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Rachel Reeves has blown her credibility so now she’s trying a new catchphrase. Who’ll care?

Rachel Reeves: she thinks we’re all idiots. This is the look on her face when she finds out we’re not.

This couldn’t have happened to a better person, could it?

It turns out Rachel Reeves took money from climate sceptics, right before Labour ditched its £28 billion-per-year Green Prosperity Plan:

Corruption?

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She has now gone on to float a new catchphrase: “Securonomics”:

According to the Telegraph,

Labour would aim to secure the highest sustained growth in the G7. To do this, it would adopt a new approach it has coined “securonomics”, or “modern supply side economics”.

This would involve bringing in “tough” fiscal rules with a new “enhanced role” for the OBR and establishing a new Office for Value for Money to ensure taxpayer cash is being well spent.

If it seems like nonsense, that’s because it is.

Reeves is still trying to pretend that money is a limited resource in the UK; it isn’t. A Labour government would be able to create as much as it needed, to fund any projects it wanted – as long as it taxed back enough money (from those who could afford it) as would be necessary to prevent large-scale inflation.

The problem there is that – as she has shown by taking a donation and then ditching a policy that would have been extremely useful – Rachel Reeves is in the pocket of the rich.

Still, the idea of an Office for Value for Money is a good one, even if it won’t work in practice because governments will find a way to ignore it if it says they shouldn’t do something they want to.

Ultimately, we can only have one comment on all of this:

Rachel Reeves: what a phoney.


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Keir Starmer’s reason for killing Green Prosperity Plan: economic illiteracy

It was bad enough that Keir Starmer decided to ditch his party’s last policy that divided it from the Tories; now we learn that he’s justifying it with the worst piece of economic illiteracy of the last few decades.

Here’s Another Angry Voice:

Apparently Labour can’t now afford to invest for the future because the Tory government has said it is going to “max out the national credit card”.

If this sounds wearisomely familiar, it’s because it is. The “maxed out national credit card” trope was one of David Cameron and George Osborne’s favourite propaganda lines when they were trying to convince the country that “let’s cut our way to prosperity” austerity ruination was a wise economic strategy, rather than the macroeconomically illiterate road to ruin it’s proven to be.

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Anyone with a shred of economic knowledge understands that comparisons between national economies and household family budgets are profoundly misleading, and that they’re especially egregious when public borrowing is portrayed as akin to a reckless credit card splurge.

Unless you have a money printing press in your house, your household budget is almost entirely unlike a national economy, and public borrowing (the cheapest possible form of borrowing) is extremely unlike credit card borrowing (the most expensive aside from payday loan exploitation).

Thus anyone making such comparisons is either an economic illiterate who doesn’t have the faintest idea how national economies actually work, or they’re wilfully spreading economically illiterate tropes in order dupe people they believe to be gullible.

Apparently Starmer and the right-wing ghouls he’s surrounded himself with believe we can solve Britain’s economic malaise with the same ruinous “cut our way to prosperity” policies and by spreading exactly the same asinine economic illiteracy as the people who actually caused it!

You’d have to fit Einstein’s definition of insanity to believe that we’ll end up with different results by trying the same thing again, down to the exact same propaganda lines used to justify it.

Once again we learn that the way forward for the UK is neither a Conservative nor a Labour government.

Source: Why is Keir Starmer spreading economic illiteracy?


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After he dropped his Green Prosperity Plan, activists try to deliver, to Keir Starmer, a spine

‘My arbitrary fiscal rules are at fault’: Green New Deal Rising’s infographic attacking Keir Starmer’s decision to abandon policies that might save the environment in favour of profit-friendly opportunism.

Fair play to the activists from Green New Deal Rising for getting onto this as quickly as they did.

On the day the Labour Party dropped its pledge to spend £28 billion a year on green projects to boost the UK’s economy, they went straight up to Parliament to do this:

And who can blame them?

In trying to make his party as “vanilla” as possible, Starmer has ditched every single policy that marked it out as being different from what we already have, while adopting anything that could make Labour look like the Conservatives.

