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Is Boris Johnson using abortion rights to bribe the DUP into supporting his Brexit deal?

Boris Johnson: The right of women in Northern Ireland to get an abortion if they need it is nothing to do with him – so it is entirely possible that he will cancel it to get his Brexit deal.

Without the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party supporting his new Brexit deal, Boris Johnson will lose the Parliamentary vote on it tomorrow. So is he bribing Arlene Foster’s group?

The DUP is known to oppose the new legislation championed by Labour MP Stella Creasy to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland. That change will happen in March 2020 – but only if devolved government in Northern Ireland has not been restored by October 21 – Monday.

Abortion law is a devolved matter but the Northern Irish assembly in Stormont collapsed in January 2017 and the Conservative government has shown little interest in restoring it.

Until now. It seems the government is ramping up efforts to restore the power-sharing devolved government, ending the chance to extend abortion rights into NI.

So it seems the Tories will sell out women across an entire country of the UK to pass its Brexit deal in the most squalid way possible.

Source: Boris Johnson accused of using abortion rights in Northern Ireland as ‘bargaining chip’ to get DUP to back Brexit deal | The Independent

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The DUP’s £1 billion ‘bung’ is doing Northern Ireland no good at all

Kiss of death: This is a mock-up, of course, but the relationship between the Conservatives and the Northern Irish DUP is harming the smaller party.

What a stroke of genius for Theresa May – she bribed the DUP to support her minority government at a time when the £1 billion on offer cannot be used to help the people of Northern Ireland.

Claudia Wood’s piece in The Guardian makes it abundantly clear that cash should be going into Northern Ireland’s health and education services – but isn’t.

She states:

A three-week wait for a routine GP appointment isn’t unusual. Hospital referrals are much worse – the 18-week targets English hospitals may miss by a week or two are the stuff of dreams over here, where waits for up to four years (yes, years) for first outpatient appointments are not uncommon. About a third of all patients wait longer than a year and even urgent health consultations have a two-year waiting list in the worst areas.

With fewer than 2 million people living in Northern Ireland, schools are closing because they can’t attract enough pupils. The schools that do have enough pupils to stay open are withering on the vine, with half estimated to be running a deficit this year and some asking parents to donate stationery and toilet rolls.

The money isn’t being sent where it is needed and the reason is simple:

Northern Ireland is also short of a government.

The DUP’s £1bn is being allocated by officials according to designated pots set out in the agreement to prop up the Conservative government in Westminster, but in the absence of ministerial sign-off, big budget items are being tied up.

Popular protests have taken place under the slogan “We deserve better” – and have gone unheard. The DUP has failed to reach a new power-sharing agreement with Sinn Fein, so Northern Ireland limps on with no government.

What will this do for the DUP at the next general election?

Who will support a party that secured a huge amount of money for Northern Ireland, then refused point-blank to take the steps needed to use it in a constructive way?

Unless Arlene Foster changes her mind and concludes a new agreement to get Stormont up and running properly again very soon, she could face annihilation in the next poll, much as the Liberal Democrats did in 2015, after their five years of collaboration with the Conservatives.

It seems the Tories cannot avoid harming their allies.


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Here are the reasons Theresa May’s ‘Stronger Towns Fund’ is a big ‘Brexit bribe’ boob

Yes, it’s time for the ‘liar liar’ image again: Theresa May is being economical with the truth regarding her ‘Stronger Towns Fund’ – again – it seems.


What do you think will happen to anything created via Theresa May’s ‘Stronger Towns Fund’?

Mrs May has announced that she is giving £1.6 billion to deprived towns whose electorate voted for Brexit – apparently independently of whether their predominantly-Labour MPs support her Brexit deal, in a bid to avoid criticisms that it is a bribe.

Big deal.

It isn’t as much as the EU funding that these areas are going to lose; it doesn’t cover the amount that the Tories have cut from local budgets; and it is to be spread over a six-year period, meaning the amount likely to be spent per area is a pittance.

It isn’t even as if ordinary local – poor – people will have a say in what happens with what cash does become available to them.

The money will be allocated according to the wishes of Local Enterprise Partnerships – committees composed of local councillors and business representatives.

And what will happen to whatever results from this funding?

People have been suggesting capital projects such as new sports centres could result.

I don’t know if that’s true, but I know what has happened to sports centres here in Mid Wales after the Tories took over in Westminster and cut funding to local authorities:

They’ve been sold off into private hands.

