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Jeremy Corbyn has trumped his Labour Party haters – this is what happens when you try to knock a good man down

Peace and Justice: Jeremy Corbyn announces his new project in a video clip on Facebook.

Keir Starmer must be feeling sick.

After everything Starmer has done to sideline Jeremy Corbyn, to discredit his politics and to remove both him and socialists like him from the Labour Party, the former Labour leader has come back with an ambitious project to link like-minded people internationally.

He is not only lighting a new way forward; he is leading it.

And he was working on this, we see, from the moment he relinquished his role as Labour leader – possibly from even earlier.

But don’t take it from me – here’s the absolute boy himself:

Already, established (but probably not Establishment) figures have been lining up to support the new project:

This Writer has signed up to take part in the launch event because it touches on a large number of ideas that interest me deeply. I was only recently discussing on the social media the possibility of linking up with like-minded people internationally to share information on how to cope with universal challenges.

Of course, there are likely to be some detractors. I saw this, already:

The replies seem to be overwhelmingly spitting hate at Corbyn, indicating that they haven’t cottoned on to the fact that it is the association with Tony Blair that should be considered toxic.

(I wonder if Peston realised this when he wrote it?)

No doubt much more will be said to put this idea down.

But I intend to keep an open mind and I urge you to do the same.

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Why is ROBERT #PESTON announcing the new #BorisJohnson #lockdown2 restrictions?

 Robert Peston: how come he’s announcing new government Covid-19 restrictions in advance?

I thought Peston’s erstwhile sidekick Allegra Stratton was the one who quit to become the Tory government’s full-time spokes-goon.

What’s Peston himself doing, announcing new policies before Boris Johnson?

And didn’t Johnson fall foul of the relevant authorities for announcing policies via his media stooges before giving Parliament a chance to look at them?

Yes he did.

Some people never learn – or perhaps Johnson’s just thumbing his nose at everybody else and Peston is simply the empty vessel he’s using to do it.

Here’s what the ITV political editor has claimed will be announced at 5pm today (October 31). Let’s compare it with what Johnson says:

Schools and universities to remain open?

This won’t make much of a dent in the spread of the virus, then.

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All Boris Johnson had to do to distract us from his latest Covid disaster was have a close-up

#HeadAndShoulders: Boris Johnson’s terrible turnout is a disgrace to the nation.

Who knew?

The UK’s prime minister managed to distract everyone from his new nonsense policy that won’t keep us safe from Covid-19, simply by looking what he is – a mess.

And now everybody’s talking about the fact that our prime minister can’t wash and dress himself properly:

This will set an unhygienic trend for the future.

I foresee times when Johnson will appear before the public with bad news – and also with no tie, or with his short untucked, or with his trousers at half-mast because he now knows that we’ll be so busy gossiping about the mess he‘s in…

… that we won’t realise he’s telling us the country is collapsing around us.

(Douglas Adams predicted this in The Hitch-Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, with reference to bad language: “In today’s modern Galaxy there is of course very little still held to be unspeakable….So, for instance, when in a recent national speech the Financial Minister of the Royal World Estate of Quarlvista actually dared to say that due to one thing and another and the fact that no one had made any food for a while and the king seemed to have died and most of the population had been on holiday now for over three years, the economy was now in what he called “one whole joojooflop situation,” everyone was so pleased that he felt able to come out and say it that they quite failed to note that their entire five-thousand-year old civilization had just collapsed overnight.”

(What a shame he never lived to see his comedy become a reality.)

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If Boris Johnson is a man of his word he’ll announce a general election

What a clown: And he’s the UK’s new prime minister.

It may not be a popular decision in Brecon and Radnorshire, where we haven’t yet finished having a by-election, but Boris Johnson made his feelings clear more than 12 years ago and it would be rank hypocrisy to go back on his word.

Now that he has been named as the new leader of the Conservative Party – and prime minister by default – it is time for him to lead the country by example, and stand by his words of 2007, just after Gordon Brown was announced as the new leader of the Labour Party – and prime minister.

Here they are:

For those who can’t read images, the operative part states: “The extraordinary thing is that it looks as though he will now be in 10 Downing Street for three years, and without a mandate from the British people… Gordon Brown could appease public indignation over that, and secure the democratic mandate he needs, by asking the public to vote at once on him… Let’s have an election without delay.”

Well, it looks as though Mr Johnson could be in 10 Downing Street for three years, and without a mandate from the British people, unless he appeases public indignation over that by having an election without delay.

I await the announcement with scepticism.

Oh, and until he makes that announcement, I’m not going to stop calling him BoJob.

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How should we react as Tony Blair announces new institute for centre-ground politics?

Tony Blair will launch his new institute in the new year [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images].

Tony Blair will launch his new institute in the new year [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images].

This Blog has already made it perfectly clear that Tony Blair does not represent centre-ground politics in any way at all, so perhaps we should react by denouncing him as a liar for suggesting it.

I wrote: “He talks about the Progressive Left but he’s as much a product of the Reactionary Right as, for example, David Cameron, who worked very hard to follow the Blairite model of neoliberal economic policies leavened with social reform.

“Margaret Thatcher, whose project during the 1980s was entirely geared towards the destruction of the UK’s industrial base and erosion of its trade unions, in order to destroy the economic leverage enjoyed by working people in the 1970s, considered Mr Blair’s New Labour to be her greatest achievement.