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The message to voters is: “Vote Labour for absolutely no change!”

I wonder who he hopes to impress with that.

Certainly not the members of Green New Deal Rising, who have had bad experiences with Starmer in the past:

Just looking at the clips above, if This Writer had to choose between Starmer and his Labour cronies, and the Green New Deal Rising campaigners, I’d put the youngsters in Parliament every time.

Putting them next to each other simply emphasizes the lack of trustworthiness that oozes from the man in the suit.

I hope they – and everyone else who has a conscience – hammers the pledgebreaker with this until he is out of politics altogether.


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Bad week for Environment Agency as ‘chicken poo’ failure claim lands it in court

Wake up call: these demonstrators against chicken farm pollution, including Feargal Sharkey, made their point outside the hearing at Cardiff Crown Court.

Yes, this is another ‘rivers of shit’ story.

But it isn’t about privatised water companies, for a change.

Instead, it’s about the Environment Agency failing to do its job and regulate the amount of – literally – crap going into our rivers.

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This is the second blow for the Agency this week, after it was found to have been colluding with the Tory government on ways of hiding whether UK bathing spots were unsafe for swimmers.

Now we learn that representatives of the EA have been taken to court in Cardiff over their failure to stop the River Wye being polluted with unacceptable amounts of chicken excrement from farms along its length.

Here’s a Sky News report on it:

The BBC reported,

The charity River Action, who brought the case, says laws to keep waterways healthy have not been enforced.

The Wye last year had its status downgraded to “unfavourable”, and the rapid expansion of chicken farming in the catchment area was partly blamed.

The Environment Agency said anyone breaking the law could be prosecuted.

The Wye flows along the English-Welsh border and is home to otters, kingfishers and the endangered Atlantic salmon.

“We believe that the government and the Environment Agency have acted unlawfully by deliberately not enforcing the critical regulation that, had it been in force, would have prevented the contamination of the Wye catchment area,” Charles Watson, the chairman of River Action, told the BBC.

And here’s Feargal Sharkey:

This Writer has something of an interest in this issue as I live near the Wye. The case is ongoing, and I look forward to the result.


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Keir Starmer kills off £28bn Green Prosperity Plan pledge – and his election hopes?

Windmills of his mind: but did Keir Starmer ever have any real intention to go through with his now-ditched £28bn Green Prosperity Plan?

No serious commentator could possibly describe any of Keir Starmer’s policies as “firmly held principles or promises” because he changes them with the wind, so the above is not strictly true for him – although it is for his party.

Labour had been adamant that, if elected into government, it would invest £28 billion a year on green energy projects like creating a publicly-owned green power company, building offshore wind farms and developing electric vehicles – until today (February 8, 2024), when the policy was unceremoniously dumped.

Why?

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According to the New Statesman,

Campaign director Morgan McSweeney and the national campaign coordinator Pat McFadden have long feared that the £28bn figure leaves Labour  vulnerable to a classic Tory “tax bombshell” attack – the strategy that helped deliver them election victories in 1992 and 2015.

McSweeney recently warned the shadow cabinet that … Labour has to “bombproof” its offer in advance.

Since economic modelling has shown that increasing investment to £28bn a year would break the party’s fiscal rules, the figure was never likely to be met in the next parliament.

Starmer’s move is not without political risk. It will encourage the charge from left and right that he is a “flip-flopper” who doesn’t stand for anything. Indeed, his chief of staff, Sue Gray, has warned him in advance of this.

Rightly so. This speech strikes home:

That’s the right-wing charge. Here’s the charge from the left:

Even Barry Gardiner, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary at the time of the 2019 general election – and one of the party’s most eloquent promoters – has turned on his boss over this:

Going back to the Statesman, there’s one final point to be made:

On a more fundamental level, it also raises the question of how a Labour government would increase Britain’s economic growth to the highest in the G7 and achieve its target of clean power by 2030. As recently as yesterday, Starmer insisted that £28bn was crucial to both. The policy may have gone but the arguments it triggered will endure.