So I tend towards the belief that Mrs May is leading us all down the garden path.

It seems this is just another way of handing huge profit-making cash cows over to rich private businesspeople at the expense of the poor.


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Will Labour MPs accept May’s ‘pork-barrel’ bribe? And if so, should they be Labour MPs?

You knew this was coming: Any story about an offer made by Theresa May was going to get the image implying she’s a liar – because she is.

Theresa May is trying to split Labour MPs by offering money to be invested in their constituencies – but only if they vote for her duff Brexit deal.

Sadly it seems she may even manage to lure in some Brexiter Labour right-wingers – like John Mann, if this Guardian report is to be believed.

He’s quoted as saying “it will persuade Labour MPs towards the deal”.

This Writer reckons John McDonnell has it right (as usual). He described the offer as “pork-barrel politics”, saying: “If there is money there to spend on our constituencies, it should be done anyway.”

Damn straight. In making this offer, Mrs May is saying she is withholding cash from constituencies that need it.

What will it say about Labour MPs if they take her up on her offer? Should they continue as Labour MPs or should they be shown the door?

Here’s the link to the McDonnell article in the Graun – and consider the comment from “Monsignor it’s all Corbyn’s fault…” beneath it:

Fair point?

Also, it seems not all Labour MPs are equal as at least one has not been offered any help at all. So Mrs May is playing favourites, it seems:

And the matter was raised on Andrew Marr’s talk show with Labour’s Barry Gardiner – who made the right points:

https://twitter.com/LabourNewsroom/status/1092077467999920128

Right. His vote is not for sale.

Nor should that of any other Labour MP.

What’s more: Mrs May does not have a glowing reputation for honesty.

Why would any Labour MP believe this liar will honour any offer she’s making now?


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Is Theresa May resorting to more bribery to get MPs supporting her duff Brexit deal?

Dark arts: If Theresa May can’t get her Brexit agreement through Parliament honestly, it seems she’ll bribe its way through.

First she offered a knighthood to John Hayes.

Now it’s peerages all round, and changes to future legislation that could change the lives of millions – most likely for the worse, considering the Conservative Party’s track record.

Here‘s the Daily Mail – not the most reliable of sources, I admit, but Mrs May’s track record suggests the story is believable:

“Theresa May’s team are said to be offering rebel MPs peerages and other sweeteners in a bid to buy votes to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

“Mrs May has vowed to ‘make the case for this deal with all my heart’ to persuade restless MPs to back her. But it appears she will also resort to horsetrading.

“Some Brexiteers were said to have been offered peerages while other MPs are being bought off with changes to bills, according to reports.”

It seems Theresa May is willing to do anything to secure support for her Brexit agreement with the European Union…

… Except negotiate a worthwhile Brexit agreement, that is.

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Theresa May’s all-purpose solution to her Brexit woes: When in doubt – BRIBE your way out

John Hayes: Honoured – or bribed? Anyone with an ounce of integrity would reject a knighthood offered under these conditions.

It isn’t time for the Birthday or New Year Honours, so why is Theresa May suddenly flinging knighthoods around like there’s no tomorrow?

The answer should be obvious.

She knows there will be no tomorrow – for her – if she doesn’t buy some loyalty.

And she sure as blazes won’t be spending any of her own money on it!

So here’s what she has done:

No, but he is a Brexiter who is critical of the deal and he has demanded that Mrs May “look again” at her Brexit deal, saying he could not support her plans for the Northern Irish border. But – perhaps crucially – he hasn’t submitted a formal letter of “no confidence” in Mrs May’s leadership yet.

It seems clear that the out-of-the-blue honour has been granted, not because Mr Hayes spent 18 years on the Tory front bench (he became a backbencher again in January), but because Mrs May hopes it will influence him, and Tory MPs with similar views, to support her.

And here are some of the responses:

David Schneider suggested this was the “Best Black Friday deal yet. A knighthood going for just 1 vote.”

Aaron Bastani stated that this was “Banana republic stuff. Just without the good weather.”

Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick tweeted: “Normally MPs would have to wait til the next honours list for such things, but in the present circumstances, Hayes presumably knew Theresa May couldn’t guarantee how long she’d be around to make good of such a promise. So it’s payment now.”

To this, Owen Jones responded simply: “This is so corrupt.”