“Blair belongs to the reactionary, regressive Right and is trying to hoodwink us all into believing otherwise.”

But perhaps that is paying too much respect to the former prime minister’s latest project.

Perhaps the best possible reaction is that posted on Twitter by Matt Turner:

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Tony Blair has announced that he is to launch a new institute for centre-ground politics in response to what he said were growing concerns about the global forces of right and leftwing populism.

The institute will be launched in the new year, the former prime minister said in a statement, but added it should not be interpreted as a desire to return to party politics.

“This is not about my returning to the front line of politics,” Blair said. “I have made it abundantly clear that this is not possible. However, I care about my country and the world my children and grandchildren will grow up in; and want to play at least a small part in contributing to the debate about the future of both.”

Source: Tony Blair to launch new institute for centre-ground politics | Politics | The Guardian

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POLL: Is Labour’s tuition fee pledge a vote-winner?

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Ed Miliband has today unveiled Labour’s pledge to cut tuition fees – on the grounds that they are causing rising debts for graduates and the taxpayer.

It is part of Labour’s overarching pledge for young people: tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for five, six and seven-year olds.

Labour says the Government’s £9,000 tuition fee system is bad for graduates because it loads them up with an average of £44,000 each in debt.

It is also disastrous for the public finances, though – adding £281 billion to the national debt over the next 15 years and with £2 billion in unpayable debts being written off every year by the 2040s.

In response, Labour is planning to introduce reforms of Higher Education earlier than intended so that from September 2016, the next Labour government will have:

  • Reduced the tuition fee cap from £9,000 to £6,000, and
  • Increased student maintenance grants by £400 – benefitting half of all students.

The aim is to:

  • Reduce the national debt by more than £10 billion over the next parliament and £40 billion over the next 15 years.
  • Ensure our universities remain world-leaders with increases in the teaching grant matching pound-by-pound the reduction in fee income.

The reduction in tuition fees will cost £2.7 billion. It is funded by:

  • Reducing tax relief for people on very high incomes paying into pension schemes, so it is set at the same rate as for basic rate taxpayers
  • Capping the total eligible for tax relief in a lifetime at £1 million, and
  • Limiting the annual sum eligible for tax relief at  £30,000, but with greater protection for those in defined benefit schemes.

The increase in maintenance grant is funded by making the system of graduate repayment of loans fairer, with the highest-earning paying slightly more.

Ed Miliband, announcing the planned measures, said: “These are fair choices, fair choices that allow a better future for our young people, a better future for Britain. Britain must not penalise the young, if we’re going to prosper in the future. Our economy and our country can’t afford to waste the talent of any young person.”

He added: “Let me say to Britain’s young people: I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise. I don’t simply want to build your faith in Labour, I want to restore your faith that change can be believed. I owe it to you. We owe it to our country.”

And he appealed directly to parents and grandparents to help turn around the prospects for the next generation: “Today is about our responsibilities to the young – and that is the concern of every generation, every parent, every grandparent, every person in our country who cares about the future of our young people.

“Today is the day we say: We will not make the young pay the price of hard times. I am a father of two young boys, and I appeal to every parent and grandparent in Britain, every concerned citizen: Let’s together turn around the prospects of young people; let’s restore the promise of Britain; let’s make ourselves again a country where the next generation does better than the last.”

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls added a few big points, too. He said: “This government’s system is not only bad for students; it’s bad for the public finances too.

“Students are graduating with a bigger burden of debt and our Zero-Based Review has exposed how it is leading to higher national debt too… it’s not sustainable and we need to fix it.

“Unlike the Tories we won’t make promises without saying where the money is coming from – and unlike Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems we will not make promises we cannot keep. We will pay for it in a fair way by limiting the tax breaks which go to the richest in society.”

“Our fully funded plan will cut the debt burden on students – and it will reduce the national debt by £40 billion by 2030.

“It’s the right thing to do – for students, graduates and taxpayers as a whole.”

Ed Miliband’s full speech is available here: http://press.labour.org.uk/post/112217705819/a-better-plan-for-a-better-future-fairer-for

Ed Balls’ full remarks are available here: http://press.labour.org.uk/post/112217840524/ed-balls-mp-labours-shadow-chancellor-remarks

That’s Labour’s plan – but what do you think?

Let’s have a poll:

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Labour’s tuition fees cut

Here it is – Labour’s much-anticipated announcement on its plans for tuition fees:

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For some of you, this won’t be enough. “Labour introduced tuition fees,” you’ll no doubt be saying. “Labour should be getting rid of them altogether.

Clearly the money for that isn’t known to be available at the moment. This is part of a costed plan for all government services, remember.

It’s a step in the right direction, and it will help.

The Conservatives have nothing like it, nor do the Liberal Democrats (it would be hypocritical). UKIP would scrap tuition fees for people from poorer backgrounds, subjecting them to demeaning means-testing, no doubt. Plaid Cymru seeks the abolition of fees when the public finances allow it; the SNP would continue to pay tuition fees itself. And the Greens would abolish them altogether – but have not said where they will find the money to do so.

This is being trailed as a big move for Labour.

Is it?

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