So Starmer has ditched the Green Prosperity Plan because it would break Labour’s fiscal rules – but without it, the party cannot achieve its economic goals.

This Writer has a feeling that Starmer has created his own nemesis, rather than vanquishing it.


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Is Environment Agency colluding with government to lie about bathing water quality?

The Environment Agency has been telling the government how to lie about the quality of bathing water, investigations have revealed.

Here’s Channel 4 News to explain:

According to Channel 4 News,

We’ve seen documents which show that almost twice as many English bathing waters would fail pollution tests – if the regulator [the Environment Agency] wasn’t legally allowed to disregard some of the worst results.

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Papers and emails show Government officials were also worried about negative press and wanted pollution incidents to be “better presented”. But the Environment Agency warned some options they gave could look like ‘greenwashing’.

The Government and the agency insist it’s perfectly above board and follows scientific best practice, but campaigners want the system to change, insisting public safety should come first.

Former musician, now clean water campaigner Feargal Sharkey has obtained a copy of the Environment Agency’s advice to the government, explaining how to – basically – lie to us about the amount of pollution in our waters:

In the TV report, an interviewee suggests that protection of the environment should be what the Environment Agency does, and not “spinning for the government”.

This Writer would certainly agree.

But it’s just another example of the corruption sweeping the UK.

It seems clear that the Environment Agency is not fit for purpose; when an organisation that is supposed to penalise water companies that break pollution rules is instead providing advice on how to hide such breaches, it does not deserve to continue.


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Rage as Tories allow banned bee-killing pesticides for fourth year running

Dead bees: allowing the sugar industry to use a banned pesticide may kill vast numbers of bees, with a knock-on effect that could harm the ecology of the whole planet.

Rishi Sunak’s government is playing with fire – not the kind that causes electoral losses, but the kind that creates ecological ruin.

Farmers have been given the go-ahead for the fourth year in a row to use a banned pesticide that kills bees – prompting anger among nature lovers.

Food and farming minister Mark Spencer has authorised the use of a neonicotinoid to protect this year’s sugar beet crops against viruses.

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Just one teaspoon of thiamethoxam can kill 1.25 billion bees, according to biology professor and insect expert Dave Goulson, of the University of Sussex.

Bees exposed to a single dose of pesticide may require generations to recover, previous research has found.

According to the UK’s sugar industry, Cruiser XB – which contains thiamethoxam – will only be used if there is a threat of beet yellow virus to a crop, and stringent controls are attached.

But these pesticides are banned for good reasons: they are a risk to human health as much as that of wildlife.

And bees play a hugely important part in preserving the environment.

So this is a terrible decision.

And it comes on the day the government’s own advisers warned that it risks missing legally binding targets to halt nature decline by 2030.

With people like these in charge, we’re all going to die.

Source: Anger as government allows banned bee-killing pesticides for fourth year in a row | The Independent


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Keir Starmer, Wes Streeting, Labour – all useless. Vote Green/Independent?

Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting: they should rename their party ‘No Labour’.

Keir Starmer and his shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting provided ample examples of reasons not to vote for their Labour Party during the Sunday morning media round today (January 14, 2024).

I doubt I even have to provide much commentary on the following. It speaks for itself.

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Here’s Starmer on why he supported attacking one of the world’s poorest countries:

Here’s a response that puts his words in context:

Starmer’s support for the attack represents a massive u-turn in his own personal commitments – as Laura Kuenssberg pointed out to him. His response was beyond parody:

So, in Keir Starmer’s world, air strikes are not military operations. This may explain why he has not condemned Israel’s carpet-bombing of Gaza that has killed so many thousands of men, women and children.

Here’s Starmer on why his use of a private, highly-polluting plane is perfectly reasonable and Rishi Sunak doing exactly the same is outrageous:

So he’s happy to pollute, even when there are scheduled flights, and even when a telephone conversation would probably be perfectly appropriate. Now we know.