The Labour Press Team quoted Chester MP Chris Matheson: “It would be a spectacular act of desperation for Theresa May to be giving away knighthoods in a bid to win votes for her botched Brexit deal.”

Botched is the word, for sure. Consider Eoin Clarke’s (Tory Fibs) discussion of the current situation, below:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1065959511888932864

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1065964946150907904

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1065998065247707136

It is no great leap from this to Carole Hawkins’s conclusion:

But Paul Mason still has hope:

If you are a UK citizen and you still think there is any hope of dragging the nation away from the precipice, I strongly suggest you give his advice a try.

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Conservative corruption: Theresa May tries to cement herself in as leader by BRIBING MPs

Cheats prospering: Theresa May and 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady, to whom she has awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours, for no reason at all.

How utterly repellent.

Weakling prime minister Theresa May knows she cannot expect her MPs to support her leadership – because she is a failure – so she is trying to bribe powerful Tories into propping her up.

She has given honours to half the ruling board of the Conservative Party’s 1922 committee – the organisation that represents backbench Tory MPs.

Two of them get knighthoods, while a third is made a dame.

Notably, all three are Brexiters. But then, none of the ruling committee support remaining in the European Union – all have voted against it. Former Treasurer (until he was kicked out of Parliament in June) Stewart Jackson, responding to a tweet criticising the Leave campaign for lying to the public, is famous for writing, “Suck it up”. What a nice chap! And he is now special advisor and chief of staff to David Davis at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Graham – now Sir Graham – Brady distinctly lacks the necessary qualifications for being a knight of the realm. Take a look at the list of his misbehaviours, courtesy of Vice.com:

“When he’s not influencing the government, you may find Brady leading opposition to the legalisation of weed or taking a £8,600 fact-finding trip to the Cayman Islands. In 2011, it was revealed that Brady still employed his wife, Victoria, as a senior parliamentary assistant on a salary of over £40,000 a year. This is despite the fact that, in 2009, the Committee on Standards in Public Life recommended banning the practice of employing family members, describing it as “not consistent with modern employment practice designed to ensure fairness in recruitment, management of staff and remuneration”.”

Cheryl Gillan “was also embarrassed during the 2009 expenses scandal. Amongst other things, Gillan charged the taxpayer £4.47 for dog food; claimed more money for her gas bill than it was actually worth; and over-claimed £1,884 on her mortgage.”

Christopher Chope, also knighted, also a Brexiter, and also mentioned in the extract below, is well known to readers of This Site for filibustering private members’ bills. He notably talked out a bill to outlaw “revenge evictions” – because it is not in his interest as a private landlord. He repeatedly blocked a bill that would ban the use of wild animals in circus performances. He also talked out a bill to end hospital parking charges for carers. He refers to House of Commons staff as “servants”.

His knighthood, awarded “for political and public service”, is nothing less than a garish and vulgar insult to the people of the United Kingdom – as are the honours to the other MPs mentioned in this article.

Theresa May might think she is buying support – but she is also providing ammunition to those of us who would be rid of her corrupt, inept and unforgivable dictatorship.

Theresa May has moved to shore up her future as Tory leader by giving top honours to half of the ruling board of the Conservative party’s influential 1922 committee.

Three of the committee’s six-strong board have received senior honours: Graham Brady, the chairman, and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the honorary treasurer, are knighted; while Cheryl Gillan, a vice chairman, is made a dame.

The support of the 1922 committee is vital for Mrs May to deliver on her promise to serve a full five year term as party leader.

Sir Graham is listened to closely by the leadership and would play a crucial role in any future leadership contest, which would be triggered if 15 per cent of the party’s MPs – 48 at present – write to him requesting one.

All three backed Leave in the European Union referendum, as did a fourth Conservative MP to be honoured, veteran former minister Christopher Chope who receives a knighthood.

Source: Theresa May moves to cement her position as Tory leader by giving top honours to half of the ruling board of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs


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Repost: £1 billion ‘bribe’ for DUP needs Parliamentary approval – but Tories & DUP shouldn’t be allowed to vote

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Theresa May with DUP leader Arlene Foster after reaching the £1bn deal with the Democratic Unionist party to prop up her minority government. Both have an interest in Parliament approving the payment, so neither should be allowed to vote on it [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

This comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the deal – for the Tories to pay the DUP £1 billion in return for support on key votes – will go before a judicial review.

So, even if judges decide that the bung isn’t a bribe, the Tories will have to get the support of Parliament for it.

