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Tories fall out: Heseltine lays into Sunak’s Spring Statement

Michael Heseltine at Downing Street in 2017 when he was sacked from his advisory roles for rebelling against the government in a Brexit vote in the House of Lords.

Don’t you just love it when Conservatives start arguing amongst themselves?

It tends to indicate that their government doesn’t have much life left in it.

Rishi Sunak’s spring statement has been labelled “cloud cuckoo land” by the former Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine.

Asked on LBC radio by presenter Andrew Marr for his thoughts on the chancellor’s spring statement, which did not land with “universal enthusiasm”, Lord Heseltine replied: “No and nor can it, it’s cloud cuckoo land.

“As the chancellor has said that public finances are in a difficult situation, the debt is rising and inflation is likely to force up interests are so, all this talk about tax cuts and cutting public expenditure and all this sort of thing is simply not real in the present circumstances.

He added: “What is needed is a strategic plan to battle our way through by increasing the scale of the economy and economic activity and more productive investment. But there are no plans expect in a limited number of places.”

“The one thing that I’m as sure as I can be from any experience I have is that the next twelve months with the cost of living rises and the reduction in living standards is going to be, very, very difficult for the government. “

Let’s hope so – as the architects of our difficulties, they deserve to suffer much more than we will.

Source: Rishi Sunak’s spring statement labelled ‘cloud cuckoo land’ by Lord Heseltine

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Yes, 2020 may be tough under the Tories – so the rest of us will have to be CLEVER

Jeremy Corbyn (here helping the homeless at Christmas): he wants Labour’s 10 million supporters to form a “resistance” against Boris Johnson. But British people are notoriously apathetic in the face of right-wing oppression. Can you be bothered?

Jeremy Corbyn is right to warn that the New Year will be difficult for struggling families who are being abandoned by the Tories now they’ve got the election win they wanted.

But it need not be as hard as Boris Johnson wants it to be; we just have to use our brains, co-operate, and turn their plans against them.

And I’m sorry to say that we also need to be aware of Tory fifth-columnists who’ll be trying to undermine the left-wing resistance from within.

Putting to one side the rhetoric about “tough times” and “resistance” against Boris Johnson, we should consider the hard issues that we all face.

Mr Corbyn mentions the climate crisis. Boris Johnson will do nothing about this as the deal he wants with the USA depends upon him refusing to accept that it exists.

So people here will have to find their own answers.

These will involve rejecting fossil fuel-powered solutions that are presented to us and turning to greener answers – that we may have to find, and fund, ourselves. This will be “tough”, as Mr Corbyn says.

But not impossible, if we all work together. We may be able to enlist international help, too.

We cannot expect the systems of government to work for us in the immediate future, so we have to use other means, within the Tory system, to get what we want.

Instead of accepting a role as victims, we need to behave like victors – seize opportunities to get what we want and reject unwanted demands that the Tories foist upon us.

An obvious example is the plan to push chlorine-washed, diseased American meat on us as part of a trade deal with the USA.

Boris Johnson can put it in front of us but we don’t have to eat it; we can simply say, “Where was this sourced? Was it chlorine-washed? No thanks. I’d like healthy food.”

Do it long enough, and in solidarity with enough other people, and they’ll have to give up. It will be an economic necessity.

And that’s how it will have to work for the next few years.

You can be a part of that movement, or you can roll over and be Johnson’s plaything for the rest of forever – which won’t be very long if the climate change predictions are accurate – or you can make a difference.

It’s 2020 – time for a sharper vision. What will yours be?

Source: Jeremy Corbyn admits 2020 ‘will be tough’ in New Year’s message after Labour’s election defeat | inews

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