by the government with Prime Minister Theresa May saying it proves that it would be far too dangerous to have a Labour Government that would jeopardize key NATO relationships. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also spoke outside of Parliament today to the press stating that while nations can have disagreements on pivotal issues it is important they do not allow for relationships to be weakened by careless comments. Conservatives acknowledge that the relationship with Poland while critical to NATO cooperation has grown somewhat rocky in other areas most notably the Brexit negotiations to which the United Kingdom has reportedly concluded in recent days. But those close to the government are careful to stress that their hope is the relationship with Poland will not be weakened by the outcome of a Brexit but that it can continue to counter Russian adventurism so long as it remains a Polish commitment to do so.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is no stranger to controversy throughout his career in Parliament ranging from antisemitic remarks to calling Hamas an “organisation for good” in 2009. Despite the controversies it is Corbyns plain spoken demeanor and ability to challenge the status quo through radical leftist politics that has endeared him to his supporters and has strengthened him within the Labour Party. Undoubtedly if Labour were to gain a government it would create shockwaves not just at home but also abroad as many have taken his comments as a direct challenge to Polish foreign policy which Corbyn views as unnaturally hostile to the United Kingdom and unhelpful according to those closest to him.

Despite his comments there is more than a modicum of support within Labour for the European Union but irregardless Corbyn has long maintained a support for leaving the European Union so long as the right deal was struck that left in place common market protections and other critical tenets of EU policy. Yet Corbyns comments have signaled a shift for Labour that pivots the party in a direction of exasperation with the negotiations and unwillingness to compromise by some of the key parties involved. In recent weeks Parliament was made aware of a potential deal reached between the United Kingdom and France that preserved the major points required by all major principal parties in Parliament while giving an equitable deal to EU stakeholders as well. Parliament was informed that the two major obstacles to this deal passing was the obstinacy of the German and Polish delegations who refused to back any deal or compromise proposed. This obstinacy is reportedly what led Corbyn to take his firey position public on morning television.

Advisors say that they worked for the better part of a week with Corbyn to figure out the best way to make public the position and settled on a wide ranging interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. The gamble paid off as the interview has already gathered more than a million YouTube views and has sparked public debate on the role Poland has played in the brexit negotiations as well as the government’s response to the remarks by Corbyn. Creating viral sound bites is a strategy politicians have used for sometime now to appeal to their core group of supporters to energise them ahead of consequential policy changes or decisions. This has been seen to work in this instance with Labour grassroots activists causing the debate to spark on the Facebook platform with many activists using it as a contrast to show Corbyn willing to stand up to traditional partners while accusing May of acquiescing too easily to demands. Whether this strategy will work in general elections remains to be seen for Corbyn but in the short term it’s made a buzz and that is exactly what the opposition leader needed to take control of the news cycle.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:43 pm

Nicola in trouble ahead of SNP Convention

EDINBURGH, Scotland: Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon faces choppy waters as a new profile has begun to ascend in the realm of Scottish politics amid rising voter concern that Sturgeon is not doing enough to have her voice and that of Scotland heard in the Brexit negotiations. Member of parliament and owner of comedy clubs Tommy Sheppard has become a social media sensation and a favourite amoungst younger members of the SNP after he recorded several YouTube video messages advocating for a second Scottish referendum if there is a hard Brexit and another YouTube video calling for removal of the monarchy if any Brexit deal went through so as to not have an “an unelected person over any of the regions even ceremonially”.

Sheppard’s sharp wit and blunt talk has boosted his popularity almost overnight with talk that he could be a dark horse candidate for leadership of the party at the upcoming party convention which is likely to see Sturgeons leadership of the party questioned by one candidate or another. Many in the party have become discontent with Sturgeons role in the Brexit negotiations with activists saying she should be far more vocal in pushing back against Westminster. But during her tenure the SNP has also lost seats in Parliament going from a high of 56 seats in 2015 to now only 35 in the most recent general election. This winnowing of parliamentary seats coupled with Sturgeons placid like demeanour in countering the Prime Ministers brexit deal has contributed to the perception that Sturgeon lacks the will by which to remain as leader of the party.

For her part however Sturgeon has remained defiant and has touted her accomplishments including bringing the country the independence referendum but the remarks and interviews and speeches about accomplishments has fallen on the uncaring ears of a population that now largely identifies with the regional based message of the Labour Party which has called for nationalisation of resources and a greater set of devolved powers for each region to encourage localised governance. SNP faces a keen messaging problem just as much as a messenger problem, this is why eyes are looking at the eccentric Tommy Sheppard as a kind of Scottish republican Boris Johnson. Someone who can connect with the public while entertaining them through a bumbling but sincere personality. Whether Sheppard has engineered this spate of publicity for his own leadership ambitions remains to be officially confirmed but one must notice the increase of videos and public exposure that Sheppard has engaged in as the convention draws nearer and nearer in each video he both criticizes a facet of public policy while advancing his brand of innovative ideas. Sources close to him report that he has hired a public marketing firm to work on his image and also several speech writers to assist him in preparing remarks.

Sheppard is next set to speak to students at the University of St Andrews in a weeks time on the topic of Should we remain together and become a republic? After which is schedule shows him speaking to a gathering of economists in Edinburgh on the effects of a hard brexit on Scotland.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:10 pm

UKIP changes charter rules to allow Tommy Robinson to join

DEVON, United Kingdom - United Kingdom Independence Party has changed its charter rules prohibiting individuals who have in the past been a part of far right groups from joining to allow those who have been out of a far right group for longer than 5 years to be able to join the party. Party Leader Mike Hookem who spearheaded the changes said that the party wants to “emphasize inclusivity and grow the ranks” in an effort to give the party a wider reach across the United Kingdom. This move comes amid a need to look inward by the party after the successful Brexit referendum resulted in the achievement of the singular goal that defined the existence of UKIP. Now the party says they are looking to expand their membership as they shift their focus to caring for the country in a post EU environment or in simpler terms an EU without the UK.