To This Writer, it occurs that every single Conservative MP, along with all those from the DUP, should declare an interest in the matter, meaning they should not vote on it. That would leave the decision up to those who aren’t likely to profit from it.

If that doesn’t happen, then the vote should not be valid.

What do YOU think will happen?

Parliament will need to approve the release of £1bn in funding for Northern Ireland promised to the Democratic Unionist party by Theresa May to secure its support after the general election, the government has conceded.

Challenged by the campaigner Gina Miller about the legal basis for releasing the funds, which have not yet been made available, the Treasury solicitor, who heads the Government Legal Department, said it “will have appropriate parliamentary authorisation”, adding: “No timetable has been set for the making of such payments.”

Replying to a legal letter from Miller and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), Jonathan Jones said the government intends to use “long-established procedures, under which central government requests the grant of money by the House of Commons” in order to pay out the funds it promised the DUP in the controversial agreement in June.

Source: Tory-DUP £1bn payment needs parliament’s approval after Gina Miller challenge | Politics | The Guardian


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£1 billion ‘bribe’ for DUP will need Parliamentary approval – but neither Tories nor DUP should be allowed to vote

Theresa May with DUP leader Arlene Foster after reaching the £1bn deal with the Democratic Unionist party to prop up her minority government. Both have an interest in Parliament approving the payment, so neither should be allowed to vote on it [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

This comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the deal – for the Tories to pay the DUP £1 billion in return for support on key votes – will go before a judicial review.

So, even if judges decide that the bung isn’t a bribe, the Tories will have to get the support of Parliament for it.

To This Writer, it occurs that every single Conservative MP, along with all those from the DUP, should declare an interest in the matter, meaning they should not vote on it. That would leave the decision up to those who aren’t likely to profit from it.

If that doesn’t happen, then the vote should not be valid.

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Parliament will need to approve the release of £1bn in funding for Northern Ireland promised to the Democratic Unionist party by Theresa May to secure its support after the general election, the government has conceded.

Challenged by the campaigner Gina Miller about the legal basis for releasing the funds, which have not yet been made available, the Treasury solicitor, who heads the Government Legal Department, said it “will have appropriate parliamentary authorisation”, adding: “No timetable has been set for the making of such payments.”

Replying to a legal letter from Miller and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), Jonathan Jones said the government intends to use “long-established procedures, under which central government requests the grant of money by the House of Commons” in order to pay out the funds it promised the DUP in the controversial agreement in June.

Source: Tory-DUP £1bn payment needs parliament’s approval after Gina Miller challenge | Politics | The Guardian


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Court to decide whether Tories’ £1 billion deal with DUP was bribery

Theresa May (left) with Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP, in London in June [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

It may seem like a no-brainer, but the courts have come out in favour of the Tories in unlikely situations before.

This Writer hopes Labour Party lawyers are paying close attention because any future Labour government may be asked to legislate against the possibility of a corrupt deal of this kind taking place again.

(It may also have to find a way to pre-empt attempts by minority governments to corruptly gain majorities on public bill committees, for that matter.)

The court’s decision will carry huge weight, as it could strip the minority Tory government of even the tenuous majority it has at the moment – making it impossible for it to push through its right-wing legislative programme and making a new general election more likely.

Mr McLean’s words, that the agreement was “no more and no less than the purchase by the government of votes in parliament using public money”, seem persuasive to This Writer.

Let us hope the judges hear them the same way.

Theresa May’s parliamentary deal with the Democratic Unionist party will face a judicial challenge in the divisional court in London within the next few weeks.

The crowdfunded legal challenge brought by Ciaran McClean, a Green party activist in Northern Ireland, is likely to be heard by several senior judges.

The high court notified both sides’ legal teams on Friday that because of the urgency of the claim it should be heard in October at the beginning of the new legal term. It is likely to begin on 26 October.

McClean, the son of one of the founders of Northern Ireland’s civil rights movement, Paddy Joe McClean, is spearheading the challenge to the arrangement through which the DUP gained a £1bn aid package for the region.

The basis of the claim is that any political agreement between the government and the DUP is in breach of the Good Friday agreement under which the government undertook to exercise its power in Northern Ireland “with rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions”.

The legal challenge also argues that the political deal breaches the Bribery Act 2010 and is in any event unlawful as a corrupt arrangement.

Source: Court to hear challenge to Theresa May’s £1bn deal with DUP | Politics | The Guardian


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