Green Party deputy leader Zack Polanski made the facts clear for us all:

Closer to home, Starmer showed that he fully supports the Tory government’s persecution of refugees and asylum-seekers:

Streeting supported Starmer – and the Tories – when he was interviewed by Trevor Phillips:

Streeting also defended Starmer’s u-turn on having Parliamentary votes before military action:

Streeting is a member of Labour Friends of Israel. Here he is, explaining why he doesn’t want to pay attention to the genocide hearings at the International Court of Justice (notice his about-turn on calls for an Israel/Gaza ceasefire):

Meanwhile, Starmer’s party is losing the support of its own elected representatives because of its determination to stand with genocidal Israel:

And the wider public?

All of this is a huge bonus to the smaller political parties and independents – or would be, if they were allowed to have a voice in the mass media. Apparently they aren’t:

It goes for Independents, too. How many people in Kensington and Bayswater know about this?

Why not?

Perhaps it’s time to give a platform to people who have something to say.


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Tory MP Skidmore quits Parliament over new oil and gas licences

Chris Skidmore: He once said austerity wasn’t so bad because people weren’t dying in the streets. Good riddance?

This is self-explanatory: yet another Tory MP has quit Parliament, triggering a by-election.

Conservative Chris Skidmore is quitting as an MP over the government’s energy plans, triggering a by-election to replace him.

The former minister said he could not continue as a Tory MP ahead of a vote on a bill on Monday to guarantee annual oil and gas licensing rounds.

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The Kingswood MP added his “personal decision” meant his constituents deserved the chance to elect a new MP.

He had already announced plans to leave Parliament at the next election.

His seat near Bristol has a Conservative majority of 11,220, but was previously held by Labour from 1992 to 2010.

It will present another headache for Prime Minster Rishi Sunak, who already faces a by-election in Wellingborough after local voters ousted scandal-hit Peter Bone.

This Tory Parliament is suffering the death of a thousand quits.

When will Rishi Sunak make it easier on us all and call a general election?


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More than 1,000 English homes are flooded – because of Tory complacency?

Stormy weather: much of northern Europe has been battered by storms and heavy rainfall.

More than 1,000 homes in England have been flooded – and it could be argued that this is because the Conservative government doesn’t care about damage to your property.

According to the BBC, the flooding follows the arrival in the UK of Storm Henk, and a week of heavy rainfall.

At the time of writing there are more than 250 flood warnings and 275 flood alerts in place across England.

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UK prime minister “Rishi-Washy” Sunak defied reality by saying people should be reassured by the response to flooding in badly hit areas.

He said: “Hundreds of high volume pumps are in practice right now making a difference, and it is important that people follow the advice that has been given in local areas where there are flood warnings that have been given.”

He added: “The Environment Agency have people on the ground everywhere, and absolutely recognise the urgency of what is happening and they are responding appropriately and with all due haste.”

But he was criticised by the Liberal Democrats, who said he should be “meeting people affected by this annual carnage, then he might do something about it”.

“Annual carnage” just about sums it up. And the Liberal Democrats can’t complain because they did nothing about it when they were in a coalition government with the Tories.

This Site has been reporting on the more-or-less annual floods since 2012 (Vox Political was established in December 2011, so you can see that this is a regular problem that successive governments have done nothing to end).

It is government that is at fault, also – for allowing housing estates to be built on flood plains, in full knowledge that they will flood, filling homes with water and rendering residents’ belongings unusable, and for failing to install appropriate flood defences on rivers and other waterways.

The number of existing flood defences that are in disrepair has tripled since 2018. Who knows what the figure since 2012 might be?

This year there is the added issue of raw sewage that the government has allowed its privatised water companies to pump directly into rivers.

With high rainfall, these firms are unable to process drainwater properly and pumps much of it directly into the rivers, meaning more sewage is likely to have got into the environment and possibly – through flooding – into people’s homes.

Or am I mistaken about that?

Feargal Sharkey suggests I’m not:

The floods have affected cities, towns and villages across England. Take a look at some of the havoc that has been wreaked by Tory greed and incompetence:


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