One of the most high profile memberships as a result of the new policy came when the party acknowledged they received and accepted the request of Tommy Robinson to join the party. Tommy Robinson was the founder of extremist far right group English Defence League and also for a time was a member of the British National Party. Robinson in a statement said he is not trying to change UKIP but instead is embarking in a new chapter of his life where he believes more should be done to help the forgotten and overlooked in the country. When asked if the forgotten and overlooked included racial and other minority groups Robinson said he was unavailable for further comment.

For the most part UKIP members are welcoming Robinson with open arms with activists saying the party has long advocated for the well being of the British people even when other parties did not. But there is likely to be controversy as Tommy Robinson is a polarising figure across the country even though Robinson has yet to make mention of any future political plans. When pressed for comment both Conservatives and Labour could not hesitate to get jibes in at the expense of UKIP many of them knowing the ability of UKIP to undercut votes in some constituency races during elections.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:48 am

Prime Minister Addresses the nation on HMS Ambush

LONDON, United Kingdom-

The prime minister Theresa May addressed the nation this evening to inform the nation that during a routine patrol in the Baltic the HMS Ambush was forced into Russian territorial waters by aggressive actions on the part of the Russian Federation, the Prime Minister made clear in her remarks that everything was being done to bring the situation to a close in a responsible and safe manner allowing for a complete recovery of the crew and officers on board. The Prime Minister called for the nation to rally behind the HMS Ambush and to support the heroic men and women onboard the vessel stuck in hostile waters while behind her was an array of British flags.

The Defence Minister Gavin Williamson spoke at length as well saying that despite the depth it is within the capabilities of a British submarine to sail within the Baltic in support of NATO allies particularly in an environment in which a robust state actor was determined to challenge NATO status quos at all costs. Williamson further announced that the MoD alongside a separate Royal Navy probe would launch an investigation into the events as soon as the crew and vessel were safely returned to British shores as quickly as possible. Williamson also said that the government is in constant communication with NATO counterparts in dealing with the ongoing situation.

The strong government response is not just intended to reassure a jittery and surprised public but also to send a signal to markets and foreign observers of a resolute strength in dealing with crises. This sort of resolute strength is not alien to British leaders with some commentators remarking that the language invoked in Mays speech sounding Churchillian in its tenor and strident call for national strength in the face of possible tragedy and loss. Mays speech lasted for a half hour in length total and soon saw government ministers across the cabinet taking up media appointments throughout the British media landscape backing up and strongly supporting the Prime Ministers statements. The opposition for their part has remained oddly silent choosing to bide their time and see how things develop rather than rush a statement of reaction out on the HMS Ambush controversy.

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Post by Qwertyuiop » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:31 pm

Sturgeon Out, Sheppard in as new SNP boss

EDINBURGH, Scotland -

Dramatic but not unexpected news as Nicola Sturgeon found herself deselected as party leader at the SNP conference amid a new push by Tommy Sheppard to become leader of the SNP and assume the mantle of leadership. The tumultuous news comes at a time when many SNP activists have become restless with Sturgeons consistent electoral losses in each general election since taking office. As sturgeon supporters have abandon her ship her allies in Scotland’s parliament for now at least seem content to allow her time to decide whether or not she will resign as First Minister. Because Tommy Sheppard is a member of parliament in Westminster he is unable to become first minister of Scotland a point many in the SNP believe complicates the ability of the SNP to now function in a productive way.

Sources close to Sturgeon say she feels as if she has been robbed of her leadership of the SNP and believes Sheppard to be nothing more than a Scottish populist riffing off Trumpesque themes. Sturgeon for her part believes that cooperation with Sheppard is unnecessary so long as she controls the office of First Minister in the parliament. But Sheppard for his part has been emphatic in reminding the public of Nicolas track record when it comes to winning greater portions of control in the general election. Sheppard has insisted that the party cannot push for a second referendum so long as the party commands such small support in Westminster but Sheppard has also pushed a common theme amoungst the hard left factions of Labour in calling for an abolishment of the monarchy altogether.

Sheppard’s election brought a stern rebuke from Conservative MPs both in Scotland and also in Westminster who are now parroting the talking point that the SNP has become extremist rather than a capable serious partner in governance. Conservative members of parliament point to Sheppard’s publicly admitted drug use in the past coupled with the advocation of republicanism as indicators of the SNP becoming a non serious entity in the broader UK political scene. Sources close to key leaders in the Conservative Party however are bemoaning what they see as a “radicalization” of politics in the United Kingdom pointing to the rise of Corbyns brand of toxic leftist politics and now the SNPs new front of republicanism as a disguise for wanting a second independence referendum.

It remains to be seen whether the guerilla social media campaign popular amoungst the youth will translate into a larger movement of support outside the SNP for Sheppard. But it could be a severe miscalculation for Sheppard to be pushing so hard for Republicanism at a time in which support for the royal family has grown rather than shrink across the nation including within Scotland itself. Conservatives believe that support for the monarchy and a referendum wariness amoung members of the public could translate into a isolation pattern for the SNP that seems them become more detached from the sentiments of the general public as a whole and thus more apt to become a marginalized political party similar to the fate of the liberal democrats in recent years who have seen their numbers dramatically crash in a variety of constituencies across the United Kingdom.

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